Melamed tames The Beast 

click to enlarge PHOTO BY VINCE SHULEY - SO INCLINED Kevin Phelps tackles a steep rock link in the "No Flow Zone" around Emerald Estates in The Beast.
  • Photo by Vince Shuley
  • SO INCLINED Kevin Phelps tackles a steep rock link in the "No Flow Zone" around Emerald Estates in The Beast.

Whistler's Jesse Melamed is one of the best local examples of an Enduro rider, a cross-country racer with some serious downhill and freeride skills.

He put all of those skills and more to work on Saturday, June 22, in The Beast Enduro, the first of two enduro races hosted by the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA) this year.

Melamed won all five stages of the event to finish with a total time of 25:17. Tyler Morland was second — placing second in stages one and two, third in stages three and four and seventh in stage five — in a time of 28:13. Matt Ryan was second on stages three and five, fourth on stages one and two and 10th on stage four to place third in 29:12.

Rounding out the top 10 were Chris Dewar in 29:18, Davis English in 30:52, Kevin Phelps in 31:12, Brad White in 32:38, Tristan Merrick in 32:45, Seb Kemp in 33:24 and Julian Hine in 33:44.

Sylvie Allen was the top female racer, surprising nobody, placing 29th overall in 42:03. Kari Mancer was the only other female in the race, finishing in 56:46.

In total, 51 racers took part in the event, which featured timed sections on some of Whistler's most technical singletrack. The timed sections include the descent of Section 102, all of Gargamel, most of Anal Intruder/Creamsicle, most of No Girlie Man and all of Trial and Error.

Fastest Stage Times

Section 1 — Section 102 descent

1. Jesse Melamed — 3:13

2. Tyler Morland — 3:26

3. Chris Dewar — 3:36

Section 2 — Gargamel

1. Jess Melamed — 10:42

2. Tyler Morland — 11:14

3. Chris Dewar — 12:13

Section 3 — Anal Intruder

1. Jesse Melamed — 2:34

2. Matt Ryan — 2:37

3. Tyler Morland — 2:41

Section 4 — No Girlie Man

1. Jesse Melamed — 4:06

2. Chris Dewar — 4:53

3. Tyler Morland — 4:54

Section 5 — Trial and Error

1. Jesse Melamed — 4:42

2. Matt Ryan — 5:04

3. Davis English — 5:34

WORCA's women's only race will also be an enduro this year. Visit for details.


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