Social Round Up - EWS Val di Fassa 2019

Jun 28, 2019
by Aidan Oliver  

The EWS circus rolls on to round 4 and one of the most stunning venues yet. Val di Fassa is nestled in the Italian Dolomites and home to flowing singletrack, loamy woods and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a look at all the goings on from teams and riders on social media. Follow @pinkbike on Instagram for more.

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Following the Enduro World Series live can be a struggle with remote stages and hundreds of riders tackling trails at the same time.

But this year Polygon rider Dan Wolfe will be bringing you behind the scenes action from each round LIVE through the Pinkbike Instagram stories. Find what's going down on course during training and race day through our 'Gram. Be sure to follow @pinkbike to keep up with the action.

Course Preview:

The full course preview with Ric Mclaughlin, Chris Ball and special guest Katy Winton is out now on the Pinkbike YouTube channel. You can watch it here.

Richie Rude and Martin Maes:

Series leader Martin Maes will be missing EWS Val do Fassa after testing positive for a banned substance. Read more here.

Richie Rude will be making his retiurn to the EWS circuit at Val di Fassa. Read more here.

Kelan Grant:

Kelan Grant and Sam Hill riding some tight switchbacks.

Jesse Melamed:

Jesse Melamed putting tires to dirt for the first time in Italy.

Sam Hill:

Sam Hill is rocking the 29er again and with Maes absent, will be hungry for his first win of the year.

Florian Nicolai:

Florian Nicolai rocking a brand new paint job on his Canyon Strive.

Cody Kelley:

Stage 4 with Cody Kelley.

Remi Gauvin:

Remi Gauvin styling it up in practice.

Isabeau Courdurier:

Isabeau Courdurier racing her first 29er this weekend.

Tom Caldwell:

Tom Caldwell capturing some carnage from practice.

Martha Gill:

Mid-stage manuals.

Dave Trumpore:

Our man on the ground Dave Trumpore capturing the beauty od the Dolomite.

MENTIONS: @shimano


  • + 26
 get rid of the colored bars under articles please
  • + 1
 where are these bars everyone is talking about? are they showing on iphones?
  • + 2
 @savagelake: no, they don’t appear on iPhone, just desktop for me. You’ll see them.
  • - 6
flag thesharkman (Jun 28, 2019 at 8:55) (Below Threshold)
 I really like them, it makes things easier to identify. Don't be so afraid of change.
  • + 4
 @thesharkman: yeah but the articles have titles and thumbnails
  • + 6
 @thesharkman: not afraid of change, im afraid of shitty UI. its horrendously colored, ugly and doesnt fit with the rest of the styles on the homepage.

also, 18 videos currently on the homepage.. what is this, youtube?
  • + 1
 @savagelake: I don't see them. I'm confused. Are they only desktop and not mobile platform?
  • + 1
 @dwmetalfab: yes they are only on desktop, not mobile
  • + 6
 Enduro is still the strangest sport, where fans only wait for the results and highlights. I find it difficult to see it growing without live coverage.
  • + 13
 And yet it's been growing with no coverage faster than other disciplines.
  • + 4
 @thesharkman: It's relatively new discipline in comparison to DH, XC and road so that's expected. I'm not trying to be troll. I think Enduro has done so much good for the bike industry in terms of bike design and progression in a mix between climbing and descending. Being able to pedal bikes that can crush descents is really sweet.

But what enjoyment do people get from looking at results and watching highlights?
  • + 2
 @dvp8: photo coverage do a lot imo. Battled bikes and riders, good action shooting etc. makes me happy to follow the competition.
  • + 1
 @dvp8: I believe "enduro" is the most relatable riding style available in a race format. Beyond the amazing photo coverage of beautiful international locations most riders can only dream of visiting - it's easy to get caught up in the gear and equipment riders are racing with, as well as the strategies employed to be competitive in the one and two day race format. Beyond that, it's a pretty long series with eight stops composed of stage racing where the leaders jockey back and fourth battling for the top spot. This effectively makes the series seem much longer than eight races. If you can't find the excitement in following that sort of racing, maybe you're just not that into spectating racing?
  • + 2
 @TerrapinBen: I agree with parts of that. I really like the locations and looking at the gear as it's most relatable to the riding I do.

I am into spectating racing but we're not actually spectating. It's mostly looking at photos of epic places with interest to the equipment used, the racing part is not really that important as the outcome is already known. It's not the same excitement as watching a DH race or a good XC battle. It would be great to get live footage of the racing, i think it would bring a whole new aspect to the sport.
  • + 2
 I think that enduro exactly made the most for people. I am ex dh racer and I understand that most jumps are too scary for normal people. In enduro you can do local race and just have fun with your friends. After do the same trails with your family and kids and it is awesome. Before it was all hardcore. Now it is for every body.
  • + 4
 It's a participant sport, not a spectator one.
  • + 1
 Also this is the easiest way that the sport remains as it was intended, just look at DH and RedBull.
  • + 1
 What parameters do you use to define its growth?@thesharkman:
  • + 4
 Who is the second to last rider on that Caldwell video? Melamed?
That was mental!

Also the firts rider riding it out ?!? wtf!
  • + 3
 Martin should rebel ride.
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 Cody looking pinned as usual.
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 Melamed winnin run! :]
  • - 2
 Let's go Richie! Sorry Jared poisoned you with PEDs...

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