Gallery: Enduro World Series round 5, Day Three | Colorado Freeride Festival, Winter Park

Of rad rides and sad delays

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By Joe Parkin

Competition would be nothing without controversy. As the riders reconnoitered stages 6 and 7 of the Enduro World Series round 5 in Winter Park, Colorado, on Saturday afternoon, it seemed a coup might be in the works. Stage 7 would feature Trestle Bike Park’s “Trestle Downhill” and throw in a few photo-op bonuses, but stage 6 looked more like an cross-country course than anything out of the EWS playbook.

Though the cause of the potential stage 6 boycott — an abundance of pedaling — seems somewhat silly in the context of any form of bicycle racing, a rider strike surely would’ve prevented the massive crash in the women’s event that delayed the start of Stage 7 by two hours.

We’ll hold the details until they become clearer but, suffice to say, more than one of the female competitors pondered DNS-ing (did not finish) Stage 7 after learning the news — or seeing it firsthand.

Once the course closures had been lifted, though, it was once again full gas for the riders. Tracy Moseley smoked ‘em in stage 7, but couldn’t erode Anne Caroline Chausson’s lead completely. The women’s podium would continue with the Chausson, Moseley, Beerten theme.

On the men’s side, Yeti teammates Jared Graves and Richie Rude swapped top honors, but it was Graves who took home the overall win. Rude kept 2nd place and Trek’s Rene Wildhaber rounded out the podium.

Mitch Ropelato rolling smoothly toward a 2nd place finish on the final stage and a 4th place overall.

Mitch Ropelato rolling smoothly toward a 2nd place finish on the final stage and a 4th place overall.

Because it would've been a shame NOT to. Right, Dan Atherton?

Because it would’ve been a shame NOT to. Right, Dan Atherton?

Tracey Hannah is flat-out fast and stylish on a bike.

Tracey Hannah is flat-out fast and stylish on a bike.

Look closely; Lars Sternberg's rear tire is flat. That didn't stop him from jumping out of Space Ape and clocking a speed of 33-plus mph on Stage 7.

Look closely: Lars Sternberg’s rear tire is flat. That didn’t stop him from jumping out of Space Ape and clocking a speed of 33-plus mph on stage 7.

Evidence: Lars Sternberg's rear wheel at the bottom of the hill.

Evidence: Lars Sternberg’s rear wheel at the bottom of the hill.

This happened. Again. Cedric Gracia likes to have fun.

This happened. Again. Cedric Gracia likes to have fun.

He went 14th on the final stage, but there wasn't any stopping Jared Graves' bid for the overall.

He went 14th on the final stage, but there wasn’t any stopping Jared Graves’ bid for the overall.

Yoann Barelli's note to self.

Yoann Barelli’s note to self.

After a race-delaying crash on Stage 6, the mood in the women's camp was pretty dark.

After a race-delaying crash on Stage 6, the mood in the women’s camp was pretty dark.

Looks like a Yeti SB6c sandwich.

Looks like a Yeti SB6c sandwich.

OG Oakley Pilots for the OG Cedric Gracia.

OG Oakley Pilots for the OG Cedric Gracia.

Yes, this is Damien Oton's "prototype" Devinci Spartan. Yes, you're looking at carbon fiber.

Yes, this is Damien Oton’s “prototype” Devinci Spartan. Yes, you’re looking at carbon fiber.

Other galleries from the EWS round 5:

Enduro World Series round 5, day 2

Enduro World Series round 5, day 1

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