The Whistler round of the Enduro World Series always provides for some of the most thrilling racing of the entire season. The tracks here are long, steep and tough making for a cruel mistress. Sometimes we see brilliance, breakthrough rides from young, hungry riders and old masters showing why they are at the top of the game. Other times the mountains offer a glimpse of success, only to take it away again just as quickly, smashing bikes, bodies and dreams on the unforgiving rock. This year was no different and while the climbing maybe be diminished this year, the challenge this race poses riders was certainly not.
Isabeau Courdurier might just be the happiest woman in Whistler tonight. Her goal for the season was to get her first stage win and she did just that today on stage 4. She didn't realize when she crossed the line, and to watch the realization sink was to watch pure joy.