Finals Photo Epic: Aussie Aussie Aussie - EWS Tasmania 2019

Mar 31, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  



Photo Epic presented by ODI

After a few days of sunshine, racing got underway in Tasmania on a drizzly Saturday afternoon. Just one stage, the longest of the weekend, would sort out the field before the big effort of five additional stages on Sunday. Things would start just as they ended in Rotorua with Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier taking the win in their respective categories and with it some added confidence.

Sunday would be back to normal with dry and dusty dirt, warm sunshine and of course the massive Tassie crowds that came to party all day long as the best in the world tackled their local trails.

For the men, it would be Martin Maes taking the driver's seat all day long as he built upon his lead stage after stage. He would win the first three before conceding stage four to Frenchman Kevin Miquel. Behind Martin, the podium positions flip-flopped all day long and heading into the final stage of the day positions 2-4 were still all just within seconds of each other. Connor Fearon, Kevin Miquel, and Remi Gauvin all in a battle for the final podium spots. While in the women's race there would be a different winner on each of the first three stages, and while Isabeau was able to keep it consistent enough to build a lead she was challenged by Jill Kintner and Morgane Charre every step of the way.

With the final stage of the day just above town and filled to capacity with spectators, the stage was set for a dramatic end to the day. With every second counting and podium positions on the line, it was still very much anyone's race.

In the end, Isabeau would walk away unchallenged for the win as she stretched her lead over first time EWS racer Jill Kintner and local Rowena Fry. Just off the podium would be Noga Korem and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau. Unfortunately, a crash from Morgane Charre would push her back to 7th

In the men's race, Martin Maes won all but two of the day's stages to back up his win from last week and head into the break with the maximum points haul thus far in the season. Also backing up his result from a week ago was Florian Nicolai in second who has started his season with strength and consistency heading into the European rounds. Keeping with the theme of new faces on the podium this season, third place would go to Aussie Connor Fearon just ahead of Remi Gauvin and Kevin Miquel.

The EWS will now take a six-week break before picking up again at the iconic and picturesque island venue of Madeira.

It was a cold one this morning before the sun came up.
It was a cold one this morning before the sun came up.

Thew morning calm before the storm for Isabeau Courdurier
The morning calm before the storm for Isabeau Courdurier

Dave fuels up before a big day of racing.
Dave fuels up before a big day of racing.

Katy Winton all bandaged up and watching the races.
Katy Winton all bandaged up and watching the races.

Adrien Dailly happy to be back racing.
Adrien Dailly happy to be back racing.

Martin Maes calm and collected before the start
Martin Maes calm and collected before the start

The thousand yard stare on Josh Carlson on Stage 2
The thousand-yard stare from Josh Carlson on stage two

Into the crack and a top 10 for defending champ Sam Hill
Into the crack and a top 10 for defending champ Sam Hill

4th on the weekend for Noga Korem
4th on the weekend for Noga Korem

After a massive crash in training it was good to see Robin Wallner scrape things together for 11th this weekend.
After a massive crash in training it was good to see Robin Wallner scrape things together for 11th this weekend.

Adrien Dailly took fourteenth today.
Adrien Dailly took fourteenth today.

Marco Osborne brings it home on stage six.
Marco Osborne brings it home on stage six.

What a red today for Connor Fearon to take 3rd and his first EWS podium.
What a day today for Connor Fearon to take 3rd and his first EWS podium.

Connor Fearon on his way to third place is Tasmania.
Connor Fearon on his way to third place in Tasmania.

Bad day for Alex Cure. A crash on stage two took him out of the running.
Bad day for Alex Cure. A crash on stage two took him out of the running.

Isabeau Courdurier on her way to win number two.
Isabeau Courdurier on her way to win number two.

Focus from Mckay Vezina
Focus from Mckay Vezina

Morgane Charre was battling for the lead with Isabeau Courdurier for the first half of the day.
Morgane Charre was battling for the lead with Isabeau Courdurier for the first half of the day.

Jill Kintner can now add an EWS podium to her long list of mountain bike racing achievements.
Jill Kintner can now add an EWS podium to her long list of mountain bike racing achievements.

Canadian Kasper Woolley took 3rd in the U21 race.
Canadian Kasper Woolley took 3rd in the U21 race.

Rowena Fry taking third in front of the home crowd.
Rowena Fry taking third in front of the home crowd.

Remi Gauvin hucking his way tot he finish on stage six.
Remi Gauvin hucking his way to the finish on stage six.

Moments later Jesse Melamed would wash out the next corner costing his precious second and a few places in the overall.
Moments later Jesse Melamed would wash out on the next corner, costing him precious seconds and a few places in the overall.

Duncan Nason heads down the final rock slab of Trouty and the end of the final stage.
Duncan Nason heads down the final rock slab of Trouty and the end of the final stage.

For many it was an all day party.
For many it was an all-day party.

Cole Lucas has been the break out rider of the first two rounds. He took tenth today.
Cole Lucas has been the break out rider of the first two rounds. He took tenth today.

6th this week for Keegan Wright to go with his 2nd last week in Rotorua.
6th this week for Keegan Wright to go with his 2nd last week in Rotorua.

Shawn Neer feeling more at home ion the rocks of Tasmania than the roots of Rotorua.
Shawn Neer feeling more at home on the rocks of Tasmania than the roots of Rotorua.

Pure focus on stage 2 from Morgane Charre.
Pure focus on stage two from Morgane Charre.

A big crash for Morgane Charre on stage 4 would end her battle at the front.
A big crash for Morgane Charre on stage four would end her battle at the front.

5th to day for Andreane Lanthier Nadeau
5th today for Andreane Lanthier Nadeau

First in U21 for Antoine Vidal
First in U21 for Antoine Vidal

Pinned and into second for Florian Nicolai
Pinned and into second for Florian Nicolai

Even a little rain on Saturday evening couldn t derail the Maes Train.
Even a little rain on Saturday evening couldn't derail the Maes Train.

4th and just off the podium by 2 seconds for the stylish Remi Gauvin.
4th and just off the podium by two seconds for the stylish Remi Gauvin.

The party a little different in Tassie
They party a little differently in Tassie

Dave ejoys a bit of refresh on hecklers corner.
Dave enjoys a bit of refreshment on hecklers corner.

Pure intensity from Kevin Miquel on the final stage of the weekend.
Pure intensity from Kevin Miquel on the final stage of the weekend.

Near disaster for Kevin Miquel. A little help from Maes and Melamed saved the day.
Near disaster for Kevin Miquel. A little help from Maes and Melamed saved the day.

Have to pack it out.
Have to pack it out.

Once again Martin Maes was win a league of his own
Once again Martin Maes was in a league of his own

Antoine Vidal heading for the overall in junior men.
Antoine Vidal heading for the overall in junior men.

Bex Baraona missed out on the podium this week but stall managed to finish in the top 5.
Bex Baraona missed out on the podium this week but still managed to finish in the top five.

ALN moving on to the refreshments.
ALN moving on to the refreshments.

3rd on the day for Ibis.
3rd on the day for Ibis.

Connor Fearon adds another fresh face to this years EWS podium
Connor Fearon adds another fresh face to this years EWS podium

Two weeks and two second place finishes for Floriain Nicolai.
Two weeks and two podium finishes for Florian Nicolai.

1st EWS and a second place. Jill Kintner has something to smile about.
1st EWS, and a second place. Jill Kintner has something to smile about.

Maes Nicolai and Fearon- men s podium.
Maes, Nicolai, and Fearon - men's podium.

Women s podium.
Women's podium.

Isabeau with the shoey
Isabeau with the shoey

Shoey s all around on the podium
Shoey's all round on the podium


Previously:
Final Results: EWS Tasmania 2019
Day 1 Results: EWS Tasmania 2019
Practice Photo Epic: (Tas) - MANIA - EWS Tasmania 2019
Course Preview: Ride The Tassy Tiger - EWS Tasmania 2019
3 Pro Bikes from EWS Tasmania 2019
Video: Course Preview - EWS Tasmania 2019


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



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51 Comments

  • 158 0
 That pic of Maes and Melamed helping Miquel with his wheel is everything that is right about EWS. All those guys are on the sharp end gunning for top step, yet they’re happy to help each other out!
  • 9 0
 Fully agree, love it
  • 17 3
 Absolutely, just don't think cushcore or hucknorris or whoever else is trying to convince us to put extra shit in our tires is stoked about the next shot..
  • 7 0
 In the end, they're just dudes on bikes....fast as hell, but still Wink

Amazing picture!
  • 6 0
 @ripcraft: they can't protect against everything. Hit a wheel hard enough and any setup will fail.
  • 5 0
 @ripcraft: someday in the future, people will think we were crazy for putting all this crap in our wheels: sticky goop, foam inserts...
  • 16 3
 @ripcraft: there is a dramatic difference between the Cushcore and Huck Norris. Just saying.
  • 1 1
 @mtnrush666: I wouldn't call sealant extra shit at this point. Don't we all use it?

And meh on the differences between products. They all work on the same basic principle, have all been marketed to prevent this very situation, and it just seems they are all a bit of a crapshoot as to whether they actually work when you need them to.. though that last part is just the impression I have gotten.

But I'm a lightweight dude who lives in a place with more duff and good dirt than sharp rocks. So I've never seen the appeal for myself.. so there's that.

None of which actually changes my first point.. which was just that the guys at those company's probably don't like seeing photos like that on websites...
  • 1 0
 That was a brutal stage he floated on, the top of it is just one long rock garden that eats wheels.
  • 3 2
 @ripcraft: Coming from someone who has folded plenty of rims, the differences are pretty drastic. Procore works way better than Cushcore, which works better than Huck Norris.

Also, they're pretty reliable, and not JUST good for emergencies - having Procore lets me run a lot lower pressures. I not bottom out about once per ride, and haven't had any rim or tire damage.

I'm an insert evangelist. They're probably not for everyone, but for serious DH/Enduro racers, it's a great call!

And yeah, I'm sure Huck Norris isn't all too stoked on the photo.
  • 6 0
 @ripcraft: take a look at the dent in his wheel. I run CushCore (and have run Procore as well) and can tell you that hit would have ended his race if he wasn't running some sort of rim protection.
  • 1 0
 @salespunk:

I saw that! Hard to so say though for sure that every other rim would have broken. Seen some bare rims take some impressive impacts, both alloy and plastic..

I'm really only slightly skeptical of the things. Don't see where I stated otherwise.

I feel like one could just run a rim with a beefier rim bead that could just take the impacts with less weight and complexity than these systems add. I had some 823s back in the day I would bash on rocks all the time, would just burp a little air. Maybe such a rim doesn't exist for some folks though.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: And Rimpact
  • 72 0
 Shall I win two in a row?? ....Maes well!!
  • 40 3
 1000$ for first place is absolutely DISRESPECTFUL!!! We are talking about the fastest MTB racers on the world who are training all year long and risking it all to make a living out of it.
Organizers, get your shit together...1000eur was the prize for first place on small downtown race in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Please add (at least) one "0" more on the end of that paycheck next time...
#c*nts
  • 3 20
flag chainspotting (Mar 31, 2019 at 14:02) (Below Threshold)
 Racers don't have to race it! That's the going rate for a niche sport then they aren't going to just say ok here's 100,000 what the fuck we don't care we aren't businesses trying to make profits we are just here to support wannabe downhiller careers
  • 33 1
 only $1000 euros for first? damn
  • 13 0
 I don't understand this either. How does Crafts and Cranks manage a $5K purse for Enduro and DH winner yet the premier series can only muster $1K. Would think they could manage $20K per round for purse money. Something seriously wrong here...
  • 10 3
 @salespunk: Fully agreed, or is this the result of including the UCI into the mix and all the money going to them and not filtering to the riders at all. EWS is pretty darn cool, but that prize money is a farce. Not even enough for a bloody plane ticket home. I hesitate to say this, really I do, but I think its past time to get a players union going for cycling. Cam Zink floated the idea and the guys and gals at the sharp end need to band together and get the money rolling somehow. Look at the RedBull viewing numbers going up and up every year. Cycling is a mess right now, these are top athletes, why are they not getting paid?
  • 1 2
 @Arzeripper: Cam Zink talking about a union? Really?
  • 1 1
 @Arzeripper: It could do with being more - but these guys are all pros. They get their bikes, travel, accommodation and salaries all provided by their teams and sponsors. They probably get win/podium bonuses too. If somebody is a regular on the podium they're probably doing alright.
  • 1 0
 @Arzeripper: 65million cumulative linear tv views, unknown millions online. The top 20 (or how ever many it is they broadcast) in DH and the slope style field absolutely should be getting paid by redbull. Enduro is a bit different because they haven't quite worked out how to make a product out of it yet, but still.
  • 2 0
 @mbikes1: we know that "Enduro" bikes outsell DH bikes 100 : 1 and the marketing is more relatable to the average consumer. DH captures more of the "hardcore" cyclist, but Enduro has a much wider audience. Because of that they are probably equal in marketing value.
  • 1 0
 ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS!
  • 23 2
 JILL FUCKIN KINTNER
  • 2 0
 Yeah, what he said. Dam Jill. Not surprised.
  • 10 0
 Hands down the event that produces the raddest photos. With most places the photos look pretty damn good. This joint is next level.
  • 5 0
 Those giant novelty checks (cheques) for stupidly low prize money... Just hand the guys their medal and stop embarrasing the sport
  • 4 1
 Wow, great coverage as always! I would have liked a pic or two of Eddie Masters but there are so many good riders and pictures that someone people are going to fall through the cracks.
  • 3 0
 For those who don't like hydration packs and can't bring themselves to wear a fanny pack, the new water storage solution from 5.10 no bottle cage needed.
  • 2 0
 First man to win a stage this year aside from the incredible Mr Maes in Kevin Miquel! Stoked to see that, he was my wild card fantasy team pick and he's staying right there on my team!
  • 6 1
 The shoey!! Love it!
  • 7 1
 Disgusting !
  • 10 0
 Ricciardo approved
  • 4 0
 Great photos Dave and Matt.
  • 4 1
 Can't believe this place is 3 hours flight from home and I've not made the journey down yet Frown
  • 2 0
 Martin Maes pouring beers at the after party, Ed Masters and Matt Walker playing the publican, and Rocky Mountain team slam dancing. Derby put on a show!!! So good!!
  • 2 1
 Aussie, Aussie, Aussie Oi! Oi! Oi!

Being American, I have to admit, kinda sucks that we don't get to use "Oi" in our chants or as an exclamation. U-S-A chant is pretty good.
  • 1 0
 There goes my team with Alex and Morgane! Get well soon to all who crashed! Thanks for the great content, makes me excited to ride again!
  • 3 0
 Is Dave Trumpore off Yeti or did some airline lose his bike?
  • 11 0
 Borrowed a bike from the folks at Vertigo MTB for this round to avoid the "fun" of traveling with a bike from United States to NZ to Tasmania and back home as well as all the bio-security checkpoints in between... Will be back on something more Turquoise at the rest of the rounds ;-)
  • 2 0
 @davetrumpore: glad to hear! Love your work and Yeti photo stories never disappoint!
  • 3 0
 KINTNERS A LEGEND!
  • 1 0
 What the f*** is going on in the picture of Keegan Wright??! Bent out of shape and hammering the right brake! Wtf??
  • 2 0
 He's not even touching the right brake ... So not sure ;-)
  • 1 0
 Banger Dave- Horns High!
  • 2 2
 Zero pictures of Sam Hill?
  • 3 0
 Better look again Wink
  • 1 2
 @likehell: but zero mention of him winning the last stage.....
  • 2 0
 There is a photo of him slipping into the crack through the back door.
  • 1 0
 @ColquhounerHooner: True! But don't be that portugese guy lol

He'll be back winning soon enough Smile

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