GRAND FINALE - Jerome Clementz Enduro World Champion
Jerome Clementz celebrates first ever Enduro World Championship in Finale Ligure, Italy
Jerome Clementz on a roll in Finale (Photo: Sven Martin)
Finale Ligure, Italy, has been the stage for the final race of the Suprenduro - Powered by SRAM series for the past 5 years. This classic and now infamous location was the natural choice as the final round of the first ever Enduro World Series. With the title already clenched going into the final race of the season, Jerome Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain) didn’t hold anything back and proceeded to put up an exciting and tight race for the win against his closest competitors of the season, Jared Graves and Fabien Barel.
After two days of racing with over 20 minutes of special stages, Jerome took his fourth win of the season by a ridiculously close margin of 2.7 seconds, sealing off his dream season and confirming his position as the best Enduro racer in the world.
The SRAM European Race and Event Support Truck dominated the main square of Finale Ligure during the event (Photo: Sven Martin)
In addition to Jerome’s title, Finale was a true celebration for all racers, organizers and sponsors in completing an incredibly successful first ever season of the Enduro World Series, with an unprecedented field of over 550 riders taking on the trails over the race weekend.
XC World Champion and World Cup Champion Nino Schurter racing in Finale Ligure (Photo: Sven Martin)
In addition to the attendance of the top Enduro specialists from around the World, Finale also attracted some of the best mountain bike riders from many different disciplines, such as XC World Champion and World Cup Champion Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower), XC World Cup Champion Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools team) and XC Olympic bronze medalist Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing). All deciding to top off their seasons by experiencing the highest level of Enduro racing – with Fontana finishing 20th overall in front of many well known Enduro specialists.
Rene Wildhaber, 7th in Finale Ligure after a strong season in the Enduro World Series, tackles the final part of Stage 3 on the first day of racing (Photo: Sven Martin)
Anneke Beerten, barely riding again after an horrific fall at 4X Worlds, placed 5th in Finale, consolidating her great overall position in the EWS ranking. (Photo: Sven Martin)
Jerome Clementz celebrates his Enduro World Championship with his family, friends and the SRAM crew (Photo: Sven Martin)