Finire - EWS 7/Superenduro 6 in Finale Ligure

Oct 21, 2013
by Matt Wragg  


























Finire

bigquotesFinire: To finish, to end verb, Italian

It seems like it was only yesterday that people were nervously arriving at the opening round of the Enduro World Series at Punta Ala, back in May of this year. Nerves were high, and outside the smaller inner circle of the Enduro World Series nobody really knew quite what to expect. People who had competed in these kind of races before wondered how much the World Series would change the sport, others simply wanted to know what the hell enduro racing was. The main question on everyone's lips was: "Will it work?" Nearly six months later we can now say for sure: "Yes, it does." We've had seven amazing races, five different formats of racing, two continents, five race winners and three deserving Enduro World Champions.

So before we go any further with the coverage of today's race, we should all take a moment to thank everyone who has poured their time, money and experience into this series. From the man who pulled it all together, Chris Ball; to the EWS board, Enrico Guala, Franco Monchiero Fred Glo and Darren Kinnaird; the board's advisers; to the sponsors, the racers and the race staff. There are far too many to even try and name in one paragraph, so we won't try. This series has changed the sport of enduro, we think for the better, by taking it to a world stage and proving that it is possible to run a successful series without the support of cycling's international governing body. Thank you, all of you.

Mist hung on the hills first thing this morning but the rain that was threatened never materialised aside from a few spots.
  Mist hung on the hills first thing this morning, but the rain that was threatened didn't materialise until about 5pm when I started writing that it hadn't rained today...

7 15 am and Chris Ball is checking the details.
  7:15 am and Chris Ball is checking the details.

Jared Graves stratching after he and Jerome Clementz were brought back to the start on Sunday morning.
  It should be of no surprise to anyone that an athlete like Jared Graves takes his race preparation seriously; we're pretty sure that none of us could manage this stretch.

Remy Absalon and Fab Barel wait for the start which was delayed by 40 minutes because the ambulance ran late. Rules say that the race can t start without so everyone had to wait.
  Remy Absalon and Fab Barel wait for the start, which was delayed by 40 minutes because the ambulance ran late. Rules say that the race can't start without, so everyone had to wait.

The organisers didn t realise that the ambulance wasn t on course until after Jerome Clementz and Jared Graves had set off on the first transfer. The Superenduro pickup was dispatched to collect them and bring them back to the start until the ambulance was in place then in the name of fairness took them back out to where it picked them up so they didn t have to pedal further than the rest of the field.
  The organisers didn't realise that the ambulance wasn't on course until after Jerome Clementz and Jared Graves had set off on the first transfer. The Superenduro pickup was dispatched to collect them and bring them back to the start until the ambulance was in place, then, in the name of fairness, took them back out to where it picked them up so they didn't have to pedal further than the rest of the field.

Those final seconds before the start some racers go into a trance like state....
  Those final seconds before the start, some racers go into a trance like state....

.....some seen to disappear inside their minds for those brief final seconds......
  .....some seen to disappear inside their minds for those brief final seconds......

...while others look they are taking dead aim at what lies ahead.
  ...while others look they are taking dead aim at what lies ahead.

One name you probably know and another you should having fun on the transfer. While Curtis Keene is pretty well-known on both sides of the Atlantic until this season Yoann Barelli has not been someone people talked about much outside of France. That 12 plate is his EWS ranking before this race and should tell you everything you need to know about how quick he is.
  One name you probably know, and another you should, having fun on the transfer. While Curtis Keene is pretty well-known on both sides of the Atlantic, until this season Yoann Barelli has not been someone people talked about much outside of France. That 12 plate is his EWS ranking before this race and should tell you everything you need to know about how quick he is.

Liaisons stages were long during all the week-end. These two riders go out of Finale Ligure to pedal through the old town of FinaleBorgo to climb to the stage 5.
  Liaisons stages were long all weekend. These two riders go out of Finale Ligure to pedal through the old town of FinaleBorgo to climb to the stage 5.

Long steep transfers are sure to keep the legs burning and well fatigued.
  The transfers then become long and steep to keep the legs burning and well fatigued.

It s amazing what you find trackside. This was on a steep section and both rails were snapped clean through. It s fairly safe bet that whatever happened to snap them hurt a lot.
  It's amazing what you find trackside. This was on a steep section and both rails were snapped clean through. It's fairly safe bet that whatever happened to snap them hurt, a lot.

On stage one this morning nobody could touch Clementz and he overtook Graves for the overall lead as the two of them pulled away from the rest of the field.
  On stage one this morning nobody could touch Clementz and he overtook Graves for the overall lead as the two of them pulled away from the rest of the field.

Even if he already had the EWS title before Finale Ligure Jey Clementz showed us that he could win again. 1st at the big finale and 1st Enduro World Champion. Amazing rider
  Even if he already had the EWS title before Finale Ligure, he showed us that he could win again.

Graves gets up close and personal with the flora on stage one. Could this have been where he lost the race while he didn t come off the bike he did un clip and it surely cost him precious time.
  Jared Graves gets up close and personal with the flora on stage one. Could this have been where he lost the race? while he didn't come off the bike, he did un clip and it surely cost him precious time.

Jared Graves railing the loose dirt turns on stage five.
  Graves railing the loose dirt turns on stage five.

Our second favourite German after Maddog Boris of course charging one of the loose straight shoots on stage five.
  Our second favourite German, after Mad Dog Boris of course, charging one of the loose straight chutes on stage five.

Tobi Woggon on stage five.
  Tobi Woggon on stage five.

It was another average day in the office for Manuel Ducci as he ended up far further back than he would have liked to be. But in the end it didn t matter as Davide Sottocornola was finding the going equally tough and was nowhere near the three digit figure in points he needed to overhaul Ducci gifting Manuel the 2013 Superenduro PRO series title.
  It was another average day in the office for Manuel Ducci as he ended up far further back than he would have liked to be. But in the end it didn't matter as Davide Sottocornola was finding the going equally tough and was nowhere near the three digit figure in points he needed to overhaul Ducci, gifting Manuel the 2013 Superenduro PRO series title.

A cracking ride from Greg Callaghan netted him 20th this weekend his best ever result in one of these races.
  A cracking ride from Greg Callaghan netted him 25th this weekend, his best ever result in one of these races.

Much of the bottom of stage five were this kind of narrow high-speed channels through the rock.
  Much of the bottom of stage five were this kind of narrow, high-speed channels through the rock.

Theo Galy
  Theo Galy is quietly working his way up towards the sharp end of things. He got solid 14th today.

Martin Maes on the gas in stage six.
  Martin Maes on the gas in stage six.

After wining the stage 1 yesterday Martin Maes took the 3rd place overall of the week-end. He also is a Junior lives in a flat country Belgium and is the first Enduro World Champion in Junior category. Sorry
Martin Maes benefitted from a crash by Barel on the final stage to haul his way to third in the scratch times.
  Maes benefited from a crash by Barel on the final stage to haul his way to third in the scratch times, making up ground on Fabien from when he crashed the day before.

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  The stage was treacherous, as Katy Winton found out.

Cecile Ravanel charging hard into the steep gnar of the sixth stage to take third place.
  Cecile Ravanel charging hard into the steep gnar of the sixth stage to take third place.

Anne-Caroline Chausson just could match Tracy Moseley today as she watched her overnight lead dissolve and land her back into second.
  Anne-Caroline Chausson just could not match Tracy Moseley today as she watched her overnight lead dissolve and land her back into second.

Tracy Moseley is not only a DH World Champion she now is the first Enduro World Champion in women category. Congrats Tracy
  Tracy Moseley already has a DH World Champion title, and now she can add Enduro World Champion to her resume.

The camo gear is fitting as there was literally a small army of marhsalls out lining the course today.
  The camo gear is fitting as there was literally a small army of mashals out lining the course today.

Crai Adam on the steep part during the stage 5
  At the end of stage five there was a big crowd cheering riders on, as Adam Craig found out.

There s nothing like a bit of home turf support as Marco Fontana holds it wide open through the final steep rock section on stage five.
  There's nothing like a bit of home turf support, as Marco Fontana holds it wide open through the final, steep rock section on stage five. A more-than-respectable 20th for the crowd favourite.

Somehow Francesco Colombo managed to save this ballride drift on the rocks at the bottom of stage five to hold his position as second fastest Italian.
  Somehow Francesco Colombo managed to save this ballride/drift on the rocks at the bottom of stage five to hold his position as second fastest Italian.

Well choose the one you prefer Josh Ratboy Bryceland managed to turn only with the rear wheel in this technical turn.
  Josh "Ratboy" Bryceland pulls a high speed manual around a technical turn.

Francois Bailly Maitre was soo fast and join the rider in the from of him in the stage 5
  Francois Bailey-Maitres broken collar bone earlier this season meant he started well back in the order and spent the day hunting down the riders ahead of him.

Tracy Moseley got flat tire on the end of the stage 5.
  Even a flat tyre on stage five couldn't slow down Tracy Moseley today.

Stage six rough rocky and very physically demanding. Here is where you feel the fatigue
Nicolas Lau on the end of the stage 6. He was the faster rider on the one.
  Nico Lau won stage six, and ended up in sixth place overall for the weekend.

The man on the left is Matteo Cappe the official Superenduro series photographer and the man responsible for most of the great images you see on the Superenduro website.
  The man on the right is Matteo Cappe, the official Superenduro series photographer and the man responsible for most of the great images you see on the Superenduro website.

Alex Lupato was the fastest of the Italians this weekend and had some family support in doing that.
  Alex Lupato was the fastest of the Italians this weekend and had some family support in doing that.

With this lot it s hard to be sure whether they are posing for the camera couldn t work out how to open the cans or are cruising for well...
  With this lot it's hard to be sure whether they are posing for the camera, couldn't work out how to open the cans or are cruising for, well...

Three downhill racers or ex-downhill racer having fun at an Enduro race. I don t know how Kathy Sessler does but she has the worst kids ever
  The three stooges - Peaty, Gracia, and Bryceland. There's never a dull moment with this trio around.

It s not the race Manuel Ducci would have wanted to win the series with but after a long tough season of racing he s damn sure going to enjoy that title.
  It's not the race Manuel Ducci would have wanted to win the series with, but after a long, tough season of racing he's damn sure going to enjoy that title.

Four absolute legends of Italian mountain biking Pippo Maragni Roberto Vernassa Claudio Conte and Stefano Migliorini. Pippo built the Val di Sole World Cup track Roberto Vernassa tends San Romolo Claudio Conte the San Bartolomeo trail area and Stefano Migliorini was one of the first Italians to race World Cup DH.
  Four absolute legends of Italian mountain biking: Pippo Maragni, Roberto Vernassa, Claudio Conte and Stefano Migliorini. Pippo built the Val di Sole World Cup track, Roberto Vernassa tends San Romolo, Claudio Conte the San Bartolomeo trail area and Stefano Migliorini was one of the first Italians to race World Cup DH.

Jerome s parents were here with the french flag to proudly support their son.
  Jerome's parents were here with the french flag to proudly support their son.

Mad Dog Boris taking advantage of the damage to the canopy of the stage caused by heavy rain. Only Boris can find a silver lining to near disaster.
  Mad Dog Boris taking advantage of the damage to the canopy above the podium caused by heavy rain. Only Boris can find a silver lining to near disaster.

The Enduro World Series trophies.
  The Enduro World Series trophies.

Podium of the last Episode EWS with Tracy Moseley Anne Caroline Chausson and C cile Ravanel.
  Women's podium: 1. Tracy Moseley 2. Anne-Caroline Chausson 3.Cecile Ravanel

Jared Graves 2nd Jey Clementz 1st and Fabien Barel 3rd . This is the overall podium in Men category of the Enduro World Series 2013.
  Men's podium: 1. Jerome Clementz 2. Jared Graves 3. Fabien Barel

Here are the World s fastest women on an Enduro bike. Enduro World Series overall women category 1st - Tracy Moseley 2nd - Ceciel Ravanel 3rd - Anne-Caroline Chausson
  Here are the World's fastest women on an Enduro bike. Enduro World Series overall women category : 1st - Tracy Moseley 2nd - Ceciel Ravanel 3rd - Anne-Caroline Chausson

The 3 winners of the EWS are in the see after the podium. Jerome Clementz Tracy Moseley et Matin Maes.
  Despite the weather, Jerome headed straight for the sea after the podium.

After a champagne shower and then a rain shower Jerome Clementz needed a beer to celebrate his World Champion title.
  After a champagne shower and then a rain shower, Jerome Clementz needed a beer to celebrate his World Champion title.

The men behind the Enduro World Series year 1 including Darren Kinnaird Enrico Guala Chris Ball Fred Glo and Franco Monchiero.
  The men behind the Enduro World Series, year 1, including Darren Kinnaird, Enrico Guala, Chris Ball and Fred Glo.

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30 Comments

  • 53 1
 Love the coverage on EWS! Way to go PB!!! Awesome!
  • 11 0
 Yes, it was awesome. For the next season I wish myself great video coverage as well, like that one we saw for the round in Whistler.
  • 20 2
 I would like to see jerome race a world cup downhill race! that would be interesting to see
  • 10 1
 Dear UCI,

Please don't touch this aspect of cycling for the following reasons:

a) It looks like everyone is having fun, I am sure you would ruin that.
b) No one likes you for screwing up 4X (I am sure Jared Graves agrees).
c) Sod off!

Best regards

A Mountain Biker
  • 11 1
 Would be really nice to see a list of bike builds in this races, as same as you did some time ago with WC I think it was!!
  • 9 0
 Still wondering why Brian Lopes is not in these type of events. Would also love to see how he'd fair in Megavalanche.
  • 2 0
 He's too competitive...
  • 1 0
 lol I hear ya. Has an AMA been done with Lopes on PB yet? If not, requesting a Lopes AMA, that'd be my question for him.
  • 6 0
 Manuel Ducci looks alot like Georges St.Pierre!
  • 3 0
 Lets face it this is a format that includes world champion downhillars and world champion XC racers. Those on the podiums here are Titans !
  • 3 0
 If ACC hadn't been out with an injury after the first world enduro, I think things on that podium might looked a little different!
  • 1 0
 I'm not sure there is that much in it to be honest. Tracey is on it.
  • 3 1
 I know it's new and coverage isn't in full force, but a video would be nice to appreciate the skill these guys have going down through the stage.
  • 4 0
 Is the women's podium 1st - 29er, 2nd - 650b, 3rd - 26"?
  • 1 0
 Looks like it. And the men's is all 26!
  • 3 1
 Still don't get this format.... do you need "XC" legs to do well in Enduro?
  • 4 0
 It's more important to have a "DH" pecker.
  • 4 0
 Yes. You need XC legs with DH pecker between. Talked to some power meter guys. The race file actually looks a lot like criterium files. So you need crit (or endurance track) legs is more like it.
  • 3 0
 You need power. XC legs are generally good for endurance. Nino Shurter definitely looks more powerful than the average XC rider. I think thats why the really fit DH guys like Blenkinsop and Minnaar have done well at the EWS they've done. Massive power from DH and fitness endurance as they take their training very seriously. You also need strength to manhandle the bike around for stages that long. I would say all round conditioning is important.
  • 3 0
 did you shoot those rider portraits in imax?! Wink
  • 1 0
 Even I dont have any possibilities to ride on such terrain and bikes like these, but I'm in love with enduro mountain biking. Frown
  • 2 0
 Dat neckvein in the Marco Fontana pic, lol.
  • 2 0
 Start/Finish => Partenza/Arrivo Wink
  • 3 0
 I chose finire because there is more meaning to the word than arrivo, I considered la fine too, but this works better for me.
  • 2 0
 That's FINE! ;-)
  • 1 0
 The three stooges - Peaty, Gracia, and Bryceland.I can't imagine the party after that Smile wooo...
  • 1 0
 The most fun award definitely goes to the Santa Cruz lads.
  • 1 0
 Matt "finire" means nothing in this context ;-)
Traguardo or Arrivo
  • 1 0
 First pic: Gold!

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