Settling Dust: Enduro World Series, Round 1 - Nevados de Chillan

Apr 20, 2014
by Matthew DeLorme  
EWS Logo - image by Matt Wragg


If there's one thing the Andes aren't short of, it's dust. So there's plenty to settle tonight after the first weekend of racing for the EWS in 2014 wraps up here in Nevados de Chillan. One thing that is clear is how much fun this weekend has been - there's barely a person in the pits with a bad word to say about the race. The trails have been amazing, the landscape beautiful and the people more than welcoming. Seeing fans run round the pits, just happy to meet the riders they only ever seen on a screen until now left many of us realising how jaded we have become. While Chile may have adopted our mountain bike culture, many of us could learn from the enthusiasm they bring to the sport. It's also a great sign for the future of the EWS, that it could be a series looking to reach out beyond the safe confines of Europe and North America pushing mountain bike racing as a truly global sport.

As one of these locals said - it s only right that we carry our crosses at Easter. The hike up to stage four this morning was pretty tough going it certainly had you awake for the start of the stage.
  As one of these locals said - it's only right that we carry our crosses at Easter. The hike up to stage four this morning was pretty tough going, it certainly had you awake for the start of the stage.

Bad news for Fab. Latest news from the doctors isn t good it looks like he s broken something in his back. The very fact that he carried on and raced for two more stages with a broken back says everything we ever could about how tough the man is.
  Bad news for Fab. Latest news from the doctors isn't good, it looks like he's broken something in his back. The very fact that he carried on and raced for two more stages with a broken back says everything we ever could about how tough the man is.

Anne-Caroline Chausson was dominant this weekend winning all but the third stage.
  Anne-Caroline Chausson was dominant this weekend, winning all but the third stage.

Ben Cruz wasn t running as far forwards as he d like to have been this weekend but after coming down with Lime s disease this winter he s lucky to even be here to huck to flat.
  Ben Cruz wasn't running as far forwards as he'd like to have been this weekend, but after coming down with Lyme disease this winter, he's lucky to even be here to huck to flat.

Despite her best efforts Anneke Beerten couldn t hold on to third place in the overall. She would be bested by Ravanel and slide back to fourth place.
  Despite all of her efforts Anneke Beerten couldn't hold on to third place in the overall. She would be bested by Ravanel and slide back to fourth place.

Tracy Mosely just hasn t looked comfortable all weekend yet despite not having the race she wanted she was still comfortably second come this evening.
  Tracy Moseley just hasn't looked comfortable all weekend, yet despite not having the race she wanted, she was still comfortably second come this evening.

Florian Nicolai struggled on stage four this morning take a slam but still coming home 9th.
  Florian Nicolai struggled on stage four this morning, take a slam, but still coming home 9th.

This was supposed to be a photo of Nico Lau railing a corner but it didn t go to plan as he got fired out of the top of it nearly taking me out with his bike. In his own words he said he went too slow yesterday and too fast this morning. It didn t seem to phase Nico too much though as he re-grouped to win the sixth and final stage this afternoon - arguably the most demanding of the whole race.
  This was supposed to be a photo of Nico Lau railing a corner, but it didn't go to plan as he got fired out of the top of it, nearly taking me out with his bike. In his own words, he said he went too slow yesterday, and too fast this morning. It didn't seem to phase Nico too much though, as he re-grouped to win the sixth and final stage this afternoon - arguably the most demanding of the whole race.

Cecile Ravanel came out firing today making up twenty five seconds on Anneke Beerten and solidifying a third place overall for the weekend.
  Cecile Ravanel came out firing today, making up twenty five seconds on Anneke Beerten and solidifying a third place overall for the weekend.

Stage five played to Jerome s strengths and he clawed back more ground on Graves - his experience riding the blind French enduros and his agility meant he could dive through the twists while the bigger Aussie struggled somewhat more.
  Stage five played to Jerome's strengths and he clawed back more ground on Graves - his experience riding the blind, French enduros and his agility meant he could dive through the twists, while the bigger Aussie struggled somewhat more.

The woods of Nevados de Chillan are a mesmerizing place to be in the Fall glow of amber and gold.
  The woods of Nevados de Chillan are a mesmerizing place to be in the fall glow of amber and gold.

Heading to his first EWS win of the season
  Jerome charging hard on stage four. He dug deep and attacked the course like an animal today.

Alenandre Cure rode solid all weekend taking seventh in the overall. He will certainly be one to watch as the season progresses.
  Alexandre Cure rode solid all weekend, taking seventh in the overall. He will certainly be one to watch as the season progresses.

Jerome Clementz had what it took today.
  Jerome Clementz had what it took today.

What can you say about Martin Maes other than he is destined to be a power house Maes bombing down the open slope of Stage six which is still holding on to a bit of last winters snow.
  What can you say about Martin Maes other than he is destined to be a power house? Maes bombing down the open slope of Stage six, which is still holding on to a bit of last winters snow.

Justin Leov had a smashing start to the season finishing fifth in the overall. The kiwi trained hard in the off season and it is showing in the results.
  Justin Leov had a smashing start to the season, finishing fifth in the overall. The kiwi trained hard in the off season, and it is showing in the results.

Jared Graves had an incredible day one but just couldn t keep up with Jerome when all the dust had settled. Second overall for the weekend. Graves wants the win and it will come soon.
  Jared Graves had an incredible day one, but just couldn't keep up with Jerome when all the dust had settled. Second overall for the weekend. Graves wants the win and it will come soon.

Yoann Barelli pushing through the dinner plate rock section on the top of Stage six.
  Yoann Barelli pushing through the dinner plate rock section on the top of stage six.

Curtis Keene struggled with an illness all weekend and found himself a long way away from where he d want to be in the standings this evening.
  Curtis Keene struggled with an illness all weekend and found himself a long way away from where he'd want to be in the standings this evening.

Despite fighting off a bout of stomach illness on day one Cedric managed to ride strong and push through it. He finished 10th in the overall.
  Despite fighting off a bout of stomach illness on day one, Cedric managed to ride strong and push through it. He finished 10th in the overall.

Only two men broke the sub eight barrier on stage six today Nico Lau and Florian Nicolai. The next closest to either of them was Clementz coming in at 8 01.83.
  Only two men broke the sub eight barrier on stage six today: Nico Lau and Florian Nicolai. The next closest to either of them was Clementz coming in at 8:01.83.

Today didn t go to plan for Graves. On the top of stage six he straight-lined a couple of corners and by the time he reached the finish you could see it in his eyes he knew that he hadn t quite done enough this time.
  Today didn't go to plan for Graves. On the top of stage six he straight-lined a couple of corners, and by the time he reached the finish you could see it in his eyes, he knew that he hadn't quite done enough this time.

Meet the real Jerome Clementz. He really is as relaxed as he appears away from the races but he doesn t usually let people see the other side the side we saw on the finish line today. He wasn t leaving a single tenth of a second on the table for Graves he wanted it bad. He admits that it s going to be a tough season of racing if he wants to hold onto his title though.
  Meet the real Jerome Clementz. He really is as relaxed as he appears away from the races, but he doesn't usually let people see the other side, the side we saw on the finish line today. He wasn't leaving a single tenth of a second on the table for Graves; he wanted it bad. He admits that it's going to be a tough season of racing if he wants to hold onto his title.

Nothing left. Jerome emptied the tank on that last spring leaving him bent double trying to get his breathing back under control.
  Nothing left. Jerome emptied the tank on that last sprint, leaving him bent double trying to get his breathing back under control.

Waiting for the times Jared admitted to Jerome that he knew he d blown it conceding defeat quietly before the times were even called. Tomorrow he s going back to stage five to ride it again and try and work out how he can beat Jerome on that kind of trail...
  Waiting for the times, Jared admitted to Jerome that he knew he'd blown it, conceding defeat quietly before the times were even called. Tomorrow he's going back to stage five to ride it again and try and work out how he can beat Jerome on that kind of trail...

After winning four of the previous five stages Anne-Caroline Chausson and Tracy Moseley both knew how this dance ended but that doesn t mean hearing it didn t bring a smile to ACC s face or leave Tracy wondering where it went wrong.
  After winning four of the previous five stages, Anne-Caroline Chausson and Tracy Moseley both knew how this dance ended, but that doesn't mean hearing it didn't bring a smile to ACC's face, or leave Tracy wondering where it went wrong.

Lars Sternbergs face on the finish line shows just how much pain he was riding with this weekend.
  Lars Sternberg's face on the finish line shows just how much pain he was riding with this weekend.

This was a real breakthrough ride for Florian Nicolai third this weekend and his fellow countrymen were so excited they picked him up and carried him all the way to the podium. The French domination of enduro doesn t look set to let up any time soon with such talented young riders coming through.
  This was a real breakthrough ride for Florian Nicolai, third this weekend and his fellow countrymen were so excited they picked him up and carried him all the way to the podium. The French domination of enduro doesn't look set to let up any time soon with such talented young riders coming through.

Nothing looks more sinister than a man with a mustache in smoky back light waiting for a Chilean hot dog.
  Nothing looks more sinister than a man with a mustache in smoky back light waiting for a Chilean hot dog.

Celebrating the Gracia way. The wild man enjoying a couple of vices after long hard weekend on the bike. In his words F ck it. This is Enduro.
  Celebrating the Gracia way. The wild man enjoying a couple of vices after long hard weekend on the bike. In his words, "F*ck it. This is Enduro."

Good night Chillan. Sad to leave so soon. We will miss your incredible vistas and amazing dirt. Thanks for having us we will return.
  Good night, Chillan. Sad to leave so soon. We will miss your incredible vistas and amazing dirt. Thanks for having us, we will return.



55 Comments

  • + 67
 Racing stages with a broken back, going there after suffering from lyme disease, racing with a stomach bug and some other assorted illneses, and im here watching movies to lazy to ride because it was raining. And i still wonder why im not racing world cups.
  • + 52
 CG is such a boss
  • + 4
 Doing it right at finishing. a cigar and a bottle.
  • + 4
 Flamboyant as always. Never let the legend die!
  • + 2
 He is the man.
  • + 1
 agreed as well would be class watching it live
  • + 11
 That's a cigarette, not a cigar. Much more french
  • + 17
 Best thing about this race was the new locale. There's a lot of dirt (and dust) in this world for us to explore.
I'm amazed Jerome pulled out the win, I predicted Jared would take it considering his fitness. The competition is just insanely fierce.

EWS - we need a live race feed, twitter ain't cutting it!
  • + 3
 Absolutely. Enduro WORLD Series certainly seems to be earning it's name. I wonder how much Chile's bike tourism will be up this year?
  • + 4
 Agreed, Even if it wasn't live at least a replay like RedBull does for their signature series enduro races, or like the replay the UCI World Cup DH has.
  • + 7
 So many great photos! Nice job Matts
  • + 8
 Cedric hahahha master
  • + 2
 Just looking Jerome Clementz face and his super dude actitud remembers me the next quote: "I will force the enemy to take our strength for weakness, and our weakness for strength, and thus will turn his strength into weakness"
  • + 4
 Two completely different looks, in the same section, coming into the finish for Jerome and Jared. : O
  • + 1
 When are they going to add the 50 foot gap jumps and drops that we all love to see in the Whistler videos? Throw in some decent size jumps for those who have the skills and balls to clear them. Strong climbers get hills. Strong technical navigators get gnarly rock gardens through trees. So what about strong jumpers? Enduro is the perfect setting to add this element. Mountain biking is all these elements... (yes, even tight shorts, unfortunately)
  • + 1
 I agree it's the purest form of elite level racing right now, uci strangling DH by using sterile tracks too often (why leogang not schladming? Let's not even start on PMB), XC too often on little hills and tracks that could nearly be ridden on a cyclocross bike, these are elite riders, challenge them!
  • + 3
 Congrats to CG!! Happy to see him here... Jey was strong but take a look to Graves rear tyre on the finish line picture...
  • + 1
 Is it flat?
  • + 1
 Not completely deflated,but clearly some air went out,maybe a slow puncture
  • + 1
 Ghetto tubeless gone wrong.
  • + 2
 A highlight show similar to what they have for the WRC would certainly be welcomed by a lot of fans.
  • + 2
 "no one does it better like CG'
  • + 1
 Best coverage amd tons of videos for EWS in Chile: instagram.com/ctmagazine
  • + 2
 I heart Anneke
  • + 1
 @ctmagazine On Instagram
  • + 1
 JC's back looks contorted in that one shot!
  • + 2
 Absolutely Fantastic
  • + 1
 I get it now.. Enduro is to downhill as marathon is to xc.
  • + 1
 Enduro. .. Lol. .. the new Godzilla movie looks rad.
  • + 1
 Big props to Ben Cruz and Marco Osborne!
  • + 1
 Martin Maes even looks fast on a picture, ... ! wtf Big Grin
  • + 1
 Can't wait for Jared's journal
  • + 1
 CG !!! that's definitely the way to celebrate
  • + 0
 Jared Graves in troy lee. Interesting.
  • + 1
 And different shoes.
  • + 18
 Who gives a shit
  • + 0
 Giro terraduro shoes made for enduro.
  • + 5
 Terraduro shoes made for mtn biking. Work well for enduro racing.
  • - 1
 This is true mountainbike racing. World cup XC and DH don't come even close.
  • + 11
 Right because dh and XC isn't done on mountain bikes and its not racing.
  • + 6
 Or maybe because the UCI haven't got their fat pudgy hands on the EWS and strangled the lifeblood out of it yet?
  • - 1
 So many injuries this weekend. Enduro is getting gnarly!
  • - 1
 The third is a picture of President Al-qaddafi of Libya???
  • + 0
 Too much #enduro!
  • - 3
 Can somebody explain enduro for me
  • + 23
 Mountain biking.
  • + 2
 ^^^ Exactly! ^^^
  • + 0
 Not getting enough?
  • + 5
 Cedric already told ya....
  • - 4
flag dughead123 (Apr 21, 2014 at 5:03) (Below Threshold)
 boring. i'm sorry, but it is.
  • + 4
 6 different challenging, often gnarly, DH runs (without the big jumps) strung together, run nearly blind. often riding or carrying your bike to the start of the next run. Or as many have called it - mountain biking.
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