Photo Epic: Race Day - EWS Loudenvielle 2021 Race 1

Sep 3, 2021
by Dave Trumpore  



The fifth round of the 2021 Enduro World Series, Michelin EWS Loudenvielle, saw riders battle a tough course in some very challenging conditions.

High in the French Pyrenees, Loudenvielle made its EWS debut in typically dramatic fashion with torrential rain and slick mud adding some spice to the mix during yesterdays' practice session. The result of which would see a weather-shortened schedule with riders tackling four of the original five stages. A day out that that still equated to nearly 3000 meters of descending.

In the women’s race, Noga Korem took the first two stages of the day and led the race ahead of second-placed Melanie Pugin, although two times series champion Isabeau Courdurier put the power down to take stage three. However, none of them could match the speed displayed by Harriet Harnden who absolutely decimated the competition on the all-important Queen Stage, winning by over 20 seconds and claiming her second EWS victory in the process. Pugin finished just behind her in second, with Korem having to settle for third after a big crash lost her valuable time.

It was a different story in the men’s race, which Jack Moir controlled right from the start, and never really looked back. Winning three of the four stages, there was no one hot on his heels as in the previous round's battle between Jack and Richie Rude. Once again it would in fact be Richie Rude who came the closest to finish the day in second place and 12 seconds back. Making it the 5th race in a row where Jack and Richie have both finished 1st or 2nd, with Jack now holding three wins to two advantage, and with it, the series lead. Kevin Miquel rode consistently all day and was rewarded with third place.

Canyon Collective were Team of the Day, with Specialized Racing in second and Sunn French Connexion by Alp D’Huez rounding out the podium in third. The series stays in Loudenvielle for round six, with the Pro Stage kicking off proceedings on Saturday night, followed by four more stages on Sunday.


Foggy moody and raining to start the day
Foggy, moody, and raining to start the day

It was a damp and dreary start to what would become a beautiful day in the high mountains
It was a damp and dreary start to what would become a beautiful day in the high mountains

But soon looking a bit better high above treeline

The dust was a bit slick to start with light rain falling in the morning but the sun would soon bake it to perfection
The dust was a bit slick to start with light rain falling in the morning, but the sun would soon bake it to perfection

Kasper Woolley reviewing helmet cam footage in the pits before heading to stage 1
Kasper Woolley reviewing helmet cam footage in the pits before heading to stage 1

A little light on an otherwise dark morning high in the mountains
A little light on an otherwise dark morning high in the mountains

There was still quite a bit of mud for the racers who dropped first thing in the day
There was still quite a bit of mud for the racers who dropped first thing in the day

Pinkbike Acadamy winner Evan Wall would take 63rd
Pinkbike Acadamy winner, Evan Wall, would take 63rd

Little rider in a big landscape. The stages here in Loudenvielle were massive as riders still descended over 3000m despite yesterday s weather forcing the race to be shortened from four stages to three
Little rider in a big landscape. The stages here in Loudenvielle were massive as riders still descended over 3000m despite yesterday's weather forcing the race to be shortened from four stages to three

Iago Garay above the clouds on stage 1
Iago Garay above the clouds on stage 1

Raphaela Richter in 8th
Raphaela Richter in 8th

Slowly the storms new out and the promise of a sunny day was on the horizon
Slowly the storms blew out and the promise of a sunny day was on the horizon

Isabeau Courdurier just off the podium by 4 seconds
Isabeau Courdurier just off the podium by 4 seconds

Melanie Pugin took 2nd and retains her lead in the series after five rounds
Melanie Pugin took 2nd and retains her lead in the series after five rounds

Richie Rude got off to a bit of a slow start but by the end was once again in the position to challenge Jack Moir for the win before ending his day in 2nd
Richie Rude got off to a bit of a slow start, but by the end was once again in the position to challenge Jack Moir for the win before ending his day in 2nd

Jose Borges has been constantly in the mix all season finishing in 6th
Jose Borges has been constantly in the mix all season, finishing in 6th

Vid Persak was sitting 7th until a puncture ruined his day
Vid Persak was sitting 7th until a puncture ruined his day

Stage 2 was the only stage completely below the tree line
Stage 2 was the only stage completely below the tree line

6th for Morgane Charre
6th for Morgane Charre

Harriet Harnden out her XC strengths to use on the very physical Stage 4 to make up over 20 seconds and take her second EWS win in a row
Harriet Harnden put her XC strengths to use on the very physical Stage 4 to make up over 20 seconds and take her second EWS win in a row

Just 5 seconds off the podium and in 5th for Theo Galy
Just 5 seconds off the podium and in 5th for Theo Galy

12th for Damien Oton
12th for Damien Oton

Noga Korem led until the final stage were a crash would push her down to 3rd
Noga Korem led until the final stage were a crash would push her down to 3rd

Adrien Dailly would take 13th
Adrien Dailly would take 13th

Morgane Jonier on stage 2
Morgane Jonier on stage 2

Christian Textor on stage 3
Christian Textor on stage 3

Katy Winton had her best result of the season to 5th
Katy Winton had her best result of the season to 5th

Ella Connolly high above the trees on stage 2
Ella Connolly high above the trees on stage 2

Kevin Miquel on form and back on the podium in his home country
Kevin Miquel on form and back on the podium in his home country

7th today for Dmitri Tordo
7th today for Dmitri Tordo

Bex Baraona in rounding out the top 10
Bex Baraona in rounding out the top 10

Jesse Melamed would ave liked a bit more tech to showcase his skills but would still manage a respectable 8th on the fast and open slopes in Loudenvielle
Jesse Melamed would have liked a bit more tech to showcase his skills, but would still manage a respectable 8th on the fast and open slopes in Loudenvielle

Martin Maes 4th and just 4 seconds off the podium. He will be looking for redemption here in Sunday
Martin Maes 4th and just 4 seconds off the podium. He will be looking for redemption here on Sunday

Remi Gauvin against the dramatic sky
Remi Gauvin against the dramatic sky

The dirt was absolutely perfect today
The dirt was absolutely perfect today by the afternoon

Stage 3... what a trial that just seems to go on forever
Stage 3... what a trial, that just seems to go on forever

Youn Deniaud started the day in the top 5 but would slip down to 9th after the very physical final stage that favored riders with pure leg power more than just technical skills
Youn Deniaud started the day in the top 5 but would slip down to 9th after the very physical final stage that favored riders with pure leg power more than just technical skills

Hugo Pigeon in the top 15
Hugo Pigeon in the top 15

Antoine Vidal would end the day in 18th
Antoine Vidal would end the day in 18th

The final stage defended through the village streets to finish right in the main square
The final stage defended through the village streets to finish right in the main square

Jack Moir powering to the line to take his third win of the year and reclaiming the series lead from Richie Rude
Jack Moir powering to the line to take his third win of the year, and reclaiming the series lead from Richie Rude

Harriet Harnden put the power down to take the win in front of Melanie Pugin and Noga Korem
Harriet Harnden put the power down to take the win in front of Melanie Pugin and Noga Korem

Richie Rude and Kevin Miquel help shower the dust and mud off race winner Jack Moir
Richie Rude and Kevin Miquel help shower the dust and mud off race winner Jack Moir

Time to clean up the mess and do it all over again in a few days. With a mix of rain and sun in the forecast round 6 will be just as unpredictable
Time to clean up the mess and do it all over again in a few days. With a mix of rain and sun in the forecast, round 6 will be just as unpredictable

Lets hope for more of this over the coming days for round 6 here in Loudenvielle France
Let's hope for more of this over the coming days for round 6 here in Loudenvielle, France



17 Comments

  • 35 0
 Oh man,those are some stunning pictures.
Fantastic work,@Dave Trumpore.
  • 7 0
 Really interesting to see Evan from the Pinkbike Academy being so far down the field as i was curious as to how well or badly the academy guys would do.
  • 21 2
 There's a lurning curve to racing EWS rounds, especially big mountain rounds and their massively long stages. It can be an eye opening experience, and one to build from.
  • 3 0
 @davetrumpore: I'd certainly imagine so Dave yeah.. Will be interesting to see how he progresses.
  • 9 0
 I think that's a respectable finish, there's plenty of team riders rarely getting into the top 20 (e.g. santa cruz), and even the top guys (Hill, Nicolai) struggle to make it into the top 20 on an off year (training and injury issues respectively)
  • 5 0
 Always enjoying the Photography, awesome shots. Big respect. Almost makes up for no live footage.
  • 5 0
 great scenery, light, and caught perfectly by one of the best photographers on pinkbike.
  • 5 0
 Brilliant photography!
  • 4 0
 mint pics
  • 2 0
 Jesse melamed on a orange colorway altitude? want!
  • 6 0
 It’s peachy!
  • 1 0
 Is there a reason Harnden would be on Line Elite wheels rather than the Line Pro?
  • 2 0
 The EWS racers dont prefer carbon wheels due to their stiffness and the unpleasant thought of them shattering, so the aluminum wheels are a go to for the pros, as they're still pretty solid wheels.
  • 1 0
 perfect pic, making dirt look great.
  • 1 0
 Great pics as always, big thumbs up for @davetrumpore.
  • 1 0
 Why is it that at each French round of the ews there is a canceled stage?
  • 1 0
 What a track

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