Final Results: Enduro World Series, Round 1

Apr 20, 2014 at 13:02
by Mike Kazimer  
After two days and six stages of racing, the final results are in: Jerome Clementz and Anne-Caroline Chausson have won the first Enduro World Series race of the season. Consistency was key this weekend, and staying in the top few positions for every single stage was crucial to Jerome Clementz's success. He took the overall victory without winning any one stage, but at the same time never dropped below a sixth place finish. For the women, Anne-Caroline Chausson laid down a commanding performance, winning five out of six stages to take the win.

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Podium EWS 1 2014
Jerome Clementz and Anne-Caroline Chausson, winners of EWS #1.


Full results here.


91 Comments

  • + 75
 Jerome is awesome. A little guy who just kicks ass on a bike and smiles all the time. I was rooting for Graves, but how could you not like Jerome...
  • + 8
 Yep, you gotta love the guy. He is very Humble and man can he ride. Congrats Jerome.
  • + 69
 all I see is CG!!!! The legend!
  • + 21
 Top 10. What a boss!
  • + 25
 For sure, I think chausson deserves the boss title as well, she's been racing for time too, except she went and won.
  • + 5
 The name I looked for IMMEDIATELY
  • + 1
 Cannondale should resign Chausson, bring back the glory days.
  • + 1
 Chausson for President!
  • + 41
 Martin Maes is the future.
  • + 28
 Martin Maes 1st on stages 1, 4, and 5. He's not only the future, but he's one of the best now, too!
  • + 2
 Sick!!! #Throttlejam
  • + 1
 great things to come from him and a killer picture Big Grin
  • + 14
 I look forward to Graves's journal from this race, should be interesting to see what happened and his point of view. Gutted for the guy, thought he'd be starting it off with a win for sure.
  • + 8
 Good opening round. Graves and Clementz is looking like the battle to watch this season. Loving that CG is in top 10! Damn manchamp he is!
  • + 5
 It's racing that's what it is loose some gain others and sutch little difference in time with 6 special stages that's real racing cause 8 seconds is almost nothing it's just a little brake her a little less brake there maybe a gear up on the exit of that corner a too late pedal move, what a sport. GO CEDRIC GO
  • + 8
 Maes is the animal!! 1st on 3 out of 6.
  • + 7
 Nice work Justin. Way to ease into it!
  • + 5
 anyone else more impressed with Florian Nicolai than the other riders, barely even heard his name mentioned and he finished in third!
  • + 4
 He's a crazy fast kid who was competing with Barel and Vouilloz for the wins in his local races as early as when he was 15-16, just sheer natural talent. He had an average season last year as he didnt realise he needed to train physically at the world series level. He has sorted all that out now so expect to see him on a couple more podiums! Hopefully he will get more international recognition with results like these!
  • + 7
 Maes is a beast! Love Grubby, too.
  • + 5
 Jerome back from the dead second spot to claim his throne, Graves had a mechanical, for sure........he will be back do not doubt it. The man is a machine like the Clemz
  • + 2
 Did he really have a mechanical or is just something you made up?
  • + 5
 I was there, yes, it really happened
  • + 3
 Jerome had a mechanical yesterday too
  • + 6
 Oh ok, did not say anything about it on EWS twitter. Mechanicals are part of racing - fair and square.
  • + 1
 You must be talking about his mechanical while practicing on stage 5?

But Graves gave up the most race time on stage 6. I'm a huge Graves fan and was pulling for him too, but the best Enduro racer in the world won this weekend (just like he did in most of the 2013 season.)
  • + 1
 No, he had a mechanical first day during the race, as DirtTV showed...
  • + 3
 I was there too, I am the Yeti team mechanic, and have been for 5 years now.... There was no mechanical. Please don't make comments like these unless you know the true facts. He had a slow leaking puncture in practice on stage 5... No bike problems in racing. Happy to answer any questions you guys have, but please don't make false statements. It brings the whole forum down.
  • + 5
 I worry about CG, after that Cedric Gracia video where his thigh is squirting blood, dude please don't die.
  • + 2
 What won't kill you will only make you stronger!!!
  • + 4
 first to fourth is 15 seconds apart, over about 37 minutes total - that's good racing
  • + 4
 well done frenchys 13..on the top 20....anne caro and jey first....bravoooo
  • + 0
 I called this before: Richie Rudd is too young to be in Enduro. Younger Riders are sprinters, they don't have the Stamina of older riders. It's a proven fact in all endurance disciplines. Even during the Iron Man competitions, you will see 30+ participants winning practically most of the time.

He should have stayed in DH.
  • + 5
 martin maes?...
  • - 3
 Just because 2% of the field places in the top 30 does not prove your point. It proves mine.
  • + 4
 @z05m - I hated your comment, but I might agree with it. Rude is probably much better suited to the brutality of WC DH at this point than to the subtleties of enduro. He is a phenomenal athlete, and I expect he will regroup just fine.
  • + 1
 experience is not the same as endurance, but still, no point is proven by looking at the results of any single race
  • + 3
 @z05m the fact that Martin Maes is only 17 and ended up in 4th definitely doesn't prove your opinion in the slightest
  • + 2
 4th place 17, 3rd place 21. Average age of top 5, 26. Good point, not.
  • + 3
 Z05m why dont you start a consulting agency telling sportsmen what they should or should not do? Big Grin
  • + 2
 Maes 17, Nicolai and Cure 20-21 range (they have been on french podiums as young as 16). The difference between them and Rude: the young french/belgian riders focused on enduro from the start, in Nicolai's case he even gave up riding any form of DH bike 3-4 years ago. So despite their age, they still have 4-5 years of experience of top level racing, and experience is everything here, especially as consistency is so important. At least give Rude a full season to prove himself, this was one of his first proper enduro races ever.
  • + 4
 ACC and Jey are rally "special ones"!
  • + 4
 Jerome is an animal
  • + 1
 Congrats to Anne-Caro and Jerome, but also to Martin for winning 3 stages. With a little extra maturity he's on the podium next time.
  • + 1
 Just watched the entertaining video on Edward Masters "Spirit of Enduro", Didn't see his name listed - was he racing? injuried?
  • + 1
 Eddie is in Cairns for Dh1 wc. Chatted to him on Saturday.
  • + 1
 Cool, glad he's not injured. I'll be watching how he does - got to luv it when people lay in on the line.
  • + 3
 Oh look, a comment section with no one bitching about 27.5" wheels!
  • + 10
 After all the bragging in the other article about how 26" winning one stage showed the MTB industry that they were wrong about 650b, there ain't a lot to say now is there? Clementz won on 26" last year, and he won on 650b this year. Maybe its just that he is fast? The 650 b didn't hold him back either.
  • + 2
 take a chill pill and wait till the last episode before going bananas on 27.5 inches and again, like Chuck Norris above mentioned, there was no sizing of wheels mentioned until you dropped the Willie1 zinger
  • + 1
 I agree the major deciding factor in the end is the rider. If he/she feels more comfortable on 26 vs 650 the sponsor SHOULD accommodate him/her with the given wheel size. Im a FR/DH guy so 26 holds a special place in my heart and I love the "playfulness" However if I was an athlete on a world circuit where rollover/rolling speed was a major factor and every second counted. I would choose the best wheel for the course.
  • + 2
 I was commenting on the silence of all the kids who made such a big deal about Graves winning one stage yesterday, as if that was the definitive answer to this debate lol! Really there is no debate. I am reminded of the switch to 4-stroke mx starting in 1997. There were hordes of 2-stroke 4-life zealots. In the end it came down to sales. Same arguments re faster vs. more playful. This isn't anything new. Same comments re: riding skill vs making riding easier as well.

Same debate with rear wheel drive in cars vs fwd or awd. The consumers speak. Plenty of good ideas don't make it such as the rotary engine, as consumers didn't buy them.

Dish it out but..... Anyone?
  • + 6
 The bike is very important, the way you set them up. I don't think Jerome would ride confidently if suddenly someone changed sag and rebound on his fork. Tyre pressure will have far more effect on roll over and contact patch than what the diameter change on its own. And tyre pressure depends a lot on rim width and sidewall stability this it is the geometry that really changes. Then suspension service state will also do a lot of difference, how much each hit decelerates you and your bike. Chain lubricatiin state and wear have more impact on efficiency than roll over. How about suspension system on the frame? Damper in the shock? CTD? Wear of tyres? You see the human factor is not only about strength and fitness. Most of us have no personal mechanic and don't attend sessions with engineers to tick all those boxes I mentioned as maxed out. Lets just relax, it is the bikes of pros, not ours, we have nothing to worry about. Even if you buy a latest 10k Nomad, if you dont maintain it properly it will be a worse bike than awell setup and freshly overhauled Nomad from 2007.
  • + 5
 Waki: "Chain lubricatiin state and wear have more impact on efficiency than roll over."

That's crazy, a lot of the time enduro racers are coasting.

At the very least Graves justified the existence of the 26 wheel in racing by almost winning.
  • + 6
 Oh goodness a fight between Waki and Protour. The gods have aligned
  • + 1
 Good point Protour, Waki's statement and observations are just.... Well... Waki !!!!
  • + 1
 That's cause he's already proven it by winning the 2013 race in a 26'
  • + 1
 I bet Protour is coasting a lot more than pros so fair enough that effect is irrelevant for him indeed Smile
  • + 2
 True this, but the best trails don't require pedaling. You're attempted point on the importance of chain efficiency in gravity racing was desperate, you're whole post was typically and uniquely Waki. We have more in common than differences.
  • + 1
 @Willie1 four strokes faster than 2 strokes are you kidding? Of course they're faster when they're twice the capacity. People stopped buying two strokes because the manufacturers manipulated the rules to have them hounded out, then stopped making them. Run a race with equal capacity bikes and see what happens. There won't be a four stroke anywhere near the podium. And are you suggesting that because 90% of cars sold are front wheel drive, that's the best configuration?
As far as 26 or 650b, I don't give a monkey's... but it does seem to be getting hard out sold on a level above what I believe the real performance gains warrant. If everyone stops making 26" wheel bikes, you can't buy one even if you want to. Does that make them better?
  • + 1
 I never commented on fairness. The rules are what they are. My comments have nothing to do with what is best, but what people buy!!! I was upset when cars went to fwd, and thought awd was just to make up for a lack of driving skill. Then, I drove an awd rental and was blown away. I currently drive a VW Passat and the 4cyl fwd car has more performance than my '90 mustang 5.0. The mustang is a bit quicker in the 1/4 mile, but can't hold a candle anywhere else.

Conspiracy theories are appealing, but the realities are just simply economics.
  • + 1
 Protour why do you always want a fight with someone? And when you are in the fight you clench to any tiniest detail that is a bit off and take it totaly out of context just to prove someone is not right. My point was that there are million of things going into equation just from the side of the bike. Honestly I lost any will to argue with you on anything, you are like my friend who argued about tuna being unhealthy, went through envirinmental issues, then dolphins caught in the nets, ultimately arguing how intelligent dolphins are. All just by finding holes in our arguments and always forcing discussion to get on his track where it is him having the right. Like a child.
  • + 1
 26" die hard here lads, now that said,

Point one: some brands will still make a 26" Commencal HipHop dam fun bike, and thats its purpose not an Enduro racer, many still ride for fun and not for Strava!

Point 2: Ive been trying out a few 27.5" and still don't know if I like them or not esp when some top riders tell me my bike is the best they're ridden, wak wak aye! Short for, yeah!

But what I can tell is that over time you stay fresher on a bigger wheel eg use less energy in key areas say momentum over a rise, pedal strokes up a short hill,on a course this all adds up over stages to seconds and minutes for us mere mortals, I been saying this for awhile look at day 1 Graves fresh fit but I don't care how fit you are, he still used more energy than Jerome, Jeromes stages with no wins but consistency bears this out, not all bike for sure as he's a smart rider and rides that way too yet still fast,

So for me 26" is just as fast if not faster but you use more energy and that over 2 days or many one day stages smashes you more than 27.5"

Waki is right about bike setup pros know if 5psi is missing they feel it!

Still though Enduro is the winner on the day and Chille fantastic place and hope it stays on the EWS calendar
Congrats to AC and Jerome just amazing!

Going to be a tough fight to the end this year, Graves will win rounds, Maes will win a round and Justin Leov 2nd stage 5 he will be too 3 very soon I'm betting.
  • + 3
 Jared Graves rode a bike with wheels. That's weird.
  • + 3
 Dirt team nailed it. Winning lady and all the boys in the top 15.
  • + 1
 1692 points for me. Would have done better had I not had Richie Rude on my team...
  • + 1
 That wheelsize debate is plain stupid. Ride on whatever bike you're the most comfortable. Period.
  • + 1
 I've never really paid attention to Enduro, but with Cedric in the mix, I will be paying attention more now.
  • + 2
 What happened to Curtis Keene? I was hoping he was gonna kill it
  • + 1
 Yeah anyone know if something was up with Keene? Really surprised to see him consistently mid-pack.
  • + 3
 He got the flu when he arrived to chile.
  • + 1
 Flu
  • + 1
 And it's just like last year! For the first 2 at least Wink
Congratulations to the winners.
  • + 1
 what happened to richie rude?
  • + 1
 Darn keyboard. I would love to see them
  • + 1
 Too bad it wasn't streamed. I would live to to them in action.
  • + 1
 "Look at the time" ACC like the good old days!
  • + 1
 how not to be proud of all these French riders !
  • + 1
 Aw what happened to the AMERICAN DREAM?
  • + 1
 Wow! Only one rider could beat 26" wheels…
  • + 1
 Or, another way to look at it is only one rider on 26" wheels in the top twenty...
Also, one rider whose sponsor doesn't make a viable enduro bike with 27.5 wheels.

And silly me thought the riders were racing, not wheels.
  • + 1
 That's due to the manufacturers who sponsor the riders making them ride 650b in order to promote their new garbage bigger wheel bikes. Point is a 26" bike beat a field of 650b bikes. 26" bikes will out perform bigger wheel bikes 90% of the time. The scam is being exposed!
  • + 1
 You know what you exposed - Jared Graves isn't a sick rider and only got second because of his wheels... You are brilliant!
  • - 1
 No God, God please No, No Nooooooooooooo Graves :'(
  • - 1
 Jared, Jared, Jared - what happened on stage 6?
  • + 1
 Comments above say a mechanical.
  • + 1
 From Jared Journal
Stage 6:
Stage 6 was basically eight minutes straight down the side of a cliff and was super fast and steep. The top of the course was well above tree line and the volcanic soil made it feel like you were riding on the moon, something you don’t experience every day. The bottom half was steep loamy turns as you made your way back below the tree line. The track just got steeper and steeper and some arm pump was inevitable. I should have taken a lot more time to choose better lines in the top section. There were a few key sections that I covered far too much ground where I could see other riders’ more direct lines. An extra ten minutes scoping out a few smarter lines would have made all the difference, but it’s too late for that now. I lost 10 seconds to Jerome in the final stage, and with it the overall lead. The end result was 2nd overall for the weekend.
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