Race Day Photo Epic: Just As Things Were Heating Up - EWS Finale Ligure 2020

Sep 27, 2020
by Matthew DeLorme  


It's taken some time to get used to this new world of racing. All parties involved have had to be quick to adapt to rapidly changing rules regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Let's not be subtle in this case- yes, it's good to be back to racing, but to all parties involved it's been nerve-wracking. To say that we are sad it's come to an abrupt end for the EWS just as we felt we all might be hitting our stride in this brave new world we live in is an understatement. It's also a f*$king relief it's over.

The stresses of orchestrating all the parts of such a race are taxing in regular circumstances. Much less in the age of COVID. The EWS crew deserves a bow here. They worked their asses off for this. Was it perfect? No. Could it have been? Not a chance. They did the best they possibly could given the hand they were dealt and did it with grace and commitment to rider, staff, and community. To have had to make the call to pull the plug early on the final two rounds must have been heartbreaking, but it was a wise decision.

So here we are at the end of a really short season. Truth be told there was some spectacular racing. We could speculate on what would have happened if the series continued, but let's assume it would have ended knee-deep in snow at this point. Anyone watching the forecast in Austria will understand. Four stages in the fabled Finale Ligure awaited us this morning, and the sun was shining, even though yesterdays front brought some rather chilly temps behind it.

With Isabeau Courdurier out with torn ligaments in her ankle, the race came down to Morgane Charre and Melanie Pugin. Charre took stages one and two and the day was hers. Estelle Charles took her first podium in third place. It was all France for the top three women. Katy Winton came back to take fourth, and Anita Gehrig took fifth. In the Men's race, Jesse Melamed ran away with stage one and never looked back. The bombastic Canadian would finish the day with his second win of the season. Florian Nicolai would take second, and Theo Galy would take third.

Now as the temperatures cool down some of us will head on over to Austria for a bit of Whiteout Whip Offs, and whatever else this screwed up season throws at us. To be honest, maybe they should just make a snow DS course, put some screws through some mud spikes and then call it all good for 2020. Whatever they are smoking that makes them think this next bit of racing will all go off as planned, we wish they would share.

Welcome to the final Round of the Enduro World Series.
Welcome to the final round of the Enduro World Series.

Temps this morning were less than summer like.
Temps this morning were less than summer-like.

ALN checks her pressures before a long day on the bike.
ALN checks her pressures before a long day on the bike.

Morgane Jonnier Suits up for the final in Finale.
Morgane Jonnier suits up for the final in Finale.

Florian Nicolai smashing rocks on his way to second place.
Florian Nicolai smashing rocks on his way to second place.

While it wan t brutally hot water was still in high demand. Jack Moir refills in Calice Ligure.
While it wasn't brutally hot, water was still in high demand. Jack Moir refills in Calice Ligure.

Estelle Charles Charging hard to third place.
Estelle Charles charging hard to third place.

Morgane Charre took the top step of the podium and help drive her team to the top step in the overall.
Morgane Charre took the top step of the podium and helped drive her team to the top step in the overall.

Melanie Pugin took the win of the final two stages but it wasn t enough to defeat Charre.
Melanie Pugin took the win on the final two stages, but it wasn't enough to defeat Charre.

Morgane Charre takes her first EWS win here in Finale.
Morgane Charre takes her first EWS win here in Finale.

Here it is- your Jose Borges moment. 7th for the day. You re welcome Portugal.
Here it is - your Jose Borges moment. 7th for the day. You're welcome, Portugal.

Theo Galy takes third for the day.
Theo Galy takes third for the day.

Hattie Harnden continues to crush it in the U21 women class. 1st today with a time that would have put her second in pro women.
Hattie Harnden continues to crush it in the U21 women class. 1st today with a time that would have put her second in the pro-women.

Jesse Melamed took control on stage one and never looked back.
Jesse Melamed took control on stage one and never looked back.

Pedro Burns was having a solid day and finished stage 2 in 11t place but clipped a pedal and went over the bars. Burns finished 22nd.
Pedro Burns was having a solid day and finished stage 2 in 11th place, but clipped a pedal and went over the bars. Burns finished 22nd.

Katy Winton took a fourth place today. Given a another couple of rounds and she would have surely found her way back on the podium.
Katy Winton took fourth place today. Given another couple of rounds, and she would have surely found her way back on the podium.

Huge day for Charlie Murray. Sixth place right behind Eddie Masters.
Huge day for Charlie Murray. Sixth place, right behind Eddie Masters.

Theo Galy slaying switchbacks on the steeps of stage two. The dirt was phenomenal on those turns.
Theo Galy slaying switchbacks on the steeps of stage two. The dirt was phenomenal on those turns.

Anita Gerhig on her way to fifth place in the pro women.
Anita Gehrig on her way to fifth place in the pro-women.

Jack Moir took the boosty route to stage four.
Jack Moir took the boosty route to stage four.

Jesse Melamed brings it home on a pedaly stage four.
Jesse Melamed brings it home on a pedaly stage four.

Florian Nicoali was happy to finish the season with a strong result after a rough start in Zermatt. Plenty of testing on the new new set up helped to get him there.
Florian Nicolai was happy to finish the season with a strong result after a rough start in Zermatt. Plenty of testing on the new setup helped to get him there.

A break out weekend for Charlie Murray.
A break out weekend for Charlie Murray.

Jesse Melamed tosses back a well deserved beer after a brilliant day on the bike.
Jesse Melamed tosses back a well-deserved beer after a brilliant day on the bike.

Top U21 men- Brady Stone Luke Meier- Smith Jamie Edmonson.
Top U21 men - Brady Stone, Luke Meier- Smith, Jamie Edmondson.

Top teams in Finale Ligure Pivot Factory Trek Factory and Canyon Collective.
Top teams in Finale Ligure, Pivot Factory, Trek Factory, and Canyon Collective.

Women s Podium- Morgane Charre Melanie Pugin and Estelle Charles.
Women's Podium - Morgane Charre, Melanie Pugin, and Estelle Charles.

Men s podium- Jesse Melamed Florian Nicolai Jack Moir.
Men's podium - Jesse Melamed, Florian Nicolai, Jack Moir.

U21 Women podium. Hattie Harnden Sophie Riva.
U21 Women podium - Hattie Harnden, Sophie Riva.

Useless outdate garbage. Rode hard and put out out to pasture.
Useless outdated garbage. Rode hard and put out to pasture.

See you next week from Hoth.
See you next week, from Hoth.



28 Comments

  • 49 1
 Moir taking to enduro like a shark to water
  • 5 0
 yeaaaaaah
  • 1 0
 @kyytaM: more like yeeeeea naaaaah yeeeeeeeeeaah
  • 18 0
 I’ll take ALL of that “useless outdated garbage.” Thank you very much.
  • 4 1
 Sorry, collected it all this morning. You snooze you lose!
  • 19 0
 Thank you,@Matthew De Lorme.
  • 3 0
 Yes. +1. Matthew shows a good literary background. Makes for seriously cool references. More of Matthew in the future!
  • 12 0
 "Jack Moir took the boosty route to stage four."

The rider is actually Dimitri Tordo.
  • 7 0
 Captain Morgane.
  • 5 0
 "and Theo Galy would take third."? Jack Moir 3rd... like your podium photo shows.
  • 5 0
 It looks like Morgane Charre was on flats, so it's not just Sam where flat pedals win medals.
  • 4 0
 I’d say Jesse was the opposite of bombastic. Fast as f*ck, yes. Bombastic, no.
  • 4 0
 Jesse is about as straight-on Human as they come. He's cool in my book, FWIW.
  • 8 6
 We beat the frogs, nuff said!!
  • 9 0
 Actually the french national animal is the cock. So you beat the cock!
  • 2 2
 Erm don't half you lot speak froglais so only 50% bragging rights, I do approve of Jesse drinking a 5% beer your neighbours south of the border could learn a lesson or two
  • 1 1
 @johnnygrosso: The French Canadians lost their little war on someone else's land years ago and we have to learn a second language because some of them refuse to speak English. I heard Montreal has nice strip bars tho...
  • 3 1
 Hoth!?!? Whats going on in Hoth?
  • 13 0
 An epic battle between the Imperial army and the Resistance, that's what!!
  • 3 0
 @rc3kartusa: yep, you got me there
  • 1 0
 @SoddenDeath: so jesse and morgine are luke and leia and stage 3 is the death star and they just shredded the death star and are having beers and tasty waves in hoth?
  • 2 0
 @won-sean-animal-chin: I don't remember Hoth having tasty waves. Sounds nice though!
  • 2 0
 Murray was pinning it last week. Nice to see it convert.
  • 1 0
 The photo of Morgane Jonnier, seems like you weren't supposed to be there lol
  • 1 0
 'd be interested to know what riders without bottle cages on there bikes do for hydration ?
  • 3 1
 ain't racing great
  • 1 0
 Be nice to know which stages they used ????

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