Bring the best racers together, sprinkle in a little rain and you've got a hell of a race. A storybook ending for a pair of brothers from New Zealand to start the year off, leaving the season favorites behind to claw back up the standings at later races.
B. Any chance you guys can add a little more track detail similar to the UCI and more coverage of the actual riding as well? i feel as though EWS picks one spot on each stage and thats it. RedBull TV does a great job at covering races for the most part, i would love to see EWS go in this direction as well.
With all of that said, this is a HUGE improvement over years past. Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much for covering these events and sharing these awesome races with the world.
Answer: none, they are all saying how RAD this new darkness is.
"The Enduro World Series (EWS) is delighted to announce it’s coming to a TV screen near you thanks to a new partnership with IMG for mainstream television distribution of its race highlight shows. IMG are one of the world’s largest distributors of sports media and so will be able to bring enduro to a whole new TV audience across the globe. The three-year deal will see the EWS create a 24-minute highlight show from each of this year’s races exclusively for IMG distribution, as well as an end of season round up video."
Tech riding - the winners had it. Speed wise the final drier stages prove that the usual suspects have the edge.
Regards the Masters and the rest of the season. Watch out for Wyn.....hes racing all enduros and is fast and fit as f$%k. He'll be up there most races.
I agree...local knowledge does play its part. But not as much as we think. Once again.....the final stage results prove this.
Overall the top guys got beaten by guys who could ride the mud and challenging conditions more consistently.
On a mud race like this focus should be on wheels slipping and and sliding, that is where the action is. How many cuts where the wheels are not even in the frame? A close up on a fighting face is fine in between but more wide action shots PLEASE!
In enduro though it seems to be pretty hard on gear, in a DH race the top guys will get everything checked after a crash, in enduro, you could have a few knocks in a bad run and still have 6 stages left to go for some small damage to turn into a failure.
Lets put it this way, if they were so fragile the companies supplying them would have either stopped selling them or gone out of business, so in the 'real' (read non EWS) world they are usually absolutely fine.
it's called not over tightening like an idiot
Rude has been unquestionably dominant in a strong field of riders. Saying he's only kind of good because he isn't racing against somebody like Hill in their prime, or Minaar or Gwin is totally missing the point.
- Why are we booing?
- The sun comes up! Who'll pay for this?!
On a normal day, the combination of those trails is pretty easy, but after 8hrs...damn knackered...
THANKS for the awesome coverage of the EWS, enjoyed every bit of it the last season!!!
The Maori group at the start were part of the powhiri (poe-fi-ree) which is a Maori welcome. Starts with a type of haka, but it is more a welcome than a challenge, which is what a haka is (see All Blacks and any pub in England when the Poms encourage some drunk Kiwi's to do one).
Sports wise the haka is now becoming prevalent when Kiwi's do well. Bit of backlash to that in NZ as the whole cultural appropriation PC brigade is starting to make a huff over it, and the "oh it's so embarrassing, Cheryl. Not another one!"
Good vid though!
Aside from that, this is quite good but not sport journalisms masterclass. Somehow halfway between journalism and advertisement. A real journalistic coverage would have had more words what a great advantage the early start times were. More real interviews would be nice, too.
So the coverage is on the right track but not on par with e.g. Eurosport covering road cycling.