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After eight tough rounds in some of the world's most spectacular mountain bike settings, two Shimano athletes crowned themselves 2015 Enduro World Series (EWS) champions this past weekend, capping back-to-back victories for Shimano in both men's and women's elite EWS categories over the past two seasons.

Moseley bows out as a true legend of the sport

After winning everything she could in Downhill, Tracy Moseley turned to Enduro in 2012 and once again showed her class with a near-perfect demonstration of bike handling and fitness to retain her title.

Riding Trek's Remedy 9.9 140mm-travel 29er with Shimano XTR double 36/26T drivetrain, Moseley topped the podium in six out of the eight stages (County Wicklow (Ireland), Tweedlove (Scotland), Samoens (France), Whistler (Canada), Ainsa Sobrabe (Spain), and Finale Ligure (Italy)) to lead the series from Round 2.

This season's EWS win capped Moseley's third championship, following victories in 2013 and 2014. However this season she announced that she won't be defending her title next year. We don't know what's in store for Moseley - in fact we're not even sure it's a full retirement from racing - but whatever it is, her track record suggests that she'll be highly successful in it. Congratulations Tracy from all at Shimano.

Rude awakening

Meanwhile, Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Race Team's Richie Rude, also a former downhill racer, capped a fantastic season with victory in the Men's race.

Rude claimed wins in Rounds 4, 6 and 7 as well as a 3rd place in Round 1 to mean he simply needed to finish in the top 20 in Round 8 to guarantee victory. Easier said than done though with five timed stages in the final round and with a ruling that requires riders to start and finish all the stages in a race on the same frame, fork and wheelset, the final round was set up for a nail-biting finish.

However, the highly talented youngster showed his maturity and kept calm throughout to guide his Yeti SB6c with Shimano XTR drivetrain and Saint brakes to top 10 places in four out of the five sections, allowing him to claim the EWS 2015 title in only his second season in Enduro.

Congratulations also to Rude who we look forward to seeing retain his crown next season.