Finals Photo Epic: A Fresh Start - EWS Rotorua 2019

Mar 24, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  



Photo Epic presented by ODI

Total stage domination would be the theme of the day in the men's race as Martin Maes made it a clean sweep of all stages on the way to the top of the podium. While Isabeau Courdurier put her demons of past Rotorua results to rest with an emotional win to kick off her 2019 season.

The overnight rain made a few bits of the track slick but did nothing to slow things down in the forest, and if anything conditions on some stages were made better. After years of rain at this venue, it was a welcome change to see the weather not play a factor in the results.

Behind the front runners, the remaining podium positions shifted for much of the race eventually settling down as riders headed into the final stage of the day. For the men, it would be Keegan Wright and Florian Nicolai in second and third. While for the women we saw some new faces with Morgane Charre, and Bex Baraona flanking Isabeau. Further down the leader board were lots of other fresh faces, proving that for 2019 anything can happen before the series reaches its climax in 6 months time.

Next week things will pick right up again as the series returns to Tasmania for a back to back round. It will be interesting to see if the riders carry the momentum of Rotorua forward and begin to feel the pressure of new expectations.


Time to strap on the timing chips and go racing at the first EWS of 2019
Time to strap on the timing chips and go racing at the first EWS of 2019

Overnight storms rolled out just in time for racing to get under way.
Overnight storms rolled out just in time for racing to get underway.

That first though...
That dirt though... What difference a little rain makes

Coffee and chill for the boys in the Rocky pits to start the day.
Coffee and chill for the boys in the Rocky pits to start the day.

Last minute helmet cam reviews before stage 1 for Lewis Buchanan.
Last minute helmet cam reviews before stage one for Lewis Buchanan.

A busted hand made things tough out there for Shawn Neer.
A busted hand made things tough out there for Shawn Neer.

Rae Morrison was all smiles before the race this morning.
Rae Morrison was all smiles before the race this morning.

Limber up with the Gherig twins.
Limber up with the Gehrig twins.

The shuttles are always a welcome break between stages.
The shuttles between Skyline and the forest were a welcome break to start and end the day

Last years top privateer Youn Deniaud struggles to find the pace today and would end up outside the top 30.
Last years top privateer Youn Deniaud struggles to find the pace today and would end up outside the top 30.

Isabeau Courdurier lead all but one stage taking a commanding victory here in Rotorua.
Isabeau Courdurier led all but one stage, taking a commanding victory here in Rotorua.

Chilean Pedro Burns right at home in the dust on Stage 3.
Chilean Pedro Burns right at home in the dust on Stage three.

Kevin Miquel picked up where he left off last season with another top ten result finishing the day in 6th.
Kevin Miquel picked up where he left off last season with another top ten result, finishing the day in 6th.

14th today for Caro Gehrig.
14th today for Caro Gehrig.

A it of a slow start to the season for Mark Scott with an 18th.
A bit of a slow start to the season for Mark Scott with an 18th.

Becky Cook had a solid ride today to take fifth place.
Becky Cook had a solid ride today to take fifth place.

ALN speeding her way to sixth place at round one.
ALN speeding her way to sixth place at round one.

Morgane Charre had a strong performance and even a stage win.
Morgane Charre had a strong performance and even a stage win.

Martin Maes was nothing short of brilliant today. 5 stage wins. That s a hell of a way to start the season off.
Martin Maes was nothing short of brilliant today. Five stage wins. That's a hell of a way to start the season off.

Keegan Wright has just come off an exciting week at Crankworx and today was no different.
Keegan Wright has just come off an exciting week at Crankworx and today was no different.

Keegan Wright was just a blur of red through the greenery of the forest.
Keegan Wright was just a blur of red through the greenery of the forest.

Cole Lucas started his day way back. He crept up the stage times and landed himself a solid fifth.
Cole Lucas started his day way back. He crept up the stage times and landed himself a solid fifth.

Jesse Melamed has a rough start to the day but rebounded for the final few stages to kick start his season with a 4th place finish.
Jesse Melamed has a rough start to the day but rebounded for the final few stages to kick start his season with a 4th place finish.

Once in a while just once the tracks left the forest and gave riders a bit of a view.
Once in a while (just once) the tracks left the forest and gave riders a bit of a view.

12th place finisher Ella Conolly pinned through the woods on Stage 3.
12th place finisher Ella Conolly pinned through the woods on Stage three.

Today just wasn t Sam Hill s day but he only has to wait one week for redemption in his home country.
Today just wasn't Sam Hill's day, but he only has to wait one week for redemption in his home country.

Dimitri Tordo had mixed stage results today but took ninth in for round one.
Dimitri Tordo had mixed stage results today but took ninth for round one.

Sam Blenkinsop on his way to a 12th place finish today. Blenky had two 9th place stage finishes today.
Sam Blenkinsop on his way to a 12th place finish today. Blenky had two 9th place stage finishes today.

Randy gets chin level with the bar on stage four.
Randy gets chin level with the bar on stage four.

Lining out on the liason.
Lining out on the liaison.

Miranda Miller would close out the top 10.
Miranda Miller would close out the top 10.

DH specialist Connor Fearon is giving a few EWS rounds a go again this season.
DH specialist Connor Fearon is giving a few EWS rounds a go this season.

Noga Korem would come 4th just 7 seconds off the podium after 32 minutes of racing.
Noga Korem would come 4th just seven seconds off the podium after 32 minutes of racing.

Morgane Charre makes quick work of the many slick roots on Stage 4.
Morgane Charre makes quick work of the many slick roots on Stage four.

Bex Baraona took third for her first race of the season.
Bex Baraona took third for her first race of the season.

Wyn Masters on stage four. Master finished out the day in eighth.
Wyn Masters on stage four. Master finished out the day in eighth.

Not the best day for Eddie Masters but he s still good for a podium or two this season.
Not the best day for Eddie Masters but he's still good for a podium or two this season.

Remi Gauvin had two fifth places today and took 7th in the overall.
Remi Gauvin had two fifth places today and took 7th in the overall.

Robin Wallner had a solid start to the season. He took tenth today.
Robin Wallner had a solid start to the season. He took tenth today.

Kegan Wright sat in the hot seat for quiet a stint today.
Kegan Wright sat in the hot seat for quite a stint today.

A massive effort from youngster Cole Lucas nearly saw him on the podium today.
A massive effort from youngster Cole Lucas nearly saw him on the podium today.

Sam Hill s day started off well until a mechanical slowed him down.
Sam Hill's day started off well until a mechanical slowed him down.

An ecstatic Bex Baraona as she crossed the line in 3rd.
An ecstatic Bex Baraona as she crossed the line in 3rd.

A hard day s work for Katy Winton.
A hard days work for Katy Winton.

It was an emotional win today for Isabeau Courdurier who finally put her previous bad experiences in Rotorua behind her.
It was an emotional win today for Isabeau Courdurier who finally put her previous bad experiences in Rotorua behind her.

Some new faces flanked Isabeau Courdurier on the women s podium in Rotorua.
Some new faces flanked Isabeau Courdurier on the women's podium in Rotorua.

Calm collected and confident. Martin Maes shows he will be the one to beat in 2019.
Calm, collected, and confident. Martin Maes showed he will be the one to beat in 2019.

Round one is in the books. Martin Maes comes out with a dominant performance.
Round one is in the books. Martin Maes comes out with a dominant performance.

The top three men to start of the 2019 Enduro World Series.
The top three men to start off the 2019 Enduro World Series.

Previously:
Final Results: EWS Rotorua 2019
Course Preview: Blown Out - EWS Rotorua 2019
Practice Photo Epic: Racers Ready - EWS Rotorua 2019
Video: Sam Hill POV - EWS Rotorua 2019
Video: Course Preview - EWS Rotorua 2019



MENTIONS: @Odigrips / @EnduroWorldSeries / @davetrumpore / @mdelorme / @andy9



36 Comments

  • + 22
 Wow, great pictures and coverage! I'm psyched for next week, should be a good one!
  • + 16
 I had a feeling the bike is what matters most. Maybe I'll order a GT Force this week.
  • + 8
 Great result for Matt Stuttard. Spent most of last season injured and gets dropped by Hope and then gets 21st in the 1st EWS of the year
  • + 2
 Hope have dropped everyone except for brayton haven’t they? I don’t think Craig Evans rides for them ether.
  • + 5
 @thenotoriousmic: Rae Morrison is running their stuff this season I believe
  • + 3
 I give it up to the whole field for ripping in extremely loose dusty conditions. We have a drought going on here and turns I used to pin are now a health liability. Kudos to the winner's men and women's.
  • + 4
 Poor report, always focused in the same riders. José Borges did 2nd in two stages and no mension here. Masters didn't race? Better job for the next one.
  • + 5
 Well said mate! Borges is constantly overlooked in these reports. But wait, I got a feeling he's gonna make pinkbike talk about im in ews Madeira!
  • - 8
flag davetrumpore Plus (Mar 24, 2019 at 22:03) (Below Threshold)
 @PaulinhoCascavel: last time in Madeira he definitely got a mention. Wonder why ;-)
  • + 3
 @davetrumpore: If I remember it correctly he made a mistake when interpreting the rules regarding medical assist and got disqualified. As if bigger names never got a DQ for similar stuff on a EWS race. That being said, does that mean he only gets mentioned for the bad reasons?
Either way, I got a feeling this is going to be is season and that he's going to make the Portuguese people proud racing at home. And also look out for other Portuguese riders like Emanuel Pombo and Paulo Batista racing in their home turf.
  • + 7
 @davetrumpore: what a shitty comment by someone that should be imparcial,you would have been better to by saying nothing
  • + 0
 @tiagomano: others would call it cheating which is what it was... No need to be impartcial when those are the facts.
  • + 4
 @davetrumpore: At least that he was at this photo www.pinkbike.com/photo/15896342 and came clean Wink
  • + 2
 @davetrumpore: He is my friend and when that happened i told him that what he did was stupid and was not at all good for his carrier, but then again, that was in training,they let the guy race and do 5º overall in the first day and then they disqualified, if that was the decision, would have to be done right away, not when he rides well

but my comment to you was about you as employee of this site, and as a reporter/photographer you should do just that, tell the story either by photos or worlds, not give your opinion on the comments on something totally unrelated when someone was saying that the guy didn't get coverage with 2 2º stages finishes on the race and a good place overall
  • + 4
 @tiagomano: a guy getting disqualified for outside assistance isn't an opinion. It's what happened (and it was not during training).

Facts and facts.

He finished the day in Rotorua outside the top 10. Sorry we didnt post a photo of him for you but we can only post so many. We've posted plenty of him in the past from other rounds so not sure what conspiracy theory you guys are going for.
  • - 1
 Guess who filmed and denounced him to the EWS organization? The protégé Wyn and the GT team
  • + 2
 @Jmcpap: @Jmcpap: well when you are given an injection in your thigh before taking the start I'd say it was proper for them to have concerns. It was apparently for a sore wrist, but regardless, someone giving him an injection is pretty obvious outside assistance (and looks bad in many other ways)... Hence the appropriate DQ... But you want to make the guys who saw it and reported it as the problem? Now that's some bias haha
  • + 2
 @davetrumpore: I don't believe there is a conspiration going to frame Zé Manuel Borges. I was a bit struck by your reaction to my first coment in a way it led me to believe the squids don't like him. He wasn't mentioned on vital slideshow either and only a litle bit on the EWS highlights video.
But don't take me the wrong way, I know you guys have a lot of work bringing this reports for us all. instead I would preffer to believe you just chose the best photos overall and that you didn't have a really nice one of Zé Manuel to add to this recap.
And, like I said above, I think you'r gonna really need one in the Madeira round. Ahahha

Keep up the good work!
  • + 2
 That photo of Morgane Charre, wow! The quality of shots in the photo epics is always outstanding, so to be a stand out among stand outs is something else. Love the sneaky inside line behind her too.
  • + 1
 That's no inside line behind her, just dead grass. What you can't tell is that it would be a two meter cliff into a run off ditch if you did try to ride that way... Let's say it wouldn't end well haha.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: if I tried to ride the vast majority of these guys' and girls'lines it wouldn't end well ????
  • + 5
 Did Maes end up riding the 27.5 29er combo?
  • + 2
 Pretty interesting to see he put that much time on everyone too. #bigsmallwinsitall
  • + 6
 @asboites: can't tell what's more rare on the bike, the fact that it has that wheel combo or 12spd xtr...
  • + 3
 So do I get a 29er and change the back wheel, or get a 275 and change the fork and front wheel?
  • + 4
 What kind of mechanical did Sam Hill have? There is nothing here and nothing in the live race feed on the EWS page.
Cheers.
  • + 3
 XTR 12 speed is about to shine this year and RR will be back to shatter everyone’s dreams
  • + 3
 "Bit of a slow start in 18th" aye cos any of us reading this could knock that oot any day we ride.
  • + 1
 I thought that comment was a bit off too. No doubt he's aiming higher, but 18th is certainly nothing to be scoffed at. His average EWS position last three years have been 17th, 16th and 17th , so hardly off the pace!
  • + 3
 Congrats to the new faces on the podium. The racing is going to be great this year.
  • + 1
 Is it me or does it seem like enduro riders are wearing moto helmets? Is enduro more hardcore than DH? :/
  • + 2
 no pic of jose borges!?!? Big Grin
  • + 2
 What about those Lyrik decals?
  • + 1
 Morganne Charre finished 2nd on flat pedals! Bam!!
  • - 2
 Wasn’t Randy the one who got robbed/died at rampage?

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