Photo Epic: Wet & Wild Practice - EWS Loudenvielle 2021

Sep 1, 2021
by Dave Trumpore  



The Enduro World Series always seems to bring out a few new venues each season to keep riders on their toes, and for 2021 the first of such rounds is about to go off as a double header in Loudenvielle, France. A small village at the base of the Pyrenees and practically in Andorra, Loudenveille greeted riders with some absolutely massive stages starting high above tree line, as well as some of the steepest woods we have seen all season. The trails themselves are outstanding, and while they were running dry and dusty to start, two massive storms rolled through in the afternoon practice and turned everything into a muddy river. Will it dry? Will it rain again? No one really knows, and in mountains this big, it changes every hour.

The person that will do well here will be someone who can adapt to changing conditions, unpredictable trails, and who can mentally tough out possibly being quite wet and cold for a large part of the day. If practice was any indication of how miserable things can get when a storm rolled in, then things might just get a bit spicy as riders race not just once here in Loudenveille, but twice. The first round of the double header goes down Thursday, while the second caps off a long week on Saturday evening and Sunday.

Not a bad place to enjoy your morning coffee
Not a bad place to enjoy your morning coffee.

Bike prep in the sunshine to start the week but it s not looking like it will stay this way
Bike prep in the sunshine to start the week, but it's not looking like it will stay this way.

Things started out bone dry and dusty
Things started out bone dry and dusty.

Jack Moir drifting about on some dust early in the day
Jack Moir drifting about on some dust early in the day.

Keagan Wright through the dark forest
Keegan Wright through the dark forest.

Theo Galy trying to find grip on the ever shifting rocks in the woods
Theo Galy trying to find grip on the ever-shifting rocks in the woods.

Harriet Harnden looking strong and fast and looking to back up her win from last round in La Thuile
Harriet Harnden looking strong and fast, and looking to back up her win from last round in La Thuile.

So much dust and light bro in the woods when things were dry
So much dust and "light bro" in the woods when things were dry.

Dusty gold in the woods
Dusty gold in the woods.

Lots of rock in the soil in some spots should help with traction in the wet but the clay in the open bits will be a nightmare
Lots of rock in the soil in some spots should help with traction in the wet, but the clay in the open bits will be a nightmare.

Steep and loose in the Loudenvielle woods
Steep and loose in the Loudenvielle woods.

High traffic day on the liaisons
High traffic day on the liaisons.

Some old school fast grass freshly mowed and ready to get spicy in the rain
Some old school fast grass, freshly mowed, and ready to get spicy in the rain.

Jesse Melamed loving it when the sun was still out
Jesse Melamed loving it when the sun was still out.

Florian Nicolai on top of Stage 1
Florian Nicolai on top of Stage 1.

Morgane Charre om Stage 1
Morgane Charre on Stage 1.

Beautiful trails here in Loudenvielle
Beautiful trails here in Loudenvielle

The views here are amazing when not socked in by clouds
The views here are amazing when not socked in by clouds.

Stage 2 is in the forest amongst the ferns
Stage 2 is in the forest amongst the ferns.

Remi Gauvin with some style on stage 1 before the rain
Remi Gauvin with some style on stage 1 before the rain.

EWS overall leader Richie Rude powering down stage 1
EWS overall leader Richie Rude powering down stage 1.

Matin Maes pinned on stage 1
Matin Maes pinned on stage 1.

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau on stage 5
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau on stage 5 before a nasty crash took her out of the race.

Isabeau Courdurier on Stage 4
Isabeau Courdurier on Stage 4.

Big stages out in the open and very susceptible to incoming weather
Big stages out in the open, and very susceptible to incoming weather.

Storm approaching
Storm approaching.

It rained a lot
It rained a lot.


Jared Graves is back after a three year break but sadly an injury will keep him in the pits helping the youngsters cope with the weather... Goggle prep on point
Jared Graves is back after a three year break, but sadly an injury will keep him in the pits helping the youngsters cope with the weather... Goggle prep on point.

No more dust
No more dust.

Slip and slide in the monsoon
Slip and slide in the monsoon.

Eliot Heap om Stage 4
Eliot Heap on Stage 4.

The weather comes and goes here but wen it comes in it s no joke
The weather comes and goes here, but when it comes in it's no joke.

Laps with fiends in the rain sometimes that s the most fun you can have on a bike
Laps with fiends in the rain, sometimes that's the most fun you can have on a bike.

Lots of work for the mechanics tonight
Lots of work for the mechanics tonight.


Clear skies to end the evening after a dat with two massive storms. Let s hope it stays this way for tomorrow s race
Clear skies to end the evening after a day with two massive storms. Let's hope it stays this way for tomorrow's race



31 Comments

  • 48 0
 These Photo Epic's have become some of my favorite content. They feel way more personal that just watching coverage of the races, and @davetrumpore is just a legend. Thanks for helping us enjoy these events in such a beautiful and unique way!!
  • 22 0
 These colours are amazing
  • 16 0
 These photos don't make me want to ride, they make me want to pick up my camera. Stunning.
  • 8 0
 Enduro Wet Series in effect...
  • 3 0
 Who’s riding the prototype bike? What is it?
  • 7 0
 its a rossignol
  • 3 2
 New Orbea Rallon
  • 2 0
 @Motoracer31: Yep, you're right!
  • 4 0
 @ripsilver: Oh shit i didnt even see your comment in the middle haha sorry. Same pattern as the new orbea it looks like tho!
  • 2 0
 @ripsilver: Oton has also a proto paint job www.instagram.com/p/CTQEf64L_Im
  • 1 0
 @zoobab2: Yeah, seen it. That's why I thought this was the Rallon.
  • 1 0
 @Motoracer31: Ha, no worries! Never seen or heard of Rossignol so thought it was the Rallon. A few zebras out there this weekend it seems!
  • 1 0
 It's Estelle Charles on the Rossignol
  • 3 0
 Practically in Andorra?! Have you seen a map?
  • 3 0
 Proper lol! Maybe on a North American scale, it's only three hours drive after all.
  • 2 0
 Great pics.Kudos to the snappers that contribute to these reports.
  • 2 0
 There's a clip of ALN's crash on her Instagram. Serious gnar.
  • 3 1
 Jared Graves is there, good to see him around
  • 1 0
 Nice entries for photo of the year :p

This place looks amazing and I hope they have some cameras on those grass corners.
  • 1 0
 Hmmm yes I wonder….who could you be talking about….hmmmm
  • 1 0
 Lovely photos, feels like a dairy, Thank you!!
  • 1 0
 Glad to see everyone packed their enduro pants!
  • 1 0
 Dreamy shots, thru sun and storm. Looks like an epic new venue too.
  • 1 0
 Outstanding camera work!!! awesome use of light.
  • 1 0
 non-dangerous liaisons?
  • 1 1
 "Matin Maes" making his pro debut, stoked to see him get some support!
  • 1 0
 Is Samuel here?
Below threshold threads are hidden

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2021. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.009954
Mobile Version of Website