By Joe Parkin
Day number two at the Enduro World Series round 5 subjected the riders to three stages with more natural-feeling terrain than the machine-built trails of Stages 1 and 2.
Jared Graves absolutely dominated the men's division, with first-place finishes in all three stages, and moved to the top of the leaderboard in the process. His young Yeti teammate Richie Rude went 2nd, 2nd and bobbled with a 26th-place finish, but held on to 2nd overall. With his 3rd, 21st, 3rd, Rene Wildhaber moved into 3rd place overall ahead of Mitch Ropelato.
The women's standings saw a shuffle in the honor rungs of the podium. Anne Caroline Chausson kept her overall lead, with a 2nd, 1st and 1st. Tracy Moseley went 1st, 2nd and 2nd, to move into 2nd place overall, while Specialized's Anneke Beerten, who suffered some sort of food poisoning the night before, went 5th, 5th and 5th but kept a podium spot, at 3rd place overall.
Dear Orbea: Your Tour de France commercials were positively hideous. Simon Andre riding through the woods is much more motivating.
Ropelato’s only bobble in two days of racing was Stage 3: 15th.
This is a pretty decent summary of the Mountain Goat trail at Winter Park.
We’ll just say this: Richie Rude can ride a mountain bike.
Bike Magazine “Fishing with Joe” guest Walker Shaw launches into Stage 3, and is about 1 minute from crashing.
Rad Ross Schnell threading the trees on his way to a 20th on the stage.
The number plate reads 81, but this guy’s number is 55. Brian Lopes sucks it up on his way to a lucky number 13 on the stage.
Texting between teammates. Carlson: “Do you like stage 3, Adam?” Craig: “I love it, Josh -- turns in the woods.”
On his way to a 3rd-place finish in Stage 3, Rene Wildhaber is not worried about the length of his shorts.
Rachel Throop’s boyfriend likes fishing about as much as he likes winning Rampage.