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Champion Moves: Rocky Mountain thanks to Jesse Melamed

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Press release: Rocky Mountain

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Jesse Melamed has been riding for Rocky Mountain his entire career. He has landed nearly 20 Enduro World Series podiums, 12 of which are on the latest generation Altitude. Jesse has worked directly with our team to drive innovation soaring, and it shows. We couldn’t be more proud of Jesse’s accomplishments with our bikes over the years.

This season, Jesse captured the overall Enduro World Series title, and along with teammates Remi Gauvin and Andreane Lantheir Nadeau, the Enduro World Series team took its second overall title. But all good things come to an end. We bid farewell to Jesse when he moves to a new team in 2023. We are incredibly proud of him, and wish him nothing but the best moving forward. To celebrate this amazing athlete and all of his successes, we’ve pulled together a few edits and put together a collection of Jesse’s notes since his rise to the top.

What a run eh!?


Young Jesse is back in his cross country days with Team Whistler.
In 2017 Jesse earned his first Top 10 EWS outside of North America in Ireland. Jesse’s score, tracks and crowd vibe have led to his confidence racing on the world stage.
The dynamic between Jesse, Remy, and ALN was infectious. Reflecting, Jesse notes that the creation of the first episode of junk files With director Tom Caldwell really hooking up the team. “Tom asked questions like ‘what is a good trait (about others) and what is a bad trait.’ I was surprised at how easily we knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses, but it didn’t affect how we felt about each other.”

“Tom asked questions like ‘what is a good trait (about others) and what is a bad trait.’ I was surprised at how easy it was for us to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses but it didn’t affect how we felt about each other.”Jesse

Training and racing alongside Remy has had a huge impact on Jesse’s progress.
Madeira was a noteworthy run for Jesse. “I was leading the race until the second or third-to-last stage where I surfaced. That was my first win in an EWS, not a Whistler, and that was a crushing blow.

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“I was leading the race until the second or third to last stage where I robbed. It was my first win at EWS, not Whistler, and it was such a crushing blow. “Jesse

This would not be a summary of the great moments without mentioning Jesse’s first home win. The 2017 EWS Tour in Whistler known as Crankzilla will be talked about for years to come.
While Jesse has had many stellar racing performances, a few stay with him as well. He remembers his toughest race to date was the EWS Tour in Millau, France (2017). The perfect storm of being okay, terrible weather, a flat in the middle of the race followed by getting lost in the French countryside are all stacked against him. He still managed to finish seventh. “Races like this only boost my motivation.”

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“Races like this only boost my motivation.”Jesse

When asked about an accident that changed the way he raced forever, Jesse looked back at the 2018 EWS Tour in Holarge, France. His times were building up really well that day, so before he moved on to stage two he thought he’d take it up a notch. He hit and awkwardly exited a red-hot corner, landing directly on his shoulder, breaking his collarbone. “A lot of emotion after that. But it taught me that you can’t rush things, there’s a speed you can race safely and trying to go beyond where you are currently won’t end well.”

Great quotes “A lot of emotion after that. But it taught me that you can’t rush things, there’s a speed you can race safely and trying to go beyond where you are currently won’t end well.”Jesse

An important race for Jesse was landing his first podium finish at EWS Whistler in 2016. “My mom was sick that year and she made it her goal to be at the finish line for me. I had my mechanic take the win out of me a few times in the race and it was really special , so that I can arrange a day together that day, for her, with her there.”

Great quotes “My mom was sick that year and she made it her goal to be at the finish line for me. I had a mechanic take away a win several times at Whistler so I could put a day together that day, for her, with her there, it was really special.”Jesse

Thanks for the good times, Jesse. We wish you all the best.

As for the future of the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team, we continue to look ahead. Stay tuned for an exciting New Year’s announcement!

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