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
In this episode of In Between The Races, we follow Danny Hart of the Madison Saracen Factory team from the moment he crosses the line in Vallnord to the dying seconds before his race run in Les Gets. In Between The Races is a series of videos, brought to you by Shimano, that follows the lives and the thoughts of the athletes when they are outside of the tape. In these videos you’ll get to know the riders and how they deal with racing back to back races; what goes through their minds, what are they doing when the spotlight is dimmed, when the pressure is off? How do they maintain their levels of performance? Or how do they turn things around?
Follow Danny Hart from the moment he crosses the line in Vallnord to the dying seconds before his race run in Les Gets.
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.
Amaury Pierron gets his third win in 2019 as the series heads to the final round in Snowshoe in a few weeks.( Comments: 1 )