There has been a lot of head scratching in the pits this evening. Richie Rude was utterly dominant today. While he may have won the first two stages, the 33 seconds he put into everybody on the third and final stage that is just mind-blowing. It was a stage that many thought would not figure much in the fight for the win, but somehow he found the pace to put himself into a commanding position going into the second day of racing. In the women's field, Cecile Ravanel is equally dominant, but something that is expected from her this season. In the under-21 field, the two leading lights, Adrien Dailly and Seb Claquin are clear of their rivals with times that would place them both inside the senior top ten.




Another beautiful day comes to an end here in La Thuile and we have more of the same on tap f0r tomorrow.
Another beautiful day to kick off the start to racing in La Thuile.


Mckay Vezina may be new to the EWS but he has got the measure of the morning ritual already here in Italy - one coffee for each hand.
Mckay Vezina may be new to the EWS, but he has got the measure of the morning ritual already here in Italy - one coffee for each hand, and an impressive 16th after day one.

The two riders who are dominating the under-21 field right now Seb Claquin and Adrien Dailly get ready to hit the course.
The two riders who are dominating the under-21 field right now, Seb Claquin and Adrien Dailly, get ready to hit the course.

Ines Thoma has some slightly sore ligaments in her wrist but she was feeling good to race this morning.
Ines Thoma has some slightly sore ligaments in her wrist, but she was feeling good to race this morning.

Josh Carlson was ready to get going bright and early.
Josh Carlson was ready to get going bright and early.

EWS La Thuile Day 1 2016

Cip is one of the mainstays of the Superenduro series organisation although he is softening these days and has replaced with his trademark cigar with a liquorice stick.
Cip is one of the mainstays of the Superenduro series organisation, although he is softening these days and has replaced with his trademark cigar with a liquorice stick.

The hardest part of the day was the transfer to stage one. It was practically all downhill from there.
The hardest part of the day was the transfer to stage one. It was practically all downhill from there.

Everyone pulls weird faces when you find a giant spider chilling on you.
Everyone pulls weird faces when you find a giant spider chilling on you.

Dropping into the jaws of insanity.
Dropping into the jaws of insanity.

Nothing but blue skies meant that Monte Bianco would dominate the backdrop on every stage.
Nothing but blue skies meant that Monte Bianco would dominate the backdrop on every stage.

Adrien Dailly smashed the under-21 field today putting in a time that was fast enough for third in the senior field.
Adrien Dailly smashed the under-21 field today, putting in a time that was fast enough for third in the senior field.

EWS La Thuile Day 1 2016
Seb Claquin may be second in the under-21 race this evening, but his time was still good enough for tenth in the senior race.

Chris Kilmurray has one of the more unusual pre-race routines it almost looks like interpretive dance but be sure that every movement is precisely calculated to mobilise the muscles and joints for racing.
Chris Kilmurray has one of the more unusual pre-race routines, it almost looks like an interpretive dance but be sure that every movement is precisely calculated to mobilise the muscles and joints for racing.

Gusti Wildhaber speeds through the alpine meadow.
Gusti Wildhaber speeds through the alpine meadow.

Miranda Miller is crushing her first EWS - sixth this evening.
Miranda Miller is crushing her first EWS - sixth this evening.

Caro Gehrig had a came third on one stage today but still ended the day a few places behind her sister Anita... The sibling rivalry continues on Sunday.
Caro Gehrig had a third on one stage today, but still ended the day a few places behind her sister Anita... The sibling rivalry continues on Sunday.

Florian Nicolai is currently in 5th over a minute behind race leader Richie Rude. However he is just a few seconds off the podium and could easily mix things up on sunday.
Florian Nicolai is currently in 5th, over a minute behind race leader Richie Rude. However he is just a few seconds off the podium and could easily mix things up on Sunday.

Tony Ferreiro is always a threat on the long DH style endure races and is currently sitting 11th in front of a lot of heavy EWS hitter.
Tony Ferreiro is always a threat on the long DH style enduro races and is currently sitting 11th in front of a lot of heavy EWS hitters.

Jared Graves said Stage 1 gave him nothing but trouble to start the day off the pace but he pulled back time later in the afternoon to stay within the top 10.
Jared Graves said stage one gave him nothing but trouble to start the day off the pace, but he pulled back time later in the afternoon to stay within the top 10.

Issabeau Cordurier drops into the top of Stage 2 with the imposing presence of Monte Bianco in the background. She is currently in second place and quite a far way off the pace of Cecile.
Isabeau Courdurier drops into the top of stage two with the imposing presence of Monte Bianco in the background. She is currently in second place and quite a far way off the pace of Cecile.

Some of the sections looked more like a DH track than an EWS with riders riding at full gas foot out and flat out.
Some of the sections looked more like a DH track than an EWS with riders riding at full gas, foot out and flat out.

Rene Wildhaber was given a one minute penalty for being a bit too relaxed on the 1000m climb to Stage 1 and in turn missing his start time.
Rene Wildhaber was given a one-minute penalty for being a bit too relaxed on the 1000m climb to stage one, and in turn missing his start time.

Rae Morrison looked super smooth on the steep switchbacks of Stage 1 but a crash in the lower woods would cut her day short with a shoulder injury.
Rae Morrison looked super smooth on the steep switchbacks of stage one, but a crash in the lower woods would cut her day short with a shoulder injury.

Anita Gehrig is not only winning in her battle with her twin Caro but is in third this evening and in sight of a possible first EWS podium this weekend.
Anita Gehrig is not only winning in her battle with her twin, Caro, but is in third this evening and in sight of a possible first EWS podium this weekend.

The bent peak on Cecile Ravanel s helmet is due to crashing into Jared Graves at the top of stage one as he accidentally wandered into the line. It doesn t seem to have dented her confidence as she sits over a minute ahead of her competitors this evening.
The bent peak on Cecile Ravanel's helmet is due to crashing into Jared Graves at the top of stage one as he accidentally wandered into the line. It doesn't seem to have dented her confidence as she sits over a minute ahead of her competitors this evening.

The EWS video crew was treated to a day in flying scaffolding for some stellar areal footage.
The EWS video crew was treated to a day in flying scaffolding for some stellar aerial footage.


You don t need to go to Rampage to get helicopters in the background. 18th today probably isn t what Jerome Clementz was after this weekend.
You don't need to go to Rampage to get helicopters in the background. 18th today probably isn't what Jerome Clementz was after this weekend.

Damien Oton definitely goes well here in La Thuile - this evening he is sitting third his highest placing in a while.
Damien Oton definitely goes well here in La Thuile - this evening he is sitting third, his highest placing in a while.

Fabien Barel had a mixed today ripping his derailleur off on stage one but on stages two and three he made it into the top ten on stages two and three - his goal for the weekend.
Fabien Barel had a mixed today, ripping his derailleur off on stage one, but on stages two and three he made it into the top ten - his goal for the weekend.

Francois Bailly-Maitre nearly won here two years ago he s a little further back tonight but back in the top ten once more.
Francois Bailly-Maitre nearly won here two years ago, he's a little further back tonight, but back in the top ten once more.

Ines Thoma has a bit of a nightmare on stage one today but used stages two and three to race herself back into contention today back in reach of the podium.
Ines Thoma had a bit of a nightmare on stage one today, but used stages two and three to race herself back into contention today, back in reach of the podium.

Eyes on the prize. While Richie Rude may have been supreme Sam Hill got second on every stage today a little way clear of the series regulars.
Eyes on the prize. While Richie Rude may have been supreme, Sam Hill got second on every stage today, a little way clear of the series regulars.

Nico Lau kept getting faster and faster through out the day. Lau took 8th on stage one then halfed that for two and finished third on stage three.
Nico Lau kept getting faster and faster throughout the day. Lau took 8th on stage one, then halved that for two, and finished third on stage three.

Fabien Barel lost a bit of drive train on stage one which landed him in 138th position. He rode to a 10th on stage two and 8th on three to finish 39th for the day.
Fabien Barel lost a bit of drivetrain on stage one which landed him in 138th position. He rode to a 10th on stage two and 8th on three to finish 39th for the day.

Richie Rude is on another planet. If people weren t shaking their heads in wonder they should have been.
Richie Rude is on another planet. If people weren't shaking their heads in wonder, they should have been.

Joe Barnes gives the thumbs up after a well raced day one.
Joe Barnes gives the thumbs up after a well raced day one.

Francois Baily-Maitre makes some final checks on his steed after a solid day one of racing.
Francois Baily-Maitre makes some final checks on his steed after a solid day one of racing.

Alexandre Cure had a solid day racing to ninth place.
Alexandre Cure had a solid day racing to ninth place.

Alex Cure bagged ghis first top ten in a while today something many people including Barel and Vouilloz have expected of him as they rate him as one of the most talented riders in the series.
Alex Cure bagged his first top ten in a while today, something many people, including Barel and Vouilloz have expected of him as they rate him as one of the most talented riders in the series.

It was bad news for Ludo May this evening. On stage three a branched stabbed through his foot meaning he is off to the hospital this evening. He is in good spirits but it s certainly his weekend over.
It was bad news for Ludo May this evening. On stage three a branched stabbed through his foot, meaning he is off to the hospital this evening. He is in good spirits, but his weekend is over.

Jesse Melamed proved today that nice guys don t finish last with a stunning sixth for him today. He admitted that he was nervous all day once he found out Sam Hill would be following him on track but was determined to stay ahead of him. The pressure seemed to work well for him.
Jesse Melamed proved today that nice guys don't finish last, with a stunning sixth for him today. He admitted that he was nervous all day once he found out Sam Hill would be following him on track, but was determined to stay ahead of him. The pressure seemed to work well for him.

Every one else came off this drop and got pulled wide into the corner. Richie Rude just smashed all the rocks instead and took the straight line through.
Everyone else came off this drop and got pulled wide into the corner. Richie Rude just smashed all the rocks instead and took the straight line through.

With a 53 second lead after three stages Richie Rude showed just why he has a huge 1 printed on his back.
With a 53 second lead after three stages, Richie Rude showed exactly why he has a huge #1 printed on his back.

Curtis Keene is one of the nicest guys out there and hardest working and finally is putting all the pieces together to crack into the top 10 where he belongs.
Curtis Keene is one of the nicest guys out there, and hardest working, and finally is putting all the pieces together to crack into the top 10 where he belongs.

Greg Callaghan finished 3rd on the first stage of day but would suffer a front flat on Stage 3 ending his hopes of repeating his victory from the last round
Greg Callaghan finished 3rd on the first stage of day but would suffer a front flat on stage three, ending his hopes of repeating his victory from the last round

Nico Vouilloz has found his way to the podium once already this year but It s not looking like he will repeat that form again here in Italy.
Nico Vouilloz has found his way to the podium once already this year, but it's not looking like he will repeat that form again here in Italy.

Always in a good mood even with bad luck and injuries knocking him back in previous rounds Jesse Melamed finally smashed out the runs we know he is capable of. 6th after day one for the humble Canadian.
Always in a good mood, even with bad luck and injuries knocking him back in previous rounds, Jesse Melamed finally smashed out the runs we know he is capable of. 6th after day one for the humble Canadian.

After injury sidelined Andreane Nadeau for the past few rounds it seems she s just about fully recovered and is sitting in 4th with her sights set on the podium.
After an injury sidelined Andreane Nadeau for the past few rounds, it seems she's just about fully recovered and is sitting in 4th with her sights set on the podium.

Troy Brosnan is having fun on the long DH oriented stages many of which descend close to 1000m with little or no chance to rest.
Troy Brosnan is having fun on the long DH oriented stages, many of which descend close to 1000m with little or no chance to rest.

Some of the Italians had some pretty baller lines at the top of stage one.
Some of the Italians had some pretty baller lines at the top of stage one.

Grubby Graves kicking up dust on stage one. Grave finished the day in eighth place.
Grubby Graves kicking up dust on stage one. Grave finished the day in eighth place.

Greg Callaghan rode to third place on stage one then had a crash on two that put him in 171st for the stage. He finished the day with a a seventh place finish on stage three and is sitting in 48th.
Greg Callaghan rode to third place on stage one, then had a crash on two that put him in 171st for the stage. He finished the day with a seventh place finish on stage three and is sitting in 48th.

Jerome Clements entering the lower half of stage one. Clements was a touch off pace today finishing 18th overall.
Jerome Clementz entering the lower half of stage one. Clementz was a touch off pace today finishing 18th overall.

EWS La Thuile Day 1 2016
Allez Isabeau.

Sam Hill was deuces wild today taking second place on every stage.
Sam Hill was deuces wild today, taking second place on every stage.

For the second round in a row these flat pedals are headed for the EWS podium.
For the second round in a row, these flat pedals are headed for the EWS podium.

It s good to see Sam Hill smiling and excited about riding bikes again.
It's good to see Sam Hill smiling and excited about riding bikes again.

The face Richie Rude made when Yeti team management informed him he would be racing Sunday with full DH tires front and rear... Just in case.
The face Richie Rude made when Yeti team management informed him he would be racing Sunday with full DH tires front and rear... Just in case.

EWS 4 2016 La Thuile Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
EWS La Thuile Day 1 2016

EWS La Thuile Day 1 2016
It s a busy evening for the mechanics tonight working late to get the battered bikes ready for action tomorrow.
It's a busy evening for the mechanics tonight, working late to get the battered bikes ready for action tomorrow.

Just another A1 day here in La Thuile.
Just another A1 day here in La Thuile.


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  • + 68
 Richie Rude. Has anyone ever been up by that much time after day 1 in the EWS? Also his Mountain Creek video. Just damn.

If Richie and Aaron win the EWS and WC, I might not move to Canada if Donald Trump becomes president.

#MakingAmericaGreatAgain
  • + 14
 What is most impressive about Rude is not his physical abilities on the bike or his stamina, which are certainly impressive in their own rites, but rather his mental acuity and maturity for a rider of his age. The EWS is a much like the TDF in that it takes a lot of strategy and consistency to come out on top, which tends to favor more experienced riders, and makes Rude's dominance that much more impressive. If he stays healthy, what's he gonna be like in 5 years!? Gwinning pt 2?
  • + 7
 @FRguild: would love to see him do a WC DH ...Maes has done it and done well.
Yeti needs to bring back the DH bike.
  • - 11
flag Jaybirdy (Jul 17, 2016 at 17:44) (Below Threshold)
 Get out of here with you Political Garbage Trump Q's... Nobody on pinkbike is trying to read anything with #makingamericagreatagain BULLSHIT.. We are here to support the sport of MTB! Thanks and goodbye ;+P
  • + 5
 I'm just here to #makeamericagreatagain
  • + 50
 Wouldn't it be awesome if we could appreciate Sam Hill without mentioning pedals? Dare to dream, I guess. Good job Sam - keep it going! And what can you say about Richie? He looks like he's wearing a full pressure suit under his jersey. I am guessing he is not. Beast!! Great photos, Trump and Matts!
  • + 8
 I agree. Congrats to Richie. But Sam Hill is killing it!
  • + 3
 Seriously, Sam can be the next Barrell, and then some. take enduro into the stratosphere, sorry haters....
  • - 1
 Ham Sill is smashing the world right in the balls with his flat pedal steeze
  • + 10
 #allpedalsmatter
  • + 33
 I do believe it is time to stop talking about Sam Hill's pedal choice. It's getting boring. The guy is just fast on a bike and a great rider. Pedals are a personal choice, and he rides what he is most comfortable on. This story is old.
  • + 0
 It may be an old story. But it's still so damn cool.
  • + 13
 @a-m-c:
No. It's simply old news. Sam Hill finishing 2nd in every stage yesterday is a much better story.
  • + 4
 Yes, enough already, talk more about Sam and his possible transition into EWS full time? not? his impeccable skills, but enough about the pedals already. 15 years of pedal talk, we get it, he rides flat pedals, he rides better with them. Thats it, done.
  • + 33
 Controversial statement alert: Enduro is one of the best things to ever happen to mountain biking.
  • + 4
 Explain
  • + 7
 Controversial reply. You're right, 100% right. It's the bike equivalent to WRC racing, where XC is formula 1 and DH is Baja. Riding "normal" bikes the way normal people ride them. Plus, much more racing to watch at each event, a format that can be carried over to most areas of the world, and most importantly a dedicated sanctioning body, not a one size fits all like UCI.
  • + 1
 It is prolly one of the best things to hit mtb, we have had DH and XC in one form or another for 20 odd years. Now thats not sayin we should do Enduro instead of XC or DH, that implies our sport has limited growth potential which clearly it does not.
  • + 0
 100% agree. I think it has made bikes better for most people too!
  • + 1
 @maxyedor: Good analogy, but DH is more formula 1 than XC
  • + 23
 Rude is a goddamn machine!
  • + 14
 It seems every race Graves is having problems but somehow stays with everyone, imagine a flawless race, what an animal.
  • + 9
 How did Cecile Ravanel hit Jared Graves? I think Graves is awesome...one of my favorites, but I'm sorry, this is a world level event, and you're standing on track when the fastest woman in the world (today) comes down the hill. I'm sure he feels horrible, but that's some serious shit!! Don't really know what I expect him, or the ews to do, but I wish racers could me more certain the course would be clear of spectators. It seems like world class athletes would be the first to understand this.
  • + 1
 Yes ^^
  • + 19
 There was no tape on the inside of a long off camber traverse.... she swing pretty high across the off camber to make a shortcut to the switchback below and Jared was there watching. Pretty far from established trail... that same area was full of spectators earlier and I'm surprised none of them got hit.... harmless mistake if anything, and neither person did anything "wrong"
  • + 2
 Damn hikers, slacking on them tracks !!!! Wink
  • + 10
 Rude v Gwinn...be interesting race!
  • + 1
 Were they ever Yeti teammates? Or was Gwin gone when Richie arrived?
  • + 3
 @herzalot: I don't even think Richie was old enough to drive when Gwin was on Yeti. Doubt they were team mates
  • + 6
 People were bemoaning Rude leaving DH to move over to the EWS. Think by now he's more than proved himself and even more, what it takes to be on the top step with a stacked field like that.

And to those that claim Enduro is full of washed up DH riders, they have no clue. Hill is crushing it. Barel showed up at Les Gets and slayed it (minus the course tape). Graves, Rude's friend and mentor, has yet to put the pressure on Rude.
  • + 2
 As right as you are, I'd still love to see Rude back for a couple WC DH races per year. With Hill and Troy crossing over, we now have a reasonable gauge of how top DH guys will do in EWS. Would be cool to have some of the top EWS guys move back to DH and see how they do. Plus, as a Rude and Graves fan, I want to see both of them at more races.
  • + 1
 I wouldn't call them washed up. It is a different feel to it though, definitely a less stacked field. I wish more WC DH riders would hop in EWS races between WCs.
  • + 5
 Great photos. It's interesting looking at the times of the UCI downhillers. After one day of Enduro they have pretty much an entire season's worth of competitve descending time from their regular gigs.
  • + 0
 It gets brought up every year. Watch out for Sam at World Champs! Sadly, nothing comes of it. Frown
  • + 6
 Speculating of course; does Sam Hill have two objectives for this year, world champs revenge and preparation for a full on EWS onslaught in 2017?
  • + 9
 Stoked for Keene!!
  • + 7
 Wait...are you telling me Sam Hill runs FLAT pedals? Flats? Amazing! I had no idea!
  • + 1
 No one seems to talk about it...
  • + 6
 fk yeh sam .... showing the world yet again pedal choice means fk all
  • + 1
 Enduro World Series: La Thuile

MEN / UOMINI - FINAL Results


Pos No. Name Team/Country Time Behind Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Manual Adj
1st 1 Richard RUDE Yeti Fox Shox (USA) 55:00.66 8:52.85 (1st) 7:22.03 (1st) 10:39.52 (1st) 10:26.46 (1st) 9:44.79 (2nd) 7:55.01 (1st)
2nd 31 Samuel HILL Chain Reaction Cycles PayPal (AUS) 56:36.46 +1:35.80 9:07.96 (2nd) 7:27.44 (2nd) 11:12.64 (2nd) 11:06.95 (24th) 9:43.62 (1st) 7:57.85 (3rd)
3rd 20 Damien OTON Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 56:43.18 +1:42.52 9:17.01 (8th) 7:32.93 (4th) 11:12.96 (3rd) 10:36.62 (2nd) 9:58.80 (7th) 8:04.86 (6th)
4th 11 Francois BAILLY-MAITRE BMC Factory Trailcrew (FRA) 57:17.53 +2:16.87 9:21.58 (13th) 7:33.63 (5th) 11:24.46 (11th) 10:50.50 (5th) 9:58.58 (6th) 8:08.78 (11th)
5th 4 Florian NICOLAI Rocky Mountain Urge BP (FRA) 57:25.33 +2:24.67 9:15.94 (7th) 7:29.64 (3rd) 11:22.11 (9th) 10:59.63 (17th) 10:13.02 (22nd) 8:04.99 (7th)
6th 28 Curtis KEENE Specialized Racing (USA) 57:30.09 +2:29.43 9:29.23 (23rd) 7:39.37 (15th) 11:16.48 (5th) 10:53.67 (8th) 10:13.30 (23rd) 7:58.04 (4th)
7th 30 Robin WALLNER Ibis Cycles Enduro Race (SWE) 57:40.22 +2:39.56 9:15.69 (6th) 7:43.04 (22nd) 11:29.57 (17th) 11:00.55 (18th) 10:01.19 (11th) 8:10.18 (13th)
8th 107 Jack MOIR (AUS) 57:41.85 +2:41.19 9:31.61 (27th) 7:53.87 (41st) 11:24.55 (13th) 10:57.22 (10th) 9:57.34 (5th) 7:57.26 (2nd)
9th 3 Jerome CLEMENTZ Cannondale (FRA) 57:43.21 +2:42.55 9:23.42 (15th) 7:42.18 (20th) 11:34.29 (24th) 10:44.07 (3rd) 10:02.23 (13th) 8:17.02 (23rd)
10th 8 Joe BARNES Canyon Factory Enduro Team (GBR) 57:43.87 +2:43.21 9:21.32 (11th) 7:41.94 (19th) 11:24.49 (12th) 10:58.96 (16th) 10:09.42 (18th) 8:07.74 (8th)
  • + 1
 I saw Clemetz haulingass the way he does, then surprised to see Oton closely following him, and thought 'Wow Damien! Go! Go! Go!'...then my jaw dropped when I saw Rude was just right on his tail!!!!

Here's Damien asking Jerome what did just happened there...
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  • + 2
 richie is unstoppable just now! wish graves could have a weekend without some form of problem, just at least so we can get an idea of where he might have been in the overall if it had all went smooth!
  • + 3
 Awesome stuff. Sam Hill is the man. Is that seatpost clamped in the right spot?
  • + 3
 Who would you rather start a stage in front of: Sam Hill or Richie Rude?
  • + 2
 Rude weight? 90kgs maybe?
  • + 1
 If criticizing a publication for having typos...you'd do well to assure your own comment is free from them!
  • + 1
 Is there any chance thar we see this year bikes from EWS? Thanks in advance!
  • + 1
 is Richie set for full World domination or is it Hulk's son riding a Yeti?
  • + 1
 Awesome Jesse! So stoked for you fella!
  • + 1
 Arm wrestle contest btw Graves and Rude.....who wins?
  • + 2
 Ritchie Rude is MY dude!
  • + 2
 Richie DUDE !
  • + 2
 Have an A1 day!
  • + 1
 Those trails don't look too bad
  • + 1
 Looks can be deceiving
  • + 2
 Where is maes ?
  • + 2
 Broken wrist after crashing in fort williams
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