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    EWS Rd 5 Crankworx WHISTLER 10-11 AUG

    EWS Rd 5

    Whew 4 rounds down already onto 5, track details already released think this is a mistake but still something for us to get our teeth into!

    Whos going?

    Whos going to take the men's and women's this round.

    Be hard to bet against Tracey Mosely, dosent even seem to get a mechanical!

    Mens this one could open up this round I think!

    Full details up on Vitalmtb

    some vid of a couple stages on Enduro-mag

    Stage Descriptions
    RACE STAGE 1
    Khyber Pass trail
    distance: 2.8 km | elevation: start 1820m | finish 1415m | change -405m
    RACE STAGE 2
    It's Business Time (Duncan's Trail)-> AM/PM
    distance: 1.45 km | elevation: start 780m | finish 620m | change -160m
    RACE STAGE 3
    Pura Vida -> Baby Snakes -> Danimal South -> THC
    distance: 1.64 km | elevation: start 965m | finish 728m | change -237m
    RACE STAGE 4
    Flank Trail -> Billy's Epic -> Bob's Rebob
    distance: 2.87 km | elevation: start 1118m | finish 675m | change -443m
    RACE STAGE 5
    Top of the World -> No Joke -> In Deep -> Little Alder -> Expressway -> Too Tight -> Upper Angry Pirate -> Lower Angry Pirate -> climb up Lower EZ Does it -> Del Boca Vista -> EZ Does It ≠> cross Mountain Access Road -> Ho Chi Min ≠> cross Mountain Access Road -> Longhorn -> Monkey Hands -> Finish Skiers Plaza
    distance: 10.63Km | elevation: start 2138m | finish 688m | change: -1450m

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    Stage 5 is a MONSTER! 4500' of descending. If Graves could stay on his bike and keep it running he would have dominated the series so far. Clementz is winning by not pushing the ragged edge on every stage and keeping his bike in one piece. So who is going to win this one?

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    EWS Rd 5 Crankworx WHISTLER 10-11 AUG

    I'm riding this one As a bit of a fanboy following most of the EWS postings, my day yesterday started with giving Clementz props at the base, then first gondi ride with Chausson, second gondi ride with Keene and Anneke discussing 29ers, she's cute BTW, then running into Vouilloz, unfortunately his partner had a serious crash so helped stabilize and load him, and then ended the day chatting up Graves.

    Fun times and AWESOME weather!!! I've got to say riding the last couple days gettin into charging mode has been STRESSFUL! Day of the race I'm just planning to ride smooth and flowy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Stage 5 is a MONSTER! 4500' of descending. If Graves could stay on his bike and keep it running he would have dominated the series so far. Clementz is winning by not pushing the ragged edge on every stage and keeping his bike in one piece. So who is going to win this one?
    Not so much staying on his bike, just no mechanicals, dam Shimano let him down last time.

    Jerome was playing it smart, don't think he was slow he new he could play it safe, tactics buddy, fastest doesn't always win always been like that its racing you have to finish first to be first, Im still gutted about Fabian, too pedaly the last round for him, I feel his pain, I don't mind pedalling but just not into XC style courses of pedalling.

    And would things be different for AC if she hasn't got injured at the first round or has Tracey just gained so much confidence now, shes like Jerome very smart tactically as well as skilled and fast, lethal combo!

    I like your plan and maybe next year they will have points per stage this would add more pressure and be awesome I reckon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robnow View Post
    I'm riding this one As a bit of a fanboy following most of the EWS postings, my day yesterday started with giving Clementz props at the base, then first gondi ride with Chausson, second gondi ride with Keene and Anneke discussing 29ers, she's cute BTW, then running into Vouilloz, unfortunately his partner had a serious crash so helped stabilize and load him, and then ended the day chatting up Graves.

    Fun times and AWESOME weather!!! I've got to say riding the last couple days gettin into charging mode has been STRESSFUL! Day of the race I'm just planning to ride smooth and flowy.
    Awesome, dude, keep us updated aye be great, dam you one lucky man enjoy and have fun, I like your strategy btw good plan, good luck and good hunting, btw cute,is good, haha, will be totally jealous if you get a gondi ride with Hannah Barnes

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    Step right up place your bets!

    Got to be in to win

    Ive gone for

    1: Jared Graves in 1st
    2: Jerome Clem
    3: Fabian, my heart wants a Fab win.

    Womens!

    1st TraceyM just cant see anyone beating her right now, shes got the hole Enduro concept dialled, think the pressure on AC and injury might still be a bit much yet.
    2nd Still AC compared to the rest is the only one in Tracey's league!
    3rd AB is getting steadily better each round a contender for overall next year I reckon, shes learning fast.

    Heart says Hannah Barnes fav female rider by far and kiwi Rosara Joseph will def be in the top 5 I reckon!

    Go Kiwi"s

    Man love to win that Pike! Haha..

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    Anneke is super cute. Met her at a local enduro here in SD. I agree that Jerome is doing a great job managing the races. Much better than the rest of the field. This race is going to be really interesting since the riders will have NO access to support for the ENTIRE race. Yep, they have to be completely self supported!

    I am going to say

    Clementz
    Graves
    Craig

    AC
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    Anneke

    Looks like some great courses. Robnow, I am seriously jealous. Have a great time and stay safe out there. Keep us updated with ride reports.

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    EWS Rd 5 Crankworx WHISTLER 10-11 AUG

    Park trails just getting hammered, so much dust and potholes for Stage 5. And hot dry weather continues for the next few days. 30 Celsius on Sunday.

    Riding stages 1-4 tomorrow.

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    EWS Rd 5 Crankworx WHISTLER 10-11 AUG

    Oh, and do pro call outs work in biking like they do skiing? I yelled out to Curtis Keene today how much faster I am than him

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    Nicely done!!

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    Did he shout back

    Nice picks SP!

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    The OR and CO enduro gnar core dirt roadies are going to shit their pants when riding the Whistler course. have fun rob
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    Nico is out. Broke his shoulder which sounds familiar. Lopes dropped out by choice. Curtis Keene switched to an Enduro 26. Sounds like the courses are GNARLY!

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    BTW I have 8 fresh Ti screws in my shoulder. It was in 5 pieces not 4. If you are going to do it do it right.

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    SP, see if you can use those Ti screws on your bike once you've healed up.......just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Nico is out. Broke his shoulder which sounds familiar. Lopes dropped out by choice. Curtis Keene switched to an Enduro 26. Sounds like the courses are GNARLY!
    whoa, dam 27.5" bikes new they were over rated and dangerous haha

    WTH Lopesy!

    Keene aye, I thought the 26" was dead, yeah right when it gets rough real men and bikes come out to play haha!

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    I will hopefully have some info on Lopes this afternoon. Not sure why he would drop except for illness. I was shocked to see Keene on a 26 after racing a 29 for every other round. Guess he finally wanted to get competitive! I am really curious to see if he improves his placing tomorrow.

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    EWS Rd 5 Crankworx WHISTLER 10-11 AUG

    Talked with Keene earlier in the week about 29. He's been riding it up until a couple days ago, at least what I've seen. The main issue he said is finding tires burly enough in 29 for this course, TOW has a lot of big rocks, especially from Spec. Next season they will have the GRID but none yet. He also said that once you're getting into tires that burly, in 29 they just get too heavy and slow.

    Stages 1-3 are really tight, twisty, and rooty, don't mind them. 3 got shortened though and is really short now. Did not like stage 4 at all, although locals love it, SO blown out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robnow View Post
    Talked with Keene earlier in the week about 29. He's been riding it up until a couple days ago, at least what I've seen. The main issue he said is finding tires burly enough in 29 for this course, TOW has a lot of big rocks, especially from Spec. Next season they will have the GRID but none yet. He also said that once you're getting into tires that burly, in 29 they just get too heavy and slow.
    Interesting, the weight issue was something I always suspected. To get a 29" setup with th stuff I like would get very lardy indeed

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    Is Stage 4 just deep silt? If so then just like here! Anyone want to bet that Keene posts his highest placing yet?

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    BREAKiNG NEWS


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    EWS Rd 5 Crankworx WHISTLER 10-11 AUG

    It's really not that clear, preriding anyway. We weren't told until this morning that wasn't allowed and they would have been told yesterday morning. Although I guess this would of happened yesterday and they weren't allowed to ride before that...so throw the book at him!!!

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    Schley posted a pic of Barel cutting the course as well. Adam Craig may have been shuttling too.

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    Sounds a bit weàk sauce on not being able to find burly enough tires, they have the Butcher in 29er.

    Ive owned Butchers both in DH casing and in the top 2.3 aramid casing whatever its called, these should be burly enough about similar to a Minion or Highroller, maybe weight would be on par, apart from Colorado, Graves rode 2.35 Minions at every other round.

    Maybe they are lighter in 29er tire casing, still to me he's going to say that and rightly so, he's being loyal to his employer, I wonder though without trying to feed the wheel wars what bikes riders would really ride if they had a choice.

    I know CK is one of the few who can choose and really genuinely seems to like the 29er, but I also wonder if that is a case of the terrain or more likely the trails that are being built to road bike level these days, this series has given me hope for proper trails becoming popular again!

    Also for next season I would like to see not only points for each stage!

    But a one bike rule, you can still choose which bike that is but not per round! We don't see different sizes in Formula 1 or in Motocross its std except you can in Moto use different tires brands, which I do agree with.Im not anti competitive to manafactures, its first year so its good that they have had leeway to get a good base to work with.

    So if you decide to use 29er say then thats your rig for the year same with 26" etc.

    I think Keene is riding a 26" is bike purely because the trails up they're are suited to, it looks like its going to be brutal on riders and bikes.
    Thats my take. Will be intersting to see if Tracey rides the Slash, she rode it @ Val d Allos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Breaking news Barel was just caught shuttling practice runs and assessed a 5 minute penalty tomorrow. Weir also posted a pic of Barel cutting the course as well. Adam Craig may have been shuttling as well.
    Really disappointing, like robnow said, hard to understand if this was a miscommunication or just cheating, I would have thought that before the EWS started got kicked off, all the teams and riders would have been given the World Series round information and formats, and the team managers at each round would brief the riders on this at each round get any changes updates etc, talk strategies within the rules, Fabian should know better if this is the case as should the other pros!

    Im sure this info was out when they released the curse info earlier in the week.

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    Lopes was on a Ripley which seems he should have known better

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    Quote Originally Posted by my02 View Post
    SP, see if you can use those Ti screws on your bike once you've healed up.......just a thought.
    If they come out I am keeping them!

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    EWS Rd 5 Crankworx WHISTLER 10-11 AUG

    The Butcher in 29 only comes in Control which is not strong enough. I was running them until Tuesday, switched to Maxxis EXO. Those guys are running SO fast, it's unreal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robnow View Post
    The Butcher in 29 only comes in Control which is not strong enough. I was running them until Tuesday, switched to Maxxis EXO. Those guys are running SO fast, it's unreal.
    Good info cheers, So hey Rob give us run down on your setup for this round.

    Will EXOs be strong enough, no 2 ply thoughts, you gone to bigger suspension, sounds like to me, Id be going atleast 160 in the rear maybe 170 upfront and take my chances in the transfer stages, 25mims plus and for real world riders like us probably 40mins after 4 hard stages, Id be just wanting to make it down each run smoothly and survive, ESP in light of what happened to Nico!

    Some sweet tactical I for from Jerome and Gravey

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    Official EWS Press Release!

    Hello Media Friends,


    Welcome to day 2 of Crankworx Whistler. Please note the following athlete updates regarding tomorrow’s SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, presented by Specialized: Round 5 of the Enduro World Series:


    Nico Voullioz, currently ranked 2nd on the Enduro World Series, has sustained a scaphoid injury in practice that will keep him off of his bike for tomorrow’s race. Everyone at Crankworx and the Enduro World Series wishes Nico a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in action as soon as possible.


    Following an incident during yesterday’s official training, Fabien Barel has been assigned a 5 minute time penalty for a violation of the Outside Assistance Rules.


    "Based on all of the evidence available and following both Fabien and his team’s cooperation, the Chief Of Course has assigned Fabien a 5 minute penalty that will be attached to his overall time in tomorrow’s event,” says Crankworx General Manager and EWS Board Member Darren Kinnaird. “The EWS and Crankworx have worked tirelessly to ensure that we establish an ethos of fairness, mutual respect and equality between all competitors. Because of this, it is critical that we are diligent about enforcing our rules as effectively as we can. We would like to remind all athletes and teams to attend rider briefings and obey Crankworx Outside Assistance Regulations."


    For those seeking further information, please visit crankworx.com or enduroworldseries.com


    **Note for today and tomorrow: Media with accreditation and a Top Of the World ticket will be given access to the Peak chair to access the event.

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    Back to some fun times, always rely on Cedric to entertain braaap

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    Not sure if anyone else saw this but F yeah!

    LIVE WEBCAST
    Stage 5 of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro
    presented by Specialized will be live webcast.
    Tune in here to catch all the action from
    EWS Round 5 at Crankworx Whistler.
    Sunday August 11 | 4:30-7:00pm PDT

    It is being shown on the EWS website!

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    Im not going to miss this!
    Thanks for posting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Not sure if anyone else saw this but F yeah!

    LIVE WEBCAST
    Stage 5 of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro
    presented by Specialized will be live webcast.
    Tune in here to catch all the action from
    EWS Round 5 at Crankworx Whistler.
    Sunday August 11 | 4:30-7:00pm PDT

    It is being shown on the EWS website!

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    Me either Fuenstock, hopefully NLT clashing with MSA WC DH on RedBullTv haha.

    Good stuff SP!

    More clarity on Fabians indiscretion unfortunately not his first though got to say bit surprised and bit shaken up always had the upmost respect for him, not saying I don't now just disappointed and concerned how rife this is as its not good for a new series and organisers need to take this more seriously, I think anyone caught outside of the rules handbook and per event should get an automatic DQ no matter who they are if proven guilty, not a fan of dobbers either! Both need to be stamped out ASAP.
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    Enduro World Series Update: Unauthorized Shuttling?
    UPDATE 8-10-13, 11:45pm PST
    Race Director, Chris Ball sent this message below:
    Following a number of requests for information surrounding the five minute penalty issued to Fabien Barel in Crankworx Whistler we would like to clarify the situation. To avoid riders gaining an unfair advantage and to maintain the spirit of the race on the long liaison stages in the Whistler valley, Crankworx created a rule that outlined no outside assistance (including using a vehicle to assist) would be allowed during the event. This rule was further explained and clarified in a mandatory athlete's breakfast scheduled on Friday morning and hosted by the Crankworx Whistler organisers. Rider's who chose not to attend this briefing missed crucial information regarding course changes, details of shuttling and race specific information. We are not responsible for educating riders who choose to miss planned briefings. Following the submission of evidence by a number of sources and a discussion with Fabien where he cooperated fully, admitted to a lack of knowledge of the rule due to team communications and an admission of his use of a vehicle, the organisation chose to apply a five minute penalty to his race time, removing any advantage that may have been gained from his use of the vehicle. We are all now looking forward to an incredible race here tomorrow.
    Regards, Chris Ball, Director, Enduro World Series


    UPDATE 8-10-13, 9pm
    Check out Adam Craig's response to Lopes


    UPDATE: We have received the following information from the race organizers:
    Following an incident during yesterday’s official training, Fabien Barel has been assigned a 5 minute time penalty for a violation of the Outside Assistance Rules.“Based on all of the evidence available and following both Fabien and his team’s cooperation, the Chief Of Course has assigned Fabien a 5 minute penalty that will be attached to his overall time in tomorrow’s event,” says Crankworx General Manager and EWS Board Member Darren Kinnaird. “The EWS and Crankworx have worked tirelessly to ensure that we establish an ethos of fairness, mutual respect and equality between all competitors. Because of this, it is critical that we are diligent about enforcing our rules as effectively as we can. We would like to remind all athletes and teams to attend rider briefings and obey Crankworx Outside Assistance Regulations.”
    As of now, no further information is available regarding other riders mentioned on Brian Lopes Twitter feed:


    A quick check of the rulebook reveals a categorical statement about shuttling not being allowed (and leading to DQ if ignored):


    Now, it's not entirely clear whether that rule applies to the whole event or just the race (not the first time we've seen ambiguity in how rulebooks are written up). In the absence of a clear indication to the contrary, it would have to seem like this rule applies to the whole event. Additionally, it appears that the riders were explicitly told not to shuttle at the rider briefings, hence the incomprehension as to why any offenders were not DQed at this point.
    We'll keep you updated as the story develops further.
    Riders are underway, hopefully get some good clean racing, go team!

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    Wow not related but WC DH @ Mt St Anne went off. Great viewing!

    Heres some tweet action, cant quite understand how Fab is 3rd in GC after a 5min penalty but whatever lol!

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    Barel takes the SP3 win but Clementz only +5sec keeping him in current GC lead ahead of Barel. Local Jesse Melamed takes 3rd! #cwxenduro
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    Enduro World Series @World_Enduro
    News from the other side of Canada. Congratulations to @stevesmithDH for his win in Mont St Anne!
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    Enduro World Series @World_Enduro
    As top men drop into SP3 Clementz has a 10sec overall lead on graves with Barel +16. Wildhaber 4th +19sec. It's all to play for. #cwxenduro
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    Bike magazine @bikemag
    "I don't feel like I'm racing well, yet" - Tracey Moseley after stage 3 @Crankworx #CWXEnduro
    Retweeted by Enduro World Series
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    Enduro World Series @World_Enduro
    It's Belgium Vs Canada in the juniors. Maes takes takes stage 3. Total stage domination so far today. Canadians fill places 2-5.
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    Enduro World Series @World_Enduro
    Women now finishing Sp3 and Ravanel has beaten Anne Caro by 0.49sec! T-mo 3rd +8.1sec. Is Moseley saving for a strong finish?
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    Clementz takes 2 stages from 2. Graves keeping close +1.3sec behind on SP2, Barel +6.2sec. That keeps the top 3 men's GC in that order!
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    Enduro World Series @World_Enduro
    Clementz takes stage 1 in the men's. Graves +9, Barel +10, wildhaber 4th +13. It's close at the top. Live results on Crankworx :: Whistler - Les 2 Alpes
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    Enduro World Series @World_Enduro
    Anne caro has just taken SP2 as well! Ravanel +17, Joseph +23 and T-Mo 4th +27. 2 stages down 3 to go. The race is on. #cwxenduro
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    Enduro World Series @World_Enduro
    Motivational talk courtesy of Canadian legend Brett Tippie at the end of stage 2. One thing is for sure - the... http://fb.me/HmGklXNF
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    Waiting for Stage 5 to start on the big screen!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Waiting for Stage 5 to start on the big screen!

    Yeah boi, prime location enjoy! Got me a coffee and doing it couch style, go Jerome, no wait go Gravesy!

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    Barel's penalty will not get assessed until after Stage 5. Still waiting for the video feed to start!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Barel's penalty will not get assessed until after Stage 5. Still waiting for the video feed to start!!
    Yeah the awesomely hawt Jackie confirmed that lol, all FAB here

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    ACC takes the win braaap great to see her back to her best after the broken ribs injury @ EWS rd 1..

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    Go Gravesy!!

    Great result

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    GRAVESY takes it!

    Yeah boi, Jared Graves does the impossible, braaaaaaaaaap

    yeahaaaaaa!


    Nice little come back at the end of his interview with jackie too, take that you commentators waffling on about 9er this 27.5 that, top 3 smoked all pretenders again.

    American dream should stayed on 26" Enduro might have finished.

    Jerome 2nd.

    Kiwi, Jamie Nicol SC Nomad 3rd fricken awesome

    So stoked !!!


    Hope Robnow did well too btw.
    When ya recovered few days give us the run down dude!
    Must have been so awesome being riding theyre.

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    That coverage was about as entertaining as watching paint dry. Nice to have attention for enduro, but still...
    On heavy rotation: White Lung: Deep Fantasy

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    Quote Originally Posted by budgie View Post
    That coverage was about as entertaining as watching paint dry. Nice to have attention for enduro, but still...
    Bang on the money they're Budgie, if it wasnt for Jackie Id have switched off pretty much, as it was I did work in between and missed ACC crossing the line dam it, but yeah I would have liked to have seen more camera"s on the stage and less waffling buy a bunch or retards pretending they know bikes! I thought Jackies questions were quite good though

    Why they didn't have Ritchie Schlyer and Tippie doing the commentary I will never understand, that would almost be as good as Warner and CG on WC DH commentary, instead we get channel muppets!

    Josh Carlson was ok but he was a bit OTT on the sales pitch for Giant, Sram, Schwalbe and 27.5" it was almost like a cricket commentary where they just talk shit during overs! Funny you mention paint I did do some painting on the garage today haha.

    Still JG finally won one of these these things!

    Interesting to note the only bikes to break the 50min barrier were 26"
    Nuff said!

    Poor Cedric flatting as well, I thought he was going to send the gap with that flat, good call to pull out doubt even he could have made it, she was toast!

    ps Im not anti wheel size just anti 26" talk of it being dead and buried, as the commentators said results don't lie, Karmas a *****..

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    Full results on Pinkbike

    Kiwi girl Rosara Joseph continually gets great results basically a privateer, not sure how much help or if any she gets from Yeti factory or if its all NZ importer based but she just continually achieves great results while the bigger names get all the attention, being a Kiwi she probably prefers that, but someone should seriously sponsor this girl.
    What the hell 2 Kiwis in top 10, for once I"ll claim an Aussie as a Kiwi usually they do that to us haha.


    Will Adam Craig's result stand I thought he got caught cheating?

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    Fab accused him, but it was a false accusation which Fab later denied. I picked three of the top 4 for both the women's and the mens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Fab accused him, but it was a false accusation which Fab later denied. I picked three of the top 4 for both the women's and the mens!
    Fair enough, Lopes must have just been piss taking ACraig about Fab, not sure why Fab would be doing this makes no sense to me really but maybe Im just a bit naive, not so about cycling esspecially road, but maybe just Enduro, seems like some team managers may or may not have understood or relayed information, that said I think penalties should be enforced to prevent this becoming rife or getting a start, still a huge Fab fan, but I think he should have been DQ"d more as a notice to all riders that they're are no exceptions to the rules and its riders responsibility to be aware of changes and attend or have a representative attend all rider briefings, no excuses this is a World Championships, sponsors everybody have allot to gain and lose, the sport has the most to lose, it can't happen period imo.

    Was pretty happy with my picks as well, ACC smoked it, no one would have got Jamie Nicol so stoked for him,p though, good work on picks SP

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    Wasn't going to post this but I think its important, top riders are not role models but are examples of the sport and represent the sport at all levels so I think its important this gets stamped out ASAP at organiser level, no exceptions.

    Every rider that turns up pro or non pro deserves to race at a fair level playing field, thats what Enduro is about, its not XC its not TDF or DH, its Enduro lets not screw this up like the rest.

    I think the below is pretty bang on or its how I feel anyway.

    CHEATING AT THE ENDURO WORLD SERIES?

    Unfortunately I wasn’t surprised when I woke this morning to see that VitalMTB had posted news containing allegations of cheating in the Whistler round of the Enduro World Series. Heck, I have had several off-the-record conversations with Enduro World Series competitors and it’s apparently rife.


    What does surprise me though is the seemingly lack of will from the Enduro World Series, the media that closely follows the racing, and the athletes who compete, to either say or do anything appropriate about it.


    Of course I cannot confirm any allegations, and I am not pointing a finger at any single rider, but the sheer potential of cheating is so disappointing and worthy of public debate.


    The series thus far has been riddled with underground murmurs and rumours about cheating since the first event in Italy. Hiding food (to allow for a lighter backpack), bike swapping, riding liaison stages without helmets, cutting the courses, illegal practise, outside assistance… the allegations go on. It was only a few weeks ago I watched Cedric Gracia, livid at the time, expressing his anger at all the cheating at Enduro racing. My hat goes off to him – at least he speaks out.


    Of course there will always be the argument of “bending the rules” but even that can be enforced by establishing the right culture of good sportsmanship. Culture, and the power of its combined peer pressure, sometimes has more power than any policing or enforcement can ever have.


    To me it all represents a potential failure for the inaugural season of what is supposed to be the future of our sport. Enduro is a battle of rider vs terrain and gets back to the roots of our sport, with a sense of fun thrown in. I love the concept of Enduro racing and the thought of people cheating is beyond belief.


    A cheat is a cheat. We all throw our hands in the air in disgust and anger when someone gets busted for drugs. Why not apply the same enthusiasm to punish and shame the “non-drug” cheats. After all, a cheat is a cheat not matter what. The seconds gained from a pre-race shot of EPO is no different from the seconds and minutes gained from cutting the course.


    I personally feel that if the organisers don’t get serious about both policing and enforcing the rules, and the true spirit of the sport, then we, the fans, will lose interest very quickly and the end of Enduro will happen well before we had had enough time to enjoy it.


    My challenge to the organisers of the Enduro World Series, the media, and the athletes is to make a bigger effort to catch the cheats, test the allegations and their actions using the appropriate mechanisms, and if found guilty, apply the same penalties as you would a drug cheat. Stop any potential for cheating to rot the core of the sport.


    A cheat is a cheat and if you let to happen at the top echelons of the sport what hope is there for Enduro racing at the grass roots level?


    I love Enduro, at least when I know it’s honest.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Stage 5 is a MONSTER! 4500' of descending. ...
    Megavalanche is almost 10,000' descending...

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    Fab Interview

    The other side of the situation!

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    Very enlightening interview, they're s alway bound to be teething issues with a new series, but these are experienced people who have run events for years.

    Initially based on what the media had reported on all sites, Shuttling should imo require a DQ, for me this was more about enforcing the spirit of but shame on me for not waiting until the full facts coming out, am a huge Fabian fan always have been and while still standing by my hero I was swayed by bad media reporting and facts, whether the full facts are ever clear is murky why its gets my back up so much, apologies Fabian, to me this is not shuttling.

    I love cycling right back to the days while before my time, with Eddy Mercx the Cannibal, I grew up road riding along with BMX and Moto x, he was one of my heroes when I was on the road bike back, so having lost all my passion for TDF and road cycling due to recent years of beat down of drugs corruption at the highest levels and only the riders taking the heat, Ive had enough of it, this is not a road I want to see MTB let alone Enduro start down.

    Shame on the sniper friend, pretty obvious who that is, Fabian still not sniping on those who accused him yet still taking the heat, thats real character imo, no one is perfect, lest of all me, but that speaks volumes for me, not so for those who use twitter FB etc for bullying sniping or what we call here crawling.

    Unfortunately for this round I think the organisers at Whistler and EWS have tainted this round for me somewhat through lack of real leadership, and not clearing this up from the get go, using a generalisation rather than actually what took place has given something thats not a standard rule bad publicity, thats poor leadership!

    Probably the round of the series for trails, riding, and exposure, pity that this was imo so badly handled and I feel for Fabian, being labelled a cheat having to face riders media online stuff etc hopefully allot is learned from this one moving fwd.

    Im off now to shuttle my way to the trails, only 30km to the forest car park. Just in case it ends up on Twitter! thank gawd I don't even have an account, and I never will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    Wasn't going to post this but I think its important, top riders are not role models but are examples of the sport and represent the sport at all levels so I think its important this gets stamped out ASAP at organiser level, no exceptions.

    Every rider that turns up pro or non pro deserves to race at a fair level playing field, thats what Enduro is about, its not XC its not TDF or DH, its Enduro lets not screw this up like the rest.

    I think the below is pretty bang on or its how I feel anyway.
    No shuttling is a legit rule, but it was applied in the worst and most nit picky fashion in this case. The course was huge and bisected by highway 99. Driving down high highway 99to get to the bottom of the stage 2-3 transition is hardly shuttling. Also don't tell me that the whistler locals all got in their cars and drove to the village parking area rather than leaving from their front door. Having a buddy shuttle you partway up a stage is one thing. Driving down a 4lane highway to access the course crossing is something totally different. Sad that Fabian paid the penalty for something that the vast majority of the locals, amateurs, and anyone else without name recognition did anyway.

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    I agree that he got the short end of the stick, but he has also gotten away with things several times during the series with just warnings. I think the organizers just reached their limit. Ritchey Schley also posted over the weekend about getting a lesson in course cutting from Fab along with a picture. They should have enforced the rules evenly from the beginning and these problems wouldn't exist.

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    And as long as the same rule applies to everyone!

    Good info thorkild hard to understand about the location the highway trail crossings etc without being they're, still they're seems allot of inconsistency in what actually happened and whats perception and whats being reported, thats my main issue.

    Anyways we should be talking about how awesome this event was, Jareds great ride on the last stage, here is a wikid vid, way better than the live coverage and really shows the trails and riders and how good this was.

    check it out if ya haven't already.

    Tippie is a ruddy legend btw love his energy, just brilliant, always entertaining!

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    This section looks sic and in the video above looked even better! also liked the gap jump line at the end before the finish line, pity more riders didn"t hit that line, Jerome did wikid, great they had 2 line choices, its good for the crowd and helps reward riders with a faster line but more risk, no risk no reward!



    Looking forward to hearing from robnow when he recovers, hopefully gives us
    a full run down of everything

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    That video is awesome, I can't wait to see the DirtTV edit drop. Those chutes look SKETCHY! I think the JC/AC had the best finishes with JC taking the top prize. I thought for sure he was going into/over the railing!

    Interesting that almost 2/3 of the stages have been won on 26" bikes... I don't think it is the 26's, but shows that 275 is not really making a difference. Now it could be said that JC/JG are at an advantage since they are not being FORCED to ride 275 since their sponsors don't make them. Guess we will see soon since I am sure that Yeti and Cannondale will both release something soon. It was awesome to hear almost every rider state these were the best stages of the year since it was North America and not Europe. Gives me hope that they will figure it out over here!

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    SB66 is one of the best out they're, if not for an HD Id have gone that way myself, Yeti have said no 27.5 till 2015 if they even go that way, btw SB66c's are popping up here like candy this year, makes me happy though as dont want to many HDs/Rs showing me up, SBs are killing it in the results as as well dam it.

    Im not buying into any wheel size as a replacement for 26", I may one day add one to the stable as Ive always said with another 29er but for me it will never be a replacement for a 26".

    I do think they're are advantages and disadvantages to each but racing proves that, sum of all its parts do make a difference at this level, you can see it clearly at World Cup DH level, I think this series is a wake up call to some manufacturers whether they listen or see it is another thing!

    Next we will be told we need to add a basket to the front of our bikes.

    While I still can ride well enough I be rocking my HD as a std mtb as long as possible and support those manafactures that stick with 26" why I will be dropping Fox for good if the rumours are true.

    Id rather pump money into some skills, I could always improve on,
    I already have a super bike, something I think many here forget the Ibis Mojo HD is one heck of a frame, as are many other high end brands, imo probably more bike than most will ever need in terms of sheer capability me included will never outgrow the capabilities of this frame, its skills or lack of you just can't blame the frame in this case.

    I like the Ripley and if I was to add a 9er to my stable it would be the Ripley, but it won't replace my HD.

    Ive ridden most other brands so I have no wondering eye for something that maybe better, I have not ridden the new Enduro 29er but I dont like FSR and wont ever go back theyre again on a Specialized, only the new HDR really takes my fancy, I like some aspects of the Jeckyll but hate proprietary shocks, SB66c is a great ride but the HD nailed it for me and every time I see my HD Im like dam you're one fine girl, I have no insecurity issues with her at all even though shes a 10.

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    Its funny I have the opportunity to pick up an SB66c for cheap right now. May grab it, ride it for a few weeks and then sell it for some extra toy money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Its funny I have the opportunity to pick up an SB66c for cheap right now. May grab it, ride it for a few weeks and then sell it for some extra toy money!
    Ride it, let us know what you think.

    Heres another diary update from JG (Gravsey)

    Bike Specs
    Frame – Yeti sb66c Medium
    Fork – Fox 34 R.A.D
    Rear Suspension – Fox Float X
    Seatpost – Thomson Elite Dropper
    Wheels – DT Swiss 240 hubs, 500 rims, Aerolite spokes, alloy nipples
    Tires – Maxxis Minion 2.5 EXO (ghetto/split tube tubeless) @ 27psi F/30psi R
    Brakes – Shimano XTR race lever, Saint calipers, 180mm Ice-Tech Rotors
    Derailleur – Shimano XTR Shadow Plus
    Cranks – Shimano XTR 170-millimeter with Stages Power Meter
    Chainring – Shimano Saint 38-tooth
    Casette – Shimano XTR 11-36
    Pedals – Shimano XTR trail
    Chainguide – E13 LG1
    Bars and Stem – Renthal Fatbar Lite (740mm width and 20mm rise); Duo Stem (50mm)
    Headset – Chris King
    Grips – ODI Ruffian MX

    Someone mentions he was using a 11/42t not sure how accurate,
    I think my02 mentioned it earlier courses like this need a decent tire of casing and width, 2.5 Minions @ 26" is imo an advantage, plenty of riders in that last stage got flats on bigger wheels.

    Nico had a great interview as well about keeping courses like this, unlike the WC DH where cutting roots out spraying rocks etc, long may it continue!

    Pike that SB66 dude and go rip!

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    I can get a deal on a Pike and XX1 too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    I can get a deal on a Pike and XX1 too!
    Dont you have XX1 already? If not do it for both, you might like your little wheels again and get KOM uphill and downhill haha!

    Awesome vid from DirtTv @ Dirt!


    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://mpora.com/videos/AAdjwqqjvxw0/embed" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>
    <p><a href="http://mpora.com/videos/AAdjwqqjvxw0">DirtTV: Enduro World Series Round 5 Whistler Roundup </a> a <a href="http://mpora.com/mountainbiking">Mountain Biking video by orpheusproductions</a></p>


    Something I notice is how balanced Jeromes bike is, while not a CDale fan as such I do like his bike, but its the setup just looks so right up down round probably the best all round setup for me, though not sure on those rims and tires still, but balanced is the only way to describe it, love Weirs handlebars too!

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    Is that robnow @ 12:40 left hand in screen with white HD

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    EWS Rd 5 Crankworx WHISTLER 10-11 AUG

    That DirtTV footage was awesome, they do a great job each time. My buddy Hayden actually had the cameo out of the start gate of Stage 2.

    Yeah, awesome event. It was NOT easy, as you can tell I'm sure from all the footage and interviews. I ended up middle of the pack in Amateur, couple crashes, I've got a LOT of work to do to ride at the speed the fast guys are travelling which is why I'm staying in Whistler I've lived here in winters but never in summer, such an awesome place. My buddy Dave, hes quick, lived here for years, won the Amateur class and there were a lot of good locals in there and more locals in the Pro class. Just crazy to think though how much faster Graves, Clementz, et al are.

    The fourth stage which I didn't like preriding went way better in the race, each stage was a lot of fun really, except for the climbs in Stage 2. We had lots of time on the transfer stages, it's so nice to be able to just take it easy stage to stage. Even had lunch at the patio between stages 4 and 5. Stage 5 was a monster. 3/4 of the way down TOTW I could not feel my right braking finger at all, just knew it had to be working. Zoned out most of the run and any pain actually went away in the last 1/4 of the run.

    I ran an XL HD, Monarch+ that I've had for 3 seasons and a Float. The day before the race I dropped my fork off at the Fox trailer for tech support, told them I had oil migrating into air chamber. Awesome guys, completely serviced it, new seals, also complained about the RLC cartridge because never liked the feel of it, guess what, R2C now, they just changed it over. Still working on dialing it in but feeling better for sure. Maxxis EXO Minion front and HR2 rear, felt pretty good although I will say I've had a few surprise crashes in the deep soft silt on rock, prob attributable to me, not the tires. Tires def heavier than I was used to, especially considering on Monday I put on a Raceface 32 N/W chainring to go 1x10 (chain actually dropped once on the way to Stage 1), with the Specialized tires felt so light and nimble.

    Locals have been complaining the last couple days after the race due to the carnage to their trails. With two training days and one race day with 300 riders, some devastation def occurred. Not sure a lot of them want the race to happen again here, or else keep it in the park.

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    Sounds amazing time and experience robnow, cheers for the update and great info.

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