Results: Day 1 - EWS Ainsa 2018

Sep 22, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  


Jesse Melamed and Remi Gauvin test out a new speed tuck technique on the rather flat and physical Stage 1.






Women's Results
1.Cecile Ravanel 26:03.26
2.Isabeau Courdurier +0:51.30
3.Andreane Lanthier Nadeau +1:14.06
4.Noga Korem +1:19.91
5.Anita Gehrig +1:20.27

Men's Results
1. Richie Rude 22:31.21
2. Martin Maes +0:12.15
3. Damien Oton +0:17.32
4. Kevin Miquel +0:30.03
5. Dimitri Tordo +0:40.62






Full results and race updates here.



MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries



75 Comments

  • + 151
 Maes helps Hill change tyre mid race! Mad respect to Maes!

youtu.be/ug6RVEUpNTc
  • + 16
 Now that's sportsmanship right there!! Good on you lad!!
  • + 131
 That is very respectful and a great example, and he still got 2nd. Personally I would have popped his other tire instead but I'm from Brooklyn.
  • + 13
 one of the nicest guys on the circuit, a real rolemodel and at such a young age Smile
  • + 11
 @ShempHoward: you made my day hahahahha
  • + 6
 That's the true spirit of enduro Smile
  • + 7
 Enduro and DH are a great example to all pro sprts. I have never seen a brawl, or any I'll intentions ( well maybe a little in the DS days with Wade Bootes ). Honestly every sports I can think of has fights, even Moto X racing.
  • + 2
 @ShempHoward: Yes I think there is a lot of respect in our sport , Think I can remember Lopes getting a bit tetchy back in the day , Stopping to help your rival change a tyre is next level sportsmanship
  • + 1
 @ShempHoward: on the other hand, I saw a woman get pushed over during practice laps before a race, and the guy yelled at her for going slow before he elbowed her off of the trail. She had a major concussion and a broken arm, and the guy never came forward.

Mostly good folks, but I run into a few shitty characters here and there.
  • + 1
 @konacyril: Ya the DS days got a bit competitive but today Enduro and DH make other sports look uncivilized. Helping your rival is amazing.
  • + 4
 @ShempHoward: there are brawls for sure, we just dont hear much about them. Too competitive of athletes to not have altercations every now and then. Remember Ratboy, sambo and Bulldog vs. Gee and his crew from a few years back.
  • + 7
 That young man is going to be a legend in this sport! Way to go Martin Maes.
  • + 5
 This is why mountain biking is the shit!!
  • + 2
 @ShempHoward: I think the main reason why is the fact you are not racing face to face body to body with each other. I am pretty sure it would be different if there were.
  • + 1
 These two EWS upcomers will destroy DH next season. Mark my words.
  • + 1
 @Garantson: Your right but even at the bottom of a AC track everyone have great vibes. DH skiing is way different, hell there is a brawl every week at Nascar.
  • + 1
 Maes is the baas... he is the future world champ....
  • - 4
flag jaame (Sep 22, 2018 at 21:03) (Below Threshold)
 @ShempHoward: when you're racing the clock it is not the same as racing other humans. It's not man against man. It's man against the clock, or man against his own head. Any sport where people are in each other's vicinity, fighting for a win, has fighting. It's the nature of the beast. Nothing about sportsmanship or being a higher level of humans than in other sports.
To be honest, I wish there was more fighting in it. It's good to see a bit of argy bargy now and again.
  • + 1
 Another thing to consider here is that Martin can actually still win the overall if Sam's results in the next 2 races are way below expectations. And yet Maes still chooses to help.
  • + 1
 @Trudeez: What happened with Ratboy sambo Bulldog vs Gee's crew
  • + 1
 @Cranky-Biker: there was a bit of argy bargy and it almost kicked off until Sambo waded in and no one wanted to take him on
  • + 1
 @jaame: who is Sambo?
  • + 1
 @humoroususername: Sam Dale of Saracen and then GT
  • + 14
 Looks like the new SB150 is fast...
  • + 8
 Look at the picture on top so fast they cant barely hang on to their bikes Wink
  • + 13
 @ybsurf: that‘s jessen melamed and remi gauvin on their rockys
  • + 4
 Those beverage holder does hydrate the rider for a win.
  • - 2
 Yes they are ... but Maes stopped to help SamHill change his tire ????
  • + 5
 @tuumbaq: helped him at the bottom of the stage, I think
  • + 11
 Awesome to see Rude on top again. Good luck on day 2
  • + 3
 Be nice if he can keep it up. Dude was on fire last event as well. Keeps flatting or breaking isht.
  • + 9
 At last - a German in the top 20 (14th). About time!!
  • + 1
 why arent theyre more top 20 german bikers on ews and dhi ? I dont understand

is it just because most of germany is xc riding?
  • + 8
 @housem8d: Mountainbiking in gerneral is Not that as accepted in Germany and Austria as in France/ UK, so many dont even think about biking sadly.
Also the French have one of the best trails in Europe... No wonder they are fast as hell.
  • + 1
 Yeah baby! Texi is doing it this year, Trail trophy, german Champion and top 20&30 in ews... i Hope he finds some good support for next year!
  • + 2
 @NotNamed: but they are not too far from France, Switzerland, Italy etc. Maybe if the UCI tapped the courses 2M wide??
  • + 5
 @housem8d: another thing is that you can be quite an outsider in Germany if you choose an unconventional career path. Other pro sport athletes form athletics for example can only finance to their sport as so called "sport soldiers" where they get government funding.
One of the only things that is fully accepted as a "dream" is making it as a pro football player...
It's the same for musicians and artists... if you don't generate revenue, people unfortunately raise their eyebrows.
  • + 1
 @jzPV: Interesting point on musicians and artists. I can only think of Nena and a couple of composers.
  • - 3
 @dubod22: Yeah but that also has another reason. After WWII there was basically no culture left because everything was replaced by propaganda by these potatoheads and the western part of Germany for a large part just adopted american culture.
  • + 1
 @dubod22: The Scorpians, Rammstein, Kraftwerk....
  • + 5
 @jzPV: this is the dumbest shit I've ever read..
  • + 2
 @Levin192: when a country loses a war and is basically run by other countries for some time culturell identity will be opressed - thats always the case. What really makes the comment so bad is that it sounds like there was no propaganda and lots of culturel identity before when in fact there was only propaganda and a made up aric superhuman cult.
  • + 2
 @Levin192:
Maybe you should read more ;-)?
  • + 5
 What happened the Sam? 21st!!
  • + 3
 Flat tire
  • + 3
 Flatted on stage 2.
  • + 0
 Off the pace all day, including stage 1, if you look at the official stage results.
  • + 1
 @kingtut87: Not only that, he was just slow today... maybe he is hanging back cause of his leading points now...
  • + 1
 @Trailstunter: Yes, that's what "off the pace all day" means
  • + 3
 i thought Oton was going to race due to injury? i also thought Devnici would finally release it's Spartan 29er this weekend?
  • + 4
 Keene
  • + 2
 Mas is a true sportsman.....that's why when he wins this round it's well deserved.
  • + 2
 Wheres The Privateer? Did Scott and parties pull through and get him there? dont see him on the rankings Frown
  • + 1
 i think he will be racing the last stop in finale ligure
  • + 2
 Where's Ed Masters? Not riding this round?
  • + 3
 In NZ having knee surgery. He was never racing the last two rounds
  • + 4
 @handynzl: Instagram says hes skiing some suspect looking snow.
  • + 2
 Boom! There he is!!
  • + 5
 He´s been there before.. And then his tire explodes
  • + 1
 @DOAFT: or wheel. Yes but I have a good feeling this time
  • + 1
 Grande Flow espineria!! Chile represent!!
  • + 1
 Didn't work out to get Adam there?
  • + 1
 Yeah go Flow ESPINEIRA!!!
  • + 1
 Let's get it Richie! Looks like that sb150 is a ripper!
  • + 1
 Richie would be faster than most on a Wal-Mart bike
  • + 1
 @ibishreddin: richie would vaporize a walmart bike with his forearms. hard to be fast when your bike is in pieces
  • + 1
 The pro ha’s and core ha’s are back at it again!
  • + 1
 What happend to Sam?
  • + 0
 Shity tire
  • - 1
 How do you even get to ainsa? Heli in?
  • + 1
 Fly into Barcelona or Bilbao, rent a car, and drive there. There are tour companies that will shuttle you in 4WDs. Spain has unreal mtn biking.
  • + 4
 Riders deployed from FOB Airport in Spain will be dropped in their area of operations directly onto the trailhead during regular resupply runs of Richie Rude's spare tyres and bike parts. Or as another poster has said, just go to the place under your own steam.
  • + 5
 Can you believe we have roads in Europe? Yeah, shocking, I know.
  • + 2
 @nozes: i think the tarmac outside my house is older than most of the new world...

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