Photo Epic - Enduro World Series 7 - Race Day 2

Oct 5, 2014
by Matt Wragg  
 
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"Crazy, crazy, crazy." Those were Fabien Barel's words as he strode towards the ocean to cool down after his race. He has always raced hard, without compromise, and if you're going to ride like that, then sooner or later you're going to get hurt. And Fabien has sure been hurt over the years, smashing more parts of his body than he'd probably care to count. When he went down in Chile this year, fracturing his spine, there were a few whispers about whether he'd be able to reach the heights he'd once scaled. Yet the determination that drove him to three DH world titles is not diminished, and this weekend we may see what ranks as one of his greatest ever rides...

At seven thirty in the morning on Sunday the streets of Finale are deserted. They would soon come alive as riders headed into the Piazza to start this final day of the EWS for 2014.
  At seven thirty in the morning on Sunday the streets of Finale are deserted. They would soon come alive as riders headed into the Piazza to start this final day of the EWS for 2014.

This morning it was time to inspect yesterdays wounds shake off the stiffness and get ready for the 1 000m climb to stage five.
  This morning it was time to inspect yesterdays wounds, shake off the stiffness and get ready for the 1,000m climb to stage five.

Coffee and radios. Staples of the media here at the EWS.
  Coffee and radios. Staples of the media here at the EWS.

When choosing jandals it s always best to be sure they match your bike.
  When choosing jandals it's always best to be sure they match your bike.

Nico Lau heads out to the race.
  Nico Lau heads out to the race.

T Mo was focused on the job ahead this morning. Don t take needless chances make no mistakes. Ride safe. Second place was all she needed to lock up the season.
  T Mo was focused on the job ahead this morning. Don't take needless chances, make no mistakes. Ride safe. Second place was all she needed to lock up the season.

Graves knew something the rest of us didn t this morning. Banana smile for miles.
  Graves knew something the rest of us didn't this morning. Banana smile for miles.

Richie Rude was sitting in third place this morning and looking to take his first podium in Finale.
  Richie Rude was sitting in third place this morning and looking to take his first podium in Finale.

Clementz was all smiles at the start this morning. It s been a hard season away for Jerome but he came back at this final race with tremendous style.
  Clementz was all smiles at the start this morning. It's been a hard season away for Jerome but he came back at this final race with tremendous style.

With two and a half hours to cover 20km it was a fairly relaxed affair this morning.
  With two and a half hours to cover 20km, it was a fairly relaxed affair this morning.

Overnight leader Yoann Barelli was showing few signs of pressure this morning.
  Overnight leader, Yoann Barelli, was showing few signs of pressure this morning.

While the pace was leisurely this was still a big climb however you look at it so it was nice to see markers to let riders how the mileage was going.
  While the pace was leisurely, this was still a big climb, however you look at it, so it was nice to see markers to let riders how the mileage was going.

Not everyone was sharing our enthusiasum for the riders on the first transfer this morning.
  Not everyone was sharing our enthusiasm for the riders on the first transfer this morning.

Tracy Moseley rode consistently and took second on both stages five and six to take the win in the season overall.
  Tracy Moseley rode consistently and took second on both stages five and six to take the win in the season overall.

Anne Caroline Chausson took this race with a clean sweep of every stage.
  Anne Caroline Chausson took this race with a clean sweep of every stage.

Cecile Ravanel had to settle for her usual third position. After getting so close this year we re interested to see what she does over the winter to try and make that jump back onto the top step.
  Cecile Ravanel had to settle for her usual, third position. After getting so close this year, we're interested to see what she does over the winter to try and make that jump back onto the top step.

Jared Graves had to only finish twentysecond to win. Grubby took no chances today confident in knowing it was all but locked up.
  Jared Graves had to only finish twenty second to win. Grubby took no chances today, confident in knowing it was all but locked up.

Jerome Clementz once again showed just how much of a force he is. He finished fourth this weekend. No doubt he and Graves will be back trading blows next season.
  Jerome Clementz once again showed just how much of a force he is. He finished fourth this weekend. No doubt he and Graves will be back trading blows next season.

Nico Lau
  Nico Lau finished 26 seconds off the lead after 38 minutes of racing. It seems unfair to say he was off the pace this weekend, but that's where the series is these days.

Francois Bailly-Maitre screaming towards a seventh place finish on stage six. Fracois took tenth for the weeknd. He will certainly be one to keep a close eye on next year.
  Francois Bailly-Maitre screaming towards a seventh place finish on stage six. Francois took tenth for the weekend. He will certainly be one to keep a close eye on next year.

While he may not have looked phased this morning Barelli clocked up 19th and 11th today dropping him back to fifth. While this isn t the win he maybe hoped for it is his best EWS result yet.
  While he may not have looked phased this morning, Barelli clocked up 19th and 11th today, dropping him back to fifth. While this isn't the win he maybe hoped for, it is his best EWS result yet.

While there aren t many tricks in enduro racing Alex Cures footplant at 30mph in this rock garden is definitely worth some points from the judges.
  While there aren't many tricks in enduro racing, Alex Cures footplant at 30mph in this rock garden is definitely worth some points from the judges.

Anne-Caroline Chausson s aggression was clearly what made the difference for her this weekend - while Tracy had everything to lose she had nothing and threw everything at the race course to try and take the title.
  Anne-Caroline Chausson's aggression was clearly what made the difference for her this weekend - while Tracy had everything to lose, she had nothing, and threw everything at the race course to try and take the title.

What can you say about Fab Barel In Chile this year he fractured five vertebrae and is still in physio trying to fully overcome that horrific injury. This weekend he came here with no expectations he just wanted to take it day-by-day and see if he could complete the race. In the end even he could not seem to believe what he achieved. He was still trying to get his head around what he achieved when he headed for the podium.
  What can you say about Fab Barel? In Chile this year he fractured five vertebrae, and is still in physio trying to fully overcome that horrific injury. This weekend he came here with no expectations, he just wanted to take it day-by-day and see if he could complete the race. In the end even he could not seem to believe what he achieved. He was still trying to get his head around what he achieved when he headed for the podium.

Richie Rude was on the fast track to take his first podium today. With a seventh place on stage five it was looking like today would be the day for him untill heartbreakingly his chain snapped on stage six. Rude certainly has his head wrapped around Enduro he will be a force to be reckoned with next year.
  Richie Rude was on the fast track to take his first podium today. With a seventh place on stage five it was looking like today would be the day for him until, heartbreakingly, his chain snapped on stage six. Rude certainly has his head wrapped around enduro, he will be a force to be reckoned with next year.

That smile says it all.
  That smile says it all.

I was sent to look for photos of beer and celebration. Tracy Moseley was getting loose with the mineral water clearly saving herself for the podium where she necked her bottle of champagne.
  I was sent to look for photos of beer and celebration. Tracy Moseley was getting loose with the mineral water, clearly saving herself for the podium where she necked her bottle of champagne.

After it s all said and done it s time for Gelato. Lots of Gelato.
  After it's all said and done, it's time for gelato. Lots of gelato.

With the racing over beer beach and pizza were a tempting combination.
  With the racing over, beer, beach and pizza were the other tempting combination.

The Rocky Mountain team checking to see how the team competition went. In the end the Trek team were that bit stronger but for a relatively small team with a squad of young riders it s an unquestionably impressive accomplishment.
  The Rocky Mountain team checking to see how the team competition went. In the end, the Trek team were that bit stronger, but for a relatively small team with a squad of young riders, it's an unquestionably impressive accomplishment.

Cannondale mechanic Matteo Nati gets problems solved Italian style.
  Cannondale mechanic, Matteo Nati, gets problems solved, Italian style.

When your pit is just behind the Mediterranean it s good to wash away the day with a refreshing swim.
  When your pit is just behind the Mediterranean, it's good to wash away the day with a refreshing swim.

Overall team standings for the season. Trek Factroy Enduro Yeti Fox and Rocky Mountain Urge.
  Overall team standings for the season. Trek Factory Enduro, Rocky Mountain Urge and Yeti Fox.

A well-deserved beer for the man who was simply too strong for his competition this year. He admits that Jerome getting injured had a negative impact on his riding he struggled a bit under the expectation that he would win not feeling how he wanted to on the bike until La Thuile but despite all the strong riders coming through he had that extra edge at the end of the day. Now 12 months on from the disappointment of watching Jerome lift the crown here in Finale he has achieved his goal - Jared Graves is your 2012 Enduro World Series champion.
  A well-deserved beer for the man who was simply too strong for his competition this year. He admits that Jerome getting injured had a negative impact on his riding, he struggled a bit under the expectation that he would win, not feeling how he wanted to on the bike until La Thuile, but despite all the strong riders coming through, he had that extra edge at the end of the day. Now 12 months on from the disappointment of watching Jerome lift the crown here in Finale, he has achieved his goal - Jared Graves is your 2014 Enduro World Series champion.

Your 2014 series champions Jared Graves men Tracy Moseley women Sebastian Claquin junior and Primoz Strancar masters .
  Your 2014 series champions: Jared Graves (men), Tracy Moseley (women), Sebastian Claquin (junior) and Primoz Strancar (masters).
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39 Comments

  • + 89
 I know everyone's stoked for Graves and Barel, but I think T-Mo deserves some props too. She's now DH world champion, dh world cup overall winner, national 4x champ and now 2x EWS Champ, she's got some major skills on a bike and a worthy winner.
  • + 14
 True legend of the sport. Also the 2nd year for the Trek Factory Enduro team to take the Team ovrerall. Congrats T-Mo, Rene Wildhaber and Justin Leov.
  • + 3
 You can see her clear-headed strategy in the photo of her riding into that dip, too. That is top level racing, finishing right where she needed for the title, focused and taking no extra risk. So cool.
  • + 16
 Yeah Gravy!!! Right the fuq on!!!

Next to last pic from the bottom; date check 2014.
  • + 11
 What a great comeback for Barel, awesome result for a first race back!
  • + 6
 Hero. He is a hero for anyone who has ever been injured. He is a living testament to the power of will and determination. Thank you Fab!
  • + 7
 barel is such a top bloke and a total legend!
  • - 11
flag jclnv (Oct 5, 2014 at 11:40) (Below Threshold)
 Apart from the course cutting.
  • - 2
 Oh shiz, was he cutting the course?
  • + 1
 I'm pretty sure that you wouldn't have said that if he had been Canadian... Am i right??
  • + 4
 There are usually no jellyfish in October in Finale ,
especially if it's offshore wind ,so called "Tramontana".

Feel free to bring your shorts!
Ciao
  • + 2
 That's no joke, been in the Med a half dozen times and been stung by jelly fish every single time. Does nothing to take away from the magic that is floating in the Mediterranean. Finale Ligure is definitely on my bucket list of places to ride.
  • + 3
 I would avoid Australian beaches if I were you. Smile
  • + 4
 This would not have Been Richie Rude's first podium, he was 2nd at Winter Park.
  • + 2
 Errors and omissions like this make it seem as though the races are being covered by people that don't really follow the sport, or just don't care enough about it to bother making sure they've got their facts straight. To be fair, I don't actually believe either of those things to be true. Of course Matt Wragg and the other Pinkbike writers care about the sport, clearly putting a lot effort into bringing their readers the best coverage they can in as timely a fashion as possible. That's one reason why I personally don't get so wound up over the occasional typo the way a lot of other readers do. Sure, grammar spelling and punctuation are important, but not nearly as important as an accurate reporting of the results is. Can you imagine a sports reporter that covers baseball, soccer, hockey, or any other sport really, misreporting the scores or win/loss records of the teams and/or players in the sports they cover? Seems pretty unlikely to me. Pinkbike reporters, I beseech you, take the extra time to double check things like whether or not a racer has finished on the podium before, or to make sure racers are referred to by the correct name. It's just like how long it took, and how many times various readers had to point out that Myriam Nicole's nickname is Pompon, before you guys finally stopped referring to her as Pompom. Just to satisfy my own curiosity, I started the stopwatch on my phone and then went to the Enduro World Series website and scrolled down the results for this years races and found Richie Rude's 2nd place finish at Winter Park. It took 24.5 seconds. I understand that you are working under deadlines and that it's crucial that your reports get posted as soon as possible, but please take the following into consideration. Fact checking > spell checking.
  • + 4
 I love the look on T-Mo's face when she's getting gelato. !00% earned it!
  • + 4
 Who the hell calls flip flops "jandals"
  • + 11
 Kiwis. They're weirdos but you gotta love 'em.
  • + 1
 And to clarify, jandals = japanese sandals, one of many ways that kiwis are politically incorrect Big Grin
  • + 3
 Aussies call them Thongs and Americans say the same thing for a G String go figure.
  • + 1
 My Dad calls them thongs as well. I guess either way, if the material goes into a crack, it's a thong. Or maybe a Jhong... Smile
  • + 3
 hes that fast he went back in time and won the yet to be conceived 2012 ews, what a man!
  • + 2
 Grubby you absolutely legend, only further emphasizes how much of a weapon he his, no matter what size frame or wheels!
  • + 1
 Wow, Richie Rude surely train alot with those arms and legs. Was the chain snapped because of his raw power? Wonder what's his the power meter reports number showed.
  • + 1
 Great interview here showing what the comeback means to him..

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  • + 3
 man, i was in the train feeling all along his interview, this man is such beautiful human being, dedicated to what he does, and a true gentleman. You deserved that Fabian, more than any other
  • + 1
 Barel, KING of Come Backs!.... FortWilliam Champs.. Slovenia WC... Do I miss any ?? Sure...
  • + 1
 Jellyfish in the med....are serious business
  • + 4
 another reason to ride my bike and never swim.
  • + 0
 Is that a big crack on the Devinci frame on the bottom tube in pic 4?
  • + 1
 the result of riding with the pictured SAG - note: one foot still on the ground
^^
  • + 1
 You are confusing me lol. First sight i thought it was just a scratch on the painting, but then maybe it's crack :-0
  • + 1
 That footplant 8-)
  • + 0
 Richie Rude?
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