Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel Win EWS Round 1 in Chile

The battle is over...

Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel TAKE THE WINS out AT THE first round of ENDURO WORLD SERIES IN CORRAL, CHILE.

Reigning Champ Richie Rude started on a high, he took two stage wins on the Sunday and the overall victory here in Chile.

Crashes, snapped chains, raging forest fires, wild bulls on track… round 1 of the Enduro World Series out in Chile had it all. Results below:


Enduro World Series Round 1
Corral, Chile | 26–27 March 2016


  1. Richie Rude
  2. Martin Maes
  3. Nico Vouilloz
  4. Jerome Clementz
  5. Florian Nicolai



1. Cecile Ravanel

2. Anneke Beerten

3. Isabeau Courdurier

4. Ines Thoma

5. Anita Gehrig

6. Rae Morrison

7. Katy Winton

8. Carolin Gehrig

9. Florencia Espineira

10. Camila Noguiera


U21 Men

1. Adrien Dailly
2. Sebastien Claquin
3. Pedro Burns


1. Igancio Rojo
2. Jan Guzman
3. Diego Puelma

Photos: Enduro World Series/Duncan Philpott


Rude and Ravanel triumph in Chile
The Enduro World Season couldn’t have got off to a more dramatic start as Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox) and Cecile Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro) won the first race of the season, the Montenbaik Enduro World Series in Chile.
Oh dear. Poor Jared Graves had chain issues on day 2.
After a forest fire broke out in the hills above the venue in Corral on Friday night, race organisers had to consult with emergency services who decided on Saturday morning that the race could go ahead safely. So over 400 riders headed out to the trails in the area known locally as the ‘cold jungle.’ Riders were rewarded for climbing the long liaisons under a hot Chilean sun by steep, freshly cut trails that offered glimpses of the Pacific Ocean on the way down.
Saturday saw Cecile Ravanel dominate the women’s field, winning the first two stages, with Anneke Beerten (GT Factory Racing) taking the third, which put her in second place at the end of the day. Meanwhile rising star Isabeau Courdurier (SUNN) finished Saturday in third.
In the men’s competition, Jerome Clementz started the day well by winning the first stage, but he couldn’t hold off Richie Rude who took stages two and three. The day ended with Rude on top, Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) in second and Nico Vouilloz (Lapierrre Gravity Republic) in third.
(L-R) Beerten, Ravanel and Courdurier.
By the end of Sunday the results didn’t change, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of action in the last three stages. Jared Graves (Specialized Racing) suffered a snapped chain on stage five, but was able to fix it in time to make his start time for stage six – only for the chain to break again early in his run, but he still managed to finish the race in eight place. And both Richie and Cecile had crashes on stage five, but neither lost enough time to lose their lead.
(L-R) Maes, Rude and Vouilloz (what’s that old dog doing up there!?).
In the Under 21 Men reigning World Champion Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Gravity Republic) proved too strong for Sebastien Claquin (Rocky Mountain Urge BP) who finished second and Chilean rider Pedro Burns (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race) who came third. Karim Amour took a convincing win in the men’s Masters 40+ category. Lapierre Gravity Republic now lead the team category, with Rocky Mountain Urge BP in second and Devinci Enduro Racing in third.
Speaking after the race, Cecile said: “For sure I came here for a win but, it’s more difficult when you come for that. It’s hard to ride under that pressure; I know I had to stay on my bike, not have any mechanical problems, and of course that’s on your mind, but I’m happy now. I hope I feel better now going into Argentina and the rest of the season. The gaps in the racing is really close now with Anneke and Isabeau and all the others, which is good for the sport.”
Richie added: “I’m really happy to take the win – I wasn’t sure if I would so I’m pleased. I’m feeling good going in to Argentina now, it’s a great way to start the season.”
Eduardo de Solminihac of Montenbaik, said: “It was incredible for us to be able to bring the world’s best riders to Corral. It’s a very different experience for the riders to come to a place like Corral where you have to catch a boat just to find the trails. We wanted to show the riders what Chile is like away from the tourists and ski resorts – this is the true rural life in Chile. It’s been an amazing race and we’re proud we could make it happen.”
Full Results here.


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