Squamish, and it's surrounding communities are overflowing with talent and it was apparent on race day just how well these riders could navigate a course built to challenge even the most elite competitors. The Squamish Enduro presented by OneUp Components was the epitome of a showcase race for some of the worlds most spectacular trails. The sold out EWS qualifier event attracted a deep field of riders, many of whom were vying for a spot on the 2019 EWS reserved list. After the driest May in recorded history, the day before the race dumped close to 40mm of rain on Squamish, turning the dust to mud. The forecast for race day was bleak, and with another 20mm expected, it looked like it was going to be a day for the Wet Screams. Miraculously, when race day arrived the clouds cleared for the sun, and Squamish's soil, as it does so well, drained the water; the conditions were all time
On the men's side, Squamish local, Remi Gauvin was looking to capture the win, after being runner-up last year to his teammate, and reigning EWS Whistler Crankworx's champion, Jesse Melamed. With Melamed sidelined due to injury, Gauvin seemed to have a clear shot at the title, but local young guns, Rhys Verner and Lee Jackson made sure it would be a battle to the final stage. All told, Gauvin narrowly edged out Verner and Jackson for the win, taking home his first Squamish Enduro title.
Leonie Picton was queued up for her 4th Squamish Enduro title, but a last minute injury kept her out of the race. The door was wide open for the first new champion since Picton took the title from Miranda Miller in 2015, and it turned out to be a showdown between Brittany Phelan and Christina Chappetta. Chappetta took the win on 3 of 5 stages, but couldn't ice Phelan, who took stage 1 by 15 seconds, and the win by only 8 seconds.
At age 15, Jakob Jewett and Ryder Bulfone looked more like a couple of wiley veterans. Both would finish the day top 25 overall (pro's included).
A huge thank you to everyone who helps realize The Squamish Enduro. Stay tuned, we have some exciting news coming soon...