Photo Report: Course Preview - EWS La Thuile 2018

Jul 19, 2018
by Matthew DeLorme  


Round 5 of the Enduro World Series sees us return for a third time to a favorite, La Thuile, Italy. Perhaps the best stop on the Enduro World Series circuit. Nestled in the shadow on Monte Bianco, La Thuile has huge alpine stages, epic vistas, and some fine food at the end of the day. Round five consists of six stages, some old, most new. Three of the four old stages have fresh cut sections in them to keep things spicy. Duck into the woods after the alpine and things get steep quickly here. There will be long pedaling liaisons for Stage 2 and Stage 5 and lift access for the others with shorter pedal climbs. Come with us and take a look at the beauty that is La Thuile.

You know it s a nice day in La Thuile when you can see this view. It s a rarity but lets hope it holds for the weekend.
You know it's a nice day in La Thuile when you can see this view. It's a rarity, but let's hope it holds for the weekend.

The top of stage three is nothing but fresh cur alpine goodness.
The top of Stage 3 is nothing but fresh cut alpine goodness.

On this side it s Monte Bianco.
On this side it's Monte Bianco.


Just one of the things La Thuile has in spades- is epic views.
One of the things La Thuile has in spades is epic views.

Old an crumbling refugios are scattered about the the woods here in La thuile. Some still have impressive views out there windows.
Old and crumbling refugios are scattered about the woods. Some still have impressive views out their windows.

Fresh bench cut corners and catch berms on Stage 5 are incredibly loose and don t always have as much support as they appear.
Fresh bench-cut corners and catch berms on Stage 5 are incredibly loose, and don't always have as much support as they appear.

It s been dry the past few weeks in this region of the alps and dust is the primary surface throughout.
It's been dry the past few weeks in this region of the alps and dust is the primary surface throughout.

Duncan peers out of yet another EWS mine.
Duncan peers out of yet another EWS mine.

Dave tries to empty the creek crossing.
Dave tries to empty the creek crossing.

Spot the squids.
Spot the squids.

Matthew Delorme arrives to work in his Piaggio
Matthew Delorme arrives to work in his Piaggio

Even the liaison to Stage 3 is an impressive piece of trail.
Even the liaison to Stage 3 is an impressive piece of trail.

Stage 1 drops in of a rocky ledge once again with Mont Blanc in the background.
Stage 1 drops in off a rocky ledge, once again with Mont Blanc in the background.

Reflecting on the old part of stage one before diving into the new.
Reflecting upon the old part of stage one before diving into the new.

The squids assemble on the top of stage four.
Squids assemble on the top of stage four.

If you look closer you can see all the fresh loam flinging about through the wooded section of Stage 1.
Fresh loam flinging about through the wooded section of Stage 1.

EWS director Chris Ball drops into steep stuff.
EWS director Chris Ball drops into the steep stuff.

Scree surfing to kick of Stage 4.
Scree surfing to kick off Stage 4.

That view. We soaked as much of it in as we could because we might not be so lucky the rest of the week.
That view. We soaked as much of it in as we could because we might not be so lucky the rest of the week.

The Mad Dog gets loose as he dives into stage four.
The Mad Dog gets loose as he dives into Stage 4.

The start of Stage 4 drops off a very steep cliff face with just a little e exposure on the back side. Mont Blanc keeping an eye on things from the background.
The start of Stage 4 drops off a very steep cliff face with just a little exposure on the back side.

Stream crossings at full throttle on Stage 4.
Stream crossings at full throttle.

Natural wallrides at the bottom of Stage 4.
Natural wallrides at the bottom of Stage 4.

Duncan Philpott tucks into some proper alpine goodness.
Duncan Philpott tucks into some proper alpine goodness.

Monte Bianco Looms behind the massive stage four.
Monte Bianco looms behind the massive Stage 4.

How loose is Stage 5
How loose is Stage 5?

This Loose.
This loose.

We won t be seeing Robin Wallner this weekend as he is staying home to be present for the birth of his first child. He may be giving up his 2nd spot in the overall but family always comes first.
Robin Wallner is staying home to be present for the birth of his first child. He may be giving up his 2nd spot in the overall, but family always comes first.

It was a hot one and the local spring water is oh so good.
It was a hot one and the local spring water is oh so good.

The Hoff lifts a wheel to La Thuile.
The Hoff lifts a wheel to La Thuile.

Loooking back up the valley on the liaison to stage five.
Looking back up the valley on the liaison to Stage 5.

Lla Thuile also has an amazing hot chocolate at their local chocolate shop. It s won quite a few awards.
La Thuile also has an amazing hot chocolate at their local chocolate shop. It's won a few awards.



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Day 2



20 Comments

  • + 42
 Probably the most epic selection of photos (in the truest sense of the word) I've seen of La Thuile or anywhere. Such a sick place to ride your bike and be stoked on nature.
  • + 2
 You already said it all.
  • + 12
 Well, that made me want to leave work.
  • + 2
 Second that. I had the place to myself when I visited and probably my favourite place to ride in the alps.
  • + 1
 makes me want to get back there again...
  • + 0
 One of our favourite places to ride!
  • + 5
 2400 meters gainend in a day, that is crazy !!!!
  • + 5
 that is insane. im doing an epic Colorado ride on Saturday and its only 1,100 meters. i cant imagine doing more than double that. wtf
  • + 1
 @sooner518: i think that's what the santa fe BME was a few years ago (but that was just a one day race). eat cher wheaties...
  • + 3
 Gondola and shuttle for a good part of it...
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore Let's be honest here, isn't the media recce just a day when all the photos go out to stock on on Instagram gold for their personal accounts? Damn, fine shots either way. And bravo for riding those stages with a heavy pack.
  • + 3
 Hahaha sort of ;-)

But also the only time we can actually figure out where everything goes. With riders only getting one practice run on each stage it's imperative to know the layout and see as much of each stage as possible beforehand. But since we have to ride it we might as well snap a few pics of our colleagues in the process.
  • + 3
 Kudos to IBIS for their decision to let their rider enjoy the happy moment.
  • + 1
 Some of the best picture i have seem from competition, epic panorama!! A new one on the bucket list. Impressive jump with the heavy backpack on that natural wall ride. Great job thank you!
  • + 3
 That's proper mountain biking!
  • + 1
 I wish i could make all of these my feature. Fucking epic.
  • + 1
 Awesome pics!
  • + 1
 wanna ride there!!
  • + 1
 Put it on your bucket list!
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