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Graves, Chausson take Enduro

Whistler riders in the mix until the end; Jesse Melamed sixth overall

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Graves official time was 47:57.18, with Clementz finish just over 12 seconds and Nicoll close to two minutes back.

Whistler had several riders in the race, led by Jesse Melamed in sixth place against some of the top riders in the world. Melamed was 16th on the first stage, moved up to 13th on the next stage and then placed an incredible third on stage three -- a stage he feels he could have won if he didn't ride off course on one section. He was fifth on stage four, but hasn't ridden the bike park much recently and placed 18th on the final stage.

Melamed has had a few good stages and races this year at North American Enduro Tour events, but has also had his share of frustration with mechanical issues. Racing in Whistler was a chance to lay a few demons to rest.

"I'm really happy to have five complete stages and finish," he said. "I would have never thought I'd be coming down with the fastest guys in the world. I thought it would take a couple of years at least (to be racing at that level) and to be doing that at this stage is great.

"I was hoping to be in the top 10, which I did, and I wanted to win a stage. Stage three was mine, but I gave it away at the bottom."

Other Whistler riders in the mix include Tyler Morland in 18th, Matt Ryan in 21st, Nick Geddes in 25th and Dylan Wolsky in 26th out of 95 finishers.

In the women's race, Anne Caroline Chausson of France said she tried to race every stage as smooth as she could.

"It was a long day, and the stages were really technical, really physical," she said. "I'm super happy to be back on top of the podium after crashing in the first race of the season and trying to come back."

Tracy Moseley of Great Britain had won every previous race on the tour, but got off to a slow start, giving Chausson an early lead she couldn't catch -- especially on the final stage where the French former World Downhill champion had a clear advantage and finished with over 24 seconds.

Chausson's total time was 55:24.14, followed by Moseley 1:04.67 later and French rider Cecile Ravanel 50 seconds after that.

Other notable Whistler results include Spencer Wight placing third in junior, Conrad Murdoch racing unopposed to win Boys 13 to 15, and Todd Hellinga placing third Master Male 30-plus. More results, video and interviews to come.

Crankworx Whistler continues on Tuesday, Aug. 13 with the Garbanzo DH. More at www.crankworx.com.