The Champion Moves On: Rocky Mountain Thanks Jesse Melamed

Dec 21, 2022 at 17:03
by Rocky Mountain  
Photo: Marus Riga

PRESS RELEASE: Rocky Mountain

Jesse Melamed has been riding Rocky Mountain his entire professional career. He’s landed nearly 20 Enduro World Series podiums, 12 of which are on the newest generation of the Altitude. Jesse has worked directly with our team to drive innovation for the Altitude, and it shows. We couldn’t be prouder of Jesse’s achievements with our bikes over the years.

This season, Jesse claimed the Enduro World Series Overall Champion title and, alongside teammates Remi Gauvin and Andreane Lantheir Nadeau, the 2nd Overall Enduro World Series Team title. But all good things come to an end. We bid farewell to Jesse as he moves on to a new team in 2023. We’re so proud of him, and wish him nothing but the best moving forward. To celebrate this remarkable athlete and all of his successes, we put a little edit together and compiled a collection of Jesse's notes from his rise to the top.

What a run eh!?

Where it all started | Photo: Melamed Family Archive.

A young Jesse back in his cross-country race days with Team Whistler.

Jesse Melamed had a huge ride today to bag his first ever top ten - he finished ninth.
Wicklow, Ireland 2017

In 2017, Jesse secured his first EWS top 10 outside of North America in Ireland. Jesse's result, the trails and the energy of the crowds kickstarted his confidence to race on the world stage.

The dynamic between Jesse, Remi and ALN has been infectious. Reflecting, Jesse noted that creating the first episode of Jank Files with filmmaker, Tom Caldwell really bonded the team. "Tom asked questions like 'what is a good trait (about the others) and what is a bad trait.' I was surprised at how easily we knew each other's strengths and weaknesses but that it didn't affect how we felt about each other."

bigquotes"Tom asked questions like 'what is a good trait (about the others) and what is a bad trait.' I was surprised at how easily we knew each others strengths and weaknesses but that it didn't affect how we felt about each other."Jesse

Photo By Dave Trumpore
Best buds. Photo: Dave Trumpore

Training and racing alongside Remi has had a major influence on Jesse's progression.

Madeira, Portugal, 2017 | Photo: Dave Trumpore

Madeira was a noteworthy race for Jesse. "I was leading the race until the second or third to last stage where I flatted. that would have been my first EWS win, not Whistler, and that was a crushing blow.

bigquotes""I was leading the race until the second or third to last stage where I flatted. that would have been my first EWS win, not Whistler, and that was a crushing blow."Jesse
Whistler, Canada, 2017

This wouldn't be a summary of great moments without mentioning Jesse's first win on home soil. The 2017 round of EWS in Whistler known as Crankzilla will be talked about for years to come.

The toughest of conditions. Photo: Dave Trumpore

While Jesse has had so many stellar race performances, a few challenging ones stay with him too. He recalls his hardest race to date was an EWS round in Millau, France (2017). The perfect storm of being unwell, terrible weather, a mid-race flat followed by getting lost in the French countryside all stacked up against him. He still managed to finish 7th. "Races like that just strengthen my drive."

bigquotes"Races like that just strengthen my drive."Jesse

Olargues, France 2018. Photo: Kike Abelleira

When asked about a crash that forever changed the way he raced, Jesse looked back on the 2018 EWS round in Olargues, France. His times were stacking up really well that day so before dropping into the second stage he thought he would take it up a notch. He hit a corner too hot and came out of it awkwardly, landing directly on his shoulder, and breaking his collarbone. "A lot of emotions after that one. But that taught me that you can't rush things, there is a speed that you can safely race and trying to push past where you currently are is not going to end well."

bigquotes"A lot of emotions after that one. But that taught me that you can't rush things, there is a speed that you can safely race and trying to push past where you currently are is not going to end well."Jesse

Whistler, Canada 2016.

An important race for Jesse was landing on his first EWS Whistler podium in 2016. "My mom was sick that year and made it her goal to be at the finish line for me. I have had mechanicals take the win away from me multiple times in whistler so to finally put a day together that day, for her, with her there, was really special."

bigquotes"My mom was sick that year and made it her goal to be at the finish line for me. I have had mechanicals take the win away from me multiple times in whistler so to finally put a day together that day, for her, with her there, was really special."Jesse

Finale Ligure, 2020. One of Jesse's favourite venues. He laid down his first win outside of Whistler, here.

Thanks for the good times, Jesse. We wish you all the best.

As for the future of the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team, we roll on and continue to look to the future. Stay tuned, an exciting announcement is slated for the New Year!

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  • 1130 3
 Thank you Rocky Mountain for everything! I wouldn't be where I am without you.

P.S. I'll still accept my invite to the annual Christmas party Smile
  • 556 0
 High fives all around, Jesse! We'll save you a seat next to Wade. Smile
  • 20 1
 Absolute legend!! Keep up the great work! And the RM Altitude is my favorite bike and I plan on keeping it for a long time!!
  • 17 0
 Absolutely a huge loss to the team. But as a fan of your career and your person.... I hope you cash in and keep succeeding. Godspeed!
  • 133 0
 We get all your drink tickets, though. Thanks again for the great ride, Jesse!
  • 4 1
 Legend! Can't wait to see whats next for you! Will you stay with Smith helmets? Asking for a friend Smile
  • 11 1
 Seriously, what a run! As a proud Rocky Mtn dealer, we'll miss ya!!
  • 3 1
 I’ll miss seeing ya with a Rocky logo but excited to see where you land!
  • 15 57
flag HendersonMike (Dec 22, 2022 at 13:07) (Below Threshold)
 Congrats @JesseMelamed ! Always that career and paycheck comes first! We can't take care of our friends and family unless we get PAID! and take care of ourselves first.
  • 3 30
flag solf (Dec 22, 2022 at 17:03) (Below Threshold)
 Let's go YT.
  • 5 27
flag solf (Dec 22, 2022 at 17:03) (Below Threshold)
 I mean canyon. Hahahaha
  • 4 19
flag Ktron (Dec 22, 2022 at 18:01) (Below Threshold)
 @solf: Kona
  • 3 2
 Love this! You're a stand up guy and a amazingly talented athlete that's been riding an amazing brand for a long time! Your brought yourself and Rocky the big trophy! I am looking forward to see where ya land!
  • 5 11
flag solf (Dec 22, 2022 at 20:20) (Below Threshold)
 @Ktron: no. You just wait. It's canyon.
  • 12 7
 @HendersonMike: okay dude, can you now please crawl back under that rock where you came from ?
  • 13 24
flag HendersonMike (Dec 23, 2022 at 9:00) (Below Threshold)
 I apologize if I offended anyone. You don't have to agree with the way I live my life, but the way I live has worked for me for 51 years now. I served 4 years in the Army and a Combat Veteran. Earned my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, I have a nice home and 8 very nice mountain bicycles, and I get to vacation and go out often. I always support all who chase the money and get PAID!, that is because the more money we make, the more we can help others. It is nice to give, and you can't give if you do NOT make. I love buying presents, and I love treating my friends out to eat. Merry Christmas All!
  • 27 2
 @HendersonMike: Geez- sounds like you are so awesome you would never need to defend yourself with an unnecessarily long and tone def reply after randomly inserting your ethics around fiscal success into an article about a rad athlete changing teams and no indication yet from the athlete as to what forces may have prompted that.
  • 6 29
flag HendersonMike (Dec 23, 2022 at 9:32) (Below Threshold)
 @snl1200: I always have to defend myself, HATERS EVERYWHERE! you being the biggest one. However, I return the Hate you give with nothing but love. I hope to meet you one day so I can treat you to some beers. HUGGGZZZ!

ps: I gave you an up-arrow for your last comment. It seems you are the type that needs up arrows more than I do. Your Welcome, and HUGGGZZ! Merrry Christmas my friend.
  • 11 1
 @HendersonMike: You might be the most self righteous person on the internet.
  • 1 8
flag HendersonMike (Dec 23, 2022 at 21:30) (Below Threshold)
 @Slope-Style: , I get it! You too are in the Kool Kids Club. You should meet me in real life, experience first hand how awesome of a person I am. Merry Christmas. ❤️
  • 1 0
 @RockyMountainBicycles: I feel like Wade might want to kick his butt ha ha! Be careful @JesseMelamed
  • 1 0
 Man that was a magic combo - can’t wait to get the news where yore heading
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 @Slope-Style: , are you some kind of tough gut? I hope to meet you in person one day so I can buy you a couple of beers. I myself am NO tough guy! Private Message me.
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 @HendersonMike: just young confused kids man. Best off to just ignore. If they're not worried about being successful in these times they'll get left behind unless theyre propped up by wealthy parents... most have No foresight.

What, everyone think Jesse went for a worse paying contract with canyon? Really. No. He got more money and more future security. Good on him. He made it. I'm happy he's so successful at doing what he loves.
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flag HendersonMike (Dec 25, 2022 at 19:55) (Below Threshold)
 @solf: ,
Oh trust me when I tell you I like having Discussions with these know it all know it all, woke, and HATE'N Millennials, it is NO bother at all! Hahahha. When I see a bunch of lame comments gets up arrows, I know I am in some kind of wimemz convention LOL
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 @HendersonMike: Sorry why is this getting down votes? He’s saying the same as everyone else. Congratulating Jesse for great progress through his career and taking a next step even if it was tough to leave the people who you have worked with for so long.
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flag HendersonMike (Dec 26, 2022 at 6:46) (Below Threshold)
I am getting down votes by a group of Millennials Boyfriends for giving congrats to Jesse for moving up in the world and getting PAID! And next thing you know this Millennial Ghey Gang shows up and and does a flash mob dance down votes all my comments
  • 6 2
 @HendersonMike: no, you’re getting down votes because you’re a clampett. This was a post by Rocky Mountain commemorating the time Jesse has spent with them. A post the Jesse. Himself thanked them for. Then you went and pissed on it. This was not the post to make it about money. I would have thought with your 51 years experience you’d get that. Then in this one you got all homophobic, which was pretty funny - way to go an attract more heat, super-chief!
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 @gavind: , so what who this is from? all i did was congratulate Jess for MOVE'n on up! and getting paid! you sound like a some kind of ghey that is joining this Flash-Mob-Dance to Hate on HendersonMike. Are you one of these ghey dancers??? please discuss..
  • 1 3
 @gavind: , are you a ghey? if you are that is ok... after all, we are all CHILDREN OF our CHRIST! 3
  • 1 0
 @gavind: someone get MikeHenderson a shovel. He just keeps digging deeper and deeper.
  • 1 1
Why do I need a shovel for? Am I in a hole? Please discuss..
  • 1 1
 Mr @bainer66 Sir,
If I am in a hole, why should I leave? What if I like it here? Please discuss..
  • 1 1
 @HendersonMike: OK Boomer. Oh look i bought a house back in 1921, you too could do the same if you work hard, dont drink lattes and skip on your avocado toast! FO
  • 1 1
 @Acid11: , Gen-Xer here. The best Generation of all time. You kids have no idea I am trying to help you! I actually can help people financially, and with job placement. All you kids do is know how to hand out insults because your itty witty bitty ego got hurt because I don't view the world the same as y'all. I have lived a full life, and I am cruising the rest of the way... meanwhile you Millennials still trying to establish yourself by using proper pro-nouns hahahaha! I hope to meet you one day so I an buy some beers and here you talk. I love having discussions with Millennials!
  • 2 0
 @Acid11: I'm no boomer and I bought a house with no help at all. I also left school in aus at 16. Now I live in BC. I worked 3 jobs while having 2 kids. I worked my way to the top of my field then started another company which really helped me out. Sold that company and looking to Start 2 to 3 new companies on top of the one my wife started. If you want it go get it. Don't call ppl out for having it. That won't get anyone anywhere. Work hard play hard, that's the old saying ain't it...
  • 2 0
You da man! I have a fulfilled life and very comfortable now, but I am nowhere near the Baller you are. I admire guys like you. I can't believe all the Hate I got from these Ghey Flash Mob members just for basically saying "Congrats Jesse! On getting paid! Money comes first, and the more money you make, the more you can help people. These Millennials are really lost!
  • 2 0
 @HendersonMike: nothings impossible man. If someone else can do it, you can do it!!!! Same attitude on the bike.
  • 2 0
 @solf: , I know, but I am comfortable now and don't really want anything more in my life, just want to maintain my lifestyle and my health 3. Hit me up if you are ever in the Vegas Area.
  • 197 2
 Classy tribute by Rocky
  • 65 0
 Way different vibe than the canyon one
  • 8 0
A couple years vs. the 13 or 14 years Jesse had with RM can make quite the difference in relationship, too.
  • 1 0
 @kmo344: class is ageless
  • 97 0
 We'll miss you Jesse! Thanks for the great run and all the best in your next endeavours. And we're probably going to need that cutout of Richie Rude back, can't have you beating it at ping pong all winter.
  • 74 0
 Sad to see him go but I hope he gets PAID after last season.
  • 64 0
 Here’s to Rocky being the classiest company I’ve ever seen in terms of announcements like this.

Culture trickles down throughout a Company’s org chart and it takes a lot of class and maturity, and honestly commitment to just doing the right thing, to make an announcement in the manner Rocky does.

It looks good on you Rocky.
  • 12 30
flag usedbikestuff (Dec 22, 2022 at 14:57) (Below Threshold)
 If only they threaded their bottom brackets. You want to support them, but you don’t want to be reminded that you supported them over the threaded bb bike every time you turn the cranks. Ride-9. Way ahead of the curve with adjustments. Pretty rad spec. Just thread it already.
  • 8 17
flag usedbikestuff (Dec 22, 2022 at 19:56) (Below Threshold)
 Dear Rocky Mountain product manager. I know you read this. Make the change.
  • 53 0
 What a legend! One of my favourite athletes to watch and follow, not only for his performance, but also for being humble, allowing us to access his analytical process, and being generally accessible. Pretty common to see him answering questions or offering people set up tips in the comment section of articles or his youtube channel. Never came across as having an ego. Hope he can make the best of the switch and wherever he ends up gets him PAID - he deserves it! All round' class act.
  • 2 0
 Can't agree enough. Definitely a true class act!
  • 29 2
 I totally bought my altitude because of what Jesse could do on his
  • 1 1
 Shhhh! Don’t ruin things for the sponsored riders!
  • 18 0
 It was fitting to have Jesse on a Canadian based team all this time, but I wish the best for him and really hope he gets paid well and he’s on another great team, too bad Weareone doesn’t have a top enduro team, but that’s just me wanting home to be on another Canadian based team
  • 23 4
 Sad that he has a canyon to cross onto his new endeavors
  • 14 0
 What makes me happiest is seeing how everyone comments on @jessemelamed being a good human, not just the champ. That shows in the @raceface and @rockymountaincycles response too, love rooting for good people, will keep rooting for all of them going forward!
  • 12 0
Best wishes to you man, its awesome to watch you doing so well. I remember watching the Freehub peak to creek series and was like oh that dudes fast, seems like a good dude. Youre also the only pro thats ever messaged me back on PB, so good looks. Cheers and happy holidays!
  • 14 0
 Arguable idea: Who’s worth more to a potential sponsor in 2023? The engineer that is Jesse Melamed, The Social media shredder Jack Moir, or the stoic brute of Richie Rude.
  • 9 6
 Jack Moir, equally good if not better rider than the other two (recall he was coming off a shoulder injury into this season) and has the personality that draws us all in.
  • 12 10
 Richie is perfect for ahem supplement and water bottle companies
  • 12 0
 BuySell made me a Jesse fan! In a sponsor-disappointing reversal, I found one of his bike checks while looking for information about the used Altitude frame I bought in 2020. The article was detailed, not just a list of parts, and I found myself taking an interest in this approachable Canadian guy who was apparently doing well at some thing called Enduro racing. I started casually following EWS results, the jank files, and felt fairly invested by the time he took the overall this year. Jesse is a valuable rider to sponsor because of his public persona, cheeky forum posts and of course great results. I hope he's very well compensated at the new gig and continues to have fun with the new teammates.
  • 15 0
 A great rider but an even greater human being
  • 12 0
 And the guy is fit AF, finishing 9th overall at BCBR in 2017.
  • 3 7
flag zanda23 FL (Dec 22, 2022 at 21:25) (Below Threshold)
 However, Richie took 3 seconds from his in an uphill sprint at one of the venues last year. All these pros are monsters.
  • 8 0
 Man Rocky is losing all the big names!! At least Wade will hopefully remain with them for life!!
  • 14 0
 Rocky helped nurture and bring up all these ‘big names’. That’s what they do.
  • 7 0
 Mixed emotions….Sad to see him leave Rocky, but excited to see what team he goes to & what future great things he’ll accomplish. All the best Jesse!
  • 8 0
 Best send off by a company ever. Class act by them for a classy guy.
  • 4 0
 I'm a big fan of Jesse. He is the embodiment of everything good about mountain biking. Sad to see him go.

Also - does he remind any body else of Tom Cardy?
  • 7 0
 This is like a vote up for the press release. Well-handled.
  • 5 0
 You can see why he was with RM for so long . Don’t know who put this together, but no one could have asked for a better send-off!
  • 4 0
 Good for you Jesse. You've done a lot for the brand, watching you shred on that Altitude and the cool stuff you did on your YouTube channel was what convinced me to buy one.
  • 3 0
 A bit sad to see Jesse move on the Rocky, but also excited to see what's cooking for next season. Also interested in watching the puzzling of figuring out new bike and potentially new gear.
  • 5 1
 One of the most likeable guys on the Enduro circuit. Good luck riding for huffy dude.
  • 3 0
 Jesse in the last picture the dude in the red shirt is it your twin brother? rooting for you no mater the bike you ride. bring on 23 race season!
  • 2 0
 That's a great pic of who must be his mom and brother. It's a great pic of a good family's solid connections.
  • 1 0
 silly season is always the best......and the worst. I don't care about who rides what, really.....I just care that talent gets the support they need to be their best. Which sounds simple, but is seemingly rare. Good luck in 2023 Jesse! You are the talent, not the bike. ride it like you stole it!
  • 3 0
 Sad to see my favorite EWS band breaking up- but excited to see what is next in his career. All the best Jesse and team- big fan of all you have accomplished.
  • 5 0
 100% legit Legend.
  • 4 0
 I heard he'll jump a lot of canyons without even attending rampage
  • 4 0
 All the best Jesse. You have been an inspiration to us all!
  • 4 0
 Ain't No Canyon High Enough
  • 1 0
 Surely he is only moving on because canyon offered him a better deal than Rocky were prepared to. It’s nice to see amicable moves but clearly canton think Jesse is with more than Rocky
  • 4 0
 Remi seems like one of the bet teammates you could have!
  • 2 0
 Will be interesting to see how Jesse will ride on such a long bike if he rides a Strive.
  • 4 1
 Very unlikely Jesse will be signing for a team like Canyon that doesn't have Fox suspension on board.
  • 1 0
 @prmtb04: few weeks ago Luca Shaw was testing Fox suspensions. I guess that CFR won’t have Rockshox next year
  • 2 0
 So Jesse is getting more $ at canyon? and Moi Moi is getting even moreier $ at Yt?
  • 3 0
 No, they’re just getting paid more than they were previously… doesn’t say anything about Moir making more than Jesse.
  • 2 0
 no jacks getting moirer
  • 1 0
 My hirds would be Orbea. Hopefully not Canyon. Jesse Will make it work on any bike - a true champ.
  • 1 0
 Obviously he trolled us with Canyon….but what if Santa Cruz was lurking in the weeds?
  • 1 0
 What a great bloke and master bike handler .
  • 1 0
 Congrats Jesse, I hope you get big contract and pay out you deserve!
  • 1 0
 Congrats Jesse. Best of luck on your next chapter
  • 1 0
 i heard he will switch for some kisses
  • 1 0
 Congrats!! Look forward to learning more tips from your yt channel.
  • 1 0
 Can't wait to see what 2023 holds for you Champ!
  • 1 0
 Always keeping it classy! Good job.
  • 1 0
 nah , he couldn't win PBA!
  • 1 0
 Raleigh bikes just signed him.. hahha o wait..
  • 1 1
 I totally get it, if my coworker grabbed my boob like that at work I'd leave too.
  • 3 3
 It's gonna be a GIANT move.
  • 15 2
 Giant still makes bikes?
  • 1 0
 I actually kinda wondered if he'd go here. He and Mckay ride a lot. Both top dudes!
  • 1 0
  • 2 1
 *signs with orbea*
  • 1 0
 Why though?
  • 4 1
 Could just be the fact that he's been with the team for so long and wants to do something new which is completely fair imo.
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  • 1 0
 @RBoardman234s: Must be funny
  • 1 1
 Canyon think he is worth more to them than Rocky do. Fair play to Jessie
  • 5 6
 MoiMoiMarmaladeTV incoming
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  • 11 1
 How Rude!
  • 4 1
 @draggingbrake: very good! Under-appreciated comment.

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