Race Day Photo Epic: The French Connection - EWS Pietra Ligure

Sep 20, 2020
by Matthew DeLorme  



The Enduro World Series continues to live up to its nickname as round two got underway today in Pietra Ligure. Whilst the weather was not of the insane sort we saw in Zermatt, we were pulled abruptly from sleep around 5:30 to a rather raucous thunderstorm. The dust we saw in practice would be gone thanks to the deluge. While the rain had subsided by 9:00 and the track had started to dry out, the mud turned into that special extra slick consistency. The thunder and rain would return on stage three, causing a fair amount of chaos. Martin Maes had a big off and would go to the hospital to receive some stitches. Robin Wallner also had a big crash on stage two which would cause him to retire for the day.

What was glaringly apparent today, is how fast the French are right now. They utterly dominated the day. Seven out of the top ten men were French and the entire top five of the women's field hailed from France. Adrien Dailly took the day for the men with a stage one win and ended 20 seconds up on second place Florian Nicolai. Jack Moir took his first EWS podium with a third place. Rhys Verner took stage three, and Jesse Melamed took stage two.

Isabeau Courdurier took the win on stages one and two after sustaining an ankle injury at the French National Champs last week, but Melanie Pugin had what it took to take the all-important stage three and never looked back. Courdurier would take second for the day, and Morgane Charre would take third for the women.

All in all, round two was a testament to the work local governments, trail crews, and the EWS staff have put in to ensure we have a safe racing atmosphere. It still has a strange vibe to it, but these are strange times. At the end of the day, we are racing again and it feels damn good.

Want into the pits Mandatory mask and temp check to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Want into the pits? Mandatory mask and temp check to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Hattie Harnden ducks to avoid head to tree contact on stage two.
Hattie Harnden ducks to avoid head to tree contact on stage two.

Melanie Pugin too the win here in Pietra today.
Melanie Pugin took the win here in Pietra today.

Estelle Charles on her way to fourth place in Pietra Ligure.
Estelle Charles on her way to fourth place.

Morgane Jonnier took fifth for the women making it five for five for France.
Morgane Jonnier took fifth for the women, making it five for five for France.

Morgane Charre on her way to home for a third place finish.
Morgane Charre on her way home for a third-place finish.

Isabeau Courduier s winning streak came to an end today due to a injured ankle. She settled for second.
Isabeau Courdurier's winning streak came to an end today, due to an injured ankle. She settled for second.

Shark Attack Jack on stage two.
Shark Attack Jack on stage two.

Martin Maes took a big one today but will be looking for redemption next week.
Martin Maes took a big one today, but will be looking for redemption next week.

Big G outs and heavy rains on stage three caused a little chaos. More than one rider veered off course after this compression.
Big G outs and heavy rains on stage three caused a little chaos. More than one rider veered off course after this compression.

Jack Moir on his way to his first EWS podium.
Jack Moir on his way to his first EWS podium.

Adrien Dailly on his way to his first win in quite some time.
Adrien Dailly on his way to his first win in quite some time.

Kevin Miquel just another rapid Frenchman laying down some fast runs here in Pietra. Miquel was 6th.
Kevin Miquel, just another rapid Frenchman laying down some fast runs here in Pietra. Miquel was 6th.

Wyn Masters slaying a bit of fine Italian single track.
Wyn Masters slaying a bit of fine Italian single track.

Dimitri Tordo on his way to fourth place.
Dimitri Tordo on his way to fourth place.

Florian Nicolai making shapes all the way to second place.
Florian Nicolai making shapes all the way to second place.

The high speed straight on stage five was definitely loose after the rains.
The high speed straight on stage five was definitely loose after the rains.

These loose tracks bite hard if you let your guard down.
These loose tracks bite hard if you let your guard down.

Eddie Masters took fifth for the men.
Eddie Masters took fifth for the men.

Elliot Heap charging the bottom of stage five.
Elliott Heap charging the bottom of stage five.

Jesse Melamed took seventh for the men and a stage two win.
Jesse Melamed took seventh for the men, and a stage two win.

Antonie Vidal taking another win in the U21 men.
Antoine Vidal taking another win in the U21 men.

By mid day the dirt was close to hero dirt then it rained again.
By midday the dirt was close to hero dirt, then it rained again.

Joe Barnes leaning it over on stage two.
Joe Barnes leaning it over on stage two.

How stoked is Jack Moir right now
How stoked is Jack Moir right now?

Florian Nicolai found his stride in Finale and took second.
Florian Nicolai found his stride and took second.

Jack Moir was all smiles after his first EWS podium.
Jack Moir was all smiles after his first EWS podium.

Adrien Dailly your fastest man of the day. Speed nipple tape has to be a factor.
Adrien Dailly - your fastest man of the day. Speed nipple tape has to be a factor.

U21 Women Podium Hattie Harnden and Sophie Riva.
U21 Women Podium - Hattie Harnden, and Sophie Riva.

U21 Men Podium- Antoine Vidal Brady Stone and Jamie Edmondson.
U21 Men Podium - Antoine Vidal, Brady Stone, and Jamie Edmondson.

Womens Podium Pugin Courdurier and Charre.
Women's Podium - Pugin, Courdurier, and Charre.

Men s Podium Dailly Nicolai and Moir.
Men's Podium - Dailly, Nicolai, and Moir.

Top teams of the day- Pivot Factory racing Lapierre Zipp and Rocky Mountain.
Top teams of the day - Pivot Factory Racing, Lapierre Zipp, and Rocky Mountain.



30 Comments

  • 27 0
 I run tubeless nipple tape... Allows much better control and I don’t have to run them hard at all...
  • 5 0
 “Gorilla Nipples” seems like a good nickname.
  • 2 0
 ..well it's either that or LYCRA!!!
  • 6 0
 PB comment section is going to milk this for all it's worth.
  • 3 0
 I'm waiting to see how many turn up at the next amateur Enduro races with tit-tape on...
  • 1 0
 @mattoutandabout: Are you going to conduct an inspection?
  • 1 0
 is milk mandatory to use with those?
  • 15 0
 @mdelorme shot the whole thing solo?! Sharp work!!
  • 7 0
 Yeah, running solo for EWS. Thanks!
  • 1 0
 @mdelorme: Badass. Wicked job on the photos.
  • 7 0
 If anyone asks about your nipple tape Adrien, just tell them: “My Engleesh is not so good, so I thought zee flyeuur say ‘Enduro Rave’ and so I weaur zee nipple tape.”
  • 5 1
 Interesting the prevalence of Lyrik/36's over Zeb and 38's at this round. Bit more jank and less high speed chunk?
  • 1 0
 can confirm, 38 Stiff AF. But for a fat boy like me it's welcome.
  • 1 0
 looks like martin maes is back on the 36 too.
  • 3 0
 Enduro-mtb compared the Zeb to the Lyrik and commented that while the Zeb is great for full on charging, on long stages the Lyrik is still the choice
  • 1 1
 Trails look insanely good there. Stoked to see the podium mixed up and Moir get on the step in EWS for the first time. BTW good thing they shortened the series to finish soon. Look like the EU is headed to another outbreak.
  • 1 0
 What are those IV line wrist things people are wearing on one or both wrists? Looks like they have just discharged themselves from the top of hill
  • 1 0
 Those are the chip timers
  • 1 0
 Has the track map been released yet? Any gpx files available? Would like to sample some of those stages if it doesn't rain too much tomorrow.
  • 1 0
 I'm on the same boat. I got these trail names:
Stage 1: Tiattalana
Stage 2: Aleluia
Stage 3: Hiroshima + Hellboy
Stage 4: Cure de Cervo ??
Stage 5: Muro Nero ??

The first 3 stages are on the Trailforks app. But I could not find the last two...
  • 1 0
 @floflooo: it turned out to be very simple, I opened Strava and it all was there, the course recorded by the athletes I follow.
  • 2 0
 And no Jose Borges again... oh wait, he´s now sitting on an ebike! Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Chatterton on titties must hurt when you take it off !
  • 1 0
 That's what's good !
  • 3 2
 Shark Attack- Great work Moir and DeLorme!
  • 1 0
 Big dude on a bike, 3rd step and still almost the highest in the podium photo.
  • 1 0
 @bainer66: isn't he like 6'4 or something?
  • 1 0
 @Arierep: Yeah....
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