EWS Aspen/Snowmass Posted on: 08/04/2016

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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EWS Round 4 - La Thuile Race Report Posted on: 07/21/2016

After the long mid-season break the Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team reunited in La Thuile, Italy this past weekend to get back on track with the Enduro World Series. Under the shadow of Mont Blanc the series picked up where it left off in a venue that surely will rank as one of the rider's favorites this year. It served up everything you could hope for from the Italian Alps: stunning scenery, long, punishing descents, top-notch organization and a warm welcome from the fans.
 
After a couple days traveling Pedro flew from Chile and Gary drove from Scotland and a rainy weather on arrival it is best to build the bikes inside the cosy apartment
 
After a couple month apart since the last EWS round in Ireland the team is finally reunited and share riding stories

As the team rolled into town it looked like the weather had decided to repeat the harsh conditions of 2014 when riders tackled winter conditions on the higher slopes of the resort. Certainly warm clothing was much in demand for the first day of practice, but as the action hotted up, so did the weather and come Sunday's finale it was an absolute scorcher.
 
Gorgeous scenery gnarly trails and blue sky the Italian Alps never disappoint and Robin Wallner is making the most of it
 
With showers during practice it was sometime hard to stay dry and warm. It did not help Gary get over his cold and he unfortunately had to seat out the second day of racing to get over it

With some descents covering over 900m of vertical drop, some changes to the team's HD3s were needed. First off, the X-Fusion Metric forks were taken out from 160 to 180mm of travel and the tires were switched to Maxxis' full DH casing. Our mechanic, Jake Law kept the bikes ticking over for us this weekend as the bikes took a real beating, but he kept all five of our riders mechanical-free over the four days.
 
Big mountain tracks called for big bike setup the team decided to get 180mm on the fork instead of the usual 160mm with the Maxxis Minion 2.5 DD
 
Too match the long travel in the front the team opted for X-Fusion s Vector Coil in the back
 
All you need for a weekend worth of racing

Although the distanced pedalled this weekend was relatively short, the long, physical nature of the tracks required a fine mix of skill and the fitness to ride at the limit all weekend. After the first day of racing it was looking positive for the team, with Robin Wallner inside the top 20, the Gehrig twins in 3rd and 5th and Pedro in the top 10 in the under-21 competition. Gary Forrest's bad luck continued to dog him this weekend as he succumbed to a fever Sunday morning and the team decided it was best he not jeopardize his recovery by riding past the point of fatigue.
 
Our mechanic Jake Law was hands on all weekend as the course was not only rough on the bodies but on the bikes too and always smiling not matter how much abuse the bikes underwent
 
Long hours were put in by Jake the team mechanic and to shelter from the nighlty cold and darkness no better spot that the empty parking lot

Come Sunday the physical nature of the race started to take it's toll on the field and there was a big shake-up of the classification through the day. Robin Wallner was one of the big winners in all this, showing how hard he has been working to move up to a stunning seventh overall as other riders at the front faltered. That is now his second top-ten result this year, in a field that is undoubtedly stronger than ever. Despite his DNF in Ireland he still moved up into the top 20 in the overall standings.
 
Robin Wallner on his way to his best EWS result so far - 7th
 
Gary struggled with the flu this weekend and had to withdraw in order to be back 100 for the upcoming North American rounds

Pedro also put a charge on and by keeping it consistent he moved up to 5th overall this weekend. Although it's not quite what he hoped for, it was a solid result that maintained his third in the overall standings.
 
It was Pedro s first time in Italy and it did not disappoint he took every moment off the bike to explore the historic mountain town but did not loose much time while on the bike in the very competitive U21

Both Anita and Caro Gehrig found the second day of racing hard going, dropping back to 4th an 7th respectively. They won't let this setback get them down though and that first podium is surely closer than ever now.
 
Twins train during practice
 
No time to enjoy the pretty scenery and the wild flowers for Anita Gehrig on her way to 4th
 
No more energy at the end of 2 physical day of racing

The big news for the team is that these results were good enough to take second in the team rankings this weekend. What makes that news even better is that the result propels the team to number two in the world right now.
 
You have to trust the French with the Champagne bottle. Team Manager Mary Moncorge showering the whole podium while celebrating the team s second spot

The series now moves across the Atlantic to Aspen, Colorado in just over a week's time. With the ocean-hopping the team will be reunited with our sixth member, California-based under-21 shredder, Dillon Santos - our Ginger Chihuahua. Coming off the back of such a big weekend we can't wait for it all to start again!
 

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