Video: Team CRC Mavic at the EWS Round 3

May 21, 2018
by Chain Reaction Cycles  

See how Sam, Elliott and Kelan got on during the third round of the Enduro World Series in Montagnes Du Caroux, France.

bigquotesThe tracks in France were a lot different from the first two rounds in South America as expected. Quite a lot of the terrain is old rocky walking paths with some new sections thrown into the mix. The tracks are very awkward in parts with some physical climbs on a few of the stages.

Day one started off dry but turned to rain in the afternoon as expected for the Pro men. Elliott Heap continued his great form from the last round in Colombia winning two of the four stages and only losing the other two stages by half a second. Elliott had a 10-second lead going into day two in the under-21s category. Kelan Grant had a mixed day with a bit of a mechanical on the first stage and a crash on stage three but showed some speed on stage two. Sam Hill couldn’t quite find the form he had in South America on the awkward French tracks but rode really well to finish eighth, fifth, ninth and 44th on the short street stage to be ranked fifth after the first day. It continued to rain through the night and was really cold come Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, Elliott Heap suffered a rear puncture on the first stage of day two losing over 30 seconds, dropping back to fifth place in the overall. Elliott managed to put a tube in his tyre and continue charging on where he won the next three stages, clawing his way back to second overall. What an achievement! Well done buddy. Kelan had a good second day with some good stage results and times moving him up the rankings into 39th. Well done fella. Sam had a similar day – not quite finding his winning form but still riding amazing to finish sixth overall in the Elite men’s category and retaining his overall lead in the championship. Good work buddy. So that’s it for round three of the Enduro World Series in France. Well done team you have done an awesome job again.
Nigel Page, Team Manager

All images by Fraser Britton.

MENTIONS: @ChainReactionCycles


  • + 20
 I half think that Hill was just doing EWS a favor so people wouldn't lose interest with both female and male domination all season long. Thanks for the suspense, Sam!
  • + 6
 Give him a year or two and he’s gonna switch to XC and show those guys how it’s done on an enduro with a dropper post and DH gear,
  • + 10
 Comparing the pictures of Sam vs Kelan going on that rocky chute I can see how Kelan is way back on his bike and Sam is on top of the bike. I wish I had a cojones to ride steep stuff with that much confidence.
  • + 5
 Sam is rolling it and Kelan is dropping it, so it is not really comparable, those are different places.
  • + 2
 I continue to be amazed at the number of mechanicals teams have at these events. Just goes to show how hard they are pushing the bikes and how gnarly things get at these races. Or, maybe they are running junk.
  • + 5
 Nige you're a legend!
  • + 2
 Those bikes look so sweet. The Chain Reaction billboard kits are full Ricky Bobby though.
  • + 3
 That track looks like pure fun.
  • + 2
  • + 1
 You can huck, you can jump, wheelie, whatever, but the drift at 2:00 is what floats my boat.
  • - 1
 Mavic ?What for and why?They were left behind by the contenders ...DT,Spank, ...They must be a la Cõte D´Ázur all the time enjoying the laurels from the past ooohhh la la vie en rose c´est belle
  • + 2
 So far his wheels haven't let him down. I'd ride mavic if they paid me to. I can't imagine the pressure a racer must feel, trying to support a family on racing. It's a short window you can be competitive in the racing, it's tough on your body, and what do you do when it's over?
  • + 1
 What stem is sam hill running
  • + 1
 Shhhhh It's something we are working on. ps. it's a Nukeproof stem
  • + 1
 Are you working on a sam hill stem to go with his sam hill bars?

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