Upcoming: Enduro World Series Rd #6 in Whistler

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While the dust has only just settled at the recent World Cup round at Mont-Saint Anne, things are already heating up for the upcoming Enduro World Series in Whistler this weekend. The race series returns to the Canadian alpine resort of Whistler for Round #6, and promises plenty of action thanks to its steep and gnarly racecourse. Check out the press release below from the Enduro World Series competition to see what’s what and who’s who in one of the most anticipated races of the season!

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Cecile Ravanel of the Commencal Vallnord Enduro race team has dominated the series, with four wins in the last five rounds. Will she claim victory in Whistler?

Press Release: The Enduro World Series is heading to the iconic resort of Whistler and the Crankworx festival for round six, the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized.

The famous mountains that flank the resort will be filled with 300 riders this Sunday, as they take to the legendary trails for five stages of racing on some of the area’s finest singletrack. This year’s course will keep riders on their toes, with classic trails getting a new twist and some lesser known routes thrown in for good measure too.

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Enduro World Series leader, Richie Rude, had an unfortunate crash at the last round in Aspen, but is looking for redemption in Whistler. Photo by Matt Wragg.

In the men’s race Richie Rude (Yeti Fox Shox) may still lead the series, but a crash in practice during the last round at Aspen Snowmass left him with an injured shoulder, and saw him finish outside of the top 20. It was Rude’s former team mate and mentor, Jared Graves (Specialized) that triumphed, turning around a bad season to take the win. Graves famously loves the Whistler trails, and he’s definitely a contender for the win.

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Justin Leov makes his comeback to the Enduro World Series, after having had 12 months off racing due to injury. Leov was leading the 2015 series before crashing out in Whistler, so he has unfinished business to attend to.

Damien Oton (Devinci Enduro Racing) sits second in the series points and needs a good result here if he is to hold off third placed Jerome Clementz (Cannondale) who is just 20 points back. And all will be very aware they are being chased down by Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Paypal), who has only raced two EWS events this year but come second in both.

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Jerome Clementz is sitting in third position in the overall for the Enduro World Series, but is hungry for victory to claw his way back to the top.

In the women’s race it’s Cecile Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro) who must be the favourite – she’s won four of the last five rounds and has done so convincingly. But Isabeau Courdurier (SUNN) and Anita Gehrig (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race) will be trying their best to stop her getting on the top step of the podium. Watch out for local Casey Brown (Trek Factory Racing) too – she was on the podium at her first EWS in Argentina and definitely has the potential to upset things on her home trails.

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The Whistler Enduro World Series round will be made up of five stages, with a mix of old favourites and brand new trails thrown in to keep competitors on their toes.

Sebastien Claquin (Rocky Mountain Urge bp) still leads the U21 Men but he faces fierce competition from fellow Frenchman Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Gravity Republic), who sits just 100 points adrift and won in Aspen Snowmass last weekend. Third placed Pedro Burns (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race) also has the potential to do well here. Brits Martha Gill (Marin Bikes/Stan’s No Tubes) and Kate Whitley have their work cut out in the U21 women, as they face home grown talent in the form of no less than seven Canadian competitors.

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Riding looks terrible don’t it?

Reigning Masters World Champion Woody Hole (Hope Technology) is the hot favourite in his category, and after missing the last few rounds he’ll be hungry for points.

Chris Ball, Director of the Enduro World Series, said: “Everyone loves coming to Crankworx – the atmosphere, the different events and the incredible welcome we receive is hard to beat. Whistler is one of the most iconic riding destinations on the planet and is always a real highlight in the EWS calendar.”

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