Photo:Women's Podium, courtesy Matt Wragg
For Immediate Release via enduroworldseries.com
The seven stages of Winter Park comprised both downhill and cross country style stages, which spread over three days pushed riders to the very limit of their physical abilities. Altitude proved a big factor in this weekend’s race – with the elevation causing problems for even the fittest of racers. Winter Park represents the highest setting of the season – the resort is higher than even the highest stage in La Thuile.
In the women’s race it was Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis) who took the overall win, but three stage wins for Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) means she retains the overall series lead. Anneke Beerten (Specialized) got her first ever stage win on SP 1, landing her on the third step of the of the podium. Speaking after the race, Anne Caroline said: “It was a long three days of racing, it’s hard to manage both your body and your mind and the tiredness. I’m really happy and now I’m just looking forward to relaxing.”
Jared Graves (Yeti/ Fox Shox Racing) came away with the win on his new prototype bike, but the big story of the race was young Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Racing) – who won all of the stages on day one, landing him in second place. In fact, between them, Rude and Graves won every stage of the race. Rene Wildhaber (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) showed he’s more than just an Alpine specialist as he took third place. Jared commented: “With a 41 second lead you’d have to be pretty stupid to try and push anything, so I just took the last stage really steady. With Richie killing it too it’s been such a good weekend for the team.”
In the Juniors, American Bruce Klein won the race but young Frenchman Sebastien Claquin continues to lead the series in his category ahead of Robin Matot.
The race was part of the Colorado Freeride Festival, and the event's General Manager Bob Holme added: “With the variety of courses on offer, it was clear to see the best riders in the world still prevailed. Enduro is a mixture of all different disciplines, and the race here in Winter Park really reflects that." Next stop for the Enduro World Series is Crankworx in Whistler on August 6th.
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- For more photos of Colorado Freeride Festival Day 4 events, please visit: Winter Park Resort Pics.
*Winter Park Resort’s spectacular slate of summer events continues with the annual High Altitude Flamethrower’s Chili Cook-off on August 16-17 and Whiskey and Wings on September 6-7 in addition to scores of bike races throughout the next two months. For more information on Winter Park Resort events and activities, please visit