Day One Results - EWS Northstar 2019

Aug 25, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
Things are about to get rowdy here in Northstar

The results are in from the first day of racing in California, check out below to see live updates from today's racing.


Pro Men

1st. Richie Rude: 9:27.37
2nd. Sam Hill: 9:28.03
3rd. Mitch Ropelato: 9:33.44
4th. Martin Maes: 9:34.54
5th. Adrien Dailly: 9:40.08

Pro Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 11:01.48
2nd. Noga Korem: 11:12.47
3rd. ALN: 11:24.50
4th. Ines Thoma: 11:28.58
5th. Morgane Charre: 11:30.32

Live timing available here.

Live Stage Updates:



Dimitri Tordo sending it on stage one.

Stage Updates

14:00 pm PDT We are set for two exciting stages as a weekend of racing gets underway in Northstar today. With everything still to play for in the overall title, the riders who can master the dusty and rocky trails can help secure a top result when the series wraps up next month.

14:02 pm PDT Jennifer Makgill currently leads the Pro Women with a time of 6:15.95, she currently leads second-place rider Clare Hamilton by over ten seconds.

14:48 pm PDT As we wait for the top women to hit stage one the Pro Men are starting to tackle the first stage of the day with Russell Bobbitt currently leading.

14:57 pm PDT Evan Geankoplis takes the lead in the Pro Men's category with a time of 5:20.47.

15:04 pm PDT Mckay Vezina goes the current fastest on split one by over three seconds on Geankoplis.

15:07 pm PDT Cody Kelley tops Vezina's time by just 0.37.

15:15 pm PDT The top women are making their way down stage one now, the organisers have extended the gap between riders to one minute instead of the usual 30 seconds because of the thick dust.

15:18 pm PDT Caro Gehrig goes into second place, over four seconds back from current leader Jennifer Makgill.

15:20 pm PDT Katy Winton finishes stage one with the fastest time so far. 3.95 seconds up on Makgill.

15:20 pm PDT Miranda Miller has a great first stage and comes across the line just over a second back on Winton.

15:22 pm PDT Ines Thoma manages to get even closer to Winton's time but she is still over half a second back.

15:26 pm PDT Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (ALN) finishes the first stage of the day in fourth.

15:27 pm PDT Noga Korem beats Winton by well over five seconds, can she keep the top spot?

15:28 pm PDT Current series leader Isabeau Courdurier smashes Korem's time by nine seconds.

15:39 pm PDT Martin Maes goes into the top spot on stage one with a time of 5:08.80. Will Maes return to winning form after his suspension from racing?

15:49 pm PDT Maes' time is starting to look good as no one has come close as we reach the top riders.

15:51 pm PDT Shawn Neer puts down a good first stage and now sits in sixth position.

15:54 pm PDT Jesse Melamed is looking quick and sits in second place.

16:00 pm PDT Maes' time was looking good until Richie Rude smashes it by going over seven seconds faster!

16:04 pm PDT Matthew Walker has a great start to the day with a time to put him in third.

16:07 pm PDT Adrien Dailly takes 6th with only a few riders left.

16:09 pm PDT Sam Hill finishes the stage third, will anyone top Rude on the first stage of the day?

16:11 pm PDT Ed Masters goes fourth just under ten seconds off the fastest time.

16:12 pm PDT Richie Rude wins stage one with a lead of over seven seconds.

Stage Results

Pro Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 5:57.23
2nd. Noga Korem: +9.19
3rd. Katy Winton: +14.77
4th. Ines Thoma: +15.35
5th. Miranda Miller: +16.04
6th. ALN: +16.82
7th. Jennifer Makgill: +18.72
8th. Morgane Charre: +18.74
9th. Caro Gehrig: +23.36
10th. Anita Gehrig: +24.88

Pro Men

1st. Richie Rude: 5:01.39
2nd. Martin Maes: +7.41
3rd. Sam Hill: +7.74
4th. Ed Masters: +9.99
5th. Matthew Walker: +10.50
6th. Jesse Melamed: +10.51
7th. Mitch Ropelato: +10.85
8th. Kevin Miquel: +11.76
9th. Adrien Dailly: +13.82
10th. Cody Kelley: +15.01


Bex Baraona and some big trees on Stage 2

Stage Updates

15:45 pm PDT While the top men are still tackling stage one the Pro Women have made it to the second stage of the day with Jennifer Makgill taking an early lead once again.

15:45 pm PDT Both Katy Winton and Rae Morrison can't match Makgill's time and go third and fourth respectively.

15:50 pm PDT Ines Thoma goes fastest by over two seconds.

15:52 pm PDT Becky Cook comes across the line fourth with the final few Pro Women riders remaining.

15:53 pm PDT ALN takes the fastest time of stage two so far by over five and a half seconds!

15:54 pm PDT Morgane Charre goes second and is back at the top of the race after an 8th place finish on stage one.

15:55 pm PDT Noga Korem repeats stage one and is fastest with one rider left.

15:56 pm PDT Isabeau Courdurier is just unstoppable this season and gets another stage win.

16:15 pm PDT After an exciting stage one the Pro Men are at stage two and currently Mitch Ropelato has a four and a half-second lead over Martin Maes.

16:22 pm PDT The top 30 men are now descending stage two, the last stage of the day.

16:23 pm PDT Jesse Melamed goes into third, seven seconds off Ropelato's time.

16:27 pm PDT Stage one winner Richie Rude can't match the speed of Mitch Ropelato and crosses the line third, 4.78 seconds back.

16:34 pm PDT Adrien Dailly takes second place, Ropelato's time is looking unbeatable at the moment.

16:36 pm PDT Kevin Miquel goes into fifth, over six seconds off the pace.

16:37 pm PDT Sam Hill goes fastest by over two seconds!

16:41 pm PDT Florian Nicolai finishes the last stage of the day 21st but there is no sign of Ed Masters.

16:50 pm PDT It looks like Ed Masters has crashed on stage and has yet to finish the stage. We will update you with the news as soon as we know more. Update: sounds like Eddie broke his wrist. We're gutted for you Towball, heal up soon!

Stage Results

Pro Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 5:04.25
2nd. Noga Korem: +1.80
3rd. ALN: +6.20
4th. Morgane Charre: +10.10
5th. Ines Thoma: +11.75
6th. Jennifer Makgill: +14.23
7th. Amy Morrison: +15.50
8th. Becky Cook: +18.77
9th. Rae Morrison: +19.67
10th. Miranda Miller: +19.87

Pro Men

1st. Sam Hill: 4:18.90
2nd. Mitch Ropelato: +2.30
3rd. Adrien Dailly: +5.97
4th. Martin Maes: +6.84
5th. Richie Rude: +7.08
6th. Kevin Miquel: +8.57
7th. Jesse Melamed: +10.16
8th. Evan Geankoplis: +11.35
9th. Cody Kelley: +11.68
10th. Elliott Heap: +11.78

Overall after Stage Two

Pro Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier
2nd. Noga Korem
3rd. ALN
4th. Ines Thoma
5th. Morgane Charre
6th. Jennifer Makgill
7th. Katy Winton
8th. Miranda Miller
9th. Caro Gehrig
10th. Rae Morrison

Pro Men

1st. Richie Rude
2nd. Sam Hill
3rd. Mitch Ropelato
4th. Martin Maes
5th. Adrien Dailly
6th. Kevin Miquel
7th. Jesse Melamed
8th. Matthew Walker
9th. Cody Kelley
10th. Elliott Heap


  • 87 1
 Eddie no!!!!
  • 18 0
 Gutted for him. He was a real contender for the overall this year :-(
  • 9 0
 Get well Eddie
  • 2 0
 Jenna Makgill doing her best to still make us proud. 2nd EWS, 6th overall so far - pretty tidy work.
  • 34 4
 Rude, Hill, Maes. This is the show down we’ve been waiting for and the tracks are proper. So stoked for this race. Go fast and go clean.
  • 7 0
 Seriously! What a Fun Race to watch unfold, these guys battling it out at #Gnarstar is really cool! Being a Nor Cal Local myself, it'll be really interesting to see how they ride and handle this race on trails I've actually ridden-!!
  • 6 0
 I think Dailly could also be a threat, he's not injured this race!
  • 25 5
 "Go clean" haha, I see what you did there
  • 22 7
 Naw, I don’t want the race decided by a flat tire. Those doping scandals were pretty weak sauce in my book. They did their time. Let’s move on. @bashhard:
  • 17 22
flag FRguild (Aug 24, 2019 at 19:36) (Below Threshold)
 To all the Euros that complain there aren't any proper technical tracks in the States... um, where all the Frenchies at?!?!
  • 4 0
 Hill is on the loose and gunning for the title...
  • 3 0
 @Jaybirdy: hella NorCal
  • 15 23
flag CM999 (Aug 25, 2019 at 0:20) (Below Threshold)
 It's not clean with rude there. The drugs do work
  • 3 0
 @abueno: Hahah.. So Hella Like Pitted Broski ;p shyeaa!
  • 2 2
 Today is the clash of the titans, will Rude beast out again?
  • 30 0
 Not bad result for the "Anti-Enduro Club" president - Mitch Ropelato
  • 6 2
 Met him today down in the pits, super cool guy.
  • 8 0
 Ya Mitch!
  • 6 0
 Dude is an MTB jedi
  • 1 2
 Did he race in the V10?
  • 19 2
 Am I the only one hoping Florian can make a come back and hold on to win the overall? Dudes consistent and fun to watch and somehow he's still the underdog.
  • 18 1
 "Nah" - Sam Hill
  • 6 3
 Yes, you’re the only one haha
  • 18 0
 Heart breaking about Eddie. Was hoping he could take the overall
  • 6 0
 He crashed, but any details on how bad? DNF bad or...?
  • 11 0
 Broken wrist. Bummer cuz he has been killing it.@kusanagi72:
  • 7 2

Ah, fark... Yeah, he was on stormer this year in both DH and Enduro. He was probably pushing quite a bit for the overall.

Now it is Sam’s to take/Florian’s to lose. Injuries and mechanicals (or ‘doping’) is not how we want to decide the championshipFrown
  • 7 1
 @jahurt: Damn! If Sam Hill couldn't drag himself back to the top I wanted to see Eddie take it.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, was rooting for Eddie but would love to see Sam take ut@boozed:
  • 1 0
 Best DH race of the year.
  • 14 0
 Evan Geankoplis has been racing really well this year. It would be cool to see him lay down some heaters... And get me some points as the sleeper on my fantasy team
  • 3 0
 I got him on my team for my team too. Cool dude, hopefully he kills it
  • 1 0
 Go "No Eyes". Sea Otter 10 years ago, get it bud!!!!
  • 12 0
 He'll yeah ropadope...sick buddy.
  • 11 0
 Cody Kelly top 10 so far Smile and Jesse is an animal, a beastly one too.
  • 12 2
 Is 2x5 minute stages over 2300 ft vert with no pedal transfers really an ews level day?
  • 4 1
 Part of the EWS80 there today.. yeah., we had less than 800ft of gain.. the top pros less than 1800ft gain. it’s hard to complain as a racer.. but the endurance part only really comes in on a cpl of long tough stages. Not the extreme endurance expected. EWS Whistler was not much either from what I heard.
  • 3 1
 @ajjrsons: 2300 vert and 10 minutes of racing would be a light easy day as an amateur racer, and I'd be kinda pissed if I had paid $$ for only 2 1500 ft stages. Hopefully tomorrow is a bit more impressive.
  • 3 0
 @ajjrsons: to be fair Whistler had a 20+ minute stage (5000 feet of descending) with several 1 minute sprints the first day, and 4000 ft of climbing with 5 stages on the second day. It definitely required endurance. I think everyone is stoked this weekend that there isn't much climbing with the descents being so burly! I'm stoked to see the series embracing diversity in terrain and stage format.
  • 2 0
 @VanNoche: it’s all good! So cool to have the EWS here and be part of the 80 race.
  • 10 0
 Mitch for President
  • 20 11
 not very live
  • 3 1
 Haha was just thinking the same thing!
  • 2 1
 I left at 2:05 to make some food. Came back, hit refresh and thought my internet was down.
  • 5 1
 "14:48 pm PDT As we wait for the top women to hit stage"
25 minutes later... crickets
  • 3 2
 A lot of the EWS related posts (youtube uploads, live timing, social media updates) have been kind of lacking this round.
  • 11 4
 VitalMtb is doing a much better job of covering this event.
  • 8 6
 @aaronbullit: odd because they don't have a live race feed like this one you are commenting under... Haven't posted a event preview, haven't posted course preview video, haven't posted a gallery or story with epic pics from practice, etc etc... All of which is on this site. Did you not even look at either site when you posted that? So far those guys have posted a helmet cam with someone yelling a lot ;-) but that's it.
  • 4 7
 @nohyphens: when you posted this comment the first day of racing was still not finished. Updates from events usually require the event to be finished or nearly finished... But the PB Instagram and EWS Instagram accounts have been firing off social media stories the past two days, as have many if the riders feeds.
  • 3 2
 @davetrumpore: Manning the PB gun turrets like champ the last couple of days.
  • 8 0
 King of crankworx in 3rd, damn!
  • 5 0
 Super bummed for Eddie! Good to see Sam smashing that 2nd stage, and Maes appears to be picking right back up where he left off. We all knew it'd be a fight for all of them
  • 8 0
 So sorry for Eddie!!
  • 6 0
 Pumped for Mitch!! Gutted for Eddie. How can you not like that guy? Healing vibes sir
  • 6 2
 Mitch, you're being greedy. First the Crankworks crown and now you're gonna take over EWS as well? Think of the other riders!
  • 5 0
 mmmm Sierra Tans on tap for all riders this weekend Razz
  • 6 2
 oh and the BLACK boogers
  • 6 2
 Can we get a PB Booger Check?
  • 5 0
 It would be great to include a link to the actual timing/live results
  • 5 4
 Is ir just my perception or do the top enduro riders have more crashes (big or small) than the top downhiller's?

If it's true, why is that? Simply having five stages instead of 1? Riding smaller bikes? Being more tired? More flat or off camber corners which are easy to slide out on?
  • 11 0
 I don't know if this is true, but I would add "only one practice run" to the list of reasons it probably is, haha!
  • 24 1
 DH World Cups have like 2-3 days of practice to memorise and perfect a 3 - 4 minute track. The Enduro guys get basically one look over before trying to race 20+ minutes of track

The top level of enduro is actually shockingly dangerous when you combine small bikes, less protective gear, and weariness of the riders with with these unfamiliar full-blown DH tracks they race down that seem to keep get getting gnarlier and gnarlier
  • 3 1
 It can be argued that in DH. The idea is to ride clean and within your limits. You always know all the lines your are going to hit and hope they are the fastest ones that you can go fastest on. Enduro, you just ride as fast and consistent as you can as you go. No real studying or learning the track inside and out and know the multiple lines and ride as per condition changes. Completely different animals.
  • 6 0
 They are a lot more tired after thirty minutes of racing and lots of climbing than downhillers are, making them prone to more mistakes.
  • 4 0
 The pros are still faster then the fast locals
  • 5 0
 who are the locals? (serious q)
  • 5 1
  • 4 0
 @phile99: 12, 35, 56. Evan has been killing it lately, we all know Randy, and this is Todd’s first EWS but he’s been winning some BMEs recently
  • 2 0
 @phile99: Evan Geankoplis, Marco Osborne, Curtis Keene (sort of local)
  • 3 0
 It is cool to see the Pros rip on the trails im familiar with!
  • 4 1
 Can't believe there's no dumbarse commenting about ALN????
  • 2 0
 I think everyone made their point and we got it out of our systems

  • 4 0
 I see you Mitch
  • 4 2
 Come on Martin and Noga and Wyn!!!
  • 2 0
 So how's It looking for Sam Hill to take the 3 back to back series?
  • 2 0
 Let’s go Sam!!!!!! Get that 3rd in a row!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Elliot and Cody going 3 showdown
  • 2 1
 Melamed, Masters, then Maes. Gonna be an upset
  • 2 1
 Russell Bobbitt? the offroad moto guy???
  • 1 0
 I was wondering the same thing! Saw on his IG he’s an acid MTB’ee so maybe it is him?
  • 1 0
  • 4 0
 I@WRainey88: I my bike on acid too.
  • 1 0
 That's him. He has always ridden mountain bikes just not really raced. He started riding some endruo races last year. He has also won some xc races some years ago.
  • 2 0
  • 2 0
 Go Sam!
  • 2 0
 Eddie would go
  • 1 0
 Rude is fast like a North-Korean rocket!
  • 2 0
 So he'll only make it half way to the finish?
  • 1 0
 Jesse 7th with broken hand and ankle, he’ll be unstoppable soon.
  • 1 1
 That us the most insane mtb photo i have ever seen
  • 1 1
 @FireBallDHR: Thought you were channelling Eddie for a moment
  • 1 0
 Go mitch!
  • 1 2
 he talks like a maniac. Enough of this talk, it spoils the whole video !
  • 19 22
 Steroids in the lead by 1/2 second
  • 12 11
 Possibly the stupidest comment for 2019 honors.
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