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The Faces of Suffering - EWS Whistler 2019
Aug 12, 2019
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Stage 3 of the Whistler EWS had a doozy of a climb, with riders maxing out their leg strength and heart rates. I decided to camp out at the end of the stage to catch some unique reactions.
Photos: Max McCulloch |
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(Aug 13, 2019 at 11:38)
Best Ebike marketing campaign idea ever.
(Aug 13, 2019 at 15:49)
For when they run out of juice and you're far from the car?
(Aug 14, 2019 at 4:44)
: Soooooo user error?
(Aug 12, 2019 at 20:55)
Strong capture of that "empty tank" feeling. Thanks.
(Aug 13, 2019 at 22:27)
Thanks, glad you enjoyed them Ang!
(Aug 14, 2019 at 8:20)
i felt like that after my 45 min climb this morn sometimes watching others suffer makes me feel better congrats to everyone on finishing a brutal race!
(Aug 13, 2019 at 12:01)
Eddie Masters still looks happy though.
(Aug 14, 2019 at 14:40)
This was my first thought as well, even miserable Ed Masters looked psyched to be riding bikes
(Aug 14, 2019 at 17:31)
: Wasn't this the segment where he was talking about going to a dark dark place during the video recap?
(Aug 13, 2019 at 11:25)
Very rarely has there been a 2 minute fireroad climb after dealing with steep slick roots to drop in to a final section with slick steep offcamber roots again in an ews. So physical, I know because I slipped off the wood bridge at the very end of the stage. Absolutely demoralizing
(Aug 13, 2019 at 13:45)
demoralizing is a great word to describe the speed at which most of us dropped into the second trail. At least the pro's struggled too.
(Aug 13, 2019 at 15:24)
I rode that stage the day before you guys practiced it, and couldn't believe I was still on stage when I topped that road climb. So brutal, that last section of trail after the climb probably felt twice as sketchy as it should have due to fatigue.
(Aug 15, 2019 at 1:11)
Indeed. Ask the folk who raced the first EWS to come to Scotland, there was an evil fire road climb there too, joining two tricky trails. The drop off the fire road was a super steep chute to tight corner too, for extra nasty!
(Aug 13, 2019 at 16:46)
love the few people who appear to not be running any lens in their goggles, noticed it in a few other race posts. gotta keep those goggle sponsors happy ! haha
(Aug 13, 2019 at 20:32)
So what’s the deal with no lenses? I haven’t seen that before. Are they actually taking the time to pull the lens out? Hell, when I’m racing I don’t like sweating against the foam - I take the whole goggle off and put it on backwards on my helmet or hang it from the bars so the foam drys out. How is that lens attached to the visor in the photo?
(Aug 13, 2019 at 21:25)
: from what I can see it appears riders who don’t want to mess with tear off/ roll off systems In the rain are riding with no lens and just having goggles on for the sake of sponsorship .
(Aug 14, 2019 at 0:40)
think the googles help keep the full face stable in your field of view, even if it’s too wet to keep the lenses clean. Nothing to do with sponsorship?
(Aug 14, 2019 at 2:31)
I was wondering!!! Funny thing!
(Aug 14, 2019 at 15:31)
With all the rain and moisture, most of them were fogging up and nobody could see out of them. Take the lens out, keep the sponsors happy. Couple pics of Isa with mud under her eyes that looked very cool as a picture goes.
(Aug 14, 2019 at 16:42)
: It keeps your helmet from shaking as much as well....
(Aug 16, 2019 at 3:00)
: If I recall correctly, the EWS rules prohibit tear offs etc
(Aug 16, 2019 at 8:44)
Over heard some u21 fellas saying it blocks mud better than nothing
(Aug 17, 2019 at 4:49)
(Aug 13, 2019 at 17:44)
I can now completely relate to those picture in a smaller magnitude. Over the weekend i participated on my first enduro race and a couple of the stages had a few climbs that completely drain you, trying to go full gas at the end is tough, but so much fun. Much respect to these athletes, the skills and shape to make it look easy is really hard.
(Aug 13, 2019 at 11:25)
These are great. I can almost feel the pain and agony.
(Aug 13, 2019 at 22:29)
Cheers! Definitely didn't expect my favourite photos to come from after the stage was over.
(Aug 13, 2019 at 12:25)
(Aug 13, 2019 at 22:28)
(Aug 14, 2019 at 7:59)
that horrible i wanna puke feeling...hanging!!!! blaaa
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