“The Fox US Open of Mountain Biking at Snow Summit Bike Park in Big Bear Lake California. Yeah… it’s a damn good time. Fox had all of us out to enjoy the festivities, ride the bike park, do some Megatrains, and see what other general antics we could get up to. Somehow at one point we ended up at a Creed concert… Remember them? Yeah me neither. It was the highlight of Ethan Nell’s life though. Appearances by Kirt Voreis, Loic Bruni, Brett Rheeder, Ethan Nell, Ryan Howard, DJ Brandt, Kyle Strait, Bubba Warren, Mitch Ropelato, Phil Kmetz (Skills With Phil) and many more. ENJOY.”
Follow Mitch Ropelato as he sweeps through the biggest slalom races of the year in true dumpster fire fashion. Mitch takes on Sea Otter, National Champs, and Crankworx Whistler.
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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.