Go Time: Enduro World Series, Round 1 - Nevados de Chillan

Apr 20, 2014
by Matt Wragg  
The time for talking came to an end this morning. As riders rolled out of the pits here in Nevados de Chillan and headed towards the first race stages for the Enduro World Series in 2014 it all became very real. So, fittingly, we won't say anything more and get straight into the action...

Enrico Guala flew in from Italy supposedly to commentate but it s more of an excuse for him to get to check out the trails here in Chile.
  Enrico Guala flew in from Italy supposedly to commentate, but it's more of an excuse for him to get to check out the trails here in Chile.

Commit to the turn and carve...
  Commit to the turn and carve.

 or you will end up like this. The volcanic sands are a fickle mistress.
  Or you will end up like this. The volcanic sands are a fickle mistress.

Martin Maes tore apart the first stage today. From talking to people it seems like he was manualling and roosting everything in his path. It equalled speed too as he opened the day with the stage win.
  Martin Maes tore apart the first stage today. From talking to people, it seems like he was manualling and roosting everything in his path. It equaled speed too, as he opened the day with the stage win.

Coming straight from the Pietermaritzburg XC World Cup Tracy Moseley seemed to take a while to get up to speed today conceding the first two stages to her title rival Anne-Caroline Chausson.
  Coming straight from the Pietermaritzburg XC World Cup, Tracy Moseley seemed to take a while to get up to speed today, conceding the first two stages to her title rival, Anne-Caroline Chausson.

Santa Cruz s newest signing Iago Garay put in a decent ride for 18th today.
  Santa Cruz's newest signing, Iago Garay put in a decent ride for 18th today.

Lukas Anrig dropping out of the woods and into the grey volcanic sand on stage two.
  Lukas Anrig dropping out of the woods and into the grey, volcanic sand on stage two.

Richie Rude is finding his stride on his first outing in the EWS. Not the best day for the young American but don t count him out.
  Richie Rude is finding his stride on his first outing in the EWS. Not the best day for the young American, but don't count him out.

Nevados has plenty of steep chutes with moto-like ruts of loose volcanic sand. Get off line in one and you will be heading over the bars in a hurry.
  Nevados has plenty of steep chutes with moto like ruts of loose volcanic sand. Get off line in one and you will be heading over the bars in a hurry.

Anne Caroline Chausson has shown she has put in the work this off season. Chausson came out swinging to win the first two stages before Mosley found her rhythm to take stage three.
  Anne-Caroline Chausson has shown she has put in the work this off season. Chausson came out swinging to win the first two stages, showing the kind of form we expect to see from her.

Florian Nicolai was on fire as well finishing second on stage one and third on stages two and three.
  Florian Nicolai was on fire today as well, finishing 2nd on stage one, and third on stages two and three.

Anneke Beerten had a solid day in Chillan finishing third on every stage today.
  Anneke Beerten had a solid day in Chillan finishing third on every stage today.

Alexandre Cure showed he had the physical fitness on the flat sand sprint of stage two today. Cure finished the stage in sixth place.
  Alexandre Cure showed he had the physical fitness on the flat sand sprint of stage two today. Cure finished the stage in sixth place.

While Martin Maes smashed stage one he didn t fair as well on the more demanding stage two where he slipped back to 8th place. Not to worry Maes has plenty of growing to do yet and we are sure he s only going to get much much stronger.
  While Martin Maes smashed stage one, he didn't fair as well on the more demanding stage two where he slipped back to 8th place. Not to worry, Maes has plenty of growing to do yet and we are sure he's only going to get much, much stronger.

Cedric has always been a hell of a showman but today on stage two he proved he had the fitness to hang on the most demanding of stages. Gracia finished fourth in both stages two and three.
  Cedric has always been a hell of a showman, but today on stage two he proved he had what it takes to hang on the most demanding of stages when it comes down to fitness. Gracia finished fourth in both stages two and three.

Jerome Clementz may have his work cut out for him this season. Clementz finished stages two and three in second and stage one in third. There are lots of young guns hungry to make their mark and Graves is also on the hunt for the overall title. It will be interesting to see how this season plays out for the Frenchman.
  Jerome Clementz may have his work cut out for him this season. Clementz finished stages two and three in second, and stage one in third. There are lots of young guns hungry to make their mark and Graves is on the hunt for the overall title. It will be interesting to see how this season plays out for the frenchman.

So many loose corners to blow up. Chillan is roost heaven and we think you can never have too much of it in a post.
  So many loose corners to blow up. Chillan is roost heaven, and we think you can never have too much of it in a post.

Jesse Melamed lightens up the rear wheel to get around a loose hairpin on the entry to the bottom half of stage three. Probably one of the most awkward corners on any of the stages today riders have to shut down a ton of speed to make it around.
  Jesse Melamed lightens up the rear wheel to get around the loose hairpin on the entry to the bottom half of stage three. Probably one of the most awkward corners on any of the stages today where you have to shut down a ton of speed to make it round.

Remy Absalon ended the day in ninth place but he will have to be full on the gas tomorrow if he wants to move up in the rankings.
  Remy Absalon ended the day in ninth place, he will have to be full on the gas tomorrow if he wants to move up in the rankings.

Today wasn t a good day in the office for Fabien Barel. He went down hard on stage one. Being the man that he is he carried on for the rest of the day but we last saw him this evening heading for the medical centre to get his back checked out as he looked to be in a lot of pain.
  Today wasn't a good day back in the office for Fabien Barel. He went down hard on stage one. Being the man that he is, he carried on for the rest of the day, but we last saw him this evening heading for the medical centre to get his back checked out as he looked to be in a lot of pain.

Fifth this evening for Justin Leov and a solid start to his Enduro World Series campaign.
  Fifth this evening for Justin Leov and a solid start to his Enduro World Series campaign.

Jeremey Horgen-Kobelski didn t fare too well on the bike park stage today.
  Jeremey Horgen-Kobelski didn't fare too well on the bike park stage today...

While we wouldn t say it was a spectator extravaganza trackside today there was a seriously impressive number of fans lining the final stage today - it s even more impressive when you remember that Nevados de Chillan is more than an hours drive from the nearest town.
  While we wouldn't say it was a spectator extravaganza trackside today, there was a seriously impressive number of fans lining the final stage today - it's even more impressive when you remember that Nevados de Chillan is more than an hours drive from the nearest town.

Putting on a show for the gathered fans on the bike park section at the end of stage three Cedric throws it out for the people. He wasn t just stylish though - taking the win on the stage too and putting himself fourth in the overnight standings.
  Putting on a show for the gathered fans on the bike park section at the end of stage three, Cedric throws it out for the people. He wasn't just stylish though - taking the win on the stage too and putting himself fourth in the overnight standings.

The locals riders were hucking their meat the best way they knew how for those fans.
  The locals riders were hucking their meat the best way they knew how for those fans.

While Moseley did manage to grab the stage win on the final stage today it was too little too late and Anne-Caroline Chausson goes into tomorrow with a commanding 30 second lead.
  While Moseley did manage to grab the stage win on the final stage today, it was too little too late and Anne-Caroline Chausson goes into tomorrow with a commanding 30 second lead.

Jared Graves showed what he s made of today - heading into Sunday with a healthy 12 second lead over Clementz.
  Jared Graves showed what he's made of today - heading into Sunday with a healthy, 12 second lead over Clementz.

Colombia represent The vibe here at the EWS is unlike any we ve felt at a mountain bike race for quite some time. In Chillan there is the opportunity to make many new friends despite the large variety of languages spoken here. In the end we all speak bike.
  Colombia represent! The vibe here at the EWS is unlike any we've felt at a mountain bike race for quite some time. Here in Chillan there is the opportunity to make many new friends despite the large variety of languages spoken here. In the end, we all speak bike.

Our very own Matt Delorme sending the bike park complete with 15kg camera pack. To cover these races you have to be fit - you don t just stand at trackside and occasionally point a camera at things you need to run ride and hike to reach the action however you best can. For instance on stage two today there was a 5km through sandunes to reach the start at 1 900m - all with the camera bag and bike to be carried.
  Our very own Matt Delorme, sending the bike park, complete with 15kg camera pack. To cover these races you have to be fit - you don't just stand at trackside and occasionally point a camera at things, you need to run, ride and hike to reach the action however you best can. For instance, on stage two today there was a 5km march through sand dunes to reach the start at 1,900m - all with the camera bag and bike to be carried.

More than a few people checked into the medical tent as the long technical stages were unforgiving when you got to the rocky parts.
  More than a few people checked into the medical tent as the long, technical stages were unforgiving when you got to the rocky parts.

Nick Geddes and Jesse Melamed are studying engineering together at University of British Columbia. Finals are approachig rapidly so after training it s straight up to the hotel to study.
  Nick Geddes and Jesse Melamed are studying engineering together at University of British Columbia. Finals are approachig rapidly, so after training, it's straight up to the hotel to study.

That s race day one in the books. We are starting to get a picture of where the riders stand after the off season but we still have three really tough stages to go. Time to empty the sands of Nevados De Chillan from our shoes charge up our camera batteries and catch a few winks so we can do it over again.
  That's race day one in the books. We are starting to get a picture of where the riders stand after the off season, but we still have three really tough stages to go. Time to empty the sands of Nevados De Chillan from our shoes, charge up our camera batteries, and catch a few winks so we can do it over again.



67 Comments

  • + 65
 That chick was HOT!!!
  • + 12
 Yeah man, Anne-Caro has always been a babe... Girls that ride bikes fast, so much hotter than the rest!


Oh wait, you meant the lady in the first pic? Nevermind...
  • + 0
 Name?
  • + 47
 Kamel Tow
  • + 4
 Possibly another reason for Enrico Guala to come...
  • + 0
 Hilary Duff?
  • + 4
 I wish I was a pair of pink spandex right now!
  • + 1
 i was looking for the HAWT comment, before i posting it! And got not dissapointed. She's hawt haw...cuz the T is melting so hooo..
  • + 1
 I can say she is Chilley, compared to brazilian girls..
  • - 11
flag jackmackenzie95 (Apr 20, 2014 at 11:25) (Below Threshold)
 enduro is gay
  • + 1
 grazias hermano Big Grin
  • + 3
 Jennifer Boldt, as we say "mijita rica" Wink instagram.com/jenniferboldt
  • + 2
 Aaaahh the creeper power is strong on Pinkbike. Good work lads... I think.
  • + 1
 Thanks yo.
  • + 17
 Sick shots today - pumped for tomorrow.
  • + 2
 I second that!
  • + 2
 About the sick shots: Sven Martin tried to get wild in the same corner as the 2nd and 3rd pictures to give a sick shot to the photo guy,
but ended up breaking the dudes finger. It's on Sven's instagram.
  • + 12
 lol when the comment said that Enrico Guala or that dude flew up to Chile to commentate but was rather and excuse to check the trails, I thought it was an excuse to check out the babe with pink leggings.
  • + 4
 When I read the comment I thought they had substituted the word "trails" for "babes" on purpose, haha. She looks like a younger version of Marion Cotillard!
  • + 9
 Great Shot!

Me perdí una gran oportunidad en mi vida, por no ir a fotografiar, esperamos se repita nuevamente una fecha del EWS en Chile.
  • - 50
flag mfbeast12 (Apr 19, 2014 at 20:07) (Below Threshold)
 it's one thing on a photo posted by a friend, but on the articles keep it english please.
  • + 21
 People can post in whatever language they want.

Por favor, no le escuches, está diciendo insensateces.
  • + 3
 Só porque nao sabes falar outra lingua que ingles nao quer dizer que somos obrigados a falar a essa!
  • + 1
 Belles photos!

(oops my bad)
  • + 1
 Ja eller hur, det är ju skit kul när man inte fattar något......

montenbaik.com/2014/04/live-timing-santa-cruz-montenbaik-enduro-by-mtblab-enduro-world-series-nevados-de-chillan

Is this the site for live timing?
  • + 1
 Yeap, that's it
  • + 1
 Lik m'n ballen
  • + 3
 このさしんとことばはほんとうにたのしいだよ! よくできましたマットとマット。がんばって!
  • + 2
 Dicen estar en un mundo globalizado, ademas el único idioma que debemos tener es la amistad y el que andamos sobre dos ruedas.
  • + 9
 Amazing coverage and superb photography. Consider me jealous.
  • + 6
 Really outstanding photos Matt and Matthew! Exciting start to the season
  • + 2
 Saw CG had his helmet cam on, hopefully this means we get some race POV footage. Is there no way we can attach some sort of broadcast equipment to him and watch the action live? Small satellite dish maybe....
  • + 2
 I really wish CG was sporting the Diamond on the front of his bike instead of a pike. Hopefully that doesn't mean the fork is a long ways off if he isn't even riding one yet.
  • + 3
 Great photos and superb racing. Glad to see Grubby in the first position. A little disappointed in Rude's result, but it takes time. And Cedric - what can you say?!
  • + 4
 Photo journalism at its best!
  • + 1
 The girl in the first photo seems to have dressed to match Santa Cruz's new Nomad carbon! Great shots though from epic photographers!
  • + 3
 Outstanding coverage! Thank you!
  • + 3
 GODDAMMIT PINKBIKE EDITORS, PROOF READ! ITS COLOMBIA!
  • + 3
 Sorry what happened? Still looking at the first photo Smile
  • + 3
 GRANDE CHILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 I'm sorry, but I think you mean "Colombia represent!"
  • + 2
 Super cool photos from a talented photographers, good job guys Smile
  • + 2
 Graves got to be running the narrowest bars of all the photos....
  • + 5
 Na - he's just huge...
  • + 1
 I think he was running a 750 mm bar last year
  • + 1
 I noticed that too, it's narrower for sure!
  • - 2
 Of course half a race does not mean everything, but having Graves on a 26" clearly ahead in this race is sort of ironic. Oddly enough, Clementz moved to 27.5 this year after having won on a 26" last year. At the very least one can say that the difference is marginal at best, and maybe - just maybe, insignificant.
  • + 31
 Jesus..., way to start a fight. The wheel size fight was so last year. Can we,please talk about how,much fun and passionate riding is in general... these guys/girls pin it to win it, and that's awesome. Keep charging kids
  • + 13
 No one really cares, Graves would do well on any bike, and Jerome would do well on any bike. A good archer will still shoot a bad arrow well
  • + 1
 What you are all forgetting is that graves and cg are both on am45s. Clearly this is most of the reason for their stellar performances.
  • + 2
 If the bike doesn't matter, why come up
with 27.5 at all?
  • + 2
 It all comes back to "How to be a Mountainbiker" by nsmb.com. Pick a wheel size, then be a dick about it! For the record I rode my 29er yesterday, I love my 27.5, and I'm building a 26er to ride park with my kids. They are all different but so much fun in different ways! What is better is totally subjective.
  • + 0
 OMG!!! The wheel size is just ONE variable amongst hundreds that equal the performance total. With all things equal, same bike, tires, setup, and rider, 650b is a bit faster than 26". You are comparing different riders on different bikes. Clements would have been a bit slower if he was on last years bike. Someone else stepped up their game, or Clements is playing strategic leaving gas in the tank for day two. Who knows?
  • + 4
 The wheel size fight may have been last year, but the wheelsize debate is clearly still happening and It's one of the most interesting things that has ever happened in mtb and isn't going away for awhile.

Castlemtn: "Can we,please talk about how,much fun and passionate riding is in general"

Unnecessary, I think we all agree on that one.
  • - 2
 Protour, weren't you around when suspension came out, or disc brakes? Same passionate debate in those days too. This is nothing new.
  • + 1
 Lots is unnecessary in these forums lately... Lets all just ride bikes and have fun. I could care less. I just took my single speed cruiser with a coaster brake on my fav trail. Fun fun. Ride bikes, drink beer and be happy
  • + 3
 Whip-whip, Cedric!
  • + 1
 It's "COLOMBIA" for words sake! COLUMBIA is a whole different story PINKBIKE
  • + 2
 It's going to be a great season.
  • + 1
 Cg won stage 3 not stage 2 graves won that by a huge margin!
  • + 2
 happy time!
  • + 0
 Nice race report, will be cool to have some videos too Smile
  • + 1
 Wiked pics.
  • + 1
 That a nice camel toe !!
  • + 1
 Great shots

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