A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to meet up with a raft of top enduro racers at the Dolce Enduro in Dolceacqua in Italy (a short drive from our very own Finale Work Space in Finale Ligure).
The race was a lot of fun to spectate and even better for those riding the rocky, rooty, dusty, slippery, cold, hot, dry, wet trails of this relatively unknown riding dreamland.
One of the riders we had the pleasure of speaking to was Jesse Melamed, aka Enduro World Series 2022 champion and Whistler’s finest enduro export. Did you know Melamed’s got basically no experience riding downhill bikes? Nuts. Anyway, Chris Davey stood around in the cold while Jesse directed the Misspent Summers camera team for his own interview – thanks Jesse, there’s a job for you here if you ever need it!
We hope you enjoy the short interview and find out some interesting background on Jesse’s move to Canyon bikes during the 2022-23 off-season, his pre-season testing in the south of France and his day on the trails in Dolceacqua.
Here’s a few random photos of Jesse Melamed from 2022 by Sven Martin:
MORE ABOUT JESSE MELAMED’S MOVE TO CANYON
Taken from Canyon Bikes website
After months of rumours, the Canyon CLLCTV Enduro Team are proud to announce reigning Enduro World Series Winner, Jesse Melamed, will be joining their Enduro roster in 2023. Racing alongside Dimitri Tordo and Jose Borges, Jesse will complete one of the most competitive teams on the Enduro circuit.
Jesse took home the overall title from last year’s Enduro World Series, after a hotly contested season. However, this isn’t the first time the Whistler local has finished as the highest ranked rider in the series. Jesse also came out on top at the conclusion of the 2020 race calendar, although on this occasion no title was awarded due to the shortened season. Technicalities aside, there is no doubt that in recent years Melamed has become one of the fastest Enduro racers on the planet.
“Jesse has shown incredible speed in the past seasons, and already his input and approaches to racing and finding speed on track have been super valuable. Without a doubt Jesse will add a vital dimension to the team. His great performances will help us get to the next level as one of the most inspiring teams on the UCI EDR circuit” said team mentor, Fabien Barel.
With a long list of victories and podium results since the very early days of the sport, the Canyon CLLCTV Enduro outfit is stoked to have another huge talent in the line-up. Joining the Canyon CLLCTV Team will hopefully give Jesse everything he needs to continue to battle for titles.
“I am stoked to be a part of the Canyon CLLCTV! Canyon is a brand that is passionate about racing and one that will always push the limits of what is possible, and that’s an exciting journey to be a part of. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together.” says Jesse coming into the 2023 season.
Canyon CLLCTV Factory Enduro Team is lucky enough to work with some of the best partners in the biz on their hunt for glory. SRAM, RockShox, Troy Lee Designs, DT Swiss, Maxxis, Crankbrothers, Ergon, E-13, Chris King, Dynamic Bike Care and Maurten will support the team in 2023.