Sam Hill does it again. Starting the weekend 60 points behind Florian Nicolai for the overall lead, he battled it out and upon taking a key stage win would finish second to Martin Maes. It’s been said before, but the final round of the 2019 Enduro World Series was one for the history books. Round eight, Traillove EWS Zermatt, lined up the perfect showdown high on Zermatt’s mountainsides beneath the shadow of the Matterhorn. Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) took to the start line the series leader by the slimmest of margins, a mere 60 points. Chasing him down would be the most intimidating of opponents, reigning champion Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) – and the result would not be decided until the final stage of the day. Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) put on a blistering display to seal the race win, with Sam Hill in second and former champion Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing) in third – but the story of the race was the intense battle between Hill and Nicolai. As they took to the Queen Stage – the final of the race and with the additional incentive of 40 extra series points – it was Hill who triumphed, taking the stage win and becoming the first man in the history of the sport to take three series titles. In the women’s race Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) finished her season in style by not only winning the race, but completing a perfect season that saw her win her first Series Championship. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) came second in the race, with young German rider Raphaela Richter rounding out the podium. Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) had a disappointing day in Zermatt, with a mechanical seeing her relegated to 25th in the race – but coming second in the overall series rankings will surely make up for it. Andreane Lanthier saw out her season with not only a race podium, but her best series finish to date with a third place. In the Masters competition, Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) not only won the race, but wrapped up his first Series Championship in the process. Former Champion Karim Amour’s (Miranda Racing Team) second place in Zermatt was reflected in his new ranking, and although Florian Golay was third on the day, it was Argentina’s Javier Santiago who came third in the series overall. Louise Paulin’s second place in Zermatt was enough to secure her as the 2019 Series Champion, whilst Alba Wunderlin’s win was rewarded with second in the rankings. And rounding out the Zermatt podium was Daniela Michel, with Mary Mcconneloug finishing third in the overall. Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) won both the race and the U21 Series Championship, cementing an incredible year for him. On the day it was Kasper Woolley and Brady Stone who rounded out the podium in second and third respectively, but it in the overall series Stone secured second and Tiago Ladeira (Miranda Racing Team) placed third. Lucy Schick’s impressive debut season saw her pick up the U21 Series Champion title, with Leah Maunsell in second and Fenella Harris in third. But none of them could touch Harriet Harnden in Zermatt, who won convincingly, with Polly Henderson in second and Schick in third. Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro were named Team of the Day, but it was Canyon Factory Racing who were named 2019 Team Champions for the second year in a row. And whilst the 2019 series may have drawn to a close, there is still one big race of the year left – the all new Trophy of Nations race taking place in Finale Ligure, Italy next weekend (September 28-29). The biggest team competition in mountain biking will see the top riders race in teams of three for their home country in pursuit of the rainbow jersey, privateers will compete for the Rider Trophy and bike brands will line up to prove they are the fastest in the business in the Industry Trophy. www.enduro
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It’s been said before – but the seventh round of the Enduro World Series has surpassed all others to be declared the tightest race of all time. The penultimate race of the year, EWS Northstar California, finished on a knife edge, setting up the final round in Zermatt to be the decider of the men’s championship race. After five technical and incredibly challenging stages, the men’s race all came down to less than a single second going into the final stage. Heading into stage six, it was Sam Hill (Team Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) who led the race by a mere tenth of a second going into the final stage of the day, but the reigning Champion was unable to hold off Richie Rude (Yeti Cycles/Fox Shox Factory Team), who won the race by 0.8 seconds. Mitch Ropelato put in a strong performance all day to claim his first EWS podium in third, with Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) making a strong return to competition in fourth. Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) saw his claim to the championship threatened after he suffered a broken wrist on day one of racing. In the women’s race Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) sealed her first Champion title after winning the race, but she didn’t have it all her own way. Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) won the Queen Stage to pick up extra points, and clinched second in the race. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) won stage five and a consistent performance throughout the race saw her finish on the third step of the podium. In the U21 Men it was Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) who came out on top, with the USA’s Duncan Nason in second and Canada’s Kasper Woolley in third. Lucy Schick added to her roster of wins this season in the U21 Women, with Isabella Naughton in second and Lauren Bingham (Yeti/Fox Shox Devo Factory Racing) in third. It was another close finish in the Master Men category, with Karim Amour taking the win by less than half a second ahead of Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team). Canadian cross country legend Geoff Kabush rounded out the podium in third. Switzerland’s Alba Wunderlin took the Master Women’s win, with local rider Tasha Thomas in second and Amanda Propst in third. Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro were named Team of the day, with GT Factory Racing in second and Canyon Factory Racing in third. With just one round left in the 2019 series, it’s still Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) who leads the men’s overall – but Sam Hill is just 60 points behind in second, and Kevin Miquel has moved up into third. ] Isabeau Courdurier’s seven wins out of seven has seen her win her first championship ahead of the final round, Noga Korem remains in second and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau in third. Full results The series will play out its final round out in Zermatt, Switzerland next month.
The penultimate race of the 2019 Enduro World Series, EWS Northstar California, finished the first day of racing with some of the biggest names in the sport separated by less than a second. Saturday saw the racers tackle two rocky, challenging stages under a blazing Californian sun, resulting in Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing) leading out Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) by less than one second. Mitch Ropelato came out to race in his home state and was rewarded with a third place finish. In his first race since Madeira, Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) sits in fourth – just one second adrift of Ropelato, with Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Bikes) rounding out the top five. In the women’s race Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) finishes day one in the same position as she started it – leading the women’s field. Courdurier has a convincing 11 second over second placed Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing), with Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) in third. Ines Thoma (Canyon Factory Racing) is in fourth place – and just four seconds outside the top three. Morgane Charre is also on the chase in fifth place, only one second behind Thoma. In the Master Men it’s series leader Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) who leads the race, with Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) 15 seconds behind in second position. Dan Krenicki of the USA rounds out the top three. Swiss rider Alba Wunderlin capitalises on her recent wins to lead the Master Women ahead of local legend Tasha Thomas, with the USA’s Heidi Kanayan in third. Canadian Lucy Shick takes the early lead in the U21 Women ahead of the USA’s Isabella Naughton (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) with Chilean rider Paz Gallo Fuentes in third. Duncan Nason leads the U21 men, followed by series leader Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) in second with Kasper Woolley in third. The race is far from over though – with four stages left to go on Sunday, including the ultra physical Queen Stage which will kick start the final day of racing. To follow Sunday’s live timing and race feed head to enduroworldseries.com Full results from Saturday’s stages are available here.
The sixth round of the 2019 Enduro World Series, the CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized, reached as dramatic a conclusion as you’d expect from the largest race in the history of the series. Complete rankings Nearly 700 riders took to the start line high above Whistler on the iconic Top of the World trail, before descending more than 1500 feet and 11km of singletrack into the famous Crankworx finish corral. Saturday’s single race stage marked the first time the Whistler round had embraced a two day format – and stage one brought with it added pressure as it served as the Queen Stage with extra series points on offer. Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Cycling) stated her intentions straight out of the start gate – winning her sixth Queen Stage of the season. The French rider didn’t have the easiest of races, with crashes and an injured leg seeing her win just two of the six stages – but it was enough to clinch the overall and her unbeaten record this season remains intact. Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) put down an amazingly consistent performance, winning one stage and finishing within the top three on the other five to earn the second spot on the podium. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) delivered a strong performance in front of her home crowd to take third. In the men’s race Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Race Team) also took the Queen Stage and the win – putting the hammer down on his rivals from the get go and leading the race throughout. Reining Champion Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) clawed back time on Sunday to finish up in second place, whilst Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) won stage two and finished the race in third. “I think it was my hardest day of the season so far,” said the 25-year-old who currently leads the overall series. “I really struggled since the first stage this morning. I went off track, had to get back up, get back on the bike. Then on the very last one I really crashed super hard and lost a lot of time, so I really thought, ‘Ok, it’s done. You’re not going to win this one. But you have to make it down anyway so just keep pushing,’ and I was really surprised to win this one. I’m really, really happy.” In the U21 category it was the local talent that shone, with Canadians Lucy Shick and Jack Menzies taking the win in their respective categories. John Richardson and Evan Wall rounded out the men’s podium, whilst Isabella Naughton and Julia Long did the same in the women’s category. In the Master Category Louise Paulin once again took the win, with Alba Wunderlin in second and Kirsty Stormer in third. In the men’s race Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) held off series leader and reigning Champion Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) to take the top step of the podium, Amour had to settle for second place, with Spain’s Cesar Garain in third. A strong performance from Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro saw them named Team of the Day. The series now moves its attention to round seven and a brand new venue in the USA, for the Northstar California EWS.
The BikeRadar Podcast is back, with Episode 5! This month tech ed Tom is joined by senior writer Jack and tech guru Seb to discuss the finer points of bicycle design, the cross-pollination of technology from mountain bikes to road and the ever-changing world of social media. While we’ll keep listing our new podcasts here, don’t forget to subscribe to them via your favourite podcast service so they get delivered straight to your listening device as soon as they’re published. You can, of course, find our episodes on iTunes and Spotify. BMC’s 2010 TeamMachine is one influential bike! Matt Pacocha As ever, leave us comments, questions and suggestions! We want your feedback Given this is only episode 5, we’re still new to this Podcasting malarky, so, if you have time, we would really appreciate your feedback. We’ve created a very simple, very short, totally anonymous survey, so if you have a spare minute, please let us know your thoughts! Much like the people in this image, we’ll take your feedback on board. All the links you need Lugano Charter – UCI technical regulations – it’s quite the read… We’ve designed the bike of the future! The ultimate guide to rear suspension systems 10 of the best road tyres, lab tested Social media links There are loads of riders to follow on social media, but as mentioned in the podcast, here are some of our favourites. On the road side of things, Taylor Phinney, Marianne Vos, Lachlan Morton, Lizzie Deignan, and Greg van Avermaet are good follows, as are EF Education First and incredible photographers Ashley Gruber and Jered Gruber. We also find Cat3Memes, gravel_tryhard, Feedzone News and Bicycle Pubes worthy of a giggle or two, from time to time. We’re fans of State Bicycle Co’s Riding Fixed, Up Mountains, With Pros YouTube playlist (as well as our very own!) When it comes to the world of dirt, there are dozens worthy of a follow. Pro riders, such as Brendan Fairclough, Olly Wilkins, Cécile Ravanel, Wyn Masters, Kaos Seagrave, Kade Edwards, Rachel Atherton, Loose Dog Lewis, Yoann Barelli and Amaury Pierron are great. We also like Squids on Tour, Mad Dog Boris, Sven Martin, Manon Carpenter and Ben Cathro. Finally, if you really want to follow our stable of accounts, look out for BikeRadar, MBUK Magazine, Cycling Plus, Jack Luke, Seb Stott, Aoife Glass, Joe Norledge, Mildred Locke, Matthew Allen and Tom Marvin. How to listen to the BikeRadar Podcast If you want to download the BikeRadar Podcast to your iPhone, you can find it on iTunes, alternatively, it can be streamed via Spotify and all the other usual podcast services. Previous BikeRadar Podcast episodes Episode 1 – Cycling Plus‘ Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 2 – MBUK‘s Trail Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 3 – The BikeRadar Podcast – How do £10k bikes even exist? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 4 – The BikeRadar Podcast – SRAM versus Shimano, and more! (Spotify/iTunes) Previous BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast episodes BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 1: Fork Offset — all you need to know BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 2: Mountain bike suspension dampers
https://youtu.be/u8GWljP7K78 The fifth round of the Enduro World Series (EWS) in Les Orres, France will go down in history as one of the closest fought races of all time. Located high in the Hautes-Alpes, this ski resort played host to a dramatic race that saw an ever changing lead in the men’s competition. After four stages on day one, Adrien Dailly (Team Lapierre) delighted the home crowd by leading the race, with just a two second lead over Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) in second and then just one second further back was Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing) in third. Sunday morning saw a storm blow through the resort, forcing the cancellation of stage five, the first of the day. But there was more than enough action to pack the remaining three stages – as Masters entered the final stage of the day with a mere 0.4 second lead over Rude in second place. Masters held on to the lead to cross the line just one second ahead of Richie to claim his very first Enduro World Series win. Dailly rounded out the podium in third place. Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) retains the series lead. In the women’s competition Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) controlled the narrative from the start, but was denied a clean sweep of the stages by Raphaela Richter. The 21 year old from Germany hadn’t raced an EWS since 2017, but came back in style to win two stages and occupy the second step of the podium. Miranda Miller (Kona Factory Racing) put in a consistently strong performance throughout the weekend to take third. Courdurier extends her series lead in the overall points, and with just three rounds left is on course to take her first championship. In the U21 Men Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) showed no sign of ending his winning streak, taking the win and further cementing the series lead. New Zealand’s Brady Stone took second, whilst Francescu Camoin (Specialized Racing Team) was third. In the U21 Women Lucy Schick took the win, just as she did in Italy last weekend, with Leah Maunsell in second and Harriet Harnden in third. Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) fought hard to take the Master Men win, with Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) missing out on the top spot by less than half a second, with Bruno Zanchi in third. Louise Paulin (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team) claimed the Master Women’s win, followed by Alba Wunderlin in second and Suvi Vacker in third. Canyon Factory Racing were named Team of the Day, and now also lead the Team Rankings. The series now turns its attention to Whistler for round six, the CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized.
The fourth round of the Enduro World Series (EWS) saw Richie Rude and Isabeau Courdurier claim the top spots on the podium. The MET Val Di Fassa EWS took place high in the Italian Dolomites, with riders taking on five stages in a single day amongst some of the most incredible scenery imaginable. And the dramatic setting was reflected in the racing, as Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Team) took to the start line for the first time this season. Rude stated his intention straight out the start gate, claiming the first stage of the day and going on to triumph on four of the five stages. Only reigning champion Sam Hill (Team Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) could deny him a clean sweep. Hill finished the day in second place, with Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) rounding out the top three. In the women’s competition Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) cemented her position as the woman to beat this season, dropping just one stage to Andreane Lanthier Nadeau to claim the race win by an impressive 34 seconds. Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) was rewarded with her best EWS finish to date in second place, with Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) in third. Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) continued his winning streak in the U21 category, with Brady Stone and Nils Heiniger unable to match his pace and taking second and third respectively. Canadian Lucy Schick took her first EWS win in the women’s U21competition, with Leah Maunsell in second and Polly Henderson in third. Martino Fruet delighted his home crowd by clinching the Master win, with Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) in second and Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) back in third. Louise Paulin won the Master Women category, with Alba Wunderlin and Birgit Braumann in second and third place respectively. Canyon Factory Racing emerged as Team of the Day, with Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing in second and Pivot Factory Racing in third. The series nows turns its attention to round five, EWS Les Orres Coupe Du Monde in France, which takes place next weekend, July 6-7. Complete Results