With one week to go until Christmas we’re bringing you these quick highlights from Finale Ligure that capped off the most intriguing EWS series to date.
Tracy Moseley claimed the Enduro World Series overall in style as she won the final round in Finale Ligure. The men’s race was won by Jared Graves allowing Richie Rude to finish in a leisurely 11th place to secure the men’s World Championships.
The racing at Finale Ligure takes place over two days with the winner being decided over six special stages. The race is the traditional final stop of the EWS and is characterised by steep, dusty trails and glorious Mediterranean panoramas. This year’s event provided changeable weather conditions and one of the closest finishes in EWS history.
Moseley showed her customary domination and won four of the six stages. At the end of stage six she announced she “wouldn’t be defending the title again” calling an end to a career that has seen her as the best in the world at both downhill and enduro. Cecile Ravanel finished in second with Ines Thoma claiming her first ever podium in third.
Graves was also strong throughout the weekend except for a torrid penultimate stage. he was able to recover on the final stage though and secure the win by just 1.49 seconds.
Fabien Barel capped off his career in style by claiming second place with fellow French legend Nico Vouilloz rounding off the men’s podium. Barel’s Canyon Factory Racing team also claimed the constructors competition using the Strive bike that he helped to design.
There was more British success for Woody Hole who claimed the Masters 40+ title with a second place finish.
The Enduro World Series returns on March 26-27 next year in Chile.