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Clementz & Moseley win the Enduro World Series with a round to spare

16:53 10th September 2013 by Ed Haythornthwaite
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We really didn’t think this would happen, what with all the variables that are involved with enduro racing, and the constant threat of mechanicals, but both Jerome Clementz and Tracy Moseley have managed to claim the overall title in the Enduro World Series with a round to spare! You’ve got to agree, that’s pretty impressive.

clementz

Despite a massively stacked men’s field in this first year of the Enduro World Series Jerome Clementz has managed some incredible consistency. He has only been out of the top three once this year! It’s consistency on the individual stages at each event that wins you the race, but to take the title of Enduro World Champion you need to be able to pull off that kind of consistency all season long. Not an easy task. With one round to go Jerome has 3040 points and his closest rival, Jared Graves, has 2398. With just 600 points up for grabs for a win there’s now no way Jared can catch Jerome in the points battle. That said, come the final race there’s still going to be a serious battle going on as the rest of the podium positions are still very much to play for, and the hunger for a win never ceases.

tracy

In the women’s event it was pretty clear when Tracy Moseley started off the season by winning the first four races on the trot that taking the overall title off her was going to be a tough ask for any of her competitors. It wasn’t until the fifth round that she was finally beaten by the legendary Anne Caroline Chausson. Anne Caro missed a few of the earlier rounds due to injury, so despite her late charge where she’s taken the last two wins (she’s the only rider to beat Tracy so far) it was always looking like it would be too late for the overall title. Tracy now has 3400 points, Cecile Ravanel sits in second with 2315, and Anne Caro is in third with 2060. Once again, only 600 points are available for a win. Like the men’s event though the final race in Finale Ligure will still be hotly contested as the rest of the podium places can still shuffle about, and I am sure Tracy will want to end the season the way she started it; with a win.

Keep your eyes peeled to Dirt for all the action from the final round in Finale Ligure on 19/20th October, and in the mean time here are the full overall standings so far…

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  1. Iñigo Lacave Azpeitia

    besides my respect for the winners, who are the fittest at the moment, I think these results should make EWS think about the punctuation rules. Graves should have been upper on the list…
    Probably with a punctuation based on stages, and not total time would be better… And if you prefer, total time, could count as a stage itself.

    1. Eoin

      Disagree. Total time pushes the riders/teams to use realistic equipment which wont fail and thus benefits the sport overall, rather than ending like the arms race that is DH where apparently wheels last a single run.
      More than that, total time allows for much more tactical races, e.g. Barel at round 1 and Clementz at Val d’Isere and Graves at Whistler, where the riders push ridiculously hard on a single stage, and then hope to stay in touch for the rest of the day, makes everything more exciting.

      1. Iñigo Lacave Azpeitia

        Punctuation does nothing to do with changing your equipment on every stage (different kind of rules), if thats what you mean… Plus, I think your last point is not very clever when you are saying to push hard on just one stage and save for the rest… thats the opposite of exciting, better push as much as you can on every stage.

  2. Eoin

    Generally, my feeling is that punctuation would lead to riders aiming strictly for stage wins without worrying about finishing the race as the cost of a puncture or mechanical would be greatly reduced. This would lead to silly light tyres and wheels to win the first couple of stages to maximise points.
    I guess my second point is more personal, but I think it is way cooler to see Clementz bury himself in a pedally stage and then try to hold on to the lead, or see Graves hold back all day to then annihilate the final stage etc.
    Overall, enduro differentiates itself from DH by being about consistency not pure speed, and I think in that respect total time is more appropriate. Obviously it is heartbreaking to see a weekend go down the drain due to an error or mechanical, but enduro is about being safer, cleaner and more consistent… IMO

  3. Hecklerone

    I can see your point inigo extra points could be given in stages positions like the ones in dh classification that would be very good in final classification of the series what a simple idea that could work in the next year I bet it will stand

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