So, the coverage only showed the last hundred metres of track, the commentary was painful (“if I had a dollar for every time that guy says ‘rowdy’ I’d have $18” said Caleb), but we were still glued to our screens at the Spoke office today for the Enduro World Series round 5 at Crankworx Whistler.
And holy toledo, Nelson’s Jamie Nicoll had us on the edge of our comfy office chairs when he was looking good for the win right up until the last two came down. Series heavyweights Jared Graves and Jerome Clementz grabbed the top spots right at the death, with Jamie holding on for third. Wellington’s Chris ‘The Courier’ Johnston was in the top five for a long time too, ending up eighth. Full results can be viewed here.
In the women’s event, DH legend Anne-Caro Chausson blitzed the field by over a minute over series leader Tracy Moseley, with Rosara Joseph taking a fine 6th and Nelson transplant Anka Martin in 9th.
Jaime, Rosara and Chris weren’t the only Kiwis in attendance; Spoke 52 cover boy Leif Christensen came 73rd (ahead of BMC star Aaron Bradford) Darryn Henderson wasn’t far back in 81st and Jeff Carter a couple of places back in 83rd. The only real disappointment was for Queenstown based Vertigo Bikes co-owner Paul Angus who was heading to a top 20 finish when he DNF’d on the last stage.