Home Field Advantage - Enduro World Series Round 5 - Winter Park

Jul 26, 2014
by Matt Wragg  
When you talk about the direction enduro racing is heading in, this evening's results sheets provide an interesting insight in how the sport is interpreted on either side of the Atlantic. As I write, there are 6 Americans in the top 20 this evening, of them only Curtis Keene is a regular there (and Ben Cruz is out with a nasty concussion this weekend, so it could very well be 7 up there as he's been running in the top ten for the last couple of races). It is interesting to watch many of the European riders who have dominated the season so far fall back from the top five or even top ten as the racing takes to bike park tracks that are unlike anything we have seen so far this season.

Morning weather check Clear sunny skies. It was only spoilt by a small hailstorm around lunchtime but that just meant the lift stopped for long enough to grab some lunch and relax for a few minutes while the system passed.
  Morning weather check: Clear, sunny skies. It was only spoilt by a small hailstorm around lunchtime, but that just meant the lift stopped for long enough to grab some lunch and relax for a few minutes while the system passed.

Most of the climbing here in Winter Park is done by chairlift with just some transfers our to the stages to be pedalled. The simple fact is that at this altitude asking riders to climb 1 000m per day would break all but the inhuman.
  Most of the climbing here in Winter Park is done by chairlift, with just some transfers out to the stages to be pedalled. The simple fact is that at this altitude asking riders to climb 1,000m+ per day would break all but the inhuman.
Stage one was about one thing today- jumps.
  Stage one was about one thing today - jumps.

Tracy Moseley didn t have a good morning. A confused marshall tried to stop her during her race run costing her precious seconds. She was offered a re-run but chose not to take it because another ten minute race run would have put her at a disadvantage for the rest of the weekend because you need conserve as much energy as you can at this altitude.
  Tracy Moseley didn't have a good morning. A confused marshall tried to stop her during her race run, costing her precious seconds. She was offered a re-run, but chose not to take it because another ten minute race run would have put her at a disadvantage for the rest of the weekend because you need conserve as much energy as you can at this altitude.

Today was a big day for Anneke Beerten with her first ever stage win at an EWS. She was smiling ear to ear at lunchtime and finsihed the day sitting in second just 3 seconds behind with plenty of racing yet to go.
  Today was a big day for Anneke Beerten with her first ever stage win at an EWS. She was smiling ear to ear at lunchtime and finished the day sitting in second, just 3 seconds behind with plenty of racing yet to go.

Jared Graves was hot on the heels of teammate Richie Rude but he just couldn t keep pace with his younger counterpart. Graves finished second overall today.
  Jared Graves was hot on the heels of teammate Richie Rude, but he just couldn't keep pace with his younger counterpart. Graves finished second overall today.

Check the reflection. The bike park tracks today really didn t suit Nico Laus strengths and he found himself about 50 second back this evening.
  Check the reflection. The bike park tracks today really didn't suit Nico Lau's strengths and he found himself about 50 second back this evening.

Yoann Barelli was flying today looking scarily fast through some of the rough sections. His efforts were rewarded with a 6th place this evening.
  Yoann Barelli was flying today, looking scarily fast through some of the rough sections. His efforts were rewarded with a 6th place this evening.

Mitch Ropelato was on the gas today taking third place on stage one. No doubt Mitch s skills of boosting jumps were a huge help for him today.
  Mitch Ropelato was on the gas today taking third place on stage one. No doubt Mitch's jump boosting skills were a huge help for him today.

Duncan Riffle has taken the opportunity to race this weekend here in Winter Park.
  SRAM's Duncan Riffle has taken the opportunity to race this weekend here in Winter Park.

Anne Caroline Chausson came out swinging today taking the win in stages one and two.
  Anne Caroline Chausson came out swinging today taking the win in stage two.

Thomas Lapeyrie doesn t seem to have found his rhythmn on the bike park stages and found himself out the back this evening.
  Thomas Lapeyrie doesn't seem to have found his rhythm on the bike park stages and found himself out the back this evening.

We said yesterday that Marco Osborne was stepping into the empty shoes left by his teammates Clementz and Cruz this weekend. He did them proud and then some smashing his way to a very impressive fifth this evening. Apparently he declined the chance to race the whole EWS this year as he didn t want to do the travelling but if he starts posting results like this he s going to be much in demand on the circuit.
  We said yesterday that Marco Osborne was stepping into the empty shoes left by his teammates Clementz and Cruz this weekend. He did them proud and then some, smashing his way to a very impressive fifth this evening. Apparently he declined the chance to race the whole EWS this year as he didn't want to do the travelling, but if he starts posting results like this, he's going to be much in demand on the circuit.

Dan Atherton has a better day today than he did last time out in La Thuile posting a ninth on stage one but dropping back to 86th in the general classification this evening after a troubled stage two.
  Dan Atherton had a better day today than he did last time out in La Thuile, posting a ninth on stage one, but dropping back to 86th in the general classification this evening after a troubled stage two.

The top of stage three is covered in lush green with an amazing strand of single track that winds its way down into a game-on section that includes many rocks that love to eat low hanging bike parts by the dozen.
  The top of stage three is covered in lush green with an amazing strand of single track that winds its way down into a game-on section that includes many rocks that love to eat low hanging bike parts by the dozen.

Damien Oton is all the way back in 20th this evening clearly not feeling at home on the bike park stages. In practice this afternoon he was by far the most methodical rider studying each section for small advantages. We d be surprised not to see him at the sharp end of things on the more natural tracks tomorrow.
  Damien Oton is all the way back in 20th this evening, clearly not feeling at home on the bike park stages. In practice this afternoon he was by far the most methodical rider, studying each section for small advantages. We'd be surprised not to see him at the sharp end of things on the more natural tracks tomorrow.

It has been tough on bike this weekend as Chile s Nico Prudencio found out in one of the most expensive ways imaginable.
  It has been tough on bike this weekend, as Chile's Nico Prudencio found out in one of the most expensive ways imaginable.

 If there is a place to break it there will be a place to fix it. Rene Wildhaber is a practical man stepping in to help straighten his teammates rotor that got mangled on one of the awkward rocks on stage three.
  "If there is a place to break it, there will be a place to fix it." Rene Wildhaber is a practical man, stepping in to help straighten his teammate's rotor that got mangled on one of the awkward rocks on stage three.

He was pretty handy on the bike too sitting in fourth this evening with around 30 seconds to find to the lead.
  He was pretty handy on the bike too, sitting in fourth this evening, with around 30 seconds to find to the lead.

Richie Rude fears no rocks. The Yeti young gun had a stellar day in Winter Park taking the win on both stages one and two. The extra week in Colorado has helped him cope with the elevation.
  Richie Rude fears no rocks. The Yeti young gun had a stellar day in Winter Park, taking the win on both stages one and two. The extra week in Colorado has helped him cope with the elevation.

While 12th may not sound as impressive as his recent results it s a very good result for Joe Barnes who isn t suited to the bike park style of riding. It s evidence that he s becoming consistenly able to run at the front.
  While 12th may not sound as impressive as his recent results, it's a very good result for Joe Barnes who isn't suited to the bike park style of riding. It's evidence that he's becoming consistently able to run at the front.

Thanks Iago for hiking back up three time to get this shot for all of us photogs.
  Thanks Iago for hiking back up three time to get this shot for all of us photogs.

New product alert be on the lookout for the new Shimano XTR DIY brake mounts. Run by top EWS pros.
  New product alert: be on the lookout for the new Shimano XTR DIY brake mounts. Run by top EWS pros.

They don t call him the Wild Man for nothing. Rene Wildhaber finds a comfy spot in the woods to make some adjustments after getting a little too up close and personal with a tree.
  They don't call him the "Wild Man" for nothing. Rene Wildhaber finds a comfy spot in the woods to make some adjustments after getting a little too up close and personal with a tree.

Justin Leov was saying this morning that he feels comfortable. He couldn t find that feeling last time out in La Thuile the last time he felt like this was in Valloire when he was arguably the fastest man on the hill all weekend... He is going to need to fin 30 seconds over the next couple of days if he wants his maiden win though.
  Justin Leov was saying this morning that he feels comfortable. He couldn't find that feeling last time out in La Thuile, the last time he felt like this was in Valloire when he was arguably the fastest man on the hill all weekend... He is going to need to find 30 seconds over the next couple of days if he wants his maiden win though.

White fluffy clouds this morning quickly grew into large thunderheads that dumped rain and some hail in the pits this afternoon. It never rained enough to keep the dust down on the tracks.
  By this evening, the afternoon's storm clouds had gone back to being white and fluffy.

Standings after Day 1.


72 Comments

  • + 27
 No one else has bagged on the broken Enve's yet?
  • + 4
 After the comments about the SB5 the other day I think everyone is focused on Rude's win riding that beast!
  • + 2
 Broken Enve´s? Didnt catch that one, any link around?
  • + 3
 Seriously, what is up with Enve lately?

They've been snapping carbon rims like Hulk Hogan snaps into a Slim Jim!
  • + 6
 You mean Macho Man Randy Savage...
  • + 25
 Great timing of yetis new bike! Congrats Richie!
  • + 4
 Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.
  • + 1
 @d-wojo...... worked for Holden.......
  • + 13
 ducktape fixes everything
  • + 2
 what do u think is under the duct tape
  • + 6
 Magic
  • + 1
 no I think its a new prototype by shimano
  • + 4
 West Virginia chrome
  • + 3
 If it moves and it shouldn't - Ducktape........ If it doesn't move and it should - WD40 :-) All a race mechanic needs!
  • + 11
 Fuck yeaaaa richie smash them rocks!!!
  • + 2
 Thanks and added to the post.
  • + 5
 So sad fo Nico Prudencio... is really tough to go out of our homeland to race for Chilean riders, and stay out for a cracked rim.... must be hard
  • + 0
 Those Enve rims has been showing cracks very often, the DT Swiss spokes and rim design in the new line are a public notice, so is better to say in aluminum rims for a while. And yes, is sad this happen to a rider making big sacrifices to ride overseas. Big props to Nico. I hope he keep going better the next stop of EWS.
  • + 3
 How can a bike park trail not suit a rider ? Bike parks are easy no brainers that make even the worst riders look half good ! If you can beat people on tech trails then surely smooth trails with massive berms would make them win even more ?
  • + 7
 I ride these same trails a lot. I kill it on the technical DH trails, passing lots of riders and just going fast. I suck at the jump/flow trails. I get psyched out at hitting jumps at mach speed and flying through the air. I have a really hard time hitting lips unless I've completely memorized the jump and surrounding area. Plus, in a race setting there is a LOT more pedaling on the flow style park trail vs the steeper DH style trails.
  • + 3
 dthomp325, I am the same way, I can hold my own in the technical DH trails and maintain a fast speed. But when I get to the groomed flow, big berm with big jump trails, I freak out. There is something about the pop off a lip and sending it, it scares the hell out of me. I have had some big time wrecks giving it a go so this might also be playing major head games with me.
  • + 7
 USA rep!
  • + 4
 I will never understand why people talk about natural terrain. As long as as you ride your bike on a trail it's manmade. Trails don't grow by themselves.
  • + 3
 You can certainly see the home field advantage in the results. The Scotland round saw little if any of the same people top ten for the same reason. Hats off to Wildhabber and Barnes for the complete package this year
  • + 5
 Damn, Yeti first and second. Very impressive guys!
  • + 5
 MARCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRAAAAPPPPPP
  • + 1
 The bike park should be easy for dh riders or endurance riders is so funny...I am a pro rider can absolutely destroy nasty terrain and will hit just about any jump you can show me from a small rhythm section to 50+foot doubles but alot of people can slaughter me on endurance courses. Its all about endurance...thus ENDURO...riding capabilities aside ...shit happens.. fit and capable just aren't enough...you must be determined focused and willing to pedal full out at all times...survival of the fittest
  • + 1
 Some of you posters remind mw of the fat Bubbas saying Indy cars shouldn't run road coursesn What it is, is super interesting. Different venues having different interpretations of the sport makes it better! GO MITCH!!!
  • + 4
 Colorado rocks! Bring back the world cup in the mile HIGH state.
  • + 1
 I love riding winter park on my slash. The park flows nicely and is pretty fast. Of all the colorado parks i have road winter park is my fav
  • + 3
 Keep enduro out of bikeparks! It's nothing to do there (just like dh).
  • + 11
 think about it, many stops across multiple continents, an entire race series that is about mountain biking, all these facilities around that can cater for a huge amount of riders/competitors, to race professionally and safely and all the hype that is about how enduro is the best test for rider and machine to prove that they are the best all around mtb'er, I just think that having some sections/stages of massive events like this over the length of an entire season really is proving fair game.
  • + 1
 Have you looked at the results? They've rarely been so close... It simply looks like it's purely down to rider's power. Next time just pit each guys 5 min on a home trainer, record power and there you have you're ranking...
I don't mind so much some sections can be flat and pedally (like stage 1 and 4 at La Thuile, which I hated!) but it can't be just that. Let's see if the next stages bring something else than berms. The guys should have the opportunity to show their skills as well (and I am certainly not saying Richie World Champ Rude doesn't have skills).
  • + 1
 Exactly my thoughts, when did a bike park become a test for these guys other than just blasting, yes you have to have the balls to go at those crazy speeds but its not very technical is it ?
  • + 11
 I think the true spirit of Enduro is All Moutain, "ALL" Having varied terrain at every stop just lives up to that promise. Smile In this way, they will truly test the riders' capability under different conditions. Smile Just ride them all and stop complaining.
  • - 2
 I live up at the same altitude and routinely pedal 1000 meters a day, several times a week. I'm not inhuman- pretty much the norm around these parts. These bikes are designed to be able to pedal efficiently uphill and then turn around and destroy it downhill. Bikeparks are great. They're fun on a 5 or 6 inch bike. But don't call this shit enduro.
  • + 0
 I think you hit on something there. You are correct, there's no reason these guys can't pedal the stuff. But that's not what this sport is. As much as people want to talk about 'all mountain' this and that, 'enduro' really is just another form of gravity racing. I mean at this stop they take chairlifts up, and when they do have to pedal it's not timed as part of the race. Of only the downhill parts are timed, then it's not an. 'All mountain' race.
  • + 3
 For now EWS and DH need all the venues they can get... We don't exactly have 50 good WC DH tracks to pick from... Hopefully someday they can be more picky about the venues.
  • + 1
 rarely been so close? have you not seen any results from priorr rounds?
  • + 2
 Sure I did. The first 30 riders are within a minute!! Still not tight enough? Check previous results!
  • + 2
 @Sino428: if you time uphills and downhills it's called cross country. Just as simple as that.
  • + 1
 Different strokes for different folks? Why box enduro into one specific format? The enduro races that I've participated in or spectated at in CO all seemed to do a pretty good job of mixing up the terrain. A typical CO enduro is split into thirds:

1. Less steep XC style descents with lots of pedaling and maybe even some short uphills (sometimes backcountry trails, sometimes resort green runs).
2. Bike park type trails with berms and jumps.
3. Full on DH runs on steep and technical terrain.

Maybe that's not what "European" enduro is, but that's what it means here in CO, and I think it does a pretty good job of testing both a rider's fitness and technical ability. Personally, I am good at 1 and 3, but not so much the 2.

I believe that Sunday's stages use some of the DH style runs at Trestle.
  • + 1
 @enduromaniac - it wouldn't quite be cross country, because the downhills are way more technical, but I know what you meant. I wasn't advocating timing the climbs, I was just pointing out that enduro is in fact more of a gravity discipline, which is why they don't times the climbs.
  • + 2
 Oh guys I really didn't want to, but you sort of force me being provocative Wink

@dthomp325: that is a very americsn attitude… "european enduro (you could just say enduro actually) is not right so we change it and the rest of the world should do the same otherwise they are idiots". Well no, enduro is a fun based discipline, riden on techy singletracks for more than 10 years now and I found great as such. I said it'd be provocative.

Enduro tracks are not much more technical than some xc tracks in fact. Yes it's a gravity discipline and has always been. It's not because there has been recent conversions from xc guys, 4x guys and of course dh guys that we have to change the discipline of enduro to make it a blend of it all. That feels very UCI type of attitude!
  • + 2
 U.S. guys cant understand what enduro is, because they don't use the metric system...
  • + 2
 @EnduroManiac, I don't want anyone to change their race format. Who cares if "enduro" means different things in BC, CO, and the Alps? Can't we all have our fun? It's still a multi-stage gravity event in all locations. The European version might test technical ability a bit more, while the CO version might test fitness a bit more. The Europe races are cool, the CO races are cool too. Does every race on the calendar have to look exactly the same? We already have races here in CO that test technical ability: they're called "DH". Is it really so bad if there is a mix of flatter and steep stages to test fitness too?
  • + 2
 I didn't say enduro should look like several dh stages. Testing physical abilities sure but not if it's only this which is being tested like on day 1 with tables doubles and berms.
  • + 2
 Mountain Goat eats rotors. Lost two two there myself.
  • + 1
 Last year's enduro there was a guy that cracked his carbon rotor on possibly the same stage 3 rock section.
  • + 1
 @lahar72 and lamwarthog per our friendly debate from the opening article for this weekend: Yeti et al (1), Trek et al (0).
  • + 2
 Hey thanks for the honesty about enve!
  • + 1
 I do not envy people who spent 6 times more on carbon rims than I did on mine. Furthermore I will never ever buy a carbon rim again unless I own a 29er.
  • + 1
 Buy a WTB KOM and lace it tight and ride it hard!! perfect rim for a 29er.
  • + 1
 Is there a place to find what bike each rider is riding?
  • + 1
 I like to see new people up front... until i remember EWS tipping game.
  • + 1
 Nip geños! Totally gnarly man! - Epic Mountain Rider Grinder 2014
  • + 1
 please excuse my brother
  • + 1
 What size fork is Rude running on his sb5?
  • + 1
 It is a Fox 36
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