2017 EWS Finals: Finale Ligure, Italy - Practice Photo Epic

Sep 29, 2017
by Dave Trumpore  





This is it. This is the end. After battling rain, more rain, high altitude, Tasmanian Devils, twenty-minute stages, rain again, scorching heat, and foreign dirt spread over trails on foreign lands, we have come to the grand finale of the 2017 Enduro World Series. In the place with the perfect name for such a momentous occasion: Finale Ligure.

Riders have given their sweat, they have given their blood, and of course, their tears of joy and sorrow over the past seven months to make it here. Some in one piece and others with their bodies in need of various repairs after a very long season. To say it has been hard would be an understatement as this year's Enduro World Series was a test like no other, and those who emerge from this final battle can without a doubt call themselves champions of the world.

While some titles are wrapped up at the sharp end, the remaining podium spots are very much up for grabs. Especially in the Pro Men's category where the coveted top step is still to play for, in a race where every point will count. Who will tame the rough mountains high above Finale, and who will smooth out the awkward woods and ancient stone walls hidden below? Who has the strength and stamina for the long liaisons with their steep climbs? And who will arrive at the sea first to claim their crown? Only the time will tell...


It s hard to believe that this is the home base for some truly amazing riding and racing.
It's hard to believe that this is the home base for some truly amazing riding and racing.

2017 EWS Finals Finale Ligure Itlay - Practice Photo Epic

Stage 1 starts atop Mount Carma The tallest mountain in the region with an elevation of almost 1400 meters.
Stage 1 starts atop Mount Carma, the tallest mountain in the region with an elevation of almost 1,400 meters.

The final push up to stage one. It wasn t exactly a fun one.
The final push up to Stage 1. It wasn't exactly a fun one.

Adrien Dailly will play the roll of the chaser this weekend as he tries to hunt down Sam Hill.
Adrien Dailly will play the role of the chaser this weekend as he tries to hunt down Sam Hill.

Remi Thirion dives into stage one.
Remi Thirion dives into Stage 1.

Anita Gehrig drops into the steep switchbacks that work their way down the face of Mount Carma.
Anita Gehrig drops into the steep switchbacks that work their way down the face of Mount Carma.

Seb Claquin attacks the seemingly endless switchbacks that make up the start of stage 1.
Seb Claquin attacks the seemingly endless switchbacks that make up the start of stage 1.

Jerome Clementz is looking for a final win in Finale Can he best Adrian and Sam
Jerome Clementz is looking for a final win in Finale - can he best Adrien and Sam?

Last round s winner Jesse Melamed took a massive crash while riding in earlier in the week. Two nights in the hospital and a few broken bones later and his offseason is now in full swing.
Last round's winner, Jesse Melamed, took a massive crash while riding earlier in the week. Two nights in the hospital and a few broken bones later, his off-season is now in full swing.

The legendary Sam Hill holds a strong but deferrable lead over Adrien Dailly for the overall. If Sam keeps hs cool and rides like he has all season he should have nothing to worry about but any kind of crash or mechanical and he will be in serious trouble.
The legendary Sam Hill holds a strong but deferrable lead over Adrien Dailly for the overall. If Sam keeps his cool and rides like he has all season he should have nothing to worry about, but any kind of crash or mechanical and he will be in serious trouble.

Katy Winton is looking to finish this season strong with another podium and second in the overall.
Katy Winton is looking to finish this season strong with another podium and second in the overall.

Cecile Ravanel is sporting a stealthy matte black meta as she searches for another win with the 2017 overall already sealed.
Cecile Ravanel is sporting a stealthy matte black Meta as she searches for another win, with the 2017 overall already sealed.

Isabeau Courdurier darting through the beech trees in Finale Ligure a couple of seasons ago.
Isabeau has climbed her way back into second overall. Can she add to her win in Tasmania this weekend?

Marco Osborne has been on a mission this week. That mission has been to take me out. Yet another too close for comfort moment about to go down.
Marco Osborne has been on a mission this week. That mission has been to take me out. Yet another too close for comfort moment about to go down.

Damion Oton powers past a ruin that time has all but forgotten.
Damien Oton powers past a ruin of which time has all but forgotten.

A strong ride from Theo Galy could see him sneak inside the top 10 overall.
A strong ride from Theo Galy could see him sneak inside the top 10 overall.

Richie Rude has had a season to forget as the two time defending champion and the thought of going winless for the first time in a few years has him seriously motivated this week.
Richie Rude has had a season to forget as the two-time defending champion, and the thought of going winless for the first time in a few years has him seriously motivated this week.

There are plenty of wheel grabbing rocks on the long physical end to stage 1 as Richie Rude found out.
There are plenty of wheel grabbing rocks on the long physical end to Stage 1 as Richie Rude found out.

Fresh trail for stage two. We like. We Like allot.
Fresh trail for Stage 2. We like. We like a lot.

2017 EWS Finals Finale Ligure Itlay - Practice Photo Epic

Stage two is sublime.
Stage 2 is sublime.

Nico Lau tucking into the meat of stage two.
Nico Lau tucking into the meat of Stage 2.

Max Chapuis rails the bobsled section on stage 2.
Max Chapuis rails the bobsled section on Stage 2.

The distinct attacking style of Florian Nicolai at home on the slopes of stage 2.
The distinct attacking style of Florian Nicolai at home on the slopes of Stage 2.

Plenty of turns were blown out and looking worse for wear by the end of practice not that Rocky s Remi Gauvin minded.
Plenty of turns were blown out and looking worse for wear by the end of practice, not that Rocky's Remi Gauvin minded.

Rocky Mountain sits 2nd in the team standings behind Ibis and Remi Gauvin is willing to sacrifice a little blood in the effort to chase down the title.
Rocky Mountain sits 2nd in the team standings behind Ibis, and Remi Gauvin is willing to sacrifice a little blood in the effort to chase down the title.

Mark Scott showing off that effortless style that comes with all the speed to back it up.
Mark Scott showing off that effortless style that comes with all the speed to back it up.

Robin Wallner has been so close to the podium so many times and this is his last chance to finally climb onto the top steps this season.
Robin Wallner has been so close to the podium so many times, and this is his last chance to finally climb onto the top steps this season.

It s always a pleasure to see Steve Peat between the tape even if it s more for fun than anything else.
It's always a pleasure to see Steve Peat between the tape, even if it's more for fun than anything else.

Rae Morrison excels on technical tracks but is still yet to pull off a top result this season. Could Finale be the one
Rae Morrison excels on technical tracks but is still yet to pull off a top result this season. Could Finale be the one?

Noga Korem has been on the podium once this year and would like to close out the season with another top 3.
Noga Korem has been on the podium once this year and would like to close out the season with another top three.

Martin Maes dominated this race one year ago and after dicing it up at the front throughout the season he could definitely make it a repeat performance.
Martin Maes dominated this race one year ago, and after dicing it up at the front throughout the season, he could definitely make it a repeat performance.

Iago Garay finds the smooth line through lush and rocky Italian forest.
Iago Garay finds the smooth line through lush and rocky Italian forest.

Greg Callaghan has a fresh new lid will those wings carry him to another victory in Finale
Greg Callaghan has a fresh new lid; will those wings carry him to another victory in Finale?

Zakarias Johansen threads it thought he boulders in stage 5.
Zakarias Johansen threads it through the boulders in Stage 5.

Just a casual liaison through old villas. No biggie.
Just a casual liaison through old villas. No biggie.

No matter where you go in Finale the views are fine.
No matter where you go in Finale, the views are fine.

Grubby has what it takes to win here After retiring early in Whistler he will be hungry for it.
Grubby has what it takes to win here. After retiring early in Whistler he will be hungry for it.

Sometimes things go right and sometimes they go like this.
Sometimes things go right, and sometimes they go like this.

Nico Lau is the proud new father of two twin girls and is racing his first EWS since Ireland back in May.
Nico Lau is the proud new father of two twin girls and is racing his first EWS since Ireland back in May.

Curtis Keene is back in action after a collarbone injury but still getting up to speed and working his way back into form.
Curtis Keene is back in action after a collarbone injury but still getting up to speed and working his way back into form.

Thomas Lapeyrie smashes the rocks and ruts of stage 7 as he heads down to the sea.
Thomas Lapeyrie smashes the rocks and ruts of Stage 7 as he heads down to the sea.

The view from the bottom of stage 7 and one of the most classic stages on the EWS circuit.
The view from the bottom of Stage 7, and one of the most classic stages on the EWS circuit.

Last race of the season means plenty of time to chill down by the sea.
Last race of the season means plenty of time to chill down by the sea.

Adrien Dailly looking as relaxed heading to the beach as he did out on track.
Adrien Dailly looking as relaxed heading to the beach as he did out on the track.

Ratty found the best spot to nap.
Ratty found the best spot to nap.

The Callaghans have had a successful year Killian has already sealed the U21 and Greg currently sits third in the elites.
The Callaghans have had a successful year, Killian has already sealed the U21 and Greg currently sits third in the Elites.

Sam Hill needs little advice on what he has to do this weekend.
Sam Hill needs little advice on what he has to do this weekend.

A lot of racers have been here in the week prior to the race relaxing and soaking up the Italian lifestyle.
Malto Bene, Finale

Life s a beach here in Finale Ligure.
Life's a beach here in Finale Ligure.



MENTIONS: @davetrumpore / @mdelorme / @rossbellphoto




51 Comments

  • 51 2
 Commencal knows a thing or two about paintjobs ( or lack of). Between this murdered out black Meta, the raw aluminium, the NZ edition with maori graphics many companies should take notes! Go Cecile!!!!
  • 6 21
flag Euskafreez (Sep 29, 2017 at 17:03) (Below Threshold)
 and yet they face quality control issues for years ...
  • 28 2
 SAM HILL !!!
  • 10 1
 Yeah! I would love to see Steve Peat do well there too. We're really getting to see some great characters in Enduro racing who left DH racing for whatever reason. Even Josh Bryceland is competing more than I expected after last year.
  • 1 0
 for the win!
  • 21 1
 Some cracking photo's in there.
  • 8 0
 I think the sheer numbers of riders from other disciplines, plus retired DH legends (Ratboy, Peat, etc) speaks volumes about the organisation and overall experience of the EWS - it's clearly a lot of fun and a little bit special. Whilst the sharp end is massively competitive there are so many there for a good time, and the series is much better for it...

Come on Peaty!
  • 1 0
 Funny how Ratboy is retired being only 27 Smile
  • 3 0
 @dj100procentenduro: Retired from downhill anyway. He seems to be working hard at having fun now instead!
  • 1 0
 @slimboyjim: Yeah, I know. Just found it funny.
  • 12 2
 Somehow more gnarly than UCI DH tracks...
  • 5 1
 More gnarly than some of them, less than others.
  • 9 0
 Mx chest protectors are a sign of how rough those trail are. Malto bene or Molto bene?
  • 9 1
 Was waiting all day for this - great photos as always. What a race and what a season ! Best of luck to all racers !
  • 6 0
 I know that coverage of the U21 class seems to have fallen off, but let's remember that there's a Canadian coming off a podium and a win at the last two rounds. #leyenintoit
  • 5 0
 These pics are amazing as always!
  • 4 0
 Excellent photos as always, @davetrumpore I hope you do a nice send off for Justin this week
  • 5 0
 It s spelt "molto bene". Smile
  • 6 2
 More bikes should be polished aluminum. Looks so great in the sun.
  • 2 0
 I think YT does a paint job that makes their carbon frames look like polished aluminium. That said, there was definitely a time when this was more common. Also just because they found out that polished aluminium is lighter than coated aluminium. Honda used to do it but there definitely were more.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: I had a 95 Cannondale that was polished Al and my 2001 SC Chameleon is polished Al, but I came here to ask if Casey Brown is still racing EWS?
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: A friend used to do it with a weight weenie GT Zaskar. Every now and then he needed to polish it. I didn't get what it was all about. I was riding a powdercoated alu frame with a 35 spoke rear wheel (snapped one and it was still straight enough for me). We were definitely on a different bandwidth with respect to component choice and maintenance. That said, polishing seems to me like a horrible and pretty useless job (except for the looks maybe). A metal like aluminium naturally builds an oxide layer that seals it against further corrosion. If you remove that (through polishing), it will then sacrifice a tiny amount of structural material to create a new skin.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: I hear you - I never put any effort into keeping them polished. I like a duller look anyway.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: maybe ten years back the Mercedes F-1 team came out with a paint they called 'Alubeam' which looked like liquid metal; that has probably trickled down to other manufacturers by now. Commencal has a few models that are bare polished metal too. Why do it, other than a hundred grams of weight savings? Because it looks like nothing else, at least while its new.
  • 2 0
 No race results article yet... close after the first two stages Hill 6 seconds up on Dailly, looking good for Sam at this point on day one....awesome looking trails!
  • 4 1
 Where the hell is "ITLAY" ?
  • 28 0
 Next door to Phrense
  • 1 0
 I would love to see a video of the section where Rude picture is how the hell is he so close to the left when the turn was so steep and crammed?
  • 3 0
 Is that correct, Remi Thirion is racing this weekend?
  • 3 0
 It's good to know I can ride like Richie rude when he crashes.
  • 2 1
 Hasn't Peaty been quoted on multiple occasions saying enduro is dumb and that he's never going to participate in one?? Wonder what changed?!
  • 1 0
 I'm sensing a bit of separation between the Syndicate and the 50:01/Drift bros in the way they were in this event in particular. A little bit of MTB showbiz.
  • 3 1
 Anyone competing in flip-flops?
  • 4 1
 Only if they got cleats
  • 4 1
 @Coyotecrash:
Do you know Sam Hill?
  • 1 0
 @dh1stan: I can't really see that in the picture, but is Martin Maes riding clipped in or with platforms?
  • 7 0
 I'm not going to lie, Sam Hill was the reason I stopped hating on Enduro. Plus the EWS seems to be much better run than the UCI. I don't think DH is on a downward trend, but man if they left and formed say 'DHWS' I think they could really make it something awesome. Also throw 4x in there for good measure!
  • 2 0
 @vinay: CB Mallet E (so clipped in)
  • 1 0
 @yeti951SD: i don't think it's better run, look how pro dh wc is. If you are referring to the administration of the sport generally then maybe, although it sounds like ews has its fair share of issues as well. Both would take an epic amount of work.
I'm surprised hill is the only guy on flats, get it done!
  • 1 0
 @russthedog: "better" is always a bit vague but I believe that if athletes leave competition whilst at the very top because they don't like the races, there is something very wrong. I've heard this from UCI WC DH and UCI WC 4X racing, but I haven't heard this about the EWS yet. One can argue that for DH racing the tracks have changed because live broadcast has become more important but then again if live broadcast is so important, how come they blew it with the 4X worlds this year? Riders seem genuinely excited about the EWS and the 4X pro tour has some amazing races which blow the UCI 4X worlds out of the water. So yeah not everything has to be perfect but by "better" I suppose fun and enthusiasm should definitely be part of it. And I feel the UCI is losing that.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: its a valid point - im just a spectator though and i dont see droves going anywhere, just a few cases. Theres absolutely no doubt the wc dh is a better career than ews atm so id agree with you it should be viewed seriously if anyone is leaving. Also i wouldnt even know if most people left the ews - im only aware of a dozen riders perhaps. The ones that have left that im aware of have all retired - leov, barel, nico, gracia (kinda), mosely
  • 2 0
 Wake up! You northern monkey!!
  • 2 0
 Peaty-great to see him give it a go
  • 1 0
 Think Ratty has had his foot out while going flat out one too many times...
  • 1 0
 Florian Nicolai: textbook lean.
  • 1 0
 Are elbow pads among the pro racers not cool anymore?
  • 1 0
 "Two types of people wear elbow pads, smart people and pussies, and I ain't either one of those" - McGazza
  • 4 7
 Title is now corrected. Now, let's fix all the sentence fragments in the introduction, and we'll have something more readable.

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