Pinkbike Primer: The EWS Reaches its Conclusion at Loudenvielle

Sep 22, 2022
by Ed Spratt  
Harriet Harnden won here a few days ago but some drivetrain issues held her back on one stage eventually settling for 6th

The final round of the 2022 EWS is upon us and what better venue to send the season out than long and wild stages in the Pyrenees. Here is everything you need to know before racing kicks off on Saturday.

The Venue

*2021 Course Preview, we should see this year's preview soon*

Loudenvielle returns after its debut last year with plenty of challenges for riders with high mountain riding in the Pyrenees and steep and technical trails in the lower woods.

The Schedule

The final round of the 2022 EWS sees the season continue with riders facing the Pro Stage on Saturday before a full-on day of stages on Sunday.

Thursday, September 22

10:00-12:00 // Shakedown

Friday, September 23

09:00-17:00 // EWS Training

Saturday, September 24

08:30-11:30 // EWS Pro Stage Training
12:00-15:00 // EWS Pro Stage

Sunday, September 25

08:00-18:00 // EWS Race

The Stages

Stage 1 (Pro Stage): 2.4km / 480m descent

Stage 2: 2.5km / 420m descent

Stage 3 (Queen Stage): 4km / 800m descent

Stage 4: 3.7km / 715m descent

Stage 5: 1.5km / 345m descent

Stage 6: 2.4km / 480m descent


The Weather

Another weekend of racing and it looks like we are in for a wet and wild few days with a potentially thunderous end to the season.

Friday, September 23

Clouds and sun with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm from late morning on; thunderstorms can bring flooding and hail // 20°C // 88% probability of precipitation // wind 7km/h

Saturday, September 24

Clouds and sunny spells; cooler with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm // 14°C // 88% probability of precipitation // wind 7km/h

Sunday, September 25

Variable clouds with a thunderstorm in parts of the area // 13°C // 43% probability of precipitation // wind 7km/h

Weather forecast for Loudenvielle as of Thursday, September 22 from Accuweather.

What Happened at the Last Round?

Elite Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 33:40.020
2nd. Hattie Harnden: 33:46.390
3rd. Morgane Charre: 33:57.520
4th. Ella Conolly: 34:02.470
5th. Noga Korem: 34:26.270
Elite Men

1st. Jack Moir: 29:04.000
2nd. Martin Maes: 29:12.420
3rd. Kevin Miquel: 29:32.680
4th. Slawomir Lukasik: 29:33.010
5th. Charlie Murray: 29:40.960

U21 Women

1st. Emmy Lan: 36:14.640
2nd. Sophie Riva: 36:26.990
3rd. Helen Weber: 37:44.070
4th. Justine Henry: 39:04.430
5th. Lily Boucher: 40:56.830
U21 Men

1st. Luke Meier-Smith: 30:23.310
2nd. Tarmo Ryynanen: 30:31.510
3rd. Alexis Icardo: 30:42.110
4th. Jack Piercy: 30:52.900
5th. Lisandru Bertini: 31:10.720

Who is Leading the Overall Standings?


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  • 24 0
 Can we get a "Who can win" like we do for downhill? Do Jesse and Isabeau need a top 10 finish to secure the title?
  • 18 0
 We have one coming soon, if my maths is right Jesse and Isabeau would have to be very low down in the results to not take the titles.
  • 6 0
 What points are available for a win etc?
Can Rude beat Jesse?
  • 4 0
 I did a quick google check. 500?
But extra for pro and queen?
  • 6 0
 @lister11: There is a possible 570 points if an Elite rider can win everything. 520 for first overall then 25 points each for a Pro/Queen stage win.
  • 3 0
 Looks like lsabeau is a lock, if the EWS standings page is updated.
Rude can mathematically win the overall….
But I’m pulling for Jesseeeeeeee.

Moor looks strong, and I expect him to be a madman for this race!
  • 12 9
 Amazing that Rocky a small brand out of little ole BC has 3 riders in the top 10(ish). Really cool to see what is really a small (compared to the majors) grass roots company killing it! And yes I own an Altitude.
  • 4 1
 Agreed! I also own an Altitude... such an amazing bike and so fun to ride in addition to being a fast bike. Some fast bikes are not that fun... somehow my bike can do it all. Cool to see a small brand supporting so many top riders.
  • 1 2
 Great company and great bikes, have a slayer myself , it plows
  • 29 0
 Been around since the 90s? Sold across multiple countries, online, and through major chain sports equipment stores? Not a small company by any means. I think they have that appearance and may not be a Specialized....but nothing small about them.
  • 20 2
 Small? The company with the domain? Big Grin
  • 3 2
 @rodres: There are still small (ish) when compared to Trek, Specialized, Giant etc.

As for the domain they were just smart and the first ones to think maybe there is something to this whole internet thing.
  • 6 0
 @powderhoundbrr: when you offer kids bike in almost all sizes you're not a small company. Evil, Nicolai, banshee we can say are smaller companies, Kona, rocky, scott etc are not.
  • 2 0
 Anyone know if Jesses hand is doing ok? I saw he went to the Hospital immediately after the race last week.

Also, Richie was down on the results last week as well, but I never saw the reason. Is he healthy?

Jacks clearly warmed up to the season, and Isabeau is looking healthy and dominant again.

Should be a good race Big Grin .
  • 3 0
 Richie crashed twice last weekend. One was on video and it was significant. He is also nursing a fractured scapula from the previous round so definitely not up to full speed right now.
  • 1 0
 I've meant to ask in previous EWS posts but did Pauline Ferrand Prevot say in an early-ish season interview that she was going to try some enduro this year? Or was that a translation issue versus endurance/marathon XC races? If it was the latter then given she has done those events previously it seems odd to highlight it.

Long way to say that it would be great to see some (more?) XCO riders trying enduro.
  • 2 0
 Didn't Luke Meier-Smith skip a round to go to one of the DH races? Crazy that he's still leading U21 by over 200 points.
  • 1 0
 Couple big days. When you remove the 2 up-lifts, they are still riding almost 2,200m elevation over 57km.
  • 2 1
 The title is written in the wrong tense.
  • 1 0
 next year thes guys will have UCI DH World cup

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