Practice Photo Epic: (Tas)MANIA - EWS Tasmania 2019

Mar 30, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  



Photo Epic presented by ODI

After a two year break, the EWS has made the long-awaited return to the small Australian island of Tasmania. A racers favorite in 2017, the trails are hidden in the forests around Derby are some of the most unique in the world. The creative use of natural features and massive boulders is nothing short of impressive. While the last visit was dominated by cold and rain with some of the most miserable conditions ever seen, this time it's nothing but sunshine and hero dirt.

Right from the start it was no surprise to see last week's winners Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier are up to speed and flying down the track. But a host of Aussies are looking to do well in front of the home crowd, none more so than Sam Hill.

The race weekend will kick off Saturday night with one single long stage before racers tackle a massive day of five stages on Sunday. And with a few thousand spectators expected things are sure to get rowdy. Especially when there are rumors of a DJ, a bar and a few heckler's sections spread strategically through the woods.

Be sure to check back for all the action on the track and the parties off the track as they happen through the weekend.


The view from the top of the mountain is breathtaking early in the morning.
The view from the top of the mountain is breathtaking early in the morning.

Isabeau Courdurier enjoying the relaxed mornings before practice here in Tasmania.
Isabeau Courdurier enjoying the relaxed mornings before practice here in Tasmania.

Shawn Neer always makes time to enjoy his morning coffee.
Shawn Neer always makes time to enjoy his morning or evening coffee.

The morning light in Derby is sublime.
The morning light in Derby is sublime.

All the style from Cody Kelley on Stage 1.
All the style from Cody Kelley on stage one.

Once again Youn Deniaud makes things look easy.
Once again Youn Deniaud makes things look easy.

Adrien Dailly is still not one hundred percent but will be giving it a go anyway
Adrien Dailly is still not one hundred percent but will be giving it a go anyway

Katy Winton had a rough start in Rotorua she s feeling like she can turn it around here.
Katy Winton had a rough start in Rotorua, she's feeling like she can turn it around here.

Chris Panozzo threads the needle through the big boulders.
Chris Panozzo threads the needle through the big boulders.

Noga Korem on the big slabs of stage one.
Noga Korem on the big slabs of stage one.

Marco Osborne getting hi tweak on on stage four.
Marco Osborne getting his tweak on on stage four.

Zakarias Johansen takes the inside line on stage four.
Zakarias Johansen takes the inside line on stage four.

Jill Kintner is making her EWS debut here this weekend. She has raced just about every other discipline there is so it will be interesting to see how she s adapts to enduro.
Jill Kintner is making her EWS debut here this weekend. She has raced just about every other discipline there is so it will be interesting to see how she adapts to enduro.

Keegan Wright kicked things off with a great result in New Zealand and hops to build on that success here in Tasmania.
Keegan Wright kicked things off with a great result in New Zealand and hopes to build on that success here in Tasmania.

Duncan Nasom styles it down the bottom of stage 6.
Duncan Nason styles it down the bottom of stage six.

Full gas for Jesse Melamed as always.
Full gas for Jesse Melamed as always.

Pedro Burns is loving the tracks here in Tasmania.
Pedro Burns is loving the tracks here in Tasmania.

Sam Hill looks like he s feeling a bit better after Rotorua.
Sam Hill looks like he's feeling a bit better after Rotorua.

Shawn Neer riding slabs on stage six.
Shawn Neer riding slabs on stage six.

Dave living by the suns out guns out mantra.
Dave living by the "suns out, guns out" mantra.

Josh Carlson plowing through some home turf rocks.
Josh Carlson plowing through some home turf rocks.

Sam Hill shooting the crash on stage 2.Caro
Sam Hill shooting the crack on stage two.

Mark Scott is looking to move up in the overall standings.
Mark Scott is looking to move up in the overall standings.

After hr first appearance on the podium last round Bex Baraona is riding with confidence in Tasmania.
After her first appearance on the podium last round, Bex Baraona is riding with confidence in Tasmania.

Series leader Isabeau Courdurier on one of the many many rock slabs found out on track in Tasmania.
Series leader Isabeau Courdurier on one of the many rock slabs found out on track in Tasmania.

You can carry a fair bit of speed into the dusty turns of lower stage six.
You can carry a fair bit of speed into the dusty turns of lower stage six.

Iago Garay has been looking mighty quick as of late but he still throws in the style.
Iago Garay has been looking mighty quick as of late, but he still throws in the style.

A sliver of light through the cracks of stage six.
A sliver of light through the cracks of stage six.

Randy dropping into Stage 3.
Randy dropping into stage three.

Josh Carlsomn between a rock an a hard place.
Josh Carlson between a rock an a hard place.

Yoann Barellli is looking quicker than ever here in Derby.
Yoann Barellli is looking quicker than ever here in Derby.

Remi Gauvin doing a little gardening on the side of the trail on stage 6.
Remi Gauvin doing a little gardening on the side of the trail on stage six.

Katy Winton will be looking to get back on the podium this weekend.
Katy Winton will be looking to get back on the podium this weekend.

Kevin Miquel on stage five.

Into the forest to kick things off on Stage 2.
Into the forest to kick things off on stage two.

Caro Gerig squeezing through the infamous crack.
Caro Gehrig squeezing through the infamous crack.

Ruaridh Cunningham is looking for it to all come together here in Derby. He has the speed and fitness. It s just got to click.
Ruaridh Cunningham is looking for it to all come together here in Derby. He has the speed and fitness. It's just got to click.

Kevin Miquel down the rocky Stage 5.
Kevin Miquel down the rocky stage five.

ALN drops through he boulders on Stage 5.
ALN drops through the boulders on stage five.

Robin Wallner had a big crash after coming up short on a gap at the bottom of Stage 4 but he will be good top go for race day.
Robin Wallner had a big crash after coming up short on a gap at the bottom of stage four, but he will be good to go for race day.

Beautiful views from Stage 6.
Beautiful views from stage six.

Martin Maes is certainly the one to beat this week in Tasmania.
Martin Maes is certainly the one to beat this week in Tasmania.

Florian Nicolai looking to back up his podium appearance from a week ago in New Zealand.
Florian Nicolai looking to back up his podium appearance from a week ago in New Zealand.

Lewis Buchanan is feeling a bit better this week after fighting the flu in Rotorua.
Lewis Buchanan is feeling a bit better this week after fighting the flu in Rotorua.

Rae Morrison tucking for speed on stage two.
Rae Morrison tucking for speed on stage two.

Dimitri Tordo will be one to watch this weekend.
Dimitri Tordo will be one to watch this weekend.

There are a few corners to roost here in Derby.
There are a few corners to roost here in Derby.

Innes Thoma loving the dust and rocks in Tasmania.
Ines Thoma loving the dust and rocks in Tasmania.

Mckay Vezina ices a sore shoulder after a massive crash in practice.
Mckay Vezina ices a sore shoulder after a massive crash in practice.

Massages and physiology of the Rocky Mountain team after a very long day of training.
Massages and physiology of the Rocky Mountain team after a very long day of training.

Time to double and triple check all the details. Racing is just a few hours away.
Time to double and triple check all the details. Racing is just a few hours away.


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29 Comments

  • + 19
 Epic! Love the story these tell! Thank you!
  • + 11
 Lived in Derby for over a year and absolutely loved it, sad that I missed out on such an epic race!
  • + 2
 we missed you big dog!! Come visit soon
  • + 9
 Will be interesting to see if Caro Gehrig's new cyborg left eye tips the odds in her favour
  • + 3
 Please elaborate
  • + 2
 I might have missed something
  • + 6
 He’s talking about her GoPro covering her left eye from this angle, making it look like she has a robotic eye
  • + 1
 @rbarbier12: Thought she was running the new AXS monocle
  • + 5
 Its the best photo report, seems like its a long summer in Aussie Big Grin
  • + 3
 how is photo of the year not just ews photos, these are way better than the poty this year lol
  • + 3
 Thanks Dave! Amazing work as always.
  • + 3
 Such awesome shots! Great work lads!
  • + 3
 Bring on the dislikes
  • + 2
 "Isabeau on stage five." Should be "Kevin Miquel on stage five."

Hire me.
  • + 2
 Yup... Swapped a photo and forgot to change caption. Good catch
  • + 1
 Looks like Youn Deniaud is riding a new Giant Reign? Maybe 29er? Looks like a carbon link and trunnion mount shock.
  • + 0
 I like the Folger's Cup coffee moments mixed in with the sick MTB action pics.
  • + 1
 Can we get an EWS mechanic pit/toolbox article?
  • + 1
 This would be great. I'd love to see some documentation of what goes on in the pits when riders pass through in a hurry and with issues. Unfortunately it would take a dedicated person to focus on it as the photo crew covering the event often has no time or minimal time to pass through the pits during the race do to logistics of getting from stage to stage. And more often than not no one is in the pits other than during the race.
  • + 1
 And still, nobody dips the bike quite like Cody
  • + 1
 #notatable
  • + 1
 Who the f*ck is Randy?
  • + 9
 You don't know Randy bro?
  • + 5
 Everyone knows Randy! He’s everyone’s friend. How do I know? My boy randy said so.
  • + 1
 Place looks so rad
  • + 0
 Deadly shots!
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