EWS Finale Ligure Preview: The Finale Countdown

Sep 29, 2016
by Dave Trumpore  




We started on this adventure way back in March on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Corral, Chile and this weekend the 2016 EWS Series will draw to a close on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in Finale Ligure, Italy. A season that has seen us battle epic dust in Patagonia, massive high-alpine descents in the shadow of Europe's Mont Blanc, and the oxygen-deprived heights of the Colorado Rockies, in a series that truly does take riders all over the world. It all now comes to a dramatic close in a place fittingly called Finale.

Going into these final few days of racing we still have a battle on our hands in all of the classes. Sure Cecile Ravenel has locked up the overall for the women but all of the podium spots behind her are closely contested and still up for grabs. We have a dead heat between Adrien Dailly and Sebastien Claquin in the U21 race and are set up for a winner take all final round, and a pro men's field with all spots theoretically still up for grabs. Indeed with Richie Rude's season of dominance, it will be hard to deny him his second straight title barring disaster, but Damien Oton and Jerome Clementz are both under pressure from their rivals to hold on to the final podium positions. And as they say in racing "anything can happen."

It all ends at the sea. Too bad all races don t end at the sea.
It all ends at the sea. Too bad all races don't end at the sea.

It was an early start to the media recce.
It was an early start to the media recce.

Squid train starting the day off on stage one.
Media recce train starting the day off on stage one.

Stage 1 ends with a water fall and a swimming hole in case riders want to beat the heat and take a quick dip before pedaling back up the hill.
Stage 1 ends with a waterfall and a swimming hole in case riders want to beat the heat and take a quick dip before pedaling back up the hill.

Finale Ligure Preview
Humans have lived in these hills for thousands of years and you come across some truly unique features deep in the woods just above the seaside.

The highest point in Finale is a decommissioned NATO base sitting about 1000 meters above the sea
The highest point in Finale is a decommissioned NATO base sitting about 1000 meters above the sea

Dave found out that 360 degree burnouts are a damn good use of an ebike.
Dave found out that 360-degree burnouts are a damn good use of an e-bike.

The top of stage 4 is super wide but with only a narrow bit of trail that is clear of dried out and fallen leaves.
The top of stage 4 is super wide but with only a narrow bit of trail that is clear of dried out and fallen leaves.

If you stray from the main line at the top of stage 4 things will get a bit drifty real quick.
If you stray from the main line at the top of stage 4 things will get a bit drifty real quick.

Beautiful white rock ridges at the start of stage five.
Beautiful white rock ridges at the start of stage five.

Riding ridgelines on stage five.
Riding ridgelines on stage five.

Stage 5 is a completely new trail cut just for the EWS. Starting high on a cliff it snaps it s way down an exposed ridge line before diving into the forest.
After the exposed ridge line stage 5 dives into the forest for some steep and tight switchbacks, all freshly cut.

Blazing sun and dusty trails are in store all week here in Finale.
Blazing sun and dusty trails are in store all week here in Finale.

It s dry and dusty in Finale and the trails are oh so good.
It's dry and dusty in Finale, and the trails are oh, so good.

After last years torrential rain it s nice to find things a bit more dusty this time around in Finale Ligure.
After last year's torrential rain it's nice to find things a bit more dusty this time around in Finale Ligure.

Squids can t seem to chew with their mouths closed.
A quick break for lunch in the middle of riding all seven of the weekend's race stages.

EWS and Enrico sent us to the center of the earth on a caving mission mid way down stage six.
Caves line much of the hillside in this region, and the promoters had a bit of a surprise for us today. The EWS and Enrico sent us to the center of the earth on a caving mission midway down stage six.

Dave crawls his way out of a deep dark crevice.
We were met trail side by a few of the locals who have been exploring and mapping the caves for years, and they decided we needed to have a look for ourselves. So down we went into the rabbit hole that descended some 20 meters below the surface. It was cold, it was dark, and there were bats. Here Dave crawls his way out of a deep dark crevice.

Coming straight out of the Mediterranean Sea are mountains and more mountains.
Coming straight out of the Mediterranean Sea are mountains and more mountains.

Not the typical view you expect to see at a mountain bike race
Not the typical view you expect to see at a mountain bike race.

Meh just your average city with a wall.
Meh, just your average city with a wall.

Lorn Cunny dropping down to the sea on the super loose stage seven.
Lord Cunny dropping down to the sea on the super loose stage seven.

The seaside village of Varigotti at the base of stage 7.
The seaside village of Varigotti at the base of stage 7.

Day 2 starts high on the mountains above Finale Ligure and makes it s way down to the sea over four unique stages.
Day 2 starts high on the mountains above Finale Ligure and makes its way down to the sea over four unique stages.

The iconic Finale DH will close things out on Sunday as the final stage of the 2016.
The iconic Finale DH will close things out on Sunday as the final stage of 2016.

The hills of Finale await and we can t wait to get this last race of the season started.
The hills of Finale await, and we can't wait to get this last race of the season started.

The EWS licked off on the sea in Chile way back in March and we will close out the season on the sea here in Italy. Six months eight rounds and three continents later it has been an amazing season.
The EWS kicked off on the sea in Chile way back in March and we will close out the season on the sea here in Italy. Six months, eight rounds, and three continents later it has been an amazing season.


MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries




124 Comments

  • + 108
 Wow all this hate for ebikes.... I think if you're carrying 40lbs of camera gear on your back an E-bike is a really smart tool for these guys bringing us sweet coverage of these amazing races and places!! I'd like to see you E-bike haters pedal to 4 stages/1000m + a day for 4 days with 40lbs of gear on your backs!! Cheers to pinkbike for making it possible to see these places and make us want to get out and ride bikes! Because that's why we go on pinkbike and click on these articles everyday!!
  • + 17
 This is how we will make them softer Sir. Give the beasts to the journalists, and the other white men will look at it and learn to like it too. This is where we come in! They will sell the DH rigs and start buying our goods. Do you see Sir? Do you understand?
  • - 7
flag Pmrmusic26 (Sep 29, 2016 at 8:33) (Below Threshold)
 or just ride your bike and get stronger......
  • + 3
 @Pmrmusic26: @WAKIdesigns: so why then this eagle talk if the masses will skip to iphone heart rate ballsack sweat rate integrated ebike? shouldn't we all just jump to e-bikes? 40lbs isn't alot of weight but maybe now it will be as we get fatter and lazier and power all the things. maybe hikers will catch wind and make e-hiking legs you strap into for easier multiday treks into the tetons.

I would gladly take the job if i had to ride my bike up a mountain to take pictures. Try wearing 40 lbs of gear, hell, -100 boots are damn near 30lbs a pair alone, nevermind the clothing/coveralls etc. and pull cable, erect buildings or scaffolding or be a pipefitter in the arctic circle for 14 hour days everyday for a month.

give me riding around in the mediteranean or chile with any weight on my back anyday bro.
  • + 18
 @makripper: Except nobody just gave them the job to snap pics with an iphone. They spent years riding up hills and taking pictures for free until they proved themselves to be the absolute cream of the crop of mountain bike/ action sports photographers.

Any idiot can carry heavy sh!t up scaffolding if you get him to do it enough times over. That's not really something to be proud of. Not everyone can take photographs like these guys can- that's why they're in Final Legure, and not climbing scaffold with 100lbs of gear. The point is that you're not a good enough photographer so no one is going to give you an ebike, or a regular bike,or even a camera to go climb up a hill and 'take pictures'.
  • + 26
 @makripper: I don't get it? I like my job, and neither e-bikes, 29ers, nor cyclists in lycra have any effect on my day-to-day well being. Live and let live, bud
  • + 17
 @Pmrmusic26:

All 7 stages & 40+lbs of camera gear, the entire distance.

When you're not actually doing it, it's so easy to give 'advice'.
  • - 10
flag sevensixtwo (Sep 29, 2016 at 11:08) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrump @djharder81 GFY.
  • - 8
flag sevensixtwo (Sep 29, 2016 at 11:10) (Below Threshold)
 This is advertising content. Don't try to rationalize it with all your BS. No one wants motors on the trails. Especially people that live there.
  • + 4
 This has to be said: how exactly a hateful comment or 10 thousand hateful comments can stop E-bike proliferation?

www.dictionary.com/browse/proliferation
  • + 6
 @sevensixtwo: Advertising is the only reason there's any budget for coverage in the first place. The teams flying their riders to the races at all is essentially just a form of advertising. Why is this a bad thing? Are you saying that advertising is only acceptable if it's a product you endorse? You can't expect a mountain biking website to deny the existence of a new, industry-changing type of mountain bike just because many people don't want it on their trails. Ultimately, it's up to the consumer to decide if they want do be the dick on the e-bike at the local trails, and it's up to the local clubs/ governing bodies as to whether they're going to allow them.
  • + 5
 @bderricks: so it is now OK to ride an E-bike if you are a journalist about to document a mountain bike race? When were the tags given and by whom? Because further down your comment I read that riding an e-bike on local trails is being a dick. Yes world is not black and white, yea yea, but you know, it's about people being against something they don't understand, that doesn't diminish the quality of their lives, and most importantly won't be stop by a bunch of angry dudes shouting insults. E-bikes are here to stay, big time, so the only wise thing to do is to wonder how can we use that expansion of new species for our own purposes. Resistance is not only futile, it is impossible to be executed, it's nothing more but a hateful babble of couple of blokes that nobody listens to.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: e-bikes amaze me. super rad fast bikes for fat dudes to get outside that are scared of motorbikes. it took the bike industry like 25 years to get suspension mostly right. how many E-bikes and E-bike components will see the landfill after half a season? can your local bikeshop repair it if it fails? will it have to be sent to nasa for reverse engineering to create a new replacement part? how many more parts to break, wear out, fail and be proprietary and expensive as balls. this is a cornucopia of BS that the industry is shovelling into your hollow soul. I love technology and have a tech boner for most things but its hard to get a rager for something when the industry can't even decide on what the best tire size for more than 1 month. I support ratboy in his quest to reduce his carbon foot print and seeing how f*cked the world really is. ratboy should be president of the bike industry.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I meant the dick comment in a joking way. Perhaps "knob" would have been more appropriate. I meant it in the sense of "do you really want to be that one guy that shows up to the Thursday night group ride on an e-bike, while the older guys and fatter guys are sweating their bag off trying to pedal to the top the good old-fashioned way?" People are going to do what they're going to do ultimately. I honestly don't have an opinion on e-bikes themselves either way. I'm not going to buy one for myself any time soon, but I sure as hell wouldn't act any way other than genuinely interested (and curious enough to ask for a 30 second rip on it) if I saw one at my local trails. They're just a thing that's out there, in a world full of things, and they're only going to become more common as time goes by I'm sure. There are more important issues in the Mediterranean at the moment than a few photographers ripping around taking pictures on some beautiful trails on electric bikes :p
  • - 1
 @CaptainSnappy: Right, no one is going to pedal a bike that much with 40# on your back. No-one.
  • + 2
 @bderricks: hahah, no off course not, I would not show on a ride with friends on an E-bike. But I'd like to ride in E-bike group once. You know, I don't think you need to go to looking for bigger problems in Mediterranean, I think many of us fail to see bigger problems in our own homes...
  • + 10
 @Pmrmusic26: a funny thing to say to people who ride bikes 12 months a year for a living.... Because it's just that easy to ride twice as fast up hills as the best riders in the world. You'd be humbled by the fitness of the guys covering these races day in and day out ;-)
  • - 8
flag vlln (Sep 29, 2016 at 14:30) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrump This is a fluff piece; you guys were paid to pimp Cube Bikes. You're doing a good job sticking to your story though (at least until Cube's check clears). And I bet the free trip was fun. Next time I need to photograph my Segway I'll give you call.

Also, nice support van. Maybe put the camera in there next time?
  • + 23
 @vlln: wtf are you talking about ?

Seriously !!! When did it get cool and trendy to just make stuff up you have zero knowledge about ???

No one was paid a dime by cube.

All we did (for the 4th race preview in a row in case you missed it) was take some e-bikes out to cover a few thousand meters of climbing and two days of race stages in a single day.

We did it for YOU !!! To show the region and to get people excited about the race.

We didn't do it to get shit on by a bunch of know it all keyboard warriors.

Seriously where were you guys last year when we burned 6 gallons of petrol between the crew of PB photographers when we shot the race by motor scooter ???????????
  • - 1
 @vlln: just signed up today did we.... Nice first post retard.
  • + 1
 @davetrump: shouldn't have even givin him one word back.
  • + 4
 @fullbug: haha yeah... Just seeing now it's a first post troll.

Just a bit sick and tired of this BS each time we bust our ass to cover an EWS, that's all.
  • + 1
 @makripper: Who is stoping you. Clearly you would not do it, Or you would be doing it.
  • + 2
 I've seen some videos on Instagram of the media guys givin'er on e-bikes and it looks like a total blast. Would love to try one in an environment that had a lot of climbing. An e-bike would really be wasted by me in the prairies... Now, if I bought the wife one...
  • + 0
 @davetrump: a good friend is a photographer in different industries. hard work and long hours well after the shot. respect to you and your work, sir.
  • + 1
 e bikes for skilled photographers, but Cuny has to earn his.
  • + 1
 @davetrump: He's probably just a disgruntled Specialized exec who didn't make his bonus.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: ebikes are moto-- lite. Better to just go get a KTM and rip....or just pedal.

Ebikes will ruin access to LOCAL bike trails in the future.....just saying.
  • + 2
 Sorry but I am a really fit guy and pedal all the time up steep stuff to get my dh. A friend of mine is a long time pro rider and is now a rep for the most powerful e bike on the market. I had my doubts about them but when I finally got on one the other day it was a fucking blast. He brought it out on a group ride and by the end of the ride we were not pissed at him but on the contrary we were all insanely jealous because of how much fun they look. I got to do a ride yesterday day on it. 1800' climbing 5000' of descending 32 miles covered. All in under an hour. Don't kid yourself they are pedal assist so if you want to move you still have to pedal and you work up a sweat. They have thier place and are here to stay
  • + 3
 Remember when we all hated 29rs
  • + 1
 @makripper: E-hiking? Perhaps Honda can help with that.
m.youtube.com/watch?v=Io3MBpzmVJc
  • + 2
 @BDKR: hahahah
  • + 2
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=4asCK8yamb0 - what is a true mountain biker then?
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: ROFL..... Worse and worse. Perhaps the NWO will mount weapons on them and use them to chase down and execute speeders.
  • + 27
 And the Ebike haters still think we're drinking the cool-aide. As I noted above--although the comments got swapped around, @thisspock, something @davetrump omitted above, these aren't electric motorcycles, but rather "pedal assisted" bikes that weigh in at 45 lbs or so. Add that weight in, plus the gear we're carrying, and the time constraints we're under to get back ahead of the pack, and there's literally no other way to do our job.

Plus this is in Europe, @thisspock, where trail access is completely different than it is here in the US. In the US, Ebikes are pretty much limited at this point to ATV trails, although I have seen a few on regular old XC trails where land use managers have as of yet to make a ruling on their use.

Also, realize that without their use, you'd have shit for the coverage of "racers you'll never meet in places most us will never go" but realize that it is this coverage that grows our sport.
  • + 12
 Please stop giving logical explanations - it is way more fun to watch the uninformed blather on aimlessly in the comments section.
  • + 3
 Yes, you are drinking the cool-aide, and, moreover, eat sandwiches, in addition to electricity, that you have consumed.

And as for your off topic about journalism:
(1) your coverage remains confined to several web-portals, which are unknown to 99.9% of population.
(2) many of us did not need extensive "internet media coverage" to start MTB - it was all about woods, mountains, and bicycle.
  • + 21
 To @davetrump and all the other media dudes, thank you for the pictures and for hauling that gear up and down the mountain. I work in the film production world so I know how of much of a bitch it can be to haul that shit around a set let alone up and down a mountain. I really don't care what you ride in order to get them, but please keep them coming as I enjoy your coverage of these races. E-bikes seem like the perfect solution for media coverage of these events so to those of you are complaining and hating please go grab a camera bag, load it up to the brim, jump on your bike, go climb and descend 5000ft in one day and then come back and make a comment about the media riding e-bikes to bring you the coverage that they do....

and for the record I am anti e-bikes....
  • + 15
 Corral Chile is on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean? Ummm, not sure about that.
  • + 14
 Someone skip the geografic classes. Its Pacific ocean
  • + 3
 It's in the Pacific. But he didn't say it was in the Atlantic either. Just mentioned that the 1st race started at sea and it's ending at sea! Also, what's up w/ all these rants about e-bikes?
This is article is about the best mountain bikers in the world racing 7 stages at the last stop of the circuit, and has great pictures(by the guys on the ebikes)! All the DH legends are racing this EWS, and it's Nico Voullioz's last racing season ever..! Get excited bout that dammit
  • + 2
 @mateo5: They corrected the first sentence later on.
  • - 4
flag VTSkier09 (Sep 29, 2016 at 14:47) (Below Threshold)
 @mudmandhbrazil: geography dimwit
  • + 12
 I have to say that as dis-tasteful as seeing an e-bike is, it would also suck to ride all day getting from stage to stage while carrying all that camera gear! Photographers get a pass!
  • - 9
flag jaame (Sep 29, 2016 at 6:42) (Below Threshold)
 TUE! Can I have an ebike TUE for le tour next year please? I'm taking my camera in my pocket!
  • + 12
 Beautiful photos from hard working people who want nothing more than to promote the sport, and all you buttholes can talk about is e-bikes.
  • + 2
 "It's like the uncle who paid for you to go to college, but who molested you"

— Chris Rock
  • + 10
 All the best to all of the riders especially the privateers who've made it there. Thanks for a great season of racing
  • + 5
 @davetrump : Could we get a bike-check of your e-cube?? I want to watch the world burn!!

On a more serious note it would be very interesting to have an insight from someone who use it as a tool and would maybe ease up the tensions around e-bikes (the comment section of those preview is getting quite toxic, in stark contract with the pictures Wink ). And these are still cool rigs.
  • + 7
 Nah... I'd gladly give you a bike check of the Yeti SB 6c I use 99% of the time though.
  • + 4
 E-bikes make a lot of sense for a lot of reasons and really don't have many real negative impact on trails or other trail users for all the reasons sensible folks have stated above. I'm still willing to bet that most people whining about them have never truly experienced one...just reading the ignorant comments alone proves that. Most of the negative interactions I've had are with folks who are worried about their Strava times. Be honest with yourself. If that's you just fuck off! Strava heads have way more negative impact on my local trails across the board than a few old, fat , e-kooks.....or in my case someone who can hold their own on a bike and prefers to use an e-bike instead of shuttling from time to time.
  • + 6
 looks like CUBE made a smart move putting the press on their e-bikes..nice pictures of bikes you normally don't see on these trails Big Grin
  • - 10
flag sevensixtwo (Sep 29, 2016 at 11:18) (Below Threshold)
 Until people see these photos and want to buy an ebike. Terrible article.
  • + 1
 @sevensixtwo: yes, but cause having an e bike will give me the skills to take quality photos....
  • + 8
 Mopeds...
  • + 3
 Mopeds only brings more hatred to the enduro.
  • - 1
 ... Are a completely different thing
  • + 3
 I don't get how these guys get to practice using ebikes. What an unfair advantage to the well sponsored riders and teams with money. These guys on their ebikes can essentially practice l they want and save all their energy. This really rubs me the wrong way. I thought enduro was one of the pure race events with everyone on a level playing field. I really hope the EWS bans these things for practicing. So lame.
  • + 2
 You do realize that this is just the media riding around not racers practicing?

I totally agree with racers practicing on these things. Thats F'in rediculous that they are using them for practice. It really is an unfair advantage as they could probably do 3x the runs and save a whole lot of energy.
  • + 2
 Land management will see ebikes for what they are....moto...dirtbike...call it what you want. They are cool but not on bike only trails....more like a off Highway vehicle. KTM has ebikes too....look like real dirtbike....just a bigger ebike than cubes version.
  • + 4
 Looks like someone was tearing up doughnuts in that old NATO base. From their Moto maybe? They kinda look like some fat knobbies made those tracks
  • + 1
 @davetrump: I understand why YOU are doing it... but the hate is with the pictures of you guys shredding trails on E-bikes, not with you using them to access the stages for photography reasons! i.e. You're normalising something that shouldn't be normal & making it look 'cool' on pinkbike! Sorry if this spoils your CUBE advertorial Wink
  • + 15
 I've been to Finale several times. Basically all tourists use shuttles there. I fail to see how this is any worse. I think there is a lot of hypocrisy going around on this point.
  • + 5
 @PhilLedgard "I understand why YOU are doing it... but the hate is with the pictures of you guys shredding trails on E-bikes, not with you using them to access the stages for photography reasons!"

That IS the reason they're all riding e-bikes: MTB media, riding all 7 stages in one day, with camera gear, to scope out the best spots for pics. Again, read @davetrump's explanation below:

" Get used to the e-bikes as we are going to continue to use them at many of the events in the future. All of these photos came from the media recce day... The day media only is allowed to preview the stages so we know where we are going all weekend and can get into the proper spots when racing starts. We rode all 7 stages in one day which would be impossible on a normal bike and truly horrid with camera gear. Some of us are quite fit while others maybe not so much so it keeps the group together as well. Last year I covered the EWS in Finale from a motor scooter and no one compkained. I used a car in Whistler one year and no one compkained about that either. It's simply the best tool for the job we have to do and it allows us to provide better and better coverage plain and simple. And to the person complaining see shuttled e bikes, yup we did. In the sake of time which some people think grows on trees apparently. We often shuttle to the top when we have the chancr rather than the 1 hour pedal even on e-bike. And in the race we often have to catch back up to the women and juniors after the last men finish of each stage. Considering they are often 30-40 minutes ahead of us we simply can't just ride normal bikes on the liaisons and expect to cover anything other than the top 10. So there ya have it.... Enjoy the photos and please think twice before being a hater just because of the bike someone is riding :-)."

Phil, if you want good EWS pics, this is part of the process.
  • + 1
 Philledgard, your short sightedness is astounding. The world is based on progression and innovation. Where do you think that sexy bike you have now came from? People always want to fight what is different, and you've probably never even tried an e bike. In this application, it makes total sense. In fact, in whichever application someone decides to apply an e bike it makes sense. Someone else enjoyment may differ from yours as hard as that is to believe.
Some of us mountain bikers are the most ignorant people out there. We are constantly complaining, why not sit back and e,brace change and innovation.....I for one am always stoked to see where the mt bike industry leads us next. Open your little mind kid.
  • - 1
 @PhilLedgard Whoops sorry for the neg – your comment is spot on.
  • - 6
flag sevensixtwo (Sep 29, 2016 at 11:17) (Below Threshold)
 @CaptainSnappy: No. This is advertising content. This piece was strategically planned. Photographers were chosen as the subject matter because they could conceivably get pass from PinkBike viewers. The goal is to sell bikers on the photography lifestyle. Because then, every a*shole with a camera would say to themselves "I have a camera, I should get an ebike".

Great photos existed long before eBikes.
  • + 1
 @sevensixtwo: ummmm.... No... Not even close
  • + 1
 Christ, epic storm in a teacup politics here.

After watching the world champs this year in Val di sole with my wife, we were naturally a little hungover the following day.

Instead of regular bikes, we rented two Lapierre e-bikes and rode a little of the Dolomites.

It was beautiful, fun (up and down) and in no way did it destroy the trails anymore than a bloke a stone and a half heavier than me on a regular bike.

It even had enough juice at the end of the day to ride the 4x track 5 times.

I want one, eco uplift as far i'm concerned.
  • + 1
 After all this pictures... I am really glad I go riding there... two weeks after all this cirkus... beeing happy... ride my 26er Bike... trink good coffee and eat some Icecream... over and out Smile Smile Smile
  • + 2
 Man those were some bangers of cube ebikes thanks for the coverage. How many pics did you take of the moped and car nice and in focus like?
  • + 3
 Beautiful, I rode Narva back in May, further up in the mountains, Just Pine and loam, Mint!
  • + 3
 Lord Cunny !?!?! Is that a real name? Or an exclamation? Or an explitiv?
  • + 6
 It's EWS video presenter Cunny's Instagram and Twitter handle.
  • - 1
 Im a convert from the moto world, my favourite bike was my smokey 2 stroke YZ250 it ripped chunks of earth up and slung them in my fellow racers faces, as their bikes did to mine, we had such fun pouring out smoke and noise pollution and eroding the soil and none of us gave a flying feck, MTBers get so prissy over stuff like this you may as well be wearing lycra, boys chill out its only - insert e bike, wheel size, etc
  • + 3
 Finale.... my one true love.... Smile
  • + 1
 Nice pics... sets the scene for the race... hotting up with Hill, Voullioz, etc and now Minnaar in the mix (and rumoured Peaty ?)

Is there any live coverage anywhere ?
  • + 1
 So Dave found that 360 burnouts were the perfect way to use an e bike? This is exactly why we don't want that shit on our trails. WTF
  • + 1
 Bitchen' photography! It's so good people with no interest in bikes (my co-workers) enjoy scrolling through the picture thread. Buongiorno!
  • + 2
 Thanks Dave and Matt for the excellent coverage.
  • + 2
 money rules the world.. if ebike is a money maker, noboddy can stop it.
  • - 2
 When lazy fat Americans complain that something is far too lazy and shouldn't exist, you know it must be really bad... And ebikes fit that exactly. Thankfully, it will never catch on in the US which should contribute to its quick demise.
  • + 5
 Ebikes will never catch on in the US?

Care to wager on that? I will.
  • - 7
flag Marcusthefarkus (Sep 29, 2016 at 10:20) (Below Threshold)
 @CaptainSnappy: I ride 4 times a week locally and on actual mountain trails. Not once, not even once, has there ever been an ebike on the trail. People in the US are embarrassed by ebikes. Additionally, the trails here are worshipped, people hate to tear them up. Besides the usual rebellious teenager here and there, ebikes will never be common in the US.
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 @Marcusthefarkus: E-Bike is incapable of doing more damage than any other MTB. It doesn't have a throttle, you can't make the wheels spin out while riding and the motor only works when pedaling (will not work when coasting) at speeds below 24kph. It's simple assist while pedaling that allows for easier climbing and if anything they are slower on a flat trail or downhill simply due to the drag and the fact the motor will cut out at a fairly low speed.

In Europe that are making up half the sales of bikes right now, yet we never see them out on the trails here either. The biggest problem is people are trying to relate e-bikes, their end user and that users behavior with their own of that of other mountain bikers. They certainly have their place and of course there are many many many places they don't belong. I'd never own one or ride one in any circumstance other than covering a multi-stage race with a few thousand meters of climbing, but that's my reality not that of the people for/against them.

A closed race course that is about to see practice and racing over four days by a few hundred riders sure seems like a place they can be utilized with no issue whats ever.... However the condition your precious pedal powered bikes will leave the trails after the race, the trails you worship and would never tear up. That's a completely different story.
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 @davetrump: @Marcusthefarkus: E-Bike is incapable of doing more damage than any other MTB

I see what you are saying and agree, but when said E-bike is used to ride a loop 3 or 4 times in a row, impossible on a normal mtb even by a XC racer, then it starts to have an impact on sensitive trails.
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 @davetrump: A quote from your article "Dave found out that 360-degree burnouts are a damn good use of an e-bike" Somehow that doesn't really match up with you saying "E-Bike is incapable of doing more damage than any other MTB" So please don't insult us with comments like this. Thanks!
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 @MTBHammer: don't insult your own intelligence. You can make the back wheel of any bike spin out on gravel with the front brake on and pedaling in the easiest gear with a foot down.... Stop trying to make something out of nothing to prove a point that is false.
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 Awesome shots fellas, perfect escape from the desk and computer I'm shackled too, cheers!
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 Great photos! 7 stages in a day along with some cave journey in there? You guys are hustling!
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 Italian Style! Love!
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 Photoshop needs an emotorcycle removal filter.
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 It's not a bike it has a fucking motor
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 It's got enough torque to do 360 burn outs...
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 E-Bikes in Enduro... The new E-word in the E-word... Enseption
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 Get used to the e-bikes as we are going to continue to use them at many of the events in the future. All of these photos came from the media recce day... The day media only is allowed to preview the stages so we know where we are going all weekend and can get into the proper spots when racing starts. We rode all 7 stages in one day which would be impossible on a normal bike and truly horrid with camera gear. Some of us are quite fit while others maybe not so much so it keeps the group together as well. Last year I covered the EWS in Finale from a motor scooter and no one compkained. I used a car in Whistler one year and no one compkained about that either. It's simply the best tool for the job we have to do and it allows us to provide better and better coverage plain and simple. And to the person complaining see shuttled e bikes, yup we did. In the sake of time which some people think grows on trees apparently. We often shuttle to the top when we have the chancr rather than the 1 hour pedal even on e-bike. And in the race we often have to catch back up to the women and juniors after the last men finish of each stage. Considering they are often 30-40 minutes ahead of us we simply can't just ride normal bikes on the liaisons and expect to cover anything other than the top 10. So there ya have it.... Enjoy the photos and please think twice before being a hater just because of the bike someone is riding :-).
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 @davetrump: I'm not hating... I was being facetious... Don't be so serious... Even I looked at one as a commuter for around town... But at that price I'd rather buy a used 250cc dual purpose bike
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 @Spark24: it's not your comments that spurred this reply. And the "I'm just kidding" angle isnt the case f or the bulk of comments here. Read down the page a bit.... I just responded to yours to be sure it stayed right near the top.
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 @davetrump: those group pictures are like telling a priest you divorced your first wife and now live a happy life with another woman in a secular relationship. There is no way you guys are having fun, no way... can't beeee, You are surely getting rotten inside Big Grin Must watch some video from Fest series to get my head straight... Noooo I just imagineed Sam Hill riding one - Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
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 @davetrump: anything that puts a motorized cycle on pedal trails is a bad thing in my book. Especially if its for pretty pictures of racers I'll never meet in places most of us will never go just to pump up the wow factor of the sport to the public. We work hard to keep good relations with land owners to use private land and trails, e-bikes only add a way to burn those bridges. Get ready for a fight from a lot of people because these things only serve to damage the sport in the long run.
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 @thisspock: are you sure you haven't copied this from some church website and replaced "Gay-marriage" with "E-bike" because I swear I heard it before. Also your last sentence, how do you know it will damage the sport in the long run?
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 @davetrump put it pretty eloquently. As a pro shooter who has shot EWS, an E-bike really is the only way on many of the tracks for the photogs to get the images they need to do their job. Yes, we are frequently carrying 30+ lbs of gear which makes climbing a real cast iron bitch; but additionally, after shooting each stage, as @davetrump noted, we need to get back ahead of the best racers in the world. That's not going to happen on a stage, or we'd be getting paid to race, not shoot. So that means liaisons--the point where the weight of a camera bag truly is a boat anchor. And at many of the venues--particularly Finale--some of the of the liaisons can only be accessed by bike so there aren't any short cuts to get around and get ahead of the racers like there are at a race like Whistler, etc. So how do you catch back up to Richie Rude or Jerome when they have a 10 minute head start and descend faster than you? Or get back ahead enough to shoot the women and the juniors who ripped by 30-40 minutes earlier? You use an E bike.
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 And even then, something @davetrump initially omitted, these AREN'T electric motorcycles, but rather pedal assisted bikes that weigh in at 45 lbs or so. Add that weight in, plus the gear we're carrying, and the time constraints we're under to get back ahead of the pack, and it's still incredibly grueling. Even with an Ebike we are pretty much on the red line on every climb in an effort to get back ahead.

So hate on the media using them as as much as you want, but realize that without their use, you'd have shit for coverage. And also realize that the shooters are every bit as physically exhausted at the end of the day as are the racers, even with the Ebikes, but also realize that they then have to work for another 4-5 hours or so getting their edits done in time to post to their clients and to PB, Vital, etc. And then do it all over again the next day. Covering an EWS properly is in many ways much, much harder than racing one.
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 @thisspock: the Ebike usage depicted is in Europe, which has completely different regulations on trail usage than here in the US. Ebike usage here in the US is still, for the most part, limited to ORV trails. I have seen their use on a few regular old XC trails, but that's in cases where local land use managers have as of yet to make a ruling on pedal assisted Ebike usage on those trails. Are they mechanized? Yes. But you do still have to pedal them, so it's not like you're roosting every corner and creating waist deep ruts like you'll find in many ORV areas. Should they be banned--under the Wilderness Act in the US, they should. But since we can't even ride a pedal bike in Wilderness areas, that goes without saying. Should they be banned on regular trails? That's up to the land use managers to decide. Studies have shown that pedal bikes do as much or less damage to trails than hikers do.

Also, "pretty pictures of racers I'll never meet in places most of us will never go just to pump up the wow factor of the sport to the public" are what grows this sport and puts pressure on land use managers to allow mountain biking in more areas. It's exactly this kind of coverage that has helped to more than triple the amount of legal single track at Tiger Mountain outside of Seattle in the past 3 years.
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 @davetrump: Thanks for the understanding... I was indeed joking about the ebike thing but jeez this topic is fiery!... Why is everyone being so serious about this? IF you dont want an E-bike then don't but an E-bike... If someone else wants one then why hate? Remember what Blackberry said about the IPhone when it came out? Now look where they are.

I am a firm believer that electric motorized transport is the way of the future, especially on two wheels... It just makes perfect sense when one considers the greener aspects of the idea, but the costs at the moment just far too high for practicality. At the end of the day when people have to make the choice the price will always be the deciding factor... If you gave the the choice of gas vs electric transport and the price was the same, it's a no-brainer, however right now the extra cost of fuel just doesn't outweigh the monthly installments
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