Practice Photo Epic: The Enduro Wet Series Returns - EWS Zermatt 2020

Aug 30, 2020
by Matthew DeLorme  


So much for easing back into things. Mother nature has decided to throw everything she's got at us here in Zermatt. With temperatures hovering around 45 degrees Fahrenheit, dense cloud cover, and unrelenting rain, practice got underway today. There was a delay to practice due to the clouds, as medic helicopters were grounded for the day. Stage practice order was reshuffled to get adequate medical personnel to the stages, and we were off. Most of the stages had incredible grip in the rain, except for the bottom of four, which was slicker than a greased weasel. Racers all donned their rain gear and made quick work of the four-stage practice session.

Given that there is no change in the forecast tomorrow, in fact, it could even snow overnight, the stage order has now been reshuffled to allow for the placement of medical personnel. The stage order will now be 1, 4, 3, 2. Time for all of us to dry out for the night and get after it tomorrow. Excitement levels are high.

Loose Dog passing the time in the pits.
Loose Dog passing the time in the pits.

Eddie Masters man of many tallents.
Eddie Masters, a man of many talents.

Those Toblerone muck guards sure are sweet.
Those Toblerone muck guards sure are sweet.

Building up those wheel sets.
Building up those wheelsets.

It s a rocky one got enough wheels
It's a rocky one, got enough wheels?

Jesse Melamed all smiles to be back racing. He s smiling with his eyes.
Jesse Melamed all smiles to be back racing. He's smiling with his eyes.

Cecile Ravanel looks like she might just rob a stage coach.
Cecile Ravanel looks like she might just rob a stagecoach.

Anita and Caro Gherig are stoked to be racing at home.
Anita and Caro Gehrig are stoked to be racing at home.

The GT boys go over the days plan of attack.
The GT boys go over the days plan of attack.

Miranda Miller ready to get cracking.
Miranda Miller ready to get cracking.

Miranda Miller in classic attack stance.
Miranda Miller in classic attack stance.

ALN is out in practice and despite the rain she almost looks like she is smiling.
ALN is out in practice after her crash in shakedown.

The top of stage three features plenty of chunky rocks and tight tuns.
The top of stage three features plenty of chunky rocks and tight turns.


Joe Barnes should be right at home in the slippery conditions. He should make some good shapes tomorrow .
Joe Barnes should be right at home in the slippery conditions. He should make some good shapes tomorrow.

Mark Scott on the gas on the slab heavy lower section of stage three.
Mark Scott on the gas for the slab heavy lower section of stage three.

A ribbon of brown gold near the top of stage three could be a river of brown gold come tomorrow.
A ribbon of brown gold near the top of stage three could be a river of brown gold come tomorrow.

Jesse Melamed on top of stage three. Hopefully Jesse will have a hell of a weekend.
Jesse Melamed on top of stage three. Hopefully, Jesse will have a hell of a weekend.

Follow the leader.
Follow the leader.

Lower stage four tomorrows stage 2 has plenty of slick roots and rocks and will definitely be a hand full.
Lower stage four (tomorrows stage 2) has plenty of slick roots and rocks and will definitely be a handful.

Greg Callaghan sould have no troubles in the slick conditions tomorrow.
Greg Callaghan should have no troubles in the slick conditions tomorrow.

Isabeau Courdurier weaves her way through the rooty rocky bottom section of stage 4. Which will now be stage two.
Isabeau Courdurier weaves her way through the rooty, rocky bottom section of stage four. Which will now be stage two.

Martin Maes is a contender for the podium tomorrow will he run away with it
Martin Maes is a contender for the podium tomorrow, will he run away with it?

Martha Gill gets a foot out on the lower grease of stage one.
Martha Gill gets a foot out on the lower grease of stage one.

Florian Nicolai making his way through the roughness of the woods with ease.
Florian Nicolai making his way through the roughness of the woods with ease.

Remi the Semi gets down to the root of it on today s stage four.
Remi the Semi gets down to the root of it on today's stage four.

Zermatt has plenty of tight corners these on stage one are the more friendly of the lot.
Zermatt has plenty of tight corners, these on stage one are the more friendly of the lot.

Matt Studdard has pulled of some amazing results in the past can he do it here
Matt Stuttard has pulled of some amazing results in the past, can he do it here?

Duncan Philpott- all smiles and prune hands.
Duncan Philpott- all smiles and prune hands.

Looking up it seems like this rain is going to stick around tomorrow. Should make for a very interesting first race back.
Looking up it seems like this rain is going to stick around tomorrow. Should make for a very interesting first race back.



26 Comments

  • 140 13
 Fahrenhight? Please use Celsius as the unit of temperature. Most of the worlds population has moved on....
  • 37 2
 It did seem quite out of place, especially given that this is a Canadian site covering a European event!
  • 33 2
 8 degrees. Sorry about that
  • 5 0
 @mdelorme: F 451 is a good book though, and the photos are great! Must have been grim up there!
  • 6 1
 THE ONLY SYSTEM USED TO MEASURE THE TEMPERATURE OF THE MOONS SURFACE, IN PERSON, IS FAHRENHEIT jk actually NASA uses metric
  • 4 0
 @hamncheez: Everyone uses metric - Imperial measurements are officially defined based on metric ones Smile
  • 1 0
 @foxinsocks: Not to mention that "metric" simply means "measurement". We all use *a* metric system. It's just that the US still uses Imperial, and the rest of the world uses SI.
  • 1 0
 @MtbSince84: nah, dont feel bad - its not JUST the US... you got Liberia and Myanmar on that list, too.

i have a feeling you guys will enjoy this one:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7x-RGfd0Yk&t=15s
  • 2 0
 @MtbSince84: Oh, not to mention the irony of having the USA, a country founded on a revolution against the British Empire, be using Imperial units long after the brits have move on.
can't make that shit up Smile
  • 1 0
 @foxinsocks: pretty sure 1/3 of the worlds country is founded on leaving the British Empire.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: Good point. Still... ironic Smile
  • 18 4
 I was about to mention the same thing! Celsius is the world standard!
  • 11 0
 @mdelorme , absolutely incredible shots. This makes the course look a hell of a lot gnarlier than any of the FPV footage I've seen. Thanks for braving the cold rain to get these for us!
  • 14 0
 281.15 K
  • 10 0
 However cold it was, those do not look like great conditions to be out on the side of a mountain taking photos!
  • 2 0
 COURSE AND SCHEDULE CHANGES
The race start has been postponed due to weather and conditions:
-First EWS100 racer at 10:50, first EWS racer at 12:37
-Lake Link stage (originally S1) and Glacier Garden (originally S3) canceled.
-Rock N’Roll start lowered to Grunsee -After Work finish will be one corner earlier (ca. 30m)

admin.enduroworldseries.com/uploads/documents/races/1598779636.pdf
  • 1 0
 COURSE AND SCHEDULE CHANGES
The race start has been postponed due to weather and conditions:
-First EWS100 racer at 10:50, first EWS racer at 12:37
-Lake Link stage (originally S1) and Glacier Garden (originally S3) canceled .
-Rock N’Rollstart lowered to Grunsee
-After Work finish will be one corner earlier (ca. 30m)
  • 2 0
 Just 2 stages then?
  • 2 0
 Get them elbow guards on! Lots of people were commenting on how easy these sections looked before these shots. Looks a hell of a lot harder than people thought I think rain or not. Good luck boys and girls!
  • 4 0
 You would think they’d have rain kit all sponsored up by now
  • 3 0
 @mdelorme , awesome photos!
  • 3 0
 Thank you!
  • 1 0
 Great to see the racing start again, hope for the best for all guys involved in this scenes. Great photos as usual, thank you @mdelorme.
  • 2 0
 These Conditions are definitely gonna shake things up.
  • 2 0
 Great shots. Would have been a tough day shooting on the hill
  • 1 0
 joe barnes using 27,5 in front and rear? amazing!

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