Cannondale Enduro’s Ella Conolly and Jack Moir (Canyon Collective) took first blood at EWS Burke 2022 with wins on the Pro Stage.
Scotland’s Conolly shrugged off her EWS Val Di Fassa elbow injury to come down around 5.5s faster than fellow Briton Bex Baraona (Yeti/Fox Factory Team) in a time of 7:08.92. German’s Raphaela Richter of Ibis Enduro Team was in third more than two seconds behind Baraona. Series leader Isabeau Courdurier of Lapierre Zipp Collective ended up in 12th after losing around 20 seconds near the top of the course. Whistler winner Harriet Harnden of Trek Factory Racing ended up in fourth.
Ella Conolly opened her EWS Burke account in convincing style
In the EWS Men, 2021 series champ Moir clocked a 6:04.48 on the drying stage which was significantly less slick in the technical rocky, root-filled top section than in practice on Saturday morning.
EWS Men’s series leader Jesse Melamed of Rocky Mountain Race Face was just under a second back on the Aussie. And the USA’s Richie Rude rounded off the top three, 1.78s behind Moir.
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The 2021 champion Moir has now won two stages in a row after taking the final stage in Whistler last weekend
The U21 Women was won by Italian Sophie Riva with Whistler category winner Paz Gallo Fuentes, of Chile, in second and USA’s Lauren Bingham third. In the U21 Men it was another win for Australian Luke Meier-Smith (Propain Factory Racing) with a time that would have left him sixth in Pro Men. His countryman Ryan Gilchrist was in second and Whistler victor Seth Sherlock was third.
Master 35+ women was won by doctor and mountain bike instructor Sandra Bohn Thomsen of Denmark, second was Melissa ‘Mops’ Newell of New Zealand and the USA’s Mary McConneloug was third. In the Master 35+ Men, it was a dominant display from France’s Frank Kirscher who took more than 26 seconds out of BH Enduro Racing’s Karim Amour. Utah bike company owner Chris Canfield was third.
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