Riders attempting to sign up on the Enduro World Series site to register possibly experienced a slight lag due to the immense amount of traffic, and if they had to refresh, it was probably already too late, Jennifer Smith, Crankworx communications manager told MTBparks. Those riders were added to the enormous waitlist—a final total for which has not yet been released.
The EWS has seen exponential growth in its third season with a record number of factory teams signing on and race registrations consistently selling out in under three minutes.
There were 150 spots out of 300 open for registration. All of the top 20 men and top 10 women from last season have registered to ride in Whistler, with the exception of New Zealand’s Rosara Joseph, who will retire from international racing after the Giant Toa Enduro at Crankworx Rotorua in March.
Among those to watch, hometown racer Jesse Melamed, 23, has committed to avenging a mechanical failure. Melamed won one of the Whistler stages in 2014 and appeared in contention to podium when an equipment malfunction sidelined his race. He finished top 25 in the EWS. Two-time defending champ Jared Graves will also return to seek another victory, as will Cecile Ravanel, who brought home her only EWS win on the Whistler course last year.
The SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized runs Sunday, August 9 and marks the sixth stop of the EWS.
by Don Stefanovich
Check out all the action from 2014's Enduro World Series stop at Crankworx in the video below.