For many racing fans, the year is split into two halves: racing season and silly season, with the latter holding them back with semi-informed speculation and left-field guesswork until spring arrives. . We’ve already had a big move, though; Pauline Ferrand Prévot, aka the 2022 all-around champion, signed with Ineos Grenadiers in October, and another champion is rumored to be leaving their current squad…
Several well-connected sources have all but confirmed, meaning it’s not confirmed at all, that Jesse Melamed will be leaving his longtime Rocky Mountain home to ride Canyon’s 170mm Strive for the CLLCTV Enduro Team of the German brand. Melamed battled Richie Rude for much of the 2022 World Enduro Series, and the Canadian eventually won the overall title with a consistent performance at the final round of the year in Loudenvielle, France, which took him away. seen ahead of the only runner capable of staging a season-ending upset.
I reached out to Jesse about the rumored signing for Canyon and here’s what he had to say:
Melamed raced for Rocky Mountain for a literal decade, an incredibly long commitment in a world where we often see athletes changing bike sponsors every two seasons, so if the rumor is true, it will be interesting to see how the current EWS champion is adjusting to a new team and a new bike. If you listened to my conversation with Jesse earlier this year about bike setup and data acquisition kit, you’d know he’s a cerebral rider who puts a lot of time and effort into to develop his racing bike to work best for him. Let’s say we see him aboard a Strive in 2023. In that case, he’ll likely have RockShox suspension rather than the Fox goodies he’s always used, plus Canyon’s Shapeshifter system that changes geometry and kinematics of the bike at the touch of a button.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 135 – JESSE MELAMED ON DATA ACQUISITION, ENDURO TRAINING AND EWS DOPING
July 21, 2022
Winning a 13-minute EWS stage is no joke.
What about the rest of the Rocky Mountain Race Face team made up of fellow Canadians Rémi Gauvin and Andréane Lanthier Nadeau? We reached out to Rocky but they declined to comment at this point.