Hoedown Throwdown: Race Day 2 - EWS Aspen 2017

Jul 31, 2017
by Dave Trumpore  



It wasn't just the lack of oxygen in the lungs that became a deciding factor in Aspen this weekend, it would also be the lack of that same thin air in tires that would create the most drama.

Richie Rude came into the second day of racing with a comfortable lead, and the confidence that he was certainly the fastest man in Aspen. Unfortunately, that would all come undone in less than a minute into the first stage of the day. A cut tire sidewall would literally deflate his chances of winning, and all of a sudden the race was blown wide open. Jared Graves looked to capitalize and at one point was within fractions of Sam Hill and the race lead, but Sam kept his cool and would steadily pull away from the pack as the day went on. A late charge from Martin Maes would see him overtake Graves by a spot for second, pushing last year's winner back to third when all was said and done.

In the Women's race, Cecile Ravanel stayed out front all day while the drama played out behind her. Casey Brown, Isabeau Courdurier, Anita Gehrig and Katy Winton were all in contention for remaining podium spots and would battle it out right to the very end. Isabeau was able to pull out a comfortable gap for second, with Casey rounding out the podium by the slimmest of margins.

In the overall, Cecile has it all but locked up while in the men's round we have a renewed battle on our hands and a new series leader. As Adrien Daily and Greg Callaghan struggled, Sam Hill chose the perfect time to turn things up a notch and put it to his closest rivals. And with two rounds to go the fight between Sam and Adrien is going to be too close to call until the season comes to a close in Finale Ligure.

What a thing to wake up to clear skies on race day at the EWS this season
What a thing to wake up to, clear skies on race day at the EWS this season!

Take note.
Take note.

Aspens aren t the only trees in Aspen. Every once in a while you ll come across a solitary pine to two.
Aspens aren't the only trees in Aspen. Every once in a while you'll come across a solitary pine or two.

Jesse Melamed pulled back 5 places today racing stages that more suited his style and would finish the day in 5th.
Jesse Melamed pulled back five places today racing stages that more suited his style, and would finish the day in fifth.

Same hill leaving a trial of dust and loam down stage 5.
Sam Hill leaving a trail of dust and loam down stage five.

A lot of people counted Sam Hill out. Never count Sam Hill out.
A lot of people counted Sam Hill out. Never count Sam Hill out.

Anita Gerhig took fourth this weekend edged out of a podium by Casey Brown.
Anita Gehrig took fourth this weekend, edged out of a podium by Casey Brown.

Damien Oton had another solid weekend finishing fourth.
Damien Oton had another solid weekend finishing fourth.

Isabeau had a tight batthe with Casey Brown today but came away with second place in the end.
Isabeau had a tight battle with Casey Brown today but came away with second place in the end.

Cecile Ravanel making it look all too easy once again.
Cecile Ravanel making it look all too easy once again.

Noga Korem would finish and uncharacteristic 7th this weekend.
Noga Korem would finish an uncharacteristic seventh.

13th for Cody Kelley who was loving it is the dry and dusty conditions for a change.
13th for Cody Kelley who was loving the dry and dusty conditions for a change.

Curtis Keene did America proud with a top 10 finish on home turf this weekend.
Curtis Keene did America proud with a top ten finish on home turf.

It s not too often that we see Jerome Clementz finish outside the top 10 but the high seeds and high altitudes just weren t playing to his strengths this round.
It's not too often that we see Jerome Clementz finish outside the top ten, but the high speeds and high altitudes just weren't playing to his strengths this round.

Adrien Dailly had to do damage control this weekend as he was off the pace in 6th and watching his series lead disappear.
Adrien Dailly had to do damage control, as he was off the pace in sixth and watching his series lead disappear.

Killian Callaghan came from behind on day 2 to take the top spot in the U21 category.
Killian Callaghan came from behind on day two to take the top spot in the U21 category.

Yeti s Duncan Nason took second for the U21 men.
Yeti's Duncan Nason took second for the U21 men.

After some bad luck at the last round in Millau Martin Meas came roaring back to take 2nd here in Aspen.
After some bad luck at the last round in Millau, Martin Maes came roaring back to take second here in Aspen.

A sharp rock at the top of the long and physical stage 4 ended what was looking to be a dominating performance by Richie Rude.
A sharp rock at the top of the long and physical stage four ended what was looking to be a dominating performance by Richie Rude.

hit one of these just the wrong way and your hopes of a win will deflate in a hurry. Just ask Richie Rude.
Hit one of these just the wrong way and your hopes of a win will deflate in a hurry. Just ask Richie.

If the racing doesn t go to plan there is always a plan B.
If the racing doesn't go to plan there is always a plan B.

Remi Gauvin bested his preview best result by one spot today to finish in 8th.
Remi Gauvin bested his previous best result by one spot today to finish in eighth.

Remi Gauvin stoked with his best ever EWS finish.
Remi is already getting excited about the next round on his home turf in Whistler.

Anne Galyean was the fastest American woman taking 12th on the weekend.
Anne Galyean was the fastest American woman taking the 12th spot.

Jesse Melamed flying down stage six to take fifth for the weekend.
Jesse Melamed flying down stage six to take fifth.

Cody Kelley had a hell of a weekend finishing 13th for Yeti.
Cody Kelley had a hell of a weekend, finishing 13th for Yeti.

Sam Hill has been itching for this. EWS win number 2 came today as well as the overall.
Sam Hill has been itching for this. EWS win number two came today as well as the overall.

Katy Winton took fifth place this weekend and second for the overall.
Katy Winton took fifth place, and second for the overall.

6th for Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau.
6th for Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau.

Martin Maes held it together today and even managed to pull back a few places to finish the weekend in 2nd overall. Amazingly after 46 minutes of racing he was within 4 seconds of Sam Hill and the win.
Martin Maes held it together today and even managed to pull back a few places to finish the race in second overall. Amazingly, after 46 minutes of racing, he was within four seconds of Sam Hill and the win.

Casey Brown was on a tear this weekend. She took stage four this morning and third for the weekend.
Casey Brown was on a tear. She took stage four and was third overall.

Third place is worth howling about. .
Third place is worth howling about.

Francois Bailly-Maitre loves long and fast enduro stages like the ones in Aspen and today recorded his best results the season in 7th.
Francois Bailly-Maitre loves long and fast enduro stages like the ones in Aspen and today recorded his best result this season with seventh.

Jared Graves was a favorite to win this weekend but luck wasn t on his side. Grave finished third.
Jared Graves was a favorite to win, but luck wasn't on his side. Graves finished third.

Cecile Ravanel plows through the fresh loam and loose rocks on stage 5 en route to another EWS win.
Cecile Ravanel plows through the fresh loam and loose rocks on stage five en route to another EWS win.

Iago Garay drops into the steep and freshly built stage 5.
Iago Garay drops into the steep and freshly built stage five.

Martin Maes took second place today. He s been edging closer and closer to the top step this season.
Martin Maes took second place today. He's been edging closer and closer to the top step this season.

Sam Hill charges to the finish on stage four.
Sam Hill charges to the finish on stage four.

Mckay Venzia pushing through the loam to take 16th place.
Mckay Venzia pushing through the loam to take 16th place.

Florian Nicolai rounded out the exclusive group of top ten men a group that also contained two of his Rocky Mountain teammates.
Florian Nicolai rounded out the exclusive group of top ten men, a group that also contained two of his Rocky Mountain teammates.

Mark Scott pinned through the final technical section of the weekend. The only thing between him and the finish line is a blistering fast final straightaway where rides were hitting speeds in excess of 75kph.
Mark Scott pinned through the final technical section of the race. The only thing between him and the finish line is a blistering fast final straightaway where riders were hitting speeds in excess of 75kph.

Jared Graves lost a time to Martin Maes through the day but with Richie Rudes puncture he was still able to grab the final spot on the podium.
Jared Graves lost time to Martin Maes through the day, but with Richie Rudes' puncture, he was still able to grab the final spot on the podium.

Adrien Dailly had a rough go of it this weekend finishing in sixth place.
Adrien Dailly had a rough go of, finishing in sixth place.

High speeds were attained today. Katy Winton topped out at 68.49 km h on stage 6. Winton also took the win on stage six.
High speeds were attained today. Katy Winton topped out at 68.49 km/h on stage six, along with winning this stage.

Mitch Ropelato finished twenty-second but it should be noted that he had a stage win on three.
Mitch Ropelato finished twenty-second, but it should be noted that he won stage three.

The beer was flowing like wine.
The beer was flowing like wine.

Isabeau Courdurier and Noga Korem rehydrate with some cold beer after a very long and hot weekend of racing in Aspen.
Isabeau Courdurier and Noga Korem rehydrate with some cold beer after a very long and hot weekend of racing in Aspen.

That s another one for Cecile.
That's another one for Cecile.

It turned out to be quite a nice weekend after all. In fact it was a bit on the warm side today. Just made that post race beer all the nicer.
It turned out to be quite nice after all. In fact, it was a bit on the warm side today. Just made that post race beer all the nicer.

EWS Aspen 2017
The fastest three men in Aspen

Cecile Ravanel Isabeau Courdurier and Casey Brown top the Women s podium in Aspen.
Cecile Ravanel, Isabeau Courdurier, and Casey Brown top the Women's podium.

With three riders in the top 10 this weekend Rocky Mountain took the top team honors followed by Ibis and Trek.
With three riders in the top 10 this weekend, Rocky Mountain took the top team honors, followed by Ibis and Trek.



MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries / @davetrumpore / @mdelorme




102 Comments

  • 79 1
 Sam Hill winning. I can't stop grinning. LIterally.
  • 4 0
 Hand guards for the win!!!
  • 30 0
 A wild Barelli appears on the team podium.
  • 2 0
 Partying always helped him to be wild
  • 1 0
 Great, I love pasta! Smile
  • 26 1
 Awesome event. Sam for the Title!
  • 2 0
 Lucky number 13, hey!
  • 20 0
 This is some of the best racing the sport of cycling right now. So many talented riders and the times have gotten so tight. Top 15 riders within 1 minute and the podium spots were separated by less than a second for most of the day. Anyone who would bet against Hill for any round would be crazy and he has to be the favorite for the overall with two rounds to go.
  • 13 2
 Yes it is, I watch it like I used to watch WRC recaps as a 15yr old with Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz or Tommi Makkinen. Yet a bunch of insecure wankers are shreddier than thou and can't stop making lame Enduro jokes, cuz they either shred DH or fucking Trail. Gutted for Richie but so stoked for Sam!
  • 17 1
 I'd like to have a beer with these people that counted Sam out.......
  • 2 0
 I can't see how anyone in their right mind could Count Sam Hill out!! He is freaking awesome..
  • 1 5
flag thenotoriousmic (Jul 31, 2017 at 13:38) (Below Threshold)
 he's not even racing world cups anymore so how do you not count him out? I'm a huge Sam Hill fan I recon he's still got what it takes. Hopefully this win might boost his confidence and we'll see him back racing at the highest level next year.
  • 2 0
 They only drink Kombucha
  • 8 0
 @thenotoriousmic: arguably Enduro is the highest level in a pure riding sense. Sam's obviously having more fun and the results show. I doubt he'll ever go back to WCDH.
  • 12 2
 There's been a lot of morons saying Sam has lost it when he announced quitting DH, since Enduro is supposedly so lame. Same kind of dumb crowd saying that Ratboy is wasting his talent. As if they were living exemplary lives. Hey, If you think that you have some good advice to a world champ then go fk yourself first
  • 7 0
 @WAKIdesigns: bang on. Racing should be fun, riders should have fun. Claiming your show pony is better than the other show pony is comical. This looks like a wicked weekend of racing, the UCI isn't involved, tracks are varied and new.

Everyone talks about DH being the highest level. Level of what? These guys are racing far less maintained tracks, on shorter travel bikes, with far less practice and they have to far more varied in their skillset. Makes it so rad. DH is dying a slow death, two huge stars bailed out because it sucked, BDS is having to cancel rounds due to low registration. DH bike sales falling through the floor.
  • 1 1
 @Nathan6209: it isn't though is it? The best riders and the toughest tracks are all found at the world cups. Enduro riders aren't retiring or stepping back from the EWS and winning world cups are they like sams doing.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: toughest tracks at DH World Cups? You are joking right? Which track is tough these days? Andorra and Val Di Sole. Even MSA gets more and more ironing each year
  • 3 0
 @thenotoriousmic: DH rewards track memorization and pinning it right on the edge so you can hold it together for one, sorta two (if you count qualis) laps. It's very "sterile", and it certainly helps being young and spry. That's why you see riders taking their skills and experience to enduro, and not so much the other way around, IMO.
  • 2 1
 @trialsracer: IMHO DH riders do well in Enduro because skill fades with time slower than fitness. So once you built up a strong skill base and dedicate sht loads of time to get fit, you just do maintenance work for skills. XC rider simply has no chance to get as good at descending as an average DH guy. He has to keep that engine in best possible shape. Also a dude like Nino is super skilled, yeah, as for a XC rider. But he would stand no chance to qualify to DH World Cup finals. Meanwhile dude like Barel or Graves could take a shot at WC XC in the future, to finish inside top 20. Finally explosive interval training converts to more marathonish muscle structure relatively ok, but it is very hard for a marathon guy to become a good sprinter. Once you are fit enough to kill 10-14 Enduro stages in a weekend, I mean really pin it, you are quite possibly fit enough to deal with those marathon climbs. Get a marathon body and it will gladly do 10k ft of climbing on DH tyres in a weekend, but it will get beaten to sht after third stage at high heart rate, involving whole body burn out. ANY IDIOT CAN SIT ON HIS ARSE AND SPIN FOR HOURS
  • 1 1
 im obviously not joking waki as the gulf in difficulty between any World Cup track and a EWS stage isn't even debatable and to suggest otherwise is simply laughable.
  • 1 1
 dowmhill racers do well at enduro because they're used to racing at a much higher level. Dress it up however you want but that's the truth.
  • 2 0
 @thenotoriousmic: that's a joke. Atwill rocking his hardtail in practice. So many riders bitching about how the tracks have gotten softer as the sport has progressed.

Last season EWS in Chile in the 2ft of dust. That was insane. Downhill is neat, it's a pure race. Nothing maters except for one 4 minute full speed attack. Just different stuff. EWS is a more well rounded race, you need a whole lot of skills to finish a weekend. Not to detract from the skill set and fitness of say Minaar and Gwin. Equally as impressive. But that sport is dying and Enduro is eating its lunch.
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: "XC rider simply has no chance to get as good at descending as an average DH guy. He has to keep that engine in best possible shape."

Ever heard of a guy named John Tomac? Proven winner - XC, DH, DS, BMX, Road - raw talent plus motivation. EWS racer, Jesse Melamed, also comes from a XC background. I've never heard of a gravity specific racer even attempt to compete with the WC XC crowd. I'd imagine Jared would need to drop some body bulk to dream of a top twenty result (his 175lbs vs Nino at 150lbs).
  • 2 0
 Thenotourismic, there's nothing to talk about then. Any idiot can get down a World Cup DH track on DH bike if you give him a week to practice. 1 dude out of 1000 will clear all jumps on World Cup BMX track if you give him a year to practice. Is BMX better than DH?
  • 1 3
 @bonfire: Yeah Phil atwill rode leogang on his hardtail but he didn't race on it did he? Riders have always complained about tracks and they always will leogang turned out to be a awesome race and yes it's the easiest track on the circuit but it's still way beyond anything you'd find at a EWS event. Josh bryceland rode a EWS in a pair of old school vans and safety glasses for a laugh and got a top ten.

Downhills bigger than ever you only need to look at the amount of people who watch it on red bull to see that and only getting bigger where enduro peaked in 2015. Unless your talking about bike sales?
  • 1 1
 @teamtoad: nobody gets everything. XC and DH lie on far sides of the spectrum when it comes to kind of required fitness. Enduro lies quite in the middle, and is kind of a freak because it requires DH race prowess and XC Marathon long run. Graves is as lean as Schurter, but he requires more upper body muscle mass and more explosive legs (which are heavier than marathon legs) for handling a 15kg bike (virtually a DH bike) on EWS course. Graves also won a few XC races in Australia while being top dog in DH and dominator in 4X, as well as Olympic BMX contender. Jesse Melamed? Never heard of the guy until recently. Tomac?! Dude, at the times he was racing, you could win XC race on a fkng cyclocross bike, and when it came to DH, as soon as you got on ANY gym and riding regime, you were kicking most of the DH field. Those were the days of Booze and Weed. Look at some old vids, just look at how Palmer moved on the bike. This body language would qualify him ofr a junior final these days. You had Tomac, Peat, Vouilloz, maybe Gracia, there were few others who were sticking out. There rest was skilled Party Boys or XCers who never made it and were in Top20 only because not all courses were gnarly and bikes were pretty much XC bikes.

Now, XC racer has fitness that does not fit Enduro in any way. DH racers fitness fit Enduro stages. XC racer spends most of his time working on XC fitness, DH racer works on skill and fitness usable in Enduro race. As soon a XC rider wants to compete in Enduro he has to work some more on skill and sprinty fitness to get to the level that average World Cup qualifier is already on. Whereas a DHiller keeps his skills as they don't fade away as quickly as XCers fitness and he can focus on pure fitness aspect of Enduro racing. No matter how gnarly a XC course is, the speeds are low.
  • 1 1
 47 comments on the EWS highlights and 28k views hardly blowing the internet up is it?
  • 2 0
 @thenotoriousmic: don't be silly, go to any bigger bike park and you will see way more Enduro bikes than DH bikes. And 70% of DH bike owners have an Enduro or Trail bike at home. Go to a real bike festival or a place with actual high numbers of bikers like Lake Garda and 90% of bikes are XC bikes. I don't know where you come from to not realize that DH bikes are extreme rarities and very few people ride DH track kind of trails instead of machine dug stuff of mellower singeltracks. Sport itself, I don't give much sht, I am no good spectator, I am into sports that I practice these days, I leave fanship for people who need sense of community, team playing social dynamics, and being belittled by greatness of their heroes. When I come to WC pits I treat them as normal people who happen to ride bikes for living. I don't lose my sht because I meet someone who is a lawyer or a firefighter or shop owner, so I won't lose my sht for seeing a pro racer. I'm a pro architect, my dad is a pro electrician.
  • 1 1
 You're talking absolute nonsense. That's like saying go for a drive you'l see way more fords than Mclaren's.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: except 90% of DH bike riders are wooses just like 90% of any kind of people at whatever they do. And 10% of people of any trade are impressive to watch while the ultimate 1% are absolute killers. I have no idea why you play those "is better" game. You are like a 12 year old. I even thought that I wouldn't be surprised if you said that Phil rode a Hardtail because it is better. I think I know why, because you think that steel is better than aluminium and he rode an alu one
  • 1 1
 Still not making any sense.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: no, you are not making any sense mate, have you actually been to a World Cup and EWS Venue? I have. And I'd rather race in Val Di Sole than in Finale Ligure.
  • 2 1
 right well that's fantastic. It was really beginning to bother me that I didn't know that but now that's been cleared up I'm feeling loads better. It's strange but I actually feel physically lighter. Really do feel like the weight of the world has been lifted of my shoulders.
  • 11 0
 Rude was running full DH casings with Cushcore too. On another website before the race began, somebody calculated his wheel and tire combo was over 10 lbs and he still flatted. That is some bad luck. Looked like a hell of a good race!
  • 1 0
 whoa !!
  • 11 0
 As they say in Baja: A hole in the tread is the tire's fault, a hole in the sidewall is the driver's fault.
  • 15 1
 I counted 4 pics of Sam Hill.. Is that enough for you PB readers? Wink
  • 47 0
 No.
  • 12 0
 I'm now predicting that Richie continues his terrible EWS season with mechanicals in Whistler and Finale before winning DH World Champs in the drag race that is Cairns.
  • 9 3
 4/10 Champagne bottles couldn't be popped on the podium at awards ceremony. That pic of Maes shows him failing to pop the cork whilst Hill and Graves have at it. It happened for every podium with one contestant standing there like a lemon trying to get their cork popped. Bit lame.
  • 7 0
 Dunno why you're getting neg propped for this, I thought it looked funny man, old pro's Sam and grubby spraying it up while the young gun Martin struggles a bit
  • 2 0
 @frankwizza: Right... the same way to Aaron Gwin, sometimes he's struggling to pop the cork of his champagne bottle, while he's been at the podium frequently.
  • 6 2
 Well, I bet women find that attractive when you don't blow it right away...
  • 7 0
 Top speeds of 75km/h?!?!? Am I right in thinking we don't really see those numbers in the speed traps on WC DH tracks? That's crazy fast.
  • 2 9
flag thenotoriousmic (Jul 31, 2017 at 8:08) (Below Threshold)
 Yes you'l see those speeds in wc even the women get that on much tougher tracks.
  • 13 0
 To answer my own question, my stat obsessed self dug up some DH results from the past year. The fastest track I could think of was Mt Ste Anne. Their top speeds were just over 75km/h as well.
Anyways, 75km/h on an enduro bike is insane.
  • 2 9
flag PJD1 Plus (Jul 31, 2017 at 8:33) (Below Threshold)
 @adrock-whistler: proving dh bikes are dead?
  • 11 2
 @PJD1: proving dh is way rougher than ews
  • 3 0
 @adrock-whistler: Both men and women hit close to 80km/h in the Hafjell speed trap a couple of years back. Peaty was wastest I believe.
  • 8 0
 @rayy: Peaty is always the most wasted
  • 5 0
 @adrock-whistler: Luis Buchanan hit 77kph and said the final stright of stage 6 felt like the fastest he's ever gone one a bike. Surely on a trail bike that must have felt insane.
  • 2 0
 Peaty hit 100kph in val d'allos in 2013. Think the others got near 90.
  • 6 0
 Be interesting to see if Sam hill makes the Australian worlds team. Only raced one World Cup this year to an 18th place finish i believe, which is better than mudd and button have achieved all year.
  • 6 0
 Who on earth was counting Sam Hill out? He's been ripping all season and an obvious pick for top 5.
  • 6 0
 Dude for real. On a steep high speed track? That's like counting peaty out of the afterparty.
  • 4 0
 @gemma8788: high altitude and a lot of fat pedaling in the long stages. Fair play to those who predicted Graves to win, that has his name written all I've it. Richie as well who was Cushing it until he sliced a tire... But Sam killed it.
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: Mr. Trumpore it's an honor to have your comments, and you're right of course; Graves and Richie both almost took it and practical thinking should have favored them. Fair play there. But to actively "count Sam out" (not that anyone was actually rooting against him, that would be ludicrous) just surprised me based on his recent performances. Been bittersweet watching Sam move to the ews (I, for one, was forever holding out hope that he would be doing what Minnaar is currently doing), but over the past ~2 seasons he's crushed it on a wider and wider variety of tracks. The first race of this season now seems like a preview of what was to come; Sam was one of the few tippy top riders to persevere in horrible conditions and simply wouldn't be denied. Dude always had guts, is it fair to say that now he has endurance? ; ) Cheers, big fan of your work!
  • 5 0
 wow! 122 bpm average on a race day. That's way less I have on a relaxed tour leave alone an ambitioned one
  • 2 0
 not to mention the almost 2k of calories burned. I don't think I'll ever burn that much.
  • 1 0
 @ugez: go for a long ass ride! Guys burn over 8k in 12 hour races. A solid 4 hour ride will get ya there!
  • 7 1
 Yeah Sam Hill!!! hope he sustain the series lead..
  • 6 0
 Thanks for the report, and for using 'literally' correctly.
  • 3 0
 Gotta give it up to the our hometown QOM Amy Morrison (AmyMo) for throwing it down and finishing as the 2nd top US woman in the Pro cat! That girl can rip up some trail mang!!!!! Way to go AMY!!!!
  • 7 2
 I will root for Sam just because he wears flats
  • 7 1
 On his head?
  • 2 0
 Whoa! The women's purse is a joke. Why bother to make the giant checks for that tiny amount of money? The organisers are probably making a killing, if they are paying out that little.
  • 3 0
 It's good to see FBM with a good result - he's been a little under the radar this year for such a talented rider...
  • 1 0
 He stopped doing the full season didn't he, don't know if he was dropped by his team but I'm sure I read this a few rounds ago
  • 4 0
 Hope Casey races the rest of the season
  • 2 1
 ...and they probably have no clue about the reference! San Pedro's finest!
  • 3 0
 are spare tires not allowed? I carry one on big rides when walking out isn't really an option.
  • 1 0
 1 is allowed iirc
  • 1 0
 You can change tires I believe as much as you want. They place stickers on the frame, wheels, and suspension to restrict major component changes.
  • 4 0
 Maes' bike is sick! I love the chrome look. Money.
  • 1 0
 Only one mention in the comments of how great these pics are? Great job Matthew D! Amazing compositions, lighting, etc. Every one I scrolled down to was as captivating as the previous one!
  • 2 0
 Does anyone know what is the Garmin mount used by Katy Winton - as seen in the photo here? Great photos btw...
  • 1 0
 Also interested in this...
  • 1 0
 K-Edge by the look of things. They make a Garmin mount that replaces a stem spacer. But as she is TFR is could be a race shop custom to work with the Knock block headset.
  • 1 0
 First thing I thought of as well. I want a Garmin mounted there on my DH bike.
  • 3 0
 man the prize money sucks for the risk and effort dont you think Chris??
  • 1 0
 OK random question but on Fox website I only see the 2018 forks in bright orange in 32 size, so how come so many of these riders have bright orange 36 forks?! I want one!
  • 4 0
 I'm pretty sure the orange on the 34, 36, 40 and 49's are team rider only
  • 2 0
 Interesting; just seen that Sir Hill uses mx-style finger guards on his bars..... www.pinkbike.com/photo/14998208
  • 1 0
 The worst part is that they are in Aspen. The 1st place prize money wouldn't even get you a new outfit at one of the clothing shops there.
  • 3 1
 What an awesome article, great pics and good write up, thanks
  • 2 0
 That shot of Iago Garay is superb @mdelorme
  • 1 0
 Style for days. I'm sure that was one of many gems that @mdelorme snapped this weekend.
  • 4 2
 I don't think it's possible to take a bad pick of Rachel. Always smokin.
  • 2 0
 So smooth, so cool, so Sam - bloody great race
  • 1 0
 Beyond stoked for the living legend! On ya Sam!
  • 2 0
 Yeahhh! Sam Hill!
  • 1 0
 think that tree is a fir...
  • 1 0
 I want to see that rock that survived Richie, must be a hero now . . .
  • 2 0
 You could say that it's now a..... rock star.
  • 1 0
 That's some direct cable routing for the lockout on Ravanel's Meta.
  • 1 0
 Beer is the new wine!
  • 3 5
 Who the hell counted Sam Hill out?

Also, Richie Rude should just start riding with Specialized tyres man.

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