Race Day Photo Epic: The Winners' Circle - EWS Zermatt 2019

Sep 21, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  



Photo Epic presented by ODI

Here we are, the final race and the final day of the 2019 Enduro World Series. For every year prior, this day has taken place on the shores of the Mediterranean in Finale Ligure, but this year, we see the champions crowned under the Matterhorn towering high above Zermatt, Switzerland. A truly iconic spot. Fitting for what has been an incredibly unique season. With a pre-season injury to Cecile Ravanel and late-season injury to Eddie Masters taking their toll on top riders in both fields and the shakeup of points caused by the absence of Martin Maes and return of Richie Rude to dominance, it has been a wild ride to get here.

Isabeau Courdurier has had a perfect season thus far, and with the absence of Cecile, her main rival has become Noga Korem. While Isabeau has the series locked down, she will certainly have to dig deep to fight a charging Noga Korem who is surely hungrier than ever for her first-ever win. In the men's race, things are far from straight forward. As the day started, Florian Nicolai held a slim advantage over Sam Hill. It was so close that any mistake by either of the two on any of the days five rough and long stages would spell game over for their championship hopes. Add to the mix the wildcards of Richie Rude and Martin Maes, the two most dominant riders not in contention for the title and the fight between Nicolai and Hill is even more interesting. With Sam Hill nor Florian Nicolai winning a race this season, the big question as they took to the start was who would rise to the occasion and perform when the pressure was on with world titles on the line.

By the midpoint of the day, Isabeau would pull out a strong lead of nearly 30 seconds with Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau in 2nd and then Ines Thoma in 3rd. Sadly, Noga Korem would rip her derailleur out on stage one and lose an unrecoverable amount of time. For the men, it was all about Sam Hill stamping his authority on the Swiss mountainside and making everyone else chase. With two stages to go, he would hold a four-second lead over Martin Maes and Kevin Miquel, who was then closely followed by teammates Shawn Neer and Richie Rude. With Florian Nicolai 20 seconds back in 7th, his grip on the points lead was in serious jeopardy.

After the final two stages were done and dusted, Isabeau Courdurier would complete her perfect season - eight straight wins followed by ALN in 2nd and then Raphaela Richter in 3rd. In the overall, it would be Isabeau on top with Noga Korem second and Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau in 3rd. For the men, Martin Maes would mount a charge on the final two stages to win his 4th event of the year while Sam Hill slipped to 2nd and Richie Rude muscled his way past Kevin Miquel for 3rd. Florian Nicolai would finish 5th and in the process, watch his championship hopes slip away. For the 3rd year in a row, Sam Hill ends the EWS season as champion and in that, becomes the first man ever to win three EWS titles. Nicolai would end up 2nd with Kevin Miquel in 3rd. New this year is an award for most stages won throughout the season with that designation going to Isabeau Courdurier and Richie Rude.

What a season and we can't wait to do it all again next year in 2020.

We had to stop at the top of stage five to listen to these two.
We had to stop at the top of stage five to listen to these two.

Race day here in Zermatt
Race day here in Zermatt.

A sweet victory in the making.
A sweet victory in the making.

Under pressure. This one was destined to be brutal.
Under pressure. This one was destined to be brutal.

Final checks on Katy Winton s steed.
Final checks on Katy Winton's steed.

Tools of the trade
Tools of the trade.

Apparently these win medals
Apparently, these win medals.

All chill before the big day.
All chill before the big day.

Things are about to get hectic.
Things are about to get hectic.

Keeping the mood casual on the way to the first stage of the day
Keeping the mood casual on the way to the first stage of the day.

One riders drops in on stage 1 as two others head up the road to the start
One rider drops in on the first stage as two others head up the road to the start.

While the sprint at the top of stage 1 was a sufferfest at least the view was pleasant
While the sprint at the top of stage one was a sufferfest, at least the view was pleasant.

A beautiful day n the Swiss Alps for a bike race.

Martin Maes under the Matterhorn on stage 4
Martin Maes under the Matterhorn on stage four.

Ines Thoma on her way to fourth place here in Zermatt.
Ines Thoma on her way to 4th place here in Zermatt.

Noga Korem ripped a derailleur off on stage one and then was the end of her hopes for a good result. She can however celebrate finishing the year 2nd in the overall points though
Noga Korem ripped a derailleur off on stage one and that was the end of her hopes for a good result today. She can, however, celebrate finishing the year 2nd in the overall points.

Antoine Vidal with the win in U21
Antoine Vidal with the win in U21.

Shawn Neer ran in the top 5 until the final stage of the day. Crashes eventually pushing hm back to 11th
Shawn Neer ran in the top 5 until the final stage of the day. Crashes eventually pushed him back to 11th

Jesse Melamed was is the mix all day and would end up 7th
Jesse Melamed was in the mix all day, ending up 7th.

The man on a mission. Sam Hill
The man on a mission. Sam Hill.

The end to a frustrating season for Katy Winton who can now set her sights on a brighter 2020
The end to a frustrating season for Katy Winton who can now set her sights on a brighter 2020.

The observatory looms in the background just above the top of stage four.
The observatory looms in the background just above the top of stage four.

Everywhere you look there it is.
Everywhere you look, there it is. According to Wikipedia, the first ascent of the Matterhorn was in 1865, starting in Zermatt. It ended tragically.

Raphaela Richter once again on the podium in 3rd. Lets hope she does a few more races next season
Raphaela Richter once again on the podium in 3rd. Let's hope she does a few more races next season.

Youn Deniaud found some late season form to take 6th on the day
Youn Deniaud found some late-season form to take 6th on the day.

ALN was flying today and definitely gave Isabeau a run for it on a few stages
ALN was flying today and definitely gave Isabeau a run for it on a few stages.

Isabeau Courdurier on roots and en route to winning stage 2
Isabeau Courdurier on roots and en route to winning stage two.

Stage one was brutal right out of the box. Theo Gally puts the power down.
Stage one was brutal right out of the box. Theo Gally puts the power down.

Anita Gehrig would take 5th on home soil
Anita Gehrig would take 5th on home soil.

Kevin Miquel took fourth for the round and third in the overall.
Kevin Miquel took 4th for the round and 3rd in the overall.

Top 10 for Dimitri Tordo
Top ten for Dimitri Tordo.

Richie Rude started the day slowly but would turn it on over the final two stages to take second on the day. He also ends the season with the most stage wins of any riders despite missing the first three rounds.
Richie Rude started the day slowly but turned it over in the final two stages to take 3rd on the day. He also ends the season with the most stage wins of any riders despite being suspended for the first three rounds.

Florian Nicolai struggled to run up front and as a result his hopes of a world title were dashed
Florian Nicolai struggled to run up front and as a result, his hopes of a world title were dashed,

Rae Morrison drifting around the final corner of the 2019 season
Rae Morrison drifting around the final corner of the 2019 season.

Happy to back where he left off Martin Maes was dominant once again today
Happy to be back where he left off, Martin Maes was dominant once again today.

It s never easy out there
It's never easy out there.

Bex Bararona takes a moment at the finish line.
Bex Bararona takes a moment at the finish line.

ALN grimmaces after what may have been the toughest day of the season.
ALN grimaces after what may have been the toughest day of the season.

Isabeau doing it for Chad from Intense who played a big role in helping to develop the bike she won on today
Isabeau doing it for Chad from Intense who played a big role in helping to develop the bike she won on today.

Post race hydration Swiss style.
Post race hydration, Swiss style.

Sam Hill chugs a cold one at the finish.
Sam Hill chugs a cold one at the finish.

Isabeau Courdurier ALN and Raphaela Richter your Zermatt winners.
Isabeau Courdurier, ALN, and Raphaela Richter, your Zermatt winners.

Matin Maes Sam Hill and Richie Rude. Your Zermatt winners.
Matin Maes, Sam Hill, and Richie Rude, your Zermatt winners.

Lucy Schick Leah Maunsell and not pictured Fenella Harris. U21 women overall winners.
Lucy Schick, Leah Maunsell, and not pictured, Fenella Harris. U21 women overall winners.

Antoine Vidal Brady Stone and Tiago Ladeira. Top three in the EWS overall.
Antoine Vidal, Brady Stone, and Tiago Ladeira. Top three for the EWS U21 men overall.

The top three women in the Series standings. Isabeau Courdurier Noga Korem and Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau
The top three women in the Series standings - Isabeau Courdurier, Noga Korem, and Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau.

Florian Nicolai and Kevin Miquel help Sam Hill get the party started as the fastest three men in there EWS
Florian Nicolai and Kevin Miquel help Sam Hill get the party started as the fastest three men in the EWS.

Isabeau Courdurier had the perfect golden season winning all 8 rounds and the overall title
Isabeau Courdurier had the perfect golden season winning all eight rounds along with the overall title.

Enduro World Series Champ three years in a row Sam Hill
Enduro World Series Champ three years in a row, Sam Hill

So long EWS 2019. It s been an amazing year.
So long EWS 2019. It's been an amazing year.


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81 Comments

  • 68 16
 Tracy Moseley was the first to win 3 EWS titles and also 3 in a row. 2013, 2014, and 2015.

www.pinkbike.com/news/results-enduro-world-series-round-8-finale-ligure-2015.html
  • 38 20
 It was written in the context in the men's results... But should have specified to have made it extra clear
  • 34 15
 @davetrumpore: don’t you get an impression sometimes that positive props can be given as an act of genuine malice? Oh yeah, he showed you and every misogynist out there, eat that you dinosaur basterds before you crawl back under the rock you came from... you better apologize yourself Dave! For your microaggressive captions!

or am I just not giving people on the internet as much benefit of doubt as I would to Richie...
  • 17 7
 @WAKIdesigns: how defensive do you have to be to see a basic factual correction note as "genuine malice"?

The paragraph we're talking about discussed the women's results then just a few sentences later said that Hill was the first "person" to win three in a row. Moseley's last title was 4 years ago not exactly esoteric ancient history. How could noting that possibly get your panties in a bunch?
  • 11 6
 @MarcusBrody: that is exactly what I meant... sadly
  • 2 2
 Oops, sorry then. I misunderstood the tone.
  • 2 1
 @MarcusBrody: @wakidesigns A polite discussion and exchange of ideas on PB comments! Well done!
  • 14 0
 @MarcusBrody: in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due. Theses photo epics are not just shot by these awesome photographers, they are written by them as well. Their job is to capture moments from the race to give you a sense you were at the race, not to pump out statistics and fact check them. They pick up the story at the track, sure, but they may misspell someone's name, get something wrong about a component of a bike or, in this case, just not contextually frame the statistic as it should have been. But what fantastic photos they gave us. And that is truly the point of the piece. Comments below can clarify things further as @tbmaddux did so well.
  • 3 0
 @Rubberelli: I completely agree, I'm very grateful for what goes into the race reports and photo epics. My comment was directed at waki, who I thought was being overly negative, but I misunderstood the tone he was going for.

That being said, given that davetrumpore was commenting, I do think it would make sense to just change the phrasing to avoid confusion, though I'm not sure he has that power once it's up.
  • 3 2
 @MarcusBrody: Waki is a self-proclaimed shit stirrer. Most of his comments can be taken as a pro or con to whatever story it is, to anger and spur on others to comment. He's not your average troll. He is the king of all trolls on Pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 @Rubberelli: The photo epics are indeed amazing, and it’s stunning that we get to enjoy them essentially for free, along with the highlights, raw video, and media squid obscenity-filled followcam footage.

@MarcusBrody : I don’t know editorial policy here, but to me as long as @davetrumpore recognized the error, it seems fine to let it go and move on. Just wanted to be sure T-MO wasn’t being overlooked.
  • 10 2
 @leelau: a big piece of old Waki has been killed by fungi... I just have a hard time believing in sincerity of these comments and most of all props. This is an article full of amazing pictures. Dave and many more photographers went out there, spent a whole day working hard to provide us this content, yet every single time they post it some folks decides to be smallest and focuses on text and captions, waving with some virtue flag. Well, Tracy is obviously not preparing a lawsuit... how is that even getting upvoted so much?

So well, I sympathize with Dave and other media squids.
  • 6 2
 @Rubberelli: I am a mix of Siberian Shaman and Scandinavian Troll... I eat toxic online shit without heat treating it and my body converts it into psychedelic essence that I piss out and you all drink it to get high. As with all psychedelics you can have a bad trip... because I am making you face your best and beatiful treats as well as your worst fears...
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: This gives a whole new meaning to "taking the piss"
  • 2 2
 @Rubberelli: I already wrote this once, and Waki took it too personally: as Umberto Eco said, the social network gave the word to the village's fool. This piece here on PB reaffirms this.
  • 4 1
 @southoftheborder: Umberto Eco is a great writer. You aren't. We aren't. We also don't know what he meant. One liners are a dangerous one line to pseudo intellectualism as I hope you will find at some point... hence you could read a bit about "village fool's" archetype (the monk, the joker, the outkast), it's role in society, which could maybe give you an angle on Ecos sentence which is inevitably opened to interpretation. For instance I read it as a positive observation. Take it all with a pinch of salt, that's all I mean.

I just don't understand why would this post get so many props if people giving them wouldn't be exercising recreational righteousness. I feel sorry for people who do, it's a sign of lack of respect to our community on Earth. I also have big respect to photographers and find it appaling how misguided is focus of people coming here, looking for the negative. Shich is ironic since positive props are used to achieve this. I did not criticize the comment istelf.

Since so people get butthurt over a caption, I reserve my right to get butthurt about them getting butthurt over a stupid thing. Are we fine?
  • 29 0
 Great pictures and write up! It's amazing how quickly they went up. I really appreciate the work that goes into covering the EWS. Keep it up. I can't wait for next season.
  • 19 0
 The queen stage was the last stage of the day with an extra 40 points on the line... Sam Hill opened the throttle - 8sec into the amazing Maes, 17sec into Rude. The guy is a legend!! Sam, please post footage of your stage 5 run.
  • 18 0
 Thanks PB for the great coverage this season!
  • 15 0
 Credit where it's due, this is one prediction Pinkbike did get right:

www.pinkbike.com/news/5-things-we-learned-at-ews-rotorua-2019.html
  • 10 0
 That sass with the Wikipedia link in the photo description. Take that random Pinkbiker.
  • 12 1
 Flat pedals wins medals
  • 7 0
 If only it were that easy!
  • 1 0
 sounds like freeride propaganda to me...
  • 11 2
 the Rude Maestros of the Hill
  • 7 1
 3 titles in a row and i've never seen a nukeproof on the trail, or mavic clothing on the trail. I see sram and rockshox a lot though, so maybe thats working.
  • 3 0
 I thought the same thing and it turns out that in Australia, the only listed Nukeproof dealer is in Queensland. I have a Mavic backpack but the brand might be more popular in road cycling?

I'll bet Nukeproof is more popular within the UK, owned as it is by Chain Reaction.
  • 1 0
 i bought a nukeproof mega to race on. badass bike, but even that dealer stopped selling them. i think CRC undersells all local distributors.
  • 5 2
 @boozed: here in France, Mavic is pretty much ubiquitous whether on the road or the trail. Every LBS on every street corner sells them and the spares. Also, their entry level wheels (Aksium for road, Crossride for MTB) are probably the best balance of light/strong you will find in a cheap wheelset
  • 4 0
 I bought a second hand Mega 290 to tide me over the winter after YT let me down and I am loving the bike. So much so that I’m waiting to see what the 2020 colours look like on the Mega.
I guess they are not that popular around the world being a small brand in the global sense and also having their own distribution channels including worldwide shipping. Not great if you want to test ride though. I’m 6’0” or 183cm tall and the large is a very nice fit for me with the stock stem, which looks like a 50mm unit. The long back end takes a bit of getting used to though. Fast as fook in rough straight stuff but needs a lot of tucking in on jump lines. Excellent on steep short climbs. It just sticks to the ground like glue. Considering I’ve got the cheapest “Comp” spec and it’s a 2018 model, it’s no less fun than the £5000 Nomad C I most recently owned. A bit rough around the edges, but that’s more down to the spec . The geometry is much better on the Mega.
  • 8 0
 Remember when Mavic Rims were everywhere.
  • 4 0
 @chyu: the old 231s, then 217s with their 15mm inner width!
  • 5 0
 There are quite a few of them in the places I've been in Europe. Canyons even more. Hell even my bro has a Mega (27.5in) and its a great bike. American/Canadian brands are so expensive unfortunately and in normal circumstances just now worth it.
  • 1 0
 @chyu: The majority of the bikes I have owned have Mavic rims/wheels. From my first MTB in 1991 to my last bike I bought at the beginning of this year. Along with the low price I paid Sam was a big reason why I bought a complete Mavic wheelset for the newest bike.

I agree there are definitely a lot less people running then these days.
  • 3 0
 @boozed: You don't buy all your gear at CRC? CRC aren't building Sam's bike because they make a ton of money from selling Nukeproof enduro bikes, they do it to sell the CRC brand so we all keep being our chains, cassettes and every other piece of gear there.
  • 1 0
 Haven't seen a nukeproof either. Not sure if they are getting outpriced by YT, Radon and the like in the online marketplace?

Mavic is pretty common in Europe but mostly on the road. I own a bunch of Mavic clothing which is all pretty good. The fit is great for slim people, which is ironic considering how Sam is built.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Oh yeah. Seems like, here in the US anyway, Mavic rims and wheels were a lot more popular a decade or so ago, when weight was everything, and before the trend to wider rims (which Mavic missed). Reliability issues with their hubs didn't help any, either.
  • 1 0
 Maybe you better order one yakimonti and see what they are all about ;-)
  • 2 0
 I needed a cheap bike to keep at my relative's house so I can fly in and have something to ride when I visit. After researching all of the direct to consumer bikes, i concluded that the Mega was the best deal so I bought an alloy Mega for 3K. I liked it so much I bought a carbon Mega for my primary bike for 4K. The comparable Enduro that year (201Cool was $6600 and had much worse components and worse geometry. I think Megas are great bikes and a good value. I travel North America quite a bit to ride and I've never seen another one on the trail (or even on a vehicles bike rack) either.
  • 1 0
 they're huge near me. Seen so many nukeproofs on the trails.
  • 5 0
 I would take last place just to be able to ride there. Wow is that terrain stunning. Congrats to all the riders and enjoy a well deserved break.
  • 4 0
 did the matterhorn run from Zermatt town..the tourist train accommodates bikes to the top...the train infrastructure in that country is incredible.
  • 6 0
 Great Pics, especially of Sam Hill. You have beer Sam, champagne Sam and champion Sam.
  • 5 0
 Thank you for all the gorgeus photos and news from the EWS scenes. You guys are rocks.
  • 5 0
 Who's over the hill again??
  • 5 0
 "on roots and en route" - ur word play game is on point.
  • 5 0
 Good work Sam. Thanks Pinkbike.
  • 4 0
 In Cantonese, Sam= three. Hill, well it's Hill. Its already in his name to win 3 times.
  • 1 0
 Awesome season, down to the wire in the mens... Although PB keep us in touch with the results, and great pics, its Rics vids that give the best overall feeling, can't wait for his offering.... what is the possibility of live coverage ? maybe the top 5 men and woman, ideally all but just being realistic..... Just watching live coverage of the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships from Grachen in Switzerland, this is being streamed over Facebook, surely EWS deserves at least the same, if not better... www.facebook.com/UCIMountainbike/videos/2783025125257278/?notif_id=1569134195407281&notif_t=live_video
  • 3 2
 "...Richie Rude started the day slowly but turned it over in the final two stages to take 2nd on the day. He also ends the season with the most stage wins of any riders despite missing the first three rounds..."

Came third, not second.
  • 3 1
 Wish we could see a decent picture of Isabeau's prototype Intense. A bike check written as a tribute to Chad would have been even better.
  • 1 0
 youtu.be/kPtBXG-Ue3A?t=176

looks like a Megatower
  • 5 3
 Why is there so little exposure for Kevin Miquel? This guy fot 4th and 3rd overall.. It's kinda big deal. is it because he has never been involved with any doping drama?
  • 1 0
 He’s fast AF.
  • 4 2
 A "Race day photo epic" without a clear picture of the race winning prototype bike feels a bit incomplete! Wink
  • 1 0
 1st and 3rd...
  • 1 0
 Its great to see only the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers on the podium; instead of 5, like at every other event these days.
  • 3 0
 Good job Sam!
  • 2 0
 That Men U21 picture is not of the overall but rather stage result.
  • 3 0
 Fark! The season is over
  • 2 0
 (Anita Gehrig photo) - New Norco Range 29er?
  • 1 0
 There is no new one......frame stays the same for 2020
  • 4 0
 Could be the 2020 Sight however
  • 2 0
 New Sight. Have one on order. Smile
  • 2 0
 @PaulieAU: I rode one recently.......pretty badass!!!
  • 2 0
 How does the season go by so fast? Ugh!!
  • 1 0
 How come Maes nor Rude were running the Kashima 36s? Any ideas?! Just an observation really.. Smile
  • 2 0
 There's articles about it on PB and on Vital.
  • 2 0
 Shawn Beer ????
  • 1 0
 Kick, push, kick, push, kick, push, coast
  • 1 0
 Well done Sam, I’m so pumped for ya!
  • 1 4
 It can't be coincedence Florian's performance dropped off after Mae's suspension. I don't think he wanted his first EWS championship to have an asterisk next to it. He knows how fast he is and wants the full glory. Assuming everyone stays healthy and clean, next year is going to be awesome!!
  • 1 0
 Miquel and Maes might be tough to beat for a while. They’re so fast.
  • 2 3
 That scratch on the pinky barely deserves a band-aid. Drink a glass of cement and harden up.
  • 3 0
 probably a broken finger under that though
  • 1 0
 @mrtoodles: that one hurts the next day, not on the race . we all know hahah
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