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Race Day Photo Epic: Châtel EDR World Cup 2023

Sep 18, 2023
by Dave Trumpore  



The seventh and final round of the inaugural UCI Enduro World Cup, part of the UCI Mountain Bike World Series Festival Haute-Savoie, tested riders over a mammoth seven-stage course that covered nearly 60km of trails in the famous Portes du Soleil area.

In the women’s competition, the overall series win was Isabeau Courdurier’s to lose. The Lapierre Zipp Collective racer only needed to put in a conservative effort in order to lift the new trophy, with Morgane Charre the lone rider who was theoretically capable of depriving the two-time Enduro World Series overall winner of the title. Despite Charre’s heroic efforts, the race win was not enough to stop Courdurier from securing the overall title. Charre won today’s race by six seconds ahead of Courdurier in second place, while Harriet Harnden took third place. The same three would find themselves on the overall series podium, but with Courdurier on the top step and Charre and Harnden in second and third respectively.

In the men’s race, series leader Richie Rude got off to a shaky start, with sixth place on the first stage whilst main series rival Jesse Melamed took the win. Melamed’s performance was a masterclass in consistency, with the reigning Enduro World Series overall winner taking four of the seven stages. The Canadian rider’s performance was awarded with the race win, with Alex Rudeau claiming second and Rude awarded the third step of the podium. Rude’s third place would hand him his first UCI Enduro World Cup overall trophy to sit alongside the two Enduro World Series overall ones he’s garnered in the past. Melamed would take second in the overall, whilst Alex Rudeau would claim third.

In the U21 Women, the closest race in the category to date raged all day between Slovakia’s Simona Kuchynkova and Great Britain’s Emily Carrick-Anderson - with Kuchynkova clinching the win by just one-hundredth of a second. Behind Carrick-Anderson was Switzerland’s Delia Da Mocogno. However, a strong season meant Emmy Lan won the overall title, with Elly Hoskin in second and Lily Planquart in third.

In the U21 Men, it was Raphael Giambi who was fastest on the day, with Lisandru Bertini in second and Lief Rodgers of Canada in third. Bertini’s impressive record this year secured him the overall title, with Giambi in second and Australia’s Sascha Kim in third place.

Rude’s win would secure Yeti/Fox Factory Race Team the win in the team competition.

Chatel France
Chatel, France

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It s been raining daily here
It's been raining daily here

Welcome to the Portes du Soleil
Welcome to the Portes du Soleil

Greg Callaghan in the clouds on stage 4
Greg Callaghan in the clouds on stage 4

Slaloms Lukasik just off the podium in 4th
Slawomir Lukasik just off the podium in 4th

Kasper Woolley is finally back after nearly two seasons of injury and would finish an amazing 11th
Kasper Woolley is finally back after nearly two seasons of injury and would finish an amazing 11th

Rhys Verner on the hunt for the overall podium
Rhys Verner on the hunt for the overall podium

U21 Women s winner Emmy Lan
U21 Women's overall winner Emmy Lan

Remi Gauvin dropping into Stage6
Remi Gauvin dropping into Stage6

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Rain sun rain sun on repeat all weekend made for very changing conditions
Rain, sun, rain, sun on repeat all weekend made for very changing conditions

Not a flow trail
Not a flow trail

Hugo Pigeon in 16th
Hugo Pigeon in 16th

Richie Rude battling the muddy off camber roots of Stage 3
Richie Rude battling the muddy off-camber roots of Stage 3

Sam Blenkinsop on Stage 3
Sam Blenkinsop on Stage 3

Round 2 winner Bex Baraona would end the day in 10th
Round 2 winner Bex Baraona would end the day in 10th

Melanie Pugin on Stage 1
Melanie Pugin on Stage 1

Harriet Harnden getting loose on her way to 3rd in the race and in the overall
Harriet Harnden getting loose on her way to 3rd in the race and in the overall

DH specialist Dylan Levesque gave enduro a go in Chatel and would end the day in a very respectable 8th
DH specialist Dylan Levesque gave enduro a go in Chatel and would end the day in a very respectable 8th

Jose Borges on Stage 5
Jose Borges on Stage 5

A crash to start the day would keep Martin Maes out of contention
A crash to start the day would keep Martin Maes out of contention

Charlie Murray tree dodging his way to 6th
Charlie Murray tree dodging his way to 6th

Chalir Murray found the limit on Stge 3
Charlie Murray found the limit on Stage 3

Slippery when wet or dry really
Slippery when wet (or dry really)

Rae Morrison in 9th
Rae Morrison in 9th

Alex Rudeau somehow finding grip where there was no grip to find on Sage 3
Alex Rudeau somehow finding grip where there was no grip to find on Sage 3

Off camber rooty corner commitment with Alex Storr
Off camber rooty corner commitment with Alex Storr

Bark removal with Alex Storr
Bark removal with Alex Storr

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau in 23rd after a massive crash on Stage 3 almost ended her day
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau in 23rd after a massive crash on Stage 3 almost ended her day

Ella Conolly on Stage 5
Ella Conolly on Stage 5

Jack Menzies was ion the top 5 for the first half of the day until some crashes pushed him out of contention
Jack Menzies was in the top 5 for the first half of the day until some crashes pushed him out of contention

Noga Korem doing the privateer thing to take 7th
Noga Korem doing the privateer thing to take 7th

Morgane Charre on her way to victory in Chatel
Morgane Charre on her way to victory in Chatel

Colton Peterson with a career best on 15th
Colton Peterson with a career-best on 15th

Round 3 winner Gloria Scarsi in 8th
Round 3 winner Gloria Scarsi in 8th

Jesse Melamed would win 4 of the 7 stages to take the win
Jesse Melamed would win 4 of the 7 stages to take the win

Jesse Melamed s only speed was full gas this weekend
Jesse Melamed's only speed was full gas this weekend

Ella Conolly would end up 4th
Ella Conolly would end up 4th

Seth Sherlock on Stage 6
Seth Sherlock on Stage 6

No Chain for Rhys Vernier at the end of the day s first stage. Luckily his teammate Connor Fearon would donate his to the cause so Rhys could continue on.
No Chain for Rhys Vernier at the end of the day's first stage. Luckily his teammate Connor Fearon would donate his to the cause so Rhys could continue on.

Rhys Verner pushing to the maximum to salvage points
Rhys Verner pushing to the maximum to salvage points

Alex Rudeau was on a charge getting within 0.10 of Jesse Melamed halfway through the day
Alex Rudeau was on a charge getting within 0.10 of Jesse Melamed halfway through the day

Dan Booker 5th doing it for the flat pedal crowd which also incudes winner Morgane Charr and runner up Alex Rudeau
Dan Booker in 5th doing it for the flat pedal crowd (which also includes winner Morgane Charre, and runner-up Alex Rudeau)

The day would belong to Morgane Charr
The day would belong to Morgane Charre

Winner on the day and second overall Morgane Charre
Winner on the day and second overall, Morgane Charre

Another title successfully defended
Another title successfully defended

Isabeau Courdurier celebrates with her mom after clinching another world title
Isabeau Courdurier celebrates with her mom after clinching another world title

Jesse Melamed s win or die trying pace in Chatel was incredible to watch as he truly lay it all on the line on each of the 7 stages to take the win.
Jesse Melamed's win or die trying pace in Chatel was incredible to watch as he truly laid it all on the line on each of the 7 stages to take the win.

Alex Rudeau pushed hard all day with nothing to lose as he brought the fight to Richie Rude and Jesse Melamed on his home soil
Alex Rudeau pushed hard all day with nothing to lose as he brought the fight to Richie Rude and Jesse Melamed on his home soil

A stressful weekend for Richie Rude ended in Triumph. He would overcome the pressure and nerves to take home his 3rd world title ... Just down the road from Samoens where he took his first ever EWS win way back in 2015
A stressful weekend for Richie Rude ended in Triumph. He would overcome the pressure and nerves to take home his 3rd world title ... Just down the road from Samoens, where he took his first-ever EWS win way back in 2015

Morgane Charre ahead of Isabeau Courdurier and Harriet Harnden in Chatel
Morgane Charre, ahead of Isabeau Courdurier and Harriet Harnden in Chatel

Jesse Melamed would be the only one to win two races this season in the elite men s division
Jesse Melamed would be the only one to win two races this season in the elite men's division

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Richie Rude is the 2023 Enduro World Cup Champion.

World Cup overall champion Isabeau Courdurieor flanked by Morgane Charre and Harriet Harnden
World Cup overall champion, Isabeau Courdurier, flanked by Morgane Charre, and Harriet Harnden

Emmy Lan U21 women s Enduro Wold Cup champ
Emmy Lan, U21 women's Enduro Wold Cup champ

Yeti took home the Team Overall
Yeti took home the Team Overall


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27 Comments
  • 76 0
 Thank god for Dave Trumpore's photo epics, the best part of EWS/EDR coverage. They really tie the whole thing together.
  • 39 0
 See, now that looks fantastic.... ! I'm still not sure how to video/televise/whatever it... but the tracks look proper fun/ridiculous/gnarly...
  • 16 0
 Amazing pictures as always .
And to think the UCI appear to be trying to kill this sport. #saveenduro.
  • 1 0
 Someone should kill UCI
  • 9 0
 Wow amazing photos as always. What a serious battle from all the racers. Im just as impressed by the runner ups as the winners. Maybe the end of an Era not sure with great teams pulling out.? Enduro is actually my favorite class of racing. It’s the way most of us ride and on a local level the easiest races to participate in for aspiring racers. Maybe there needs to be more National races to qualify and then maybe three ever changing actual world (Not europe every race) geographical locations that challenge the national qualifiers. Finding a way to real-time video these races would be super expensive so I understand the changes the UCI are making just don’t see how it’s gonna keep enduro the peoples racing format it is. Pinkbike I enjoy the pictures and the accompanying journalism just as much as any video thanks Dave T.
  • 4 0
 Les portes du soleil = the gates to the sun.
In my experience, those gates are often closed.

Which isn't necessarily a bad thing for mtb.
  • 3 0
 most summers, like this one, are very very dry for months at a time. but every few years it rains for a few weeks mid-summer
  • 4 0
 That first Alex Rudeau photo in the off camber roots is a masterclass of technique.
  • 4 0
 New Crankbrothers shoes for Jesse?
  • 3 2
 His Green Rocky jersey from, I think, two years ago was the nicest thing going. Not a fan of this Canyon one.
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: Totally agree with you. I also don't like any Canyon jersey this year no matter which discipline
  • 3 0
 definitely a different look than their current enduro shoe model. good eye spotting that
  • 3 0
 Rude is JACKED kid. I met him years ago at Mountain Creek and shook his hand - he has paws like a grizzly.
  • 5 6
 I think we got something of an explanation for that in 2019?
  • 1 0
 Great pics. Counted at least 5 riders with phones in their pockets...maybe it's so they can call teammates to say "broke my chain, need yours".
  • 3 0
 Morgane Charre was the round 3 winner winner chicken dinner
  • 3 0
 Stoked for Kasper's great result on his comeback race.
  • 1 0
 Was Charlie Murray racing the Stumpjumper or is there a new Enduro coming ? Linkage and shock location don't match the current Enduro model...
  • 2 0
 he's been on Stumpjumper since round 3
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: Thanks for clearing that up for me .
  • 1 0
 谢谢摄影师拍了这么多好看的照片,能让我了解到精彩的比赛。
  • 1 0
 So why does everyone have spiderman capsules on their wrists? Timing, or a strategy for sticking to the roots?
  • 1 0
 Did E-EDR died without even notice it ? Poor guys...
  • 4 0
 has it even born? haha
  • 1 0
 The more I see those new Commencal's the more I want one. When review??
  • 1 0
 THANK YOU DAVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
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