Stage 5 Preview | SRAM Canadian Open Enduro

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Stage 5 – Top of the World / No Joke / Drop In Clinic / Duffman / Mackenzie River / Duffman / Golden Triangle / Shady Acres / Del Boca Vista / EZ Does It / Hornet / GLC Drop

  • Start: 2125m
  • Finish: 725m (1400m Drop)

 The longest, hardest Enduro World Series stage of the whole year could be broken up into two or three stages in any other race. But this is Whistler, and bigger is better. It is truly a behemoth stage.

“Top of the World” is running great, the holes are minimal, and the dust is mellow. Once you get out of the alpine and into the trees, expect smoother trails with lots of time to be gained on the slower switchbacking corners.

 “No Joke,” “Drop In Clinic,” and “Duffman” feature the Downhill bike roughness that the Garbonzo Zone is famous for, so keep it light as you float across chatter. Mind the slippery bridges on “No Joke.”

 One of the lesser-ridden trails in the entire park, “Mackenzie River,” is truly underrated. Many of the corners have been rebuilt and compared to the other options around it, it's the smoothest line choice through this part of the mountain.

 Anyone who has raced in Whistler over the years will know what “Golden Triangle” looks like: off the brakes, wide open, and then an all out 30-second sprint when you’re at your most tired. 

 The combination of “Shady Acres,” “Del Boca Vista,” “EZ Does It,” and “Hornet” have been a staple in Whistler Enduro racing over the last few years, so it should be the most well know section of the entire day. Fun tip: this part of the stage is the easiest to practice, so get it in after a casual “Dirt Merchant” lap.

 It all ends on the “GLC Drop,” so save some energy for your triumphant huck into the finish corral – beers are close by. 

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