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!?
A young Jesse back in his cross-country race days with Team Whistler.
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."
|"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|
Training and racing alongside Remi has had a major influence on Jesse's progression.
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.
|""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|
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.
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."
|"Races like that just strengthen my drive."—Jesse|
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."
|"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|
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."
Thanks for the good times, Jesse. We wish you all the best.
|"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|
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!
P.S. I'll still accept my invite to the annual Christmas party
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.
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.
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
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
Why do I need a shovel for? Am I in a hole? Please discuss..
If I am in a hole, why should I leave? What if I like it here? Please discuss..
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!
A couple years vs. the 13 or 14 years Jesse had with RM can make quite the difference in relationship, too.
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.
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!
Also - does he remind any body else of Tom Cardy?
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