This morning started off as calm and picturesque as ever, giving no indication whatsoever as to what was in store for the late afternoon.
Did Yoann ride this one out?
Sadly he did not, and injured his right knee in the process.
Thomas Lapeyrie, unlucky 13 this weekend.
This wasn't the weekend Florian Nicolai hoped for, he never seemed to find his flow and found himself all the way back in ninth. While he can mathematically still catch Richie in Finale, anything less than his maiden win will effectively hand the title to Rude.
Joe Smith getting loose on stage seven.
With tight running at the front today, Nico Vouilloz was one of the losers in the leading group, getting shuffled back to sixth this evening.
Francois Bailly-Maitre came in 7th today and is now 12th in the overall, despite scoring no points in Scotland.
Sometimes it seems like there are no spectators at races these days. Just phones and cameras.
Consistency always pays off, and despite not having a stellar season, Jerome Clementz has always been in the mix and will head into the final round 3rd in the overall.
Tracy kept it safe and steady today, but won big on the second stage to secure her margin and the win to extend her title lead.
It was checkers or wreckers this weekend for Fabien in an attempt to contest Richie for the overall. He fought valiantly but it was just not to be for one of the most decorated racers on the circuit.
Pauline Diefenthaler finished in a very respectable sixth this weekend.
Raewyn Morrison nailed it this weekend and would finish a personal EWS best in 5th.
Richie Rude did just enough today, a 12th, a 2nd and a 4th were enough to defend his lead, in the end he was still 20 seconds clear of the field. That's an impressive result when you consider that second to eighth are split by only 17 seconds.
Anneke Beerten suffered an untimely puncture on stage 6 to slide to 13th on the weekend. Worst though is that she has now dropped a spot in the overall to 4th.
Adreanne Lanthier-Nadeau seems to have taken confidence from her eighth yesterday and ran with it today. A string of fourths and fifths today left her sitting in a very impressive fourth when the dust settled.
Fifteenth can't have been what Joe Barnes was looking for this weekend.
Despite winning four stages here in Ainsa, Cecile Ravenel would still concede too much time to Tracy Moseley when it counted, eventually finishing in second.
Jared Graves finally took a win on stage seven and would finish less than a second off the podium. With stage eight getting cancelled he never got that last chance to challenge Maes and Barelli.
Martin Maes was on a tear during the first stage this morning. When most of the top ten were separated by a second, he was a whole two seconds out front.
Isabeau Courdurier is definitely the young woman to watch for the future. 3rd place here in Ainsa marks her second straight podium in a row.
Once again T-Mo left the rest of the women in her dust.
The EWS media crew enjoys some refreshments on stage 7.5 during a massive delay that eventually ended in the cancellation of stage eight.
As the rain started to fall the loose dust at the bottom of stage eight turned into greasy clay. Even a rider as experienced as Matti Lehikoinen couldn't read the conditions and found himself thrown out the front door.
Sunny all day, every day, except for the last hour that mattered. With a 20 second lead Richie was one of the few riders in the top 10 who didn't miss out of one last fight for the podium on the canceled stage 8.
Despite the biblical rainfall, riders were still enjoying themselves.
Fabien admitted after the race that the game for him is over. The world title is all he wanted and he knows that the lead Richie has built is going to be nigh-on impossible for him to overhaul.
How wet was it? Wet enough for Nico Lau to be able to wring his gloves out as he closed his fists.
It wasn't just the riders that got drenched - the media got hammered too. There were more than a couple of cameras that succumbed to the downpour.
Martin Maes took his first ever podium today. After an up and down season, he seems to be finally finding his pace.
Your women's podium for the weekend - Tracy Moseley, Cecile Ravanel and Isabeau Courdurier.
The men's podium and the best trophies of the season.
That's two seconds in a row for Barelli, he started slow this season, but is now showing the potential he showed at the end of last year.
Richie Rude takes the top spot in Ainsa to makes it three EWS wins in a row. If he finishes in the top 25 next weekend in Finale Ligure he will take the overall title with ease.
One final sunset here in beautiful Ainsa. It's certainly been an unforgettable few days here - one that the riders won't soon forget for all the right reasons.
About the Photographers
Matt Wragg • Age: 32 • Years Shooting: 3 Maybe best-known as a long-standing member of Pinkbike's European editorial team, Matt is also a successful commercial photographer. As the first English-speaking photographer to follow and document the nascent European enduro scene, he was shooting enduro well before it became a marketing buzzword or a shade of blue. Today he is still one of the few photographers to make his living following the discipline and has built up an enviable client list that includes many of the top teams and brands in the world.
Dave Trumpore• Age: 35 • Years Shooting: 4 Dave spent the bulk of the past 17 years racing professionally before realizing that despite qualifying for the random World Cup final here and there, the next generation was just way too fast and way more talented. Upon hanging up his racing boots in 2010, it would be a few years until Dave picked up a camera and started shooting the odd race here and there as a way to stay in touch with all the friends he had made over the years, and the rest as they say is history. In just a few years time his photos have graced the pages of just about every MTB magazine and major media outlet, while his commercial client list includes a who's who of the cycling industry, and he is lucky enough to shoot regularly with some of the best riders on the planet. Currently at Pinkbike, Dave shoots the Downhill WC and the Enduro World Series as well as contributing to the occasional editorial story. MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries / @yeticycles / @trek