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."