Photo Report: Dirt Surfing in Practice at EWS Chile

Mar 23, 2018
by Matthew DeLorme  


We have been waiting for this one. Not very patiently, we might add. Round one of the 2018 Enduro World Series has taken us to some of the wildest trails we might see this year with the notorious Chilean anti-grip dirt of the high Andes mountains. With six stages that total 5,300 meters in vertical drop over a total of 34 kilometers, this one is going to be absolutely brutal. Racers were allowed one practice run per stage and, given the nature of the terrain, they will be riding nearly blind. The deep, fluffy dirt here in Lo Barnechea hides razor-sharp rocks that frequently shift so the tracks will be constantly evolving. This isn't going to be a race of blistering speed. It's going to come down to who can best avoid danger and keep their bike together in the ever-shifting dirt here in the Andes. There will be plenty of drifting and plenty of destroyed wheels. Enjoy this practice gallery before the action gets underway tomorrow.

Views for days from that will be the top of the weekends final stage.
Views for days from what will be the top of the weekend's final stage.

The top of stage 6 is so high that it starts on the moon.
The top of stage 6 is so high that it starts on the moon.

Pedro Burns the local favorite is looking to make his mark here on home turf.
Pedro Burns, the local favorite, is looking to make his mark here on home turf.

Cecile Ravanel has been dominant these past years but with such huge brutal stages this one could be anyone s to win.
Cecile Ravanel has been dominant these past years, but with such huge brutal stages, this one could be anyone's to win.

Randy is still sending it. Marco has been showing more of his loose style out there in practice.
Randy is still sending it. Marco has been showing more of his loose style out there in practice.

Cody Kelley surfing some of that fine Chilean pow.
Cody Kelley surfing some of that fine Chilean pow.

Wyn Masters surfs the scree down the start of stage 6. Cerro Plomo keeps watch in the background.
Wyn Masters surfs the scree down the start of stage 6. Cerro Plomo keeps watch in the background.

Richie Rude definitely has the strength and power to excel on the long and rough stages here in the Andes. If he can find the form that won him back to back world titles he will definitely be a threat here.
Richie Rude definitely has the strength and power to excel on the long and rough stages here in the Andes. If he can find the form that won him back to back world titles he will definitely be a threat here.

Long rough fast loose and full of drifty corners from top to bottom. Is there anyone other than Sam Hill that you would place your bets on this weekend
Long, rough, fast, loose, and full of drifty corners from top to bottom. Is there anyone other than Sam Hill that you would place your bets on this weekend?

Greg Callaghan is always a contender and has been looking properly quick out there.
Greg Callaghan is always a contender and has been looking properly quick out there.

Katy Winton is looking to move up in the ranks this season after her third in the overall last year.
Katy Winton is looking to move up in the ranks this season after her third in the overall last year.

Mark Scott monster trucks it through the only bit of color found on the slopes of La Parva.
Mark Scott monster trucks it through the only bit of color found on the slopes of La Parva.

Theo Galy rails the moon dust right out of the gate on stage 1.
Theo Galy rails the moon dust right out of the gate on stage 1.

Flying Flo has made the move to Canyon this season how will he get on with the new steed
Flying Flo has made the move to Canyon this season. How will he get on with the new steed?

Isabeau Courdurier has been looking quite comfortable on her new whip and blazing quick in practice.
Isabeau Courdurier has been looking quite comfortable on her new whip and blazing quick in practice.

Rae Morrison has looked smooth and aggressive in practice having less trouble with the slippery conditions that others.
Rae Morrison has looked smooth and aggressive in practice, having less trouble with the slippery conditions that others.

Jared Graves navigates one of the many rock garden at the top of stage 2. With a descent of over 1600 meters the riders are going to take a massive beating on this one.
Jared Graves navigates one of the many rock gardens at the top of stage 2. With a descent of over 1600 meters, the riders are going to take a massive beating on this one.

Martin Maes loves fast and loose terrain and the stages here in the Andes are delivering just that.
Martin Maes loves fast and loose terrain, and the stages here in the Andes are delivering just that.

Like a line of tiny little ants.
Like a line of tiny little ants.

Big descents mean some lung busting hike a bikes. The air is rare up here.
Big descents mean some lung-busting hike-a-bikes. The air is rare up here.

Mark Scott had a strong finish to the season last year. He s looking to keep up the pace and solid results.
Mark Scott had a strong finish to the season last year. He's looking to keep up the pace and get a solid result here in Chile.

Dillon Santos negotiates the Devil s Backbone on stage four.
Dillon Santos negotiates the Devil's Backbone on stage four.

Adrien Dailly opted to pre ride the stages late in the day once they had been ridden in a bit. The downside however was that he had to battle a little extra dust.
Adrien Dailly opted to pre-ride the stages late in the day once they had been ridden in a bit. The downside, however, was that he had to battle a little extra dust.

Noga Korem is on a factory team this season and will be one to watch at the front of the women s field.
Noga Korem is on a factory team this season and will be one to watch at the front of the women's field.

Chilean Pedro Burns was railing the anti-grip right from the get go on stage 1.
Chilean Pedro Burns was railing the anti-grip right from the get go on stage 1.

Rat Boy shoulders his bike on the final pitch of the climb to stage six.
Rat Boy shoulders his bike on the final pitch of the climb to stage six.

Adrien Dailly warping his way under big Chilean skies.
Adrien Dailly warping his way under big Chilean skies.

Sam Hill has been going so quick out on course it almost looks boring. Sam clearly has winning on his mind and nothing else.
Sam Hill has been going so quick out on course it almost looks boring. Sam clearly has winning on his mind and nothing else.

Eddie Masters letting it slide through the anti-grip.
Eddie Masters letting it slide through the anti-grip.

Stage 4 will kick things off on the second day of racing and one of the longer and rougher stages we ve seen anywhere on the EWS.
Stage 4 will kick things off on the second day of racing, and one of the longer and rougher stages we've seen anywhere on the EWS.

Curtis Keene between a rock and another rock on stage 4.
Curtis Keene between a rock and another rock on stage 4.

Ruaridh Cunningham injured his shoulder last week and has decided to sit out round one so he can give round two his all.
Ruaridh Cunningham injured his shoulder last week and has decided to sit out round one so he can give round two his all.

Martin Maes has been on the move in practice. Can he pull off a win here in round one.
Martin Maes has been on the move in practice. Can he pull off a win here in round one?

Stage 4 is another massive one and with the views to match.
Stage 4 is another massive one, and with the views to match.

Bex Baraona smooths out the big rocks on some big wheels on stage 4.
Bex Baraona smooths out the big rocks on some big wheels on stage 4.

Time to work into the night and make sure the bikes are ready for battle. Race day in almost upon us.
Time to work into the night and make sure the bikes are ready for battle. Race day is almost upon us.

Alex McAndrew drops into the steep switchbacks above the Parvazo trail on stage 2.
Alex McAndrew drops into the steep switchbacks above the Parvazo trail on stage 2.

Andre Bretas just getting warmed up on the liaison to stage 4 first thing in the morning.
Andre Bretas just getting warmed up on the liaison to Stage 4 first thing in the morning.

There s a storm brewing in the Andes above Santiago Chile right now. Tune back in over the next two days to keep abreast of all the wild racing action from the opening EWS of 2018.
There's a storm brewing in the Andes above Santiago, Chile right now. Tune back in over the next two days to keep abreast of all the wild racing action from the opening EWS of 2018.


MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries



45 Comments

  • + 23
 Anybody want to take bets on the number of slashed Specialized tires?
  • + 3
 I'll bet you 600 bitcoin
  • + 12
 28.99
  • + 5
 69
  • - 5
flag fecalmaster (Mar 23, 2018 at 21:49) (Below Threshold)
 Gwin going to win on his secret cloak machine!
  • + 1
 27.5+
  • - 2
 28.99
  • + 6
 So if Ruaridh Cunningham is injured again...what was he doing in full kit at the bike checks?
Dude never catches a break with the injuries.
If I can remember he didn’t participate in one DH race last season and the first EWS of the year on a new team it catches him again.
  • + 2
 He made the call during day 2 of practice
  • + 10
 Don't forget your coats,people,it's getting a bit Chile in here!
  • + 2
 Budum tss
  • + 7
 One decent picture of the new Ibis LT 29er
  • + 1
 you think they would at least ask her about it in the bike check video
  • + 1
 @sosburn: I'm sure the bike check video will come out after the official release of the bike.
  • + 6
 what's up with that new ibis though
  • + 3
 Cool pictures! but I gotta say, I was hoping for an HD version of Iago Garay foot up drifting by Sven Martin: www.instagram.com/p/BgsQHUwnj6j/?r=wa1
  • + 1
 That is a wicked shot! Thanks for sharing
  • + 0
 Worried for what seems to be the lack of body protection on riders for this kind of terrain... (Shins, elbows, chest...)
Yes you don´t look so cool on the pictures, but at least race day I hope riders take some considerations...
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 24, 2018 at 1:52) (Below Threshold)
 So you wish them heat stroke and dehydration? You should be ashamed of yourself.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I wouldn´t say it´s hot at 3.800m over the sea. Look at Ravanel wearing jacket... Plus here most of the way to top is assisted.
  • - 3
 @PauRexs: ok you win, they should be ashamed of themselves and on their hands they have the blood of children they inspire not to wear protection. After all wearing additional 1-1,5kg of movement restricting gear for a whole day at high altitude is nothing when it comes to fighting for a World tittle. They know nothing. I can judge them from the lows of my mediocrity while they are at 3800 m over the sea level
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Well is not a batle waki, I understant your point. Just saying I am worried, some one allready died in this series, and I know well the dangers of this sport cause I´ve been racing at the top level as pro too. When you are pro and in shape, you are overconfident, this is good for one side... also you want to bright at all levels... and image plays a big roll today... appear like the hunchback of notradamus it doesn´t help... But if I would be the organization I would make at least chest protection mandatory for some events... if you clip a pedal on the floor while trying to pedal everywhere you can, the most probable is you will go over the bars in a way you will launch on your chest... and if it´s sharp rocky... damn. I just want the best for everyone, I hope some days we´ll have functional and astheathichal protections... and well... this is my job actually... anyway Thanks for your feedback from your all viewing side of this gravity riders over mind... peace Wink
  • + 1
 I just mean that this is a dangerous sport and you can’t save people from themselves. They are adults who are capable of taking their own decisions and are more aware of the risks involved than we can ever be. Chest protectors aren’t mandatory even in Downhill. Death and injury are a part of life, I am in no position to tell these guys and girls what to do. And those looking up to them their own responsibility to take their decisions. It sucks to see broken and dead riders but again, that is the part of the game. It’s way safer than road racing where nobody wears anything
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: yes agreee too
  • + 1
 "Bex Baraona smooths out the big rocks on some big wheels on stage 4."

That's not a Ripley...but they look like big wheels...
  • + 3
 Incredible photography! Killer coverage! So stoked that racing is back!
  • + 2
 I foresee many destroyed rear derailleurs!
  • + 17
 Not for Sam Shaw riding the zerode
  • + 1
 How many ews dreams will be shattered by broken derailleurs this year? SRAM & Shimano don't want you to know!

If they kept track of mechanical failures throughout the year I'm guessing flats, broken derailleurs & chains would be top 3.
  • + 1
 @mdelorme @davetrumpore way to start the year of race coverage with a bang!
  • + 3
 Sam won... nuff said
  • + 2
 O my! @davetrumpore & lorme. Stunning work as per usual!
  • + 2
 @sosburn why my boy aint racing this
  • + 1
 i wish Frown
  • + 2
 Hill Rude Masters
  • + 1
 wrong article
  • - 1
 Trade rude for the #1 spot
  • + 1
 @gooutsidetoday: nah, you want flats on this terrain.
  • + 1
 @mdelorme. That makes sense...thanks.
  • + 1
 Stoked racing is back!. So many riders capable of winning!
  • + 1
 Header pic is POTY - Rooost! Haha
  • + 1
 epic
  • + 1
 dale pedroo!!
  • + 0
 Epic shit.

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