SRAM / RockShox Riders Charge Hard in Chile
Clean sweep for SRAM / RockShox women and a debut stage win for X01 Eagle™ in the opening round of the Enduro World Series.
SRAM and RockShox women dominated every stage and every step of the podium. Cécile Ravanel, Anneke Beerten, Isabeau Courdurier and Ines Thoma rode SRAM XX1, Guide Ultimate, RockShox Lyrik, Monarch Plus and Reverb equipped bikes to the top four EWS season-opening places.
Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team rider Cécile Ravanel finished every 2015 Enduro World Series event on the podium, but was not able to collect a win. It was an entirely different story in Chile, however, as the former XC Champion of France stormed to firsts in Stages 1, 2, 5 and 6 — and an overall margin of victory of almost 26 seconds.
Fresh off an overall victory at the Toa Enduro at Crankworx Rotorua, GT Factory Enduro Team rider Anneke Beerten, the reigning Queen of Crankworx, was the only other woman to score a stage win, clocking the best times in both Stages 3 and 4.
Members of the media had hardly completed their stories about the new SRAM Eagle™ Technology drivetrains by the time Jerome Clementz rode X01 Eagle™ this past weekend to its first victory. The French rider, who claimed the Enduro World Series overall championship in 2013, came out of the gate hot to win this year’s EWS Round 1, Stage 1 at the Montenbaik Enduro in Corral, Chile. Clementz clocked a Stage-1 time on his SRAM X01 Eagle™, Guide Ultimate, Roam 50, RockShox Lyrik, Monarch Plus and Reverb equipped Cannondale that was 1.5 seconds faster than his closest competitor.
The extra gear range of his Eagle™ drivetrain proved beneficial, because while most riders were opting for smaller [32-tooth] chainrings in order to cope with the tough transfer stages, Jerome was able to keep his 38-tooth ring for the steep and fast timed stages. Clementz finished the two-day, six-stage event just off of the podium in fourth place.
Ten-time Downhill World Champion Nicolas Vouilloz finished the EWS season opener in third place, leading France’s claim to seven of the top 10 places — and perhaps proving our notion that French is the fastest language on the mountain. Though denied a stage win, the 40-year-old Lapierre Enduro Team rider used his SRAM XX1, Guide Ultimate, ROAM 60/50, RockShox Lyrik, Vivid RC2 and Reverb equipped bike to stay in the chase until the end, and finished just over 17 seconds behind the top step of the podium.
This coming weekend, April 2 & 3, the riders will be in Bariloche, Argentina, for Round 2 of the 2016 Enduro World Series.
- Photos by Sven Martin