Video: Highlights Show - EWS Trophy of Nations 2019

Oct 1, 2019
by Enduro World Series  

The Bluegrass Trophy of Nations powered by SRAM marked a new chapter in the story of the Enduro World Series. 
 
For the first time in the history of the sport UCI jerseys and medals were on offer - and their prestige was reflected in the intensity of the racing on display on Finale’s iconic trails. As riders worked together in teams of three with their fellow country men and women, the sport was turned on its head as personal ambitions were shed in pursuit of national pride. 

Twenty four different nationalities battled it out on five big stages in the Ligurian hills in this historic race, in a race that will be remembered as the day team competition in mountain biking came of age.


48 Comments

  • 60 1
 In the pre-race edit all the teams were asked who they thought was biggest threat to win. Not a single nation/team mentioned USA. Nice work Ritchie, Shawn & Cody !!!
  • 18 0
 Which is really dumb if you think about it.. I guess nobody paid attention that Neer came on super strong this season, and Kelly had some great races as well. And Richie, well.. yeah. Team USA was in no way a "sleeper" IMO
  • 24 2
 And Team Sweden wasn't even featured in the video
  • 9 9
 @Crossmaxx: did you watch it ? Because they are mentioned in each stage and interviewed
  • 13 0
 @davetrumpore: I think @Crossmaxx was talking about the Team Tactics pre-race edit
  • 7 0
 @davetrumpore: I was referring to the pre-race video as @bryndrew correctly noted
  • 2 0
 @Crossmaxx: honest question without the benefit of hindsight is it that surprising that the focus of the PRE race hype was France, Australia, USA, Canada, UK, etc? That's exactly what makes Sweden's result so awesome. That they were such an underdog they cought everyone off guard and were a huge story of the day.
  • 2 0
 @davetrumpore: Well, for someone who has kept a keen eye on Robin Wallner's and Zakarias Johansen's results over the past two seasons, I honestly don't see why they don't get more attention. Robin was sitting in second place overall last year until he sat a couple of rounds out when his first child was due. Zaka was 13th overall in 2018 and 10th this year. So yes, considering Team Sweden had two top-13 EWS riders in their line-up, I am honestly surprised and not talking with the benefit of knowing the outcome. The only real surprise to me was that Alexander Kangas managed to keep up with Robin and Zaka, that was the real surprise and star performance for me.
  • 3 1
 @Crossmaxx: this is 2019 not 2018... So yeah they were something like 10th 15th 90th ... Going against teams with multiple riders ranked in the top 10 ( and a few teams with all riders in top 10 ranking) and against teams with dominant riders who have a proven record of pulling huge time gaps. No statistician would look at their odds on paper and say "yup, definitely medal contenders"... They were looked over on the pre race predictions and that makes the result even that much more special...
  • 47 0
 That looked like an incredibly fun race format. I loved the use of gopro footage in these highlights, as well.
  • 32 1
 Yes! Have been saying this for years now! They need to mimic the WRC and give the top 10? or 15? riders UCI GoPro mounts on their visors and then come race day, are given UCI GoPro Cameras for the race. Riders are mandated to record each stage then hand the cameras back when they hand in their chips. Then the footage can be used to augment the very limited camera shots they get. We'd get a much better recap of the event... we got a little taste of that with this one.
  • 1 0
 Great idea!
  • 7 1
 The thing is that in this format the gopro footage made sense and looked rad, but in normal enduro races not so much. Chasing someone on a track looks great cause you can apreciate much better how gnarly a track is, looking at the front bike bouncing and struggling in every bit of the track, and being able to really percieve the speed, steepness, narrow and size of obstacles in the middle. This is something you cannot appreciate without someone in front of you, with gopro perspective everything it looks too boring, flat and paved.
  • 2 0
 @kirat: Chasing someone > not chasing someone. But also... footage not chasing someone >>> than zero footage. Which again is why it works so well in many other sports and racing disciplines. It obviously can't be relied on too heavily, but mixed with the current shots they get, the re-caps could be far better. Especially for scenarios where someone is leading the race... then on the next stage something happens... they get a mechanical or crash hard, or go off track, whatever... all we currently see is them at the bottom of the stage all dusty or pushing their bike. Being able to show what and how it happened is much more interesting than not... no matter how crappy the shot is. This is just one small use case scenario... there are many many more.
  • 25 4
 this honestly just looks like so much fun. A mixed-gender category could be pretty cool, too...
  • 14 0
 Problem with a mixed gender category is, that it would just be adding up the times of the individual riders. There wouldn't be these fun trains we see and like about this format
  • 1 0
 Actually there was mixed teams for the Industry Trophy and Rider Trophy
  • 13 0
 Keep this format!
  • 7 0
 Best racing format, intense race in my beautiful Finale Ligure. Gauvin vs Melamed was so fun. The guys are the same fast and it is funny they exchanged often the positions in stage!! Richie e beast! Sorry for Maes though. Hope they race this again next year in Finale
  • 10 0
 This must be huge for newer/slower riders learning lines and the pace it will take to win.
  • 5 0
 I thought the same thing. The clip where Rude comes through clean and looks relaxed, Cody comes in all out of sorts trying to keep up.
  • 10 0
 Now, that is racing ! brilliant format....
  • 6 0
 Could have watched that for twice as long, congrats usa on the big win richie is a beast. Happy with our Canucks bring home a Medal
  • 8 1
 atta boy Ritchie
  • 6 0
 How does Sweden get so little coverage in 2nd place??
  • 13 17
flag KiwiEnduro128 (Oct 1, 2019 at 15:38) (Below Threshold)
 cause Greta thunberg is pissing everyone off
  • 2 0
 Did they take the average of the 3 riders times each stage or add em' all together, or? Scribd is confusing me on my phone...
  • 7 0
 The 3 riders individual times added together equaled the teams time on each stage
  • 1 0
 Added
  • 2 0
 Not that averaging would make any difference as there is the same number of riders in each team.
  • 16 0
 They found the mean, then they multiplied it by the number of riders on the team to determine the time on each stage.
  • 3 0
 @spankthewan: hahahahahahahahaha
  • 4 0
 i´m still waiting for the fox 38 review Frown
  • 2 0
 We have been doing team enduro races quite a bit for our local grassroots races in Kuala Lumpur. It's definitely a lot of fun. Not just fun for the pros!
  • 1 0
 Very cool edition. The day's fun really came across in the interviews, seems everyone were stooooked. Look at Sam Hill, going home defeated, but he had so much fun that even Mr. Stoic let's out a whoop.
  • 3 0
 Haha Martin! 5e is totally not bad!! congrats team Belgium
  • 3 0
 God damn that was great to watch! Super fun format for the world champs
  • 3 0
 So how did South Korea do?
  • 3 1
 Finished a few seconds ahead of team Jamaica.
  • 3 0
 @spankthewan: Cool Ridings
  • 2 0
 Anyone else suddenly feeling the need to call in sick to work with a severe case of Gastro Ligure?
  • 2 0
 I got caught in awe of Jesse Melamed's hop over that boulder @ 8:24. Such a ripper!
  • 1 0
 Really cool format and a great watch, wish the highlight show was longer but still really good!
  • 1 0
 Couldn't agree more with everyone... the format was bitchin!
  • 1 0
 Would love to see gee try to follow teammates like this
  • 1 0
 V EXCITING MUSIC
  • 1 0
 OOOOOSSSSSSSAAAAAAAAAA

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