Turquoise Domination - Enduro World Series, Round 5 - Winter Park

Jul 27, 2014
by Matt Wragg  
It's the marketing dream scenario, to launch a bike then watch it dominate a world-level race. That is precisely what Yeti are going through right now, as things stand they couldn't have scripted this weekend any better. Launched just a week ago the SB5C, and Graves' prototype SB6C, is holding onto first and second in the men's competition and fifth in the women's on its international debut. Fairytale stuff indeed, because what better proof that your new bikes are as good as you say they are than that kind of performance amongst a field of other excellent bikes?

Pro women get quick run down of the stages before heading out on the long climb to practice stages four and five.
  Pro women get quick run down of the stages before heading out on the long climb to practice stages four and five.

Justin Leov and Chris Ball have a quick chat before starting off on the morning practice transfer.
  Justin Leov and Chris Ball have a quick chat before starting off on the morning practice transfer.

Richie Rude started the day in first place but teammate Jared Graves was the one who was putting down the power today. Rude finished in second on stages three and four but a crash on stage five landed him in FINISH ME
  Richie Rude started the day in first place, so the big question was: How was he going to deal with the pressure of leading the race?

CG. The only Frenchman who is this welcome in the USA.
  CG. The only Frenchman who is this welcome in the USA.

The rotor rock. This rock on stage three has claimed countless rotors and if you stood down track from it you could hear who had made contact as they came by.
  The rotor rock. This rock on stage three has claimed countless rotors and if you stood down track from it, you could hear who had made contact as they came by.

It s not just a big weekend for the Yeti men Rosara Joseph is currently holding onto fifth her best ever EWS placing.
  It's not just a big weekend for the Yeti men, Rosara Joseph is currently holding onto fifth, her best ever EWS placing.

Damien Oton has fought his way back up to 12th this evening making up time on the more natural stages today.
  Damien Oton has fought his way back up to 12th this evening, making up time on the more natural stages today.

Third this evening for Woldhaber as he marches on relentlessly. While many of his European rivals have fallen behind this weekend he shows how complete a rider he is by still running at the front.
  Third this evening for Wildhaber as he marches on relentlessly. While many of his European rivals have fallen behind this weekend, he shows how complete a rider he is by still running at the front.

Today was always going to favour Richie Rude s teammate more than him and a crash on stage five lost him precious seconds. He is still second this evening and the final stage tomorrow is the Trestle DH one where he can attack the trail in the way he likes most so the race isn t over yet.
  Today was always going to favour Richie Rude's teammate more than him, and a crash on stage five lost him precious seconds. He is still second this evening and the final stage tomorrow is the Trestle DH, one where he can attack the trail in the way he likes most, so the race isn't over yet. I think the clear answer is that he's handling the pressure just fine.

Stages four anf five were effectively one stage cut in two which is why the fourth stage was just 1.30 for the fast guys If you saw the transfer between the two stages you would understand why nobody wanted to try and sprint up it as it was long steep and unridably rocky in places.
  Stages four and five were effectively one stage cut in two, which is why the fourth stage was just 1.30 for the fast guys; If you saw the transfer between the two stages, you would understand why nobody wanted to try and sprint up it as it was long, steep and unrideably rocky in places.

Mitch Ropelato isn t just handy on the bike park stages he did lose one spot today but still holds a very impressive fourth place. Not a bad EWS debut by anybody s measure.
  Mitch Ropelato isn't just handy on the bike park stages, he did lose one spot today, but still holds a very impressive fourth place. Not a bad EWS debut by anybody's measure.

Tracy Moseley took back another position today demolishing everyone on the first stage. Unfortunately she couldn t keep that up on the fourth and fifth and while she claimed second place by the end of the day she had slipped back to 18 seconds behind Chausson.
  Tracy Moseley took back another position today, demolishing everyone on the first stage. Unfortunately she couldn't keep that up on the fourth and fifth and while she claimed second place, by the end of the day she had slipped back to 18 seconds behind Chausson.

Despite being terribly sick last night Anneke Beerten held on today to finish fifth on all three stages.
  Despite being terribly sick last night Anneke Beerten held on today to finish fifth on all three of today's stages.

Let s all wish we have CG s energy when we grow up. Cedric sits in eighth overall and was all laughs as he hurtled down Space Ape in afternoon practice despite the brutally long day on the bike.
  Lets all wish we have CG's energy when we grow up. Cedric sits in eight overall and was all laughs as he hurtled down Space Ape in afternoon practice, despite the brutally long day on the bike.

Yoann Barelli sprinting the flat start of stage four. Barelli currently sits tenth in the overall. He finished seventh on stage three and eleventh on stage four but was back in thirty-first on stage five.
  Yoann Barelli sprinting the flat start of stage four. Barelli currently sits in tenth in the overall. He finished seventh on stage three and eleventh on stage four but was back in thirty-first on stage five.

Joe Barnes had a solid day here in Winter Park. He took second on stage five and two top ten finishes on the other more natural terrain stages.
  Joe Barnes had a solid day here in Winter park. He took second on stage five, and two top ten finishes on the other more natural terrain stages.

Anne Caroline was still hungry and riding strong today despite the rarified air. ACC took the win on stages four and five.
  Anne Caroline was still hungry and riding strong today despite the rarified air. ACC took the win on stages four and five.

Jared Graves took firm control of the reins today in Winter Park with a clean sweep of all three stages today. Will he and team mate Richie Rude be slugging it out for the overall tomorrow
  Jared Graves took firm control of the reins today in Winter Park with a clean sweep of all three of today's stages. Will he and team mate Richie Rude be slugging it out for the overall tomorrow?



59 Comments

  • 90 4
 The Yeti team has more clothing changes than a Cher concert.
  • 187 3
 I'm sorry you've been to a Cher concert.
  • 9 2
 I'd happily change my clothes between stages too if it made me ride like that!
  • 6 19
flag ibex-rider (Jul 26, 2014 at 22:26) (Below Threshold)
 you don't get it robaussie99, it is BECAUSE you ride like that, that your sponsors allow you to get change between each stages.
  • 2 0
 And more wins
  • 7 0
 AZRyder..you may have won the internet today.
  • 2 0
 They've got a clothing line to sell.
  • 49 2
 "CG. The only Frenchman who is this welcome in the USA."........Hilarious
  • 19 2
 It's funny because it's true
  • 21 0
 I think CG is welcome everywhere he go......
  • 26 1
 .......es!
  • 7 1
 he's gonna have one hell of a night with all that free beer...
  • 4 7
 ... CG for President ...
  • 2 1
 marketing hour!!!
  • 1 0
 Plus he often brings a bottle of champagne.
  • 26 1
 Wildhaber is a beast so he can get a pass on the glasses with a full face, but somebody please get him some longer shorts.
  • 9 0
 you are right about one thing ,there is never an excuse for a twat gap. never
  • 2 0
 Maybe he can't find good prescription inserts. Pain in the arse to find good prescription inserts sometimes.
  • 4 0
 Who cares about clothing its about winning races ....
  • 3 0
 twat gap haha
  • 1 0
 I'm gonna admit I've had my shorts caught on my bars before...
  • 1 0
 how they must have been really long
  • 1 0
 Bar hump.
  • 1 1
 what you humped your bar I bet that felt good
  • 1 0
 twat gap
  • 10 0
 C'mon Rosara! Wellington is cheering for you! ...and Justin, we love you too!
  • 5 0
 This! But Auckland... Wink
  • 5 0
 and Chch too
  • 2 0
 and rotorua!!!
  • 4 0
 Lets be honest here... It's every MTB'er in NZ that's cheering for them!
  • 6 2
 Nice work Yeti!!!

Always interested to see Cedric's bike choice as he switches between the Nomad and Tallboy LT (can't wait to see what the next generation Tallboy will be), and presumably the Specialized and Trek riders as they have legit 650b and 29er choices, although CG seems to be the one guy alternating depending on course.
  • 3 1
 Wow, people are so sensitive. Somehow I knew I would get down-propped for that.

Yeti tests their bikes on Colorado trails. Listen to the Graves all the clips of Graves being interviewed on Dirt TV or on Vital, he clearly has ridden these trails quite a bit. He also defends the bike park format, saying something to the extent that these types of formats are not that favorable for the Euros, but now they have to come ride what "We are used to." Home field advantage, as I am using it here, has no reference to baseball or a cheering crowd. In mountain biking it is used to reference the fact that the trails are well known by the teams that train and test in the area. The riders are better able to setup their bikes, and pace themselves on the course.

Now, I acknowledge that Rude mentioned that he is not as experienced with the area. I has assumed (incorrectly) that since he was on the Yeti team, that was a factor. He is clearly just plain smashing it.
  • 1 0
 I think my comment got deleted? Didn't think it was that controversial. Bikes are bikes, some riders are faster than others, some terrain favors others more, but in the end bike skill, fitness, and consistency wins out.

Do admins actually delete comments or something? Why can't I find mine? Weird.
  • 1 0
 Cared to read MrPink51. I respect your point and it is has merit on Jared confirming he has ridden the trails, but also think a lot more of an advantage comes from a well thought out preseason from Jared and an intelligent approach to racing after lessons learnt last year.

Many of the riders were complaining of some stages being more like an XC run, Graves prepared for this in the preseason knowing it would be the case somewhere which is where the advantage comes from in my opinion. He put the miles/kilometers into his legs competing in XCO to ensure he has the endurance to cope with any type of stage that popped up in EWS. I think he would have done well on any course of this nature whether it is Winter Park or not.

He has also taken it easy to avoid mechanicals and these have been much reduced to this point when compared to last year.
  • 4 0
 Props to photoshooter for the 15th picture.
  • 4 0
 I also am digging the 16th one. Both some really cool shots
  • 13 0
 Photos in articles should be numbered.
  • 2 0
 Ja naturlich! Ordnung muss sein!
  • 1 0
 Its almost too hard to keep track of these Enduro events! They should just post the overall timing results after each day... and that would let everyone know what placing everyone is in.
  • 3 0
 Top-shelf photography, as always.
  • 2 1
 I keep reading in posts from CG that he's not good at XC riding. Is that implying that these tracks are XC? It's interesting because this article seems to show otherwise.
  • 3 1
 i think.... yetis dont exist
  • 2 0
 Congrats to Richie and Jared and all the Yeti team
  • 2 0
 Nice to see all the Yeti naysayers have nothing to say Smile
  • 1 0
 I ski and bike at Winter Park Colorado, I have a place there...awesome terrain
  • 1 0
 GO MITCH!!!!! HOLD IT DOWN FOR UT!!!!!
  • 1 0
 The Best Trek Factory Racing. Forever podium EWS
  • 1 1
 pics of the yeti sb6??? go Jared go Richie
  • 1 0
 :O I need to save money !!!!!!
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