Practice Photo Epic: EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018

Jun 29, 2018
by Dave Trumpore  



As the Enduro World Series enters its fourth round of 2018 there are yet again many more firsts for riders in attendance. It's the first time racing has crossed international borders with stages in multiple countries each day. The first time most racers have ever been to Slovenia, and the first time many of the stages have ever been ridden, let alone raced. One thing, however, that is not a first for anyone who has followed the EWS over the past few seasons, however, is the rain. Out of the past 12 rounds held, only 4 have been unaffected by rain. And with some extremely steep and rooty trails here on the Austria-Slovenia border, things have been quite spicy over the past two days of practice.

Besides rain, the other theme of the week has been something much more enjoyable. Loam, sweet, sweet fresh loam descending for hundreds of meters at a time through beautiful forests. Rarely will one ever get to descend fresh cut trail of these lengths, but racers this weekend will be treated to 6 stages of which more than half the terrain has been cut fresh just for the Enduro World Series. And with forest covering much of the descents of nearly one thousand meters, that's a heck of a lot of slick and slimy roots that seem to multiply daily as racers begin to bed in the surface of things.

The forecast for the weekend is calling for a chance of sun, and if that is the case the conditions might just be all time. But if the rains continue it is going to get really messy really quickly. Given the results this season in similar conditions, you would have to lean towards Cecile Ravanel and Sam Hill as the obvious favorites, but there are many, many racers waiting in the wings who are ready to put their stamp on the EWS series.

Enjoy the visual delights below and be sure to tune in all weekend for all the action and drama from Austria and Slovenia.

The weather on the Austria - Slovenia border has been moody at best so far this week.
The weather on the Austria - Slovenia border has been moody at best so far this week.

Polished slick roots are literally everywhere. More often than not they are right in the middle of the preferred line and angled completely the wrong way for cornering.
Polished slick roots are literally everywhere. More often than not they are right in the middle of the preferred line and angled completely the wrong way for cornering.

Lewis Buchanan knows a thing or two about rising in the mud and has looked to be one of the fastest in practice this week.
Lewis Buchanan knows a thing or two about riding in the mud and has looked to be one of the fastest in practice this week.

Keep your eye on local Slovenian racer Vid Persak. He knows the trails and has been looking insanely fast in practice.
Keep your eye on local Slovenian racer Vid Persak. He knows the trails and has been looking insanely fast in practice.

All the Scotsmen are looking quite quick in these slick conditions and Joe Barnes is certainly no exception.
All the Scotsmen are looking quite quick in these slick conditions and Joe Barnes is certainly no exception.

Cecile Ravanel powers through the top corners of stage four.
Cecile Ravanel powers through the top corners of Stage 4.

If prior results in the mud this season can be used as a gauge Sam Hill is very much the man to beat this weekend.
If prior results in the mud this season can be used as a gauge, Sam Hill is very much the man to beat this weekend.

Isabeau Courdurier had a massive crash on the second day of practice but should be good to go for the weekend.
Isabeau Courdurier had a massive crash on the second day of practice but should be good to go for the weekend.

Robin Walner is loving the fresh tracks on the Austrian - Slovenian border and will be looking to build on his current 2nd place standing in the overall.
Robin Wallner is loving the fresh tracks on the Austrian - Slovenian border and will be looking to build on his current second place standing in the overall.

Bex Barona is looking for that first podium after that national title.
Bex Barona is looking for that first podium after a national title.

Greg Callaghan rails the fresh and fluffy loam on Stage 4.
Greg Callaghan rails the fresh and fluffy loam on Stage 4.

Remi leans it in the loam.
Remi leans it in in the loam.

Ruriadh Cunningham is looking pinned out there.
Ruriadh Cunningham is looking pinned out there.

Josh Carlson navigates the slickroots and lime stone hidden below the loam on Stage 6.
Josh Carlson navigates the slick roots and limestone hidden below the loam on Stage 6.

Lights are provided for the 15 minute tunnel transfer.
Lights are provided for the 20-minute tunnel transfer.

Cecile Ravanel heads into the dark underground tunnel that makes up 20 minutes of the liaison between Stages 4 and 5.
Cecile Ravanel heads into the dark underground tunnel that makes up 20 minutes of the liaison between Stages 4 and 5.

It s darker than dark in there.
It's darker than dark in there.

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Mark Scott always does well on the longer stages and, coming from Scotland, is certainly comfortable in the mud.

Kevin Miquel dives into the lush greenery on Stage 1.
Kevin Miquel dives into the lush greenery on Stage 1.

How low can you go. Mckay Vezina gets close to that bar drag.
How low can you go. Mckay Vezina gets close to that bar.

Robin Walner taking the high line on stage six.
Robin Wallner taking the high line on Stage 6.

Damien Oton making shapes on stage one.
Damien Oton making shapes on Stage 1.

Lat rounds winner Richie Rude is looking to build on that momentum in his push to reclaim the overall title.
Last round's winner Richie Rude is looking to build on that momentum in his push to reclaim the overall title.

Peter Ostroski has been living in Vermont on the east coast of the USA so should be quite familiar with a little mud and a lot of wet roots.
Peter Ostroski has been living in Vermont on the east coast of the USA so should be quite familiar with a little mud and a lot of wet roots.

Noga Korem weaves through the lush green forest that makes up much of Stage 1.
Noga Korem weaves through the lush green forest that makes up much of Stage 1.

Is this the week Katy Winton moves up a step on the podium
Is this the week Katy Winton moves up a step on the podium?

Rupert Champman has been looking aggressive in practice.
Rupert Chapman has been looking aggressive in practice.

After all the rain many of the fresh cut off-camber sections were quite treacherous. Matt Walker found the limit of traction near the bottom of Stage 2.
After all the rain, many of the fresh cut off-camber sections were quite treacherous. Matt Walker found the limit of traction near the bottom of Stage 2.

ALN is back in action after wrist surgery.
ALN is back in action after wrist surgery.

Martin Mae s was on the podium last round and has proven he can excel on a variety of tracks. Could this weekend be the one where he takes his first win of the season
Martin Maes was on the podium last round and has proven he can excel on a variety of tracks. Could this weekend be the one where he takes his first win of the season?

Dimitri Tordo drops into the gully halfway down Stage 1.
Dimitri Tordo drops into the gully halfway down Stage 1.

Marco Osborne once again showing off his bombastic style.
Marco Osborne once again showing off his bombastic style.

Iago Garay sends it in the clear cut.
Iago Garay sends it in the clear cut.

Eliot Heap finding the limits of the loam on Stage 2.
Elliot Heap finding the limits of the loam on Stage 2.

Keegan Wright threads it through the tight trees on Stage 3.
Keegan Wright threads it through the tight trees on Stage 3.

Casey Brown is back at the EWS for round four. Will she be a podium menace.
Casey Brown is back at the EWS for round four. Will she be a podium menace?

Rae Morrison has had a mixed bag of results so far. Can she pull off big moves here
Rae Morrison has had a mixed bag of results so far. Can she pull off big moves here?

Anita Gehrig is also back in action after a broken wrist suffered earlier this season in Chile. Unfortunately her sister will be sitting this rounds out due to injuries sustained while racing the World Cup in Leogang just a few weeks ago.
Anita Gehrig is also back in action after a broken wrist suffered earlier this season in Chile. Unfortunately, her sister will be sitting this rounds out due to injuries sustained while racing the World Cup in Leogang just a few weeks ago.

Zakarias Johansen drops into one of the many slick and technical sections that makes up the bottom of Stage 2. If the rains return this stage is going to be a nightmare for many riders.
Zakarias Johansen drops into one of the many slick and technical sections that make up the bottom of Stage 2. If the rains return this stage is going to be a nightmare for many riders.

It s all beautiful here.
It's all beautiful here.

Shawn Neer will be looking to push ahead in the rankings.
Shawn Neer will be looking to push ahead in the rankings.

Rumor has it Jesse Melamed has decided to race this weekend at a conervative and steady pace. Just 7 weeks after breaking his collarbone at the last round in France it was impressive to see just how fast his steady pace really is.
Rumor has it Jesse Melamed has decided to race this weekend at a conservative and steady pace. Just 7 weeks after breaking his collarbone at the last round in France it was impressive to see just how fast his steady pace really is.

Sam Hill is still the man to beat. Or is he
Sam Hill is still the man to beat. Or is he?

Greg Callaghan is ready to race.
Greg Callaghan is ready to race.

The final day of practice ended with a sunset. Let s hope that s a sign of what s to come.
The final day of practice ended with a sunset. Let's hope that's a sign of what's to come.


Previously:
Essential Guide to Petzen-Jamnica
Course Preview Video
Course Preview Photo Epic
Bike Check: Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Instinct
How EWS Riders Perfect Brake Set-up

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48 Comments
  • 40 2
 Wait, this round of the EWS isn't in Jamaica?
  • 17 1
 lovely accent! new jersey?
  • 2 1
 @rocky-mtn-gman: Thanks but no I just take good care of my jerseys!
  • 1 1
 @rocky-mtn-gman: no Austria
  • 16 1
 Once again, incredible coverage from the folks at PB, especially the photos!

P.S. I would like to request one portrait orientation photo. I know it doesn’t work in the site layout for desktops, but my phone needs a new home screen background!

P.S. My birthday is in July if that is any motivation.
  • 10 0
 If most of these are fresh cuts how could Vid Persak "know the trails"
  • 13 0
 3.5 stages have been fresh cut since April. Some stages and sections are well established, and others are just a few days old. It's a good balance but the locals know where they are going that's for sure.
  • 7 0
 I wouldn't be surprised if he helped build them.
  • 3 0
 He lives here.
  • 4 0
 @Archimonde: I'm pretty sure he actually dug them. And this is his home afterall, he should know that dirt better than anyone
  • 14 7
 Love the photos...cool tunnel...made me laugh though, "lights are provided for the dark underground tunnel"...are there above ground tunnels that don't require lights?
  • 1 0
 Short tunnel. Tunnel with wired (stationary) lights.
  • 5 1
 Is it only me, or EWS looks like Sega's Outrunners where racers go everywhere around the world, going desert, forest, the town and now, caves?
  • 2 0
 Anybody know what pants Jesse Melamed is wearing? I could use something like that on cool days. It looks like it has snap cuffs on the ankle.
  • 1 0
 They pants are most likely Raceface, maybe these?

www.raceface.com/products/details/agent-winter-pant-18
  • 1 0
 That team wears Race Face soft goods. I'm guessing that those are the Agent Winter pants.
  • 5 1
 Sam Hill is always the man to beat.
  • 2 0
 Jesse Melamed is fucking gnarly. the guy just got back on the mtb last week, goes to the race and sends the gnarliest rock line. Stay safe buddy!
  • 5 1
 Do it again Sam!!!
  • 4 3
 you can buy 1 € pair of rubber lights far easier to mount than mummify your handlebars with tape. All my bikes got those small lights just in case.
  • 2 0
 How many riders got hurt in practice? I know it was a fairly significant number that went down in practice.
  • 1 0
 Anyone else notice that Keegan Wright was riding in just one glove? Is he undecided or what? haha
  • 3 0
 full gas Vid Persak!!!
  • 2 0
 Go Wallner! Hit that podium again.
  • 2 0
 Ruriadh Cunningham photo! Brappp
  • 2 0
 Well done! Bravo, bravo.
  • 1 0
 Are these trails open to us regular people? Bucket List for sure!
  • 5 1
 Yep they are, in Jamaica there is a lot of other great stuff to ride.
  • 3 2
 But now for the real question. How many 29 vs 27.5 bikes? Big Grin
  • 11 0
 Think they're all on a mix of 26" front and 24" rear this weekend...
  • 1 2
 @ianwish: psh. it's all about the 20 front and 18 back.
  • 1 0
 It was a joke guys...
  • 1 0
 @BaeckerX1: we know, we’re just f*cking with ya
  • 1 0
 Anyone know the history of that tunnel? 2nd world war maybe?
  • 2 0
 There was lead and zinc mine. Whole mountains are interlaced with tunnels.
They wanted to do underground stage too as it was also part of local enduro race here but it is too dangerous. Check this: m.pinkbike.com/news/into-the-black-black-hole-trail.html
  • 1 0
 @nekislav: Sweet, thanks!
  • 1 0
 'Mon the Scots!
  • 1 0
 Amazing photography!
  • 1 1
 Wow...what a picture from Matt Walker! Dis he actually save that move?? :O
  • 3 0
 Hahah nope. He crashed and then stuck out a leg and held up his bike for as a joke for photos
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: Matt Walker is the Chuck Norris of Enduro Big Grin
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