Final Photo Epic: Three For Three - EWS Madeira 2019

May 12, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  



Photo Epic presented by ODI

Heading into the second day of racing in Madeira, race leaders Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier both held sizeable leads over their nearest rivals. While they had the luxury of possibly playing it safe in some spots, the riders chasing the final podium spots certainly did not. In both the men's and women's fields positions, two through five were separated by a few seconds or less. With five stages on the menu for Sunday, it was set up for some amazing and tight racing.

In the women's race, Isabeau Courdurier pulled further ahead through the day, while the battle raged behind. Ella Conolly would win a stage but suffer a mechanical on another, landing her in 3rd, only a second ahead of Morgane Charre going into the final stage. Noga Korem would push up into a secure second position and like Isabeau, had the luxury of being able to ride a bit defensively towards the end of the day. In the battle for third, it would be youngster Ella Conolly performing with the pressure piled on for the final stage, grabbing 3rd and her first ever podium appearance at the EWS against the Elite women's field. With new faces battling at the front of each round this year, this is the most competitive women's field the EWS has ever seen.

The men behind Martin Maes would swap positions back and forth throughout the day with Eddie Masters falling back and Jesse Melamed getting into the mix after a win on stage six. Martin and Adrien Dailly would pad their leads for first and second, but it would be Jose Borges who was putting on the pressure for the final podium spot. As the saying goes, "it's never over 'til it's over," and today that would ring true for Adrien Dailly who went down on the final stage to slide back to fourth. The mistake allowed Jesse Melamed to grab the final podium spot behind Jose Borges and a still undefeated Martin Maes.

Isabeau and Martin now carry commanding leads with nothing but wins across the board at the first three rounds, as the EWS takes a month off before picking up again in some big mountains with rounds in France and Italy.

Not a bad place to prep some race bikes
Not a bad place to prep some race bikes.

Squatters rights for Marco Osborne this morning int he Santa Cruz pits.
Squatters rights for Marco Osborne this morning in the Santa Cruz pits.

With five stages and no chance to stop at the pits at all during the day it is up to the mechanics too make sure everything is perfectly tuned before riders head off.
With five stages and no chance to stop at the pits at all during the day, it is up to the mechanics to make sure everything is perfectly tuned before riders head off.

It was a hot one today and some riders decided to make some last minute jersey modifications to help stay cool
It was a hot one today and some riders decided to make some last minute jersey modifications to help stay cool.

Ah Medeira you are an amazing place to ride.
Ah Madeira, you are an amazing place to ride.

3rd for American Duncan Nason in U21 men.
Third for American Duncan Nason in U21 men.

Cedric Ravanel came out on top in masters men
Cedric Ravanel came out on top in Masters men.

Antoine Vidal took the win for the u23 men again.
Antoine Vidal took the win for the U21 men again.

Three wins in a row for Isabeau Courdurier
Three wins in a row for Isabeau Courdurier.

Thomas Lapeyrie ended the weekend in 11th
Thomas Lapeyrie ended the weekend in 11th.

Dmitri Tordo quietly finisin in the top 10 once again
Dimitri Tordo quietly finessing into the top ten once again.

Another win for Isabeau here in Madeira.
Another win for Isabeau here in Madeira.

Clouds below and sun up high on the Gamble track this morning.
Clouds below, and sun up high on the Gamble track this morning.

Race run berm explosions from Sam Hill We think he even had a grin on his face when he rode past.
Race run berm explosions from Sam Hill?! We think he even had a grin on his face when he rode past.

Adrien Dailly took fourth today. We reckon he ll back on the podium in no time.
Adrien Dailly took fourth today. We reckon he'll back on the podium in no time.

Sam Shaw speed tucks down the final stage of thew weekend
Sam Shaw speed tucks down the final stage of the weekend.

Florian Nicolai had a mixed bag of a weekend and took seventh place today.
Florian Nicolai had a mixed bag this weekend and took home seventh place today.

Eddie Masters slays. Sixth place for the kiwi today.
Eddie Masters slays. Sixth place for the kiwi today.

Kevin Miquel took 13th place this weekend with a fourth place on stage three.
Kevin Miquel took 13th place this weekend, with a fourth place on stage three.

Morgane Charre pushed as hard as she could on the final stage in an effort to make up time on Ella Conolly but in the end she would have to settle for 4th.
Morgane Charre pushed as hard as she could on the final stage in an effort to make up time on Ella Conolly but in the end, she would have to settle for fourth.

Jose Borges delivers for the Portuguese fans taking 2nd in Madeira
Jose Borges delivers for the Portuguese fans taking second in Madeira

Jesse Melamed turned up the heat wining stage 6 and climbing back to 3rd overall
Jesse Melamed turned up the heat winning stage six and climbing back to third overall

Adrien Daily was nearly a sure thing fore the podium until disaster struck on stage 7
Adrien Dailly was nearly a sure thing for the podium until disaster struck on stage seven.

Max Chapuis scrubbing into the final few corners of the weekend.
Max Chapuis scrubbing into the final few corners of the weekend.

Cody Kelley always with some of the best style
Cody Kelley always with some of the best style.

Rae Morrison had some Stage wins this weekend but is still struggling to find her consistency
Rae Morrison had some good stages this weekend but is still struggling to find her consistency.

An amazing performance from young British racer Ella Conolly would find her on her first elite women s EWS podium.
An amazing performance from young British racer Ella Conolly would find her on her first Elite women's EWS podium.

Adrien Dailly and Jose Borges take some time to refuel after stage six.
Adrien Dailly and Jose Borges take some time to refuel after stage six.

PB and J all day for Jesse Melamed.
PB and J all day for Jesse Melamed.

Flyin Flo with his eyes on the prize.
Flyin' Flo with his eyes on the prize.

Matt Walker took fifteenth place this weekend.
Matt Walker took 15th place this weekend.

Martin Maes once again in a league of his own taking the win on Madeira
Martin Maes once again in a league of his own taking the win in Madeira.

Unlucky 13th for Kevin Miquel
Unlucky 13th for Kevin Miquel.

Ella Conolly was the woman everyone was talking about this weekend.
Ella Conolly was the woman everyone was talking about this weekend.

Sam Hill was looking back on form but couldn t keep up to Maes.
Sam Hill was looking back on form but couldn't keep up to Maes.

What a ride for Noga Korem to take 2nd in Madeira
What a ride for Noga Korem to take second in Madeira.

Anita Gehrig would end her weekend in 5th
Anita Gehrig would end her weekend in fifth.

Morgane Jonnier had a hard fall this morning and had to pull out of the race.
Morgane Jonnier had a hard fall this morning and had to pull out of the race.

Another win for the unstoppable Martin Maes.
Another win for the unstoppable Martin Maes.

It all came down to the last stage but Jesse Melamed managed to keep his composure to snatch the last spot on the podium in Madeira
It all came down to the last stage but Jesse Melamed managed to keep his composure to snatch the last spot on the podium in Madeira.

Eddie Masters enjoys a small beer after a long weekend of racing.
Eddie Masters enjoys a small beer after a long weekend of racing.

A frustrated Adrien Dailly after losing time at the end of the race. But he knows his speed is back after a year of injury and will be one to watch the rest of the season
A frustrated Adrien Dailly after losing time at the end of the race. But he knows his speed is back after a year of injury and will be one to watch the rest of the season.

Another podium result for Noga Korem
Another podium result for Noga Korem.

Three wins in three tries this season now for Martin Maes
Three wins in three races this season for Martin Maes.

Your top teams for round three. GT Factory Racing Canyon Factory Racing and Rocky Mountain.
Your top teams for round three. GT Factory Racing, Canyon Factory Racing, and Rocky Mountain.

Isabeau Courdurier on top once again with Noga Korem second and newcomer Ella Conolly in third
Isabeau Courdurier on top once again with Noga Korem second and newcomer Ella Conolly in third.

Martin Maes Jesse Melamed and Jose Borges on top of the men s podium
Martin Maes, Jesse Melamed and Jose Borges on top of the men's podium.

And taht as they say is that.
And that as they say, is that. Jack Reading reportedly rode this wheel on the rim Saturday, and nursed it through the day on Sunday until it finally failed on the last stage.


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59 Comments

  • + 27
 Yeahhhh Borges! Also local Legend Emanuel Pombo on 10th place! legendary day for portuguese mountainbiking with two top 10 in a EWS event! and now, it's time for PONCHA! ahhahahahahah congrats you legends!
  • + 28
 Congratulations for our EWS100 local rider Pedro Silva that made a 16º place overall among the pros !! chainless on ss7 and with a flat tire on ss8 ..
  • + 3
 @diogocamacho: wtf??? ganda Pedrinho!
  • + 7
 @diogocamacho: Yep! what about a bit coverage to the non pro riders? why not showing at least top three results...
  • + 4
 @Trealairborne: you mean the amateurs? You want us to cover the amateurs who started two hours earlier and where literally one or two stages ahead of the top men and women all day long? And skip the best riders in the world during one of only 8 premium world class ews events ? Makes total sense to me too ;-) maybe we try that next round and see what people have to say.
  • + 6
 @davetrumpore: We know that it is impossible, even for those who just watching the race it is impossible.. But at least some mention on timing article.. An amateur rider beat top 20 pros with a flat tire and chainless, doing 4th in some stages.. For me the best Portuguese racer, considering that he is amateur
  • + 6
 @diogocamacho: I can understand your enthusiasm for a fellow local rider and a great result. But the amateur race is a completely separate event and nearly impossible to keep on our radar during the pro race which will always be the primary focus at any EWS event.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: I'm from Madeira and also a fan of Pedro's, but even so I can understand why this doesn't get mentioned here. EWS100 is cool but who is interested on the results other than the local fans and such. I completly understand why it doesn't get coverage like the main race.
I also don't understand why was Pedro on EWS100...he has the skills to deliver good results on the mais race. Let's not forget he already won a Portuguese Downhill Cup this season beating the portuguese favorites and the world cup champion Amaury Pieron.
He is still young, maybe the next time he competes on an EWS event, he will get a wild-card to race against the top riders.
  • + 22
 Do my eyes decive me or has Isabeau committed a heinous crime against enduro fashion by wearing a backpack? And if that were not bad enough; let me be the first to call for a full scale inquiry as to how she could dominate a weekend of racing with such a capacity and capability inhibiting device attached to her back.
  • + 2
 Lots of EWS racers ride with a backpack or at least a hydration pack. Not sure if they still do it, but many of the GT team including Martin Maes used to ride with the bladder integrated in their back protection (Alpinestars, in their case). Others wear a pack with the bladder low. The complaint of many about the sweaty back doesn't really hold anymore if you're wearing backprotection anyway.
  • + 1
 Get this guy a real drink. Loud mouth soup nips are for 15 year olds.
  • + 0
 It all depends on how much you need to drink and when can you do it. If you have one not too long climb to do at high temperature, you may survive with what you can fit in the frame and in the fanny (pun not indented!) but if you have 2-3h ahead of climbing without possibility to refill, possibly with a few more climbs to go after the desxent, you need a backpack. If it’s 35C or hotter, you need a backpack too to store 1-1,5L. Fanny is already a bad idea if you want a litre of water in it. I draw the line at 0,5l bouncing in there. Some also want a backpack as back protection. You won’t make it for 2 days of racing if you dehydrate yourself in the middle of it. Your muscles and head hate it. Enduro jokes out of the window when shit hits the fan. But if I am off for an afternoon 1,5-2h ride in mellow temperatures I won’t even take a fanny.
  • + 1
 @dobermon: Could you explain what you're going on about? Pro athletes choose what works best for them, you're setting an age limit?
  • + 1
 Also those very slack seat angles. What's going on with that? Surely those bikes are crap and no-one should buy those, let alone ride one uphill.
/s
  • + 1
 Quite a few of them run backpacks under jersey’s to display jersey sponsors. Quite the pro look but kind of deceiving.
  • + 1
 @vinay: nips are 8 oz beers in little bottles or cans usually found at sweet 16 birthday parties
  • + 1
 @dobermon: Ah, you were referring to drink Eddie Masters got. Now I get it, thanks.
  • + 10
 Who does the instagram where he photoshops ciggies into the riders hands? That pic with Dailly and Borges would be a perfect candidate!
  • + 11
 Barelli Racing on the top step of the team podium !!! Hell yeah ????
  • + 9
 WTF happened to that wheel?
  • + 40
 JRA.
  • + 5
 It was too hot so the rider was cutting back some material to cool it off.
  • + 2
 Jack Reading
  • + 4
 Looks grand to me. I've ridden worse.
  • + 6
 Not sure, but I don’t Enve the rider.
  • + 0
 Enve in sheep's clothing
  • + 3
 @islandforlife: Its not even a carbon hoop, horrible joke. The joke was so bad you get a 28.99 out of 1000 for it.
  • + 4
 Jack Reading Along
  • + 2
 They needed to show off the color coordination of rim tape and pedal.
  • + 1
 A weak too wide wheel...
  • + 3
 Aaaand the crowd goes mild! and you know what Ed Masters is thinking, "not a small beer, just big hands!"


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  • + 1
 Something cool about enduro is that, since it's really just "mountain biking", we probably are very familiar with the next big name, we just dont know it. Martin Maes was 21 last year when he really put his name on the map while Hill was 30 when he transitioned over. Whether it's a junior racer, a DH vet or even an XC racer, we are probably very familiar with the next few champions already.. we just don't know it's them quite yet.
  • + 1
 hi, can someone answer that question - which I am never sure about - do the riders get shuttled part or all - or do they cycle up all the 2500m of heigt difference...which would be a lot...
  • + 4
 Riders were shuttled up to the start to begin Day 2 (stage 4 only)... All off day 1 and from stages 4-8 they were pedaling up and had no chance to visit pits for mechanic assistance.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: thanks for the quick response...thats tough!
  • + 4
 Martin in frost and Noga on second. GT is doing something right...
  • - 2
 Nothing better than frost... when you're ordering a cake.
  • + 4
 Eddie Masters looks like a young Bruce Willis.
  • + 1
 I would to love to know if GTs are selling like mad now. I still don't see many in these parts and with Maes' domination you would think now is the time.
  • + 2
 that photo of Ella Connolly under the lone tree with the clouds below is excellent
  • + 2
 Shout for Leigh Johnson in 9th
  • + 2
 Sam Hill didn't win on 29er?
  • + 1
 The wheels were mislabelled...
  • + 2
 Marco Osborne misread that memo about mullets being the new trend
  • + 1
 What memo? My great great grandfather #randysavagesmullet was setting trends way back when 26" wheels were a thing. Don't believe me just ask my boy #samshawsmullet www.pinkbike.com/photo/17203662
  • + 1
 All these Enduro racers and not one Enduro helmet. Are these lightweight full-face helmets not up to the job then?
  • + 0
 The Adrien Dailly and Jose Borges photo looks just like me and my buddies after a ride, only the end of our "fuel" is lit.
  • + 1
 Great pic of Morgane Charre. Eye of the tiger!
  • + 1
 On those pictures, few SRAM cockpits here, no AXS commands ....
  • + 0
 Adrien Dailly - try some ellbow pads - they could have worked wonders.
  • + 4
 He had them on both elbows when he crashed ... So maybe he just had a big crash in some extremely sharp rocks. On day 2 he wore one because the other didn't fit over the bandage and stitches
  • + 2
 @davetrumpore: Yeah, time for a PB elbow protection group test! I feel that even though all other protection progressed and got much more comfortable and safer over the years, elbow protection is still a bit behind. Maybe because it doesn't get the attention from the media so there is less incentive for the manufacturers. My hard shell protection (Dianese) does take the hits but it also catches a lot of debris in the process that eventually rubs away the skin from my arms. What riders wear these days (if they wear elbow padding in the first place) does seem more comfortable and snug but maybe it just isn't up to the impact. I'd argue the elbows often take bigger (and more awkward) hits than the knees do. The most effective approach I find now is to wear a long sleeve MX jersey over the pads to avoid them picking up debris. Obviously this is way too hot for summer conditions for a guy like me who rides in a T-shirt at temperatures down to 0degC. Also, it obviously looks way too pro Wink . Now we're at it, maybe when PB does a rain jacket group test again (note for when it is time to do that again), it would be cool if they could also test how well they work with elbow protection.
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