Photo Epic: Race Day - EWS Loudenvielle 2021 Race 2

Sep 5, 2021
by Dave Trumpore  



The Pro Stage kicked off proceedings on Saturday night, where the tightest racing of the weekend went down in the women’s field. Series leader Melanie Pugin took top honors, while Noga Korem and Estelle Charles took second and third place respectively, with less than a second between all three. For the Men, Jack Moir edged out Richie Rude by the slimmest of margins as the pair continued their toe to toe rivalry for the 6th straight round.

The scene was set for an intense showdown on Sunday’s five stages, and it more than delivered. Morgane Charre, Harriet Harnden and Korem all claimed stage victories, but it was Isabeau Courdurier’s consistency all race that paid off, handing her a win for the second time this season.

In the men’s race Jack Moir came out swinging from the start, but it would be Richie Rude who would pull back time and control the race up until the final stage. Veterans like Martin Maes and a fresh face in Kasper Woolley threw their hands into the mix, but it wasn’t enough to compete with times being put down in the never-ending Rude versus Moir battle. Despite two stage wins for Rude, a dropped chain on the final stage saw him running up a climb and coasting to the finish line, ended his chances. Allowing Jack Moir to claim the final stage and with it the race. Rude had to settle for the second step on the podium and Kevin Miquel continued his impressive form to land on the third for the second race in a row.

Once more it was Canyon Collective who picked up Team of the Day, with Specialized Racing in second and Lapierre Zipp Collective in third - extending Canyon’s lead in the overall team competition.

Melanie Pugin and Jack Moir continue their leads in the individual overall.

The series returns next week when it heads to a brand new venue in Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Loudenvielle France
Loudenvielle, France

It s nice to be riding chairlifts as opposed to climbing to access most stages this week. The sheer amount of descending is more than enough to ruin you during the course of the race
It's nice to be riding chairlifts as opposed to climbing to access most stages this week. The sheer amount of descending is more than enough to ruin you during the course of the race

McKay Vezina on Saturday s Pro Stage
McKay Vezina on Saturday's Pro Stage

Aggressive riding from Antoine Vidal landed his in 10th
Aggressive riding from Antoine Vidal landed him in 10th

The first win of the year for Isabeau Courdurier
The second win of the year for Isabeau Courdurier

Morgane Charre rebounded from a tough race a few days ago to take second
Morgane Charre rebounded from a tough race a few days ago to take second

Adrien Dailly on stage 2
Adrien Dailly on stage 2

Stage 6 took a break from the high alpine environment and made it s way through a technical forest
Stage 6 took a break from the high alpine environment and made its way through a technical forest

There was still some water about after the massive storms earlier in the week
There was still some water about after the massive storms earlier in the week

Stage 6 passed through some farms as it made it s way in and out of the forest
Stage 6 passed through some farms as it made its way in and out of the forest

9th for Connor Fearon who s figuring out the EWS thing
9th for Connor Fearon who's figuring out the EWS thing

Richie Rude was on a mission today pulling back time after yesterday s Pro Stage to lead through the day. Only to have it all come undone with a dropped chain on the final stage
Richie Rude was on a mission today, pulling back time after yesterday's Pro Stage to lead through the day. Only to have it all come undone with a dropped chain on the final stage

Hugo Pigeon on stage 1
Hugo Pigeon on stage 1

Jack Moir made it two wins in two tries In Loudenvielle thanks in part to a little luck after Richie Rude dropped a chain on the final stage
Jack Moir made it two wins in two tries In Loudenvielle, thanks in part to a little luck after Richie Rude dropped a chain on the final stage

Unfortunatelty a puncture took Jesse Melamed out of the running
Unfortunatelty a puncture took Jesse Melamed out of the running

Kasper Woolley threw down today to run as high as third for a few stages before ending the day in 4th.
Kasper Woolley threw down today to run as high as third for a few stages before ending the day in 4th.

3rd for the second race in a row for Kevin Miquel
3rd for the second race in a row for Kevin Miquel

Melanie Pugin would come 3rd and retain her lead in the overall
Melanie Pugin would come 3rd and retain her lead in the overall

Just off the podium on 4th for Noga Korem
Just off the podium in 4th for Noga Korem

Remember Slawomir Lukasik s name because after his 7th place finish today we image we will be seeing much more of him
Remember Slawomir Lukasik's name because after his 7th place finish today we imagine we will be seeing much more of him

Dimitri Tordo with a rare result outside the top 10 in 12th
Dimitri Tordo with a rare result outside the top 10 in 12th

Harriet Harnden won here a few days ago but some drivetrain issues held her back on one stage eventually settling for 6th
Harriet Harnden won here a few days ago but some drivetrain issues held her back on one stage, eventually settling for 6th

Martin Maes would finish 6th on the day
Martin Maes would finish 6th on the day

Vid Persak on Stage 4
Vid Persak on Stage 4

Another top 10 for Jose Borges
Another top 10 for Jose Borges

Back on the pace an in 5th for Ella Conolly
Back on the pace and in 5th for Ella Conolly

11th for newcomer Irenee Menjou of France
11th for newcomer Irenee Menjou of France

Panning with some French colors at the finish line
Panning with some French colors at the finish line

An exhausted Raphaela Richter after the last stage. She would end the day 8th
An exhausted Raphaela Richter after the last stage. She would end the day 8th

A very emotional win for Isabeau Courdurier
A very emotional win for Isabeau Courdurier

Richie had the pace for the win but a mechanical dashed his hopes of keeping Jack Moir in check today
Richie had the pace for the win, but a mechanical dashed his hopes of keeping Jack Moir in check today

What could have been for Richie Rude today
What could have been for Richie Rude today

Double fisting after a long week
Double fisting after a long week

Isabeau Courdurier takes her first win of the season with Morgane Charre in second and Melanie Pugin third
Isabeau Courdurier takes her second win of the season with Morgane Charre in second and Melanie Pugin third

The same as a few days prior for round 5. Jack Moir leading out Richie Rude and Kevin Miquel
The same as a few days prior for round 5. Jack Moir leading out Richie Rude and Kevin Miquel

Tine to party... Hope The EWS makes a visit to this place again in the future
Tine to party... Hope The EWS makes a visit to this place again in the future



34 Comments

  • 73 11
 The "little luck" comment about Richie Rude dropping a chain is kind of off the mark IMO. It's not like the chain just randomly bailed out of nowhere, I believe he mentioned it happened after hitting something. I'm sure Jack Moir had plenty of opportunities to hit stuff and wreck the drivetrain, it only happens that he managed not to do so.

Sorry for the rant, I just dislike to see Jack's achievement to be somewhat diminished
  • 16 11
 I don't see it as diminishing Jack's win at all. Any time someone has a mechanical during a race there is some luck involved. If it was a privateer that didn't have their bike prepped properly then it is just bad race craft. These guys are all incredible riders and Jack had to be riding strong enough to take advantage of Richey's misfortune.
  • 12 1
 Yeah, I don't see any luck being involved, Jack rode a smarter and cleaner race and won. Great photos!
  • 2 0
 Agreed
  • 7 1
 I just cracked a DT EX471 back rim which is the same rim many of the EWS riders race on. I promise you the broken rim is far more a reflection of my terrible line choices than anything to do with being particularly fast. Line choice definitely matters lol
  • 3 0
 Sometimes you just get a random rock being thrown up and hitting the bike in the wrong place, there is always a bit of luck involved in any race run, but I do agree that to a large extent we mostly influence our own luck.
  • 1 0
 That's just racing, man. It's a competition and theres going to be some banter. It's not all about making every feel great and giving pats on the back all the time.
  • 3 0
 In the finish Jack said he dodged a bullet. He'd hit two trees on the way down and essentially thrown his run away, while already 4 seconds back going in... He thought he'd lost it for sure. I believe you can see it on his IG Stories as well... Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. It doesn't diminish anything.
  • 15 0
 best photos ever, dave trumpore!!!!
  • 12 0
 Great shots! As others have said before, these photo stories are some of the best EWS coverage. That patriotic pan shot is pure art.
  • 13 0
 That Vidal pic is bonkers! The Fearon one a banger as well
  • 10 0
 The Adrien Dailly shot-looks like he tore out of the heavens onto the trail, as evidenced by the vapour trail.
  • 3 0
 That one is off the charts. POY material.
  • 1 0
 @nozes:

Agree - I wonder how much prep went into composition set up and then timing for the perfect angle to pull it all together?

Outstanding shot (and my new wall paper)
  • 2 0
 What I really want to know is will Jesse post the GoPro footage to his channel of him trying to deal with a flat on the fourth stage of an EWS race. If I had to deal with that I can only imagine the shit show of cursing and tools being thrown out everywhere that would ensue!
  • 1 0
 Zero acknowledgement of the efforts of the U21 riders and their achievements and not just on here, it's universal across all EWS media, even on the organizer's channels. It doesn't fuel the fire for brands, teams and their partners to invest their precious resources into the next crop of talent for this discipline.
  • 5 0
 Because their race is impossible for me to cover... They start first and are 2 stages ahead the whole day. Hundreds of riders before the top 20 women and top 30 men that come down last.
  • 2 0
 This is by no means a pop at you @davetrumpore, just the frustration of a brand with two fast U21 riders and a lack of infrastructure beyond our own means, to share their accomplishments. And our apologies. Shooting an EWS solo with a World Cup happening at the same weekend, straining the photography component of PB's team and getting images like this, is a feat unto itself. Hopefully, we'll have some Elite's in the mix soon enough.
  • 1 1
 Do racers get extra advantage for winning stages? I know consistency is a big part of these races but feels a bit off when a rider wins 5 out of 6 stages, lose time on one stage and then end up in 15th overall. I'm thinking more in ALN's case where she injured her ankle after winning every stage before that. Some incentive to taking stage wins would be an interesting addition imo
  • 5 0
 Its all about how fast you can go on ALL the stages, not just one or two
  • 4 0
 It appears Richie got OneUpped! Couldn’t help myself, it was too easy.
  • 2 0
 Sort of a cascading comment for a chain drop..
  • 3 0
 Dave Trumpore is absolutely smashing these photos stories out of the park. Sensational.
  • 4 0
 Wow! Go jack!
  • 3 0
 It is unbelievable how close racing has gotten this year.
  • 3 0
 I only made it to the comments section because of a mechanical
  • 2 0
 Pinkbike - Fancy making sure the U21's get some sort of Acknowledgement too? It's like their race didn't even happen...
  • 2 0
 See my comment above... We do include them on the results page which is always posted to the homepage after events.
  • 3 0
 @fit4racing well there is an opportunity if there ever was one:
1. Get an idea of overall season budget required to be a media squid from the current pros
2, Pitch to all U21 brands that you can cover their athletes during the races/ season, spread the cost over all brands.
3. Get accredited with EWS.
4. Follow the series & athletes (generating extra paying content between races).
5. Sell content to PB for extra wedge.
6. Enjoy the process of finding accommodation in Europe that doesn't blow a panel when you go to charge all your gear each evening, Covid tests, long road transfers, shitty wifi (for back ups and submitting content).
7. Become a mountain bike content legend.
  • 1 0
 @andrewbikeguide: Any quick workaround that could remove steps 2 through 6? Asking for a friend.
  • 3 0
 Damn, these are incredible @davetrumpore. Amazing work.
  • 3 0
 Go Lukasick!!!
  • 1 0
 178bpm - must be really close after finish line!
  • 1 0
 Great Photos! Awesome job!

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