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Race Day Photo Epic: Finale Ligure EDR World Cup 2024

May 12, 2024
by Dave Trumpore  



The opening round of the UCI Enduro World Cup in Finale Outdoor Region, north-west Italy, saw Britain’s Harriet Harnden take the lead in the women’s competition thanks to a supreme stage three race on ‘Supergroppo’.

2023 overall winner, Isabeau Courdurier took second place, after an early lead on stage one, before falling back in the pack after a grueling stage three. While Ella Conolly, who experienced a turbulent 2023, kept a steady pace throughout the race to earn the third spot on the podium.

The men’s competition was dominated by reigning champion Richie Rude who won three stages out of the four, including a near-perfect ride on stage five - DH Men. Charlie Murray put in solid times across the stages to place second on the day, while Belgian Martin Maes returned to the podium, taking the final spot in third.

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Italy
Italy

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N0ot a bad place to set up camp for the week
Not a bad place to set up camp for the week

It s good to be back in Finale Ligure and back to World Cup racing
It's good to be back in Finale Ligure and back to World Cup racing

The calm before the storm
The calm before the storm

It s a new year but the man to beat is the same as it ever was
It's a new year, but the man to beat is the same as it ever was

Alex Rudeau struggled to find the form that landed him 2nd in the overall just a few months ago
Alex Rudeau struggled to find the form that landed him 2nd in the overall just a few months ago

Ella Conolly on Stage 2
Ella Conolly on Stage 2

Martin Maes has found the fire to race once again in 2024 and ended the weekend on the podium in 3rd
Martin Maes has found the fire to race once again in 2024 and ended the weekend on the podium in 3rd

Youn Deniaud making shapes down Stage 1
Youn Deniaud making shapes down Stage 1

2nd for Isabeau Courdurier
2nd for Isabeau Courdurier

Alex Storr on Stage 5
Alex Storr on Stage 5

Rice Rude with the target everyone is chasing on his back
Richie Rude with the target everyone is chasing on his back

Hugo Pigeon on Stage 3
Hugo Pigeon on Stage 3

1st to start the 2024 season for Harriet Harnden
1st to start the 2024 season for Harriet Harnden

Rae Morrison rounding out the top 5
Rae Morrison rounding out the top 5

U21 Men s winner Bailey Christie
U21 Men's winner Bailey Christie

6th for Raphaela Richter
6th for Raphaela Richter

Estelle Charles on Stage 1
Estelle Charles on Stage 1

Bex Baraona running her own program finished 10th
Bex Baraona running her own program finished 10th

Iago Garay back at it a year after a brain aneurysm landed him in the hospital at this same race
Iago Garay back at it a year after a brain aneurysm landed him in the hospital at this same race

U21 defending champ Emmy Lan had an off weekend to finish 7th
U21 defending champ Emmy Lan had an off weekend to finish 7th

U21 WEomen s winner Lily Planquart
U21 Women's winner Lily Planquart

Fast physical and rocky trails were the name of the game this weekend in Finale
Fast, physical, and rocky trails were the name of the game this weekend in Finale

Kasper Wooley is healthy and in the mix once again
Kasper Woolley is healthy and in the mix once again

Jesse Melamed charging on Stage 3
Jesse Melamed charging on Stage 3

Morgane Charre would end the race in 4th
Morgane Charre would end the race in 4th

2nd for Charlie Murray
2nd for Charlie Murray

Dimitri Tordo came 8th
Dimitri Tordo came 8th

6th for Jesse Melamed
6th for Jesse Melamed

Local hero Mirco Vendemmia knows every inch of these hills and took 4th
Local hero Mirco Vendemmia knows every inch of these hills and took 4th

A flat on the final stage push Lukasik to 5th
A flat on the final stage pushed Lukasik to 5th

7th for Greg Callaghan and his best finish in a few seasons
7th for Greg Callaghan and his best finish in a few seasons

Richie Rude blasted the final stage to take a commanding win in Finale Ligure after a tight battle with his teammate
Richie Rude blasted the final stage to take a commanding win in Finale Ligure after a tight battle with his teammate

New year and not much had changed
New year and not much had changed

Richie Rude continued hie winning ways in Finale with Charlie Murray and Martin Maes just behind
Richie Rude continued his winning ways in Finale, with Charlie Murray and Martin Maes just behind

Harriet Harnden tops Isabeau Courdurier and Ella Conolly in the Elite Women s Race
Harriet Harnden tops Isabeau Courdurier and Ella Conolly in the Elite Women's Race

Lily Planquart Elly Hostien and Simona Kuchynkova on top in U21 Women sHarr
Lily Planquart, Elly Hoskin, and Simona Kuchynkova on top in U21 Women's podium

Bailey Christie JT Fischer and Marius Tenet on the U21 Men s podium
Bailey Christie, JT Fischer, and Marius Tenet on the U21 Men's podium

Views from the final stage in Finale
Views from the final stage in Finale

Lather rinse repeat... Another win and another year as the man to bet for Richie Rude
Lather, rinse, repeat... Another win and another year as the man to beat for Richie Rude


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56 Comments
  • 36 0
 That photo of Ella is superb. The focus in the eyes is perfect
  • 3 0
 Very nice!
  • 6 13
flag FuzzyL FL (May 12, 2024 at 23:00) (Below Threshold)
 Great photo indeed.
(However, I never can keep the thought out of my mind how this used to be so hard to do, and take a hundred shots (on expensive film) to get it right, while nowadays the camera will just find the eyes and follow with the focus).
  • 13 0
 @FuzzyL: If the results of the work are judged by how hard was to make them, we would be sending painters instead of photographers.
  • 7 4
 @Archimonde: Of course. As I said, it is a great photo, not to take anything away from that. It‘s just silly me who always thinks about how hard it used to be. In the positive sense, it‘s marvelling on how quickly technology is still developing.
  • 44 4
 @FuzzyL: lemme clarify... you dont get hundreds of chances on a riders race run. you get one. and the eye capure/autofocus works for lifestyle images but absolutely zero chance on an action shot taken at 100th of second while panning a rider whose in frame for maybe half a second. just like the good old film days, you pre focus/lock focus where the rider will be, pan at their speed and time the shutter. the eyes are sharp because of technique and picking a spot where the riders head is steady (in th air). I applaud your confidence in telling people how easy that shot was, but you couldn't be more wrong. cheers
  • 3 0
 @FuzzyL: Don't discount the skill of the photographer. Even with all the new eye autofocus and tracking tech by the time the face is obscured by a helmet and goggles and the subject is all over the place at high speed in challenging light the camera isn't going to do the job for you!
  • 4 0
 @FuzzyL: As someone who steals his wife's fancy camera and lenses (wildlife photography has similar requirements to sports) whenever there's a DH WC race nearby I can confidently say the gear alone won't give you results like this.
  • 7 4
 @davetrumpore: Please accept my apology, I didn’t intend to make it sound as if this was easy, or as if just anybody could do it. I fully appreciate how hard it has made the life of photographers that people nowadays think everybody could take great pictures with their iPhones, while nothing could be further from the truth. I don‘t want to take anything away from what is a truly great photo, and as you say, you still get only one chance, at least for that particular rider, and still have to plan it right, be in the right spot, compose your picture, make sure the lighting is correct, etc.etc. I‘ve been an ambitious hobby photographer for more than 30 years and still could not take that picture for the life of me.

That said I beg to differ slightly on the capability of modern cameras, that I feel do indeed make this kind of shot in general a lot easier than it used to be. If you can do something like that with a manual focus, that makes it even more expressive, still, in that half a second it takes the rider to pass you, the camera will get between 7 and 10 shots off (and probably ten times that if it‘s mirrorless), where it used to be one or two in the days of film. I got to use a Nikon D6 for a weekend at a motor race here in Germany and the autofocus managed to pick up and follow the driver’s helmet passing on the other side of the guard rail just fine, so I still can‘t tell for that particular lighting situation in Finale, but would be very very surprised if a modern top of the shelf camera‘s autofocus couldn‘t manage that. Of course, and as stated above, that alone does only add one little piece of the puzzle to creating a shot like that.
  • 2 0
 @maddcow: No, it never ever will. Sorry that I gave the impression I might think that.
  • 3 3
 @FuzzyL: You are begging to differ with the dude that took said photos and has hands on knowledge of the cutting edge of the technology and its limitations as a Pro Photog.....Wild

Never change PB Comments section...
  • 4 2
 @FuzzyL: dude... look up the specs of a R6. better yet go use one... your claims are so ridiculously off the mark its not even worth engaging further, other than to say you could not be more wrong.
  • 2 1
 @KDix85: yeah, I've only been doing this for over a decade haha. thanks for giving the benefit of the doubt:-)
  • 3 2
 @maddcow: exactly... and on top of that its a pan shot that someone is claiming eye detection autofocus made easy. No camera autofocus wizardry is going freeze sharp focus at 100th of a second shutter speed while sat less than a meter away from a subject teaveling 30kph... that's 100% technique.
  • 3 0
 @davetrumpore: Dave - I have admired your photography on PB for years. I also take amateur photos of riders at Whistler Toonies and other events. My own efforts have shown me - I dont have the touch you have, and its really hard to capture the action well and my riders are going half the speed of any at a world cup event.

I also use manual focus, guessing where the rider will be on track, and fire the shutter when I hope they are in the right spot. I usually end up with them slightly out of focus as either side of the sweet spot which the shutter missed!
  • 2 0
 @paulskibum: I only use manual focus for pan shots (1/20-1/100 shutter speed). most situations outside of that autofocus works great. however cameras more than 5 years old or so will struggle more depending on light
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: Yep my autofocus struggles with riders coming straight at me at any kind of pace. Its ok if they are climbing! Basic Pentax from about 8 years ago. Maybe its time to upgrade.
  • 2 0
 @paulskibum: Canon, nikon, sony have some of the best systems of fast autofocus out there these days. anything made from 2017 onwards is great and the newest stuff is pretty mind blowing... but as "debated" above, it will not donall the work all the time, and technique/skill is always needed to work around a cameras shortcomings when getting the shot you want v. what the camera can do
  • 27 1
 Fantastic photography! Thanks for this! Enduro looks very much alive and as gnarly as ever. Sounds like this event was extremely physical as it should be with tight transfer times as well.
  • 6 14
flag h8terbike999 (May 12, 2024 at 16:49) (Below Threshold)
 Don’t tell Gaza Bex
  • 21 0
 Photographer did an excellent job! Great stuff!
  • 17 0
 Speaking a someone feeling old now, this kind of coverage reminds me of the MBA days. Not having live coverage and taking in these great photos give the view the opportunity to imagine the action. I love me some live DH action, but there is something missing from reading about it weeks later with just a good write up and photos to digest.
  • 1 0
 This! Like 1994!
  • 1 0
 I was thinking the same thing, but not in a positive way. I remember waiting for BMX Action! to show up in my mailbox so I could see the "latest" National results 6 weeks after the race occurred. This is not positive for the sport.

The racers make a living from sponsors and sponsors want the widest audience possible. Lack of coverage, even good delayed coverage, is going to kill Enduro as a professional sport. Riders will be forced to switch back to DH if they want to make a living.

That being said, the photo epics are always my favorite type of coverage. The artistry of someone like @davetrumpore really shines through and allow us to experience the culture/trails of each unique location in a way that WBD will never capture.
  • 1 0
 And waiting for Earthed # whatever to drop for actual footy.
  • 12 0
 Great photos!
  • 1 0
 So good
  • 3 0
 Dave's photo epics >>>>>>>>> EDR race recap video.
  • 8 0
 Oh man this is awesome! Almost like watching it live! Haha.
  • 7 0
 Great photos as always Dave.
  • 5 0
 Given the hot weather, why did some riders opt for pants and long sleeves? Seems like it would be a poor choice for technical wear.
  • 6 1
 That photo of Raphaela Richter is a masterclass in applying the rule of thirds Wink

Great shots!
  • 3 0
 Great photos from Dave as usual. If you scroll down on your phone at the right speed, its almost like a discovery video, but with better commentary!
  • 1 0
 Correction. Its better than a disco video. As is yt mobs
  • 4 0
 Brilliant photos! Especially the Ella one. And long live racing!
  • 2 0
 Alex Storr I think got a DNF. The photo of him is from stage 5. I’ll be interested to learn (someday) what happened.
  • 1 0
 Heat stroke apparently
  • 7 0
 Dreadnought v2 red/yellow color fade is infecting my brain and may be spreading to my wallet
  • 1 0
 @xysler: because his new bike is ON FIRE
  • 1 0
 I was thinking the same. Shame the young gun suffered heat stroke after apparently being on it so close to the end!
  • 3 0
 Nice job! Bike checks would be a must.
  • 1 0
 yes please - those tan wall Hutchys look mint... and why wouldn't you line up the Continental logos with the wheel decals?
  • 2 0
 No way Rude was gonna let Lukasik stand on the podium with those crusty tube socks.
  • 1 0
 And the race coverage is also out www.youtube.com/watch?v=95SCu_nYsTk
  • 2 0
 Nice to see Iago Garay back on track
  • 1 0
 Wow nice picture Not enough Forbidden though
  • 1 0
 Maybe this is the best way to watch Enduro these days. Fantastic photos!
  • 1 0
 Is there a way to buy enduro team jerseys like one would for a TDF team?
  • 1 0
 Amazing photographs. Kudos!!!
  • 2 2
 I wanna see some Big Mountain Enduro from pb
  • 1 0
 BME needs to submit it to Pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 @stevemokan: I guess you're right.
  • 1 0
 Amazing images!
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