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Practice Photo Epic: EWS Val Di Fassa 2022

Jun 25, 2022
by Dave Trumpore  



The 3rd round of the 2022 Enduro World Series finds itself back in the familiar, and very popular venue of Canazei, Italy. Nestled in Val Di Fassa with the regions iconic Dolomites hanging overhead everywhere you look, it is perhaps one of the most scenic venues the series visits. First used in 2019 and again for a double header in 2021, Canazei has been a favorite amongst racers for its long natural tracks that feature a good mix of high alpine style riding and technical forests. Plenty of rocks, even more roots and dirt that is a mix of anything from fresh loam to slick mud, you will find it all here.

Daily storms have been keeping everyone on their toes though as anything from a torrential downpour to steady showers has been the theme all week. Conditions get muddy real quick here, but also seem to turn around just as quickly. While the mud may not stay sticky for long the roots in some sections will likely remain damp all week, just waiting to catch a rider out.

Racing kicks off with the Pro Stage on Saturday, the shortest stage of the week, before moving on o 4 longer stages on Sunday. With battles in all classes being tight the past two rounds and the points battle at a near tie, it will be all to play for when the clock starts ticking here in Italy.

Baxk in the Dolomites and the weather has been quite tempermental.
Back in the Dolomites and the weather has been quite temperamental.

Canazei Italy.
Canazei, Italy.

When the rain stops the dirt here is spectacular.
When the rain stops the dirt here is spectacular.

Robin Wallner enjoying his new role as team manager this season.
Robin Wallner enjoying his new role as team manager this season.

After a beating in Petzen last week suspension has all been given the spa treatment ahead of racing in Canazei.
After a beating in Petzen last week suspension has all been given the spa treatment ahead of racing in Canazei.

With a few days off more than a few riders hit the bike park for laps rain or shine.
With a few days off more than a few riders hit the bike park for laps, rain or shine.

Remi Gauvin showing what happens when a storm rolls in often quickley and unannounced
Remi Gauvin showing what happens when a storm rolls in, often quickly and unannounced

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If you can t build a bigger jump build a bigger backdrop.
If you can't build a bigger jump, build a bigger backdrop.

Richie Rude on Stage 3.
Richie Rude on Stage 3.

Isabeau Courdurier should be the favorite once again ithis week.
Isabeau Courdurier should be the favorite once again this week.

Vali Holl is giving the EWS a go for the first this week.
Vali Holl is giving the EWS a go for the first this week.

A style guide with Elliott Heap
A style guide with Elliott Heap

Moody weather has been a theme this week as the storms blow in and out at random each day.
Moody weather has been a theme this week as the storms blow in and out at random each day.

Vid Persak on Stage 2.
Vid Persak on Stage 2.

Morgane Charre on stage 3
Morgane Charre on stage 3

Jack Moir looking fast on Stage 1
Jack Moir looking fast on Stage 1

Series leader Jesse Melamed comes into this race fired up after taking the win last week in Petzen.
Series leader Jesse Melamed comes into this race fired up after winning last week in Petzen.

Hugo Pigeon during practice for the Pro Stage
Hugo Pigeon during practice for the Pro Stage

Noga Korem battling the slick roots and sticky mud on Stage 2.
Noga Korem battling the slick roots and sticky mud on Stage 2.

Bex Baraona looking to keep the podium streak alive.
Bex Baraona looking to keep the podium streak alive.

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Alex Storr wall riding across a pice of thre Dolomites.
Alex Storr wall riding across a piece of the Dolomites.

Slawomir Lukasik on Stage2
Slawomir Lukasik on Stage 2

More style courtesy of Remi Gauvin.
More style courtesy of Remi Gauvin.

Iago Garay looking very small against the lanscapwe here
Iago Garay looking very small against the landscape here

Matt Walker through the bike park section on stage 3. A short but brief break from the steep and technical woods that make up the majority of the stage.
Matt Walker through the bike park section on stage 3. A short but brief break from the steep and technical woods that make up the majority of the stage.

Jesse Melamed full gas in practice
Jesse Melamed full gas in practice

A lovely place to pick some flowers with your handle bars
A lovely place to pick some flowers with your handle bars

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau at the top of Stage 5 that will close out the weekend on Sunday
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau at the top of Stage 5 that will close out the weekend on Sunday

Dimitri Tordo on Stge 2
Dimitri Tordo on Stage 2

Martin Maes will be looking redemption after a mechanical last round in Petzen.
Martin Maes will be looking for redemption after a mechanical last round in Petzen.

Youn Deniaud on Stage 4
Youn Deniaud on Stage 4

Enjoy the view... It never gets old here.
Enjoy the view... It never gets old here.

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15 Comments
  • 25 0
 That looks like great place to go for an mtb riding trip.
  • 3 0
 Came back home yesterday from a one week trip, close to that place. Must be very, very hard, to find a better place for a mountainbike-holiday...
  • 13 0
 Beautiful photos, beautiful place. Bucket list.
  • 12 0
 Thank you for the great photos Daveā€¦epic.
  • 9 0
 Rad photos Dave!
  • 7 0
  quality shots
  • 5 0
 Awesome shots as usual Dave! Are you covering any of the DH schedule this year?
  • 9 0
 After 10 years I've stepped away from WC DH to allow more time for other creative projects... To be honest it was just feeling stale and same old, same old.
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: where did lee go??
  • 5 0
 superb photos!
  • 3 0
 Every shot a banger.
  • 1 0
 Anybody knows why Matt Walker's number plate has a green background?
  • 3 0
 Green for leading team in series, yellow for individual
  • 1 0
 Rob Warner is managing a WC team!?
  • 1 0
 Amazing shots Dave!







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