Race report: EWS European Enduro Series Round 1

Apr 28, 2019
by Yaroslav Alpizar  
Robin enjoyed every bit of the race here on fifth stage pedaling to the win
Robin enjoyed every bit of the race, here on the fifth stage pedaling to the win

After two days of training, race expectations were high at the first stop of the EWS European Series in Macanet de Cabrenys, Spain. With perfect weather and the right amount of rain, a couple of days before the event the trails were in mint condition. Racing started at 8am with the eBikes category, followed by the women and then all the men and their different categories. Riders started in couples and had a bit more than 1h to get to the start of the first stage. Long climb ahead, with some big ramps, that many opted just to walk and save energy for the descent. Riders departed each 30sec, more than enough time to ride comfortably at least until the faster ones caught up.

Girls girls girls
Girls, girls, girls

Damien Oton is almost like local he dropped by to check on the race scene and have a chat with some friends best of luck for that broken hand Damien
Damien Oton is almost like local, he dropped by to check on the race scene and have a chat with some friends. Best of luck with that broken hand Damien

Lets get this party moving lads
Let's get this party moving lads!

Robin Wallner had a slow start, grabbing second after Italian Mirco Vendemmia and third came local Guillem Sanz. The first stage was split in two by a demanding long pedaling section on a fire road. The first bit of the stage was a nonstop mix of switchbacks, natural berms and loamy terrain, followed by a second section where gnarly and rocky were the best words to describe it. Some big crashes here, with punctures and smashed rear derailleurs. Liason to the second stage was long with limited time to get to the start, so riders couldn´t stop much time on the feed station on their way up. The second stage was the Queen stage, freshly open for the race, with the sketchiest section with boulders and rock garden to navigate. Riders really enjoyed it and as more and more went down the terrain was even better, with clear lines for everyone to follow.

From the second stage to third there was a bit of hike-a-bike included to get to the fire road and up to the third stage. From that point on, stages four and five were almost one after the other, with a small quick liason in between, so once the riders got to the start of third, they were happy no more climbing needed to be done, at least as part of liaisons. The third stage, fast and fun, physical with a lot of pedaling to keep the momentum over the rocks and loamy conditions, no big drops or step sections so all was on riders legs. Now the fourth stage was a different kind of monster, longest stage of the day, with top, medium and lower sections different from one each other. On the top, rocky, loose, dusty alpine like terrain, followed by a fast tricky exposed trail in between the trees and final section a bike park like with carefully manicured jumps, doubles, drops and berms, perfecto to finish a good day of riding. Stage fifth was just a mere 800m long to get the riders to the paddock.

Next race of the European series is in Innerleithen, South of Scotland 19 of May, part of the POC Scottish Enduro Series.


Jaume Llop on his eBike
Jaume Llop on his eBike.

Ridiing hard for that M40 podium Lee handles the bike as good as his camera
Riding hard for that M40 podium, Lee handles the bike as good as his camera.

Seventh on the overall for Mariano Mari a small crash on second stage cost him some valuable seconds
Seventh on the overall for Mariano Mari, a small crash on the second stage cost him some valuable seconds.

Stage three was fast with some pine trees ready to knock you out Zakarias managed to grab a second place on this one
Stage three was fast with some pine trees ready to knock you out, Zakarias managed to grab a second place on this one.


Stage three with tons of pine trees, was hard to navigate through them and not get your fingers in danger.

Guillem Sanz loose and fast all day, coming 2nd on stage four and third overall.

Milan Mysik was one of the few to climb the middle section of stage four, here on the dusty top section of the same stage.

Dusty and rocky trails, will bring memories of Finale Ligure for some, Robin Wallner felt like home.


Amazing landscapes on the frist switchbacks of the fourth stage but riders need to keep their eyes on the trail
Amazing views on the first switchbacks of the fourth stage, but riders need to keep their eyes on the trail.

Zchec rider Marketa Michalkova has Spain as her main place of living you will find her on any enduro podium on the country third place on this race is a big yes for her
Zchec rider Marketa Michalkova has Spain as her main place of living, you will find her on any enduro podium on the country, third place on this race is a big yes for her.

Navigating the gnarliest section of the race on the fourth stage was not easy for many riders Robin just flew down
Navigating the gnarliest section of the race on the fourth stage was not easy for many riders, Robin just flew down.

Stage three and four where the gnarliest ones with some big boulders and rockgardens to overtake Caro sending it without hesitation
Anita Gehrig flying to the top spot on women category
Stage three and four were the gnarliest ones with some big boulders and rockgardens to overtake, Caro and Anit sending it without hesitation





It has been a long day on the saddle time to refill the tank pasta party provided by race organizers
Marketa Michalkova and Milan Mysik checking their times are we on the podium

eBikes podium with Ivan Riera Albert Hereu and Joan Alert
eBikes podium with Ivan Riera, Albert Hereu and Joan Alert
Master40 men podium
Master40 men's podium

Mission accomplished for Lee Trumpmore happy with his 3rd position on M40
Mission accomplished for Lee Trumpore happy with his 3rd position in M40

Under21 podium with Nacho Valverde Nicola Grotti and Ola Javold
Under21 podium with Nacho Valverde, Nicola Grotti and Ola Javold

Elite women podium with Anita and Caro Gehrig and Marketa Michalkova
Elite women podium with Anita and Caro Gehrig and Marketa Michalkova

Elite podium Robin Wallner Mirco Vendemmia and local Guillem Sanz
Elite podium, Robin Wallner, Mirco Vendemmia and local Guillem Sanz

Results

Pro Men
1st.ROBIN WALLNER — 00:22:49
2nd. MIRCO VENDEMMIA — 00:23:08
3rd. GUILLEM SANZ CASADEVALL — 00:23:12
4th.ZAKARIAS JOHANSEN — 00:23:13
5th. MiLAN MYŠIK — 00:23:16
Pro Women
1st. ANITA GEHRIG — 00:28:03
2nd. CARO GEHRIG — 00:28:31
3rd. MARKETA MICHALKOVA — 00:37:26
4th.MARTA ZANON RUBIO — 00:37:53
5th. HANNA SOINILA — 00:42:48


MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries



2 Comments

  • + 2
 Amazing race!! Thanks for the race report!!
  • + 1
 de ná!!

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