EWS #5: Burkville
From the buzzing crowds at Whistler, the Enduro World Series moved down south to the Eastern state of Vermont, USA. The East Coast is a new stop on the EWS calendar, and is rapidly becoming a top destination for fast and fun trails.
The tree-lined tracks in Burke offered riders a mixture of loamy singletrack threading through the mountain’s pine and birch forest, peppered with technical, slippery, rocky features plus some foot-out, fresh, grassy corners. Covering a total distance of 33.9km over six stages, and over 2,000m of elevation.
Practice day had the riders riding five stages, including the famous Rude Awakening trail which drops nearly 600 vertical meters from the very top of Burke Mountain, all the way down to the event village.
With a great mix of trails on offer, from rocky tech to perfect loamy corners, the Burke course included a bit of everything to challenge the riders.
Pro-Stage: Distance 2.70km | Descent 459m
Upper J-Bar was a trail of two halves - the first half was slick rock and rooty tech; and the second half was down the hyper-fast single-track flow.
Stage 2: Distance 2.74km | Descent 224m
Stage 2 was the second longest stage of the round. Lower J-Bar featured a flowy top ridge line section, with a sting in the tail and some punchy climbs at its base.
Stage 3: Distance 1.61km | Descent 224m
Wayne’s World into Black Forest featured some natural drops and gaps for those willing to roll the dice.
Stage 4: Distance 1.58km | Descent 202m
The Enchanted Forest beckoned in Stage 4. The shortest stage of the day, featuring ski piste grassy turns leading into a forest full of bike park features and man-made goodness. A favourite for most riders.
Stage 5 Queen Stage: Distance 5.21km | Descent 572m
The Queen Stage, Rude Awakening, was a savage rocky test. It began with an extremely physical section and then hurtled down with Vermont’s slickest roots and biggest rocks.
Stage 6: Distance 2.70km | Descent 459m
Repeat of the upper J-Bar into Lower Excalibur, which the riders raced on the Pro-Stage in Day1.
Dan Wolfe continued his extensive EWS coverage to PinkBike’s 1.5 million Instagram followers. Dan’s takeovers start with introducing himself in selfie mode, which offers great brand exposure for Polygon and the PFR sponsors. This organic exposure generates a high level of brand awareness across the world’s largest mountain bike community.
EWS #5 Burke,Vermont - Results
● Brady Stone - P17 - 0:06:23:56
● Matt Stuttard - P20 - 0:06:25:00
● Dan Wolfe - P72 - 0:06:39:65
● Pro-Stage results
● Matt Stuttard - P25 - 0:33:53:99
● Brady Stone - P31 - 0:34:02:89
● Dan Wolfe - P64 - 0:35:04:33
● Overall results
● EWS #1 Tweed Valley - P23
● EWS #2 Petzen Jamnica - P20
● EWS #3 Val di Fassa - P20
● EWS #4 Whistler - P18
● EWS #5 Burke - P17