EWS Aspen/Snowmass

After a successful race in La Thuile a couple weeks ago for round four of the Enduro World Series, where the team got their first podium, we hopped on a plane to make it across the pond. The team started their North American campaign in Aspen, Colorado for round five of the Enduro World Series. We were welcomed by gorgeous Colorado weather but the high altitude of the Rockies proved to be harsh for everyone with dizziness and shortness of breath.
 
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
 
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.

As the team van was in Europe with all spares parts and tools we travelled with only what we could carry. It was necessary so we wouldn't go over the luggage weight allowance, but it was difficult not having access to all that we would need or like, especially tool-wise. We had to rely on each other, sharing and patience are key.
 
Mary Moncorge

The X-Fusion boys, Mike D and Clarke, made the trip from Santa Cruz, CA especially to give us a hand and give some much-needed love to our suspension, which they needed, especially after the roughness of La Thuile.
 
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
 
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
 
EWS Aspen Snowmass by Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team
 
Mike D. from X-Fusion was hands on all weekend first rebuilding and servicing the athletes suspensions then tuning them for the fast course of this round.

With the apartment a stone throw from the pits, the athletes had some time in the morning to enjoy the view and chill, get their morning rituals dialled; breakfast on the balcony to enjoy the sunrise and packing their snacks for the day before getting to full speed on the trails.
 
With the apartment a stone throw from the pits the athletes had sometime in the morning to enjoy the view and chill before getting to full speed on the trails
 
Morning rituals breakfast and get your snacks packed for the day

Anita was absolutely pinned this weekend and craving for a spot on the podium, especially after the close call in La Thuile at the past race a couple of weeks ago. From being 3rd after the first day, she rode to her best stages finish in 2nd a couple of times on Sunday, which landed her on the 2nd step of the podium at the end of the weekend. Her best results this season moves her up a spot in the series ranking and she is now in 3rd.
 
Anita was absolutely pin this weekend and craving for a spot on the podium especially after being so close in LA Thuile at the past race. From being 3rd after the first day she rode to her best stage finishes in 2nd a couple of time on Sunday which landed her on the 2nd step of the podium at the end of the weekend.
 
Twins train
 
After a close call in La Thuile a couple weeks ago the time has come for Anita to finally get on the podium and in 2nd nonetheless

Dillon Santos, our U21 California ripper was hauling this weekend even though he came into the weekend with a sprained ankle from his previous race in Ashland, OR. Unfortunately, a couple of mechanicals paired with spraining his second ankle kept him away from the top five. He would complete his first EWS in 6th, which all in all is not bad for his first race.
 
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
 
Dillon came into the race weekend with a sprained ankle from his previous race in Ashland OR and unfortunately finished it with a couple sprained ankles.
 
Dillon Santos our U21 California pinner was hauling this weekend but a couple mechanical paired with sprained ankles kept him away from the Top 5. He would complete his first EWS in 6th which all in all is not bad for a maiden race.

Caro Gehrig rode hard all weekend but could not equal her sisters' results, still finishing with an honorable 6th place, which keeps her in 5th in the series ranking.
 
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
 
Caro Gehrig was pinned all weekend but could not equal her sisters results still finishing with an honorable 6th place

Some parts of the course were fast, very fast and the boys had a contest going to see if they could pass 70km/h. Robin got up to 72km/h!
 
Some parts of the course were fast very fast and the biys had a contest going to see if they could pass 70km h. Robin got up to 72km h

Talking of Robin, he started the weekend cautiously as it was his first time racing at high altitude and on tracks that do not suit him. He got faster as the weekend went on and more comfortable on the tracks. He concluded the race at a respectable 14th place this past weekend and getting him to the top 20 in the series ranking. If it was not for his DNF in Ireland, he would be in the top ten overall right now.
 
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Gary Forrest is healing well and on the way back to form, getting his best results of the season on day 1. Living close to sea level usually, it was a tough, lung burning second day that saw him slide back to 47th.
 
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
 
Gary Forrest is healing well and on the way back to form getting his best results of the season on day 1. Living close to sea level usually it was a tough lung burning second day that saw him slide back to 47th.

For the second race weekend in a row, the team is back on the podium with a 2nd place thanks to all the riders great work, which asserts our 2nd place in the team series ranking.
 
Team podium

See ya Colorado! It has been real, but Whistler is calling.
 
See ya Colorado It has been real but Whistler is calling
 
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