Photo Epic: Day Two - EWS Ainsa 2018

Sep 23, 2018
by Matthew DeLorme  


What a weekend of racing. Seven long stages, brutal heat, and rocks that claimed plenty of wheels and tires. Although it was nice to not have the timing equipment washed down a river that formed on stage six, the 90 plus degree heat made racing tough. Sam Hill was hoping to clinch the series title here in Ainsa but it will have to wait until Finale next week. A front flat and a bent pedal cost him valuable time he couldn't make up. Richie Rude was the man to beat taking twelve seconds to the field on Saturday and winning the race today with eight seconds on 2nd place Martin Maes. Damien Oton raced consistently and took third. Cecile Ravanel was once again the woman to beat winning five of seven stages. Isabeau Courdurier won the final two stages and took second. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau had her best race yet and took third place.

The final day of racing in Ainsa kicked off under nothing but blue skies once again.
The final day of racing in Ainsa kicked off under nothing but blue skies once again.

Way steeper and way scarier than it looks in photos.
Way steeper and way scarier than it looks in photos.

ALN smashed it this weekend to take 3rd and her first podium of the season.
ALN smashed it this weekend to take 3rd and her first podium of the season.

Isabeau Courdurier took two stage wins on day two and finished in second. She s closing the gap to Cecile.
Isabeau Courdurier took two stage wins on day two and finished in second. She's closing the gap to Cecile.

Caro Gehrig was pushing for the podium but wok lose time on the first stages of the day.
Caro Gehrig was pushing for the podium but would lose time on the first stages of the day.

Cecile may have lost two stages but she still dominated in Ainsa.
Cecile may have lost two stages but she still dominated in Ainsa.

Unstoppable Cecile. She put enough time into the field that she had the win even with two second place stages.
Unstoppable Cecile. She put enough time into the field that she had the win even with two second place stages.

ALN was a force this weekend. Third place after some incredible racing.
ALN was a force this weekend. Third place after some incredible racing.

Noga Korem has build building all season. Taking fifth here in Ainsa after another big race in Whistler.
Noga Korem has build building all season. Taking fifth here in Ainsa after another big race in Whistler.

Anita Gehrig found her rhythm to finish fourth place on the weekend.
Anita Gehrig found her rhythm to finish fourth place on the weekend.

Damien Oton and his daughter share a moment before he heads off for the day.
Damien Oton and his daughter share a moment before he heads off for the day.

The man to beat on day 2 Richie Rude
The man to beat on day 2, Richie Rude

One of our own from the Squid Ranks went racing. Therefore BeBe gets in.

Doing it for his close friend Jared Graves Richie Rude makes it two for two in Ainsa and win that means something a bit extra this weekend.
Doing it for his close friend Jared Graves, Richie Rude makes it two for two in Ainsa, and win that means something a bit extra this weekend.

Jesse Melamed mixed it up in the top 10 despite riding with a still broken hand sustained at the last round in Whistler.
Jesse Melamed mixed it up in the top 10 despite riding with a still broken hand sustained at the last round in Whistler.

Florian Nicolai back amongst in in the top 10.
Florian Nicolai back amongst the top 10.

The band. They traveled to all stages and played a mean polka.
The band. They traveled to all stages and played a mean polka.

A crowd favorite Iago Garay warps through the fans.
A crowd favorite, Iago Garay warps through the fans.

Greg Callaghan sending bringing it home for tenth place.
Greg Callaghan sending bringing it home for tenth place.

Ruaridh Cunninghams rear wheel made it. We are guessing it weighs in at 6 to 8 pounds. It has three quarters of a liter of sealant in it 3 things of epoxy one FTD one tube a spoke threaded through the cracked seam weld and a tube. We will give it a post race dissection on Tuesday so you all can see what that looks like.
Ruaridh Cunningham's rear wheel made it. We are guessing it weighs in at 6 to 8 pounds. It has three-quarters of a liter of sealant in it, 3 things of epoxy, one FTD, one tube, a spoke threaded through the cracked seam weld, and a tube. We will give it a post-race dissection on Tuesday so you all can see what that looks like.

Sam Hill flat out pinned and trying to make up time.
Sam Hill flat out, pinned and trying to make up time.

Jesse Melamed has had a rough season with injury but despite that he comes back charging hard each race. This one he took eighth.
Jesse Melamed has had a rough season with injuries but despite that, he comes back charging hard each race. This one he took eighth.

Dimitri Tordo has been on a roll this season. A regular in the top ten. Ainsa was no different seventh place.
Dimitri Tordo has been on a roll this season. A regular in the top ten. Ainsa was no different, seventh place.

Kevin Miquel takes a fourth place finish his best to date.
Kevin Miquel takes a fourth-place finish, his best to date.

Richie Rude takes another win in Ainsa and his second for the season. Will he pull out another in Finale He s got that look in his eye for sure.
Richie Rude takes another win in Ainsa, and his second for the season. Will he pull out another in Finale? He's got that look in his eye for sure.

Curtis Keene out there doing it for Jared Graves.
Curtis Keene out there doing it for Jared Graves.

Zakarias Johansen had one of his best results to date with a ninth place finish.
Zakarias Johansen had one of his best results to date with a ninth-place finish.

Dan Wolfe retired after a crash on stage five and a dislocated shoulder.
Dan Wolfe retired after a crash on stage five and a dislocated shoulder.

Still not one hundred percent and still fully pinned Jesse Melamed made it into the top 10 in Ainsa.
Still not one hundred percent and still fully pinned, Jesse Melamed made it into the top 10 in Ainsa.

Jose Borges takes sixth place on the weekend.
Jose Borges takes sixth place on the weekend.

Greg Callaghan had some strong stage finishes on one of his best EWS races this season.
Greg Callaghan had some strong stage finishes on one of his best EWS races this season.

Florian Nicolai rails it down Stage 5.
Florian Nicolai rails it down Stage 5.

The always consistent Damien Oton would hold on to 3rd on day two.
The always consistent Damien Oton would hold on to 3rd on day two.

A calm and composed Richie Rude ready to back up the results from day one
A calm and composed Richie Rude ready to back up the results from day one.

Remi Gauvin feeling the heat after Stage 6.
Remi Gauvin feeling the heat after Stage 6.

Oton tries to rest refuel and cool off as best possible during the only break in a another long and hot day.
Oton tries to rest, refuel and cool off as best possible during the only break in another long and hot day.

It was so hot even the mechanics were sweating it out as the prepped bikes for the final stage.
It was so hot even the mechanics were sweating it out as the prepped bikes for the final stage.

He s back and Finale is similar turf.
He's back.

ALN back from injury and on the podium withing two races. Reason to smile.
ALN back from injury and on the podium withing two races. Reason to smile.

Isabeau has reason to celebrate. Two stage wins and a second place.
Isabeau has reason to celebrate. Two stage wins and a second place.

Keegan Wright is always excited to ride his bike regardless of the discipline and it s been great to see him in she mix on the EWS circuit this season.
Keegan Wright is always excited to ride his bike regardless of the discipline and it's been great to see him in the mix on the EWS circuit this season.

Not the way Sam wanted the weekend to play out but after a flat on two and a crash on six he couldn t lock it up this round.
Not the way Sam wanted the weekend to play out, but after a flat on stage two and a crash on six he couldn't lock it up this round.

Damien Oton took home a proper sharp axe for his 3rd place efforts.
Damien Oton took home a proper sharp ax for his 3rd place efforts.

ALN nudged out friends and competitors Noga Korem and Caro Gehrig to take the final spot on the podium.
ALN nudged out friends and competitors, Noga Korem and Caro Gehrig to take the final spot on the podium.

4th for Kevin Miguel and his best ever EWS finish.
4th for Kevin Miguel and his best ever EWS finish.

Richie Rude shares the top steps of the podium with Martin Maes and Damien Oton.
Richie Rude shares the top steps of the podium with Martin Maes and Damien Oton.

The fastest ladies in Spain.
The fastest ladies in Spain.



49 Comments

  • + 44
 You might wish to spell out Adreane Lanthier Nadeau’s name on at least the first reference. Had to navigate to the results page to find out who ALN was. She’s not ACC just yet.
  • + 8
 Worst when they put just ALN on the results too. I feel like it's writing for the MTB "inner circle" rather than the MTBing world following these events
  • + 9
 She wishes to go by ALN so we oblige her request
  • + 36
 @davetrumpore: oblige my request? Lol. As long as you get the spelling/prononciation right I’m fine with whichever. Tryna make it easy on people!
  • + 0
 @andreaneln: right on... How could anyone ever spell your name wrong ;-)
  • + 4
 @davetrumpore: well not so easy for new readers that is all. wouldn't hurt to place it at least once in an article @andreaneln if you would not mind, your pinkbike account handle has more of your name in it
  • + 1
 Also realized too late that Andreane's first name is misspelled on the results page. (That's where I copied it from.) Congrats on the podium anyhow, @andreaneln, and thanks for taking my nitpick to heart, everyone. Smile
  • + 42
 Maes: 2nd place at the DH World Championships two weeks ago. 2nd place in EWS today. And he's just what, 22? Future legend!
  • + 49
 Current legend
  • + 20
 Prolly took a #2 after the race, too. Legend.
  • + 14
 And I guess he was too fast to take a picture of today as well!
  • + 2
 3 pics of Rude in 1st place, 1 pic of Hill not on podium. None of Maes riding 2nd... USA pick of riders... Next year the French and Belgiums are the ones to beat in DH and Enduro.
  • + 4
 @Trailstunter: You forgot the 3 pics of Jesse Melamed...
  • - 7
flag jozefk (Sep 24, 2018 at 2:21) (Below Threshold)
 @Switzerlanded: thanks for reminding me...

PB just wants to make sure their favo riders are pumped as much possible.

That Maes and Dailly are such newcomers and beating their favo's is something most will try to deny...
  • + 6
 @Switzerlanded: 3 of Melamed with pretty much the same caption. Did you know he's not 100%?
  • + 30
 Ruaridh Cunningham's rear wheel Macgyver is another reason why enduro is so intriguing. Ingenuity and at it's best. Well played, RC.
  • + 26
 really looking forward to the wheel dissection article
  • + 9
 Martin must ride too fast for the photogs to capture.
  • + 3
 Ha I was thinking the same thing!
  • + 5
 I'd love a cold San Miguel right now.
  • + 3
 Wow that first photo.....That place is crazy steep,that side is the easy one. The other side if you fall U are dead...A crash there is a nightmare.
  • + 5
 Frig yeah ALN!!!
  • + 2
 "Dan Wolfe retired after a crash on stage five and a dislocated shoulder." Retired from the race or retired retired, like from EWS? Eek
  • + 5
 Retired to a private wing of his estate.
  • + 1
 Ok, clueless as I am, apparently I read too much into it... but why the negs?
  • + 3
 He retired from the race to give us all great coverage on the 'gram.
  • + 1
 @lp130i: Yeah... that's how I figured it out... didn't recognize the name at first, checked Insta, saw who he was and how he was doing... felt like a doof. Facepalm lol
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: Not from me! I just now upvoted you. But I did originally interpret your comment as a snarky joke.
  • + 1
 @phile99: Ah, that might explain it lol. Notice to all: Surprisingly, I wasn't being snarky. Just clueless. 50-50 chance though between those, I'd say. Big Grin
  • + 3
 Is Therefore Bebe the squid/racer's name? What's her full name?
  • + 2
 Bérangère Boes
  • + 2
 We’re just calling everyone ALN now.
  • + 1
 riders aren't allowed to change parts on their bikes between days or stages if something breaks?
  • + 4
 I think everything except wheels, forks and frames. Good rule!
  • + 1
 They can change some items. But can not change wheels, frame, brakes and maybe a couple other items.
  • + 5
 @Clifflane3: usually there are 5 stickers. You put them on both rims, the fork crown, front triangle and rear triangle. So you're allowed to change brakes.
  • + 2
 I've never had a problem with the rule of not changing certain parts but looking at that wheel, I imagine it could lead to some pretty dodgy bikes being ridden. Like if that was the front wheel or say a cracked frame or fork. Its would suck to see someone injured from a catastrophic equipment failure because they didn't want to take the time penalty.
  • + 1
 @patrick-marsh: Agreed. Why not do it F1 style where if you replace a damaged "stickered" item, you receive a big time penalty.
  • + 2
 You can changes wheels, but you're going to take a heavy time penalty. Maybe they need to shorten it from 5? to like 2 mins.
  • + 1
 @almacigatrailrider: They do. It should be a 5 minute penalty for an authorized replacement.
  • + 3
 The only issue with this is that the pros have mechanics which can fix wheels etc (to some extent) but the privateers are basically fvcked if anythings breaks. hardly seems fair
  • + 5
 5 minutes is practically a DNF though, certainly out of any points. That would have moved him from 36th to 139th. He got a 21st, a 30th and a 10th on the wheel like that!
  • + 2
 @almacigatrailrider: You already can. Thats what the rule is,

Personally I would like the rule to be extended to many more of the parts on the bike, bars, drive train, brakes etc.
  • + 2
 Sam Hill trying to pull off his eyebrows as mustache Smile
  • + 1
 Haha that mo of Sam's is filthy
  • + 1
 You guys should give José Borges more recognition for that 6th place
  • + 1
 This is prognarcore
  • + 1
 Nyoom
  • - 3
 who is this ALN? , please PB learn to write...

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