Enduro World Series Round 4, Ireland: Race Day Photo Epic

May 28, 2017
by Dave Trumpore  



After a day of rain turned dust into mud, riders came into race day unsure of what they would find hiding in the Irish hills. Would it be tacky or maybe a bit slimy and sticky? The answer was all of the above. The ever-changing conditions made each stage a bit of a mixed bag full of unique challenges, and it was riders who could adapt and react on the fly that were able to exploit weakness from their rivals throughout the day. And that's not even taking into account the added pressure piled on by the Irish fans who came out in the thousands to both cheer and heckle all day long.

For Cecile Ravanel and Adrien Dailly the challenges on and off the track were no distraction and they put in nothing short of dominant performances. Cecile won each and every stage handily, and Adrien won three of the six (and finished 2nd, 3rd, and 6th in the other stages). The same could not be said for Ireland's golden boy and two-time winner here, Greg Callaghan. Even the massive Irish crowd that seemed to carry him to victory the previous two years was of little help, and when a rider has an off day there's really nothing one can do but try to survive...and survive Greg did. Despite finishing a few stages back in the teens and twenties he still rallied back hard enough to earn valuable points and leaves Ireland with his series lead intact, but only by the skin of his teeth.

With four rounds down and four to go, the EWS has come to its midpoint as we head into a short break before picking this back up in France next month. For the women it looks like Cecile will be hard to beat, but the remaining podium spots will certainly be up for grabs as riders like Katie Winton and Isabeau Courdurier continue to charge at the front. For the men, things are about as tight as they can get with only 60 points separating Greg Callaghan, Sam Hill, and Adrien Dailly, ensuring that this season things will most certainly come right down to the wire in Finale Ligure in October.

A day of rain turned the dusty trails to golden slime come race time.
A day of rain turned the dusty trails to golden slime come race time.

Tire choice and pressures were an important thought process overnight. The experienced Frenchie Francois Bailly-Maitre makes a last check before heading for the start ramp.
Tire choice and pressures were an important thought process overnight. The experienced Frenchie Francois Bailly-Maitre makes a last check before heading for the start ramp.

Isabeau Courdurier takes a moment to get in the zone this morning. It wasn t her day but she has time to regroup before the next round in more familiar climes back home in France.
Isabeau Courdurier takes a moment to get in the zone this morning. It wasn't her day but she has time to regroup before the next round in more familiar climes back home in France.

The defending champ s bike ready to go.
The defending champ's bike ready to go.

Greg Callghan will always be the people champion in Ireland whether he finishes first or last.
Greg Callaghan will always be the people's champion in Ireland whether he finishes first or last.

Sorry Dave you re not getting through.
Sorry Dave, you're not getting through.

with all the banter on the internet right now about 27.5 vs 29 wheels it s safe to say this is a fair statement.
With all the banter on the internet right now about 27.5" vs 29" wheels it's safe to say this is a fair statement.

Richie Rude muscling rocks out of the way like a boss.
Richie Rude muscling rocks out of the way like a boss.

A win on Stage 3 had Jared Graves looking good but a mechanical later in the day would dash his hopes.
A win on Stage 3 had Jared Graves looking good, but a mechanical later in the day would dash his hopes.

Just a fraction off the podium today in 4th for Anita Gehrig.
Just a fraction off the podium today in 4th for Anita Gehrig.

Adrien Dailly is so effortless on the bike it tricks you into thinking he is taking it easy. The clock says otherwise.
Adrien Dailly is so effortless on the bike it tricks you into thinking he is taking it easy. The clock says otherwise.

Another young racer coming to the fore is the rising talent of Raphaela Richter who bettered her top ten from Madeira with an amazing ride to 6th place.
Another young racer coming to the fore is the rising talent of Raphaela Richter who bettered her top ten from Madeira with an amazing ride to 6th place.

Katy Winton meant business today coming out the gate hard and fast.
Katy Winton meant business today coming out the gate hard and fast.

Richie Rude is riding as hard as ever but it just isn t falling into place for him at the moment.
Richie Rude is riding as hard as ever but it just isn't falling into place for him at the moment.

Thomas Lapeyrie looking for leprechauns in all the wrong places on Stage 1.
Thomas Lapeyrie looking for leprechauns in all the wrong places on Stage 1.

Florian Nicolai storms down the Irish hillside packed to capacity with race fans.
Florian Nicolai storms down the Irish hillside packed to capacity with race fans.

Another strong ride for Bergamont s Joe Nation who crept into the top twenty.
Another strong ride for Bergamont's Joe Nation who snuck into the top twenty.

Adrien Dailly was in control of the race all day and becomes the first repeat winner this season. The top 3 in the overall are only separated by 60 points and with another four rounds to go we are in for one heck of a race for the championship.
Adrien Dailly was in control of the race all day and becomes the first repeat winner this season. The top 3 in the overall are only separated by 60 points, and with another four rounds to go we are in for one heck of a race for the championship.

Off her podium pace seen last round in Madeira Noga Korem would end the day in 9th.
Off her podium pace seen last round in Madeira, Noga Korem would end the day in 9th.

An off day for Isabeau Courdurier had her in a disappointing 7th.
An off day for Isabeau Courdurier had her in a disappointing 7th.

Unfortunately Ines Thoma would add to a couple of knocks and bumps from practice.
Unfortunately, Ines Thoma would add to a couple of knocks and bumps from practice.

Ines Thoma s helmet bore the full brunt of her crash she hobbled to the finish in 10th before heading for a check up at the hospital.
Ines Thoma's helmet bore the full brunt of her crash, she hobbled to the finish in 10th before heading for a check up at the hospital.

After missing the first few rounds Andreane Lanthier-Naeau was on fire today.
After missing the first few rounds, Andreane Lanthier-Naeau was on fire today.

Mid-track Guinness poured by the Pope Who could say no to that.
Mid-track Guinness poured by the Pope? Who could say no to that?

Chainsaws flames and helicopters buzzing overhead. That ll be stage 3 in Wicklow Ireland then.
Chainsaws, flames, and helicopters buzzing overhead. That'll be stage 3 in Wicklow, Ireland, then.

All the lads screaming for their man Greg Callaghan.
All the lads screaming for their man Greg Callaghan.

Robin Wallner had his best ever EWS finish today with a 6th place.
Robin Wallner had his best ever EWS finish today with a 6th place.

Just 5 seconds off the podium for Canadian Jesse Melamed.
Just 5 seconds off the podium for Canadian Jesse Melamed.

An up and down season for Isabeau Courdurier who slipped back to 7th today.
An up and down season for Isabeau Courdurier who slipped back to 7th today.

Keegan Wright having a wild ride atop stage 3 he continued after buzzing his manhood for a few seconds.
Keegan Wright having a wild ride atop stage 3, he continued after buzzing his manhood for a few seconds.

Martin Maes dode spectators left and right to get on the podium for the second round in a row.
Martin Maes dodged spectators left and right to get on the podium for the second round in a row.

Jerome Clementz rode consistent throughout the day and left Wicklow with a 7th place in his pocket.
Jerome Clementz rode consistently throughout the day and left Wicklow with a 7th place in his pocket.

No one else was even close to Cecile Ravanel who won every stage this weekend.
No one else was even close to Cecile Ravanel who won every stage this weekend.

5h for Caro Gehrig.
5th for Caro Gehrig.

After coming back from injury and it being her first race of the season a 3rd place for ALN is perhaps ride of the weekend.
After coming back from injury and it being her first race of the season, a 3rd place for ALN is perhaps the ride of the weekend.

Zakarias Johansen was some what of an unknown quantity to the wider audience coming into this season not so now after breaking into the top ten
Zakarias Johansen was somewhat of an unknown quantity to the wider audience coming into this season, not so now after breaking into the top ten.

Jesse Melamed didn t linger on his Madeira heartbreak too long a stage win and 4th place was a good day in the office for the Canadian.
Jesse Melamed didn't linger on his Madeira heartbreak too long, a stage win and 4th place finish was a good day in the office for the Canadian.

Foot out flat out and fast as for Sam Hill in the slippery Irish dirt.
Foot out, flat out and fast as for Sam Hill in the slippery Irish dirt.

Number one once again for Cecile Ravanel
Number one once again for Cecile Ravanel.

Cecile s bike picked up a few extra pounds throughout the day as the mud began to dry out and stick to everything like glue.
Cecile's bike picked up a few extra pounds throughout the day as the mud began to dry out and stick to everything like glue.

So close to both the win and the overall points lead. Sam Hill will surely turn that frustration into motivation when the series picks up next month in France.
So close to both the win and the overall points lead. Sam Hill will surely turn that frustration into motivation when the series picks up next month in France.

Back inside the top 10 for Florian Nicolai.
Back inside the top 10 for Florian Nicolai.

It wasn t the end result Greg Callaghan had wished for having looked to take three wins in a row in Wicklow. He still retains the overall however.
It wasn't the end result Greg Callaghan had wished for having looked to take three wins in a row in Wicklow. He still retains the overall however.

Martin Maes is by far one of the friendliest guys on the circuit and spent time long after the race hanging with the many young fans.
Martin Maes is by far one of the friendliest guys on the circuit and spent time long after the race hanging with the many young fans.

A day of nothing but crashed left Yoann Barelli a bit bloody and in need of a few stitches.
A day of nothing but crashes left Yoann Barelli a bit bloody and in need of a few stitches.

Katy Winton is on one hell of an upward curve this season who knows where a little extra confidence will take her.
Katy Winton is on one hell of an upward curve this season, who knows where a little extra confidence will take her.

After a day of racing the Gehrigs would finish back to back just 12 seconds apart.
After a day of racing the Gehrigs would finish back to back just 12 seconds apart.

Mark Scott would have been looking for more than a 16th place finish today.
Mark Scott would have been looking for more than a 16th place finish today.

The battle scars of a hard fought win for Adrien Dailly the youngster is really coming of age and limbering up for the overall tile battle.
The battle scars of a hard fought win for Adrien Dailly, the youngster is really coming of age and limbering up for the overall tile battle.

An ecstatic ALN after clinching the final spot on the podium in Ireland.
An ecstatic Andreane Lanthier Nadeau after clinching the final spot on the podium in Ireland.

The fastest ladies in Ireland.
The fastest ladies in Ireland.

Katy Winton rode with determination and self belief today and it showed. First podium and smashing it into second.
Katy Winton rode with determination and self belief today and it showed. First podium and smashing it into second.

Cecile Ravanel has began to stretch out from the chasing pack.
Cecile Ravanel's lead has begun to stretch out from the chasing pack.

This is shaping up to be the one of the tightest title campaigns yet.
This is shaping up to be the one of the tightest title campaigns yet.

The fastest teams at the Emerald Enduro making it rain in an otherwise dry day.
The fastest teams at the Emerald Enduro making it rain in an otherwise dry day.

Cheers Ireland. The third time was definitely a charm.
Cheers, Ireland. The third time was definitely a charm.



50 Comments

  • + 78
 Quality work as usual. Thanks Pinkbike!
  • + 26
 Judging by the content of this fantastic coverage, Enduro seems to be a good spectators sport Smile
  • + 13
 Great pics as ever. Love the one of Richie Rude, who muscles his bike, race face on while many in the crowd have facial expressions that say "how the hell did he ride that out? Again..." The crowd are so much a part of these events, particularly in Ireland.
  • + 5
 @beerhunter: I was right there at stage 3 (obscured) and can testify that every rider was cheered down that section, there was plenty of fallers and even some walkers who were still cheered on, because, in the end, it's the least we could have done for these guys.
  • + 2
 @rizzodun: Next year I might just make the trip Smile Look forward to a pint or three watching the boys and girls rip...
  • + 23
 What a bummer for Graves. Soooo many mechanicals this year. Crap luck.
  • + 1
 What happened?
  • + 45
 This year ?? You mean , ever since he left Yeti right ?
  • + 2
 He's always been on the unlucky side with mechanical especially back in his 4x days. Quality rider, only a matter of time before luck falls into place.
  • - 5
flag Khayes (May 28, 2017 at 21:16) (Below Threshold)
 Name them.
  • - 7
flag Khayes (May 28, 2017 at 21:22) (Below Threshold)
 Please name the mechanicals he's had this year. You realize he's 7th overall right?
  • + 8
 Flat tires ???????????? @Khayes:
  • + 1
 Last week he flatted in a spot that around 5 other people flatted in the same part of the stage and still put around 15 into those riders times. He flatted yesterday on stage 7 and that point he lost 7-9th place he's on track for a good season especially with these next 4 rounds. This time last year he wasn't in contention for a top 10. @tuumbaq:
  • + 6
 What are ou trying to prove dude ?You seem so butthurt... You first asked me to name you the mechanicals he's had and them realized you mad a fool of yourself.Now you're trying to prove an unexsisting argument.Im not debating wether he's having a better or worst season! Lol .The guy is a talented rider and was dominating back when he races for Yeti but look at the freaking stats in recent years, Jared's had way more mechanicals and punctures than most other riders and thats all Im saying .Not saying its his fault or that he sucks but im really not sure what you're trying to say @Khayes:
  • + 5
 I wasn't replying to you although you did fit the category since I didn't tag any username. The thread started with "soooooo many mechanicals this year" ... which there has been 2. Not saying it's an excuse but maybe less emphasise on so. Cheers_! @tuumbaq:
  • + 1
 Oh , gotcha now @Khayes:
  • + 11
 Everyone is just fast now eh. Sports got so many new quick faces. Hard to dominate. Take more risks = more crashes, more flat tyres, more mechanicals. It feels more and more like WRC rally now, riding on the edge with total commitment but still in the back of your head must be, shit, gotta get this bike and this body to the end of the day.
  • + 2
 if you're looking for a real bummer on the series this season look no further than Yoann Barelli. unlucky frenchman has had something go terribly wrong at every stop this season. lets hope he gets back to his usual soon #tutotuesday forever
  • + 17
 Images of the rocky section with all the fans really capture the energy, well done!
  • + 12
 No pics of the Rat!!
  • + 39
 His gf is pregnant
  • + 6
 @donpinpon29: and she doesn't want photos of him on the internet? What a bizarre response...
  • + 11
 @humoroususername: it is a reference to the photo of his fans. Have a look.
  • + 11
 Sam Hill's year. You know for a legend, hes damn young still.
  • + 2
 Looks like no matter what discipline Sam will choose he would be a champion. Racing soul..
  • + 10
 I think the Team Podium is the most epic shot!
  • + 8
 7th pic down

"Rat I'm pregnant" lololol
  • + 6
 we want to see the bikes paaleeaaase PB
  • + 5
 oh look, a 'little lady' putting a 29er on the podium............
  • + 1
 Can someone explain the full face and non full selections? It seems to me that I've seen some photo epics where say Rude for example has pictures of him in a full face on some stages and then a non full face on others.
  • + 1
 Nice to see Sam Hill had that happy face looks while racing. Guess enduro bring a better challenge to him. Considering he has a better purpose built body too right now.
  • + 1
 is it just me or does Rude´s bike looks ridiculous small under him compared to the trend lately? Like "look it´s 2013 again"
  • + 2
 Your man saying 26" is dead is to too young to remember 26" wheels the gobshit.
  • + 2
 Wish I was there. Looks wild!
  • + 2
 Great Pics, great race!!!
  • + 2
 Whats helmet Sam Hill is wearing?
  • + 1
 Mavic crossmax pro
  • + 2
 Error 26 Alive!!!!! Thanks Pinkbike great information!!
  • + 2
 Man pink bike really rocks .
  • + 1
 Congrats to the Flagstaff contingent, Alex and Scott for great showings.
  • + 1
 I'm calling it! SAM HILL TO WIN EWS THIS YEAR!!
  • + 1
 whats on sams wrist and where do i get one?
  • + 1
 lol i geuss its the timer
  • + 1
 they all have the timing chips on both sides. maybe for accuracy?
  • + 2
 Timing chips. One is a back up
  • + 1
 That skull on Marc Scott's thigh tho
  • + 1
 Can't wait for the video recap. Photos look ace!
  • + 1
 Quality coverage, thanks Dave
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