The first Sunday of Crankworx means it’s time for some Enduro racing, and today was Round 6: EWS Whistler. Below are your top 10 Men and Women and links to complete results.
Richie Rude dropping in on a rock face on Crazy Train (stage 2). He already had a rear flat by this point, but managed to lose only 35 seconds to stage winner Jesse Melamed. From then on, he swept stages 3, 4, and 5 and took the overall win.
EWS Whistler Results
Heading into the 5th stage, local boy Jesse Melamed was narrowly in the lead, by 1 second over Maes and 12 seconds over Josh Carlson. Then he put in another great performance and sat on the hot seat with one racer left to finish. Unfortunately for Melamed, that last racer was Richie Rude. Despite his obvious disappointment, Melamed still seemed to be thoroughly enjoying his incredible performance in front of his friends and family at home in Whistler.
1. Richie Rude
2. Jesse Melamed
3. Josh Carlson
4. Nico Lau
5. Martin Maes
6. Damien Oton
7. Sam Blenkinsop
8. Sam Hill
9. Curtis Keene
10. Justin Leov
12. Rémy Gauvin
14. Mckay Vezina
Full results at Crankworx.com
The scene from Melamed’s crash on stage 4 unfolded right in front of us. He cruised down a steep rock slab faster than anyone else and looked to have pulled it off until he blew the turn at the bottom. It took a few seconds to get up and sorted. Maybe the 7 seconds he needed for the win…
1. Cécile Ravanel
2. Isabeau Courdurier
3. Casey Brown
4. Miranda Miller
5. Anita Gehrig
6. Anneke Beerten
7. Carolin Gehrig
8. Ines Thoma
9. Leonie Picton
10. Vaea Verbeeck
12. Sarah Leishman
17. Katrina Strand
Full results at Crankworx.com
Casey Brown kicked ass and finished 3rd overall. Enduro World Series / Duncan Philpott
Your EWS Whistler 2016 podium. Enduro World Series / Duncan Philpott
Squamish resident Miranda Miller is almost a hometown girl in Whistler. She added to her good year with a 4th place finish. Enduro World Series / Duncan Philpott
Coudurier (left) and Ravanel share a moment at the finish of Stage 5. Enduro World Series / Duncan Philpott
Robin Wallner on the section that Melamed claimed – and then was re-claimed.
Alexander Cure came down stage 4 sounding like a horse dragging a rowboat down a railway. Then he flushed the same rock face (see the Melamed and Wallner photos above) without flinching.
Justin Leov looking smooth on his way to a 10th place overall finish.
Joe Barnes on Crazy Train. The hole at the bottom claimed a lot of PSI today.
Jérome Clementz rushes towards the finish of stage 4.
Martin Maes was 1 second out of first after 4 stages. He faded a bit on the Top of the World stage and ended up 5th overall.
They must have mixed up Brian Lopes’ entry, because he was racing in the Masters 40+ category aka ‘dudes with full-time jobs’. He won by three minutes. Enjoy the free gloves. Enduro World Series / Duncan Philpott
Melamed almost gave us a Rob Boyd moment, but his 2nd place and Casey and Miranda’s results were great.