A Brief Reprieve - Practice, EWS Aspen 2017

Jul 28, 2017 at 21:47
by Matthew DeLorme  




It's no secret that we've had a soggy season at the Enduro World Series. So much so that the EWS even has become known as the Enduro Wet Series. To say we needed a break from the wet is an understatement—it's worn on riders and media guys alike. We've lost gear, there have been injuries, and after a while it just grinds us down. So we have been overjoyed to get a break from the rain. To see some dust again, feel the sun on our faces and enjoy a season called summer. It's made practice at this round thoroughly enjoyable. But alas, it looks like all good things may come to an end as weather may be moving in. If it gets wet, things will get very interesting. But for now, let's enjoy this brief reprieve from the rain.


Shall we continue this debate
Shall we continue this debate?

The woods have eyes.
The woods have eyes.

Casey Brown is back at the EWS Here s to some big hucks from Browntown.
Casey Brown is back at the EWS! Here's to some big hucks from Browntown.

Rae Morrison is all healed from the injury she sustained last round in Millau and is feeling super confident in the dust.
Rae Morrison is all healed from the injury she sustained last round in Millau and is feeling super confident in the dust.

Anita Gehrig speeds down stage 1.
Anita Gehrig speeds down Stage 1.

Francois Bailly-Maitre drops rails one of the high speed berms on stage 1.
Francois Bailly-Maitre rails one of the high speed berms on Stage 1.

Cecile Ravanel sails through the slab rock like it s not even there.
Cecile Ravanel sails through the slab rock like it's not even there.

Jerome Clementz having a blast in the loamyness of stage four.
Jerome Clementz having a blast in the loamyness of Stage 4.

Joe Nation gets cracking on the bottom of stage four.
Joe Nation gets cracking on the bottom of Stage 4.

Robin Wallner has been having a fantastic season. The only thing missing has been a podium appearance though.
Robin Wallner has been having a fantastic season... the only thing missing has been a podium appearance.

Cody Kelley earning a few extra air miles to kick off the day.
Cody Kelley earning a few extra air miles to kick off the day.

Anneke Beerten is back in action after sitting out the last round with a shoulder injury.
Anneke Beerten is back in action after sitting out the last round with a shoulder injury.

Adrien Dailly is the man to beat right now but will the altitude hold him back
Adrien Dailly is the man to beat right now, but will the altitude hold him back?

Iago Garay serving up some style as per usual.
Iago Garay serving up some style as per usual.

Isabeau Courdurier speeding through the dust.
Isabeau Courdurier speeding through the dust.

McCoy Vezina getting up close e and personal with some aspens on stage 2.
McCoy Vezina getting up close and personal with some aspens on Stage 2.

the lack of oxygen isn t getting Seb Claquin down.
The lack of oxygen isn't getting Seb Claquin down.

Isabeau Courdurier cracks a smile while trying to catch her breath at ten thousand feet.
Isabeau Courdurier cracks a smile while trying to catch her breath at ten thousand feet.

Sam Hill sits second in the overall and while we ve heard a few people doubting him this week Sam fully intends to show them a thing or two.
Sam Hill sits second in the overall, and while we've heard a few people doubting him this week, he fully intends to show them a thing or two.

Stage five serving up the wild times. It s only going to get better the more it gets ridden.
Stage 5 serving up the wild times. It's only going to get better the more it gets ridden.

Katy Winton is looking for a bit of redemption after her heartbreaking flat on the final stage in Millau.
Katy Winton is looking for a bit of redemption after her heartbreaking flat on the final stage in Millau.

Lewis Stewie Buchanan is hungry for a top ten finish this round. He s been on the pace in practice.
Lewis "Stewie" Buchanan is hungry for a top ten finish this round. He's been on the pace in practice.

Two days ago this view was shrouded in fog. Let s hope the sun stays put for a change.
Two days ago this view was shrouded in fog. Let's hope the sun stays put for a change.

ALN testing the limits of traction at the bottom of stage 3.
ALN testing the limits of traction at the bottom of Stage 3.

Josh Carlson is one of a few hundred riders who are beyond thrilled that the sun has been shining all week at an EWS round.
Josh Carlson is one of a few hundred riders who are beyond thrilled that the sun has been shining all week at an EWS round.

Grubby has always been a favorite here in Aspen hopefully he can steer clear of troubles this weekend.
Grubby has always been a favorite here in Aspen, hopefully he can steer clear of troubles this weekend.

Theo Galy gets his tuck on in the pine forest.
Theo Galy gets his tuck on in the pine forest.

Shawn Neer has been having a good year here in the US. He hopes to take to the next level this weekend.
Shawn Neer has been having a good year here in the US. He hopes to take it to the next level this weekend.

The man to beat Adrien Dailly.
The man to beat, Adrien Dailly.

Richie Rude leads out his Yeti squad on stage 4.
Richie Rude leads out his Yeti squad on Stage 4.

Lewis Buchanan hits one of the few bike park berms on stage 4. After that things are fresh cut and rowdy.
Lewis Buchanan hits one of the few bike park berms on Stage 4. After that things are fresh cut and rowdy.

Rae Morrison takes a hard look down the pointy bits of stage one.
Rae Morrison takes a hard look down the pointy bits of Stage 1.

Marco Osborne has had some brilliant moments this season. If he can hold it together this weekend he could easily make top ten.
Marco Osborne has had some brilliant moments this season, and if he can hold it together this weekend he could easily make the top ten.

Jerome Clementz keeping it low and fast.
Jerome Clementz keeping it low and fast.

Threading the needle through the aspen trees.
Threading the needle through the aspen trees.

Martin Maes is looking for some redemption this weekend after a mechanical took him out of the last round in Millau.
Martin Maes is looking for some redemption this weekend after a mechanical took him out of the last round in Millau.

Cecile Ravanel has been charging everywhere in practice and it s not looking good for the other ladies.
Cecile Ravanel has been charging everywhere in practice, and it's not looking good for the other ladies.

The dry and dusty aspen shots may be short lived as weather seems to be moving in.
The dry and dusty aspen shots may be short lived, as weather seems to be moving in.

American Anne Galyean is looking for a strong result in her first EWS this season with the Yeti National team.
American Anne Galyean is looking for a strong result in her first EWS this season with the Yeti National team.

Whoops. Anne Galyean had a huck to flat mishap.
Whoops. Anne Galyean had a huck to flat mishap.

Last year s winner Jared Graves can barely contain his excitement this week.
Last year's winner Jared Graves can barely contain his excitement this week.

More aspens in Aspen
More aspens in Aspen.

Remi Gauvin battles thought the thick dust that was kicking up on stage 4.
Remi Gauvin battles thought the thick dust that was kicking up on Stage 4.

Greg Callaghan on a the fast line mid point on stage two.
Greg Callaghan on the fast line mid point on Stage 2.

Joe Barnes takes the high line on the moon dusty stage two.
Joe Barnes takes the high line on the moon dusty Stage 2.

Isabeau Courdurier enjoys a quick traverse through the trees on stage 2 before diving into the steep and rough switchbacks.
Isabeau Courdurier enjoys a quick traverse through the trees on Stage 2 before diving into the steep and rough switchbacks.

Killian Callaghan gets loose at the bottom of stage 5.
Killian Callaghan gets loose at the bottom of Stage 5.

Jerome Clementz dwarfed by some massive aspen trees at the bottom of stage 4.
Jerome Clementz dwarfed by some massive aspen trees at the bottom of Stage 4.

Straight trees and bent riders. These corners are only going to get more interesting as the racing gets going tomorrow.
Straight trees and bent riders. These corners are only going to get more interesting as the racing gets going tomorrow.

Alex Cure will be looking to follow up his Millau result with another podium this weekend for sure.
Alex Cure will be looking to follow up his Millau result with another podium this weekend.

Damien Oton amongst the wild flowers and trying to find some air. With the start of stage 2 at just over 11k feet oxygen is limited.
Damien Oton amongst the wild flowers, and trying to find some air. With the start of Stage 2 at just over 11,000 feet, oxygen is limited.

Adrien Dailly has one speed regardless of whether it is practice or a race run. Pinned.
Adrien Dailly has one speed regardless of whether it is practice or a race run. Pinned.

Caro Gehrig attaching the very very long and physical stage 2.
Caro Gehrig attacking the very very long and physical Stage 2.

Martin Maes turns up the heat as he drops into stage two.
Martin Maes turns up the heat as he drops into Stage 2.

Cody Kelley raises a wheel to Aspen EWS.
Cody Kelley raises a wheel to the Aspen EWS.

Thomas Lapeyrie at warp through the white trees.
Thomas Lapeyrie at warp through the white trees.

The tree have eyes and they are watching Iago Garay s picture perfect style.
The trees have eyes, and they are watching Iago Garay's picture perfect style.

Jesse Melamed rails one of the tricky switchback on the Aspen side of the venue.
Jesse Melamed rails one of the tricky switchbacks on the Aspen side of the venue.

Views everywhere. This Apsen EWS has been a real treat so far.
Views everywhere. This Apsen EWS has been a real treat so far.

We had a good run but it looks like the weather is moving back in. Lets hope it holds off we d love a dry one.
We had a good run, but it looks like the weather is moving back in. Lets hope it holds off, we'd love a dry one.

Hold on to your hats cowboys and cowgirls. It s going to be a wild ride once the racing starts.
Hold on to your hats cowboys and cowgirls. It's going to be a wild ride once the racing starts.

64 Comments

  • + 57
 Just went to the barn and checked my crank bolts.
  • - 14
flag sevensixtwo (Jul 29, 2017 at 5:55) (Below Threshold)
 Not a big fan of shimano crankarm interface. Small teeth, and the reliance on the tension cap is fussy and not as idiot-proof as SRAMs basic hex interface.
  • + 12
 Wait what? I never had a Shimano crank come loose. Sure SRAM and RF have a simpler interface but they do come loose. Shimano pinch bolts are held by two bolts and the preload cap keeps it nice and snug.
  • - 7
flag sevensixtwo (Jul 29, 2017 at 12:56) (Below Threshold)
 Shimano interface is flawed. Ask any shop mechanic. That picture of the stripped crankarm is common.
  • + 1
 @sevensixtwo: what pic? Happened to me in my last race. Screwed me over royally!
  • + 1
 OK seen it. Yup. Similar except mine then came off after bike and I hit a wooden barrier at considerable speed. Was handed bike and then crank arm. All torqued to manufacturers spec, clean and well looked after
  • - 1
 @MrBaker2u: and when the go, they often strip, ruining one or both sides of the crank.

You can't argue it; the photo doesnt lie.
  • + 2
 @sevensixtwo: common? I have personally never heard or saw of any single case or picture of that in modern Shimano cranks. I have seen a couple snapped cranks (heel rub damage), a couple broken axles and maybe a couple cracked XTR's replaced under warranty, but nothing like this

I wouldn't exactly call it ''common''. Gonna keep an eye on my SLX's though.
  • + 1
 I'm using Alivio M4000 cranks and still holding up even with my aggressive style
  • + 1
 Bolts are still in the crank. Pretty sure that's a broken spindle...
  • + 38
 That picture of Jared Graves midflight is just the best ever. Great coverage once again!
  • + 13
 and Cody
  • + 36
 Thank you to Cody and Iago for bringing the rad
  • + 13
 Every picture of Cody Kelly is him just having a rad time. Richie and Cody are like a mullet. Business in front and party in the back.
  • + 26
 Who the hell is doubting Sam Hill?!
  • + 1
 who'd dare to!?!?!
  • + 15
 I'm sure Sam Hill is doing a rain dance.
  • + 8
 straight trees and bent riders. is that Neil's dad or something?

if you dont know what im on about you are missing out on the best show ever made.
  • + 7
 So many EWS locations look so amazing in the hands of these photogs. It's nice to know our mountains stack up favorably with those beautiful Euro and Kiwi locales.
  • + 6
 Excellent photographs! Really makes me wish I could be up there this weekend...
  • + 5
 a race at high altitude in the Rocky Mountains and no puns involving the Rocky Mountain Altitude.... you've let me down PB
  • + 2
 Wow stage two .. 17 mins for the amateurs... it will be massive... 3600 m in 7 km... omg... mayhem... we did 2700 m in 25 km in the megavalanche.. and that was mayhem on it self
  • + 0
 You do realise that would be a average 45 degree gradient,right? Not gonna happen, never ever.
  • + 2
 F*** me, 23 something of course, still, not gonna happen.
  • + 0
 @Muckal: do your research and come back. It is true!
  • + 1
 Uhhhh Stage 2 is 1100 metres over 8.2km. Speaking of doing research.....
  • + 1
 @Trailstunter: Nelson points at you and says 'ha ha'
  • + 1
 I see some riders using the Accuri instead of the Racecraft(100% goggles). When you are a sponsored rider, wouldn't you want to get the highest end product they have? Any advantage of normal goggles to goggles with outrigger frame design?
  • + 3
 Cody being a hooligan the whole ride by the looks. Wonder if Anne's spindle snapped or if the arm just slipped on the axle...
  • + 1
 Just saw on Santa Cruz Instagram story that Mitch Ropo is running a SRAM dh cassette for this.... A DH CASSETTE. What an animal!
  • + 3
 He just podium-ed last race he did using a 7spd X0 dh cassette
  • + 4
 Correct me if I'm wrong but this event is lift-assisted with only valley floor liaisons. 7 speed block seems like a good idea if you don't need to do much climbing.
  • - 1
 @DDB1: yeah ... just correct the pro's
  • - 1
 Speak English much?
  • + 1
 @DDB1: Ah yes, you're right. Surprised that not many other racers would be doing it then.
  • + 1
 Dusty? Crazy how fast these trails can dry out here. I drove home from Aspen through one of the gnarliest downpours I've ever witnessed yesterday.
  • + 2
 Like the Eurythmics used to sing, for 2017

"Here Comes The Rain again"

youtu.be/TzFnYcIqj6I
  • + 2
 Or maybe ya just need to feel some good old Kiwi rythym to deal with the Rain and slay it with some
DRAGON, yeow!

youtu.be/jM7RcgZ1pLE
  • + 3
 Not like grubby's calves are ridiculous or anything.
  • + 2
 @mdelorme: Thank you for making my morning with the Coors post! I think you are now my new fav photog. lol
  • + 3
 I don't get it?
  • + 2
 What is going on with Lewis Buchanan's rear tire?! It looks like its plus size.
  • + 1
 unfortunately, no
  • + 1
 Those new 100% kits that Dailly was using looks pretty sick. I suppose they'll be released soon? Wink
  • + 2
 I thought pine was cool, but those trees are something else!
  • + 2
 You wouldn't doubt Sam Hill even if your life depended on it
  • + 2
 Rain overnight in Aspen and currently raining.
  • + 1
 I'm in colorado about 50 miles south of Aspen and it's been a dreary cold mist all morning.. Maybe it is a curse?
  • + 2
 Graves' bar hump made me lol!!!
  • + 3
 What a place, one day...
  • + 1
 Wow and double wow. In other words: W.O.W.
  • + 0
 Wouldn't mind seeing what equipment is being used.. we going to see a bike check this round?
  • + 0
 There are some bike checks up already.
  • + 3
 @mdelorme: I did see that... Just thought it'd be interesting seeing a few more.
  • + 1
 @mdelorme: when in doubt, go higher
  • + 1
 Haven't seen a broken crank spindle like that since square tapered cranks.
  • + 1
 Does anyone debate the Coors is piss?
  • + 4
 Beat me to it...does anyone drink that by choice?
  • + 1
 nice pictures
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