Team CRC Celebrate at the Finale EWS

Sep 30, 2018
by Chain Reaction Cycles  

Every team dreams of having a World Champion rider on their roster and it doesn’t happen too often or ever in many cases! Yesterday we were very proud to achieve this goal with not just one World Champion but two.


I’m going to keep this one short and I think the images the photographers captured will tell the story.

Sam Hill backed his 2017 World Championship Enduro World Series title up with the 2018 title in Finale Ligure, Italy, after eight hard-fought races all around the world and Elliott Heap managed to win his first World Championship title in the under-21 men’s category.

What an achievement guys we are all so proud of you.

The final round of the series was in the famous and beautiful Finale Ligure on the Italian Rivera.


Sam had his wife Bridget and eldest son Bam out with him for the race and all he needed to do was to place in the top 40 as he had done all the hard work at the previous seven rounds to have a significant points lead in the pro men’s category. But it’s still not an easy task riding fast, not crashing and getting injured and keeping your bike in one piece over four brutal stages in a big day of mountain biking.


Although he was super nervous, Sam rode smart and safe all day and finished ninth in Finale, becoming the Enduro World Champion for the second year in a row.

What an amazing achievement and Sam has once again proved he is one of the best and most successful mountain bike racers there has ever been. Well done Sam on behalf of everyone involved with the team, we are so proud of you. Thank you.


Elliott Heap had a much closer battle on his hands, having to beat his closest rival, Frenchman Theotim Trabac, on the day. Elliott handled the pressure and rode as hard as he ever has and won the race with a second, second, first and third place in the four stages to win the day and the Under-21 World Championship title.

What an amazing young rider Elliott is and again on behalf of everyone involved we are so proud of you mate. Congratulations and thank you.

After the race and a few too many drinks, we all got a bit emotional and tears of joy were shed, but it just proves how much effort we all put in travelling the world, training, preparing and being away from our loved ones and families.

It’s been amazing having our newest rider Kelan Grant on the team this year who is such a great person and rider. He’s not had the best overall season with injuries and crashes pushing his limits on the world series, but he has had some great individual stage results and we know he will achieve his goals in the future.

Thanks for being amazing Kelan, it’s great to have you as part of our amazing team.

A massive thank you to Jacy for another amazing job keeping Sam’s bike perfect and all your commitment and help and we wish you the very best becoming a father in the very near future.


Huge thanks also to Ewan for a great first season working for the team, you’ve done a great job mate and fitting into the world circuit no problem.

Thanks to Salva, Fraser and Kike for the amazing videos and photos all year and all our sponsors for their support.


Also a huge thanks to Rob from Nukeproof for all his hard work and passion, Michael Cowan for giving us this opportunity and all the great guys and girls at CRC / Wiggle that all help in the background at the offices.

Last but not least I would like to thank my wife Michelle my kids, Mya and Harrison for keeping it all together at home, I miss you all and love you very much.


That’s it for 2018 and it’s a season we will never forget.

Cheers
Nigel.


16 Comments

  • + 27
 Beautiful writing, beautiful season, it gave me goosebumps to see Sam with tears in eyes at the end of the race, so rad !! Well done to all of you Smile .
  • + 4
 Rumor has it Sam will retire from EWS and try his hand at DH next year. Who knows? He might actually be good at this DH thing.
  • - 1
 @Boardlife69: Sam Hill as a pro DH racer? Never happening. Ludicrous idea. Saying that Nino Schurter is racing DH makes more sense. But Sam, and DH in the same sentence... Psh please.
  • + 3
 What a great tribute. Ive never seen a nukeproof in person, but adter hearing this, it's a company i really respect. Ill never be a ori, but if i were, this is the kind of team I'd want to align myself with.
  • + 3
 Elliot Heap, is there any type of riding this lad can’t do, rips at DH , 4x and enduro with loadsa style. As for the other absolute legend , well done Sam
  • + 2
 New MTBer: Hey, what do you think of those Nuke Proof bikes? I'm wondering if they're any good.....
The world of MTBing: ummmmmm, let me tel you a story...........
  • + 1
 I took 5 seconds out of one of my kom times on my new nukeproof mega 290 factory. They are crazy fast and so well balanced
  • + 1
 Well done Elliot, hopefully see you on the local trails sometime in the off season.... amazing achievement. Does everyone know the secret is a handful of pies before and after every stage?
  • + 3
 Sam F*kn Hill.
  • + 1
 Brilliant results for the team. Well done Sam and Elliot.
  • + 2
 Well done Sam and CRC!!
  • + 1
 you’re right, looking at a list would be so much more fun
  • + 0
 Sam means business.. #flatpedalwinmedal
  • - 2
 Spoiler Alert Pinkbike, you could have posted the EWS highlights video before spoiling it.
  • + 1
 I wouldn't have thought anyone watches the highlights vid to get the results...
  • + 1
 @ColquhounerHooner: that would be ludicrous wouldn’t it

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