Ibis Team Tackles the Chilean Anti-Grip & Comes Out With a Podium - Video

Mar 29, 2018
by Ibis Cycles  
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The long winter behind us it was time to pack our bags and head to South America for the first two rounds of the Enduro World Series. It was also time get acquainted with our new teammates and reacquainted with the old ones.

For Round 1 we were returning to Chile after two-year hiatus, but to a new venue - Lo Barnechea. We arrived a few days earlier than usual. We need to get acclimated, both to the high altitude and the dusty conditions known as "anti-grip". To top it off, we were about to debut our new secret weapon, the Ibis Ripmo.

Everyone was excited about unveiling the new bike and we were eager to get out for a pedal on the new rigs. On that first ride in Lo Barnechea, we were greeted with a phenomenal sunset that begged for blowing up berms and hooligan skids into the fading light.

The early arrival also allowed for some quality time to get to know our new riders, and the idyllic setting of the Andes helped foster a good banter between the teammates, as well as some good natured shenanigans.

In spite of their antics, photographer Dave Trumpore somehow managed this crew of miscreants lined up and looking somewhat serious for a team photo before the action starter.

As race day approached, everyone had their own routine, but all the riders went out for a course walk to get an idea of what the stages were going to be like. It was clear that this was going to be a burley challenge to start the season, and in more ways than one.

Lo Barnechea delivered the longest race stage in EWS history, as well as high altitude, loose dirt and sharp rocks. It was bound to be a test for both riders and their equipment.

As Lewis Buchanan put it: "It's going to really be about keeping it together and stay out of trouble"

Race days are nerve-wracking time for the team mechanics, Jesse Patel and Mats Pettersson, as well. Watching the other teams' parade of broken bikes return to the pits had them as tense as the riders.

bigquotesOverall I had a really good weekend. I had a mechanical on stage 4 from the get-go which cost me a lot off time but managed to get 8th on that stage. I then had a pretty costly crash on stage 5 but still managed to finish 12th. This allowed me to make my way up 12th overall coming into stage 6.

I unfortunately had a tip over on stage 6 which pushed me back to 21st overall. It's really positive for me to see that my times are right up there with the issues I had. I am really happy to see Robin get his first podium too. It's so motivating for me to see that as I look to get on that step sometime soon.
Lewis Buchanan

bigquotesI was pretty nervous coming into the race but after I finished stage 1 the nerves calmed down and I just had a great time riding my bike over the whole weekend. I had a really tight battle with Jesse Melamed for the whole race, but after a small crash and reroute on stage 5 I felt like the podium had slipped away from me.

Before the last stage, I remember thinking that it's a long stage and anything can happen. So I just went for it and at the same time Jesse had some issues, and so I got my first podium.

Absolutely so stoked, happy and a bit relieved that it finally happened, and for me to see that I am up there this early in the season is also a great confidence boost. Big thanks to the whole team for cheering me on, all the sponsors and Ibis for making us such a kick-ass new bike!
Robin Wallner

bigquotesGoing to Chile for the first time was super exciting! The race was probably one of the hardest I had ever done. I look forward to the rest of the series. I am striving to develop as a rider, and with the awesome team I've been surrounded with I've got all the tools I need to achieve my goals. I can't wait for the rest of the year!Dillon Santos

bigquotesMy time in Chile turned out to be pretty special and one I'll not forget. The terrain was crazy, so flat out, rocky and dusty - not something I thought was my jam, but turned out to suit me and I think the long stages worked in my favor.

It felt great to ride clean and consistent all week and to finish the race with my Chilean family on the line and in a career-best position, 4th. It was just unreal. The support from the team was overwhelming and I'm certain I've found the right environment to achieve my goals.
Bex Baraona

With Bex having her career best result in 4th, Robin getting his first podium, Lewis in 21st and Dillon in 59th it was a great race for the whole team and a nice start to the season.

After all the points were tabulated, it ended up being enough to secure the team's first podium of the year, taking third place in the team standings.

Despite our jubilation over Robin and Bex's achievements, there was no time to party. After the race, it was a hectic evening of packing and preparing to head to Colombia for the second round in Manizales this coming weekend. Another new venue for all the riders and a totally different type of terrain to tackle. It will be interesting to see who adapts quickly to the change of scenery. So tune in next week for more race news!.

Ibis Cycles Enduro Race team is supported by: POC, Maxxis, KS, Fox Factory, Shimano, Joystick, LizardSkins, Muc-Off, Feedback Sports, Industry Nine, Honey Stinger, One-Up.

MENTIONS: @ibiscycles


  • + 13
 Some badass times but those jerseys make them look like they just finished band camp. Nice race team Ibis
  • + 3
 I don’t know what it says about me, but that was also my first thought.
  • + 9
 i think its because the bottom of their shirts are block, and their shorts are black, so it makes it look like their shorts are hiked up really high to their bellybuttons
  • + 6
 As a past Ibis owner I love the company and the bikes. But yes, the jerseys are horrible. They are sponsored by POC and that is who makes the clothing. If you have ever looked at POC clothing, you will see the similarities. For such a design focused company, their clothing is simply aweful looking.
  • + 1
 I have to say that I personally appreciate the modesty and the under stated look of POC clothes. POC and Endura is what I pretty much wear mostly and I am not a big fan of looking like skittles rainbow going down the hill. Having said that for racing maybe they should be a bit more bold. But please POC stay the course for some of us consumers. Smile
  • + 7
 Can we just stop using the term "anti-grip" and say "dust" like normal people?
  • + 3
 Because it ain't just dust. Take a closer look.
  • + 4
 Pretty sure there's something special about that stuff in Chile hey. Plenty of Aussie guys (dust specialists) reckon it was out of control, so I don't think "dust" quite conveys what is going on there...
  • - 3
 Can we call it moon dust? Or pixie dust? Or just dust. Oops, we must conform to the media and media trolls...
  • + 6
 Seeing dust and dreaming of dry trails! Especially as I’m heading into a dark very very damp north wales forest to race this weekend
  • + 1
 not going to foel are you? Pretty greasy at the best of times Razz
  • + 0
 LOL. good luck in finding dust mate. *hat on chest
  • + 1
 Sure was! Liquid loam!!@Grouty2505:
  • + 8
 Pullin for Dillon
  • + 1
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  • + 5
 Trips to the podium and champagne showers when you're still grimy from railing some wicked trails. Hella enduro.
  • + 0
 They really need a new designer for their team kits...so boring and bland. Always looks un-polished and un-professional when compared to the other brands. May sound stupid but it begins to impact how you think about their bikes as well.
  • + 3
 Why isnt plus tires used in these types of trails? Too slow?
  • + 7
 Sidewall protection isn’t there
  • + 3
 Cuz it's marketing bs for an average trail rider.
  • + 2
 Nice report and good racing guys.
  • - 1
 Whats the song called?

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