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2016 EWS Team World Champions

October 05, 2016

​Photos by Matt Wragg.

Nobody ever said it, but after being runner up in 2014 and 2015, the goal at the beginning of this season was to capture the team title. The Rocky Mountain Urge bp Rally Team was gunning to be 2016 Enduro World Series Team World Champions.

EWS Round 1 Corral, Chile

Round #1 began with a flight to South America, and a few trips by boat to travel from our accommodation to the start of the race in Corral. The team would see 200km of riding between the four days of practice and racing, a big test of their off-season training. There was concern of a forest fire at one point, but when the smoke and the dust settled the team settled into their groove. It was a start much like the season would end in Finale, racing from the hilltops down to the ocean. 

  • Florian Nicolai — 5th
  • Alexandre Cure — 15th
  • Rémi Gauvin — 25th
  • Jesse Melamed — 36th
  • Sébastien Claquin, U21 — 2nd U21

EWS Round 2 Cerro Catedral, Bariloche, Argentina

We remained in South America for Round #2, Argentina. The race moved from the sea-side hills to the high Andes, with views and scenery to back it up. Argentina took dry and dusty to the next level, making grip and what was under the moon-dust unpredictable. We saw Remi Gauvin break into the lauded top 20 of this sport, and young Seb "The Claq" Claquin show he's got power and confidence when it gets rough. Jesse was carrying a shoulder injury, but pushed through.
  • Florian Nicolai — 12th
  • Alexandre Cure — 34th
  • Rémi Gauvin — 19th
  • Jesse Melamed — 48th
  • Sébastien Claquin — 1st U21

EWS Round 3 Wicklow, Ireland

It was time for a change of pace and to come back to Ireland where we've had good results, and incredible hospitality. Wicklow does a great job of using the little elevation they have to create a fun, technical course. Voted best race on the circuit last year, the fans really get into the race and make for a great atmosphere—nothing like hundreds of Irishmen screaming at you to motivate a sprint to the finish! With all five racers placing inside the Top 20, the Rally Team took 1st in the Team category and jumped into the lead for the team overall.

  • Florian Nicolai — 5th
  • Alexandre Cure — 10th
  • Rémi Gauvin — 19th
  • Jesse Melamed — 16th
  • Sébastien Claquin — 4th U21

Back to the towering mountains of Italy, in La Thuile, we saw the return of ALN (Andréane Lanthier Nadeau). She was out with an injury early in the season but was back and eager to race! With long punishing descents that would be more commonly ridden on a downhill bike, the La Thuile course put riders to the test. The big story this weekend was ALN. Maybe it was the espresso, or the pizza, but whatever fueled her hunger it worked, as Andreane landed on the 3rd step of the podium, proving that she has the speed and skills to play at the top!

EWS Round 4 La Thuile, Italy

  • Florian Nicolai — 5th
  • Alexandre Cure — 11th
  • Rémi Gauvin — 23rd
  • Jesse Melamed — 13th
  • Sébastien Claquin — 2nd U21
  • Andréane Lanthier Nadeau — 3rd

EWS Round 5 Aspen Snowmass, USA

The USA round is always a tough one for the Frenchies for whatever reason. Maybe the high altitude, or the different terrain, but we suspect it's the lack of baguettes, meat, and cheese. The tracks in Colorado are generally fast, tight, and loose—a big change from the steep, technical tracks of Italy. Flo and Alex pushed through to take respectable results, but it was Jesse who broke into the Top 10 for the first time. Another team win extended our lead on the category, and we headed north to Canada for the next round.

  • Florian Nicolai — 13th
  • Alexandre Cure — 26th
  • Rémi Gauvin — 12th
  • Jesse Melamed — 8th
  • Sébastien Claquin — 2nd U21
  • Andréane Lanthier Nadeau — 11th

EWS Round 6 Whistler, Canada

Whistler is our second home, and the first home of Jesse Melamed. The Crankworx EWS course is a monster of a race that takes a toll on both rider and bike, combining bike park and the raw, natural trails of Whistler and Blackcomb. Unfortunately another hand injury took ALN out for the rest of the season, so it was up to the five remaining riders to get it done. All the pressure or none, Jesse rode his race from beginning to end, knocking loudly on Richie Rude's door, and taking 2nd place! His first EWS podium, with family and friends surrounding him at the Whistler Village finish line. 

  • Florian Nicolai — DNF
  • Alexandre Cure — 105th
  • Rémi Gauvin — 12th
  • Jesse Melamed — 2nd
  • Sébastien Claquin — 2nd U21

EWS Round 7 Valberg-Guillaumes, France

The French side of the team was excited to return to their native soil. The legendary tracks in Valberg are steep, wild, and natural—an incredible venue for the penultimate race of the season. Alex and Flo bounced back from crashes and mechanicals in Whistler to take solid results in the maritime alps. "A lot of nose turn here at Valberg, it's really cool ride at home," said Flo. However, it was Jesse that stole the show, taking 3rd—backing up his podium in Whistler, and silencing any whispers of home track advantage. The Claq stayed consistent with another 2nd place finish in U21, and the whole team was fired up to bring it home. 

  • Florian Nicolai — 4th
  • Alexandre Cure — 10th
  • Rémi Gauvin — 24th
  • Jesse Melamed — 3rd
  • Sébastien Claquin — 2nd U21

EWS Round 8 Finale Ligure, Italy

A series of consistent results brought the Rally Team to Finalé sitting in top spot for the Team overall standings, but the overall win wasn't a sure thing. To make matters worse, Jesse was fighting a nasty illness. The whole team had to battle hard this weekend, but ultimately had a great race with three top 10s and the whole team finishing within the top 25.

  • Florian Nicolai — 8th
  • Alexandre Cure — 13th
  • Rémi Gauvin — 22nd
  • Jesse Melamed — 7th
  • Sébastien Claquin — 7th U21

In the dusty hills above the Mediterranean Sea, our little Rally Team took on all comers and sewed up the Enduro World Series Team Overall World Champion title! In the individual overall rankings Flo finished the year in 6th, Jesse in 9th, Rémi in 15th, and Alex in 17th. The Claq earned himself 2nd place in U21. By all measures a year we're massively proud of.

Mission complete. Finalé is a great place to finish the season. Whether you win or lose, you're at the beach in Italy, on the Mediterranean with great coffee and food, and your bike. This year we managed to win the Team Overall, and have some individual successes along the way. We'll look to come back next year with more determination, focus, and fun. 

Thank you to Florian Nicolaï, Jesse Melamed, Rémi Gauvin, Seb Claquin, Alex Cure, and ALN for an incredible year. Thanks to Lilian, Matthieu, Scott, and the rest of the crew—and thanks to Fred Glo for supporting this from the very beginning. The end of this season is bittersweet, with some of our favourite competitors retiring from racing. Salute to Anne Caroline Chausson, Nicolas Vouilloz, and Anka Martin for their contributions to mountain biking. It won't be the same without you on the circuit!

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, who have supported us from the first pedal stroke and supply us with the best parts available: Urge Bike ProductsMaxxisShimanoFoxStan's NotubesFTI ConsultingRace FaceRoyal RacingEVOC bagsSmith OpticsVal d'AllosOne Up ComponentsClif Bar7 iDP, and WTB.

See you on track next year!

—Rocky Mountain Bicycles & Urge Bike Products

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Flo Like Water

March 06, 2016

Florian Nicolaï is one of the most creative riders on the EWS circuit. His unique style threatens the podium at every race he enters. The Maritime Alps are home to some of the most technical tracks in the world, and working on this project over the winter showed us just how good Flo really is.

"This part of the world is the birthplace of Enduro. The Maitime Alps have produced some of the best riders on the planet, like Nico Vouilloz, Fabien Barel, Loic Bruni, and many others. The terrain and the culture make the difference—the trails have been here for centuries and were not made to ride, but to walk. So when you can find the flow here you’re a damn good rider." — Fred Glo, Godfather of Enduro & Owner of Urge bp

"Flo is insane. I don't understand half the stuff he does, but it's fun to watch!" — Jesse Melamed, Rally Team teammate

"Flo is a weirdly fast alien on a bike. He's got creative trail vision, and is one of the first riders coming up to have started out as a pure Enduro racer. Even after two strong EWS seasons taking 5th and 4th place overall, you get the feeling he's hungry for more results. Can't wait to see how this season unfolds." — Brian Park, Rocky Mountain Bicycles

Watch for Flo and the rest of our Rally Team throughout the entire Enduro World Series season. See you on track!

Rider: Florian Nicolaï
Bike: Altitude Rally Edition
Filmed by: Variable Visual, Sébastien Biget, & TS-Drone
Edited & Produced by: Brian Park
Photos by: Matt Wragg
Presented by: Rocky Mountain Bicycles & Urge bp
Supported by: Shimano, Maxxis Tires, Fox Racing Shox, Stan’s NoTubes, Race Face Performance Products, Royal Racing, 7 idp, FTI Consulting, Smith Optics, WTB, OneUp Components, Clif Bar, Evoc, Val d’allos
Music: Azad Right — Son of Sam
Thanks to: Fred Glo, Gaetan Riou, Matt Wragg

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Rally Team Overall Podium

October 06, 2014

After seven rounds of incredible racing we're massively proud of our young Rocky Mountain Urge bp Rally Team for taking 2nd in the Team category of the Enduro World Series. 

The last round in Finale Ligure was super rocky, with striking mediterranean views everywhere. The team held it together to finish the season strong!

 

Thanks to Florian Nicolaï, Alexandre Cure, Jesse Melamed, and Isabeau Courdurier for absolutely smashing it this year, as well as Lilian, Nico, Peter, Maurian, Jordan, and everyone else who was part of this effort. Huge thanks especially to Fred Glo, as well as Chris Ball for a great season of racing.

The team could not have done this without the steadfast support of its sponsors. Thanks to:

Urge Bike Products, Shimano, Maxxis, Stan's NoTubes, Fox Racing Shox, Raceface, Royal Racing, 7 IDP, WTB, Smith Optics, Cane Creek, e13, Honey Stinger, Kicking Horse, FTI Consulting, and Val d'Allos.

Photos by Matt Wragg, whose images have kept us in awe of enduro racing all year.

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Rally Team Heats Up in Chile

April 21, 2014

First Enduro World Series race, first podium for our new Rocky Mountain Urge bp Rally Team!

The team traveled to Chile for the first EWS of the season with optimism. Our French riders Florian Nicolai, Isabeau Courdurier, and Alex Cure were joined by Canadian Jesse Melamed to battle it out with the world's best on Chilean soil. After two days of racing on some of the most unique and beautiful trails we've ever seen, Florian put down a blistering last stage to pass Martin Maes for 3rd place in the Overall category behind Jerome Clementz and Jared Graves!

The final results for the team were:

  • Florian Nicolai — 3rd Overall
  • Isabeau Courdurier — 5th Overall
  • Alex Cure — 7th Overall
  • Jesse Melamed — 30th Overall (coming back strong after several crashes!)

The team was aboard the Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition, with Shimano components and footwear, Maxxis tires, Stan's NoTubes wheels, Fox premium suspension, and Raceface cockpits. The team wore the Urge bp Archi Enduro and Endur-O-Matic helmets. The team is also supported by the following key sponsors: Royal Racing Clothing, 7 IDP Protection, WTB Saddles, Smith Optics, Cane Creek headsets, e13 chainguides, Honey Stinger energy gels, Kicking Horse coffee, FTI Consulting, and Val d'Allos ski resort.

Congrats to all involved and we'll see you in Scotland for Round 2 of the Enduro World Series.

Photos by Matt Wragg.

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The Altitude Enduro Team Tastes Enduro World Series Racing

July 30, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Altitude Enduro Team is fresh off its first Enduro World Cup race at Winter Park, Colorado.

The team of Jesse Melamed (21, Whistler, BC), Kevin Soller (25, Breckenridge, CO), and Peter Ostroski (24, Intervale, NH) is captained and mentored by Olympian and Canadian cycling icon Andreas Hestler. They’ve landed several top ten finishes in the North American Enduro series’, and their sights are firmly on the North American Enduro World Series events.

The Colorado Freeride Festival, held at the Trestle Bike Park, played host to the first ever Enduro World Series event in North America. With 151 pro men taking the line, including experienced professionals from Europe, this was a rigorous test for the Altitude Enduro Team’s young development riders.

Five timed stages ranging in time from 5 to 11 minutes put the riders through rough, rocky descents and over bike park jump trails at an elevation of over 10, 000 feet. Dark thunderclouds peppered day one with hail, and the daily heavy showers kept the stages tacky, difficult, and yet super fun.

After racing as an individual for the last couple of years, I am stoked to be part of a fresh new team. Being part of something that we do as a collective just keeps the riding fun”. — Kevin Soller

“This event showed me that I can be competitive on an international level, and doing it at the first World Cup in North America, wow! I’m motivated to grow with this new discipline and can’t wait for the next one in Whistler.” — Peter Ostroski

Jesse Melamed posted some impressive results with a 16th, 18th, and a 23rd, but the flat tire on stage 3A cost him a crack at the overall top 20. Peter Ostroski was consistent all weekend long with a 38th overall. Kevin Soller crashed hard on stage one and gained ground all weekend long to finish a respectable 71st.

With Round 5 of the Enduro World Series in Whistler BC only two weeks away, the team is looking forward to some competition on home soil. Feeling comfortable pushing World Cup speeds and knowing that they can mix it up with the top racers in the world will provide even more confidence heading into the later part of the season.

The Rocky Mountain Altitude Enduro Team is presented by Shimano, Kazlaw, DLD Financial and BC Bike Race. The team rides Rocky Mountain Altitude bikes equipped with Shimano, Fox, Race Face, DT Swiss, and Continental componentry, and wears Sombrio clothing and Ryders eyewear.

Race photography courtesy Brad Torchia and Trestle Bike Park. Team photography by Margus Riga.

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