[UPDATED] Final Results & Overall Standings from the Finale Ligure EDR World Cup 2024

May 12, 2024
by Ed Spratt  
The results are in from the opening round of the 2024 EDR World Cup series after riders battled across technical stages and tight liaison times. Finale Ligure proved again why it is a mainstay of enduro racing as it produced some incredible racing with Bailey Christie, Lily Planquart, Hattie Harnden and Richie Rude taking the round one victories.

Check out a breakdown of the stages and more results below.



The Course


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Stage 1
Base Nato: 2.6km / 381m descent - Stage 1


Stage 2
Ingegnere: 3.8km / 484m descent - Stage 2


Stage 3
Supergroppo: 7.2km / 653m descent - Stage 3


Stage 4
Rocche Gianche: 2km / 252m descent - Stage 4


*Stage four was cancelled for the U21 women and Elite categories.*

Stage 5
DH Men: 2.8km / 283m descent - Stage 5




Race Results


U21 Men

After tackling the full five stages, Bailey Christie leaves Finale with the round one win as he kicked off the 2024 series with a win of over 11 seconds against Jt Fisher. Bailey Christie showed he will be one to watch this season with no stage result lower than fourth and a win on stage two. Second-placed Jt Fisher also had a strong start to the World Cup season with a win on stage one and also showed consistency with no single-stage result of less than fifth. Wei Tien Ho ended the day in fourth but walks away from round one as the only U21 male rider to win more than one stage.



Top 5 Finishers

1st. Bailey Christie: 37:49.970
2nd. Jt Fisher: 38:01.748 / +11.778
3rd. Marius Tenet Berrat: 38:08.320 / +18.350
4th. Wei Tien Ho: 38:20.144 / +30.174
5th. William Brodie: 38:38.258 / +48.288




Stage 1

1st. Jt Fisher: 5:11.440
2nd. Bailey Christie: 5:18.635 / +7.195
3rd. William Brodie: 5:21.620 / +10.180
4th. Wei Tien Ho: 5:24.323 / +12.883
5th. Alden Pate: 5:25.593 / +14.153
Stage 2

1st. Bailey Christie: 8:28.414
2nd. Jt Fisher: 8:38.251 / +9.837
3rd. Marius Tenet Berrat: 8:40.400 / +11.986
4th. Bow Habermann: 8:45.101 / +16.687
5th. Wei Tien Ho: 5:24.323 / +17.143



Stage 3

1st. Marius Tenet Berrat: 14:33.811
2nd. Bachelet Baptiste: 14:37.933 / +4.122
3rd. Bailey Christie: 14:39.459 / +5.648
4th. Alden Pate: 14:48.405 / +14.594
5th. Jt Fisher: 14:50.990 / +17.179
Stage 4

1st. Wei Tien Ho: 4:24.860
2nd. Jt Fisher: 4:27.881 / +3.021
3rd. Marius Tenet Berrat: 4:28.032 / +3.172
4th. Bailey Christie: 4:30.215 / +5.355
5th. William Brodie: 4:35.723 / +10.863



Stage 5

1st. Wei Tien Ho: 4:48.820
2nd. Jt Fisher: 4:53.186 / +4.366
3rd. Bailey Christie: 4:53.247 / +4.427
4th. William Brodie: 4:53.912 / +5.092
5th. Sascha Kim: 4:55.175 / +6.355



U21 Women

It was a dominant show of force from Lapierre Zipp Collective's Lily Planquart as she was fastest across all four stages to finish the day 44 seconds ahead. Winning across every stage and never letting another rider within four seconds of her stage times, Lily Planquart has made her mark on the 2024 season at the opening round and heads into next week's racing with a lot of confidence. Elly Hoskin rode a strong race to take second ahead of Simona Kuchynkova after a day-long battle for the runner-up position. 2023 overall World Cup champion Emmy Lan had a tough day out as she finished in seventh place.



Top 5 Finishers

1st. Lily Planquart: 37:23.323
2nd. Elly Hoskin: 38:07.433 / +44.110
3rd. Simona Kuchynkova: 38:18.202 / +54.879
4th. Delia Da Mocogno: 38:42.276 / +1:18.953
5th. Lacey Adams: 39:02.923 / +1:39.600




Stage 1

1st. Lily Planquart: 5:57.102
2nd. Simona Kuchynkova: 6:01.336 / +4.234
3rd. Emmy Lan: 6:04.777 / +7.675
4th. Elly Hoskin: 6:06.064 / +8.962
5th. Lacey Adams: 6:08.258 / +11.156
Stage 2

1st. Lily Planquart: 9:32.494
2nd. Elly Hoskin: 9:41.597 / +9.103
3rd. Simona Kuchynkova: 9:45.631 / +13.137
4th. Delia Da Mocogno: 9:54.330 / +21.836
5th. Emmy Lan: 9:56.302 / +23.808



Stage 3

1st. Lily Planquart: 16:14.732
2nd. Elly Hoskin: 16:32.742 / +18.010
3rd. Simona Kuchynkova: 16:47.875 / +33.143
4th. Delia Da Mocogno: 16:50.130 / +35.398
5th. Lacey Adams: 16:53.195 / +38.463
Stage 4 (5)

1st. Lily Planquart: 5:38.995
2nd. Simona Kuchynkova: 5:43.360 / +4.365
3rd. Delia Da Mocogno: 5:45.212 / +6.217
4th. Elly Hoskin: 5:47.030 / +8.035
5th. Clairre Chabbert: 5:51.260 / +12.265



Elite Women

Despite a foot injury just a couple of weeks ago there was no slowing down a charging Hattie Harnden as she went eight seconds faster than 2023 series champion Isabeua Coudurier. Harnden made the most of the long third stage to take control of the race as she was unmatched on the over 15-minute long track. Isabeau Coudrueir matched Harnden's two stage wins on her ride to second place, but her deficit of 26 seconds on stage three would make it impossible to close the gap even after finding 14 seconds on Harnden during stage four. Ella Conolly rode an incredibly consistent race taking three third and one second place stage finish as she secured third place at the end of the racing.



Top 5 Finishers

1st. Hattie Harnden: 36:06.599
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: 36:15.229 / +8.630
3rd. Ella Conolly: 36:23.173 / +16.574
4th. Morgane Charre: 36:23.203 / +16.604
5th. Rae Morrison: 36:47.701 / +41.102




Stage 1

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 5:44.004
2nd. Ella Conolly: 5:50.077 / +6.073
3rd. Morgane Charre: 5:51.910 / +7.906
4th. Hattie Harnden: 5:53.691 / +9.687
5th. Nadine Ellecosta: 5:55.480 / +11.476
Stage 2

1st. Hattie Harnden: 9:18.253
2nd. Morgane Charre: 9:19.575 / +1.322
3rd. Ella Conolly: 9:24.106 / +5.853
4th. Isabeau Courdurier: 9:24.268 / +6.015
5th. Raphaela Richter: 9:24.515 / +6.262



Stage 3

1st. Hattie Harnden: 15:30.115
2nd. Rae Morrison: 15:50.334 / +20.219
3rd. Ella Conolly: 15:50.365 / +20.250
4th. Morgane Charre: 15:54.701 / +24.586
5th. Isabeau Courdurier: 15:56.761 / +26.646
Stage 4 (5)

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 5:10.196
2nd. Morgane Charre: 5:17.017 / +6.821
3rd. Ella Conolly: 5:18.625 / +8.429
4th. Rae Morrison: 5:19.499 / +9.303
5th. Hattie Harnden: 5:24.540 / +14.344



Elite Men

The Yeti Factory team came out fighting at round one as the pairing of Richie Rude and Slawomir Lukasik won every stage. Rude took three of these wins as he is coming into the 2024 season with the same form that saw him win the overall last year. Rude was in a close battle with teammate Lukasik until a final stage puncture took him out of contention for the win, but he still managed to grab fifth place. Charlie Murray rode a great first race of the season riding into 2nd place with Martin Maes back in good form in third.



Top 5 Finishers

1st. Richie Rude: 31:53.201
2nd. Charlie Murray: 32:08.474 / +15.273
3rd. Martin Maes: 32:17.791 / +24.590
4th. Mirco Vendemmia: 32:19.749 / +26.548
5th. Slawomir Lukasik: 32:21.943 / +28.742




Stage 1

1st. Richie Rude: 5:07.416
2nd. Martin Maes: 5:09.211 / +1.795
3rd. Mirco Vendemmia: 5:10.929 / +3.513
4th. Slawomir Lukasik: 5:10.972 / +3.556
5th. Tommaso Francardo: 5:12.250 / +4.834
Stage 2

1st. Richie Rude: 8:18.160
2nd. Slawomir Lukasik: 8:23.112 / +4.952
3rd. Charlie Murray: 8:23.610 / +5.450
4th. Martin Maes: 8:23.805 / +5.645
5th. Mirco Vendemmia: 8:24.157 / +5.997



Stage 3

1st. Slawomir Lukasik: 13:50.008
2nd. Charlie Murray: 13:51.695 / +1.687
3rd. Jesse Melamed: 13:54.143 / +4.135
4th. Mirco Vendemmia: 13:57.195 / +7.187
5th. Richie Rude: 13:58.530 / +8.522
Stage 4 (5)

1st. Richie Rude: 4:29.095
2nd. Martin Maes: 4:35.850 / +6.755
3rd. Charlie Murray: 4:36.900 / +7.805
4th. Greg Callaghan: 4:39.890 / +10.795
5th. Jesse Melamed: 4:40.783 / +11.688



Full Results


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Overall Standings


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212 Comments
  • 449 2
 Welcome everyone to another exciting year of watching spreadsheets
  • 17 0
 i'm wondering (genuine question since i only started with mtb at the end of 2019), was there ever a way to watch enduro? or why was it so popular in the first place?
  • 83 6
 @waldo-jpg: it used to be two day format and a f*ckload of climbing. And venues would change every year including places like Chille, Columbia... Now it is just stage dh racing, alot of shuttling and venues don't change and mostly stick to bike parks.
  • 110 0
 @waldo-jpg: There was never a way to watch it live in the way you can downhill but there used to be a lot more coverage.
I might be remembering this wrong but when the EWS first started downhill was in a bit of a rut and enduro felt new and exciting . The venues were all places that looked absolutely amazing to ride and genuinely bucket list stuff . The videos and photos that came from Chile and Argentina looked out of this world . It also led into fairly big leaps in bike development which if you were a bike geek was great.
I think most races had a slightly different format as well at the start which for me kept it interesting and it genuinely was a world series with races all over.
I suppose you could say if you were being generous that in an effort to grow the sport they've forgotten what made it good in the first place , if you're not being generous you could say that after ESO took over the downhill they stopped caring.
The fact that this page on this website is the best place to follow a world level event tells you everything really .
  • 15 3
 chill a report will arrive 2 days later... what a deal in 2024!
  • 13 0
 @waldo-jpg: there used to be nice recap videos too
  • 12 0
 @moonsaballoon: Some said that Enduro racing was for retired DH racers (ACC, Nico Vouilloz etc) but it also served as a refuge for 4X races whose WC series burnt down. As for the exposure, I actually felt that the lack of centralized broadcasts added to the sense of adventure at the time. Top athletes travel the world to race and they all return with their own stories as the results come in. Some appreciate immediacy of information but I'm old and cool with not knowing everything straight away.
  • 2 0
 so, same as downhill then? sweet.
  • 7 3
 @moonsaballoon: That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the answer. None of the current venues are interesting to me and racing in chile or argentina seems a lot more interesting than Finale or Leogang
  • 25 4
 @waldo-jpg: There was more coverage, and the venues were exciting each year.

UCI has decided that bike parks are good enough venues, and a single half hearted 20 minute recap video is good enough to cover a multi-stage race.

Hell, the best coverage we're getting is from a few racers who are doing it to help their social media presence.

EWS went from a self-run event, full of people who were focused on making it the best it could be, to a 3rd tier UCI event that they could care less about. The difference between the two has been stark.
  • 17 0
 @waldo-jpg: I started following "seriously" (as if there's anything serious about watching other people doing sports...) in 2017/18 and felt things were markedly different back then. There was an enormous influx of bike checks, interviews, race course previews, etc etc, both video and photo before each race. GCN used to send their reporters sometimes even to race the event. New school enduro bikes were being released every month almost. The hype was real.
  • 9 0
 @waldo-jpg: I think it's popular because it's the format which is closest to what weekend riders do - ride up with a group of friends then barrel down. Unfortunately nobody has ever broadcast it in a way which would take it to the next level.
  • 16 0
 @jayacheess: Repeat after me... the UCI do not run the UCI MTB World Series. Warner Brothers Discovery. And even more shocking, Chris Ball is the boss. Yes the same Chris Ball who founded and ran the EWS with Enrico and Darren etc..
  • 11 2
 @MrNally: you are not the same when you sold your soul...
  • 1 0
 @jayacheess: The current races are in y the same people who have run every single one since the EWS was created.
  • 4 0
 @waldo-jpg: Red Bull did a great job of capturing it through the eyes of the racers with the series, “On Track”.
www.redbull.com/int-en/shows/on-track
I miss that type of coverage. The episodes took a week or two to put together after each round, but I found them to be worth the wait.
  • 5 1
 Did you know there's an excel world championships?
  • 4 0
 @malca: EWS. European World Series. The venues used to be way cooler. Back then it was perfectly acceptable to watch the spreadsheet and wait 4 days for a 22 minute highlight video. They move to mostly bike parks in Europe and still no coverage.
  • 4 0
 @waldo-jpg: It's super fun to race and has appeal to most gravity riders. It's always sucked to watch but the articles leading up to and after the race used to be awesome.
  • 21 0
 @waldo-jpg: there was course preview with Chris Ball and recap 24 hours after the race with a lot of footage and racer interviews. There was also Red Bull's On Track series (which reminds me of F1 Drive to survive) with insight into the racing season and more rider interviews.
Now we get 25 minutes of Ric mumbling into the camera, a select few riders who might or might not be successful at racing and that's it.
I remember when Ric came to the team to do course previews and media and I thought: what a complete Joey. And now he runs all media. Shitshow.
  • 7 0
 @marincelo: good summary
  • 4 0
 The clicks Pinkbike and Vital get from views of the results are the only profitable parts of this venture.
  • 6 1
 @waldo-jpg: They used to do a better job of telling the stories of the races in the recaps and showing clips of up and coming ridders back when the recaps were done by pinkbike. Like others have said the lack of venue change and getting sidelined by DH has hurt enduro a lot (the garbage coverage now doesn't help either)
  • 4 3
 @jray152: Perhaps youve heard of the world series baseball that is only held in 1 country
  • 1 0
 @Dogl0rd: looking at the Whoop UCI youtube, there is now about 7 videos for Enduro, about an hours worth.

Having a look at the race coverage one, I thought Josh Carlson wasn't bad.
I've never tried to look at live timings, i think that's always been terrible.
  • 1 0
 @rscreen: How are live timings "terrible"?
  • 62 2
 Bex Bostona posted on her story that the UCI has some answering to do. Transfer times were evidently extremely tight, forcing riders to treat them like “an xc race.” Evidently riders had petitioned to increase the transfer times after practicing and were denied. Amy Morrison dropped out after stage 3 because she was too tired to continue and race safely. And someone crashed and got hurt badly on Stage 4. So not a great start to the EDR season.
  • 7 0
 Bex Baroana... stupid phone autocorrect.
  • 2 36
flag PauRexs FL (May 11, 2024 at 12:18) (Below Threshold)
 Well this UCI MFs is an holocaust!
  • 6 4
 Might explain my question about Charlie not riding an Enduro for the Enduro
  • 6 3
 UCI is absolutely useless. Why oh why did we do this to Enduro?
  • 57 20
 Sounds like what Enduro should be, no? A test of endurance on and off the timed stages?
  • 5 0
 @Blownoutrides: he rode stumpy evo last season too
  • 1 18
flag piast9 (May 11, 2024 at 12:56) (Below Threshold)
 @Hogfly: Bex Baraona what? She did not crash, timing shows she's finished the race.
  • 8 0
 @piast9: I didn’t say she crashed. She posted that transition times were too short and people had to drop in exhausted leading to unsafe riding.

But someone else crashed on 4 bad enough that they didn’t get to race it. Whether it was a result of exhaustion or not, its an unfortunate coincidence when people are saying transfer times were too short.
  • 19 0
 @MrNally: I mean…. Maybe. There’s challenging liaison times that require steady pedaling and heavy pedaling if you have to stop to fix a bike and makeup time. And there’s ridiculously short times that are unrealistic and unfun. According to Bex, there was no time to stop and pee. Richie also mentioned in his post race interview with Sven that it was a “challenging” day.
  • 36 41
flag derekbnorakim FL (May 11, 2024 at 15:02) (Below Threshold)
 @Hogfly: I mean, if I finished 21st place after asking to be paid 150k and no team wanting to pick me up, I’d have tons of excuses too.
  • 12 29
flag chrismac70 FL (May 11, 2024 at 15:42) (Below Threshold)
 They are supposed to be tight. The idea is they don’t have time to go for breaks but ride all day.
  • 18 0
 Sounds good for Hattie Harnden - she is a multi-discipline racer and UK XC champ and has a top 5 in an elite DH I believe.
  • 20 39
flag h8terbike999 (May 11, 2024 at 17:25) (Below Threshold)
 Perhaps Bex shouldn’t be participating in an elite enduro competition if her fitness isn’t up to the task. Just feels like a pile on with all the criticism of the UCI, pedal harder if you feel the liaisons are too short
  • 7 13
flag jenksy FL (May 11, 2024 at 19:16) (Below Threshold)
 This is pro racing!
  • 21 1
 Moi Moi’s latest video also mentions this. Riders getting heat stroke due to the liaisons being too tight…
  • 1 0
 @Hogfly: There was a crash at the Tweed Valley round last year (Kasper Wooley, from memory) that led to a red flag and them dropping a stage. It can happen anywhere.
  • 7 5
 @CleanZine: Right. Hence my qualifying statement of “whether it was a result of exhaustion or not, it’s an unfortunate coincidence.” So exhaustion might not have caused it, but if liaison times were truly too tight, leading to rider’s feeling unsafe to race (Amy Morrison dropped out after stage 3 saying she was too exhausted to race safely), then it opens the organizers up to accusations of being to blame for the crash whether the crash was caused by exhaustion or not.

Similar to adding a 3rd “race” with the semi final format in DH. Whether it actually caused more crashes and injuries or not, people will speculate that it did.
  • 45 2
 @MrNally: that’s not enduro. Racing the climbs is a different sport. Climbs should have time limits to keep the event moving. But the reason enduro got popular is the fact you could race a stage hard and enjoy your fellow racer’s company on the way up. It was big fun days on the bike self supported. Ie mtbing
  • 6 33
flag cashew (May 12, 2024 at 8:58) (Below Threshold)
 @yabbaDABdo: it's called "enduro" from "endurance". If climbing is too hard for some athletes, they should consider racing DH
  • 31 1
 @cashew: right. For endurance. Not “race up the climb as fast as you can or get a penalty.” That’s not endurance. That is cross country.
  • 12 34
flag h8terbike999 (May 12, 2024 at 9:16) (Below Threshold)
 @Hogfly: nobody wants to take any responsibility for themselves, race too hard, blame the organizer….no wonder bex isn’t on a team, sounds like she’s too dramatic
  • 10 2
 @MrNally: when so many of the best in the world can't make it, it's too tight. Also, you need to have some recovery to charge down the stages safely. It's still a huge day even if they had unlimited time to transfer
  • 6 0
 @chrismac70: how many Enduros have you raced? I'm guessing none, and definitely none on a hill that has more than 400ft of verty
  • 5 0
 @h8terbike999: as racers said there were people not able to be in time on start even straight from shuttle
  • 1 9
flag h8terbike999 (May 12, 2024 at 13:00) (Below Threshold)
 @bok-CZ: how come there was such a tight spread in the men’s race then? They seemed to be able to pedal to get there
  • 21 1
 Also Bex herself just today continued about this on Insta, mentioning how good it feels to be able to speak about these issues more openly - without a big team and sponsors she's less obligated to keep up appearances and not cause bad blood between them and UCI. So even if a lot of other riders - regardless of gender - aren't talking about this the same way it doesn't mean the issue isn't real.
  • 7 21
flag h8terbike999 (May 12, 2024 at 13:04) (Below Threshold)
 @donimo: hope she enjoys being a privateer then, what team wants that mess
  • 4 22
flag kingdick FL (May 12, 2024 at 13:20) (Below Threshold)
 @ksilvey10: I’ve had a go at a few of these ews jobs and In ireland things were very tight and quite a few people around me didn’t make cut offs due to punctures and other things, but in What other sports can you fix a mechanical and still be in with a shot at doing well and if they had time to post videos complaining about it they should stop wasting time and energy complaining and get on with the job in hand ! If I told my boss I didn’t have time to finish the job in hand he’d tell me to suck it up and get it done

They only work 6 weekends of the year
  • 24 1
 Mechanicals are one thing. Not having enough time for eating or peeing when you spend half a day on the bike is another. It's also weird people are pointing at Bex, saying she shouldn't do it if she's not fit enough, when she's been doing this for a good while and points out clearly something was different with this particular race than has been before.
  • 14 0
 Kasper and Texy both mentioned it on MoiMoi tv at the end, saying very hard day, liaisons tight, riders struggling and racing stages potentially dangerously tired. It's not just Bex
  • 4 20
flag h8terbike999 (May 12, 2024 at 21:51) (Below Threshold)
 @catweasel: why can’t pro athletes be challenged? Maybe pickleball is more their sport
  • 14 5
 Loving the rampant sexism here. Way to go. ❤️‍
  • 5 12
flag h8terbike999 (May 12, 2024 at 22:42) (Below Threshold)
 @kornbrot: I don’t see Hattie complaining
  • 6 1
 Yep,with the rule book in hand 60% of the field was out of time but magically nobody was out of the race. This race was a disaster 100%,for being a top level race is a huge joke.
  • 5 2
 @kingdick: @kingdick: yes I am sure they sit on the couch the other 48 weeks of the year. They train for Enduro, which isn't "sprint UP and down" and then got hit with way tighter liasons than normal. It would be a pro soccer team showing up for a match and now it's 50% longer (but with no warning), in the heat and they run out of water. How many enduros have you raced?
  • 1 6
flag kingdick FL (May 13, 2024 at 9:01) (Below Threshold)
 @ksilvey10: there is no set time for race days for enduro you clown . Every single event is different I’ve done 24 enduro races www.rootsandrain.com/rider73135/oliver-rushton/results
  • 2 8
flag h8terbike999 (May 13, 2024 at 10:25) (Below Threshold)
 @ksilvey10: golf may be more their speed then
  • 1 0
 @kingdick: you ever miss your liason times?
  • 5 0
 @h8terbike999: @h8terbike999: I get that trolling is your schtick, but the last place person in this race is fitter than 99.9% of riders out there.
  • 3 0
 @kingdick: there is an expectation of how hard they are going to have to ride the transitions, and all-out has NEVER been it. there has always been time for recovery and repairs. way to miss the point smart guy
  • 1 5
flag kingdick FL (May 13, 2024 at 11:03) (Below Threshold)
 @ksilvey10: never missed one no ! Because I spent my own money going racing on a bike I paid for and to miss a stage start would mean I had failed !
  • 3 0
 @kingdick: I guess you're just in better shape and want it more than the professionals ‍♂️
  • 1 0
 @kingdick: I also don't know why my phone put the shrug emoji as a male symbol
  • 1 0
 @cashew: Would you say that to their faces? No? Didn't think so.
Maybe show a little respect to the racers, how about that.
  • 4 0
 @kingdick: username checks out...
  • 1 0
 Commenters gonna comment
  • 3 3
 Maybe Bex Baraona should spend a bit more time training instead of complaining in social media.
Just out of curiosity I've checked several riders who used a power meter during the race and the power output in the climbs was piss easy.
All of them were doing less than 3 w/kg in the most sustained climb of the day, around 390m vertical back to Base Nato, and around 2 w/kg on the rest of the more mellow climbs.
None of the athletes I've checked had a fast time in any of the climbs.
For a professional athlete, who can spend 20+ hrs per week training it feels unreal that they are complaining about having to put 3 w/kg to make the cut, which is basically peanuts.
  • 1 0
 @dick-pound: Care to post a link to your data?
  • 2 0
 @jayacheess: You can check Jesse Melamed, Remi Gauvin, Slawomir Lukasic and Greg Callahan. They were all using power meters on the race and have a public Strava profile.
The highest avg. power on the "hardest" climb was around 210 watts. Besides Jesse who is probably 1 or 2 kg below 70, the rest are at +75kg and that power output is really low.
I've checked also the female athletes but Morgane didn't upload her ride yet and Isabeau is private but I can assure you that it not as tight for a liaison.
I actually though EWS/EDR were way tougher and required a lot of training for the liaisons....I was wrong.
  • 3 0
 @dick-pound: In principle you're not wrong, these guys are in good shape and that's not a crazy wattage.
I think it's important to factor in that in between the climbs, the riders are smashing out 8-15 minute long max effort race stages. Sounded like they were notably more physical this year too. Once you add in the heat as well, sitting at around 3 W/kg for the rest of the day isn't going to be as easy as it sounds.
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 @dick-pound: Know some riders who actually did manage to finish the race. The problem was from the finish of the 2nd stage to the start of the 3rd. Only 30 something riders got in time in his category,the rest were out. One rider only had 30 seconds to spare at the start of the stage,being cooked to start an EWS stage. Many many riders started the stage late,but the schedule was poorly calculated or just to tight,so UCI decided not to penalized those riders cos only a few had manage to do it in time.
I know that those riders can make circles around any ebike in the climbs,crazy fit and simply told that 1 pedal more was impossible. It was a very hard day,hot&humid with 0 time to rest for those who made it in time.
It is possible some of those riders you are talking about were out of time too,but who knows cos it was a disaster.
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 @homerjm: oh yeah?! Well I say the transition times should have been 5 minutes shorter for these lazy bums!! Because... Power meters!
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 @homerjm: If you look at the power numbers for the stage 3 climb, they are really low. They were doing 140 to 160 watts. For heavy riders as the ones I mentioned previously, that's just barely rotating the cranks.
My only assumption is that they either knew they were not hitting the time or had time to spare. I can't tell as I wasn't there but as an overall, I would assume that if athletes were complaining that they were having to do massive efforts, the data is not backing those claims.
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 @dick-pound: go do a huge climb on a hot day, then go 100% effort for 5 minutes, then go do that huge climb again in the heat, knowing you have to go flat-out again for about 9 minutes, then go do an even bigger climb after than, knowing you're going to have to go flat-out again for 15 minutes and let us know how hard you spin those cranks
  • 2 0
 @dick-pound: It is possible the timing problems got worst for the women and u-21 riders. That´s what I know,it came from a u-21 rider words in the top 20 with some top 10 stages. It was a bad organized event with huge problems in the timing. UCI support for the organizers do not cover timing,local organizers make the mistakes.
  • 3 1
 @ksilvey10: What you're saying doesn't represent the conditions of the Finale EDR.
Besides that I love interval training, it's a common routine in my training program so what you're suggesting is actually quite appealing to me.
However, these are not hard climbs, I've done all except the one to stage 3 and I can guarantee they are not long neither hard. Also it wasn't really that hot, roughly around 25˚ over the weekend. Perfect temps to ride.
Yes, the descents were long and physical but even after such efforts putting 3 w/kg is barely rotating the cranks.
We are talking about pro athletes here, not amateurs who work 45 hrs per week, have a family and ride over the weekends during summer time. These are people who get a salary to train all year round, so the fitness level should be high enough to sustain such efforts.
There's a lot of really fit riders in the EDR, don't get me wrong but when some are complaining about the liaisons and then you go check the data, it just doesn't match those claims, those are facts.
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 @dick-pound: Some of the top, fittest guys were saying it was tight.

Frankly, going 4 w/kg is potentially pushing the envelope over the course of a 6 hour day with 2500 metres of climbing for athletes that are primarily sprint focused. It's not that they're not capable, but you're turning a liaison - especially toward the end of the race - into something a bit more endurance focused than is intended. The 'endurance' part of enduro is related to pushing hard in multiple downhill stages that include sprint climbs.

If they've got to deal with food and maintenance in between stages, and for the last 5+ years of EWS they've had a certain expectation for how rushed a liaison is, then why are they suddenly changing that?
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 so basically a bunch of pro riders who faced the event (some who are very high in the rankings) said both on social media and the official round up video that the liaisons were (too) tight.
Some guy at home read some power meter data on strava and says they weren't.....
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 @catweasel: Now you're getting it! "Data" tells all! It's also interesting that I know several people who have been to Ligure and they all say the climbs are long and steep and brutal, but dick says they are easy (even though the pros say it's hard)
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 @ksilvey10: Well, maybe your friends should train more. Finale is a regular destination for me, I've been going there for over 20 years and I can assure you that's not the case.
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 @catweasel: Pro riders said it was a tough day. The stages were long and required a lot more pedalling than other locations but that's classic Finale Ligure. Few said the liaisons were tight and those I can only believe are those riders who don't train enough or are most probably used to riding e-bikes the whole off season instead of building a big volume base and aerobic capacity.
Unfortunately that's also what they have been used to due to the low level of fitness Enduro required now that it's mostly bike park based.
Also, if you've ever been to Finale you'd know the proper DH runs can be counted with the fingers of one hand, the rest of the stages require to put a lot of pedal strokes here an there with a lot of accelerations and small climb sprints to maintain speed, it's no news.
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 @dick-pound: yeah I bet all enduro pros training involve ebikes and many many bike park laps hehehe. Our local playground had climbs you can do faster walking and those kids run forever doing laps in their race bikes.
Sometimes they have the luxury of uplift car. In 30 km of riding you are over 3000+ meters of climb.
This is no road race with magic sauce people everywhere beating times like in the early 2000,
I love ridding bikes but hate ridding at my physical limit in my enduro bike,one thing is doing fast laps in over a weekend with your friends,other thing is going on your limit for 30 o 40 minutes in a race,all by your own.
Maybe you can do better,just try next Finale race and we (all) can see your data and compare.
  • 51 0
 Tarmo! The true winner in our hearts.
  • 13 0
 Yeah, Tarmo breaking into the top 10! So good to see him thriving.
  • 4 0
 It was so good to see him get a team for this season and now see the good results.
  • 8 0
 It’s funny cuz I’ve seen Orbea dropped that person they picked after one year. Is that kinda like admitting they made the wrong decision?
  • 22 1
 @birdsandtrees: Orbea ruined the PB Academy series with their heavy handed production oversight in the 3rd season. It's too bad PB couldn't find a primary sponsor that gave their production team a bit more freedom.
  • 4 0
 Tarrrrmoooo!
  • 3 0
 One might even say, he's the full package.
  • 45 1
 Great result for Greg Callaghan to get 7th. First EDR as a privateer and also one of his best results in a while if I'm not mistaken.
  • 13 0
 I was thinking the same thing! Really cool to see Greg’s program this year and how well he’s done. His video from the Epic Enduro was awesome as well.
  • 15 0
 I just came down to make the same comment. Long may the good results continue.
  • 4 1
 Great result for him. Long may it continue!
  • 34 0
 The live show element of enduro needed work last year, but at least the timing website was actually good (and easy to use) by the end of last season.
Why on Earth have they decided to swap to this second rate UCI results sheet system?
Now:
- You can’t search for individual riders by name
- it’s literally unusable on mobile
- it’s not even up to date

This is an embarrassing way to treat riders who are putting so much work into pushing this sport forward. What a shame…
  • 6 1
 Yeah this timing site is in 2024 is not acceptable. They clearly do not have an integration with their timing system, it looks like someone is filling this results manually every 15 minutes or so
  • 6 0
 It's actually upsetting. Experience trying to even monitor updates on an iPhone is really poor
  • 2 0
 @johnny2shoes: I just can’t understand why they’ve changed it. It worked fine last season
  • 2 0
 Last year live timing had issues as well. It did not work if the language in your browser was set to something else than English, if you watched any other page of the results than first one it jumped to the first if there was any update and so on. But at least it was LIVE timing, not each-fifteen-minutes timing. And was on-line for the most cases. I like the looks of this years system though. You can search names using the search in page function that any browser has.
  • 2 0
 They changed the timing system/provider this year, so it might be due to that.
  • 26 1
 This race could have been an excel document
  • 2 1
 That would have a lot of geek appeal.
  • 6 0
 Excel already has a world cup though.
  • 16 0
 We like that sheet. Subscribe to that sheet.
  • 5 0
 @j-t-g: I bet it has macro appeal
  • 27 6
 Whinge whinge.
Anyone here try to follow WRC rally?
They've probably got a budget running into hundred of millions each round and it's only twice as good.
The truth is its not dhi, and you can't have live feeds that are interesting. The only way is to spin a story about riders in the lead up, then publish a short highlights reel narrating the event.
The results stream seemed more reliable than last year aswell
  • 24 7
 No sorry your sensible, measured reasoning is not justified, everyone on here wants to complain and comments like this are not helping.

We the public want coverage of the best and we don’t want to pay for it!
  • 7 7
 Come on you must be new here.. pb commentators don’t like facts or reality to get in the way of a good rant from thier soap boxes
  • 6 0
 If they did a good job with the videos that show up 24-48 hours after the race people would not be so upset. The stuff last year was a freaking joke compared to previous years. It would also be really simple to require the top 25 racers to run a camera on each stage. They could then cut that footage into their on course cameras. Hard editing for sure, but this is a pretty decent sized market as well.
  • 5 0
 @salespunk: Agreed !! Just a couple of years ago it was orders of magnitude better. That is the whole point.
The supposedly bigger backing by Warner Bros, ESO, etc. actually made it worse. Same would have been OK, but it has gone for shit instead…
  • 2 0
 This.

The sport is way too small to warrant WRC-esque coverage. It's expensive and there will never be enough money in it to make something like that happen.

I get it that the riders are very talented and "deserve" more. But the reality is that MTB Enduro is a flawed concept as a pro sport when we add the realities to the equation.
  • 2 0
 @Motofinne: It doesn't have to be exactly WRC coverage. It just needs to follow some of their ideas. Like more POV coverage, and longer form videos using that coverage.
  • 3 0
 People here have no idea about how much of a logistics and expense nightmare it is to cover an event/race like a DH world cup let alone an Enduro event. Getting footage from the different stages from non-repetitive POVs is almost impossible without employing an army of videographers with expensive kit which makes producing a good highlights package very difficult no matter how good the editor is. And here we are complaining about something we’re not even paying for
  • 7 0
 @jayacheess: From 2015-2017 the EWS did an amazing job of creating different highlights packages for each race complete with interviews and some semblance of a narrative that lets us follow a selection of riders throughout the event. Sadly, these were not replicated since.
  • 2 1
 @almacigatrailrider: Yeah, just look at fort william, theres a reason why the all mighty red bull didnt show the top part of the track that much and people are showing zero credit in their circle jerk for WB showing it this year. Try to do that 5-7 times in a enduro race.
  • 2 0
 @almacigatrailrider: exactly. All the anti whinge wrc lot forget that this was actually done before - proving them wrong
  • 16 0
 They used to use SI Timing who had been with them since the beginning and had the whole thing down to a fine art (and it really is very, very hard)
I personally was responsible for the live timing and all the struggles that came with it.
They hey have swapped to the single supplier (chronorace) who are absolutely brilliant however; the issues in timing are normally network problems and as a new provider will not be aware or know the people.

I’m sad that it is like it is, it can only improve, but enduro definitely deserves more.
  • 1 0
 yep timing was a huge mess. Some riders got his legs destroyed by stupid short time between stages. More than 60% of the field did not get in time to the start line.
Some riders work their ass to get in time just for free,then nobody was penalized or out of time in the race.
It is the worst situation in a race,timing being not reliable/huge mess. Riders work really hard to go to a race at this level,they deserve a flawless event.
  • 20 6
 Would be great if we could do without these time difference diagrams…absolutely no added value, just annoying to scroll past them.
  • 14 2
 Sad day for enduro racing when the "premier race series" gets little to no publicity or coverage..
  • 9 0
 Dear Ed Spratt.
I am very interested, are you there on site, or are you doing all this from Canada?
Does PB send people to be at the races??
Cause there's a dire need of information from there, like why someone had a slow time on a stage, or who crashed or had a mechanical. I'm fully aware that there's lots of terrain to cover, and it's not possible to interview everyone after every stage, I know that. But there are many people there spectating, who know each other, so maybe it would be possible to create an information network between them. Everybody would benefit from that, the media, the teams and fans.
The dry data of who placed where is just ... I mean I am glad we get that, but... it's just not enough.
  • 34 1
 For the enduro races, I'm always covering them from home in the UK. I try to gather as much information about the stages as possible from results and social media, but it can be pretty tough to make it detailed. We do send people to the races, we have Dave Trumpore taking photos at the event for us this weekend. Given the ongoing issues with the live timing system, we are considering our options for continuing live results from EDR races. Potentially we may switch to a more detailed results report published once the final stage results are in so we can make it more interesting and in-depth.
  • 12 1
 @edspratt: The major news page for this
discipline not having a reporter on site unfortunately says a lot about the series‘ development. From the next big thing to a marginalized event…
  • 2 0
 Didn't PB used to have people onsite? Pretty sure they did?
  • 2 0
 @cru-jones: You are right !!
  • 2 0
 @salespunk: I think Christina Chappetta started at Pinkbike to do exactly this. But she went as both a racer and reporter. Good for in depth coverage, and good work from CC to be both good enough to be both a competitive racer and engaging presenter.
  • 11 1
 Easy to tell in the comments who has raced Enduro and who hasn't when it comes to this liason time issue. Keep in mind, in XC, they recover on the downhills. In Enduro, they go to zone 5 and stay there on the downhills.
  • 11 0
 Anyone knows who crashed so hard on stage 4, that the whole stage got cancelled?
Is he/she allright?...
  • 16 0
 This question proofs how unbelievably bad the race coverage is
  • 7 5
 @kage17: Why/How? Maybe the rider is seriously hurt and the organisers wish to inform family before blurting it all over social media?
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 @MrNally: That's not the point. Viewers are important for sponsors and therefore also important for athletes. Enduro guys deserve to get time on screen as well as dh and XC guys do.
If someone crashes drying a live stream, all viewers will know. That doesn't mean they should give detailed personal information on injuries and families.
  • 7 0
 Some small Sherlocking of mine says it was one of two riders who must have had the bad crash:
It happened after Kasper Wooleys run, so must have been a top 50 rider. There are four top 50 riders who DNFed after stage 3. Alex Storr was out because of heat stroke, Connor Fearon at least posted something on Insta today. Thst leaves Adrien Dailly and Nathan Secondi.
Can't find out any more than that through the internet right now.
  • 4 0
 @Nenoflow: I'm the Watson to your Sherlock! It was Adrien. Lapierre posted he had a big crash on Stage 3. Didn't give an update on him/his condition though.
  • 4 0
 @CleanZine:
Thanks for the heads up Big Grin

Adrien just posted that he had a concussion this winter, crashed on stage 3 and felt some symptoms on the transfer to stage 4. So thst rules him put for a stage 4 crash and only leaves Nathan Secondi.
Can't find a team/team account for him so can't find any updates on him.
  • 2 0
 @Nenoflow: The highlights seem to imply it was an Under 21, weirdly!
  • 1 0
 @CleanZine:
Correct, just saw it too. Does not fit to what Kasper said, but maybe there will be some kind of update on this soon from some source
  • 1 0
 @CleanZine: there are two U21 riders who made the previous stages but did not finished
  • 11 2
 Just saw Ric walking along the street in Innerleithen, so I’m guessing producing content isn’t high on the priority list for ESO
  • 9 1
 Getting some cider maybe
  • 38 6
 Hopefully job searching.
  • 9 2
 Honest question, was this race too hard? From the map i see its no mini dh stage race and having a propper 15 min stage sounds like enduro to me.

So now seeing loads of women falling out because they didn't make the transfer, bex openly blaming UCI, noga not making the cut ( at least blaming herself)

So far havent seen any complaint from the man category but could be they just to shy.
  • 2 1
 Does anyone know if women and men have the same transfer times? Obviously women need more time or they have to push a lot harder than the men.
  • 1 0
 @ClaraA: All classes have the same times
  • 5 0
 @Ireland2017: thats a poor showing from the organisers then. we can quite clearly see from the XC world cups that the best women in the world are riding 5/6th or 6/7th of the best men. Cut off times for enduro should be proportional as well otherwise the women are having an entirely different race experience.
  • 9 1
 This is the quality coverage we’ve all been asking for.

www.instagram.com/reel/C60zAs_s9Gz/?igsh=MXQwbjVnaDBtdTlsYg=

I’m embarrassed for them.
  • 6 0
 WTF!!?... seriously they are taking the piss out of us... do you need more proof?
  • 5 0
 @PauRexs: saw this, what a travesty
  • 4 0
 Whaaaat? Haha...UCI welcome to year 2024
  • 3 0
 What was the score with this? Looks like it's been taken down?
  • 1 1
 @GrandMasterOrge: It was a horribly poor quality video bit shot with a phone. They jokingly apologised about this in the following video, saying they'd decided to scrap the Nokia 3310 used for that and switched to a trusty iPhone instead. They first had a short live feed going on, I think the first video may have been a clip from that at least in part causing the quality issues. Yeah sure it looked like shit, but I'd say trying to shoot some social media clips during the race when there's nothing else available can really be criticized as the worst thing ever.
  • 10 0
 Łukasik FTW!
He was training there all the winter Wink
  • 4 0
 He's on fire, I believe these two are pushing each other pretty hard
  • 6 0
 Nooooo! He must have crashed or had a puncture on the last stage... +0:28.756.
  • 5 0
 @piast9: puncture in the middle of stage
  • 6 0
 Sweet to see Alden Pate and JT Fisher up there in the results after 3 stages. US racing has really taken a step forward in all disciplines in the last couple of years.
  • 8 1
 I can't take another year of this nonsense. I might actually have to stop following. EWS was great. This shit ain't it.
  • 6 0
 And official live timing is dead. Wonderfull. Last week the whole uciworldseries site was down.
  • 1 0
 No surprise really...
  • 7 1
 Not even reliable live timing...
  • 4 1
 3pm still waiting for stage 2 results.. what a crap!
  • 7 1
 Televise the last stage and have Rob do the commentary Smile
  • 7 0
 Go on the Greg!
  • 5 0
 Yes Charles!!! Great effort.
  • 4 0
 Stage 4, what happened? Anyone?
  • 4 0
 They say there was a crash. But it must have happened ages ago and there is still no update. I hope that whoever did crash is ok.
No new times on stage 5 as well. It looks like if the riders were stuck on the start gate of the stage that was cancelled.
EDIT:
Oh, results on stage 5 have just started moving again as we speak.
  • 4 2
 Someone explain why the incredibly popular, ahead of its time, BOTY winning Enduro isn’t even ridden by Specialized’s own team?
  • 5 0
 Charlie Murray said on IG he preferred the more nimble and agile bike for the tight European tracks. He did some timed testing on his YouTube and preferred the evo over the enduro.

The enduro also doesn’t have a UDH for transmission and the spesh team is sponsored by Sean.
  • 27 1
 *sponsored by Sram, but maybe there’s a guy called Sean who does the sponsoring.
  • 3 0
 The Specialized Enduro is a nice bike park bike.
  • 7 0
 @Upduro: SEAN WHERE IS MY NEW TRANSMISSION SETUP??
  • 1 1
 @nozes: this. I ride a Stumpy Evo for trail and enduro themed rides. So much of enduro timing is the flats and punchy uphills. If one put on a Cascade link and a 170mm 38 then they’ve got a worthy ride.

The enduro is a super fun bike, and it’s no problem to climb on. But it’s not as sharp. It really feels like a DH bike in disguise. In a good way. On the surface it seems like a silly 2 bike quiver, but the price was right and it covers all my wants.
  • 1 0
 With stages increasingly having big pedal sections it makes sense not to mention tight liasion times. You will make more time in those sections on a stumpy than you would lose on rough sections that an Enduro might be better suited to. Pretty sure he might strongly consider the enduro for somewhere like Whistler.
  • 3 1
 According to Charlie Murray, long story short, the Enduro is too long and slack and DH-focused for its own good.
  • 2 0
 Enjoy the overview stage map while it lasts, I’ve been told by uci that next year we have to draw our own one by hand
  • 1 0
 I tried to watch the replay on Max (in the US), but it’s not there like the downhill and XC races have been. No enduro? It doesn’t say that on the “where to watch” page. Why does this have to be so hard?
  • 5 0
 The replay of… what? There is nothing to watch.
  • 1 0
 Yeah there should be a recap coming today (or Monday, depending on the source) on the UCI MTB YouTube channel, but that's it. Like pisgahgnar said, there can't be a replay of something that hasn't happened in the first place.
  • 2 0
 Honestly. Its pretty crap. Limited entries. Hype is now less. Competition spread out. The minute the uphills decide results than its not really Gravity racing anymore.
  • 4 0
 Tarmooo! Näytä niille!
  • 2 0
 RUDE BOI!
  • 3 1
 Who is the guy that took this over, former UCI guy, Scottish guy...seems to be doing an excellent job.
  • 1 0
 Who are you talking about?
  • 2 1
 Why even bother. When I first got into the EWS it was from the red bull show ON TRACK. that was 8285859x better than this mess.
  • 1 0
 On Track was amazing
  • 7 7
 Such a shame that the pink bike comments are the laughing stock of the mountainbike world. Is it the name that attracts all the negativity? Dunno but it sure is a haven for negative people
  • 1 0
 This is so completely un entertaining now! It’s almost confusing how such a good thing could get so ruined. What happened?!
  • 3 0
 Go Tarppe!
  • 4 2
 If PB wasn’t already losing my interest, there’s this…
  • 4 2
 100100101101101011101!!
  • 2 0
 Stats making me sleepy
  • 1 0
 Chaz muzzzaaaa. Rooting for you!
  • 1 0
 Tarppeeeeeeeeeeeee
  • 1 0
 Rude defending hard
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