Final Results - EWS Northstar 2019

Aug 26, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
Richie Rude crushed everyone on stage 1 but Sam Hill returned the favor on stage 2.

The results are in from a weekend of exciting and brutal racing on the dusty and rocky trails of Northstar.


Pro Men

1st. Richie Rude: 26:09.65
2nd. Sam Hill: 26:10.46
3rd. Mitch Ropelato: 26:30.21
4th. Martin Maes: 26:39.35
5th. Jesse Melamed: 26:56.08

Pro Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 30:37.62
2nd. Noga Korem: 30:56.89
3rd. Andréane Lanthier Nadeau: 31:05.85
4th. Ines Thoma: 31:47.26
5th. Katy Winton: 32:05.63

Live timing available here

Live Stage Updates:




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

STAGE 3 (Queen)

Remi Gauvin on Stage 3

Stage Updates

12:30 pm PDT The Pro Women are at the first stage of the day, can Isabeau Courdurier continue her winning streak and secure the overall title today?

12:34 pm PDT As we wait for final top Pro Women to complete their runs Amy Morrison is leading the stage with a time of 9:36.02. She is closely followed by Jennifer Makgill.

12:50 pm PDT Florencia Espineira Herreros looks to be right at home in the thick dust and finishes stage 3 in seventh.

12:51 pm PDT Caro Gehrig has a great first stage of the day and goes just behind Makgill in third.

12:52 pm PDT Katy Winton can't quite match Amy Morrison and goes six seconds back into 2nd place.

12:53 pm PDT Miranda Miller completes this weekend's Queen stage with a time of 9:53.07, currently good enough for fourth.

12:54 pm PDT Ines Thoma goes fastest by barely under two seconds.

12:56 pm PDT Becky Cook finishes fifth, 14 seconds off the pace.

12:58 pm PDT ALN tops Ines Thoma's time by over eight seconds!

12:59 pm PDT Morgane Charre slots into fourth, 14 seconds back.

13:00 pm PDT Noga Korem takes the top spot by nearly three and a half seconds.

13:02 pm PDT Isabeau Courdurier finishes the Queen stage second and misses out on the extra series points for the first time this year. The extra points for Noga Korem will be vital in chasing Courdurier for the overall title.

13:10 pm PDT Mitch Ropelato has been looking fast all weekend and backs up his great results from yesterday with a time that puts him as the current leader on the Queen stage by almost ten seconds.

13:11 pm PDT Martin Maes goes four seconds back from Ropelato's time and into 2nd position.

13:27 pm PDT It's great to see Jesse Melamed back at the top after his injury and he is already looking fast today and crosses the line fifth on the Queen stage.

13:32 pm PDT Richie Rude goes fastest by over three seconds. Rude is going to be tough to beat this weekend.

13:36 pm PDT Matthew Walker finishes seventh with a time of 8:24.97

13:40 pm PDT Adrien Dailly came into today fifth overall but with a time on stage 3 that places him 25th he will definitely drop down the rankings.

13:41 pm PDT Kevin Miquel takes third, seven seconds off Rude's time.

13:42 pm PDT Sam Hill can't match the speed of Ropelato and Rude but pips Miquel to third place.

13:43 pm PDT Florian Nicolai takes 16th and Richie Rude gets another stage win.

Stage Results

Pro Women

1st. Noga Korem: 9:22.53
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: +2.02
3rd. ALN: +3.38
4th. Ines Thoma: +11.52
5th. Amy Morrison: +13.49
6th. Morgane Charre: +17.79
7th. Katy Winton: +19.87
8th. Jennifer Makgill: +21.09
9th. Anita Gehrig: +24.78
10th. Becky Cook: +25.44

Pro Men

1st. Richie Rude: 8:09.65
2nd. Mitch Ropelato: +3.35
3rd. Sam Hill: +5.40
4th. Kevin Miquel: +7.73
5th. Martin Maes: +8.05
6th. Charles Murray: +12.73
7th. Cody Kelley: +14.03
8th. Jesse Melamed: +15.02
9th. Matthew Walker: +15.32
10th. Evan Geankoplis: +16.32

Overall after Stage Three

Pro Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 20:26.03
2nd. Noga Korem: 20:35.00
3rd. ALN: 20:50.41
4th. Ines Thoma: 21:02.63
5th. Morgane Charre: 21:10.64

Pro Men

1st. Richie Rude: 17:37.02
2nd. Sam Hill: 17:43.08
3rd. Mitch Ropelato: 17:46.44
4th. Martin Maes: 17:52.24
5th. Kevin Miquel: 17:58.00



The morning saw riders practice stage 4 before heading back up the mountain to race stages 1 2

Stage Updates

13:49 pm PDT As the top Pro Women arrive at stage four the current top three are: 1st. Hannah Bergemann: 3:28.73 // 2nd. Chloe Gallean: 0.52 // 3rd. Clare Hamilton: 0.63 //

13:52 pm PDT Miranda Miller goes seventh after completing one of the toughest stages of the weekend.

13:54 pm PDT Ines Thoma gets another early first-place finish, beating Bergemann's time by three seconds.

13:55 pm PDT The next rider down goes faster, Becky Cook leads with a 1.67 second gap to Thoma.

13:57 pm PDT ALN now goes fastest, she tops Cook by five seconds.

13:59 pm PDT Noga Korem barely passes ALN's time and leads by 0.13 with just one rider left.

14:00 pm PDT Isabeau Courdurier is back to her winning ways and goes three seconds faster to secure her third stage win this weekend.

14:06 pm PDT As the rest of the Pro Men hit the lethal rock garden of stage four the current top three is: 1st. Mckay Vezina: 2:48.17 // 2nd. Elliott Heap: +2.30 // 3rd. Myles Trainer: +2.33 //

14:08 pm PDT Mitch Ropelato makes it to the bottom of stage four and it's another top time.

14:10 pm PDT Martin Maes is second again behind the dominant Ropelato.

14:14 pm PDT Youn Deniaud master the rock garden and comes across the line third, 4.83 seconds back.

14:15 pm PDT Theo Galy is another fast Frenchman setting a great time through the rocks and he just passes Deniaud for third place behind Maes.

14:20 pm PDT Christian Textor beats both Frenchmen and takes third, three seconds back from Ropelato.

14:23 pm PDT Shawn Neer has a great stage and goes fifth behind Theo Galy.

14:24 pm PDT Jose Borges is back at the top of the leaderboard and crosses the line fourth.

14:32 pm PDT Mitch Ropelato has laid down a blistering run that even Richie Rude couldn't top. Rude slots into second place, just under two seconds back.

14:39 pm PDT Adrien Dailly is back from a disappointing stage three and beats Ropelato's time by 1.63 seconds.

14:41 pm PDT Now Sam Hill takes the top spot with one rider remaining. He has managed to put six seconds into Rude. This will definitely help in this weekend's overall result.

14:43 pm PDT Florian Nicolai finishes 28th giving the stage win to Sam Hill.

Stage Results

Pro Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 3:15.00
2nd. Noga Korem: +3.30
3rd. ALN: +3.43
4th. Becky Cook: +8.95
5th. Ines Thoma: +10.62
6th. Hannah Bergemann: +13.73
7th. Chloe Gallean: +14.25
8th. Clare Hamilton: +14.36
9th. Amy Morrison: +15.22
10th. Anita Gehrig: +15.45

Pro Men

1st. Sam Hill: 2:38.32
2nd. Adrien Dailly: +3.10
3rd. Mitch Ropelato: +4.73
4th. Richie Rude: +6.53
5th. Martin Maes: +6.98
6th. Zakarias Blom Johansen: +7.73
7th. Christian Textor: +7.95
8th. Matthew Walker: +7.98
9th. Robin Wallner: +8.98
10th. Jose Borges: +8.99

Overall after Stage Four

Pro Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 23:41.03
2nd. Noga Korem: 23:53.30
3rd. ALN: 24:08.84
4th. Ines Thoma: 24:28.25
5th. Katy Winton: 24:50.16

Pro Men

1st. Sam Hill: 20:21.40
2nd. Richie Rude: 20:21.87
3rd. Mitch Ropelato: 20:29.49
4th. Martin Maes: 20:37.54
5th. Kevin Miquel: 20:45.33


Sam Hill will be an absolute danger in these conditions.

Stage Updates

14:44 pm PDT As the Pro Men finish stage four the top Pro Women are hitting the next stage. Currently, Clare Hamilton leads by 0.44 seconds.

14:47 pm PDT ALN goes fastest with a time of 2:38.25.

14:48 pm PDT Morgane Charre is back after a slower stage four, can she hold onto second place.

14:50 pm PDT Isabeau Courdurier takes second place as Noga Korem goes third.

15:00 pm PDT Mitch Ropelato goes fastest on the second to last stage of the day, can he get another top-three result?

15:01 pm PDT Martin Maes slots into second place, 0.40 seconds off Ropelato.

15:06 pm PDT Hugo Pigeon Goes third behind Ropelato and Maes.

15:10 pm PDT Mathew Stuttard has a great ride on Stage five and currently sits third, 3.68 seconds back.

15:11 pm PDT Thomas Lapeyrie is the next rider down and surpasses Stuttard by 0.4 seconds to take third from the British rider.

15:15 pm PDT Jesse Melamed goes into third.

15:21 pm PDT Richie Rude goes fastest by nearly four seconds. The overall is pretty close between Rude and Hill so every second will count if either one of them wants to take the win in Northstar.

15:33 pm PDT Sam Hill couldn't beat Rude's time but he comes just 0.34 seconds behind the retains the overall lead.

Stage Results

Pro Women

1st. ALN: 2:38.25
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: +1.65
3rd. Noga Korem: +4.03
4th. Morgane Charre: +9.44
5th. Clare Hamilton: +9.48
6th. Ines Thoma: +9.92
7th. Katy Winton: +10
8th. Chloe Gallean: +10.35
9th. Becky Cook: +11
10th. Bex Baraona: +11.15

Pro Men

1st. Richie Rude: 2:11.20
2nd. Sam Hill: +0.34
3rd. Mitch Ropelato: +3.67
4th. Martin Maes: +4.07
5th. Jesse Melamed: +4.65
6th. Joshua Carlson: +5.47
7th. Thomas Lapeyrie: +6.87
8th. Mathew Stuttard: +7.35
9th. Christian Textor: +7.38
10th. Hugo Pigeon: +7.65

Overall after Stage Five

Pro Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 26:20.93
2nd. Noga Korem: 26:35.58
3rd. ALN: 26:47.09
4th. Ines Thoma: 27:16.42
5th. Katy Winton: 27:38.41

Pro Men

1st. Sam Hill: 22:32.94
2nd. Richie Rude: 22:33.07
3rd. Mitch Ropelato: 22:44.36
4th. Martin Maes: 22:52.81
5th. Kevin Miquel: 23:08.02


Isabeau Courdurier has yet to be beaten this season and a win here would all but assure her the overall title

15:11 pm PDT As the top Pro Women prepare to hit the final stage of the weekend the top three is as follows: 1st. Amy Morrison: 4:16.47 // 2nd. Lia Westermann: +16.84 // 3rd. Anna Sullivan: +20.02 //

15:18 pm PDT Chloe Gallean takes second place, just over ten seconds back from Morrison.

15:22 pm PDT Katy Winton slots into second place, less than a second faster than Chloe Gallean.

15:25 pm PDT Ines Thoma goes fifth, a lot of the top women are really struggling to find speed on this stage.

15:27 pm PDT Becky Cook finishes third, no women have come within 10 seconds of Amy Morrison yet.

15:28 pm PDT ALN comes the closest so far with a time of 4:18.76, still over two seconds away from the current stage leader.

15:35 pm PDT Amy Morrison wins stage six by 0.22 seconds over Isabeau Courdurier. Courdurier takes another EWS victory in 2019.

15:42 pm PDT Sam Hill currently leads by just one-tenth of a second. It could be either Hill or Rude that takes the win today with the final stage deciding the victor.

15:43 pm PDT The currently top three Pro Men are as follows: 1st. Mckay Vezina: 3:41.76 // 2nd. Cody Kelley: +0.43 // 3rd. Mitch Ropelato: +4.09 //

15:45 pm PDT Youn Deniaud continues a great day of racing and beats Mitch Ropelato to third place.

15:54 pm PDT After facing off some of the world's best Mckay Vezina is still leading the final stage of the day.

15:57 pm PDT Jesse Melamed goes fourth fastest, he has had a great weekend despite still recovering from his injury sustained earlier in the season.

16:03 pm PDT Richie Rude crosses the line fastest, if Hill can't beat him or come within a tenth of a second then Rude will take another Win this season.

16:11 pm PDT Adrien Dailly finishes second behind Rude, he comes within four seconds or the top time showing that it might just be possible for Hill to win today.

16:14 pm PDT Sam Hill is behind Richie Rude by 0.94, it was close but not quite enough to secure the win the Northstar.

Stage Results

Pro Women

1st. Amy Morrison: 4:16.47
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: +0.22
3rd. ALN: +2.29
4th. Noga Korem: +4.84
5th. Katy Winton: +10.75
6th. Becky Cook: +11.10
7th. Chloe Gallean: +11.63
8th. Rae Morrison: +11.96
9th. Anita Gehrig: +12.88
10th. Ines Thoma: +14.37

Pro Men

1st. Richie Rude: 3:36.58
2nd. Sam Hill: +0.94
3rd. Adrien Dailly: +4.17
4th. Mckay Vezina: +5.18
5th. Cody Kelley: +5.61
6th. Florian Nicolai: +7.67
7th. Youn Deniaud: +8.15
8th. Jesse Melamed: +8.51
9th. Shawn Neer: +8.82
10th. Zakarias Blom Johansen: +8.89


Pro Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 30:37.62
2nd. Noga Korem: 30:56.89
3rd. ALN: 31:05.85
4th. Ines Thoma: 31:47.26
5th. Katy Winton: 32:05.63

Pro Men

1st. Richie Rude: 26:09.65
2nd. Sam Hill: 26:10.46
3rd. Mitch Ropelato: 26:30.21
4th. Martin Maes: 26:39.35
5th. Jesse Melamed: 26:56.08


  • 277 41
 The year is 2019. Things I can watch a livestream of at any hour of any day
- Bears catching salmon in a creek in Alaska
-endangered Rhinos in Africa
-farm animals that I can feed by posting a message in the chat
-Eagle eggs hatching

Things that are somehow too difficult to broadcast for the UCI/a multimillion dollar enterprise
-a 20 minute bicycle race
  • 38 8
 Agreed. Absolutely ridiculous. Even the live feed is on a garbage format.
  • 21 11
 It's not difficulty, its the expense.
  • 61 7
 Uci/redbull can only show 3 minutes of dh, imagine the logistics of setting up cameras to film 20 minutes in the middle of nowhere, with trees and mountains to mess with wireless signals... They'd have to run cables all over that track..
  • 46 2
 Having only been spectating at one Enduro race so far, Finale in 2017, I kinda see the effort that would go into covering a multi-stage and multi-day event that goes on for almost all day with many contestants in many classes - in the woods, in at times gnarly terrain.

Look at the DH races - even those aren’t covered perfectly. For one track, for a comparably short timeframe. It’s a challenge.

Talking multimillion dollar enterprise: You tried following WRC rally races? Just as “bad” if not worse.

I’m just really thankful that there’s gopro, youtube and the interwebs as a whole - we get to see and discuss most of the interesting bits on a very timely manner. Sometimes you just got to appreciate the times we live in.

And in general: as long as you don’t have to travel half way across the globe, just go see a race and be there with the people sharing your passion.

See you discussing and celebrating the results in a couple of hours... ; )
  • 17 2
 @LaurensVR: It's f*Ing 2019 and there are millions of options to capture HD footage using much cheaper options than full profi movie-grade equipment.
  • 7 2
 Drones and head cams?
  • 86 15
 Things you also cannot watch a live stream of in 2019: Slaughterhouse gas chambers, stonings and beheadings in Arabia, Russian slave labour camps...

Our lives are really hard though, I know. Us having to wait a whole 24h for a highlights video after a cycle race... Unacceptable
  • 8 1
 @whiteboarder: what about crowd sourcing. Live fans upload via an app?? Get the nerds on it!!
  • 6 0
 Or live stream from a space station!
  • 7 1
 @colincolin: don't forget Foxconn/H&M/Nike sweatshops and Guantanamo waterboardings!
  • 5 2
 You only need to share live feed with any phone to better this...
  • 20 2
 @whiteboarder: For me it is an age thing. I can remember waiting for Wide World of Sports to show a MX race 3 weeks after it was run and I was excited as hell to see it that soon. Patience is a good thing Smile
  • 6 1
 Get the spectators to startup and a Facetime conference with their phones to cover the entire stage Wink
  • 8 0
 Rude and Hill epic battle. Looks a great result coming for Mitch and Cody also!
  • 3 0
 I'd like to see an endangered rhino sending stage 4. I would definitely watch that. But I'll second the point made that first they'll have to figure out how to show an entire DH run before solving the enduro problem.
  • 1 1
 Bros with iPhones..
  • 6 1
 @colincolin: @colincolin: Actually, you can watch all of those things, in graphic detail, if you want to. But do you really want to? Some things cannot be unseen that easily.

If I can watch a bear eating salmon in the middle of nowhere Alaska, or live feeds of a pride of lions eating a gazelle, a live feed of a cycling race from one of the most populated states in the US can’t be rocket science.
  • 33 3
 @colincolin: Whoa now, this is the second time I've seen this on pinkbike in as many days. While comparing something to Hitler/the Holocaust is a tried and true debate technique, you can't just ENTER the conversation with it.

"The modulation isn't that good on Shimano brakes, they are a bit grabby."

Relax a bit, streaming isn't that hard to do these days, I'm sure the EWS could figure it out if they thought outside the box a bit.
  • 1 10
flag NotNamed (Aug 25, 2019 at 14:54) (Below Threshold)
 @GorgeousBeauGaston: You didnt explain WHY you cant enter the conversation with it- Go ahead and try to proove his statement wrong.
  • 3 0
 Its only worth broadcasting to you if they can advertise to you. This format doesn’t work with announcers, so they’d have to get ads to you otherwise. Potentially interrupting the whole thing. I think it’s possible, but definitely substantially more complicated
  • 11 17
flag WAKIdesigns (Aug 25, 2019 at 15:06) (Below Threshold)
 @GorgeousBeauGaston: I think he made a fair point. Too much whining. Although placing livestream wildlife cameras would be great too. We lost quite a few in Amazon though... we need to get RKelly a few beers and get him into the choppah. He’ll put it out and fires will be like #me2
  • 23 0
 Who's excited to complain about SCRIBD later???
  • 4 1
 @lognar: looking forward to it
  • 2 1
 @scissors888: it's the difficulty, if you think it easy, you do it
  • 1 15
flag ColquhounerHooner (Aug 25, 2019 at 16:01) (Below Threshold)
 Read a book gorgeous beau, EWS is not a UCI event.
  • 7 1
 It's a PARTICIPATION sport. Go outside, and ride your bike.
  • 1 0
 Did Hill take the overall with a 2nd this weekend? Last race is going to be a mega throw down.
  • 3 1
 Not sure how well this would work, but it would be sick to see riders with GoPros somehow connecting them to their phones and live streaming their race runs. I guess the biggest issue would be getting a consistent connection with good image quality, but setting up a temporary infrastructure for cell service is probably comparatively easier than setting up cameras to record and live stream 20 minutes of racing over several stages. Probably a great way for racers to promote themselves as well.
  • 5 2
 @lognar: OK, I'd previously read that the UCI was only handling doping control on behalf of EWS. I believe EWS is still running the show, even tho it is now in UCI calender, the UCI don't run it and don't even broadcast DH/XC. Redbull does. Silly for gorgeous beau to compare 1 camera in an eagle nest to live coverage of EWS....

If you have been to an EWS you'd quickly get an idea of how difficult it would be to do any sort of live broadcast that made any sense.
  • 4 1
 Clearly you do not understand the logistics and cost involved.
  • 6 0
 I swear to god, there is a channel on Sling now that broadcasts live walks around the block from the perspective of a that you can put it on when you leave for work and your dog can watch...and feel like it is walking. I'm not joking. that is not the case for the ews...
  • 1 2
 @jorgeposada: nope. nicolai attacked last stage saving precious points. finished 13thoverall.. i believe 55-65 points still ahead of hill..
  • 9 0
 Except it's not a 20 minute race. It's more like a 100 20 minute races, and many of them simultaneously. How much footage are you hoping for? Are you happy manually scrolling between 100 different live angles of the race?
  • 2 1
 Its a conspiracy by DH guys in order to keep enduro racing less popular than world cup DH racing (sarcasm).
  • 3 1
 @Hockerz: bingo!! They would have to choose which riders they were showing on the live feed and then all the keyboard warriors would complain that their favorite rider isn’t being shown. I think the way it’s done now is good enough for what the sport is. Like many said before.
  • 2 1
 @colincolin: too bad those pesky Chinese organ removal vans don't have live feeds either
  • 2 1
 There’s not enough places to troll you had to bring that up on a cycling site? just wondering. tia. @colincolin:
  • 1 1
 They could's not cost effective for them. They need millions of viewers to justify bringing this live because live coverage ain't cheap. Just production costs would be pretty high up there.
  • 9 1
 I wonder if they could crowd source the recording... I see startups that pay people to recharge scooters, give them rides in their cars, let them sleep in their beds; maybe if you paid someone $1 per minute to film HD on their phone with Geo-positioning on their location, then upload it, some AI on the editing and stitch it all together.

Just thinking out loud, but it would be a hell of a lot cheaper and logistically easier then sending a production crew into the woods, and based on the calibre of startups I see all day far more realistic and meaningful.

Could potentially turn into several hours of portrait filmed with multiple potatoes however, so I have not ironed out all the wrinkles...
  • 1 1
 @filwhip: just saw your comment after posting my own long-winded similar response. I think this idea has merit!
  • 4 2
 And yet...we can fly helicopters around to film the Tour de France. Certainly we can figure something out for EWS.
  • 7 2
 @BaeckerX1: I wonder if there’s a key difference between TDF and EWS that makes visibility easier for one over the other
  • 1 1
 I said the same thing a few days ago. RedBull should have a live feed. What is wrong with them? Lol.
  • 2 1
 So true.
And a live feed don't need to be that expensive either. You tubers like Nate Hill live stream his POV often without problem. So Pinkbike & EWS could use riders cameras and set up cameras in trees and use drones. It would be much, much more exiting to see than the downhill world cup, due to the exotic places and different terrains all over the world.
  • 2 1
 @Hockerz: good point.
  • 1 2
 EWS is not NBA, MLB, NFL or NHL.
  • 6 4
 The whole point in the EWS is to get away from the WC circus, into the woods on real mountainbike tracks. You live in a country that gets to watch supercross and outdoor and NASCAR and NBA and NFL and NHL and X-Games and Winter X-Games and every other awesome sport. Stop bloody moaning and go ride your bike.
  • 1 2
 @BaeckerX1: now that I’ve done a sweet sarcasm, I’ll lay it out straight up. TDF has every racer in one spot, and it’s all on roads which tend to be easily visible from the sky
  • 3 1
 As someone who actually works in live streaming let me just say bandwidth, distance(cabling), equipment and crew on virtually no budget are the limiting factors.

@Hockerz nailed it. A "20 minute race" is literally hundreds of hours worth of content.

Last I checked, I wasnt paying anything to watch whatever content is available.
  • 2 3
 1st world problems..
  • 1 0
 @Lagr1980: That sucks, was rooting way against him. Hill has to kill it the next round. Basically if nicoli finished 5th next round and Hill 2nd it would be a tie. You know its going to be Hill or Rude 1-2 , then Maes , then Mitch, Melamed, Daily?????, his race is really against those guys for 4-5-6. Really don't see him messing with the real top 3 , even though he is obviously a great rider.
  • 3 1
 @LaurensVR: trees bother the signal? Just clear them
  • 1 0
 @jorgeposada: anything can happen, mechanicals, a blooddy cold, .. anyways, an exciting race for sure... lets see who has the nerves...
  • 1 2
 @Lagr1980: I just hope they say nope to dope,,, at least until after the last race.
  • 1 0
 @BaeckerX1: tdf far bigger event and income and the teams are multi million budgets, mtb is small fish still in terms of income and media
  • 1 0
 @up-left-down-right: AMEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 @whiteboarder: it's true what you say, but if it so why we have a monopoly of redbull on the broadcasting, i mean if UCI and Redbull don't have the money or the ability to give a good coverage why don't let it be open and let the many Cathro's around doing their job? I mean there will be more footage, better footage
no expenses for UCI o RedBull. But until they want to milk every penny they could from the broadcasting and offering an often embarassing product
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: exactly we don't want 4k coverage, we want more coverage of the track, done maybe by people who knows what is riding a bike, seeing more of the events and more riders
  • 2 0
 @ATV25: yup! Or road racing, reading about the races in a newspaper at the bike shop while your motorcycle was getting serviced.
  • 1 0
 @enduroFactory: You think I don't know that? Everything has to start somewhere. And they'll never get a budget if people can't watch it. Have to build the widespread interest somehow. Then comes the TV deals and ad revenue. I'm just saying, if they wanted to, they could figure something out. We can get video feed from Mars so we can get some video from the woods for not a lot of money. Yeah, it's not easy, but mountain biking is more popular than ever so it would be a good time to capitalize on that.
  • 1 0
 @kleinblake: you obviously missed the point of my post. Sorry it went over your head like a helicopter.
  • 2 3
 No livestream? I want my money back. Heads must roll. I want it free and I want it now.
  • 1 1
 @Camstyn: the EWS will never get the support and popularity to truly flourish without some ability for the "everyman" to view it and be interested in it. Let's be honest here, the average mountain biker doesn't even know Pinkbike exists.
  • 3 0
 @slogophobia: I think that the EWS market (Trail and Enduro riders) is the biggest market in mountain biking. That is where most consumers buy their bikes. Granted it is tougher to televise an Enduro Race, I'm sure Red Bull can find some money to make it work. Heck, they have budgets to televise parkour, red bull wave party, netball, soap box racing, rc racing, kite surfing, cliff diving, etc.
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 @tacklingdummy: XC marathon is the biggest segment. Bigger than XCO, Enduro and Dh all together. Both in terms of lower end bikes and high end bikes. How many are turning up to an Enduro comp? 200-300 at big events. A shitty marathon comp gets 500 folks. A major marathon comp gets 2000 or more. Swedish cykelvasa marathon, amost 30 fricking thousand.
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 @tacklingdummy: Redbull doing a live stream of a DH race is manageable. Trying to cover up to 8 stages, on 8 different trails, often simultaneously is chaos. "Tougher" doesnt even begin to describe the degree of difficulty.

Regardless of which consumer market is the "largest", profitability in streaming is key. Prime example is the 2018 Redbull Rampage. Like you mentioned, probably not the best consumer market but the hype is there The Youtube stream was viewed over 4.6 million times. One stream only, not including their pre and post event videos. Now go look at the EWS and Pinkbike Youtube channels. It's laughable as those videos are lucky to break 100k views a piece. Redbull's coverage of just Semenuk's winning run brought 1.3 million views. Pinkbike's highlight reel of Whistler round 6 has 93k.

Redbull probably spends 100K to stream Rampage. Multiply that by at least 10 for your ideal coverage of an EWS round. If you're going to lose money, dont do it.
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 @slogophobia: one day of F1 budget would cover most of the dh season I’d wager.
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 @yzedf: Probably, but i'm not sure what your point is. Redbull already allocates money to DH coverage.

As far as borrowing funds from the highest form of racing, so you can stream a free event to the world does not provide you with the same ROI (return on investment). F1 allocates dozens of HIGH paying sponsors. Even the everyday average folks walking around are paying anywhere from $21-300 minimums just to be at each event. Even to watch the live stream costs you a minimum of $27/year. See where this is going? F1 requires a ton of money, but they also bring in money as well.
  • 1 0
 @BaeckerX1: The "everyman" average mountain biker don't care about racing regardless of the format. 99% of mtber just ride their bikes.
  • 2 0
 @Camstyn: I guess nobody else got the sarcasm...
  • 75 4
 Mitch Ropelato = best all around biker
  • 3 4
 So much yes
  • 25 18
 Huh- Geoff Kabush is going to be on the podium for Masters -and top 10-15 overall this is his first EWS race He has excelled at everything he tries - olympics, bc bike race , trans alp , trans rockies , world cup xc , gravel bike - the list is to long -
  • 9 3
 @regdunlop: endurance and persistence yes, rest questionable
  • 7 3
 this is Shawn Palmer territory - What part of “he just showed up and kicked ass” do you not understand! His obvious North Shore pedigree helps him in this terrain and balls that comes with it
  • 16 0
 Awesome to see Mitch finding his flow, hopefully continues building on his current momentum.
  • 5 0
 @jorgeposada: he’s just so much fun to watch, whatever he’s doing.
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 @regdunlop: yeah Kabush is a monster and should be a huge name. He’s been at or near the top of pretty much every race he’s done since what, the early 2000s? All while continually adapting to the changing culture and climate of sponsorships and being a pro rider. Incredible talent.
  • 3 0
 Honestly have always been a fan but didn't know how much of an all around rider he was. Look forward to see his progress and still mad young.
  • 4 1
 the hot, dry, and dusty condition helped the dumpster fire burn.
  • 8 1
 The guy who took over athlete management at Specialized is an idiot.
  • 5 4
 I think that title belongs to Jared Graves
  • 27 0
 I'm continually curious why Ropelato doesn't get as much hype as he should. Santa Cruz lost Bryceland and has Mitch sitting there as a similar rider. Give that man more press. It'll sell bikes. Glad to see him do well. Deserved. Hope there's more to come!
  • 2 1
  • 13 1
 Mathieu van der Poel would like a word.
  • 2 1
 @tlilly: it seems like he kinda wanted to do his own program. wanted to focus on dh this year, not ews. No room on syndicate. Hes probably making more money this way. SC seems to run their teams based off results more than rider popularity. They would be smart to lock him down in some way tho.
  • 1 0
 One of the best riding style out there... steezy AF
  • 4 4
 @mnorris122: van see poel couldn’t do shit in any gravity fed race so no he is not even close to being the best all around biker. He just is a dirt roadie, o wait isn’t that what World Cup XC is?
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 @mkotowski1: XC started as a type of birth control.
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 @mkotowski1: I don't remember him entering a single gravity fed race so saying he couldn't do shit is a bit of a stretch. He is a decent bike handler, feels slower than Nino in descents but that may be partially because he doesn't want to use a dropper. He trains a bit on MX in his limited recovery periods.
  • 3 0
 @mkotowski1: most World Cup XC tracks would humble most down country bros who don’t want to be overbiked
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 @mkotowski1: He would de way better in an EWS than anyone EWS rider would in a WC XCO. He’d lap them.
  • 2 1
 @jclnv: yeah, especially since Sam Hill showed up to Australian XC champs as if he didn’t care and got 7th while Graves won, so while they would have no chance to win with him, lapping is not in the books unless lap is under 5 minutes. And do better in Enduro, than they in XC hah, how? How do you even evaluate that? Nino got 55th spot once. With getting on a skill training regime he would maybe score top 20. He is still beyond the time he can get good at downhill. He’s brain and body are too old for that. One could argue same is true for Van Der Poel. Also what are you even implying? Annika Langvad won with Batty, Wloszczoeska and bloody Neff on multiple occasions and she is worthless on downs! I know a couple of girls who would kick her butt on a DH comp. the truth is XCO is about sheer pedaling power. It will always win. There should be no doubt that a bloke like Sagan can win gold in Olympics. He will never race XC though, that’s like a NY lawyer picking up a job in small insurance company. Seeking skill in MVDP is rather silly, he rides like a stock, and I can do one handed wheelies too. It is loke yhise ridiculous commentary saying Nino could have a good run on Pinkbike hot lap. Huh, yeah.
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 @jclnv: there is simply quite a long way between: "XCO racers are good at tackling gnarly XCO courses" and "XCO racers would do well in DH and Enduro". And no example of Jesse Melamed doesn't work. That's like saying BMXers and 4Xers do well in Enduro, cuz Graves. There are multitalented freaks of nature, like Ropelato, Graves, we can throw Schurter in but MVDP is not one of them.
  • 1 0
 "Sagan can win gold in Olympics. He will never race XC though, that’s like a NY lawyer picking up a job in small insurance company"

WAKIdesigns: you do realize that Peter Sagan raced the XC olympic race in Rio?

Wrong example :-)
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 @WAKIdesigns: An Aussie national is not a World Cup XCO.
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 @jclnv: except Mvdp will not come 7th in any national enduro or DH, let alone win it.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Knowing how flat it is I am pretty sure he could win an enduro in the Netherlands ;-)
  • 3 0
 @opignonlibre: I know Sagan raced in Olympics, I meant that he will never race XC for living, like do the whole WC XC tour.

As to MVDP: you know what I mean. If he goes to race Enduro in UK, France, Italy, Canada, Germany he will not win and chance of him getting into top 10 is very little.
  • 1 1
 @tlilly: Ahhhhgreeeed. He kills every discipline. Actual MTB jedi.
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: 6 months of training and he’d top 5 any national series.
  • 38 3
 back in my day (here we go) I had to wait 3 months for my local Newsagent to receive the latest Mountain bike action magazine just to see if Tomac had won another World Cup.... I am very grateful for the MTB content I can view any day/hour of the week. Amazing!
  • 4 3
 This! Today's kids are spoiled
  • 3 4
 Thank you. We need more people like you man. Top coverage Pinkbike! Can’t wait for the video recap.

#grateful Big Grin
  • 2 1
 Can I give more than 1 props.
  • 35 4
 Opening up this section on Twitch, I see a guy metal detecting, a guy geocaching in the woods, another playing soccer, somehow all these people manage to stream through an LTE connection and no wires with decent enough bitrate -

The problem is this old way of thinking where to broadcast something you need hundreds of thousands in cameras, some terrible cheeseball casters and interviewers, etc. Give Cathro a backpack, a mic, and a headcam, have a handful of fixed cameras on the rock gardens, and one guy in the control room switching the sources, boom it's quality content.
  • 8 1
 The LTE connection is the hard part where most of these races take place. To stream high quality video, you do need more than a phone camera or GoPro, and to transmit that signal you will likely need a power supply and additional antennas. Not at all undoable. I broadcast secure HD video from aircrafts for the government, and it's unfortunately not that easy once you get into high quality video and areas with poor cell signal
  • 2 1
 @Mntneer: I agree, my friend and I have considered something similar, the problem was mainly the transmission and coverage, there's always that part of the woods or jungle that have zero connectivity and it screws up the upload to the streaming server.
With 5g coming, I might try again or hack something up using mesh and powerbanks.
But for now, I'm happy we have some coverage for ews.
  • 1 1
 @DrSam: if you could preposition all your power supplies in the necessary places with the use of some kind of vehicle, than you'd probably have a shot. The need to carry heavy equipment, position one or more relay stations, and have a crew make this a pretty expensive endeavor. I'm not sure what the financials for EWS look like, but I think that they would need Red Bull or another company to back them for this to work.
  • 1 1
 Yeah, doesn't have to be Oscar winning cinematography. Just enough to see some action and what is going on in the standings. That will keep PB-er happy for a little while. Maybe a few races before we start getting greedy and wanting HD content with drone footage and special effects. Haha.
  • 1 1
 For sure US army has it covered for dacades... It would be cool to have a LTE or even WiFi network using drones as transceivers. You could virtually cover any area.
  • 23 2
 Mitch and Cody doing it for Utah!!
  • 15 2
 If my maths are correct, this makes it:
Nicolai - 2800
Hill - 2765

One second faster and Hill would have had the overall series lead. If people are wondering (EWS site is horrific), points go 500-450-420-400 and then minus 10 for each spot.
  • 1 1
 Who won queen stage in Mens? If it was Hill that might tip it?
  • 3 1
 @ButtersNZ: Queen stage was stage three, which Rude won, so he took the points.
  • 3 1
 @ButtersNZ: Richie. If Hill had taken it, he would be the points leader. Lots of pressure on the final race. If Hill takes second again, then Flo needs to be at least third to retain the points lead (unless Hill takes the queen stage).
  • 3 1
 This means that Nicolai has to beat Hill in Finale to take the overall? It gonna be tight...
  • 1 1
 Isabeau has wrapped up the overall, right?
  • 3 1
 Sam Hill is going to win the bloody series! Just incredible to think this is possible, given the first two rounds. Just amazing.
  • 1 2
 @jaame: Richie can mix it up if he comes in between the two.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: if Rude Dude wins the event, can he take the series?
  • 1 0
 @jaame: I don’t know, but he (and Martin, and surely someone else) can mix it up by coming in between Flo and Hill, making Hill lose more points to Flo.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: basically if they finish in the top three, whoever is in front wins between those two. I would love it if Hill won the overall and then switched back to DH for a couple of seasons.
  • 1 2
 I would rather see Sam race XC. Imagine this... flat pedals, baggy pants, even if he would do “only” top 10, he’d shake the bike world completely, it would be a punch that most elitists would have a very hard time to recover from.
  • 1 0
 EWS now has updated the rankings and Sam has 2740 points. They previously had listed a separate 25 points for Whistler. Without checking I thought it was some weird bonus for 2nd on super long Queen stage ... but checking now he came 5th. They've removed that now.
  • 1 0
 @BigAlfonz: more than the difference between first and second for the last event then.
More likely, Rude will win and Hill will come second or third. I don’t know Nicolai’s form. If Hill was third, I guess Nicolai could finish fifth, sixth or seventh and still see up the overall.
  • 2 0
 Got to give props to Florian for fighting through a tough race. He clawed back 6 spots on the last stage - that also made the difference between holding the lead and giving it up to Hill
  • 13 1
 Cody with a strong 5th, this was one of the best races of the season I think. Hill Rude battle is clash of the titans status.
  • 15 1
 Cody and Mitch Hell yes!
  • 13 1
 Mitch should have gotten a spot on the world champs team
  • 11 0
 Rpoa-dope is on fire right now, maybe the best form of his life... Glad the results are finally coming his way.
  • 11 1
 Yeah so, the big story here is Jesse in is that f*cking possible ?
  • 1 2
 'Cos Nice guys *don't* finish last!
  • 9 1
 I honestly love this Top 5 result so much. Crazy tight racing, absolutely bonkers results.
  • 10 1
 F yeah Mitch!!!!!
  • 6 1
 So Sam where could have you gone .81 seconds faster? Tight racing is an understatement. I am not sure how I would feel if I missed the top step by such a small margin.
  • 9 1
 He would have won if he wore a triathlete/TT aero helmet. He won't make that mistake again, full aero in the last race.
  • 10 22
flag CM999 (Aug 26, 2019 at 1:44) (Below Threshold)
 He lost out to doping. That's the problem when dopers are allowed back still benefiting from the enhanced performance the drugs have the
  • 8 1
 @CM999: you are fake news
  • 8 1
 Less than 1 second between Rude and Hill. Wha.!?!?!?!
  • 8 1
 nice to see Mitch Ropelato smashing some rocks
  • 5 2
 Fixed cameras at the interesting sections and some drones would do it. Go pro 8 streams live in 2020??. It would be so cool with live streaming actioncam with ghosts. Put it on the Top 10 racers .
  • 3 0
 This is insane! 0.8s in 26 minutes of racing is. Mental, the margins these days are so small.
Scottish Dh champs yesterday winning margin was bigger than that on a 2:20 track (and it was a gnarly track)!
  • 2 0
 Like in the best days of WRC before, with all due respect, Loeb came and messed it all up
  • 4 1
 @Pinkbike @edspratt it would be nice to see the Overall Time after each stage in addition to who is currently leading the race.
  • 13 1
 I have added that in for all the stages now.
  • 2 1
 @edspratt: awesome! #nerdingout
  • 5 1
 If anything makes me want to go out and buy a full-face tomorrow, its the thumbnail for that Chute From Hell video...
  • 2 1
 We were posted up at stage 4...dang those guys make it look easy. Melamed with a killer alt line, Hill’s crazy speed and precision.

Healing vibes the rider that took a header into the rocks on 4 and had to be carried out. Don’t know who he was but hope he’s all right.
  • 2 0
 Funny that redbull had 90 people at this years Fortbill world cup all with transponders on their boots & still not able to improve coverage so they have too be doing something wrong?
  • 7 2
 yeah Jesse!
  • 5 1
 accidental downvote..yes jesse!!
  • 5 1
 Ropadope...sick work on the EWS!
  • 5 0
 Way to BATTLE JESSE!!!!
  • 4 1
 "Isabeua Courudrier" ok now it's total everything instead of all
  • 1 0
 Isabelle Cordura?
  • 3 0
 I’m relatively new to following EWS. Who is ALN ?
  • 5 0
 Andreane Lanthier Nadeau
  • 4 0
 She rides for Rocky Mountain and wearing the red and black plaid #11 jersey.
  • 8 2
 A womanobot designed to humble Mike Levy on the hot lap.
  • 7 4
 Wow last stage, within a second but doesn't get it. How Rude, go Richie!
  • 4 1
 That's some mega close racing in the MENS ! Sam you were so close !!!!!
  • 4 1
 Less than a second it’s insane!
  • 3 0
 Hard to believe it's closer than a typical World Cup DH race.
  • 3 1
 Jesse Melamed = Ultimate Warrior (insert Ultimate Warrior pic here please)!!!
  • 3 1
 Amazed by Katerina Nash; XC and CX legend took part at her first ever EWS race at 41-ish and finished in top 20.
  • 2 0
 i'm confused. I thought Maes was out on suspension. Is he just racing for fun and not points or did something change?
  • 3 0
 NICE! Mitch is having a great season this year. Great work.
  • 1 2
 They should add some points if you win back to back races, and scale it up drastically if you win multiple back to backs... make it much more interesting... or do they already do this?

maybe some points for throwing a no-hander off a set jump, or who can do the whole race without a water break... something cool like that.
  • 2 0
 The EWS track in N* is more technical than some of the DH WC track, how bout that!
  • 3 1
 Evan Geankoplis is out? Hopefully not a bad crash for the dude
  • 3 0
 That sucks, the rocks always win. Hope he ok.
  • 4 2
 For fucks sake, things are crazy close.
  • 10 6
 With Rude winning almost every stage since his return I think it's safe to say he would be the points leader going into the last race.
  • 20 26
flag jclnv (Aug 25, 2019 at 17:31) (Below Threshold)
 @jorgeposada: The guy shouldn’t even be there. He should have had a year ban at least.
  • 8 10
 @jorgeposada: Safe to say the same for Maes who was winning everything for his performance enhancing fail that wasn’t a fail.
  • 10 6
 @Ryanfitz81: how was it not a fail? He had a masking agent in his blood. What was it masking? We will never know. And that's great that a Dr prescribed it but those types of frauds have happened plenty in road racing it's absurd to think it can't happen in mountain biking.
  • 4 3
 @Ryanfitz81: I know the potential is there but Rude barely lost a stage since he has been back. Great to see 3 heavy hitters racing though.
  • 18 2
 Hill has been racing forever and is still giving the kids a hard time. If he was their age it wouldn’t be worth them turning up.
  • 3 2
 @jclnv: i agree
  • 4 7
 @Ryanfitz81: yeah and the doc which was completely unknown to him and a local official sportsdoc but admitted that he gave the stuff, was in on it. He was a hired gun by MM hahaha...
  • 2 6
flag jorgeposada (Aug 26, 2019 at 0:58) (Below Threshold)
 @jclnv: @jclnv: Maes should be out a year also but here we are. It's not like Rude was shooting D ball, very similar circumstances. His riding is doing the talking this season and is on a different level and barely breaking a sweat.
  • 4 8
flag CM999 (Aug 26, 2019 at 1:46) (Below Threshold)
 @jorgeposada: only because doping works
  • 2 1
 @CM999: Evidently it does according to the whole tour de france field.
  • 3 1
 @thesharkman: @thesharkman: It was less of a fail to the point where I'm convinced it was "a fail that wasn't a fail".,2733

But did you see his line choice in Derby and Madeira? Dude was next level taking lines reserved for the likes of Sam Hill.

Stoked to see Maes back and frothing to see him give it to the Frenchies at Mont Saint Anne. If only Sam would join him.
  • 4 6
 This will get downvoted to oblivion, but none of this sits right with me. The fact that a guy who failed a drug test, came up with a bullshit excuse, then got given a very short ban considering. Has now returned and is winning pretty much every race has well and truly killed it for me.
  • 2 2
 For how long he´s been out of racing? How long would it be enough for you? How many rounds of this years EWS he missed? Do you think the substances found in his blood would have some long term effect? I guess not...I am using the astma shots..
  • 3 2
 I thought martin was banned.. that 90 days flew by!
  • 2 1
 Could hill make it a 3 peat if he wins this
  • 2 0
 I think he will take overall lead if he gets 1st or second hopefully. Definitely one of the most contested seasons so far.
  • 1 0
 Man I wish I was there. It sounds so exciting!
  • 2 0
  • 1 1
 Hill took 2nd and Nicolai below the top 5 and Masters is out with a wrist injury. Wondering what the points look like now.
  • 1 10
flag zyoungson (Aug 25, 2019 at 17:40) (Below Threshold)
 wrist injury you say? huhuhuhuhuhuhuhhuhu
  • 1 0
 What´s the overall result after this weekend??
  • 3 1
 bad ass top 5. love it
  • 1 0
 Please link the complete end results
  • 1 1
 Hill is in second now, 60 behind Nicolai. Rude is in 8th.
  • 1 0
 Place called Barrow. Barrow in Furness. It's f****** grim.
  • 2 2
 Love the live feed. Keep up the great work. Can't wait to watch the recap!
  • 5 8
 RUDE ????????????????????????
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