Photo Epic: Day 2 - EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018

Jul 1, 2018
by Dave Trumpore  



The second day would begin with riders crossing over the border into Slovenia for Stage 4 on a beautiful fresh cut track. With no rain overnight or the previous day racers were greeted with fluffy brown loam from top to bottom before transferring through 20 mins of dark mining tunnel to reach Stage 5. After that, it would be a long pedal back across the border to Austria and the final long stage of the weekend from atop the gondola in Petzen.

With the exception of Cecile Ravanel who was once again far clear of her nearest challenger, all the podium spots were still very much up for grabs in all categories, and with only seconds separating many riders. Isabeau Courdurier had Melanie Pugin breathing right down her neck for the second spot in the women's field, and men's leader Sam Hill was less than 10 seconds clear of Martin Maes. Eddie Masters started the day in third but just barely as Robin Wallner sat only one second back in fourth. With tight times and the threat of rain hanging overhead at the start of the day it was still very much anyone's race.

As the things progressed there was little change to the running order at the front, but with each stage, the gaps between some key positions began to tighten up. Most notably Martin Maes who put the pressure on Sam Hill on the first two stages of the day, and the pair would head into the 6th and final stage of the weekend just 1.5 seconds apart. In the women's it was now Casey Brown who was pressuring Pugin for the 3rd and final podium spot. At 13 plus minutes the final stage of the weekend would equal nearly half the total time raced prior in the day, and with a mix in terrain from rock gardens to loam to bike park berms with all kinds of slick roots in between it would be a battle from top to bottom.

When the clocks finally stopped ticking it would be Cecile Ravanel far clear of all the women with Isabeau Courdurier behind in second. Casey Brown's late-race surge continued as she propelled herself into third and the final spot of the podium despite not racing any EWS rounds in almost a year. And in the men's Robin Wallner made up huge time to gain two positions and land himself on the podium, further solidifying his 2nd place standing in the overall. Martin Maes came close but it was Sam Hill who would put down a stellar final run to win both the final stage and race overall. With three wins now out of four rounds for Sam, and a perfect season thus far for Cecile Ravanel it's looking good for both as we head into the second half of the EWS season.

Next stop will be the big mountains in La Thuile under the shadow of Mont Blanc in just three weeks time.

Tapping up wounds was the morning ritual for a lot of riders this weekend as just about everyone has hit the deck a few times out on these extremely technical tracks.
Patching up wounds was the morning ritual for a lot of riders this weekend, as just about everyone has hit the deck out on these extremely technical tracks.

Sam Hill composed and ready to get to work on day two.
Sam Hill, composed and ready to get to work on day two.

Mark Scott had a rough weekend at the office. He will be looking to bring it back in La Thuille.
Mark Scott had a rough weekend at the office. He will be looking to bring it back in La Thuille.

Local rider Vid Persak lived up to the hopes ad expectations of his friends family and fans this weekend finishing a very well deserved 5th when all was said and done.
Local rider Vid Persak lived up to the hopes and expectations of his friends, family, and fans this weekend, finishing a well deserved 5th when all was said and done.

Youn Deniaud lays it flat coming into the final meters of the weekend.
Youn Deniaud lays it flat coming into the final meters of his weekend.

Robin Walner riding like a man possessed. Third on the weekend.
Robin Walner, riding like a man possessed while trying to make up time on the final day of racing

Eliott Trabac drops into some fresh cut goodness on Stage 4.
Eliott Trabac drops into some fresh-cut goodness on Stage 4.

Happy birthday Loose Dog
Happy birthday Loose Dog!

Jesse Melamed took tenth this weekend not bad at all for his first race back after shoulder surgery.
Jesse Melamed stuck to his plan of keeping things steady as he returns from a broken collarbone. Tenth seems like an amazing result for someone who just got cleared by the doctor to ride again last week.

Ines Thoma traverses through the big trees near the bottom of Stage 6.
Ines Thoma traverses through the big trees near the bottom of Stage 6.

Noga Korem hugs the highland on the fresh cut off-camber trying find traction amongst all the massive wet roots.
Noga Korem hugs the highland on the fresh cut off-camber, trying to find traction among all the massive wet roots.

Joe Nation blasts into the light on stage five.
Joe Nation blasts into the light on stage five.

Casey Brown hadn t been on the Slash in quite some time and describes this weekend as a vacation she wasn t sure she would make it through. Funny words from a woman who took third.
Casey Brown hadn't been on the Slash in quite some time and describes this weekend as a, "vacation she wasn't sure she would make it through." Funny words from a woman who took third.

Cecile was once again dominant and took another win.
Cecile was once again dominant.

This was not Katy Winton s weekend in any way shape or form. She took a few more tumbles on Stage 4 but picked herself back up and will be refocused and fast when the series heads to the big mountains in La Thuile in three weeks time.
This was not Katy Winton's weekend in any way shape or form. She took a few more tumbles on Stage 4, but will be refocused and fast when the series heads to the big mountains in La Thuile in three week's time.

Isabeau Courdurier cuts this steep switchback about as tight to the inside as possible while tryin to avoid all the slick roots. She had a much stronger second day and was able to pull away from Melanie Pugin who had been challenging closely for 2nd place on day 1.
Isabeau Courdurier cut this steep switchback about as tight to the inside as possible trying to avoid the slick roots. She had a much stronger second day and was able to pull away from Melanie Pugin, who had been challenging closely for 2nd place on day one.

Josh Carlson gets off the brakes and lets it rider on one of the few high speed and open sections on Stage 4.
Josh Carlson gets off the brakes and lets it ride on one of the few high speed and open sections on Stage 4.

Crashes and mechanicals on the final stage ruined what had been a brilliant weekend for Eddie Masters in Slovenia and Austria.
Crashes and mechanicals on the final stage ruined what had been a brilliant weekend for Eddie Masters.

Sam Hill with target everyone was chasing heads into the mine that took riders underground from Stage 4 to Stage 5.
Sam Hill was the target everyone was chasing into the mine that took riders underground from Stage 4 to Stage 5.

Just damn good riding. sam Hill once again shows he is untouchable.
Just damn good riding. Sam Hill once again shows he is untouchable.

Melanie Pugin couldn t hold off Casey Brown for third and had to settle for fourth.
Melanie Pugin couldn't hold off Casey Brown for third and had to settle for fourth.

Another day at the office racking up EWS stage wins and overall victories for Cecile Ravanel. She is 4 for 4 the season and once again looking to be on track to win the title with little challenge.
Another day at the office racking up EWS stage wins for Cecile Ravanel. She is 4 for 4 this season and once again, looking to be on track to win the title.

Jose Borges heads into the final wooded section on the stage 5. This stage was short but slippery and the cause of some big crashes and mechanicals.
Jose Borges heads into the final wooded section on stage 5. This stage was short, but slippery and the cause of some big crashes and mechanicals.

Florian Nicolai took eighth place today.
Florian Nicolai took eighth place today.

Ruaridh Cunningham pushed hard this week and the pieces all came together. Fourth here in Slovenia Austria.
Ruaridh Cunningham pushed hard this week and the pieces all came together. Fourth place.

Ruaridh Cunningham blast off the big drop out of the woods and into the four cross track at the bottom of the weekend s final stage. Ruaridh pushed hard and took advantage of other riders mistakes to take his best EWS finish ever in 4th.
Cunningham blasts off the big drop out of the woods and into the four cross track at the bottom of the weekend's final stage. Ruaridh pushed hard and took advantage of other rider's mistakes to take his best EWS finish ever in 4th.

Martin Maes came out swinging today and rode super aggressive to win the first tow stages of the day. Unfortunately it just wasn t enough to dethrone Sam Hill from the top step of the podium.
Martin Maes came out swinging and rode super aggressive to win the first two stages of the day. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough to dethrone Sam Hill from the top step.

Robin Wallner slipped back a few spots on the first two stages of the day but pulled in all back and then some on the long final stage of the day.
Robin Wallner slipped back a few spots on the first two stages of the day but pulled it all back (and then some) on the long, final stage.

Nothing flashy till the very end. Sam gives the crowd a show on his way into the finish.
Nothing flashy 'till the very end. Sam gives the crowd a show on his way into the finish.

Charging hard all the way to the finish of a 13 minute final stage Sam hill put it all on the line to take his 3rd EWS win of the season.
The last man down the hill, charging hard all the way to the finish of a 13-minute final stage, Sam Hill put it all on the line to take the win.

With Martin Maes berthing down his neck and within one second going into the final Stage Sam left it all on track. Finishing Stage 6 in just over 13 minutes he was exhausted at the finish line but relieved to know he had secured his third win of the season.
With Martin Maes breathing down his neck, within one second going into the final Stage, Sam left it all on track. He was exhausted at the finish line but relieved to know he had secured his third win of the season.

So close to taking his seconds EWS victory but still all smiles in the end for Martin Maes.
So close to taking his second EWS victory, but still all smiles in the end for Martin Maes.

A massive effort from Robin Wallner on Stage 6 payed off as he pulled back two spots to land on the podium for the second time in four rounds.
A massive effort from Robin Wallner on Stage 6 paid off as he pulled back two spots to land on the podium for the second time in four rounds.


Brown has a mile wide pineapple smile.
Casey Brown on the podium with a mile wide pineapple smile.

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride this season Isabeau Courdurier heads to here familiar second step on the women s podium.
Always the bridesmaid and never the bride this season, Isabeau Courdurier heads to the second step on the women's podium.

Cecile Ravanel, Isabeau Courdurier, and Casey Brown celebrate on the podium at round four of the 2018 Enduro World Series

Sam Hill Martin Maes and Robin Wallner take the top honors in Austria and Slovenia.
Sam Hill, Martin Maes, and Robin Wallner take top honors in Austria and Slovenia.

Still the undisputed king.
Still the undisputed king.

With two awesome days of racing under sunny skies that s a wrap from Slovenia and Austria.
With two awesome days of racing under sunny skies, that's a wrap from Slovenia and Austria.



52 Comments

  • + 54
 The fastest stoneface in the planet! Father of three and stiil untouchble! Youngsters in the poket.
  • + 37
 Still blows me away each time that Sam seemingly (to me anyway) was finished in DH a few years back, yet has come in to EWS and is schooling everyone. Maybe DH was becoming too stale and he wasn't that interested? Either way - what a f&cking legend.
  • + 19
 That's exactly why he left and has openly spoken about it.
  • + 10
 I dabbled in some DH and some Enduro and there is a big difference between riding and walking a track a zillion times and then try to ride it to perfection in this one run. Or ride a track you have an idea how to tackle it but definitely do not know every rock and root. For the latter you need to be able to improvise a lot on the go. I think this suits Sam a lot more than hammering out the perfect run on Sunday. Sam is probably more the: " She'll be right rider " Smile
  • + 2
 @kusanagi72: She'll most certainly be right without exception
  • + 30
 Fifth place against the best in the world!! My hat's off to Vid Persak ????
  • + 2
 Despite several crashes including the big one at stage 6...
  • + 11
 Sam, congrats... Maes beast, you will have your wins, much more constant then in the past... more experience, power and knowledge... the future world champ! Go Meas!
  • + 11
 Congratulations Robin Wallner!
  • + 7
 Absolutely awesome photos and write up. Fantastic to see Sam Hill back at the top
  • + 7
 Sam f-in Hill all day. Legend.
  • + 3
 Hey Pink bike lots of mentions of mechanicals here but no detail. It would be great if you could let us know what it is the pros are breaking in these races. The cynical side of me suggests that after punctures its most likely drive trains, in particular derailleurs but it is probably not prudent for you to report on this
  • + 4
 I wonder why Casey Brown doesn't race a full EWS season? Also, in the women's field, does Cecile Ravanel just poses better bike handling skills or is she just that much fitter?
  • - 16
flag jaame (Jul 1, 2018 at 16:54) (Below Threshold)
 She's the man!
  • + 17
 On top from her amazing EWS track record, Cecile has a top ten finish in UCI XCO and a podium in UCI DHI. So, both, I guess!
  • + 2
 Both. More so skills, but she is just very stong in all areas.
  • - 8
flag dro-cfr (Jul 1, 2018 at 18:23) (Below Threshold)
 @jaame: I thought that was Brett Rheeder on the top of the womens podium
  • - 1
 i know one thing. The women need to step up their game because it’s not at all competitive. She’s got absolutely no competition at all.
  • + 13
 @thenotoriousmic: Due to the differences in the distribution of their talents and traits, men's sport (&various other endevours) will almost always be more competetive than women's when grouped by sex. Women, as a population, tend to cluster at the mean more in their abilities, whereas men tend to have more variability at the extremes. Even in areas where women and men have similar/ identical average ability, this holds true. These innate differences mean that at these extremes (The fringes on the left and right-hand sides of the bell curves), where you would expect elite athletes to reside, men outnumber women 10:1 or more. It's not sexism, or chauvinism, or lack of effort from individuals that drives it; There are biological differences, driven by evolutionary requirement that will be most apparent/ pronounced at the boundaries of human performance.
So while it would be nice to see more competition amongst the elite women at the EWS, it is not due to a lack of ambition and hard work by the individuals. Cecile is, quite simply, peerless.
  • + 1
 nah she’s just more committed than everyone else.
  • + 1
 @thenotoriousmic: There is that possibility Smile
Gave me a good laugh of a Monday morning too!
  • + 3
 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: what i got from that is that there are more male bellends than female?
  • + 1
 @browner: Aye. Thanks for volunteering.
  • + 4
 Pictures of this track look better than most of the stuff on the DH WC circuit !! Sam you bloody LegEnd !!!
  • + 3
 Dave is really getting damn good with his photos, everyone a pod contender. Awesome work
  • + 0
 Couldn't have said it better myself @Bike078:
  • + 1
 @dro-cfr: ha. Meant to only upvote you but pressed submit instead.
  • + 4
 Sam is the king!! Peat words in the video earthed 5
  • + 2
 What has happened to Rude?? The guy wins back to back EWS Overalls and now can hardly win a stage let alone a full race.
  • + 12
 Sam Hill happened.
  • + 13
 He won the last round in France (and won 3 stages at the opening round in Chile)
  • + 8
 @TobiasHandcock: wet weather by the looks of. Think he struggles to put the power down when it's not dry.
  • - 1
 poor bike set up. DHF’s and saint brakes in the mud? Wonder why that’s not working.
  • + 4
 And jarad graves.... absolutely nowhere now
  • + 1
 Give RR a break - conditions did not suit his style - nor riding a 29er when he feels better on top of a 27,5, agree with Tyre setup was not optimal either
  • + 3
 Vrhunsko! simply vrhunsko!
  • + 2
 What (again) happened to Graves?
  • + 2
 Super! Sam Hill and Martin Maes! What a race!
  • + 11
 PinkBike please, all the world wants to see Martin Maes Bike check, the new GT Force! Big Grin
  • + 9
 @Carapau: a few spots are all that we are allowed, GT is still hudh hush on details, and don't allow us to take it out for more formal pics. Rumor has it this will be changing very soon.
  • + 2
 @Carapau: The Force is strong with this one...
  • + 3
 SAM HILL Smile
  • + 3
 Vid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 0
 @davetrumpore - great images again! What is your preferred body and lense for these shots?
  • + 1
 What are those little bottles on Richie and Sams wrists?
  • + 10
 those are timing chips. We've moved away from the stopwatch.
  • + 1
 Love the zebra camo on Jessie and Remi's helmets
  • + 5
 you mean the 'oh crap our helmet sponsor doesn't make a full face' camo?
  • + 1
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: those were my exact thoughts, one can't even tell what make and model it is
  • + 0
 Downhill is dying enduro everywhere...
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