Results: EWS Zermatt 2020

Aug 30, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
Zermatt has plenty of tight corners these on stage one are the more friendly of the lot.

The results are in from a crazy day of racing in Switzerland.

Results:

Elite Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 17:21.62
2nd. Morgane Charre: 17:44.56
3rd. Ella Conolly: 18:13.95
4th. Anita Gehrig: 18:37.95
5th. Katy Winton: 18:38.04

Elite Men

1st. Jesse Melamed: 15:00.27
2nd. Martin Maes: 15:04.91
3rd. Theo Galy: 15:14.93
4th. Jack Moir: 15:16.05
5th. Jose Borges: 15:19.01




Stage Results:

Stage 1

Elite Women
Elite Men

Stage 2

Elite Women
Elite Men



Full Results:

Elite Women

Top 50 Elite Men



Updates from the race as it happened:


5:10 am PDT:

We have already seen multiple delays to the race start and stage cancellations due to the weather which has worsened overnight from practice. The organisers waited until conditions improved before letting riders head off into the mountains for the reduced race of two stages.

The weather report for today from Accuweather is saying riders should expect Cloudy conditions with more light rain and temperatures of 4° C while racing.




5:10 am PDT:

Racing is finally underway in Zermatt!

After months of waiting for the season to start, we had to wait a few more hours after dangerous conditions this morning put the event on hold while organisers worked around the issues. We may now only have two stages today but it will be great to have riders back between the tape. Pro riders will be hitting the course from 5:15 am PDT // 1:15 pm BST // 2:15 pm CEST.




5:10 am PDT:

Stage 1

With the new revised two-stage schedule riders will be tackling a shorter version of Rock'N'Roll, which was previously going to be the fourth and final stage of the day.





5:22 am PDT:

Estelle Charles takes an early lead in the Elite Womens race

After the first seven Elite Women riders Estelle Charles leads with a time of 8:33.44, this is 17.26 seconds ahead of Martha Gill and over forty seconds faster than current third positioned Laura Rossin.




5:32 am PDT:

Brady Stone takes the first stage win for the U21 Men

Brady Stone will be leading the race heading into the final stage with a 1.51 second margin over Commencal's Antoine Vidal. Jamie Edmondson rounds out the top three over twenty seconds back from the leader.




5:52 am PDT:

Joe Barnes takes the lead on Stage 1 after 40 riders

After the first 40 riders, Joe Barnes leads in the Elite Mens race with Joseph Connell in second, 5.88 seconds behind. Torben Drach had been holding the lead for quite a while but he has now fallen to third place at the moment.




5:57 am PDT:

Bernard Kerr moves into first place





6:01 am PDT:

Jack Moir takes nearly nine seconds off Kerr's time

Jack Moir may be relatively new to EWS racing but that isn't slowing him down today as he takes a huge chunk of time off Kerr in Stage 1. Charles Murray has also slotted himself into third at this early point in the race.




6:06 am PDT:

Current top 5 Elite Women as we head into the final riders





6:09 am PDT:

Ella Conolly sets the fastest stage 1 time so far

The Scottish rider heads into the lead with 6.18 seconds back to Melanie Pugin. Estelle Charles is still near the top in third and Katy Winton is back in fourth.




6:12 am PDT:

Isabeau Courdurier Wins Stage 1

After a perfect season in 2019 Isabeau is back in 2020 with her first stage win. The French rider beat out second placed Morgane Charre by 10 seconds and Ella Conolly is pushed back to third by over 30 seconds.





Top 10 Elite Women after Stage 1





6:22 am PDT:

Noga Korem could be out after a serious mechanical on Stage 1

It is sounding like Noga Korem has had a disastrous Stage 1 after a huge derailleur issue that might see her not complete the second stage. Hopeful she can find a solution and make it to Stage 2.




6:24 am PDT:

Elliott Heap is the first to beat Jack Moir's time as we head into the final Elite Male riders

Elliott Heap is clearly liking his new prototype bike as he has just pushed past Moir by less than two seconds as we head into the final few riders. Theo Galy has also moved into third position, only 4.27 behind Heap.




6:27 am PDT:

Martin Maes can't best the time of Heap!

In an incredibly close result Martin Maes falls 0.09 seconds back from Elliot Heap.




6:33 am PDT:

Top 5 Elite Men with 10 riders to go on Stage 1





6:35 am PDT:

Jesse Melamed takes 10 seconds off Elliot's time

Fresh off the Crankworx Summer Series Jesse Melamed isn't slowing down for the bad conditions and takes the lead on the first stage of the day. Robin Wallner has also slotted in second just ahead of Heap.




6:39 am PDT:

Adrien Dailly crosses the line in 90th

Adrien Dailly is well off the pace on Stage 1 and must have had something not go to plan. We will update you if we hear more.




6:41 am PDT:

Jesse Melamed wins Stage 1!

After Florian Nicolai goes into 19th there is no one left to knock Jesse off the top and he takes the stage win. He is followed by Robin Wallner in second and then a flying Elliot Heap in third.





Top ten Elite Men after Stage 1





6:48 am PDT:

Stage 2

Now we head to the final stage of the day, 'After Work'.





6:51 am PDT:

Antoine Vidal wins the U21 category

After slipping just behind Brady Stone on Stage 1 Vidal fought back hard on the second stage to win the overall title in Zermatt.





Top 5 U21 Men





6:54 am PDT:

Martha Gill leads on Stage 2

After the first seven Elite Women it is Martha Gill who takes the lead with a sizeable 13.62 second margin back to Estelle Charles.




7:21 am PDT:

Alex Rudeau is the early leader on Stage 2

With a few big names already finished for the day, the French Commencal Enduro Team rider is sitting ahead of Jack Moir by 2.16 seconds.




7:27 am PDT:

Julie Duvert sets a new fastest time on Stage 2

Julie Duvert is the first of the final Elite Women riders to best Martha Gill's early leading time on the final stage of the day.




7:28 am PDT:

A new leader sits at the top with Morgane Jonnier going faster

Morgane Jonnier now leads Stage 2 with Julie Duvert in second and Raphaela Richter in third place.




7:30 am PDT:

Katy Winton crosses the line in 6th on Stage 2

Katy Winton can only manage a sixth place so far on the final stage of the day with Ella Conolly sitting in third after her Stage 2 run.




7:32 am PDT:

Morgane Charre goes fastest with two riders left

Morgane Charre pushes past Morgane Jonnier by 6.45 seconds after another rapid run today. It is looking like the Stage 2 results could be dominated by French riders at the top.




7:34 am PDT:

Isabeau Courdurier continues her perfect streak with another race win

As Isabeau Courdurier wins stage two and the race in Zermatt she continues her perfect streak of event wins that began at the start of 2019. Noga Korem was able to salvage her ride today with a third-place on stage two breaking up the French domination with four of the top five Elite Women riders being from France.





Top ten Elite Women on Stage 2






Top five Elite Women - EWS Zermatt Overall





7:45 am PDT:

Theo Galy sets a new fastest Stage 2 time for the Elite Men

It is another French dominated top five in the Elite Men so far with only Jack Moir splitting up the French riders.




7:46 am PDT:

Disaster for Heap

After an incredible Stage 1 Elliott Heap has fallen 20 seconds back on Stage 2 and currently sits in 12th.




7:48 am PDT:

Martin Maes is back at the top!

Maes has laid down a great Stage 2 run but with only a five-second margin back to Theo Galy in second, it could be beatable with quite a few more big names still to come.





Top five Elite Men with 10 riders remaining





7:53 am PDT:

Jesse Melamed can't beat Maes on Stage 2

After winning Stage 1 by over 20 seconds Jesse Melamed falls behind Maes on Stage 2. But the margin is only around six seconds so Jesse could still take the day and win his second EWS title.




7:58 am PDT:

Jesse Melamed wins his second EWS race in Zermatt!

With a win already under his belt from EWS Whistler in 2017 Jesse Melamed has secured his second win after a crazy day of racing in Zermatt that saw some horrible conditions for the riders.





Top ten Elite Men on Stage 2






Top five Elite Men - EWS Zermatt Overall







177 Comments

  • 147 0
 Awesome Jesse !
  • 19 0
 Fastest by twenty seconds on Stage 1?!? That is crazy town! Congrats Jesse!
  • 13 0
 He's been looking FAST lately, the POV form Crankworks he posted was insane.
  • 10 0
 Literally scrolled down here just to say how stoke I am to see Jesse killing it!
  • 7 0
 So stoked for Jesse. What a race!
  • 7 3
 Aswesome for Jesse - probably a effin' great ride if we find some pov - but, it might as well been a 1 stage race. He won the first stage by 10 seconds and lost the second stage by 6. Who knows what would had happ in a 3rd, 4th, 5th..you know what I mean.
  • 2 3
 Shame it doesn’t count according the the ews rule book. Not enough stages or racing time for the event to count is what the rules say
  • 12 0
 MELLLLAAAAAMEEEEEED!!!! I WILL DRINK AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF MAPLE SYRUP IN CELEBRATION AT ONCE!!!
  • 4 42
flag scott-townes (Aug 30, 2020 at 14:51) (Below Threshold)
 WHERE ARE ALL THE U.S. RIDERS!?

IF CANADIANS CAN GO OVER THERE AND DOMINATE, WHY NO RUCHIE RUDE?
  • 49 1
 There’s a border between the countries. One took Covid serious, the other not so much @scott-townes:
  • 8 0
 @scott-townes: Canada's rate of infection is one fifth that of the US.
  • 26 6
 @MtbSince84: NUH UH, TRUMP SAID HE MADE IT ALL BETTER! HE SHOWED CHARTS TO PROVE U.S. IS THE BEST.
  • 1 9
flag vondur (Aug 31, 2020 at 9:52) (Below Threshold)
 @MtbSince84: Hard to tell, Canada hasn't done nearly as much testing as the US. In fact here in California we've tested over 11 million people. (1/3 the population of the state) That's more than twice the amount Canada has tested. (5.4 million tested in Canada)
  • 4 1
 @vondur: i head at least 10 out of every 11 tests in California were by joe rogan testing himself and guests for the podcast
  • 61 0
 Enduro Winter Series.
  • 13 9
 Enduro wet series!!!
  • 17 1
 @knarf1: That's so 2019
  • 5 9
flag Curse-of-the-foot-long-sub (Aug 30, 2020 at 11:19) (Below Threshold)
 @knarf1: your a wet series
  • 5 0
 @knarf1: we had to race full snowing at top of the stages, good that sky opened up for the pros!. Never had my hands so cold before.. ENDURO WINTER SERIES IS ACCURATE!!!
  • 3 0
 @Lagr1980: nightmare scenario. Only the amphibious survived.
  • 39 0
 Nice one Moir Smile
  • 1 0
 Plus one for that.
  • 4 0
 Training in australian winter seems to pay off for these conditions! But seriously, first full on enduro race on a new bike and going top five is amazing
  • 32 0
 Top racing from the youngster Ella Conolly
  • 21 0
 J E S S E M E L A M E E E E E E E E D. Shark Attack making a splash! Isabeau Courdurier looks to be celebrating her domination last season by crushing her enemies, seeing them driven before her, and hearing the lamentation of their sponsors.
  • 5 0
 Crom!
  • 24 0
 Congrats Melamed on the win! Good job!
  • 24 3
 2020 strikes again ☹️
  • 26 1
 Really bad luck. Imagine traveling from the other side of the world for 2 stages. Sam Hill no doubt happy he stayed home.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: DH race is 5mins !
  • 17 3
 What a nightmare this live results... 3sec and jumps to white the lists... do I am the only one?
  • 4 0
 Same here on all browsers. Shitty as shit.
  • 2 0
 Who do EWS think they are? Trying to suppress the facts!!!
  • 13 0
 They managed to make their live timing suck even harder than scribd, quite the achievement
  • 5 3
 I thought it was impossible to make a worse site than the UCIs. Ews has done it. Amazing.
  • 1 1
 Didn’t really miss anything
  • 15 1
 Rootin for Shark Attack Jack. He’s been lookin fast on the gram
  • 12 0
 Two privateers in the top 10, both with great 2019 results. Makes me wonder how the talent evaluation process works. Great job Jesse!
  • 9 0
 Did Cecile Ravanel not start? I thought I'd read somewhere she retired from racing but then in the Gowaan Gals quiz show yesterday she looked pretty much geared up to race, so not sure?
  • 1 0
 Did see her bike with a "Team" plate... No number
  • 2 0
 She's coaching, not racing
  • 3 0
 I think her husband runs the Commencal enduro team, so would make sense for her to be there in a team support position. She did pretty much retire from racing though, I think it was in this article somewhere: www.pinkbike.com/news/profile-cecile-ravanel-xc-roots-recovery-and-whether-shell-race-enduro-again-2020.html
  • 10 0
 Amazing to see the top U21 male would have been 8th and the top U21 female would have been 4th overall. Fast young rippers coming up.
  • 11 0
 Shark attack Jack!! I hope he sticks with the EWS into the next season.
  • 3 0
 I think he will.
  • 3 0
 Well he is signed to Canyon Enduro team not the DH teams so I would guess yes.
  • 10 1
 Shark Attack finishing in top 4 in his first year as an ews racer!! Yes sir!!
  • 5 1
 YEAHHH
  • 10 0
 Vid Persak 10th place!!! Awesome result, well done! Smile
  • 7 1
 @owlie: Obviously a virus is not the administrations fault, that's not how this works and people saying that are wrong. However, did you really not see any of the numerous videos where Trump downplayed the virus back when it was important? He even told people to inject bleach? His own dumbass son-in-law thought it was political strategy to not react since it was affecting "Democratic states". He was negligent when time was of the essence to quash this thing. Look at all other countries in the world? Our only counterparts are countries that really don't have their shit together so.... by inference - we didn't have our shit together. The administrations response was criminal. 180 THOUSAND people have DIED. Please get out from under the rock you live. Have you ever even been to Canada? Canada is awesome and they had their shit together.
  • 10 0
 Congrats Melamed!!!
  • 10 0
 Congrats Jessie!
  • 10 0
 Yeah Jesse!
  • 8 0
 Does fewer stages mean we get a discount on our fantasy picks?
  • 2 1
 According to the ews rule book the whole event won’t count for being too short and not having enough stages
  • 24 15
 Finn would win this Smile
  • 7 9
 Sure would
  • 7 0
 I was wondering if we were gonna see Finnduro at any if these events!
  • 6 2
 That would requite him to be there...
  • 9 0
 MOIR BABYYY YEAHHHHH!!!
  • 8 0
 Weli done Jesse!
  • 7 0
 Flat pedals for second place awesome Morganne
  • 1 0
 On my team Helmet
  • 7 0
 Go Moir !!!
  • 1 1
 Dusty Hill DNA...
  • 1 0
 True dat!
  • 14 8
 Yeti won’t let Kasper Woolley race because he’d smoke their top guys.
  • 4 0
 I missed him. Hes as talented as Elliot Heap and will hopefully compete next round.
  • 2 0
 Surely it would make sense just to put it off for a few days rather than try to race on an impossible day. Other sports ( surfing, kitesurfing come to mind) wait for a perfect window and they still get sponsor $$$ and media coverage.
  • 1 0
 That only works if you plan in advance for an event of variable lenght. I haven't seen that happen in MTB, ever.
  • 4 0
 Damn. Probably should have picked more experienced riders for my team, these conditions are brutal
  • 4 0
 Just can’t catch a break. Disheartening, but at least they’re making do.
  • 6 0
 enduro warm-up series
  • 6 2
 Crap I was all ready with my comment for a Jo Barnes victory - HAZZARDOUS RACING!
  • 2 0
 I was impressed too. But, racing in these conditions brings up the mental game to a great level of importance, specially when there is no individual title at stake. I did cruise-race in ews100, no friends to "compete" and train with, pushing and risking is a tricky mental thing..
  • 7 6
 Race didn’t count.

1.2.1 Race Format and Course
- Individual start on all Special Stages
- Minimum of 4 Special Stages per event
- Maximum of 6 Special Stages in a one-day event
- Maximum of 8 Special Stages in a two-day event
- Minimum of 20 minutes total competition time for the fastest rider in the General Classification
for one-day events
- Minimum of 40 minutes total competition time for the fastest rider in the General Classification
for two-day events
- Maximum of 2000m elevation climbed in a one-day event (+10% in agreed circumstances)
- Maximum of 3200m (1600m/day) climbed in a two-day event
- Minimum of 3 different courses must be used per event
- Individual start times for each Special Stage must be provided by the Event Organiser unless
otherwise agreed with the Enduro World Series
- Minimum of 2 Special Stages must be held in one day. Special exceptions can be made for
prologue stages
- An identical course (Special Stage) cannot be raced more than two times during one race except
in exceptional circumstances (example: extreme weather)
  • 8 2
 There are special dispensations for events where components must be canceled due to weather and/or for safety.
  • 1 0
 Do those rules really count when the championship is not being contested this year? The riders that are racing this year have a good chance to leap frog the riders who are staying home. Next EWS season will be very interesting, get your cross training in Mr. Hill. There coming for ya mate!
  • 2 0
 anyone aware of what bike bernard is running? is it the firebird? I know pivot guys have been running almost a full lineup lately.
  • 2 0
 Yah it's the Firebird 29.
  • 13 1
 Freebird 69
  • 4 0
 Only one Frenchy at the top ten. Unusual these times.
  • 1 0
 Not really cos there were 2 !
  • 4 0
 I opened the article thinking "I hope Jesse won". Hell yeah! Nice work
  • 1 0
 Nothing short of a devastating result for Adrien Dailly. Next to DFL (his instagram lists a mechanical). Ouch! If this race and the results hold up hes got no chance at the overall. Such a bummer.
  • 1 0
 Seriously, such bummer! I had high hopes for him this weekend.
  • 4 0
 GO BORGES!!!!
  • 3 1
 I knew I should have not taken him off my fantasy team last minute. Dammit this always happens to me.
  • 4 0
 Attaboy Jesse!
  • 3 0
 How long does it take for fantasy points to come through????????
  • 1 0
 6 weeks... tup
  • 1 0
 What a pity and how typical of this year? Great they're giving it a go though.
  • 3 0
 Go Martin!
  • 2 0
 Perfect conditions for a west coast rider to take the win.
  • 2 0
 Looks like the Ibis did the job.
  • 2 0
 The distance between 9th place and 40th were 30seconds!
  • 3 0
 Well done Jack!!
  • 1 0
 His vids leading up to this event looked insanely fast. Awesome result, will surely be big threat this season!
  • 3 0
 Yes Jesse!
  • 2 0
 Right on Jesse great result!!
  • 1 0
 Wow. Less than 30 second gap from 10th to 1st for the men in those conditions? That's tight racing in mud.
  • 1 0
 That stage one is tight as F. Tough to keep any momentum.
  • 2 0
 Rad Jack!!!!
  • 2 0
 Yeaahhhh Morgane
  • 1 0
 Elliot Heap breaks through, mega.
  • 2 0
 Cordurier Legend
  • 1 0
 Congrats to Vid Persak for top 10 overall, with a flat on stage1!!
  • 1 0
 Any word on Lewis Buch? Was curious to see the result on the new bike.
  • 1 0
 42nd overall + 1:02.44

Stage 1. 37th 7:04.29
Stage 2. 48th 8:58.42
  • 1 0
 What a pointless season. The top racers aren't even there. Sad.
  • 1 0
 Yeeaaaa Borges Nice One
  • 1 2
 I hope this isnt setting the stage for all of the 2020 race season. 2020 can get bent.
  • 2 3
 Why do I know like none of these names right now?
  • 2 0
 Top men and women still haven't started.
  • 1 2
 Why only 2 stages? It only rained?
  • 1 0
 Snowed ya look at pictures
  • 3 7
flag CM999 (Aug 30, 2020 at 12:17) (Below Threshold)
 @dualcrownscottspark: so. Don’t their sponsors make suitable clothing for them to use? As the old saying goes, there is no such thing as bad conditions, just bad kit
  • 7 0
 I believe it's because the heli rescue was not possible due to cloudy condition...
  • 1 0
 @CM999: yesterday they were saying that rain jackets did nothing and it’s mostly because of what @clem-mk said above
  • 1 2
 @dualcrownscottspark: I get the medical cover, but if the rain jackets didn’t work then get better rain jackets..
  • 1 3
 Where the heck is Jesse Melamed
  • 25 0
 In first????!
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