Day 2 Photo Epic: Relentless - EWS Whistler 2019

Aug 12, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  



Photo Epic presented by ODI

Any hopes of the standard dry and dusty Whistler EWS went right out the window following Saturday evening's first stage down from Top of The World. The rain came in for the last 20 or so riders and did not let up through the night and into Sunday morning. As racers set out for the opening stages temperatures dropped significantly and the winds picked up just enough to ensure a proper day of suffering was soon to come.

While racers had one battle on their hands against the cold, rain, and wind, there was an even more treacherous one lying in wait on the mountain and in the surrounding valley. Enough moisture had come down to saturate much of the dry and dusty Whistler dirt. There would be plenty of mud to add to the already slippery mix of big rock slabs and polished roots. Whistler in the dry is challenging enough with all its raw technical elements and weathered trails, but add a heavy dose of moisture to the equation and facing five muddy stages would not be for the faint of heart.

It would be a battle of attrition and nerves to keep bike and body in one piece, all while riding that fine line of aggressive and fast, without crashing or blowing off track. It would be unreasonable think anyone could have a clean race in conditions like this, so it would come down to minimizing mistakes and adapting on the fly to ever-changing conditions. Those big-time gaps built up by Richie Rude and Isabeau Courdurier on Stage one were certainly going to come in handy should anything go sideways over the five final stages.

Things would heat up right from the get-go as Sam Hill and Eddie Masters pulled themselves into podium positions on the first stage, and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (ALN) took a win in the women's race to tighten the gap against Isabeau to just four seconds. And just like that, another tight and exciting race was right back on.

Richie would build his lead to over a minute and was then able to ride conservatively and safe for the last few stages. Behind him, a battle continued with Sam Hill and Eddie Masters, and Adrien Dailly even snuck in a stage win to keep everyone on their toes. Heading into the last stage, Sam pulled some time to hold down the second spot with Eddie in third and, barring disaster, there was little chance of the order changing on the final stage. There was drama in the women's race. Crashes by Isabeau and mistakes by ALN saw Noga Korem charge through into second position. Isabeau would head into the final stage with a strong lead, but it was by no means as safe as Richie Rude's in the men's ranks.

Stage six would see lots of crashes and mishaps, most notable from Isabeau who crossed the line and had to be helped out of the finish area. However, nothing was drastic enough to cause a shakeup in the overall. In the end, Richie and Isabeau would take the wins with Sam Hill and Noga in second, followed by Eddie Masters and local Canadian favorite Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau.

The rain may have stoped but it was cold foggy and plenty wet all day long
The rain may have stopped but it was cold, foggy, and plenty wet all day long.

The overnight precipitation lingers into sunday
Overnight precipitation lingers into Sunday.

It was wet and wild out there today after a long night of steady rain
It was wet and wild out there today.

Richie Rude can out swinging and would nearly double his lead throughout the day to win by a massive 55 second margin
Richie Rude came out swinging and would nearly double his lead to win by a massive, 55-second margin.

Thomas Lapeyrie had his best ride in what seems like ages to land in 7th on the day
Thomas Lapeyrie had his best ride in what seems like ages to land in seventh.

Ines Thoma claimed a stage win but would have to settle for 4th in the overall
Ines Thoma claimed a stage win, but would have to settle for fourth in the overall.

ALN was within 2 seconds of Isabeau after Stage 3 but she would eventually fade back at the end of the day and was overtaken by Nog Korem
ALN was within two seconds of Isabeau after Stage three, but she would eventually fade and was overtaken by Noga Korem.

The woods outside the bike park trails were quite tight and awkward in spots. Add in some mud and slick roots and there was lots that could easily go wrong
The woods outside the bike park trails were tight and awkward. Add in some mud and slick roots and there was lots that could go wrong.

Slippery off-camber roots with trees on each side. We overheard one person saying the course wasn t hard enough but I disagree.
Slippery off-camber roots with trees on each side. We overheard one person saying the course wasn't hard enough, but most would disagree.

The day started on two classic Whistler valley trail Jaws and Billy Epic.
The day started on two classic Whistler valley trails: Jaws and Billy Epic.

Mr. Berrelli watching from the sidelines after a knee injury. Clearly nothing can keep this guys spirits down.
Fresh off ACL surgery Yoann Barelli was out on crutches supporting his fellow countrymen and friends.

Adrien Dailly took a stage win and would end the day in 4th just 2 seconds off the podium
Adrien Dailly took a stage win and would end the day in fourth, just two seconds off the podium.

Part mud part loam full fun.
Part mud, part loam, full fun.

Theo Gally looking strong in stage 3
Theo Galy looking strong on Stage 3

Eddie Masters brought home bronze were all stoked to see this great finish for Eddie.
Eddie Masters brought home bronze, we were all stoked to see this great finish for Eddie.

Kate Winton making easy work of the Billy Epic chute.
Kate Winton making easy work of the Billy Epic chute.

EWS leader Sam Hill sliding sideways.
Sam Hill sliding sideways.

Sam Hill was on the hunt today and pulled back some big amounts of time to all but Richie Rude
Sam Hill was on the hunt today and pulled back large amounts of time to all but Richie Rude.

Jesse Melamed toughing it out for the fans in his home town
Jesse Melamed toughing it out for the fans in his home town.

The man of the weekend Richie Rude proving that hes still got it.
The man of the weekend: Richie Rude proved that he is still a dominant force to be reckoned with - four wins and a second in his last five EWS starts should have his competition worried for 2020.

8th and another strong EWS result for Matt Walker
Eighth: another strong EWS result for Matt Walker.

A lap down golden boner is usually a dust filled affair. The rains have changed that for better or worse
A lap down Golden Boner is usually a dust-filled affair. The rains changed that for better or worse.

Robin Wallner one of the few riders still standing at the halfway point on stage 3 s big fire road climb. He would go on to finish the day in 10th
Robin Wallner: one of the few riders still standing at the halfway point on stage three's big fire road climb. He would go on to finish the day in tenth.

The climb on stage 3 was savage
The climb on stage three's Golden Boner trail was savage.

Stage four started higher up the mountain but the highlight was the freshly built trail on near Creekside Gondola named Sabertooth Horse.
Stage four started higher up the mountain, but the highlight was Sabertooth Horse, a freshly built trail on near Creekside Gondola.

Visibility was a real concern for the racers.
Visibility was a real concern for the racers.

Curtis Keene winding down the fresh dirt of Sabertooth.
Curtis Keene, winding down the fresh dirt of Sabertooth.

Into the mist
Kevin Miquel, into the mist.

Isabeau Courdurier with the big win today
Isabeau had some big crashes and was under pressure from ALN all day. But, she kept her cool and would leave Whistler with another win.

Noga Korem though the fog and mud as she began to charge the last few stages to jump up into 2nd
Noga Korem fought through the fog and mud and charged the last few stages to jump up into second.

Shawn Neer appears to have taken a pedal in the shin earlier on
Shawn Neer appears to have taken a pedal in the shin earlier on.

Miranda Millar charging through stage 3
Miranda Miller, charging through stage three.

A happy buy exhausted Eddie Masters took 3rd and put quite a few points into Florian Nicolai for the overall tile chase
A happy, but exhausted Eddie Masters took third and put quite a few points into Florian Nicolai for the overall title chase.

Kevin Miquel very happy to have the day over with
Kevin Miquel, very happy to have the day over with.

4th for a healthy Katy Winton as she works her way back up the ranks
Fourth for a healthy Katy Winton as she works her way back up the ranks.

Domination is really the only word needed to describe Richie Rude in Whistler this year.
Domination is really the only word needed to describe Richie Rude in Whistler this year.

A busted hand and custom get for Jesse Melamed who would tough out the day and help Rocky Mountain take the team title
A busted hand and custom set up for Jesse Melamed who would tough out the day and help Rocky Mountain earn the team title.

Happy that it s over.
Happy that it's over.

9th for local hero Miranda Miller
Ninth for local hero Miranda Miller.

An ecstatic Noga Korem once again on the podium in 2nd
An ecstatic Noga Korem once again on the podium in second.

Nursing and injury across the line Isabeau would once again take the win nut only by 16 seconds after over an hour of racing
Nursing and injury across the line Isabeau would once again take the win - by just 16 seconds after over an hour of racing.

Sam Hill slowly chipping away at it and just one step away from the top in Whistler
Sam Hill slowly chipping away at it, just one step away from the top in Whistler.

Quiet and confident Richie Rude once again let his riding do the talking
Quiet and confident, Richie Rude once again let his riding do the talking.

Richie Rude and Isabeau take top honors in whistler with Sam Hill and Noga Korem ion 2nd followed by Eddie Masters and Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau in 3rd
Richie Rude and Isabeau take top honors in Whistler with Sam Hill and Noga Korem in second, followed by Eddie Masters and Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau in third.


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91 Comments

  • + 59
 Those wet rooty & rocky steeps look like pure terror. Great job capturing that in photos. Props to the heroes who braved that s&%$.

Still stunning to me that Downhill is 3 mins of downhill and Enduro is 20x that plus climbing. Uplift or not that's a lot of riding.
  • + 2
 Nailed it. Was just thinking about the time variance as well. Keeping it together mentally and physically for these massive laps is nuts. Really highlights who the real “athletes” are in this two wheeled bicycler sport.
  • + 47
 “. . .Richie Rude once again let his riding do the talking.”

Perfect.
  • + 14
 Amen!!! Richie the "ANIMAL" and a Rude awakening that he's BACK!!!
  • - 14
flag Luis-Sc (Aug 12, 2019 at 6:30) (Below Threshold)
 @edmfirefighter1: let me just get my own water bottle to bless this comment....
  • - 10
flag edmfirefighter1 (Aug 12, 2019 at 6:36) (Below Threshold)
 @Luis-Sc: Take your time - ensure ONLY you filled it..... Lol !!!
  • + 14
 @Luis-Sc: I just wish these water bottle/hydration jokes were actually funny. I personally don't think whatever juice he was on made a significant performance difference but I'd still laugh if the hating had some humorous quality to it but it falls flat for some reason.
  • - 14
flag Luis-Sc (Aug 12, 2019 at 8:01) (Below Threshold)
 @bigwheels87: why so serious ..... chillax........ ya can have a sip of my bottle too...... no funny juice...... no performance enhancing at all.......... the very opposite, actually........ it's vodka......
  • + 2
 @bigwheels87: Wahoo! No joking bigwheels... Richie is an ANIMAL !! Love his style and no BS. "Just let me prove myself and I'll show you that I AM THE BEST RIDER on the EWS circuit"!!! Richie is AWESOME!! I'm with you...

Ya = lighten up too my friend. It's all good Smile If Rude were in front of me now I'd flick him a little sh*^*t just as buddies do all the time... GO SMACK'EM around Richie!!
  • - 2
 Was it really just the riding ?
  • + 4
 @Luis-Sc: i lol'd
  • + 3
 @edmfirefighter1: Wait till Mae's comes back with that kind of chat.
  • + 42
 That's cool Matt Damon was there.
  • + 3
 Second last picture !? That's Mark Wahlberg
  • + 6
 @Luis-Sc: Last I heard Matt Damon actually broke his shoulder trying to ride a mtn bike - true story.
  • + 17
 Maaattt Daaaymonnn
  • + 1
 Brock Holt from the Redsox? Cool!
  • + 24
 Lets just hope Neer's leg doesn't get infected. There are small patches with no phone service in Whistler too.
  • + 19
 No one proof reads anymore?
  • + 59
 i guess nut
  • + 18
 Doesn't everyone walk around on couches?
  • + 9
 @BaeckerX1: Nope, only those who had ALC surgery
  • - 5
flag FarmeR57 (Aug 12, 2019 at 8:05) (Below Threshold)
 Pinkbike could hire a full-time proofreader for how often they f**k up. I sure wish I was dumb enough to not let it bother me...
  • + 15
 Me fail English? That's unpossible!
  • + 6
 Why would they employ a proof reader? The comment section is probably faster anyway and free!
  • + 30
 @FarmeR57: we send all articles to editors for proof reading. Like all humans we all make mistakes once in a while, especially at 2am... Good thing is that if you are as smart as you claim you will understand, cheers
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: haha I totally get it, but some of those were blatantly obvious. You need better coffee I guess. Big Grin Also, that guy was being a knob. The couches thing actually made me laugh when I read it.
  • + 6
 @davetrumpore: Relax Dave and take a nap, you photo guys burn it at both ends to provide A+ content for us fans. I have enjoyed so much of your stuff it's crazy. The comment was definitely aimed at pb, and more at the fact it happens so often.
  • + 9
 Two pictures of Isabeau look like there's no lens in her goggles - there's mud on the inside of the housing in the second one. What's that all about? Lost in a crash, or deliberately trying out the tactic that Lopes, Beaumont and Gracia were using for some 4X races a couple of decades back?
  • + 6
 The mud is covering the glasses very fast, most riders prefer riding without but the "elastic" and frame (of the goggle) help to keep the helmet up/in place for the small size head...
  • + 5
 @E-T: Also googles will fog under heavy breathing in those moist conditions, and its always good to rock your sponsors name (on the google strap) even if their use is not ideal for conditions, alas, notice some riders had their googles around there necks due to the mud and fogging, etc. If you have ever ridden this way you know that a set of googles around your neck with a full face helmet can distract you from focusing on the run due to contact when looking up or down. Notice Noga also ran no lens, and some no googles at all.
  • + 1
 Some great explanations on why no lenses but yeah that is a first for me to see a top pro doing that for an entire race.
  • + 1
 @H3RESQ: The 2 last french enduro series (Allos and Réallon) where in such a wet condition and i couldn't keep the goggles due to mud first, not specially because of the fog . But, when the goggles foam where full of water and the sun reapper, then the fog appear in between the 2 double lenses ! But here, if Isabeau keep the frame of the goggle, I guess it's more to keep the helmet in the same position as usual and constraint it with the strap (may be this model of helmet does not exist in XS size..).
  • + 1
 @E-T: I don't discredit your reasoning, and believe it to be very plausable. I just added other common reasons that you may see lens less goggles in racing.
  • + 10
 It's a good thing Richie had his own water bottle, who knows what would happen otherwise.
  • + 2
 In before the first water bottle joke, well never mind.
  • + 1
 @Mikelevy offered him three but he wouldn’t fit them inside his front triangle
  • + 16
 Lame comment.
  • + 10
 @Golden-G: about as lame as the explanation used to justify the presence of forbidden substances in his body. Some have been much more ingenious.
  • - 4
flag Golden-G (Aug 12, 2019 at 13:45) (Below Threshold)
 @EnduroManiac: there are only 1 or 2 people who know the truth. You are not one of them.
  • + 9
 Sam Hill is getting there.
  • + 10
 Right on Eddie
  • + 7
 $1,500 for 3rd place, a solid pay out for one of the top races of the year where nearly an hour was spent in race time Frown . Aspiring endure racers take note.
  • + 8
 Like most racing around the world, a living is made on endorsements, not race payouts..
  • - 4
flag TerrapinBen (Aug 12, 2019 at 8:52) (Below Threshold)
 Ride your bike for fun, not purses!
  • + 7
 Jesse Melamed. What a stud.
  • + 5
 Curtis Keene is back!!! So good to see him getting back at it. Top 20 on yesterday’s monster stage!
  • + 2
 Unless this person that was saying the course wasn't hard enough won, their opinion is arse worthy: "Slippery off-camber roots with trees on each side. We overheard one person saying the course wasn't hard enough, but I disagree."
  • + 5
 ll be nice to see Rude X Maes against the clock, they re super fast guys, hope i can see those two guys riding again
  • + 4
 Came here to see Vid Peršak being mentioned for taking a third place in one of the stages....dissapointed
  • + 7
 These final recaps really do stay pretty focused on the top overall riders. A 3rd is a great stage result but it's lost on the 27th place finish and be was a non factor in the race. If we chose to write a line or two about every random top stage finish on each day we would likely lose the larger message of what riders were most relevant to the over all. Sometimes we pick up an the smaller stuff but often it gets cut from the bigger story.

He was however mentioned in the live race feed that we run concurrently to the race. And you can see his name "in lights" under the front page article that is focused on the overall results.

Cheers
  • + 5
 Loved these photos, thank you, Dave & PB!
  • + 2
 I'm starting to see why people are saying racing Enduro is more fun than DH, and why Sam Hill made the switch. This looks awesome.
  • + 3
 Barelli : Epic on a bike, Epic on crutches Smile
  • + 1
 This race was by far the hardest race I'd ever done. Wet roots had me forgetting everything I knew about how to ride a bicycle
  • + 1
 as someone who doesn't know, am i allowed to ask for a brief, factual, synopsis of what went down with richie rude?
  • + 4
 Someone feel free to correct me, but IIRC the story is he ran out of water and bummed some from another rider on the course. That rider then allegedly gave him a water bottle with a banned substance.
  • + 9
 @Stalkerfiveo: you are correct. That rider also pubkicly admitted to doing so and has shared the name brand of the the over the counter pre-workout mix that was used.

Sadly the false native and BS rings louder than the facts and a lot of people passing judgment and blindly commenting have no clue despite this all being in public domain for months.

Easier to make it up I guess ... Sadly
  • + 2
 @davetrumpore: the real sad bit is that people care in such a crappy way... at least half of Armstrong’s haters are bigots who need drugs, they just don’t know it yet
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: my question would be which pre-workout has something so good in it that it’s banned in competition.. and where can I get some?!
  • + 0
 Why no decals on Richie's Yeti? Seems like the bike manufacturer would want to showcase their brand if their rider came in first.
  • + 5
 The new Yeti's have the name on top of the top tube. Check out the sb165 & sb140.
  • + 1
 I heard on insta that Wyn Masters is on his way to Whistler on his road bike for some post-race WynTV interviews!
  • + 1
 Is Sam Hill on a Nukeproof Carbon 29er? To my knowledge they only make the 29er in Alu...
  • + 2
 Is Kathy Winton wearing a different helmet now??
  • + 1
 I think she has been in a 100% helmet all season.
  • + 3
 ACL...
  • + 1
 Hell yeah Noga, keep on it!!
  • + 1
 Imagine Mathieu Van der Poel racing in one of these...
  • + 1
 is that a carbon 290 that sam is on? must be in the pipe line!
  • + 2
 Yoann!!!!
  • + 2
 YOANN!!!!
  • + 1
 Epic shots, epic angles. I really like these.
;D
  • + 1
 Why is Isabeau running the #2 plate?
  • + 2
 Plate is ranking based on 2018 overall position.
  • + 1
 Photos are awesome!
  • + 1
 AMAZING PHOTOS.
  • + 1
 Take that trails!
  • - 2
 You all a bunch of fu**ing haters!! Fu*k ya Richie continue laying the smack down, down!!!!!
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