Video & Race Report: Jesse Melamed & Andreane Lanthier Nadeau Win Canadian National Enduro Championships

Oct 20, 2021
by Canadian Enduro  



Race Recap: 2021 Norco Canadian Enduro Championship Presented by Concord Pacific - Whistler, BC

What a year it's been. There have been some challenges but we couldn't be more stoked to be finishing this year off in one of the world's most iconic mountain bike destinations. With a sold-out field, full of Enduro World Series athletes, privateers, and exceptional local talent, we couldn't have asked for much more... except maybe some sunshine. Let's be honest, the weather was miserable. With over 100mm of rain throughout practice and overnight, race day was going to be tough. But hey, we couldn't think of a more fitting way to crown a Canadian Champion than in some classic Canadian weather.

The course which used solely Whistler Off Road Cycling Association managed and and maintained trails covered 51km and featured over 1800m of climbing. The 5 stage course, set the stage for what was to be a physical and mentally demanding day for racers.

Stage 1 saw the first group of riders head out of the start area in complete darkness. Some riders were given a boost the night before by winning a Black Insomnia Coffee prize pack. Riders made their way down the valley on the 15km liaison to Stage 1. There was no easing into it. Stage 1 was the longest of the weekend and by far and away the most physical. With massive puddles, a savage mid-stage climb, and in the pouring rain no less, the day was off to solid a start.

Riders then transitioned to the other side of the valley for stages 2 and 3, Chipmunk Rebellion and Pura Vida. Both short stages, but with again punchy climbs.

Riders were given the option to have a bag of clothes dropped at the aid station for a midday change. A welcome feeling after 3 stages in the pouring rain and mud. Staying warm was the name of the game here, thankfully the propane fires from F2C Nutrition did a good job or keeping everyone ready to ride.

A quick jaunt up the hill to the beginning of Stage 4, and then the long pedal to the final stage of the day Comfortably Numb. Following the ethos of the day, if you were'nt in the hurt box by the time you dropped into Stage 5, well you would be very quickly!

We know you all just want to look at the pictures, so we'll leave it there. We cant wait to see you all again next year!



Stay tuned this week as we relive this epic enduro weekend on Facebook and Instagram.




WORCA - Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association

Thanks to WORCA, and a bigger thank you to the trail builders who put in large amounts of sweat equity for the enjoyment of others. They are selfless leaders in the community and we commend them.
At this event, every racer became a member of WORCA, generating approximately $13,000 in membership revenue for the club. Some of the funds raised went to pre-event maintenance and the majority will be going to restoration post event.
To make things even better and due to the exceptional conditions, we are donating an additional $5000 back to the trails! How good!!!




SPECIAL THANKS TO

We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the following people that were critical in making this event a success!

The Volunteers, in particular, Peter (Tick) Haydon and Grant Silverthorne (he drove from Calgary to help out!)

Thank you to Dale Mikkelson | Trevor Ferrao | Tourism Whistler | Sebastian Fremont | Adam Pawliwec | Bob Andrea | Allison Kehoe | Shannon Wyatt | Jackie Dickinson | Peter Udzenija | Whistler Trail Builders | Lisa Maravitchi | Derek Foose | Jake Paddon




Cheers for the RAD season Norco!


The Sundial Hotel had us set up with an epic riders lounge for registration.



A good old classic Octobers day.


It was a wet and cold start to the day.



Staying dry on the way to Stage 1 was a challenge accepted by all and won by none.


Jesse Melamed came out swinging. He went on to take a clean sweep of the stages.


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Steve Shannon steveshannonphoto Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
It was wetter than an otters pocket there!


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Steve Shannon steveshannonphoto Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
It was a rough start to the morning for Lucy Schick but she came back strong and slotted herself into 6th for the Pro Women.


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Steve Shannon steveshannonphoto Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
How good's a mid-stage skinny covered in mud?!?



2021 CNES Whistler Photo Lindsay Donovan lindsaydonovan Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Another day in paradise right?


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Alex Jackson roamlndr Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Emmy Lan was stoked!



2021 CNES Whistler Photo Lindsay Donovan lindsaydonovan Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Alex Filler battled all day but in the end, had to settle for 2nd in the 30-39 category.


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Steve Shannon steveshannonphoto Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Julia Long pushed hard all day, putting the pressure on ALN. 2nd Pro Women at the end of the day.


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Steve Shannon steveshannonphoto Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Cecilia Campuzano made a bold decision to do without the goggles.



2021 CNES Whistler Photo Alex Jackson roamlndr Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Mud everywhere!


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Alex Jackson roamlndr Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Snack time.



Nobody likes wet feet.


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Steve Shannon steveshannonphoto Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
It may have been miserable but the weather made for some pretty epic moody shots.


Just point and shoot.


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Lindsay Donovan lindsaydonovan Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Mud and wet wood.... every rider's worst nightmare.


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Lindsay Donovan lindsaydonovan Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
October race day essentials.



2021 CNES Whistler Photo Alex Jackson roamlndr Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Celeste Pomerantz has been making moves. Finishing 4th in Pro Women, we're excited to see what next year brings.

2021 CNES Whistler Photo Alex Jackson roamlndr Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Stay stoked!

Caution, slippery when wet? It didn't matter to Elliot Jamieson claiming 3rd in a very hotly contested U21 field.


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Lindsay Donovan lindsaydonovan Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Emma Le Rossignol making light work of the wet roots to claim the open women's title.


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Lindsay Donovan lindsaydonovan Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
If anyone needs me, I'll be here.

Norco Factory rider, Elliot Jamieson made light work of the trails all day long.

2021 CNES Whistler Photo Lindsay Donovan lindsaydonovan Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Even in the wettest of conditions the spectators came out.


Geza Rodgers pushed hard as the day went on and just seemed to get better and better. 3rd U21 Women.


2021 Norco Canadian Enduro Championship presented by Concord Pacific and hosted by Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association WORCA Photo Oisin McHugh
Fresh of a stella Enduro World Series performance, Evan Wall came to do battle. Just off the podium in 4th Place.


A flawless performance from ALN, taking the clean sweep.

Results




Full Results can be found here.


Ladies and gentleman, your 2021 Canadian National Enduro Champions.


Pro Men(Left to Right) - Remi Gauvin, Jesse Melamed, Kasper Wooley.


Pro Women(Left to Right) - Julia Long (Milton Mcconville stepped in as Julia had to catch a ferry), Andréane Lanthier Nadeau, Florencia Espineira.


U21 Men(Left to Right) - Wei Tien Ho, Noah Rubuliak, Elliot Jamieson.

U21 Women(Left to Right) - Ainsley Haggart, Emmy Lan, Geza Rodgers.

Shoutout to the Longhorns Saloon for hosting the awards. Cheers guys!

If you're looking for photo's, we had the pleasure of having James Cattanach, Lindsay Donovan, Steve Shannon, Alex Jackson, Oisin McHugh and videographer Aedan Skinner onsite. You can view their photos here, or use Roots and Rain to purchase even more epic shots from this weekends media crew.

VOLUNTEER THANKYOU

Where do we even start? From all the riders and NCES team, a huge thanks to all our volunteers that helped to make this weekend a success, you are the backbone of the racing community!

2021 CNES Whistler Photo Lindsay Donovan lindsaydonovan Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Massive shoutout to the volunteers for standing out in the weather all day and still being stoked!

A special thank you to Brooke Hanson. In 2016, Brooke was instrumental in welcoming the first ever Canadian Enduro Championship to Sun Peaks where she was working as the Event Manager. Fast forward to 2021, and Brooke joined the Canadian Enduro team to make this year a success! Brooke's passion for events, rider happiness, and compassion are truly appreciated.


2021 CNES Whistler Photo Lindsay Donovan lindsaydonovan Photo for use by Canadian Enduro Series only. Please purchase on Roots and Rain or contact photographer directly to arrange usage.
Until next year.. Thaaaanks maaates.


The 2021 Norco Canadian National Enduro Championship Presented by Concord Pacific


ONE LAST NOTE

Over the years, everyone racing the series has come to know Ted, many of you becoming good friends. Ted has been an integral part of not only enduro but mountain biking in Canada in general and without him, it quite simply wouldn't be what it is today. With this event, Ted hands over the reins for the series to begin a new chapter. Ted, from all of the riders, volunteers, parents, NCES team, and absolutely anyone else that has been around the series over the years, we can't thank you enough for your support and dedication to the sport. You have built what is quite possibly the best national enduro series in the world. Your legacy will remain for many many years.
- Jake Paddon

The man, the myth, the LEGEND.


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10 Comments

  • 10 0
 Great to see the marshals getting some recognition. Well done to all marshals the world over for helping out and making these days possible!
  • 6 0
 Media: "Can you describe stage one in three words?"


Rider: "Long, hard and wet."


I'm done, that's enough internet for me.
  • 3 1
 i had knee surgery in may and was hoping on a whim and a prayer to be back in time to ride this. honestly not that bummed to miss it after the course was announced. middle three stages were sick, i cannot stress to you how much 1 and 5 were absolute shit. course designers, do better.
  • 1 0
 Personally I did race and was not really a fan of any of the stages, 3 was OK perhaps. However the course designers were to my knowledge pretty limited by picking more "all weather", low elevation trails (100% justified, if still a bit of a mess given how bad the rain was) and not being allowed to use any trails on WB land, which pretty much leaves you with what we got.
  • 4 2
 It seems.... really, really, really hard on the trails to have the race in these conditions.

Was there any discussion of postponing?
  • 1 0
 There was chat about it on Social media from riders, but I think the fact that all the prep had been done, this would be the one and only chance to have a national champs in 2 years, and that Sun Peaks had already been cancelled put CNES in a bit of a spot. I hope that WORCA were are least consulted ahead of final go call, hard to see how they could support it, but may have felt obliged to honor their commitment to host the race.
  • 3 0
 I'm not sure postponing is an option when racers must book accommodation, time off work etc. But what would be smart is to have an option to switch the more sensitive trails out for more wet weather appropriate trails. This should be a standard approach for any MTB race event, in a monsoon!
  • 1 2
 @MurraySight: and what trails would those be? I think they did the best they could....
  • 2 0
 A big thanks to Kazoom Cycling Apparel for providing and designing our 2021 Championship jerseys! Thankssss Brett!
  • 2 0
 Classy move with the shout out to Mr. Morton. Thanks for the hard work and good times Ted!

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