Day One Photo Epic: Rock Steady - EWS Northstar 2019

Aug 25, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  



Photo Epic presented by ODI

Another hot and dusty day in Northstar started with an unorthodox schedule that saw riders practice stage four in the morning before racing stages one and two in the afternoon. Something different for riders, as they would have to change their mindset from the morning to the afternoon, but that offered a chance to spread the racing out a bit and enabled some time for recovery - and it avoided the hottest hours of the day, which at this altitude, was a very welcome opportunity.

For the women, it would be Isabeau Courdurier who would take back to back stage wins to set up a commanding lead before Sunday's final four stages. Behind her would be Noga Korem who placed 2nd on each of the stages and ended the day just 11 seconds back. That's a lot of time to make up on these short stages, but should Isabeau make any kind of mistake (like she did in Whistler) it will be costly. Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau sits in 3rd another 12 seconds down on Noga's time, but only four seconds ahead of Ines Thoma, who is looking to steal the final podium spot.

In the men's race, it would be Richie Rude who would smoke the field by seven seconds on stage one with Martin Mae's and Sam Hill in tow. But on Stage two Sam Hill would return the favor to take back 6 seconds from Rude. Setting up what will hopefully be a close battle on Sunday as Richie only holds down a scant one second lead with four stages still to play for. Behind them, there are a few names we don't always see in and around the top ten, namely Mitch Ropelato who currently sits 3rd and Cody Kelley who is currently 9th. In the battle for the podium positions Martin Maes ended the day just off the pace but only one second off of Ropelato, so you can be sure he will be on the hunt tomorrow. The biggest news of the day, however, wasn't good, as Eddie Masters went down hard on stage two and is out with what looks to be a broken wrist. Sadly, we may not see Eddie again at either a World Cup or an EWS this season.

The man who stands to capitalize the most, however, is Sam Hill. He now has one less man to chase down for the championship. That man is Florian Nicolai, who is having a disaster of a weekend and currently sits 19th. Should Sam keep on his current late-season form and Florian not able to match his early season pace, it is very likely that we may see Sam Hill take his 3rd world title in a row after all things are said and done in Zermatt next month.

Ready to rock
Ready to rock

The morning saw riders practice stage 4 before heading back up the mountain to race stages 1 2
The morning saw riders practice stage four before heading back up the mountain to race stages one & two.

When your pants look like this 10 seconds into you first practice run of the day you know things are rowdy
When your pants look like this Ten seconds into your first practice run of the day you know things are rowdy.

After a practice session in the morning the mechanics were busy getting bikes prepped for the two race stages in the afternoon.
After a practice session in the morning, the mechanics were busy getting bikes prepped for the two race stages in the afternoon.

Some last minute stage notes for ALN after practice and before heading up to kick off the weekends first tow stages of racing
Some last-minute stage notes for ALN after practice, before heading up to kick off the weekend's first two stages.

Isabeau trying to relax between practice and the first race stages of the weekend
Isabeau trying to relax between practice and the first race stages of the weekend.

Shawn Neer battled the dust into 13th
Shawn Neer battled the dust into 13th.

The dust is still thick even at 30 second intervals. Luckily the top men and women get a full minute between riders.
Dust was still thickm even at 30-second intervals. Luckily, the top men and women get a full minute between riders.

Theo Galy slipping and sliding on stage 1
Theo Galy slipping and sliding on stage one.

ALN currently sits in third can she put it to Noga tomorrow
ALN currently sits in third. Can she put it to Noga tomorrow?

Cody Kelley loves the dust and currently sits 9th
Cody Kelley loves the dust and currently sits 9th.

Matt Walker sits 8th
Matt Walker now sits 8th.

The ruts were deep and the dust was flying here in Tahoe.
Ruts were deep dust was flying here in Tahoe.

Florian Nicolai is struggling with the dust and sits 19th. He is very much in danger of loosing his overall leads in the series to Sam Hill if he can not regain his early season form.
Florian Nicolai is struggling with the dust and sits 19th. He is very much in danger of losing his overall lead in the series to Sam Hill.

Flat pedal destruction and the reason Sam Hill has the number one plate on the front of his bike.
Flat pedal destruction is the reason Sam Hill has the number one plate.

Richie Rude crushed everyone on stage 1 but Sam Hill returned the favor on stage 2.
Richie Rude crushed everyone on stage ne, but Sam Hill returned the favor on stage two.

Martin Maes started the in 2nd but ended in 4th just a few seconds back.
Martin Maes started the day in 2nd, but ended it in 4th, just a few seconds back.

Sam Hill was on a mission on stage two taking seven seconds back from Richie Rude.
Hill was on a mission on stage two, taking seven seconds back from Richie Rude.

Pedro Burns will be looking to pick up the pace tomorrow. The conditions suit the young Chilean.
Pedro Burns will be looking to pick up the pace tomorrow. The conditions suit the young Chilean.

2nd on both stages and 2nd overall after day one for Noga Korem
Second on both stages and 2nd overall after day one for Noga Korem.

Rae Morrison on the rocks in the early morning practice on stage 4
Rae Morrison on the rocks in the early morning practice on stage four.

Two stage wins and a healthy lead for Isabeau going into day 2
Two stage wins and a healthy lead for Isabeau going into day two.

Morgane Charre 5th and just 6 seconds away from the podium with 4 stages still to go
Morgane Charre 5th and just six seconds away from the podium with four stages still to go.

Kasper Wolley 3rd in U21
Kasper Wolley 3rd in U21

Katy Winton is outside the top 5 and some work to do if she wants to get on the podium
Katy Winton is outside the top five and some work to do if she wants to get on the podium.

Dimitri Tordo started the day of rowdy with a full on rodeo ride down stage four in practice. He sits in 15th after day one.
Dimitri Tordo started the day off rowdy with a full-on rodeo ride down stage four in practice. He now sits in 15th.

What a day for Mitch Ropelato. He feels right at home sliding around in the dust and currently sits 3rd
What a day for Mitch Ropelato. He feels right at home sliding around in the dust and currently is 3rd.

Joe Nation is still finding his way back after injury. He sits in 37th after day one.
Joe Nation is still finding his way back after injury. He sits in 37th after day one.

Duncan Nason loves the dry conditions and is leading the U21 race
Duncan Nason loves the dry conditions and is leading the U21 race.

Mckay Vezina just off the top ten pace and in 11th
Mckay Vezina, just off the top ten pace in 11th.

Adrien Dailly is adapting well to the moon dust and rounds out the top 5
Adrien Dailly is adapting well to the moon dust and rounds out the top five.

Jesse Melamed currently sits in 7th
Jesse Melamed currently sits in 7th.

Antoine Vidal sits in second place in junior men.
Antoine Vidal sits in second place in junior men.

Robin Wallner blasts the big rock garden on stage 2
Robin Wallner blasts the big rock garden on stage two.

Kevin Miquel is a bit out of his element in the dust but is holding strong in 6th
Kevin Miquel is out of his element, but is holding strong in 6th.

Miranda Miller sits in eighth place after day one.
Miranda Miller sits in eighth place after day one.

Noga Korem sits in second after day one.
Noga Korem, firmly in second.

Lewis Buchanan was the getting loose is practice so it s no surprise his race runs were just as entertaining
Lewis Buchanan was getting loose in practice, so it's no surprise that his race runs were equally entertaining.

Elliot Heap had little problem sliding in the dust today. He sits in tenth after day one.
Elliot Heap had little problem sliding in the dust today. He sits in tenth after day one.

Sadly Eddie Masters is out of action after a big crash on Stage 2. It sounds like a broken wrist and possibly the end to his season
Sadly, Eddie Masters is out of action after a big crash on Stage two. It sounds like a broken wrist and possibly the end to his season.

A confident Richie Rude leads after day 1 but just barely. Sam Hill is hot on his heals and only one second off the pace
A confident Richie Rude leads after day one, but just barely. Sam Hill is hot on his heels, only one second off the pace.

Randy fuels up with a ham and cheese not a dirty burger.
Randy fuels up with a ham and cheese, not a dirty burger.

Ya need something to wash all that dust down.
Ya need something to wash all that dust down.

Loose and rough. This weekend we are sure to see some carnage.
Loose and rough. With four stages to go, we are sure to see more carnage.



41 Comments

  • 43 8
 That BW photo of Ritchie looking confident is so dope ...
  • 31 61
flag joepuddle (Aug 25, 2019 at 4:33) (Below Threshold)
 You would be too if you had the special sauce
  • 3 3
 Wyn is masking his laughter
  • 4 3
 Pinkbike is a proof that people are not taking enough drugs or the wrong sort. Too much beer and other brewed crap. Too little love for a fellow rider.
  • 23 0
 That photo of Rae in bw through the rock chute is amazing. Looks like a real moonscape. Also sad news for Eddie, he was a real chance for the overall.
  • 4 0
 looks like she's dropping into Mordor
  • 6 0
 real bummed Eddie is out for the season, he was doing so well too.
  • 7 1
 Amazing shot.
Trumpore is easily 80% of the reason I browse Pinkbike.
  • 9 1
 Great to see brilliant photos getting used even if the racer in them is not a front runner. It just sets the scene so well...
  • 8 2
 Yeah, for fuck's sake, no need to write a page response over a stupid comment meant as a funny. I do not need a lecture on your take on beer. Just like a beer snob to get his feeling hurt. Go untie your man bun.
  • 23 1
 True story... People fail to realize you can have both an appreciation for craft beers yet still love a nice cheap yellow beer just as much. Sometimes a PBR/Coors/etc hits the spot on a hot day more than your tripple IPA with wild yeast and artisinal spring water... And the best part is you can drink it without having to talk about drinking it haha.
  • 2 0
 @davetrumpore: ^^^ this is spot on.
  • 6 1
 Oh no Eddie! But fuck yeah Sam, go for it!
  • 4 0
 I sound like a broken record, but we are the most fortunate sport/culture to have the most talented photogs in the world...
  • 3 0
 When there's a picture of just rocks in a photo epic, you know the photographer is a boss. Brilliant photo epic!
  • 3 1
 Is Sam Hill riding a 29er this race? In which case that is definitely the new carbon 290.
  • 2 0
 Yes, the same last one in Whistler. 29 all the way. He has prototype though with 165 mm travel.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, I have the 2018 mega 290 factory. It's a weapon of a bike! Just makes everything so easy
  • 2 0
 I'm glad this race is showing to have some of the gnarliest sections on the whole EWS. The pictures are tell the tale.
  • 1 0
 Hot Take: Session IPAs are just hoppyish pale ales with the IPA name added. Figured I'd throw that out there while we are talking beer.
  • 2 0
 Blown out with their phones out!!! Yeah Mitch!!!
  • 3 1
 How does Isabeau ride a 29er!
  • 11 0
 with tiny steeze
  • 2 1
 incredible shots as always
  • 2 0
 Heal up Eagle
  • 1 0
 would be dope if ropo was on his 5010 on which he became king of crankworx
  • 1 0
 Looks wild
  • 1 1
 Great shots as usual Love the Morgane Charre pic Dave
  • 1 1
 This Ricky Roots guy seems unstoppable
  • 1 1
 So many good shots…
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