Photo Epic: Crankworx Whistler - SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized

Aug 10, 2015
by Matt Wragg  



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.



After a day and night of storms it looked threatening as things got under way today. Luckily the sun came out just as the race got underway and conditions could not have been any better.
After a day and night of storms it looked threatening as things got under way today. Luckily the sun came out just as the race got under way and conditions could not have been any better.

Anytime cut spike are needed for racing you know it is going to be a good day.
Any time cut spikes are needed for racing you know it's going to be a good day.

Yoann Barelli got Believe--Attack--Execute on his handlebars and the Giant rider took that literally coming in second on the day.
Yoann Barelli has got 'Believe-Attack-Execute' on his handlebars, and the Giant rider took that literally, coming in second on the day.

Jared Graves was very open that the tight tracks here in Whistler don t suit him too well That doesn t mean he was hanging around though as Cedric found out on stage one.
Jared Graves was very open that the tight tracks here in Whistler don't suit him too well That doesn't mean he was hanging around though, as Cedric found out on stage 1.

Mitch Ropelato drops through the fog that was blowing in and out for the early starters on Top of the World for stage two.
Mitch Ropelato drops through the fog that was blowing in and out for the early starters on Top of the World for stage 2.

Adam Craig dropping into stage 2.
Adam Craig dropping into stage 2.

Marco Osborne tackles the rooks just above tree line on stage two.
Marco Osborne tackles the rooks just above tree line on stage 2.

Ines Thoma pushing on stage 2.
Ines Thoma pushing on stage 2.

Pauline Dieffenthaler crashed three times and lost a glove by the end of the day but she would keep fighting to take 6th.
Pauline Dieffenthaler crashed three times and lost a glove by the end of the day, but she would keep fighting to take 6th.

Anneke Beerten half way down Top of the World on stage two.
Anneke Beerten half way down Top of the World on stage 2.

Last years winner Ceclile Ravenel pushed hard but could not match the pace of Tracy Moseley today.
Last year's winner Cecile Ravenel pushed hard, but could not match the pace of Tracy Moseley today.

Miranda Miller got fifth in Mont Saint Anne at the World Cup DH last weekend this weekend she nailed sixth in the EWS here in Whistler.
Miranda Miller got 5th in Mont Saint Anne at the World Cup DH last weekend, this weekend she nailed 5th in the EWS here in Whistler.

Anneke Beerten wasn t feeling it so much this weekend and her knee is still sore from Crested Butte. She still managed fourth but was a good margin of the winning pace this time out.
Anneke Beerten wasn't feeling it so much this weekend and her knee is still sore from Crested Butte. She managed 4th but was a good margin off the winning pace this time out.

The Whistler woods make for some of the best dirt on the planet.
The Whistler woods make for some of the best dirt on the planet.

Florian Nicolai needed some serious refreshement after the stages two and three.
Florian Nicolai needed some serious refreshment after stages 2 and 3.

Another EWS and another dominant performance from Tracy Moseley.
Another EWS and another dominant performance from Tracy Moseley.

Nico Vouilloz looked to be in the mix early on but was never able to make a challenge to the front runners.
Nico Vouilloz looked to be in the mix early on, but was never able to make a challenge to the front runners.

Martin Mae couldn t quite repeat he form from last year although he was mechanical free this year and only narrowly missed the podium for his best result of the season so far.
Martin Maes couldn't quite repeat his form from last year, although he was mechanical-free this year and only narrowly missed the podium for his best result of the season so far.

Conor Macfarlane did freeriders proud today. While the US freeriders needed to take a stage each to complete the race today the Kiwi Rampage hopeful smashed the entire race putting in respectable times on all stages.
Conor MacFarlane did freeriders proud today. While the US freeriders needed to take a stage each to complete the race today, the Kiwi Rampage hopeful smashed the entire race putting in respectable times on all stages.

Rosara Joseph rolling through the slick slabs of Canadian rock on stage 4.
It's good to see Rosara Joseph back at the EWS once more, she took a solid 7th showing once again that she is rider who deserves to be a regular face on the series.

Florien Nicolai rolling through stage 4
Florien Nicolai rolling through stage 4

This was maybe the best sight of the day. Nico Lau flatted on stage four and Cube mechanic Jan was fighting to get his bike turned around for stage five. Larry from Canyon and Paddy from Specialized didn t think twice about pitching in to help get things back up and running.
This was maybe the best sight of the day. Nico Lau flatted on stage 4 and Cube mechanic Jan was fighting to get his bike turned around for stage 5. Larry from Canyon and Paddy from Specialized didn't think twice about pitching in to help get things back up and running.

Nico Lau checking tire pressure for the final stage.
Nico Lau checking tire pressure for the final stage once his tire woes had been sorted.

Marco Osborne continues his tradition of working on his own bike swapping out the 34 tooth chainring from stages 1-4 for a 36 tooth for the final stage.
Marco Osborne continues his tradition of working on his own bike, swapping out the 34 tooth chainring from stages 1-4 for a 36 tooth for the final stage.

The tech zone at the end of stage 4 was a hive of activity with mechanics swapping tires and chain rings in an effort to give the riders the maximum advantage for the final romp through the bike park.
The tech zone at the end of stage 4 was a hive of activity with mechanics swapping tires and chain rings in an effort to give the riders the maximum advantage for the final romp through the bike park.

Tracey Moseley is back on top after that bout of altitude sickness took the wind out of her sails in Colorado last week but Ceclie Ravenol was not so far back as she has been in other races this year.
Tracey Moseley is back on top after that bout of altitude sickness took the wind out of her sails in Colorado last week, but Cecile Ravenel was not so far back as she has been in other races this year.

Jerome Clementz was 8th today but the tight racing at the front of the field means he was still only from being in the top 5 after 50 minutes of racing.
Jerome Clementz was 8th today, but the tight racing at the front of the field means he was still only from being in the top five after 50 minutes of racing.

Fabien Barel digging deep to try and stay in the mix on stage five.
Fabien Barel digging deep to try and stay in the mix on stage 5.

Nico Lau would run near the front for half the day with a win on stage three but a puncture on stage four spelled disaster.
Nico Lau would run near the front for half the day with a win on stage 3, but a puncture on stage 4 spelled disaster.

Josh Carlson came out swinging today winning both stage one and stage two.
Josh Carlson came out swinging today winning both stage 1 and stage 2.

Zoom in tight on that rear tire what might have been for Josh Carlson had he not flatted on stage 5 the Aussie had an 11 second advantage on Richie Rude heading into stage five There s no saying that he could have held that lead against Rude on this final stage but 11 seconds at this level of racing is a fair margin of error. Unless you flat.
Zoom in tight on that rear tire; what might have been for Josh Carlson had he not flatted on stage 5; the Aussie had an 11 second advantage on Richie Rude heading into stage 5, There's no saying that he could have held that lead against Rude on this final stage but 11 seconds at this level of racing is a fair margin of error. Unless you flat.

Another solid day for Francois Bailly-Maitre who would round out the top five.
Another solid day for Francois Bailly-Maitre who would round out the top five.

Today really looked like it belonged to Josh Carlson. With multiple stage wins and sitting in first it would be a flat tire on stage five that would dash his hopes of his first EWS win.
Today really looked like it belonged to Josh Carlson. With multiple stage wins and sitting in first, it would be a flat tire on stage 5 that would dash his hopes of his first EWS win.

What can we say about Richie Rude Consistent on every stage pushing to the max but still able to keep his bike in one piece he would win by a massive 40 seconds. That s two wins in a row for Richie and with his nearest rivals all having off days he is now the EWS series leader with just two rounds to go.
What can we say about Richie Rude? Consistent on every stage, pushing to the max but still able to keep his bike in one piece, he would win by a massive 40 seconds. That's two wins in a row for Richie and with his nearest rivals all having off days he is now the EWS series leader with just two rounds to go.

It was heartbreak for Justin Leov today. He went down on one of the wooden ladder bridges on stage one dislocating his shoulder badly. He is booked in to see the doctor tomorrow to find out what the next steps are but it s certainly the end of his title hopes and most likely his season.
It was heartbreak for Justin Leov today. He went down on one of the wooden ladder bridges on stage 1, dislocating his shoulder badly. He is booked in to see the doctor tomorrow to find out what the next steps are, but it's certainly the end of his title hopes and most likely his season.

during Enduro World Series round 6 Whistler Canada 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Riders congratulate Isabeau Courdurier during Enduro World Series round 6 Whistler Canada 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Isabeau Courdurier realises she wo a stage during Enduro World Series round 6 Whistler Canada 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.
during Enduro World Series round 6 Whistler Canada 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.

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.

Yoann Barelli has a long if nervous spell in the hotseat waiting to see what time Richie Rude put in.
Yoann Barelli has a long, if nervous spell in the hot seat waiting to see what time Richie Rude put in.

Nico Lau reflects on what could have been. He was flying all week here in Whistler and that made his mechanical on stage four all the more painful.
Nico Lau reflects on what could have been. He was flying all week here in Whistler and that made his mechanical on stage 4 all the more painful.

No words. No flamboyant celebrations. Richie Rude simpy takes a moment to let it sink in that he had won the biggest prize purse in enduro.
No words. No flamboyant celebrations. Richie Rude simply takes a moment to let it sink in that he had won the biggest prize purse in Enduro.

As it s only his second victory Richie Rude can be forgiven for being unfamiliar with the champagne bottle tops. Fortunately Tracey Moseley has plenty of podium experience and imparted some wisdom to the young American.
As it's only his second victory Richie Rude can be forgiven for being unfamiliar with the champagne bottle tops. Fortunately, Tracey Moseley has plenty of podium experience and imparted some wisdom to the young American.

Your men and womens podiums today.
Your Men and Women's podiums today.

Full results here.

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45 Comments

  • 178 1
 I think it's cool, that they put gents and ladies together on the podium, way it should be
  • 12 0
 Yeah, that shot of Rude and Moseley is classic. Happy for you RUDE!!!
  • 13 2
 Equal prizing for men and women, shared podium... A beautiful moment indeed!
  • 9 1
 I'm really stoked to see the men and women on the podium together, and equal prizing. This is the way it needs to be.
  • 3 3
 He is probably unfamiliar with opening champagne because he isn't even 21 years old.(the legal drinking age for those who dont know)
  • 7 0
 How about Team USA freeride finishing bottom of the pack? 87 guys are faster solo than 5 freeriders running a relay.
  • 65 0
 great to see different team mechanics helping each other. FAIR-PLAY!
  • 3 0
 ^Well said.
  • 4 2
 Also, I like to see men and women on the same podium
  • 20 0
 Top 3 men on coils, plus leov and Carlson, boths podium contenders if it weren't for crashes and flat tires. Coils are getting lighter while air shocks are getting heavier.
  • 2 1
 They sticker the frame, fork, and wheels at the beginning. Can't swap those components without organizer approval and a 2 minute penalty, everything else can be changed if you have the time to make it happen.
  • 1 1
 ^^^reply to the wrong comment I guess

yeah I don't get the whole stuff with coil shocks, how can you adjust rebound on a coil shock for example?
  • 5 0
 With damping.....

The difference between coil and air is the spring. A coil shock has a mechanical spring, the coil. An air shock uses pressurized air (more pressure = higher spring rate)
  • 2 1
 Yep, responded to wrong comment.
  • 1 1
 yep I know this, but how can you adjust the rebound without changing the spring ? I mean each coil has its physical properties, so it shouldn't be possible to adjust anything?
  • 3 0
 @zede Research damping. There's a lot more to a shock than just the spring (air or coil).
  • 1 2
 I researched how it works but i still don't understand how you can dissociate the rebound damping and the rebound inherent to the spring?
From what I understand this "duality" doesn't exist in air shock
  • 1 0
 Even the most basic coil sprung shocks come with adjustable rebound dampening.

Wonder why these coil shocks keep showing up at the enduro races? All of the manufacturers keep telling me that air shocks are the way to go. I bought a Heckler a while back and sold the Fox Float and installed a rebuilt Fox DHX5 with a ti spring; much better ride.
  • 5 0
 Depends. This race had a lot of lift assist, so it made sense to use a coil on something so steep and gnarly with little climbing. Last week there were quite a few bikes running air shocks. I'm not hating on one or the other, I just glad there's plenty of good shocks for all of our needs.
  • 3 0
 Depends on the bike and the feel the rider is looking for; Gwin has been running an air shock on his DH bike and it seems to be working pretty well for him...
  • 9 1
 What's up with the chainring swaps? I thought the principle of enduro was to race the same bike throughout the entire event without mods or changes. This seems like a slippery slope. Whats next? Swapping air shocks for coil when the stage suits it?
  • 2 0
 Next step is swapping bikes, an XC for the uphills and a DH for the stages Wink

(though it's not necessarily faster with a bigger bike...)
  • 3 0
 They sticker the frame, fork, and wheels at the beginning. Can't swap those components without organizer approval and a 2 minute penalty, everything else can be changed if you have the time to make it happen.
  • 8 1
 Coil shocks win men's and women's! When will we see coil shocks with easy to reach wide range compression adjusters like Leov's?
  • 1 0
 Weren't they around years ago before air became the new cool thing to use ?
  • 1 0
 Coil and Air shocks have been around since the beginning. It's a constant battle between weight, seal technology and damping performance that dictate what shock get's the upper hand. Once we get lower friction seals on air shocks - who knows, maybe they'll take over after coil shocks with their light weight steel springs and climb settings have their run haha.
  • 9 2
 why is it that all the rides with fox 36 are running 20mm axle up front instead of 15mm. ah yes they can choose.
  • 1 0
 Yep.
  • 6 0
 Wow! 50min of racing is brutal! Even more amazing is to win by 40sek on that level!
  • 6 0
 Awesone Richie. I want his top; yeti u have to make that available, so sick!
  • 2 0
 I don't think that Marco Osborne was "tackling any rooks" on Top of the World. But maybe they flew away when they saw him hamering down the trail?
  • 3 0
 the yeti team has some sick jerseys
  • 1 0
 This makes me stoked to watch racing again! And I guess that old thread spittin' hatin' on the 6b5c is buried pretty good now, huh !?!?!?!!!! :-)
  • 3 0
 Justin noooo!!
  • 2 0
 Heal fast Justin. That sux after so much hard work. Congrats richie, that was a great win! Way to comeback gravesy!
  • 2 1
 Sweet shots. Those courses look just epic. Might be time to go exploring up there.
  • 2 0
 Gutted for Josh Carlson. So close!!!
  • 2 0
 Yeti boys on TOP!!! Good to see down to earth guys getting top honors.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know where I could buy some of those AVS tree guards that Nico Voilloux sports?
  • 2 0
 Really like those Giant Reigns. A bunch pictured in here
  • 3 2
 Que anti Specialized comments now.
  • 1 1
 Stoke factor is high!
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