Photo Epic: The Squamish Enduro

Jun 18, 2018
by squamishenduro  

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.

After a pre-race downpour on Friday, the famous Squamish loam was perfectly primed for race day.
May usually brings over 120mm of rain to Squamish; May 2018 saw less than 30mm. The rainforest was quenched by the welcomed rain.

Both the full course and the short course followed a similar trajectory throughout the day. 2018 was the first year for the short course, designed to challenge riders looking forward to the full course in the future.

Trevor Porter gives his approval on his way to capturing the Veteran Men's title.

Spruce Race Timing was running the clock, with their ultra slick and seamless timing system.

Ainhoa Ijurko drops into Crouching Squirrel, Hidden Monkey and would be the fastest overall U-23 rider on the day.

Optimus Riem - Jeff Riemer gets low and keeps the flow.

Carl Goldstraw Painting and Flying Spirit Rentals were back for some Negocios Chango in the speed zone.

Top speed on the day was 55 km/h, over some loose and unpredictable terrain.

Angie McKirdy would take home both the Womens Open and Speed Zone title.

Jo Peters battled it out with Mikayla Martin all day, and eventually earned a 3rd place finish.

All smiles, Jaclyn Jeffrey flows through turns and ferns.

Cailin Carrier had 2nd place finishes on stage 3 and 4, only narrowly missing the podium.

Paul Sherman drops into the abyss.

Stage 2 finished on Gouranga, which is chock full of challenging tech. Sebastien Pilote walks the line.

The 7Mosh Pit on Gouranga drew a raucous crowd for any rider with the nerve to drop in; 11 year old, Koel Shinkaruk leads the charge.

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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).

Remi Gauvin tamed the pro line, and took the win on stage 2.

JF Carrier-Boucher looked good through the line, but exploded at the finish

Tristan Merrick wrangles the fish tail on lower Gouranga; Freaky Styley

Last years Squamish Enduro champ, Jesse Melamed provided commentary on just how hard of a line this was. Check it out and judge for yourself; The Gnarliest Enduro Line Ever?.

Matt Bolton takes flight on his way to the top of the open men's podium.

Carnage ensued for those who pushed the limits a little too far.

Andrew Hamilton had the most spectacular crash on the day, but managed to push through and finish strong.

There was plenty of stoke at the bottom of Gouranga.

It was thrills and spills on Roller Coaster, the Smith sponsored stage, where the rider who finished exactly mid-pack took home some cash and a Smith prize pack.

The ladies in lederhosen at the Nesters Market fuel zone, complete with sauerkraut and Bavarian sausage.

7 years ago Stage 3: Ditch Pig was an unused and forgotten scrap on the mountain, but many local trail builders, and trail boss, Owen Foster have brought it back into the limelight.

bigquotesI've lived in Squamish for 20 years, and still, stage 3 was mostly blind for me.Rhys Verner - Kona Global Enduro

Buckle up and button up, Fraser Brown lifts off.

Stage 3 wasn't revealed until riders found their way by following the course marking arrows; fresh loam and some secret lines equated to feelings of awe at the stage finish.

Christina Chappetta made quick work of the tech on Somewhere Over There and secured second on the pro podium.

Matt Henn soars and would finish in the top half of the pro field.

Laird Grant dials in his line and was part of the team at Quest University who helped the race organizers dial in the race start schedule (Thanks to Richard Hoshino).

After some minor technicals early on, and a confidence boost from the live timing after stage 2, Rhys Verner would hold strong and finish second amongst the pro men. Rock Don't Chisel!

Remi smashes through the loam on stage 5.

Dylan Wolsky eyes up a fresh stripe on the new addition to Somewhere Over There.

Carson Eiswald would take the win on stage 3, and fourth overall.

Full commitment; Wolsky sends it with confidence on a blind section.

The Privateer, Adam Price snuck into the top 10 overall.

Short Course - Junior Women
Short Course - Junior Men

Short Course - Open Women
Short Course - Open Men

Veteran Men

Veteran Women
Masters Men

Masters Women
Open Men

Open Women
U23 Men

U23 Woman (Podium Sweep)
U19 Men

U19 Women
Pro Women

Norman Rudy's Pub hosted the pig roast dinner and after party, a staple part of The Squamish Enduro
Pro Men

The pro men
Remi testing out his custom OneUp dh block

Race organizer, Dylan Smith raises his glass to the crowd
Brittany - Gold (Squamish), Silver (Pyeongchang)

A huge thank you to everyone who helps realize The Squamish Enduro. Stay tuned, we have some exciting news coming soon...


  • + 8
 Just sitting here icing my leg reading this.... ;-)
  • + 3
 action shots of the pro ladies? Britt?
  • + 1
 The photo of the rock roll that has the caption "Paul Sherman drops into the abyss" - anyone know which trail that is?
  • + 3
 that's the first slab on Gouranga
  • + 2
 Nice work Dylan Smith and Squamish Enduro !
  • + 1
 @bull-dozer Somewhere over there.
  • + 1
 Looks like a heap of fun.
  • + 1
 Great article & photos... awesome work boys!
  • + 0
 This was the race on June 9th I'm guessing?

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