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
Prineville, Oregon (September 9, 2019) – Deep in the heart of Oregon’s western wilderness a freeride competition concluded today with Reed Boggs, Juan Diego Salido and DJ Brandt atop the podium, their performances earning them the last three qualifying spots for the 2019 edition of Red Bull Rampage. The man-made course featured multiple lines to let athletes choose their own path and style, with huge drops, massive doubles, berm presses and rhythm sections that allowed the rider to showcase their creative line selection and capacity to go big when it means qualifying for the biggest show in freeride. 22-year old, Bend native Reed Boggs set the tone early in the day with a big first run featuring two backflips, a frontflip and a 360. Shortly thereafter rain and wind blew in and put a temporary hold to the competition, but after patiently waiting a few hours the course dried enough to conclude a full second round of competition. 2019 PROVING GROUNDS RESULTS Reed Boggs – 73.50 Juan Diego Salido – 72.00 DJ Brandt – 71.75 The first run out of the gate after the wind hold was Juan Diego Salido, a young talent out of Mexico who put in a huge run in front of an anxious crowd. “I can’t believe I’m going to be the first Mexican to compete in Rampage, carrying the flag!” said Salido shortly after stepping off the podium. “I’ve always seen Red Bull Rampage as my main goal! I’ve got Red Bull Hard line coming up and then it’s time to head to the desert and get ready.” DJ Brandt’s day nearly ended before it had even begun. At the very beginning of his first run he blew a tire coming off one of the start drops and was forced to abort his run. “I can’t believe it actually happened, it was a hell of a road to get [that second run] in” said Brandt after securing what will be his second trip to Red Bull Rampage. The Marzocchi Proving Grounds is supported by: Marzocchi, Five Ten, GoPro, BFGoodrich, Magura Brakes, Clif Bar, Fast House, RaceFace, Alpine Bike Parks, 10 Barrel Brewing, Camelbak, Smartwool, CBD Plus, PinkBike and Oregon Dirt Park. ABOUT THE MARZOCCHI PROVING GROUNDS The Marzocchi Proving Grounds presented by Five Ten will be the first official athlete qualifier for Red Bull Rampage. The event will take place at Oregon Dirt Park, just east of Bend, OR – go to www.h5events.com for more information. ABOUT RED BULL RAMPAGE Featuring a world-class broadcast team including Sal Masekela, Pat Parnell, Tina Dixon and freeride mountain biking legend Cam McCaul, Red Bull Rampage coverage begins Friday, October 25th at 9:00am PST/Noon EST, live and on-demand on Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is distributed digitally as an app across mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, Smart TVs and online at www.redbull.tv.
Huge thanks to Aspen Snowmass and the Limelight Hotel for hosting us. Kudos to the trail builders for building an expert-level, progressive jump line to keep the huckers happy! A giant step in the right direction for Colorado bike parks. Love your work Snowmass. The park is open for a few more weekends into October, make the trip and see what all the fuss is about. You can thank me later. The aspens will be firing! James is now a dad. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t seem to be slowing him down one bit. Dad-bod takes time…. #followcamfriday don’t shake the baby.
[Press Release] – Introducing the new Syncros integrated storage bottle cage – the iS Tailor Cage. The iS line offers a safe, sleek and integrated way to carry all of your ride essentials no matter how long the route. iS – Our integrated Storage concept considers ride essentials as, well, essential. Meaning you should have them on every ride, long or short, whether you need them or not. For our new 2020 collection the Syncros iS Tailor Cage represents a major update to our mountain bike iS bottle cage from the popular Matchbox Tailor Cage raced by EWS athletes such as Morgane Charre and Liam Moynihan. The package Our latest integrated storage bottle cage has been redesigned from the ground up while shedding 40g along the way. By rotating the cage 45 degrees we allow for a low-profile design to fit the narrow frame spaces and with a side entry bottle which can be mounted either for left or right handed riders. We’ve created a completely new multi-tool with 19 functions and an integrated chain tool. It fits snuggly and securely into the cage body and is quickly and easily removed. The cage is compatible with a variety of pumping accessories including an MTB specific mini-pump and CO2 nozzle using a bracket and shim system. Our new iS accessory mount fits under the whole unit to add a spare tube to the system. Details & Specs Cage – Glass fiber reinforced Nylon cage, side entry, left or right handed mounting Tool – Hex 2/2.5/3/4/5/6, PH2, Flat, T10/20/25/30, Hex 8mm, Chain tool, Disc pad wedge, Spoke key 3.22 / 3.45 / Mavic M7, Chain link holder, Tubeless valve core remover Pump – Alloy mini-pump Reversible Presta/Schrader with sealing lever and extendable tube CO2 – Alloy body and knob, composite cover, pressed in Presta/Schrader valve
“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.”
Subtitles available! Click on the CC (closed caption) button below the video. 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? In this episode, we follow Greg Callaghan of the Cube Action Team from the aftermath of the Val di Fassa round to the start ramp of the race in Les Orres. For Callaghan the season to this point wasn’t what he hoped it would be, with a 15th and a 21st place in the first two rounds of the Enduro World Series and a forced DNS at the Madeira leg of the season due to a foot injury. The Irishman returned to racing in Canazei, but without the results he aimed for. It was to be expected, coming of a serious injury, but disappointing nonetheless. So the time in between the races in Italy and France was one for re-calibration and reflection. We join the Enduro pro in these tough times and see him search for cooling, the best bed and a better feeling on a brand new bike.