Day 1 Results: EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018

Jun 30, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  


Keep your eye on local Slovenian racer Vid Persak. He knows the trails and has been looking insanely fast in practice.

Martin Maes won Stage 1, with Damien Oton 2nd and Florian Nicolai 3rd. Sam Hill was back in 6th, back 6 seconds, after Stage 1. On Stage 2, Hill came back for the win and took over the race lead. Maes finished second on Stage 2, bringing he and Hill within a second of one another going into the final stage of the day. Robin Wallner finished 3rd on Stage 2. On Stage 3, Eddie Masters finished one second off of Hill’s pace for second, and local pinner and privateer Vid Persak finished 3rd on Stage 3, moving him up to 5th place after Day 1. So after the first day of racing, it’s Sam Hill who (provisionally) leads the race! Martin Maes is 9 seconds back in 2nd place and Eddie Masters is 3rd.

Richie was a favourite coming into this race after winning the last round, but he’s sitting in 20th position after Day 1, 1 minute 44 back. Ruaridh Cunningham had 2 crashes on Stage 1 but is still sitting in 8th spot for now. Joe Barnes snapped his chain right at the start of stage 1 which put him way back. In his first race back since breaking his collarbone in France at Round 3, Jesse Melamed is in the top 10.

On the women’s side, Cecile Ravanel took all three stages today, but was only 1 second ahead of Melanie Pugin on Stage 2! The race for second and third is extremely tight. Isabeau took a tumble and hurt her leg during practice yesterday and finished outside of the top 3 of Stage 1 and 2. Katy Winton was sitting in second after Stage 1, but a problem on Stage 2 put her 1 min 39 back. After today’s 3 stages Cecile leads the field by a commanding 1:34m lead over Isabeau Courdurier in 2nd. Isabeau finished second on the long 16-minute third stage. Melanie Pugin is just six seconds back in third from Isabeau in the overall and Casey Brown, who had the third fastest time on Stage 2 and 3 and is only 12 seconds back from third.

After missing Round 3 for injury, Anita Gehrig is sitting in 9th, and in her first race back this year after wrist injuries, Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau is sitting in 13th.

What a race! And there are 3 more stages to go tomorrow!

Women's Day 1 Results

1st. Cecile RAVANEL 33:47.68
2nd. Isabeau COURDURIER +1:34.97
3rd. Melanie PUGIN +1:40.86
4th. Casey BROWN +1:52.86
5th. Ines THOMA +1:54.98
6th. Raewyn MORRISON +2:27.42
7th. Katy WINTON +2:39.17
8th. Bex BARAONA +2:45.64
9th. Anita GEHRIG +2:47.44
10th. Noga KOREM +2:48.80
Men's Day 1 Results

1st. Sam HILL 28:18.10
2nd. Martin MAES +0:09.84
3rd. Eddie MASTERS +0:22.21
4th. Robin WALLNER +0:23.17
5th. Vid PERSAK +0:38.24
6th. Damien OTON +0:39.06
7th. Florian NICOLAI +0:45.99
8th. Ruaridh CUNNINGHAM +0:49.33
9th. Thomas LAPEYRIE +0:54.97
10th Jesse MELAMED +1:08.78



Full results and race updates here.



MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries



104 Comments

  • + 118
 Lets go Eddie Masters!
  • + 6
 He will have world domination
  • + 17
 I believe he has been knighted so should be listed in results as Sir Edward Baldwin Masters
  • + 1
 Is he riding the firebird 29?
  • + 1
 @schlockinz: oh wow, I went down the Eddie Youtube rabbit hole.
  • + 52
 Privateer Persak on 5th ?!?!?! Legend !
  • + 5
 Persak was crashed few times on first two stages, he said. And he rode third stage for second time, so he wasn't in any advantage on his best stage. Man is just crazy.
  • + 3
 Give this man a factory sponsorship.
  • + 48
 Are the yeti riders avoiding mud in practice to keep their bikes clean? Every time it rains at an EWS their results bomb.
  • + 17
 Maybe the trail is actually DBL BLCK DMND worthy...
  • + 2
 @Kapricorn: and where are big s dbl blck rdrs?
  • + 2
 Specialized too
  • + 4
 Just not enough time spent riding in shit conditions in the off season lol.
  • + 6
 more like that direct muscle-through approach from Rude and Graves doesn't seem to to work in slick conditions... but apparenty it wasn't that wet anymore. The recap will show...
  • + 1
 This race is almost all cornering on natural trails. Rude grew upon bikeparks and is one of best at tackling technical terrain but he’s too heavy on the bike to be a front runner here. I’m surprised he’s only a minute or so off pace
  • + 3
 @2bigwheels: I think Sam still spends most of his off season here in WA, and we have basically no mud here, he could be an exception though!
  • + 1
 @Dallasdownunder: not much hero dirt though, right? Dust is slippery too.
  • + 1
 @Dallasdownunder: hes got a few more years on almost everyone on the circuit. And with the list of different DH tracks hes raced over the many years.... His success is from the amazing talent he possesses but also the experiences hes had.

Legends are legends for a reason haha
  • + 47
 Jesse Melamed 10th 7 weeks out from the snapped collarbone? Ridiculous!
  • + 10
 JM is the man.
  • + 6
 Jesse is not human! Unbelievable!
  • + 8
 And that's at his "taking it easy" pace
  • + 2
 Seriously, that’s impressive
  • + 2
 I saw him just after his crash, and I remember thinking "oh crap, end of the season". Seems I was very wrong
  • + 18
 S@m m#thr f#$n H1ll !!!!!!!
  • + 18
 woot persak!! yeah boiiii!!!
  • + 18
 Jesse riding conservative, eh?
  • + 7
 doesnt stop him being an absolute beast
  • + 14
 We were at two sketchy sections of both the first and second stages today and he was one of the most composed riders, super clean line choices, smooth riding where so many of the pro riders were having trouble. He was 7th in both those stages, so definitely doing something right coming out of an injury. Here's hoping for a smooth and crash-free day 2!
  • + 7
 if you follow him on instagram, he literally got back on the mtb last week. What a legend
  • + 4
 @santxo: You wonder if maybe he was pushing too hard previously (all the injuries). And maybe now being forced to go slow and smooth will show him how fast you can actually be when you focus on smooth and flow vs outright speed.
  • + 3
 @ianwish: you arent wrong, im consistently faster when i ride calm and smooth, but smashing into shit is quite a lot of fun so both work in the right times
  • + 10
 Soon Cecile will be able to run a stage, go back uphill, then again go down and she will still be up front! Amazing performance and well done to all riders tackling this course!
  • + 1
 Bigger difference between her and Courdurier than 1st and 15th places in the men. Although Cecile would place around 113th if she raced against the men.
  • + 8
 Would be nice to see Mosley make a come back for one or two rounds !...
  • - 7
flag humoroususername (Jun 30, 2018 at 10:34) (Below Threshold)
 @Minikeum: yeah, the women's is a bit of a joke really. She doesn't even have to try really. Pity Rachel or some of the world cup girls don't do a few of these. They would undoubtedly be on a higher level than all the other girls aside from Cecile.
  • + 6
 It's pretty cool they still devote so much of the coverage to the women's race. Hopefully the exposure will help boost the competition in years to come.
  • + 13
 yewww Vid Persak!!! Privateer legend, someone sign him on a team
  • + 2
 you can say that again
  • + 13
 @DuelingBanjos: yewww Vid Persak!!! Privateer legend, someone sign him on a team
  • + 11
 This Martin guy Maes it look easy...
  • + 5
 Yeah,it really is aMaesing.
  • + 5
 He has one more Hill to make it over though.
  • + 9
 Good to see Ruaridh up there, such a humble lad!
  • + 10
 Way to go Wallner!
  • + 3
 Go Robin!
  • + 2
 What happend to Robin on the first stage.
  • + 9
 Hell yea Eddie Masters!
  • + 5
 Maes, go beast... shoulder dislocation a few weeks ago and again racing at the top... only thing people say here is Sam Hill.. but Maes is a true beast too... go Martin!
  • + 5
 How the hell is Jesse Melamed in 10th !!? That guy is a beast !!! Full send mode ON !! Send it boy !
  • + 7
 Go Maes!
  • + 4
 Vid Persak doing great on home trails
  • + 2
 Elliott Heap smashing the U21’s and his time is good enough for 5th overall!!!!!! Go Eljot.
  • + 3
 Jesse pulling 10th 'not pushing hard' what a guy
  • + 1
 What's going on with Keen and Graves? Both much better riders that these results, and last seasons. Are the bike and wheels maybe letting them down?
  • + 2
 They need to get off the Stumpjumpers and on to the Enduros
  • + 1
 It has nothing to do with their bikes. They've never been too comfortable with riding slick technical trails. Level is so high these days, if you don't feel confident and you're not well rounded enough, you will drop back. Look at Richie, won the last round, this time he's struggling.
  • + 1
 Melamed in 10th taking it easy, cannot wait til this guy is back on full race pace. An absolute monster on the trails.
  • + 2
 Goddamn Cecile is phenominal!
  • + 2
 Man Martin maes is having a killer year too.
  • + 3
 yessssssss sam
  • + 2
 Well quite suprise at how big time differences were?
  • + 1
 I am just here for Katy Winton.
  • + 1
 it's illegal for not producing a video of Sam riding ... you know
  • + 1
 Spirit of enduro running storng
  • + 1
 Sam is on it...keep it up Bwoyy!
  • + 2
 Peršakov poba FTW
  • + 1
 Elliott HEAP (under 21) - impressive!!!
  • + 1
 Camille Servant 11th after first day. Go go go
  • + 2
 JM your a stud ????
  • + 1
 Where is Graves? Another mechanical, crash?
  • + 3
 Big off on one of the stages, but not really competitive on the others either. Don't get me wrong he is a beast and would crush any of us at his training pace though. Mud is Rude's Kryptonite so there is that as well.
  • + 1
 He's 2 mins back in 30th.
  • + 3
 The trails aren't bone dry.
  • + 2
 @salespunk: He's not paid to crush any of us. Specialized is watching.
  • + 2
 oh yeah samy
  • + 1
 27.5 wheels back on top!
  • + 27
 No, Sam Hill back on top. As predicted.
  • + 5
 Cecile is on a 29er, Wallner is as well.
  • + 3
 Definitely all about the wheel size
  • + 1
 Hill would prob be 30's up on a 29".
  • + 7
 @jclnv: he tests bikes too. Rides what he will win on. The debates been settled over the last 4 years of racing. Good for some meh for some. I like both.
  • + 1
 @jclnv: and he made up 15 seconds?! Thats mental
  • - 3
 @atrokz: Nukeproof doesn't really have a competitive 29er yet. so the 27.5 mega would be the way to go.
other than that you have had wins on both wheel sizes, is more a question the rider and their riding style
the 27.5 wheel i think also suits his riding style better, he is shorter, and with his inside line to change direction quick
  • + 3
 @tiagomano: Umm they have a Mega 29er you know.
  • - 3
 @rideonjon: " Nukeproof doesn't really have a competitive 29er yet"
  • + 7
 @tiagomano: We do! Sam just likes 275
  • - 4
flag tiagomano (Jun 30, 2018 at 14:20) (Below Threshold)
 @Pager72: i also said that the 27.5 would suit Sam Hill better.
but the geometry and the material(Carbon) just seem to me more competitive than the 29er.
that beeing said, Sam would win on either bike, and Eliot for that matter.
  • + 8
 @tiagomano:

BS again... Alu or carbon don't mean shite... Maes rode on Alu last years... Sam did... Cecile did... you just talk the standard talk.. and the Hill hype... shout Hill and you get upvoted to Mars... a bit sad nowadays...
  • - 5
flag tiagomano (Jun 30, 2018 at 14:32) (Below Threshold)
 @Trailstunter: it doesn't mean you can't win on it by being on a alloy frame, but if the bikes weight less, the rider tires himself less, therefore has more energy to spend where it needs.

i'm a fan of Sam Hill, as i am of some other guy's, i don't buy on the Hill Hype, just his results. There are riders that i would prefer that they won over him
  • + 0
 @Pager72: are we gonna see you back in the mix again soon?
  • + 0
 @Pager72: If Hill was to go back to 26 now even and finish the season off, he would win!!! I'd put a months pay on it!!

"He is a legend!!!"
  • - 4
flag murfio (Jul 1, 2018 at 1:34) (Below Threshold)
 @jclnv: Probably, but he doesn't need them you absolute f*cking shit c*nt.
  • - 1
 @verticaljusticebiking: You don't know that...
Hill is having quite a battle with Maes today Wink Just lost 7 seconds on stage 4 to him...
He is lucky that Maes could not compete one race due to dislocated shoulder...
Still, Maes is one of youngest of the EWS field... getting stronger and better each year... I think Maes is the coming world champ to beat...
  • - 1
 @murfio: He wouldn't need "them", he might be faster on 'one' though.

You moronic child.
  • + 0
 @verticaljusticebiking: Get him to make the change... I'd take you up on that. Razz
  • + 1
 @Trailstunter: Hill won though
  • - 1
 @dovahkiin13:
He did.. but it was an awefull close... given his recent injury it was a fantastic race for him...
Maes will be the champ to beat in the near future...young, strong and so humble...
  • + 3
 @Trailstunter: it seems like you bought into the Martin Maes hype!

but yes, the guy will win
  • + 0
 @tiagomano:
Not much hype around Martin here... it is all about Hill all the time on Pinkbike...

Funny that I got down voted though by the Hill-Billies Razz
  • + 2
 @Trailstunter: Well Hill and Maes both deserve the hype.
  • + 1
 Yaeah Boi!

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