We really didn’t think this would happen, what with all the variables that are involved with enduro racing, and the constant threat of mechanicals, but both Jerome Clementz and Tracy Moseley have managed to claim the overall title in the Enduro World Series with a round to spare! You’ve got to agree, that’s pretty impressive.
Despite a massively stacked men’s field in this first year of the Enduro World Series Jerome Clementz has managed some incredible consistency. He has only been out of the top three once this year! It’s consistency on the individual stages at each event that wins you the race, but to take the title of Enduro World Champion you need to be able to pull off that kind of consistency all season long. Not an easy task. With one round to go Jerome has 3040 points and his closest rival, Jared Graves, has 2398. With just 600 points up for grabs for a win there’s now no way Jared can catch Jerome in the points battle. That said, come the final race there’s still going to be a serious battle going on as the rest of the podium positions are still very much to play for, and the hunger for a win never ceases.
In the women’s event it was pretty clear when Tracy Moseley started off the season by winning the first four races on the trot that taking the overall title off her was going to be a tough ask for any of her competitors. It wasn’t until the fifth round that she was finally beaten by the legendary Anne Caroline Chausson. Anne Caro missed a few of the earlier rounds due to injury, so despite her late charge where she’s taken the last two wins (she’s the only rider to beat Tracy so far) it was always looking like it would be too late for the overall title. Tracy now has 3400 points, Cecile Ravanel sits in second with 2315, and Anne Caro is in third with 2060. Once again, only 600 points are available for a win. Like the men’s event though the final race in Finale Ligure will still be hotly contested as the rest of the podium places can still shuffle about, and I am sure Tracy will want to end the season the way she started it; with a win.
Keep your eyes peeled to Dirt for all the action from the final round in Finale Ligure on 19/20th October, and in the mean time here are the full overall standings so far…