The final race of the first-ever EDR World Cup season came to a close in Châtel, France. In one of the most exciting races of the year, both overall titles were still up for grabs, resulting in fierce competition during the seventh round of 2023. On top of the normal EDR, the E-Enduro racers were also battling for the title in Châtel. After all was said and done, spoiler alert: The King of Enduro is back on top.
Kicking off the finale, the E-EDR World Cup wrapped up its first season of racing. These brave athletes took on a massive day consisting of ten stages, 65km in distance and over 4000m descending. The women’s race featured the tightest times we’ve ever seen in an E-EDR, with Flo Espiñeira (Orbea Fox Enduro Team) taking the win over Tracey Moseley by just four-tenths of a second after that huge day. The win meant Flo took the overall title, a big victory for Maxxis and the Orbea Fox Enduro Team. Ines Thoma (Canyon Bikes) finished third on the podium in Châtel.
Next up were the U21 categories of the EDR World Cup. Emmy Lan (Forbidden Synthesis) dominated the U21 Women’s category all year on Maxxis Tires and picked up a fourth place in Châtel, solidifying her 2023 overall title win. We can’t wait to keep following Emmy’s enduro career! Sascha Kim (Lusty Industries) also took third overall in the U21 Men.
Finally, the Elite racers took to the race course for the final time this season. With the overall titles wide open, these athletes pushed their limits on seven stages in France. In the Elite Men, Jesse Melamed (Canyon CLLCTV) was dominant, winning four out of the seven stages on the day and taking the win. However, Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox) did enough to take third and secure his first-ever EDR World Series title.
Ella Conolly (Cannondale Enduro Team) earned a podium finish in fourth in the Elite Women’s race, while Bex Baraona (Yeti/Fox) finished the year in fifth place overall. In the Team standings, Yeti/Fox Factory took the overall title, cementing themselves as the one to beat going into 2024.
It’s been quite the ride in 2023, and Maxxis Tires has proved to be the #1 tire for professional enduro racers once again. Thanks for following along, and see you in 2024!