By Joe Parkin
After events in Chile, Scotland, France and Italy, the Enduro World Series headed to Winter Park, Colorado for its 5th round. At 9,000 feet, oxygen debt was already in play at the start line. The first two stages consisted of Trestles Bike Park's fast and flowy trails, with a good dose of techy tests thrown in for good measure.
Young phenom Richie Rude took top honors in both of day one's stages, besting Yeti teammate Jared Graves and Specialized's Mitch Ropelato on Stage 1 and Giant's Yoann Barelli and Graves on Stage 2.
Specialized Bicycles' Anneke Beerten won Stage 1 for the women, ahead of Anne Caroline Chausson and Tracy Moseley, who started the event with the number-one plate. Stage 2 re-shuffled the order, with Chausson taking top honors from Moseley and Beerten.
It’s all fun when you’re Iago Garay – even (almost) matching your socks to your frame.
Holding Enduro World Series round number five in Winter Park means high winds and afternoon storms are almost guaranteed.
Jared Graves keeping the bigger (27.5″) wheels of his prototype SB6c off the ground on Stage 1.
Slow? No. Stages 1 and 2 were high-speed, pedaling tests.
Dan Atherton is digging a relaxing liason on the Winter Park lift.
Mitch Ropelato never looked like he was trying that hard, but since he finished day one in 3rd place overall, he must’ve been doing it right.
Cedric Gracia was just looking for a “bit of fun.”
Elbows up, eyes forward for Duncan Riffle.
There is nothing rude about Richie Rude’s effortless riding style. Here, the Yeti rider is floating his way toward repeating his Stage 1 win with another victory in Stage 2.
Enduro in a bike park means a fair bit of wooden features. Anneke Beerten’s on the bridge to a second-place finish in Stage 1.
Grass is legal in Colorado.
There’s still a lot of green in Colorado’s high mountains
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