In 2013 Whistler was one of the longest events with the racing taking place over a 50+km route in the heat and all in one day! Last year Jared Graves was the story of the event, he reeled in Jerome Clementz by a full 20 seconds on the last stage to take the win, an amazing feat after a full day in the saddle! Graves comes into this round as clear favourite after his win at the last round in Colorado, current lead of the series and win here last year.
Anne-Caroline Chausson was the fastest Woman in 2013 and took a win from Moseley who would go on to win the series. It was also the race that made Jesse Melamed, he took 6th place on his local tracks and that result along with his extensive talents on a bike took him to the Urge Rocky Mountain Team for this season.
As with last year the stages are all compressed into one day, embodying the Enduro discipline and mixing up the formats at each round this one will favour those who can best manage their efforts. It’s going to be a long day and the tracks in Whistler take no prisoners.
Here’s a look at the stages:
The riders set off from the heart of Whistler on the big SRAM deck and drop into a 6.4km liason to the first race stage. This is an average liaison in Whistler and the riders have an hour to make their start time climbing 536m to get there.
The first race stage is on relatively new trail with a 427.9m drop in elevation over 2.05km the riders will have done the second shortest stage of the day. The next liaison has less of an elevation gain and it’s just over 3.3km long.
Next up is an old trail that has been brought back to life by Seb Kemp, Jerome David and Trail Network Solutions. Crazy Train has been refurbed, rerouted and will apparently have riders ‘going off the rails’!
After hopefully staying on the rails riders have a 10.5km liaison through 683m of elevation to get to race stage 3 which will drop the riders into the old school line of Binty’s before getting through 27 switchbacks before some smooth singletrack leads them into the next liaison.
This is the longest of the day with 11.2km of riding and nearly 700m of elevation gained, once at the top though the riders are in for a treat in the form of some technical single track before hitting some loamy turns and finally into loose rocky terrain at the bottom of the stage.
In preparation of the final stage the riders get a rest on the gondola up to the Top of The World before dropping into the last and longest stage of the day. Taking in 10 trails this stage drops nearly 1500m over a massive 11km.
The full details and the official trail maps is right here, looks like an amazing day of riding but racing it is going to be a different thing altogether.
If you are racing out there then you can download all the maps onto your phone, pretty handy come race day!