5 Things We Learned at EWS Northstar

Aug 26, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
10th for Anita Gehrig

As the action heated up in California, here are five things we noticed from behind the tape.

1. This was the closest EWS race ever... again.

For the second time this year we’ve had a race described as ‘the closest ever’. This time Sam Hill was on the losing end of it as Richie Rude beat him to the line by just 0.8 seconds. This was the second winning margin of less than a second this year, with Ed Masters claiming victory in Les Orres in July by 0.94.

But was Northstar really closer? Les Orres was run over a 40-minute span, compared to the 26 minutes in Northstar. This may be splitting hairs but percentage-wise, Ed Masters won in Les Orres by 0.04%, whereas Richie in Northstar won by 0.05%, so while Northstar was closer in terms of raw time, Les Orres was probably closer over the course of the race as a whole. One thing is for certain though, this season has been the closest ever and an absolute joy to follow.
Sam was on fire today while he and Richie pushed each other to their absolute limits



2. Courdurier’s perfect season has been spoiled.

Before Northstar, Isabeau Courdurier had won every race and every Queen Stage of 2019, giving her the perfect score of 3240 points. She came away from Northstar with another race win but Noga Korem became the first woman to take points off Courdurier all year as she claimed victory on the Queen Stage.

If we're comparing apples to apples, Courdurier can, and probably will, still match Cecile Ravanel's season-long winning streak in Zermatt at the end of September but she can now no longer go one better and take every Queen stage too.
No surprise to see Isabeau out in front once again



3. It's going down to the wire for the men's overall


With Ed Masters out with a broken wrist, all eyes now turn to Florian Nicolai and Sam Hill who are separated by just 60 points with one round remaining. The momentum is currently with Sam Hill, who leaves North America with two-second place finishes, while Flo has treaded water with a 9th and a 13th. However, Zermatt sees a return to European high mountains, where Nicolai outscored Hill earlier in the year, if you combine the points of Val di Fassa and Les Orres.

So what does it mean in terms of numbers? Well, if Sam wins, Florian will have to finish 2nd; if Sam finishes 2nd, Florian will have to finish 5th; if Sam finishes 3rd, Flo will have to finish 8th and then if Sam finishes any lower than 3rd, Florian just has to finish within 6 places of him. Let's also not forget the Queen stage though, if either rider wins that then the overall picture will swing wildly in that rider's favor.
Florian Nicolai holds a 60 point lead for the overall over Sam Hill. Can he hold him off in Zermatt



4. The EWS is more inclusive than ever


Northstar heralded another new first for the Enduro World Series in the form of Sean Simonson, the first-ever adaptive rider in the EWS. Sean is a retired fireman from Huntington Beach, CA who broke his neck while riding and was diagnosed as a C6, C7 paraplegic.

Sean was racing in the EWS 80 on his three-wheeled bike along with his riding buddy Mason, who was on hand to ensure Sean was ok if he got caught up on any of Northstar's nadgery rock features. Sean told the EWS, “I don’t want to be the trail blazer but I do want people to know that they can do it too." hopefully now we'll see plenty more athletes of all backgrounds inspired to race in this amazing series. Read more about Sean's story here.




5. Mitch Ropelato is one of the best all-round bike riders on the planet.


Mitch Ropelato once again proved he's one of the best all-round bike riders on the planet as he took 3rd and his first-ever EWS podium in Northstar. The result comes just a week after claiming the King of Crankworx title in Whistler where he also won Speed and Style, Dual Slalom and the Garbanzo Downhill. Add to this his all-round bike handling skills, insane style and famed car park jibs, and it all results in Mitch being the sort of rider we all aspire to be. In the past, Mitch seemed to struggle to find his niche in mountain biking but it turns out just doing everything well and having a good time while doing it works out just fine.

Mitch Ropelato was possibly the most impressive this weekend taking his first EWS podium.




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137 Comments

  • 197 1
 Good month: Mitch Ropelato
  • 135 2
 MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH MITCH
  • 47 3
 Ropelato 2020?
  • 22 1
 1. agreed
2. poor Intense, despite the talented and charming Isabeau and a very gradual shift for the better in their colorways their bikes still don't tempt me. looking forward to PB's review of the new Primer tho. but an almost $2k gap between the expert and pro model wtf?
3. Flo doesn't get much love, amirite?
4. yeah Sean!
5. Mitch and the U.S. men in general brought their a-game and it was great to see! #1, 3, 7 & 11! not sure that many have ever graced the top dozen spots in an EWS race.
  • 10 7
 Ropellapalooza!
  • 8 0
 @WasatchEnduro: Add Mckay Vezina who lives half the year in SoCal. He’s pretty much a loc, so we are gonna go ahead and count him.
  • 7 0
 @WAKIdesigns: have you tried to say it?

6. People always find reasons to be pissed off.
  • 5 0
 @WasatchEnduro: in rotorua a few years back nz took the top 3 spots and I think blenki was in the top 10, and bulldog might have been up there too?
Great effort for sure though
  • 3 1
 I screamed this in the Bill Nye the Science Guy voice I'm hoping everyone else did the same
  • 3 1
 @WasatchEnduro:

1. Hell yes
2. Agreed - they just can't seem to get it right
3. Same thing happened with Dailey few years ago - sad but true...dude needs to work on his English
4. Pretty much.
5. USA! USA!
  • 2 1
 @WasatchEnduro: part of me thinks if you want a SC bike, you can save some dough and buy an Intense with as good or better spec with VPP (just older but proven shock placement)...
  • 2 0
 @Staktup:

I didn’t get along that well with the vpps of yesteryear. I did get a mini demo on my friend’s new Hightower and the rear suspension felt great. Less efficient but better at descending.

I’m guessing the Primer will out climb a HT but the HT will own the dh. Also SC has more betterer geo imo. Steeper STA and slacker HT both of which I’m into.

Anyway, not sure if intense is getting around to demo events but I’m almost interested enough to try one out. The competition is this category is super Intense tho.
  • 3 0
 RANDY
  • 3 0
 @MikeyMT:

3. I spoke to Flo earlier this year about his bike setup. Even with my Scottish accent he understood me and I had no problem understanding his responses.

Personally think he is a great rider.
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: a campaign has been suggested, glad to see we’re gaining support.
  • 2 0
 @WasatchEnduro: 2. Totally agree on intense. none of their bikes look good even with the all new models and colorways. It just doesnt seem premium compared to SC, Yeti, Ibis etc
  • 45 5
 6: People will piss and moan about having no live feed coverage.
  • 21 22
 Yes. I want to watch these riders race live rather than see a results page. The riders and the fans deserve it.
  • 15 3
 We already knew that one. People will piss and moan about anything if they think someone is listening.
  • 79 11
 @dvp8: What?! How do we "deserve" it? What exactly do we do to "deserve" it? As far as I am aware I do absolutely nothing that merits I be rewarded with free coverage of an event I am not involved in, that is no doubt extremely expensive to provide.

The sense of entitlement is amazing.
  • 20 28
flag FarmeR57 (Aug 26, 2019 at 8:57) (Below Threshold)
 @humoroususername:Wow that's some quality internet outrage there.... pretty sure dvp8 meant that this level and quality of racing "deserves" to have better live coverage. EWS improves every year so better coverage will come. You should perhaps relax and keep your butthurt to yourself, eh?
  • 7 1
 Most people leaving comments about no live stream don’t understand what it takes to broadcast, in a semi professional manner, a bike race. Commenters saying they’ll live stream it, but what happens when you’re in a valley with crappy service, if you even ave service, or when your ISP caps your data, after all, you’re on a consumer plan. I think EWS could put together a production to either show off the queen stage or the final stage, if they had sponsors willing to pay for it. Maybe they’ll get wild next season and try it?
  • 13 2
 @humoroususername: I never mentioned "free coverage". I think the riders that are pushing the limits in races and working incredibly harder should have their talents shown live. And fans that follow the races and watch all the recaps should be able to watch the sport they love, live. Maybe "deserve" was a bit too strong of a word, it wasn't mean to be entitlement, it's more an expectation of sports in the 21st century.
  • 8 8
 @mtbyoda: that was beatiful, that's like reading Oscar Wilde...
  • 3 1
 @manglermixer: even a good effort with mixed results is better than no effort and no live video stream. Call it a beta version and everyone is going to be happy to have at least something.

The thing is, I don't think UCI is eager to give any money on it (UCI is in a business of collecting money, not the other way around), and this would have to be shouldered by the local organizers. Which probably have a very tight budget.
  • 3 0
 @manglermixer: I'll pay for it all singlehandedly to watch those races!
  • 1 2
 Let’s make it a fully go pro coverage event no statinary cams anymore
  • 4 1
 I dont’t Get it. Ews and uci should be concerned with the races themselves and not the coverage (other than that what’s officially produced is high quality) Basically the only hope is if a media production company like red bull thought they could get sponsors and enough viewers for it to be worth tagging along. The mtb media are already doing a great job with what they got so gotta give props where it’s do.
  • 10 0
 On @downtime podcast Sven was saying how at some races it was hard to get internet just for sending photos to clients. In saying that if it ever becomes a live streaming event it’s all too likely we will see less exotic locations and less technical trails and it will become a staged WC DH race.

Everything the EWS has going for it right now is because of the lack of a live stream!
  • 7 4
 @dvp8: low life.

Why would you want to watch a race live while you can ride your bike instead?

I watch all sports event on replay, when it is too late to be on my bicycle, the kids are asleep and my wife is watching some tv show I am not interested in.
  • 2 0
 You say it like it’s they're being unreasonable. If you want someone to invest their free time and money into your event then you’l probably need to give something back in return.
  • 3 0
 @opignonlibre: me too. I enjoy the write ups a lot. Yes I am old and lived with newspapers/magazines most of my life. Even those 2 paragraphs under the video window for 2nd day were very good at telling the story of intense racing that had been going on for 2 days.
  • 3 3
 @humoroususername: You’re acting like it’s a private party you’ve gatecrashed and should be grateful for what you’ve got. Pivot don’t send Eddie masters around the world because he’s a sound guy he’s there to promote the brand. It’s a promotional event. Without the fans they’re be no sponsors and therefore no event so yeah we’re well within our rights to demand more or we will just lose interest and move on.
  • 3 0
 @dvp8: I'd rather see highlights package and results something like WRC did.
  • 7 0
 @fatduke: yeah, wrc tried live coverage years ago. It resulted in shorter stages, abandonment of night stages, the end of the safari rally, etc. Basically it ruined everything good about the sport and it has never recovered.

Some sports just don't lend themselves well to live coverage. I really see absolutely no advantage to showing the EWS live. It will not work and the viewership figures will be very low even if they try it.
  • 1 5
flag thenotoriousmic (Aug 26, 2019 at 14:58) (Below Threshold)
 @humoroususername: if they don’t start doing something the next fad will come along and that will be the end of it. We’re not spending our Sundays hitting the refresh button on a results page.
They need to do something about the format it’s exactly the same as it was when it first started when people were riding lightweight trail bikes. Now we've got a event where riders are going on 45km bike rides with a 35lbs bikes on super tacky downhill tyres for absolutely no reason. Needs bringing up to date with slightly shorter stages and within the same rough area to give the media the chance to cover it and the fans can go to the event and follow the action.
  • 7 0
 @thenotoriousmic: no it really doesn't need any of what you suggested.
  • 3 3
 @humoroususername: That's the funny thing, we actually do sort of deserve it. We pay ridiculous amounts of money for these bikes (and MTB specific safety gear, apparel, energy drinks, etc...) so that the manufacturers can sponsor and send these teams all around the world to compete in a giant marketing exercise to... wait for it... get us to pay ridiculous amounts of money for these bikes. While I'm sure bike racing would exist without the marketing aspect, the marketing aspect is what gets all the fastest riders together in one big series and gets us all interested. In fact, it's in the industry's best interest for these events to get the best coverage that can be had, as it increases the value of the whole marketing exercise. So yes, we are already paying for it and should get better coverage.
  • 2 0
 @thenotoriousmic: nfl doesn’t pay cbs, Colgate toothpaste does. And why should the ews invest in coverage instead of the race series itself.
  • 2 1
 @Fresh1: nah dude. These guys have raced since they were children and were good enough and worked it enough to do it for a living. Mtbs are barely profitable compared to other bikes and even less so compared to other industries. Beyond that why would trek pay to promote yeti and nuke proof as opposed to investing more in their marketing, product, and race teams. Nobody deserve ews coverage cause they bought a sb150 cause their a rude fan. Rude deserves a bonus and yeti’s owners can decide how to invest their small profit margins.
  • 1 4
 @fatduke: Ok sure it doesn’t. You stick to refreshing a results page and watching a crappy 15 min highlight video.

At the end of the day the fans are only interested in seeing riders send it on trail bikes. Absolutely nobody cares about the 45km bike ride they get sent on for some unknown reason, nobody wants to see Sam Hill careful pace himself down a 30 min race stage worn out from a massive unnecessary bike ride. If the EWS doesn’t cut the fat and we don’t get decent coverage we’ll just move on to something else and no amounts of downvotes will change that.
  • 4 0
 @thenotoriousmic: I am 100% convinced that you don't have a clue what the fans want. Have you any evidence for what you are saying? Has the popularity of EWS begun to decline or something and you are the only one that knows about it? As far as I am aware EWS is getting more popular every year and more and more high profile riders are able to make a living doing it. To me that suggests that the sponsors are more than happy with the coverage that they are receiving from the highlights video and photo epics.

"Absolutely nobody cares about the 45km bike ride they get sent on for some unknown reason, nobody wants to see Sam Hill careful pace himself down a 30 min race stage worn out from a massive unnecessary bike ride."

What the hell are you on about? That is the sport that I do and most other PB and MTB people. And that is exactly what I want to see Sam Hill do too. I certainly don't want a watered down mini DH race just to satisfy people like you who have a limited attention span.
  • 1 0
 @humoroususername: EWS whistler 2019 highlights a paltry 90k on YouTube. Nobody cares anymore. I’ve not been able to finish a highlight video this season. It’s all mbuk Rick filling time, all the clips are shown in slow motion To drag them out to hide what little footage they have. You might be simple enough to persevere with that but I’m moving on with everyone else. The fans want action the EWS is totally devoid of action. Work it out for yourself. X
  • 2 0
 @thenotoriousmic: 90k views and nobody cares? think you need to re-evaluate what quantifies as nobody.

70k views on the winning runs from Lenzerheide would you say even less people care about riders getting sendy on DH courses then?

Also the get sent on 45km rides to get to the stages (thought this would be obvious), think of it as professional strava'ing. They are basically on a long ride in the Lakes and are looking to get the KOM/QOM for a segment.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: yeah...90k views of a 20 minute review show for a niche sport is a lot. I don't think you have even the foggiest notion what you are talking about.

Not to mention all of the raw video views, the photo epics, the Instagram views, the privateer accounts, etc.

Everything you are saying is obviously nonsense.
  • 1 2
 @humoroususername: You’re actually retarded. EWS whistler 2019 has less views than a vlog. That’s how relevant it is right now. That’s the only coverage we have and nobody’s watching it. Give us access to the action or someone else will. It’s a simple as that.
  • 1 1
 @fatduke: yeah I get how it works I’m sure it’s a good day out for the riders just not for anyone else.
  • 6 0
 @humoroususername: ignore him... He only hates on things when he posts on PB and tries to wind people up. Dont feed the troll
  • 3 3
 @davetrumpore: literally not trying to wind anyone up by saying they need to put all the stages reasonably close to each other so that the fans and media can follow the whole race or a big percentage of it and that they shouldn’t flog your start athletes with a pointless 45km bike ride on downhill tyres when they only get timed on the descents. The bit we care about the racing part doesn’t change except you can actually follow it.
  • 6 1
 @thenotoriousmic: you sure love to repeat your "pointless 45km bike ride" line a lot... Multiple times here and in the thread in Whistler. You constantly hate on the highlight video here and after the last round too. And in Whistler after they took a lift up (didn't ride up which you say is pointless) you then hated on the fact they raced 11km down, saying it should have been split in two????? Seriously what's your deal besides finding ways to hate on and troll the EWS ??? Your "opinions" of an EWS race sre so off the mark as NONE of them follow this "45km" format you keep flapping on and on about.... You are literally making up things and presenting them as facts to stir the pot and argue for the sake of arguing.
  • 5 1
 @thenotoriousmic: the past round in northstar the stages were literally right next to each other. Riders took lifts for all but one stage. They all finished withing 100m of each other, and even higher up the mountain you could walk from one stage to the next.... Fans can follow these races in person just fine. And with the amateur racing there are riders on stages just about all day so there's always something going on.... Besides just hating for the sake of it, you seem to also really just want live coverage. This has been discussed to death, bit the cost and logistics is mind blowing. It takes a week to setup on DH track for a WC with massive crew of workers. Riders then come down a 3-4 min track at 2-3 minute intervals. Now imagine trying to do this on 6 tracks at double the length with riders at 30sec/1 min intervals???? It's a unique format and with it come unique challenges and different coverage. Between riders social media feeds, daily photo and video recaps on mtb media sites, and the 20 min recap video within 24 hours is pretty damn good (and no it's not just slow motion and Rick presenting which you've repeatedly claimed... It's 90% full action).... And it's all for FREE so please stop cluttering up the comments s with your BS
  • 1 4
 @davetrumpore: 90% action? You’re a joke mate. It’s not just me who thinks it’s shit. There’s a reason it hardly gets any views and not just that it’s going backwards they used to get more it should be getting bigger every year and the fact it isn’t says it all really the hype has died and are you seriously suggesting I waste my time scrolling Instagram for scraps of EWS coverage? If you’re content with that then your part of the problem. Highlight video would be ok as a sideshow but as the main event it’s nowhere near good enough. I’ve lost interest in the EWS and haven’t really been following it closely this year so I don’t really know much about north start never heard off it until now but doesn’t that sound better? Wouldn’t it be a good idea if they had more races like that?
  • 3 1
 @thenotoriousmic: you sure do pop off in alll the EWS posts and saybyoubwatch the highlights, even going so far as to analyze theirr viewing stats. Lost interest huh? Or just trolling, hmmmm.... if you've lost interest kindly show yourself out the door and stop flapping away here... No one will miss you.
  • 5 0
 I actually like the 20 minutes highlights package format - I don’t have enough spare time to watch hours of live coverage, I’d rather be out riding my bike.
  • 6 1
 @lewiscraik: if the 5-7 hours it takes for an EWS to happen was shown live these same people would complain it's too long and demand a 30 minute highlight reel so they could just skip to the highlights and still know what happened ... The gimme gimme instant gratification generation haha
  • 2 1
 @davetrumpore: You’d miss me clearly. I had no idea you was such a fan or is that stalking? I’m not even saying anything controversial it’s just your too retarded to think for yourself.
  • 1 1
 @thenotoriousmic: somebody needs a nap
  • 28 0
 Dumpster Fire Racing!
  • 19 1
 Mitch Ropelato- Amazing rider, incredible person. Super stoke to see his successes!!!
  • 10 0
 talked to him in line for the chair lift for 10 minutes. always been a big fan and to see him podium this weekend was probably the best thing happening in that race. was absolutely pumped to see him on that podium
  • 17 0
 Sean Simonson bike check, please.
  • 16 0
 Mitch Ropo .....finding is groove!
  • 13 0
 I honestly wouldn't be opposed to a $5/month fee to watch coverage of events. Seems like a good start.
  • 35 2
 If you crowd fund me getting to races I'll run around live streaming everything with a gimbal.
  • 21 2
 @mtbmaniatv: wouldnt it be better if you streamed it with a camera instead?
  • 5 4
 @rewob: I ain't got no 60k livestream redbull camera machine and they're hard to hike with. You can hook a wire into a DSLR camera but it still runs off your phone.
  • 21 2
 @mtbmaniatv: r/woooosh
  • 3 1
 @colincolin: reddit leaking onto pinkbike now.
  • 2 0
 would love to see live as well, The tour uses helicopters to follow and feed the live streams, wonder if drones could act as simple repeater towers for this over a mountain like this....
  • 4 0
 @mtbmaniatv: any chance of the full episodes coming back? You always had good coverage of the pro GRTs maybe the NA ews races could be a possibility.
  • 3 1
 @thook: Thank you. Said it before, cut a big ol check (or find someone to) and we'll be out there again.
  • 1 0
 @mtbmaniatv: #backinthegame
  • 1 0
 @level4designs: they cannot. The power supply needed to power HD cameras and antennas is too much for commercial drones--unless we are talking a million+ dollar operatoon
  • 1 0
 @mtbmaniatv: make sure you you film your legs exploding.
  • 4 0
 @mtbmaniatv: I feel like you bring a very relevant perspective to this whole idea. You obviously have had experience producing content for races. What size team and budget do you think they would be looking at to do live streams of an EWS stage race with a minimal crew that could still create content worth watching?
  • 1 0
 @mtbmaniatv: fair enough. I hope someone can help you guys make it work. As a college student it aint gonna be me for a few years
  • 1 0
 @Mntneer: I think he meant drone as a repeater for the weak signal.
  • 1 0
 @hellanorcal: it'd probably be easier to just put it on a local peak. The repeater and antenna may not be that heavy but the batteries surely will be
  • 1 0
 @thook: we get about 10 miles line of site per relay station. No need for drones relaying. That's the problem, however. If you're in an area where vehicles and OHV's aren't allowed, than you are starting to push the limits of man-packed equipment
  • 2 0
 @Fresh1: Shucks maybe 3-5 people depending on how many stages per day. Have 1 person in charge of switching which phone is live streaming and 1 camera person on top of each stage hiking down as riders drop. All cell service permitting of course. Whattaya think?
  • 1 0
 @Mntneer: Trust me, I know all about lugging radio equipment up mountains. Fun fact, the distance records of most microwave bands are in the hundreds of kilometers, with many reaching thousands of kilometers. Obviously they weren't transmitting a television broadcast, but long distance is definitely possible with those bands. Better than a drone would be a weather balloon. Much, much, much cheaper.
  • 1 0
 @mtbmaniatv: I'm in! How do we get funding?
  • 1 0
 @Fresh1: maybe we'll set something up for next year haha keep your eyes out
  • 13 1
 let me get this straight... a 26minute race was won by a margin usually found in a 3-4minute race? mental.
  • 12 0
 Mitch is the best!!
  • 8 1
 6. Enduro as never been so close to DH. If they had climbed 1500 meters just pedaling, the results could have been very different...
  • 1 0
 "has never been"
  • 7 3
 The fact they can practice some parts of the course make it so not enduro.
  • 5 3
 Agreed. Chair lift, brutal downhills where big balls, big arms and knowledge of the tracks seems more important than skills.

It looks like as much as a 20min DH as an enduro race.

What about pedaling and blind tracks?

What is the definition of enduro from EWS and UCI?
  • 6 0
 Yet, the two dudes who have been dominating the last few years still went 1 and 2, with Maes in 4th. Such obscure results Smile
  • 1 7
flag dakine69 (Aug 26, 2019 at 14:54) (Below Threshold)
 @fautquecaswing: thats why enduro sucks - for me this is mini DH...
  • 3 0
 @dakine69: you mean mega-DH.
  • 2 0
 @fautquecaswing: ah, the Enduro equivalent of the true-freeride vs. Slopestyle at Rampage chat. It was only a matter of time.
  • 1 0
 @whitehonky: ahhhm nope.. i compete enduro races as well, but i think its not so fair than DH, even in EWS its possible to cheat, saw it last year, and nothing happened... in DH you are 1inch out of course and you are DQ
  • 1 1
 @VanNoche: I do not contest the skills of the two firsts, with their big arms and big balls. And Maes did also prove how well he can perform in real DH. I guess it the same for the entire top10?

But did all this top 10 prove it can perform with 1700md+ and blind tracks (simple enduro, nothing more)
  • 6 0
 Love to see a mandatory chainless stage in these gravity fed venues. See who really does have the best flow and line choices.
  • 1 0
 Ahah! I would love to see that.
  • 5 0
 Seam Simonson - absolute tank! Smashing trails despite the worst consequences having happened. Respect.
  • 5 0
 We also learned that the annoying dude from the "Chute from hell" video was mostly correct .
  • 4 0
 Riders and the host of this said the same thing as he did about a dozen times using different words.
  • 1 1
 @Rubberelli: Just taking the piss dude. Lighten up.
  • 2 0
 @Dustfarter: ummm....I was agreeing with you.
  • 6 0
 Mitch!
  • 3 0
 When Mitch is focused and healthy he's amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing where this momentum takes him. He's on fire right now.
  • 2 2
 Seems the wild cards at the championship decider will be Maes and Rude, with nothing to lose. Championship is more likely to be decided by something like a 2-4 finish by the two leaders. Also-at Northstar Hill had to keep the championship in mind while Rude could focus on turning boulders into pebbles
  • 3 0
 I know, I know, there are technical limitations, but man I wish there would have been a way to watch this.
  • 4 0
 Sean Simonson..a LEGEND!!! Keep on trucking bro!! Local 3888
  • 4 0
 Really hope pinkbike doesn't make listicles a regular thing
  • 7 0
 8 Reasons Enduro Will Change the Way You Think About Everything
  • 1 0
 I know, right? How very clickbait Buzzfeed of them.
  • 2 0
 Here some footage of the rock garden on stage 5 of Richie Rude, Sam Hill, Martin Maes, and Jesse Melamed. youtu.be/R2gy6csG-50
  • 1 0
 and I was blown away by the vids of two wheelers crushing these epic trails. Sean’s gotta be on another level!!!! Any video of him from the weekend? Tried the YouTube’s...
  • 3 0
 #2 - Amy Morison crushes Stage6 for the win! That is all...
  • 4 3
 "absolute joy to follow"... but not watch. Would've been an epic to race to watch
  • 4 3
 How many deceased carbon rims this weekend?
  • 1 0
 (How many riders on them) x 2
  • 1 0
 Not many if you want to finish/win! Replacing wheels is not allowed!
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what happened with Keegan Wright after stage 3?
  • 2 0
 Heard he had been struggling with pneumonia and dropped out
  • 1 0
 Thank you for the coverage, it was an amazing race to watch!
  • 2 1
 Sean Simonson GREAT JOB!
  • 2 2
 6th thing we learned. The live coverage sucks
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