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Round 3 of the Enduro World Series took place at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes with the Cannondale Enduro Les 2 Alpes. While Tracy Moseley has managed to dominate each and every round of the inaugural enduro series, a different man has taken home first place at each venue so far.

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LES 2 ALPES, FRANCE July 7, 2013

For the Cannondale Enduro Les 2 Alpes, Frenchman Jerome Clementz was able to clinch the win and cross the finish line first with a total time of 32:54.738 after four epic stages. This is not Clementz’s first win on the Crankworx stage; he took home the gold in Whistler at last year’s Canadian Open Enduro and also at the Mountain Of Hell held during last year’s Crankworx Les 2 Alpes.

While the men fiercely battle for supremacy of the Overall Series Title, Tracy Moseley has her lead on lock with a third straight win in the Enduro World Series and a time of 38:54.914. The current standings of Overall World Enduro Series Title as of today’s event are Clementz and Moseley.

“The Cannondale Enduro Les 2 Alpes has been the toughest race in the series so far and featured completely different terrain to the last round,” says Enduro World Series Managing Director, Chris Ball. “We saw a different rider win each stage of today’s race on both the men’s and women’s sides and everyone was talking about how tough and different the course was compared to previous rounds. I feel like the sport is jumping up a notch, each round we go through.”

Second fastest Pro man at today’s Cannondale Enduro Les 2 Alpes was legendary World Cup downhiller Nicolas Vouilloz (FRA) +20.282 and coming in third was current World Cup downhill racer Samuel Blenkinsop (NZ) +23.051.Second fastest Pro woman was Cécile Ravanel (FRA), a rider with cross-country roots coming in +15.328, and in third was 2011 UCI Downhill World Champion Emmeline Ragot (FRA) +21.921.
With the exception of Stage 1, which featured a notoriously steep and grueling climb, the other stages favoured downhill technicians and was regarded by the most seasoned enduro athletes to be some of the gnarliest stages they had seen to date. The Enduro World Series was created in October 2012 with the aim of uniting the world’s mountain bike enduro racing community. The Enduro World Series links the largest mountain bike enduro events in the world with the best trails possible.

Mick and Tracey Hannah both raced their first EWS race this weekend and came out of it with good results!
Mick managed an excellent 14th position and Tracey came in 7th after finishing 4th and 5th in the two final stages. They were both up there with the enduro specialists and shredding the Les 2 Alpes dust with great enthusiasm. The racing was fast on the grassy alpine trails but the Hannahs got through the weekend with no mechanicals and only one crash each.
A special mention goes out to Jamie, one of the team’s mechanics, who also took part and finished at a good 156th place despite a chain breakage in the first and most pedally stage.

Fabien wasn’t able to race due to a broken wrist. He got some scans done on Friday because his wrist was still painful from the big crash in the Bratislava Urban Race and discovered a crack in his scaphoid. He will also be out of contention for the French Championships. He is waiting for a specialist to examine him and see if he needs surgery. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will be back in full form soon.

Guillaume took a rest this weekend after having raced the French cup of Oz en Oisans last weekend where he got a 5th place. He was rather disappointed with such a result as a tendinitis in his left hand kept him from going for the win. But still, a 5th position in such conditions is a good performance. He will be more amped than ever to do well on the Polygon Air DH this Wednesday and at the French Championships in Auron this weekend.

Holly hasn’t been back with the team since Fort William where she broke her hand. She is doing everything she needs to do get back to racing as soon as possible. We also wish her a speedy recovery back on the Sunshine Coast in Canada.

The rest of the Crankworx week will see Mick racing the Hutchinson Dual Climb tomorrow. Then Mick, Tracey and Guillaume will be taking part in the Polygon Air DH on Wednesday and Mick will also maybe do the Dual Speed and Style and the Pumptrack Challenge. This should put him into great contention for the overall King of Crankworx award !!


Mick Hannah

Next up at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes is the Hutchinson Dual Climb taking place Monday, July 8, 18:00-20:00 CEST. For the full schedule of events check out

Online Results: http://www.crankworx.com/les2alpes/en/results.php

Live Streaming Webcast Schedule Crankworx Les 2 Alpes – July 11-13, 2013
The webcasts, powered by Red Bull Media House, are live streamed at www.crankworx.com, and www.redbull.com/bike.

Thursday, July 11
GT Dual Speed & Style – 17:00-19:00

Friday, July 12
Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle, presented by iXS Qualification – 13:30-15:30
Teva Best Trick – 16:00-18:00
Les 2 Alpes Pump Track Challenge, presented by Rock Shox – 21:00-22:00

Saturday, July 13
Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle, presented by iXS FINALS – 16:30-19:00


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