Race Day Photo Epic: EWS Tweed Valley 2021

Oct 4, 2021
by Ross Bell  




The last race of the season is always intense, but the final round of the 2021 Enduro World Series took things to the next level, bringing the drama to the rolling hills of Southern Scotland. So much so that the week of cold driving rain, unrelenting wind, and challenging conditions served as a mere backdrop to the final showdown of the season.

Saturday’s Pro Stage took an unexpected twist when Richie Rude’s championship campaign ended abruptly after leaving the course markings, resulting in a disqualification. This would hand the championship to series leader Jack Moir with no further contest. Moir would go on to win the stage, setting him up with a three-second advantage into the remaining five stages.

To kick off Sunday's drama, a crash on the first stage of the day saw Moir’s race chances begin to slip away, with Martin Maes taking the stage win and with it the race lead. From here on in it was Maes’ race to lose and he knew it, putting down the power to win his first race this season by over six seconds. Jesse Melamed would win two stages, and while he got within just two seconds of Maes going into the last stage, he could go no better and was rewarded with second place. Adrien Dailly saw a return to form to round out the top three.

Jack Moir’s impressive five race wins saw him crowned the overall 2021 Enduro World Series Champion, with Richie Rude finishing just behind him in second and Jesse Melamed in third.

In the women’s competition, Bex Baraona made her intentions clear early with a decisive win in the Pro Stage. Sunday however got off to a shaky start for her with a ninth on stage two, and she was then forced to play catchup in front of the hometown crowd. Harriet Harnden had other plans and almost stole it away, leading into the final stage. But Baraona fought back to win the stage and with it the first EWS win of her career. Harnden had to settle for second with Morgane Charre coming third.

However, none of them could match Melanie Pugin’s record of two wins and the consistency of five podium finishes, which saw the French rider named the overall Enduro World Series Champion by a comfortable margin. Morgane Charre finished just behind her in second place, with outgoing champ Isabeau Courdurier in third.

That's it for 2021, but we will see you right back in the Tweed Valley next June for the opening round when the EWS Championship battle begins all over again.


Tape it up and send it the off season is just a day away
Tape it up and send it, the offseason is just a day away

Saurday s Pro Stage was a washout with heavy rain and wind throughout the day
Saurday's Pro Stage was a washout with heavy rain and wind throughout the day

If the slick mud doesn t get you the freshly watered grass sure will
If the slick mud doesn't get you, the freshly watered grass sure will

No amount of sun on race day could undo the damage down from a week of rain
No amount of sun on race day could undo the damage down from a week of rain

Morgane Charre loving the flat pedals during the Pro Stage downpour
Morgane Charre loving the flat pedals during the Pro Stage downpour

Raphaela Richter on the Pro Stage
Raphaela Richter on the Pro Stage

Estelle Charles seemed at home in the Scottish conditions and finished 6th.
Estelle Charles seemed at home in the Scottish conditions and finished 6th.

A strong ride from Kelan Grant into 15th.
A strong ride from Kelan Grant into 15th.

Greg Callaghan climbed a few positions on the final stage for his first top 10 in quite a while. Nice work Greg.
Greg Callaghan climbed a few positions on the final stage for his first top 10 in quite a while. Nice work Greg.

Kasper Woolley with his 3rd top 10 in three races. Look for him to be fighting for the podium in 2022
Kasper Woolley with his 3rd top 10 in three races. Look for him to be fighting for the podium in 2022

Richie Rude on the final moments of an ill fated run. Regardless of how the final played out he put up a fight all season and gave the fans and epic battle with Jack Moir that pushed both racers to the limit round after round .
Richie Rude on the final moments of an ill-fated run. Regardless of how the final played out, he put up a fight all season and gave the fans an epic battle with Jack Moir that pushed both racers to the limit round after round.

Dark and moody Scottish woods
Dark and moody Scottish woods

After what feels like a week of non stop rain the sun and blue sky finally made an appearance for much of Sunday
After what feels like a week of nonstop rain, the sun and blue sky finally made an appearance for much of Sunday

Harriet Harnden was leading going into the final stage but would struggle to keep pace eventually slipping to 2nd.
Harriet Harnden was leading going into the final stage but would struggle to keep pace, eventually slipping to 2nd.

Jack Moir was hungry for the win today but couldn t quite much the front running pace and slipped back to 4th.
Jack Moir was hungry for the win today but couldn't quite much the front running pace and slipped back to 4th.

Andam Brayton trying his hand at the EWS on Stage 2
Adam Brayton trying his hand at the EWS on Stage 2

Miranda Miller into the dark and slick woods
Miranda Miller into the dark and slick woods

Isabeau Courdurier on the long climb to the top of stage 3.
Isabeau Courdurier on the long climb to the top of stage 3.

Wynn Masters and some Scottish artwork on Stage 3
Wyn Masters and some Scottish artwork on Stage 3

An off weekend for Melanie Pugin would see her do just enough to take home the overall title
An off weekend for Melanie Pugin would see her do just enough to take home the overall title

4th on the day for Noga Korem
4th on the day for Noga Korem

Semi-retired from racing and in 9th for Same Dale
Semi-retired from racing and in 9th for Sam Dale

12th for Mark Scott after not racing an EWS in quite some time
12th for Mark Scott after not racing an EWS in quite some time

Lewis Buchanan threw down an awesome time to kick things of on Saturday s Pro Stage but would slip down the order come Sunday
Lewis Buchanan threw down an awesome time to kick things of on Saturday's Pro Stage but would slip down the order come Sunday

Hometown hero Katy Winton could well have had the loudest cheers of all today.
Hometown hero Katy Winton could well have had the loudest cheers of all today.

Another strong ride from Charlie Murray into 5th place.
Another strong ride from Charlie Murray into 5th place.

Adrien Dailly finishes off his 2021 season with a third place.
Adrien Dailly finishes off his 2021 season with a third place.

9th place for Ella Conolly on home soil.
9th place for Ella Conolly on home soil.

6th place today for Matt Walker in the challenging conditions.
6th place today for Matt Walker in the challenging conditions.

How dark are the woods here in Scotland About that dark
How dark are the woods here in Scotland? About that dark

4 seasons in a day in Scotland.
4 seasons in a day in Scotland.

What could have been for Jess Stone. She was leading up until a crash which broke her finger... Look closely at her left hand. She still won the stage.
What could have been for Jess Stone. She was leading up until a crash which broke her finger... Look closely at her left hand. She still won the stage.

Morgane Charre didn t have enough for the win today but finishes the season on a high not with a 2nd in the overall
Morgane Charre didn't have enough for the win today but finishes the season on a high note with a 2nd in the overall

Each race Evan Wall seems to go just a little bit quicker as he gains experience. Ending the season with a 14th will surely give him plenty of confidence while he preps for 2022
Each race Evan Wall seems to go just a little bit quicker as he gains experience. Ending the season with a 14th will surely give him plenty of confidence while he preps for 2022

Damion Oton in his final EWS race of what has been an incredible career
Damion Oton in his final EWS race of what has been an incredible career

Aggression right to the end for Jesse Melamed who would take 2nd on the day and 3rd in the series
Aggression right to the end for Jesse Melamed who would take 2nd on the day and 3rd in the series

Charlie Murray once again quietly doing about his business and landing in the top 5
Charlie Murray once again quietly doing about his business and landing in the top 5

Remi Gauvin through the rain forest on Stage 2
Remi Gauvin through the rain forest on Stage 2

Martin Maes was flying all day to take his first win of the year
Martin Maes was flying all day to take his first win of the year

First for Bex Baraona taking her maiden EWS win on home soil in front of friends and family
First for Bex Baraona, taking her maiden EWS win on home soil in front of friends and family

Morgane Charre missed out on the top spot by a mere 1.5 seconds after 30 minutes of racing.
Morgane Charre missed out on the top spot by a mere 1.5 seconds after 30 minutes of racing.

Hattie Harnden waits nervously for the finals riders having led into the last stage.
Hattie Harnden waits nervously for the final riders having led into the last stage.

This moment will take a while to sink in for Bex Baraona.
This moment will take a while to sink in for Bex Baraona.

Robin Wallner celebrates his EWS racing career coming to a close with teammate and good friend Zakarias Johansen.
Robin Wallner celebrates his EWS racing career coming to a close with teammate and good friend Zakarias Johansen.

Greg Callahan back inside the EWS top 10 once again.
Greg Callahan is back inside the EWS top 10 once again.

After an up and down season Martin Maes finally found his form and delivered a win to close out 2021
After an up and down season Martin Maes finally found his form and delivered a win to close out 2021

A face of relief for Jack Moir after a long season fighting for the title on nearly every stage with Richie Rude
A face of relief for Jack Moir after a long season fighting for the title on nearly every stage with Richie Rude

Jack Moir can toss that number 21 board in the bin as he ll be running the number 1 plate next season
Jack Moir can toss that number 21 board in the bin, as he'll be running the number 1 plate next season

Polly Henderson took the win on home soil in the U21 women she was ahead of Sophie Riva and Ellen Flewitt.
Polly Henderson took the win on home soil in the U21 women, she was ahead of Sophie Riva and Ellen Flewitt.

Jamie Edmondson took the win in U21 men in front of Jack Menzies and Jake Ebdon.
Jamie Edmondson took the win in U21 men in front of Jack Menzies and Jake Ebdon.

Sophie Riva took the U21 Women s overall in front of Polly Henderson the absent Simona Kuchynkova taking third.
Sophie Riva took the U21 Women's overall in front of Polly Henderson, the absent Simona Kuchynkova taking third.

Jamie Edmondson won in style taking the overall as well. Francescu Camoin and Luke Meier Smith were second and third overall in 2021.
Jamie Edmondson won in style taking the overall as well. Francescu Camoin and Luke Meier Smith were second and third overall in 2021.

What a way to end the season at home for Bex Baraona. Her first EWS win and on home soil. nd would go to another Brit Harriet Harnden with France s Morgane Charre in 3rd
What a way to end the season at home for Bex Baraona. Her first EWS win and on home soil. 2nd would go to another Brit, Harriet Harnden, with France's Morgane Charre in 3rd

Race Winner Martin Maes goes bottoms up with Jesse Melamed and Adrien Dailly
Race Winner Martin Maes goes bottoms up with Jesse Melamed and Adrien Dailly

Melanie Pugin takes the overall title with Morgane Charre in 2nd and outgoing champ Isabeau Courdurier in 3rd
Melanie Pugin takes the overall title with Morgane Charre in 2nd and outgoing champ Isabeau Courdurier in 3rd

Jack Moir is the new EWS Champion followed by Richie Rude and Jesse Melamed
Jack Moir is the new EWS Champion, followed by Richie Rude and Jesse Melamed

See you in the spring Scotland as the Tweed Valley will be the opening round of 2022
See you in the spring Scotland, as the Tweed Valley will be the opening round of 2022



68 Comments

  • 44 0
 Outstanding set of photos team @rossbellphoto and @davetrumpore Great to see theTweed Valley buzzing all week can't wait for next years opener
  • 7 0
 must be really hard to get photos as well it's so dark in the trees and then so bright in the open and then you have the rain to get on your lenses and mess with your focus as well
  • 4 0
 jack moir is now a monster man
  • 11 0
 Agreed some great photos, props to the team. Ross that is a fantastic pan-shot of Katy!
  • 1 0
 that pic of Richie Rude is menacing so cool. Also wow fox orange forks for the win
  • 17 1
 Genuine question- why did they run it so late in the year? Having a race in Scotland in October is a recipe for a slop-fest. Switching the calendar position with Finale would probably have a much better chance of getting good weather in Scotland, and they could do their customary finish of the season in Finale (which is surely not muddy, like ever?)
  • 4 0
 Been fantastic weather in the Tweed Valley, right up until last week... There was already a number of events run in the area in the past 5 weeks, including TweedLove, Tour of The Borders etc etc... really tough to fit it in
  • 3 0
 Bit difficult earlier in the year with restrictions possibly.
  • 1 0
 It was actually supposed to run in May of this year, that’s why a few riders were up there doing media stuff e.g all the Nukeproof guys, obviously it ended up getting pushed back early on in planning due particularly to Fort William DH being cancelled and the threat of more covid ruining the season.

Next year is a little bit more compact, but still you can’t predict the weather
  • 14 0
 Don't worry, they're having it in spring next season. It's historically a sun bathed paradise at that time of year.
  • 2 0
 @Gabe001: haha... given 2014/15 conditions, May would have been worse as ive been told spring is always wet. Seems late September into October is usually dry, and it certainly was the weeks prior... But as the saying goes, if you want to end a drought just hold a bike race
  • 2 0
 @Bob-Agg: probably too hot and not enough midges for some.
  • 5 0
 Personally, I am glad they ran it the way they did. If every race was dry and dusty then it would be boring and not much of a test for the best mountain bikers in the world to demonstrate just how versatile they are.
  • 1 0
 @peterknightuk: That may be true, but it's not good for the trails to have 1000s of racer riding them wet, and it doesn't give the racers a chance to enjoy them at their best. I'd say make 'chance of sun' a priority when scheduling races, and you can still pretty much guarantee the weather gods will throw you a curveball at some point anyway
  • 2 0
 @mattg95: I respectfully disagree. Mountain biking isn't a summer-only sport. A big part of it is having the skill to ride in challenging conditions. Part of the fun is tackling a trail which might not be at its best and still conquering it. Yes, it will cause trail erosion; but avoiding mountain biking in the name of mountain biking doesn't make sense to me. Scheduling a race in autumn just means we all have to work harder on trail maintenance - that's all.
  • 23 15
 Richie Rude looks like the most frustrated man of the championship. Smiling is healthy Richie... as well as humility.
  • 11 3
 Makes that pic so damn funny
  • 13 5
 Unless you know the person well, one photo does not confirm a person's overall mood.
  • 45 0
 Ah yes the challenge of a podium photo. In a perfect world there are cheers smiles and epic champage spray. But in reality some bottles dont pop, or not at the same time, or key figures duck for cover. Maybe one is smiling while the other is stright faced, or somwone else is looking the wrong way to friends... We could have posted the one with Richie and jack smiling and chatting, but then jesse would have looked sad. Or one of Richie spraying himself in the face with his own champagne with Jack looking the other way to avoid the spray (then someone would say he was snubbing Richie)... the true fact is all three riders were psyched to be there, happy for each other, and happy for their own accomplishments... Anything other than that is an alternative reality/narrative being created my looking at a split second in time... These are real people, just like you amd me. They are not robots
  • 16 0
 Ah the proverbial [Pinkbike] keyboard warrior telling a pro athlete at the top of their game to "be humble", "stop cheating"...all the usual holier than thou rhetoric. If top athletes like Richie or Thibaut aren't angry, disappointed, frustrated at losing their shot at the title in the last minute, then something is very wrong.
  • 17 1
 @SvenNorske: yup, it's smile for the asshats on the internet so they can call you smug and cocky. Or dont smile so they can say you are a sore loser... can't win
  • 3 0
 @CaptainSnappy:
He had a face like thunder for the whole prize giving ceremony!!
  • 1 0
 Correct, but for a man as competitive as Richie I'm sure it's difficult to be happy with second place.
  • 8 1
 Awesome end to an epic season.... Except if you were Richey making a stupid mistake in the pro stage in front of everyone
  • 35 32
 The text for the introduction of this article is extremely similar to what I read on NSMB earlier today. I wonder what that is all about?

NSMB
The last race of the season is always intense, but the final round of the 2021 Enduro World Series took things to the next level. Vittoria EWS Tweed Valley brought the drama to the rolling hills of Southern Scotland, as driving rain and challenging conditions served as a mere backdrop to the most anticipated showdown of the season.Saturday’s Pro Stage took an unexpected twist when Richie Rude’s (Yeti/Fox Factory Team) championship campaign came to an abrupt end after leaving the course markings resulted in a disqualification. Series leader Moir would go on to win the stage, setting him up with a three second advantage for Sunday’s four stages.

Pinkbike
The last race of the season is always intense, but the final round of the 2021 Enduro World Series took things to the next level, bringing the drama to the rolling hills of Southern Scotland. So much so that the week of cold driving rain, unrelenting wind, and challenging conditions served as a mere backdrop to the final showdown of the season.

Saturday’s Pro Stage took an unexpected twist when Richie Rude’s championship campaign ended abruptly after leaving the course markings, resulting in a disqualification. This would hand the championship to series leader Jack Moir with no further contest. Moir would go on to win the stage, setting him up with a three-second advantage into the remaining five stages.
  • 16 0
 Looks like outside is acquiring NSMB
  • 1 0
 @idecic: or Outside has some loophole on the governance deployed to the AI writing the news.. ended up with some plagiarism.. may be who knows... conspiracy theories..
  • 5 0
 welcome to the internet bro copy + paste, press release, spin me right round baby right round etc
  • 3 1
 Would LOVE an official response from PB on this.
  • 12 0
 @DGWW: I don’t think there’s much for them to comment on. It’s just a press release. The NSMB piece has no byline. This one is credited to Rosa Bell who is not a PB staffer; he’s a pro photographer on the EWS/WC circuit, and likely the individual who curated the photo essay here.

There’s no conspiracy, no journalistic malpractice, no shady unethical decisions. This is just run of the mill press release stuff. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same copy end up at Vital either.
  • 2 0
 The real question is if the outside+ black helicopters are already on their way to take you out? Or maybe a predator drone w/ hellfire missiles is more outside's style.
  • 2 0
 Clearly I was just very naive thinking that Pinkbike sent journalists to cover these events rather than copying and pasting the press release. It's a shame as I was down there racing myself and there's a lot more that could have been said about the course (very easy) and the conditions (very tough).
  • 13 0
 @skill7: we've used the press releases issued post-race to accredited journalists few years now. Often modified to highlight some points over others, etc... and PB was the media partner of the EWS prior to 2020 so not a new/lazy thing.

As photographers we are on the hill and in the trenches so to speak all day, hustling stage to stage with not a moment to spare. often we rely on whatsapp messages from the EWS for updates through the day as we literally have no time to check live timing or know whats going on. A synopsis of the day is not something we can take note of as it unfolds (unlike DH for example where i will keep notes during finals to prepare a recap later). The EWS staff tasked with follwing the action has a far better grasp of how the race unfolds and thier perspective combined with our photos is often used to create the content you see here... Cheers
  • 1 0
 @zoobab2: It looks like pinkbike is trimming the backslash out of the link in everyone's comments which is breaking the hyperlink. my original comment had the "\"
  • 3 0
 @DGWW: official response below ;-)
  • 20 0
 @skill7, as has been mentioned, there's no conspiracy - that text is from the official press release. The photos, though, are from Dave Trumpore and Ross Bell, who were there documenting the event. Hats off to those two for delivering some absolutely spectacular photos. Enduro is hard enough to cover given the logistics of getting to each stage in time, and when darkness and mud are added in it's even more difficult.

Ross and Dave absolutely crushed it out there - I'd recommend scrolling back up and browsing through the photos one more time to really let them sink in.
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: glad to see it !
  • 5 0
 Just saying, but that's really good mud!
That much slop on my local trails (ah, clay soil!) would surely result in un-spinning wheels.
  • 5 0
 For a second there I thought that was bottles of Buckfast that they gave then on the podium.
  • 2 0
 Now that would have got the party started!! Hahaha
  • 4 0
 WHOLE POLAND IS PROUD OF YOU ...SLAVOMIR "WOOCASIC" Smile

NAJLEPSZEGO SLAWKU I DZIEKUJEMY ZA EMOCJE !!
  • 2 0
 Kurwa!!
  • 2 0
 @RayDolor: well...our language is richer than that...but in that case, when he runs as Privateer I believe that is adequate.

still a great achievement!!
  • 1 0
 @rafallied: My bad, my friend...I confess to not even knowing the meaning of the "kurwa"!
  • 2 0
 @RayDolor: that happens, seems ppl catch bad language faster than the rest - no matter what language is that ffs Smile
  • 5 1
 My friend Big Dave will hopefully win next year.
  • 1 0
 Big Dave is my idol
  • 4 0
 Sam Dale is a fuckin' genius. No doubt.
  • 4 1
 Kasper Woolley is a beast -you heared it here first ( kinda)
  • 1 0
 yeah they need to stop using AI to write these articles and comments. I’ve never seen so many typos before…almost all the photo captions are grammatically flawed.
  • 4 0
 Sam's on flat pedals..
  • 2 1
 I spend quite some time looking at that photo of Katy Winton. These are amazing shots!
  • 1 0
 Martin is a flying kangaroo!
  • 1 0
 And we ran out of space to show the Masters podiums?
  • 1 0
 Stoked for Bex, GOWAAN!!!
  • 1 0
 Great series! Congrats Jack
  • 3 3
 Congrats at taking the worst podium pic of Richie.
  • 5 0
 This is the face you'll see in the dictionary when you look up "dejected".
  • 9 0
 I think when you have been disqualified and lost the title that is the only face on offer.
  • 3 6
 He is pissed cos he was DQed for riding like a muppet??
  • 1 1
 @paulskibum: He wouldn't get the title anyway
  • 9 0
 @NZRalphy: if you met RR would you tell him he rode like a muppet? The Internet is a weird place. Leave the man be.
  • 2 0
 @AlanMck: good call
  • 1 0
 Mint

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