Rocky Mountain will return to the Enduro World Series in 2018 bolstered by the formation of a new partnership with Race Face. The two brands have a deep history together that began in 1993. When freeride was born Rocky Mountain and Race Face were there, under the same roof, meeting the needs of demanding North Shore riders. Now, 25 years later, they are officially reunited through our EWS team partnership.
Team riders will include Jesse Melamed, who was 12th in the EWS overall ranking in 2017, including a win at the Whistler round. “I’m excited to start a new chapter of this team, with Race Face on board to strengthen the Canadian vibe,” said Melamed. “I’m really looking forward to working closely with another local brand that shares my passion and roots. The crash I had in Finale Ligure at the end of last season was a tough one to recover from, but I’ve been training hard and am confident I am going to come into the first race strong.”
Joining Melamed is Remi Gauvin, 8th overall in the 2017 EWS. “Partnering up with Race Face and their strong Canadian roots is something that is unique to the EWS and exciting for myself,” said Gauvin. “I’m really looking forward to getting things kicked off in South America in a few weeks, traveling with Jesse, Andreane, our new crew of mechanics and Team Manage. This off season has been really productive for me, and I feel super-strong coming into the first round.”
Last but not least, the team is rounded out by Andreane Lanthier Nadeau, who was 11th in the EWS in 2017, including a 3rd place finish in Ireland. “I feel really happy and at home with our team for 2018,” she said. “With such a good set up, it really is a bittersweet feeling to be sidelined for the two first rounds with a wrist injury. With the team supporting me, the matter at hand is to regain my maximum shred capacity to join the party ASAP. I look forward to seeing us evolve as a team this season and to enjoy not only the racing but the whole vibe.”
The rest of the team’s sponsors include Maxxis, Shimano, Fox, Smith, WTB, FTI Consulting, EVOC, Stages Cycling, and OneUp Components. Photos by Paris Gore and video by Connor Macleod.