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SRAM Canadian Open Enduro
Graves and Chausson Win Crankworx Enduro
The fifth stop of the Enduro World Series challenges riders with some of the most demanding trails yet.
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WHISTLER, BC August 11, 2013 – After a full day of mountain bike racing in the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, Jared Graves (AUS) finally won his first Enduro World Series (EWS) edging out Jerome Clementz (FRA). Anne Caroline Chausson (FRA) took the first EWS win of her career ahead of Tracey Moseley (GB) with an extraordinary performance while overcoming severe mechanical difficulties. The stages used around the Whistler Valley and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park have been regarded as some of the finest, most technical trails seen on the Enduro World Series yet, and were a true test of athletic endurance and mountain bike skills.


“I’m super happy to be back at the top,” Anne Caroline Chausson said. The French mountain biking legend took the win ahead of the nearly perfect Tracy Moseley of Great Britain by just over one minute and four seconds. “I’m back [from an injury sustained in competition] and I’m in good shape. I liked the courses here. They were really tough, and they are really technical and physical trails.” Chausson, who had to stop in stage four to remove her chain and carry on without the ability to pedal, won stages one, two and four and proved to be the ultimate contender throughout the day in Whistler.

Graves had to work for his win against Clementz and was tactical in his focus of the final stage of the day, which he won by an incredible 24 seconds. “I can’t believe it, I’m so happy,” Graves said. “I wanted to win this one so bad and all day Jerome’s just been one step ahead of me…I pretty much had a perfect run [in Stage 5]. I knew the track well; I practiced most of that trail and I knew that’s where you could make up a lot of time.”

Riders regarded the fifth stage as some of the toughest riding of the day, especially after 51 kilometers of total riding and 19 kilometers of timed racing. The stage descended the entire vertical of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Competitors started at Top Of the World trail, passed through the notorious Garbanzo zone and finished in the Whistler Valley.

The ‘Open’ combined lift access with 863 meters of climbing. Riders traveled from Whistler Peak to the valley, twice, with the final stage an epic 10.63-kilometer, 1,450-meter-vertical top-to-bottom test of endurance. The stages of the race were developed in consultation with pro rider Richie Schley, and Whistler local/Enduro aficionado Seb Kemp. The added “Whistler” twist was that, unlike in previous rounds, riders were not be able to return to the pits in between the first four stages, demanding a much higher degree of self-sufficiency and equipment management than has been required before.

Women
1. Anne Caroline Chausson
2. Tracey Moseley
3. Cecile Ravanel

Men
1. Jared Graves
2. Jerome Clementz
3. Jamie Nicholl


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