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.
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