Enduro World Series Round 3, Madeira – Practice Photo Epic

May 12, 2017
by Dave Trumpore  




The Enduro World Series is all about exploring new locations and epic trails, as well as pushing the limits of the riders and the sport. Always fresh, always exciting, and more often than not with a little unknown thrown in for good measure. For the third round of the series here in Madeira, it's safe to say all of those boxes have been checked. Some many times over, especially the unknown.

A tiny island, isolated and all alone far out in the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira seems to generate its own weather throughout the day. And with so many microclimates that vary with elevation and exposure to the sea and wind, no single stage is guaranteed to be the same from top to bottom. Racers may start in gale force wind and rain on one stage, then just a few kilometers away on a different peak everything is dry and sunny. Then in about twenty minutes that will all change once again. The stages themselves are a mix of fast ridge lines, rock gardens, loamy, deciduous forest, and hard packed clay—the latter of which is slick as ice when wet, especially that of the red variety found at the bottom of Stage 1.

Practice went off in every condition imaginable other than snow (thankfully) and bikes and bodies have been taking a beating over nine stages the past few days. With two big race days ahead and a few more doses of the unknown still left to go, it's anyone's guess what will go down on the steeps of Madeira.

Grab your tearoffs, duck the roost, and enjoy this visual preview of the weekend's big show…


Clouds coming and going all day long on the ridges high up on Madeira.
Clouds coming and going all day long on the ridges high up on Madeira.

The riders take to practice on some lovely single track.
The riders take to practice on some lovely single track.

Seb Claquin cuts through the monsoon that unleashed itself over the riders who chose to start their day on stage 1.
Seb Claquin cuts through the monsoon that unleashed itself over the riders who chose to start their day on Stage 1.

Sam Hill was hoping for a bit more aggressive riding after day one. Hopefully day two gave him want he wanted.
Sam Hill was hoping for a bit more aggressive riding after day one. Hopefully day two gave him what he wanted.

What would an EWS be without a little Cody Kelly Style
What would an EWS be without a little Cody Kelley style?

Ines Thoma navigating the steeps of stage six with no problems.
Ines Thoma navigating the steeps of Stage 6 with no problems.

Curtis Keene had a rough one on day one. A big crash left him with a broken collarbone and a one way ticket home for surgery.
Curtis Keene had a rough one on day one. A big crash left him with a broken collarbone and a one way ticket home for surgery.

Five minutes earlier and Jared Graves would have had an epic view of the Atlantic Ocean from this corner.
Five minutes earlier and Jared Graves would have had an epic view of the Atlantic Ocean from this corner.

Martin Maes trying to come to grips with the lack of grip provided by wet clay.
Martin Maes trying to come to grips with the lack of grip provided by wet clay.

Nico Lau leads Greg Callaghan through the fog on stage 1.
Nico Lau leads Greg Callaghan through the fog on Stage 1.

Thomas Lapeyrie finds one of the local ninja lines on the inside of a switchback on stage 3.
Thomas Lapeyrie finds one of the local ninja lines on the inside of a switchback on Stage 3.

We had a brief moment of sun on stage one the the Atlantic decide to let all hell break loose on us.
We had a brief moment of sun on Stage 1, until the Atlantic decided to let all hell break loose on us.

Florian Nicoli slides around in the clay on stage 1 in between monsoons of freezing cold rain.
Florian Nicolai slides around in the clay on Stage 1 in between monsoons of freezing cold rain.

Last rounds winner Isabeau Courdurier is one of many riders who is beginning to tire of riding around in the mud.
Last round winner, Isabeau Courdurier, is one of many riders who is beginning to tire of riding around in the mud.

Enduro World Series Round 3 Madeira Practice Photo Epic

The views the views. Thanks EWS.
The views, the views. Thanks EWS.

Jerome Clementz blast down stage 3 during one of the brief breaks in the clouds. When visible the views here are amazing.
Jerome Clementz blasts down Stage 3 during one of the brief breaks in the clouds. When visible, the views here are amazing.

Stage 8 has that iconic Madeira view.
Stage 8 has that iconic Madeira view.

When near the edge manual. Always.
When near the edge, manual. Always.

Some riders just do it with more style. Iago Garay is one of those riders.
Some riders just do it with more style. Iago Garay is one of those.

It was pretty while it lasted.
It was pretty while it lasted.

Anneke Beerten drops into the top of stage 5. She has been off form a bit this year and would like to get back on the podium this weekend.
Anneke Beerten drops into the top of stage 5. She has been off form a bit this year and would like to get back on the podium this weekend.

Between a rocky wall and a soft place. Stage 4 is nothing but loamy goodness all the way down.
Between a rocky wall and a soft place. Stage 4 is nothing but loamy goodness all the way down.

Richie Rude smashing rocks like only Richie Rude can do.
Richie Rude smashing rocks like only Richie Rude can do.

Katy Winton will be looking to keep that number three plate or perhaps go for a two.
Katy Winton will be looking to keep that number three plate, or perhaps go for a two.

Randy is sending it. Marco Osborne full on in the mini Champrey.
Randy is sending it. Marco Osborne full on in the mini Champrey.

Isabeau is looking to follow up on the last round in fast style.
Isabeau is looking to follow up on the last round in fast style.

Eddie Maters was heaps happy with stage four.
Eddie Maters was heaps happy with Stage 4.

After missing the first two rounds Ludo May is back on the EWS program this weekend.
After missing the first two rounds, Ludo May is back on the EWS program this weekend.

Cecile Ravanel drops into the final stretch of stage 4 that will be the end of the first day of racing.
Cecile Ravanel drops into the final stretch of Stage 4 that will be the end of the first day of racing.

Damien Oton enjoying the loam of stage four.
Damien Oton enjoying the rocks and loam of Stage 4.

Look out for Martin Maes. He s a top contender for the podium.
Look out for Martin Maes. He's a top contender for the podium.

Casey Brown putting her freeride skills to good use on stage 8.
Casey Brown putting her freeride skills to good use on Stage 8.

This doesn t look a whole lot different to what you might find Jesse riding in his own back yard.
This doesn't look a whole lot different to what you might find Jesse riding in his own back yard.

For the brave the steep inside line on many of the switchback will save site a bit of time.
For the brave, the steep inside line on many of the switchback will save a bit of time.

Theo Galy looked smooth and confident in practice.
Theo Galy looked smooth and confident in practice.

Miranda Miller is making her second EWS appearance of the season
Miranda Miller is making her second EWS appearance of the season

The bottom of stage 7 is an old DH track full of steep corners and massive roots.
The bottom of Stage 7 is an old DH track full of steep corners and massive roots.

Jared Graves bombs the final slick and rocky chute on stage 7.
Jared Graves bombs the final slick and rocky chute on Stage 7.

Stage 7 is a tricky one and Damien Oton hiked back up a few times while trying to sort it all out.
Stage 7 is a tricky one, and Damien Oton hiked back up a few times while trying to sort it all out.

Noga Korem finished just one spot off the podium at the last round. Can she go one better this weekend
Noga Korem finished just one spot off the podium at the last round. Can she go one better this weekend?

Robin Wallner tucks an arm around on of the many tight turns on stage 7.
Robin Wallner tucks an arm around one of the many tight turns on Stage 7.

Seb Claquin somehow finding a way to wallride the bottom of a tree to avoid all the big roots in the corner below.
Seb Claquin somehow finding a way to wallride the bottom of a tree to avoid all the big roots in the corner below.

Found an old relic on stage 7. Could this mean film was once shot on this corner
Found an old relic on Stage 7. Could this mean film was once shot on this corner?

Anita Gehrig trying her best to float over the mud covered rocks.
Anita Gehrig trying her best to float over the mud covered rocks.

Enduro World Series Round 3 Madeira Practice Photo Epic
Jerome nearing the end of Stage 4.

No fuss. just raw power and a huck to flat. Richie Rude wants that win and not much can stop him when he s hungry.
No fuss. just raw power and a huck to flat. Richie Rude wants that win, and not much can stop him when he's hungry.

Lewis Buchanan can get a good result here dry or wet. The Scotsman has been flying.
Lewis Buchanan can get a good result here dry or wet. The Scotsman has been flying.

Joe Barnes in conditions like home. This could be his race.
Joe Barnes in conditions like home. This could be his race.

Jesse Melamed loving with slick rocks and roots that feel just like home.
Jesse Melamed loving the slick rocks and roots that feel just like home.

After scaling back her race season Hannah Barnes is competing in her first EWS of the season here in Madeira.
After scaling back her race season, Hannah Barnes is competing in her first EWS of the season here in Madeira.

It s a shame Francois Bailly-Maitre isn t able to stop and enjoy the view while blasting down this ridge on stage 8.
It's a shame Francois Bailly-Maitre isn't able to stop and enjoy the view while blasting down this ridge on Stage 8.

Mark Scott has been riding super aggressive all week and is looking like on of the top contenders here in Madeira.
Mark Scott has been riding super aggressive all week and is looking like on of the top contenders here in Madeira.

Ryan Gaul goes over the TFR squads bikes with a fine tooth comb before race day. The view doesn t suck either.
Ryan Gaul goes over the TFR squads bikes with a fine tooth comb before race day. The view doesn't suck either.

Fresh tires getting prepped for a beating. We are guessing tomorrow s Stage 3 will get the best of more than a few though.
Fresh tires getting prepped for a beating. We are guessing tomorrow's Stage 3 will get the best of more than a few though.

Each day here has started with a golden sunrise and finished with a similar sunset. It s the in between that s been a bit of a mess at times.
Each day here has started with a golden sunrise and finished with a similar sunset. It's the in between that's been a bit of a mess at times.


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45 Comments

  • + 66
 Madeira is on the bucket list now, too. Damn you EWS.
  • + 5
 Trek Factory Racing hooked up the penthouse. It's not all couches and PB&J with Trek.
  • + 2
 GO! I went a couple of years ago, and it was awesome!! Incredible riding, people, and scenery. I can't wait to go back...
  • + 33
 Really nice job on these photos!
  • + 7
 Agreed, really great photos Matt and Dave, well done.
  • + 4
 @GeorgeHayduke: Makes you feel like your there. Props to the photographer for some stellar images
  • + 2
 Yes I was hoping to see one Christiano Ronaldo. I heard he was spectating.
  • + 16
 in a sport where light small guys are usually the fastest, it's so fun to see a stalky tree-trunkin sum bitch like richie just big riggin' through shit. i'd like to think queens of the stone age's "18 AD" playing as he plows down the forest.
  • + 5
 Definitely. With the exception of hockey, rugby, american football, baseball, basketball, tennis, swimming, and sumo wrestling it's hard to find a sport where bigger guys can compete.
  • - 1
 @barcolounger: if you add in football (depending on position) and all the athletic sprinting and throwing events, then you have all the most popular sports in the world.
  • + 13
 The Thomas Lapeyrie photo, you know its a french line when you can not even see the trail.
  • + 1
 Yeah thats crazy. Hoping for no sniper rocks and for a vine to snag a pedal
  • + 12
 That piece of film on stage 7 probably is there from the Portugal Cup DH race back in '99. Great times.
  • + 2
 It's funny to see the riders riding in the cold rain in their race jerseys so they can show their sponsors logo. Why don't they just brand their jackets? At the last EWS, Katy Winton was wearing here race jersey on top of her jacket. Seems a bit daft.
  • + 1
 Or clear jackets?
  • + 6
 Sam Hill!
  • + 1
 Enough wet clay to shake up the order then the loam of opportunity on stage 4 to charge back into contention then sleep then...5 more stages when you wake up....can't wait for more pics and video...these pics are mostly pods type! Was it just me or did Rude look fast huckin to flat.....reminds me of him at Whistler charging hard!....go CaseyB.
  • + 1
 Man. Matt and Dave!! Better every time. I'm shocked at the variation of shots. Impressed you didn't just set up at the corner with the tree and fire away! Lovely. Thank you!! P.S. Film's not dead!
  • + 3
 interesting to see damien oton with the chest plate. did he get injured there or does he just feel safer with that?
  • + 1
 He took a gnarly spill a week or so back, I'm guessing just playing it safe.
  • + 4
 He has been wearing that since at least late last season. It is not new for him.
  • + 3
 Just been there 2 weeks before the race. Epic place, would recommend it highly to everyone!!
  • + 3
 Great Photos! Super Jealous! Not sure the A6500 is keeping up on ISO....
  • + 1
 Big props to Dave and Mat for all the photos. Cant imagine the weather and places to take all those great shots. Big thanks to you guys.
  • + 1
 Salivating at the goodness, wet rocks and roots, loam, slick mud, ninja lines, hucking to flat !!!!!!!! great pics guys...
  • + 2
 Look like a beautiful place to ride!
  • + 1
 @seidla
what is a good location to stay. what do you recomand.
any guides needed or did you just rode on your owen?
  • + 1
 Enduro World Series - sponsored exclusively by Fox 36 forks (would love to try one of those!)
  • + 2
 The leader of both men's and women's overall points ride a Lyrik... But yes there do seem to be a lot of 36's out there
  • + 1
 Got to love those Ninja lines! Wonder if it will be legit for the race day though!!
  • + 1
 That's some weak sauce right there! Damn
  • + 4
 @Loamhuck: it's inside the tape and a pre-existing line well worn in. It's just that lots of riders missed it. Most of the top guys spotted it though.
  • + 2
 Go Martin Maes!!! Awesome pictures!!
  • + 3
 Iago's photo...
  • + 2
 Nice pics! Would like to see a close-up of the Ibis Team's new rig... HD4?
  • + 1
 Those conditions make for some incredible pictures!
  • + 1
 Great photos. Loved my time in Madeira 3
  • + 1
 Richie back on the sb6 which means back on the top step
  • + 1
 Picture and text and it's best. Squids crushing it, as always.
  • + 1
 soo many fantastic photos
  • + 0
 So nice to just follow the riding and not all the BS surrounding wheel size
  • + 2
 Niceeee!
  • + 1
 Such good photos, damn!
  • + 1
 Drool...
  • + 0
 Please be dry.

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