Photos by Gary Perkin and David Smith.
Juliana Bicycles has announced the launch of the new Juliana-SRAM Professional Mountain Bike Team. Anka Martin (RSA) is joined by Kelli Emmett (USA) and Sarah Leishman (CAN) to complete a trio of female athletes who will be racing the Enduro World Series and select international events in 2015.
A gravity racer and mountain bike adventurer for over 13 years, Martin has been with Juliana since the brand launched in May, 2013. Emmett brings another 16 years of race experience to the team, beginning her career as a cross-country racer and successfully transitioning to the new breed of enduro events. Leishman completes the roster with downhill and enduro skills honed in the mountains of Whistler over the past six years.
“It’s incredible to see how excited and motivated our partners are to support a women’s cycling team,” says Juli Furtado, founder of Juliana Bicycles. “Anka, Kelli, and Sarah are going to do us all proud at the Enduro World Series and look set to have a great time doing it… I’m quite envious that nothing like this existed in my day, to be honest!”
Furtado, known as “The Queen of the Mountain” during her race career, is also arguably the “Godmother of Enduro,” having raced both downhill and cross-country in the 1990s and claiming World Championship titles in both disciplines. With the launch of the Juliana-SRAM Pro Team, Furtado’s racing legacy continues.
The Juliana-SRAM Pro Team is possible thanks to the support of Juliana Bicycles, SRAM, Giro, Lululemon Athletica, RockShox, Evoc, and Chris King.Tweet Print
Courtesy of Enduro World Series. Photos by Matt Wragg.
The Enduro World Series 2014 has created many stories in the last seven rounds – but none quite as compelling as Finale Ligure this weekend.
Not only did the Enduro World Series crown new World Champions but we saw one of the most impressive comebacks cycling has ever seen. Finale 2014 will go down in the history books for all the right reasons.
Beside the beach in the Italian Riviera, Jared Graves (Yeti/Fox Shox) and Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Enduro Race Team) were named the 2014 Enduro World Champions.
It was a fitting culmination of seven rounds, six countries and 14 days of incredible racing that drew to a close this weekend. What’s even more incredible is that in the women’s race the championship was decided on the very last stage of the season.
Tracy Moseley, above, started the race just 80 points ahead of Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis), meaning she had to place at least second to win the overall series. But with Anne winning every stage of the race, and Cecile Ravanel (GT Pulse Session) a very close third, it all came down to stage six. Anne won the stage convincingly, but at the end of the day Tracy held on to second, securing Moseley’s status as World Champion for a second year.
“After a year of hard work for it to come down to essentially the last stage of the last race meant there was a lot of pressure and your mind plays games,” Moseley said. “Last year it was a bit of a surprise to win the inaugural series, but in a way this year has actually been more satisfying as I’ve battled with Anne all year and had to raise my game every weekend.”
The men’s race was different altogether – Jared Graves’ consistency throughout the year meant the championship was his to lose. Any finish in the top 23 guaranteed he’d leave Finale the best in the world. And that’s exactly what he did. He may have come second in this race but he will start next season with the number one plate on his bike.
“This year I’ve had good and bad days and we’ve had such a variety of trails and terrain – it’s been a true test,” Graves said. “World Champion is a pretty huge honor and I couldn’t be happier right now.”
The top three in the series was rounded out by Damien Oton (Devinci/Alltricks.com) and Justin Leov (Trek Factory Enduro Race Team). Oton has had an amazing season, including winning round four in La Thuile. Leov has been consistent all season and was second at round two in Scotland earlier this year.
The winner of the race came as a shock – even to the man himself – Fabien Barel (Canyon Factory Enduro). After breaking his back in Chile at round one only five months ago, Finale marked Fabien’s return to racing and what a stunning return it was. He won the race by over eight seconds.
“Just coming back to racing was a victory for me today and when I saw I was in the lead I couldn’t believe it,” Barel said. “It’s just amazing – the emotion is hard to explain but I put all my passion and all my heart into this weekend. I’ve been back on the bike for three weeks now and I thought if I can make a top 20 that would be great – winning is just something that is unreal for me.”
In the junior race Sebastian Claquet has had an incredible season and it finished with him crowned Junior Enduro World Champion on the stage in Finale. Robin Matot (Yeti Belgium Urge BP) has also ridden well all year to take second in the overall, with Conor Lavelle of Ireland in third. In the Masters Primoz Strancar (Orbea Geax MTB Team) dominated all series to take the title of Masters World Champion, with Mika Kangas and Emmanuel Abate in second and third.
With the two times World Champion Moseley amongst their riders, it’s little wonder Trek Factory Enduro Race Team lifted the series trophy in the team competition. With an incredibly consistent season and a young team Rocky Mountain Urge BP took second, whilst Jared Graves’ own Yeti/Fox Shox team finished a well deserved third place.
Enrico Guala, of Superenduro and Enduro World Series said: “I started to work in Finale in 1994 and 20 years later I’ve lived one of most intense and emotional weekends since I started riding.
“The integration of the city, locals, bike community, different organisers, riders and industry created an emotional intensity that I’ve never experienced before. Fabien was the peak of this feeling that was shared by all the people that joined us in Finale.”
Full results, photo galleries and the Dirt TV highlights films are available now at enduroworldseries.com.Tweet Print
Defending World Champion Jerome Clementz at Finale in 2013. Who will succeed him as champion?
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The Enduro World Series will crown its new world champions this weekend – and all that stands between the riders and glory is the incredible trails of Finale Ligure, Italy.
The Italian Riviera resort is one of the most popular and iconic riding destinations in Europe – but anyone who thinks they know what to expect from this weekend’s course is mistaken – four of the six stages are on brand new trails created especially for the race.
Event organizers Superenduro have managed to not only build new trails, but also breathe new life back into two classics that haven’t been raced in years. The result is nearly 60 miles of fresh trails, descents totaling more than 7,500 feet and liaisons that are entirely pedal powered with no uplift. Through beech forests, limestone, thick vegetation and loose rock, riders will encounter a huge variety of terrain as they make their way down to the warm waters of the Mediterranean.
And although the 500 riders taking part will be following routes first carved out by their ancestors in 3000 BC, their thoughts will very much be focused on the race in hand as they look to make their mark on the last round of the season.
In the men’s race Jared Graves (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Team) has a comfortable lead in the overall – he only needs to finish in the top 23 to secure the World Champion Title. But all it takes is one mechanical or mistake, and his nearest rivals Damien Oton (Devinci/Alltricks.com) and Justin Leov (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) could still steal the victory from him. Also in the mix this weekend are Fabien Barel (Canyon Factory Enduro Team) and reigning World Champion Jerome Clementz, pictured above, (Cannondale OverMountain), both of whom have missed the last five rounds due to injury.
As with every race this year, the points battle between Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis) and Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) in the women’s competition rages on. Tracy sits ahead of Anne by a mere 80 points – a win from either lady this weekend would hand them the overall title. But Cecile Ravanel (GT Pulse Session) will be feeling strong after winning the last round in Whistler, and is still very much in contention for the overall. Anneke Beerten (Specialized Racing Team) has also enjoyed some podium time this year and will be hungry to finish her season back up there.
In the junior race it’s Sebastien Claquet (Giant France) who’s out in front, with Robin Matot (Yeti Belgium – Urge bp) just 100 points behind in second and Ireland’s Conor Lavelle (Team Biking.ie) in third. In the Master’s Primoz Strancar (Orbea Geax MTB Team) is way out in front and has the title in the bag, but the race for second and third place is tight with just 30 points separating Mika Kangas (Kampin Kanuunat) and Emmanuel Abate (Cercle Des Passionnes).Tweet Print
Hot off the heels of one of the most talked-about races in the young series’ history, the Enduro World Series has unveiled its plans for an eight-round series in 2015.Tweet Print
Photos by Adam Newman
The sixth round of the Enduro World Series rolled into Whistler just in time for a little thing called Crankworx to get under way. Several classic Whistler trails were groomed especially for the event with the deep, soft terrain of Crazy Train contrasting sharply with the rocky, exposed Top of the World.
By incorporating more trails outside of the bike park, the race increased in difficulty not just in descending, but by bumping the number of riding transition stages up to four. In all, riders would cover nearly nearly 40 miles over the course of the day.Tweet Print