WHISTLER, BC August 11, 2013 – Jared Graves (AUS) has finally taken his first Enduro World Series (EWS) round against the impeccable Jerome Clementz (FRA) after a full day of mountain bike racing in the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, presented by Specialized. The legendary Anne Caroline Chausson (FRA) also took the first EWS win of her career ahead of Tracey Moseley (GB) with an extraordinary performance that included severe mechanicals and serious effort. The stages used around the Whistler Valley and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for today’s race have been regarded as some of the finest, most technical trails seen on the Enduro World Series yet, and were a true test of athletic endurance and mountain bike skills.
“I’m super happy to be back at the top,” says Anne Caroline Chausson. The French mountain biking legend took the win ahead of the nearly perfect Tracy Moseley of Great Britain by just over one minute and four seconds. “I’m back [from an injury sustained in competition] and I’m in good shape. I liked the courses here. They were really tough, and they are really technical and physical trails.” Chausson, who had to stop in stage four to remove her chain and carry on without the ability to pedal, won stages one, two and four and proved to be the ultimate contender throughout the day in Whistler. She ended her day by taking home a $5,000 cheque to complement her efforts.
Graves had to work for his win against Clementz and was tactical in his focus of the final stage of the day, which he won by an incredible 24 seconds. “I can’t believe it, I’m so happy,” says Graves. “I wanted to win this one so bad and all day Jerome’s just been one step ahead of me…I pretty much had a perfect run [in Stage 5]. I knew the track well; I practiced most of that trail and I knew that’s where you could make up a lot of time.” Graves’ day earned him a paycheque of $10,000, the highest prize purse seen in the discipline of Enduro since the sport began.
The fifth stage of the Enduro World Series' SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, presented by Specialized was a descent of the entire vertical of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, beginning on the epic Top Of the World trail, through the notoriously gnarly Garbanzo zone and down to the Whistler Valley. Riders regarded the fifth stage of this race was as some of the toughest riding of the day, especially after traveling the span of Whistler’s finest single-track for nearly eight hours that day with 51 kilometers traveled in total and raced across 19 kilometers.
The SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, presented by Specialized, combined lift access with approximately 863 metres of climbing. Riders traveled from Whistler Peak to the valley, twice, with the final stage an epic 10.63 kilometer, 1450 metre vertical top-to-bottom test-piece of endurance. The stages of the race were developed in consultation with pro rider Richie Schley, and Whistler local and Enduro aficionado Seb Kemp. The added “Whistler” twist was that, unlike in previous rounds, riders were not be able to return to the pits in between the first four stages, demanding a much higher degree of self-sufficiency and equipment management than has been required before.
1. Anne Caroline Chausson - $5,000
2. Tracey Moseley - $2,000
3. Cecile Ravanel - $1,000
1. Jared Graves - $10,000
2. Jerome Clementz - $5,000
3. Jamie Nicholl - $2,000
Tonight the Bud Light Crankworx Concert Series concluded on the Main Stage with the HUMANS and Nightbox starting at 7:45pm. Crankworx Whistler will be back on Tuesday, August 13 with the Garbanzo DH, live webcasting starting at 4:15pm PDT / UTC -7hrs, and the Go Pro Dirt Diaries film event at Whistler Olympic Plaza at 8pm. Tickets for the licensed, adults only area with seating are $5 and available at Whistler Blackcomb guest relations. There is also a Family Zone with seating available for $5 as well; otherwise everyone can experience the event on the grass for free. For more information about the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, presented by Specialized, and all other Crankworx Whistler events, visit www.crankworx.com.
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Live Streaming Webcast Schedule Crankworx Whistler – August 10-18, 2013
The webcasts are live streamed at www.crankworx.com and www.redbull.com/bike. Google Hangouts featuring athletes and their perspectives and thoughts about the event will follow each event streaming live at www.crankworx.com or athttps://plus.google.com/+Crankworx/.
Saturday, August 10
Dual Speed & Style – https://vimeo.com/72117024
Google Hangout Replay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7T2gJoh-ao
Sunday, August 11
SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, presented by Specialized – https://vimeo.com/72168704
Google Hangout Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYhSxU2n01c
Tuesday, August 13
Garbanzo DH – 4:15pm-7:00pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Google Hangout – 7:15pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Wednesday, August 14
Fox Air DH - 3:15pm-5:30pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Google Hangout – 5:45pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Thursday, August 15
Teva Best Trick Showdown – 3:45pm-6:00pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Google Hangout – 6:00pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Ultimate Pump Track Challenge – 7:45pm-9:15pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Friday, August 16
GIANT Dual Slalom – 5:45pm-8pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Google Hangout – 8:15pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Saturday, August 17
Red Bull Joyride – 4:00pm-7:00pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Google Hangout – 7:15pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Sunday, August 18
Canadian Open DH – 2:30pm-5:00pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Google Hangout – 5:15pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
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August 9-18, 2013, the world’s best downhill, slopestyle and enduro riders will migrate to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for the 10th Annual Crankworx Whistler. Crankworx Les 2 Alpes will take place July 6 – 14, 2013 and is the only Crankworx event to take place outside of North America. High-summer’s convergence of all things freeride, Crankworx is a 10-day festival of epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and vertical-dropping riding. A time-tested stage for gravity-fed mountain biking, Crankworx has forged the future of freeride, launched careers and raised up a spectacle out of dirt, sweat and cheers. Feel the impact. Embrace the amplitude. Experience the awe that is Crankworx Whistler 2013.
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