The Enduro World Series has reached its conclusion for the fifth time in Finale Ligure, this one was a real nail-biter right down to the end. What we witnessed on the ancient trails of Finale was history in the making and the return of the People's Champion to the top spot. Sam Hill has now proven to be the most well-rounded rider in the world, transcending disciplines, and adding another title to an already legendary career. Round eight has a massive turnout with 500 riders undertaking two days of riding that took them over 100 kilometers from the highest peak in Liguria all the way to the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
With such tight racing all season and things coming close to the wire all eyes were on the battle for the Men's title. Sam Hill and Frenchman Adrien Dailly were locked in an epic battle for the top spot, and in the end, it would come down to a matter of mere seconds. Sam came out with a lead on day one, but Adrien was hot on his heels - at one point just three seconds separated the pair. In the end, Sam would hold it together on the brutal tracks of Finale to keep the third position in the race and secure his first Enduro World Champion title.
Despite their best efforts, neither Hill or Dailly could keep pace with Frenchman Damien Oton this weekend, who was absolutely flying and would take the race win. For Oton, it was his first win since La Thuile in 2014. After a race-ending crash in Whistler during round seven, Martin Maes had a brilliant ride here in Finale to finish in second place.
Reigning World Champion Cecile Ravanel would once again prove to be unstoppable on the tracks of Finale, making sure she finished the season with the race win as well as the Championship title. Isabeau Courdurier and Katy Winton were locked in a heated battle and finished the weekend and the season with Isabeau in second and Katy in Third.
Killian Callaghan had the U21 Men Championship sewn up coming into this race, and took it easy this weekend to finish in seventh place. Whistler local Rhys Verner stormed to victory in this weekend's race - giving a time that would have put him in the top 20 of the senior men. It was a similar story in the U21 Women as Martha Gill's consistent season meant she was already World Champion as she left the start gate on Saturday. British newcomer Ella Conolly made quite the EWS debut, winning this weekend's race. In the team competition Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team are the new World Champions, Rocky Mountain Urge bp are second and Canyon Factory Enduro Team third.
What a way to finish what has been an utterly spectacular season. We have once again witnessed history in the making, and while it's bittersweet to put the season behind us now, there is comfort in knowing that next year has the potential to be even more epic.
@EnduroWorldSeries / @mdelorme
I'm not sure you're catching my drift. There's nothing wrong with being infatuated with a girl, but there's something weird about declaring it in the cheesiest way possible to a thousand strangers on a bike site. I don't know man, whatever floats your boat... You're the one I'm worried about, not her.
I see they keep track of overall times, but can't find out if there is an actual ranking purpose for it.
Just because someone isn’t afraid to express their feelings for someone in a public manner, it doesn’t prove anything about their devotion to their profession.
Everyone is so eager to jump to conclusions, but maybe there isn’t one. Maybe he has had some bad luck? Maybe he has injury that we don’t know about? None of us know. I really doubt a girlfriend is the reason why he didn’t take the win this year though. You can keep your opinion, it’s good for you.
It's true though @boardlife69
Good on Richie for being an animal and following his instincts.
Does that qualify as misogyny?
It matters not to me if any other woman would appreciate my quoting lyrics from an R.Kelly song, which I think are amusing for their accuracy, in a comments section of an internet site used 99% by males.
Before you call me a misogynist again for saying that, I should add that there are not many males whose opinions matter to me either. It's probably about two. Does that make me a man hater? Am I sexist because I don't care what many people think?
Anyway. Look at him on the podium. He's about as clean.
I wasn't at all assuming that he drinks beer before the race. I was half-jokingly pointing out that the photo is not congruent with it's caption... aka # fakenews
It could also be from a mechanic or someone else in the team or it could be from a day before. Or it could be from a mechanic from a day before.
Or the photo could in fact actually be taken after the race. Though it says it was taken on 1. 10. 2017 at 8:25. So i guess we can conclude it was taken before the racing begun.
Brake side could simply be a zip tie to hold the front brake line closer in, but there's always a matching band on the chain-side tube as well.
Just saw the front fenders
Huge props to both teams!
25 pics of men racing, 7 pics of women racing.
"Justin Leov signed out from EWS racing with a dunk in the sea with his Canyon teammates."
'his Canyon teammates' - that's Ines Thoma, 6th overall this year, by the way. Somewhat better than Leov's 21st overall. Could at least have had the decency to mention her name...
And keep up the amazing job PB! I've been harsh in the past about ads posing as content, but you guys do use the revenue to excellent effect!
Wonderfull pics guys!! Love all the coverage... happy faces .. great stuff... Finale Ligure is awesome!!
"Did she say there were other guys there?"