Practice Photo Epic: Team Work - EWS Trophy of Nations 2019

Sep 28, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  



Finale Ligure in Italy closes the season once again for enduro, but this time it won't be as the last round of the EWS, but as a new competition - the Trophy of Nations. Now that the EWS is affiliated with the UCI, they are able to hand out rainbow jerseys that signify a World Champion. However, unlike the downhill or XC World Championships, where riders race for National Federations but compete individually, the Trophy of Nations is a team competition with the top three ranked riders of each nation competing and all will earn a jersey if they win. The title of World Champion will be more symbolic in nature, as it is a team competition. The overall EWS title is still the gold standard of achievement for individual racers.

Alongside the main event will be a non-national team competition, an individual competition and even an industry competition that has been embraced by quite a few brands. All the winners will be crowned in the usual fashion, on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sunday evening, at what has truly become a classic venue to close out a long season.

The race itself will take place on a list of Finale Ligure classics. A greatest hits album of sorts with iconic trails like Rollercoaster, Kill Bill, Ivoland, and DH Men means racers are in for a real treat this weekend. Other than the team style race, the event follows the same format as a usual EWS round with riders allowed just one practice run per stage in training, and with all five stages being contested in one day, it is going to be a big big effort.

What a place to end the season
What a place to end the season.

Italy
Italy

The charming street of Finale
The charming street of Finale.

Storms often threaten here but often never materialize into anything but sunshine
Storms often threaten here, but often never materialize into anything but sunshine.

The teams have the its set up just a few meters from the beach this week
The teams have the pits set up just a few meters from the beach.

Not the typical setting for pit space but Finale is special
Not the typical setting for pit space, but Finale is special.

Lots of gelato sneaking into amongst the tools this week
Lots of gelato sneaking amongst the tools.

Lots of rebuilds after the constant rocks and dust of Zermattt last week
Lots of rebuilds after the constant rocks and dust of Zermatt last week.

TON Finale ligure 2019 Gusti Wildhaber has printed some stickers to send healing vibes to Brook McDonald. Get yours in Finale.
Gusti Wildhaber has printed some stickers to send healing vibes to Brook Macdonald. Get yours in Finale.

TON Finale ligure 2019

Lots of tight and twisty woods make up the first three stages of the race
Lots of tight and twisty woods make up the first three stages of the race.

Stage 1 is down Finale s infamous Roller coaster trail
Stage one is down Finale's infamous Rollercoaster trail.

Team Canada trains lead out by Remi Gauvin
Team Canada trains, led out by Remi Gauvin.

TON Finale ligure 2019 Kiwi captain Matt Walker leading the fern team on the Italian rocks.
Kiwi captain, Matt Walker, leading the Fern team on the Italian rocks.

A stage with a view to close out the 2019 season
A stage with a view to close out the 2019 season.

Richie Rude has won here before and is looking to help tow Team USA of Shawn Neer and Cody Kelley onto the podium
Richie Rude has won here before and is looking to tow Team USA of Shawn Neer and Cody Kelley onto the podium.

Martin Maes stretching out while racing 29 wheels front and rearer the first time
Martin Maes stretching out, racing 29" wheels front and rear the first time.

TON Finale ligure 2019 Dimitri Tordo the fastest third rider of all nations.
Dimitri Tordo, the fastest third rider of all nations.

Zakarias Johansen using a bit of body english to keep things in line on stage 5
Zakarias Johansen trying to keep things in line on stage five.

Isabeau Courdurier will be leading out Team France for the women
Isabeau Courdurier will be leading out Team France for the women.

TON Finale ligure 2019 Second woman for team France Morgane Charre making her way down to Varigotti.
Second woman for team France, Morgane Charre, making her way down to Varigotti.

TON Finale ligure 2019 Andre Breitas from Brasil rolling down the famous Rollercoaster in a moody morning.
Andre Breitas from Brasil rolling down the famous Rollercoaster in a moody morning.

TON Finale ligure 2019 Carlson nailing the Aussie national colors.
Carlson, nailing the Aussie national colors.

Florian Nicolai is one of three riders on the powerhouse French team
Florian Nicolai is one of three riders on the powerhouse French team.

TON Finale ligure 2019 Triple overall EWS winner Sam Hill on board his Nukeproof Ferrari edition.
Triple overall EWS winner Sam Hill on board his Nukeproof Ferrari edition.

Kevin Miquel heads down what should be a very familiar stage 5 as it has been used as th last stage of the year all but one time in EWS history
Kevin Miquel heads down what should be a very familiar stage five, as it has been used as the last stage of the year all but once in EWS history.

No one ever complains about the views here
No one ever complains about the views.

Mark Scott is here representing Great Britain
Mark Scott is here representing Great Britain.

Two-thirds of Team NZ pause to checkout lines on stage 5
Two-thirds of Team NZ pause to checkout lines on stage five.

ALN will be anchoring the Canadian women s team
ALN will be anchoring the Canadian women's team.

TON Finale ligure 2019 Kilian Callaghan out of the mist.
Kilian Callaghan out of the mist.

TON Finale ligure 2019 Team GB. Get out of the way b...
Team GB. Get out of the way b...

Lewis Buchanan will be racing for the Ibis industry team as mid season injuries kept him of the British national squad
Lewis Buchanan will be racing for the Ibis industry team, Midseason injuries kept him off the British national squad.

Suisse racer Anita Gehrig on the bottom of stage 2
Swiss racer Anita Gehrig on the bottom of stage two.

With Ella Conolly out Katy Winton is no filling in for Team Great Briton
With Ella Conolly out, Katy Winton is now filling in for Team Great Britain.

TON Finale ligure 2019 According to the EWS rankings here s the fastest train in the start list 2nd 3rd and 4rth overall in the EWS season.
According to the EWS rankings, here's the fastest train in the start list, 2nd, 3rd and 4th overall in the EWS season.

Mckay Vezina is an alternate on the national team but is still racing the industry race for Team Giant
Great to see a lot of team managers and staff out there on track as part of the industry race. Here Giant's manager Sebastian Boyington heads into a rocky pinch on stage three.

Rocky Mountian has sent over a team of brand managers product developers and racers to round out their industry team here in Finale. Beside the Pro race there is an industry race as well the various brands will be gunning for simply for fun and bragging rights
Rocky Mountain sent over their brand managers, product developers, and racers to round out their industry team here in Finale. Besides the Pro race, there is an industry race as well. Brands will be gunning for for fun and bragging rights.

TON Finale ligure 2019 Adrien Dailly reserve rider for France is joining the industry race for Lapierre team.
Adrien Dailly, reserve rider for France, is joining the industry race for the Lapierre team.

TON Finale ligure 2019 A classic view of DH men with Varigotti at the bottom and Baia dei Saraceni on the left and its turquoise water.
A classic view of DH Men, with Varigotti below and the Baia dei Saraceni on the left with its turquoise water.

TON Finale ligure 2019 Richie Rude leads teammate at both Yeti and USA team Shawn Neer down to DH men.
Richie Rude leads Shawn Neer, teammate of both the Yeti and USA team, down to DH Men.

On Friday evening was held a national teams parade through the streets of Finale.
On Friday evening a national teams parade was held through the streets of Finale.

All the Trophy of Nations competitors on one stage.
All the Trophy of Nations competitors on one stage.

The race may finish at the beach but first racers will have to get down from some pretty sizable mountains
The race may finish at the beach, but first racers will have to get down from some pretty sizable mountains.

Lots of sun on the horizon this week for racers in Finale Ligure
Lots of sun on the horizon this week for racers in Finale Ligure.



32 Comments

  • 23 1
 GO TEAM CANADA!!!
  • 1 0
 Why can I not find a single article EXPLAINING the team format? Is it just an average of all 3 individual results? Do they get to drop any stages (like MXoN) motos? Do they have to ride together? Simply saying "team format" doesn't explain anything.
  • 1 0
 Published just below this practice gallery is an event intro piece with it all spelled out quite clearly.

m.pinkbike.com/news/pinkbike-primer-everything-you-need-to-know-ahead-of-the-trophy-of-nations-finale-ligure.html

Look for the heading "the format"
  • 6 4
 looks like fun, makes me want to get out and ride...too bad i have a costochondral separation and a sprained rhomboid.
  • 2 0
 My torn MCL/meniscus all rehabbed for riding but there is TOO MUCH SNOW here today!! Will go down to valley trails and ride one for ya bud!
  • 2 0
 @brentkratz: green with envy, you're healed and you have snow? it's 85 F here. sick of it. when will it cool off...
  • 6 0
 I broke my flembocaster and my whoogldank is extra whoogly too. Can't wait to get back at it!
  • 1 0
 So if you're on both a country and industry team, do you start with your country team, and then your time is also counted for your industry team?
  • 2 0
 There's a Julbo team that is French team #2 : Clementz, Barel and Bailly-Maître.
Also Vouilloz in Lapierre team
  • 2 0
 Is Kashima not cool anymore? Or why are Maes and Rude both on black forks (Fox 38?)?
  • 1 0
 Kashima has had its day. It's a bit too 2015.
  • 2 0
 Ti amo Finale! But watch out for them jellyfish, peeps.
  • 1 0
 lol it's true. Stung twice in 2 days last year.
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: Was wondering how bad a sting I might get. You're still alive then. The numbers a couple of weeks ago were nowhere near as bad as South Wales last year though.
  • 2 0
 @BenPea: well here's the thing, the Ligure stings didn't hurt that much, more annoying. I spend quite a bit of time in the North Wales waters and the jellyfish sting there hurts like a mummy fluffer. Maybe it's different species or could be just Welsh jellyfish had tougher upbringings. lol
  • 1 0
 @Dropthedebt: Some of the Welsh ones that washed up were as big as your head. A truly bizarre array of jelly mofos landed that summer.
  • 5 4
 Gusti Wildhaber, awesome idea on the Bulldog support stickers, but unfortunately that's a Boston Terrier.
  • 8 1
 It's a French Bulldog
  • 3 1
 The important point is “how the xxxx does my fantasy team work now”?
  • 2 0
 Wrinkle-free sticker application is key
  • 1 1
 the French team deserves a title for sure!
  • 1 0
 Vamos CTM!!!
  • 1 2
 @pinkbike
Wrong header --> Itakly instead of Italy Wink
  • 1 1
 Spotted that too....
  • 17 0
 Maybe too much Itaklian covfefe?
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