Video: 'Oh, She Is Wild' - Jesse Melamed's Greasy Race Run Down Pietra Ligure's Queen Stage

Sep 22, 2020
by Sarah Moore  


bigquotesThe thunder started as we were pedalling up to the stage and the rain started as the women were dropping. By the time I dropped in as last man on track conditions were a little bit more slick than I would have liked. It was so close to being hero dirt...Jesse Melamed

Here's what it looks like dry:




50 Comments

  • 22 0
 At 3:40 it looks like he passes Martin Maes, who is shaking his hands, probably where Martin crashed and messed up his palm/hand :/. Crazy amount of pedaling on that stage.
  • 18 0
 and still has the thought to ask him if he's ok... great to see
  • 10 0
 You are correct!
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: What if he responded that he wasn't ok? Would you pull over? Or holler at someone down the trail to assist instead?
  • 1 1
 @gserrato: I’m a Paramedic and race XC. Not pro level, but I train for my races and want a good time as much as the next guy. It has always been a dilemma for me. I have taken last place for a guy who was just ruined in a creek bed, but I have also kept it simple with an “you okay?” And throw em a water bottle.
  • 8 0
 @gserrato: Just before I got to Martin I could see the marshall was moving towards him so I knew someone would be there. I would definitely stop if I could see he was in pain or he asked me to.
  • 11 0
 So close to the edge a couple times! Sick
  • 7 0
 Front wheel was sliding all over the place!
  • 16 7
 Looks super pedaly for a DH oriented stage. Nino would have probably won it.
  • 18 5
 Welcome to the unfortunate reality of enduro racing.
  • 19 0
 @TEAM-ROBOT: Hi! Big fan! Sometimes the best trails have pedalling in them. Worth it I'd say.
  • 10 0
 Definitely a physical middle bit, but that's what we train for and the rest of the stage was sick!
  • 2 2
 Nino is so fast he could win anything honestly
  • 8 0
 @JesseMelamed: Way bigger fan over here. You're one of the only athletes who regularly engages with commenters here on Pinkbike, and you seem genuinely happy to do so. You're pretty fast on bikes, too.
  • 6 0
 @JesseMelamed: How much do you strategize energy and exertion on a long and pedally stage like this? Are you trying to stay below a certain heartrate/power/exertion threshold, or do you just go full beans the whole time and cash in on your training?
  • 7 0
 @TEAM-ROBOT: For a stage like this it's pretty intuitive for me from years of experience. I know how hard I can go on that climb and still be able to ride properly. What was tough on this one was the slower conditions so the section just after the climb required more pedalling than practice, for that I just relied on my training and knew the bottom section was fast so I could just hold on until the end.
  • 7 0
 9:00 minutes of flat out professional level beast mode riding. Incredible riding!
  • 4 0
 Good fun!
  • 5 0
 I thought he was really fast.
Then at 5:45 he crossed the road and engaged warp drive.
Mind.
Blown.
  • 13 0
 The trail was asking for it.
  • 2 0
 Jesse, you are way to considerate, but thanks for cleaning the lens. I notice you do this often, is it part of your training! I guess it helps when you practice to make sure your video of the stage is clear enough to help you memorize it!
  • 3 0
 Exactly! It's just a habit!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: I was gonna say the same thing, having the presence of mind during a race lap to clear the lens is outstanding, do you also do a google wipe?
  • 6 1
 Queen stage? More like WAP stage
  • 13 0
 Wet and pinned?
  • 2 1
 Worship and prayers...like that macaroni in a pot.
  • 6 0
 SAAAAVAGE
  • 3 0
 Must have gone to Costco for the bulk flagging tape. At least no one will make a wrong turn.
  • 2 0
 No cut lines here.
  • 2 1
 These videos are great but it would be even better if there was something like heart rate, power, course profile/elevation, etc. Maybe that's available on Strava??? Link me if you know as I'm keen to see more.
  • 4 0
 www.strava.com/activities/4088059021

That would be cool! I'll try to get that going for next year.
  • 1 0
 Hot damn, that made me think of a few stages in Mexico last year! So many times where I thought you were going to throw it all away, only to hang on and not even lose any speed. Wild.
  • 4 0
 haha surprised myself a few times!
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know why Kasper Wooley isn't racing? He was one of the stars of the Crankworx series and was really looking forward to see him in EWS.
  • 2 0
 He was racing in the States and won at the Big Mountain Enduro last week. zone4.ca/race/2020-09-13/51bf4506/results
  • 5 0
 Yea he went to race in the states and fight for his yeti spot instead of coming to Europe. Paid off for him!
  • 1 0
 @CRA: Kasper takes out Randy, and also clocks a quick final stage to come from behind and relegate *some other guy* to 2nd place on the podium. Solid work.
  • 1 0
 @CRA: Thanks. I think i've heard of that guy in second ;-) Good scalp.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: Really surprised it was in doubt after the exposure he gave them at Crankworx. Brilliant result beating RR. You Canadian's are flying right now, it's great to see.
  • 2 0
 @barry9559: Maybe not in doubt, but just a bit extra confirmation needed I guess.
  • 2 0
 At that speed, a few close calls and still... he manages to wipe his camera! He was "in the zone". Sick focus.
  • 3 0
 Some mental breaks are nice, lens reset and mental reset.
  • 2 0
 I appreciate how often he wipes the gopro during the race run...all about that footy ferda
  • 3 0
 FERDA!
  • 1 1
 So what did he placed ? Sad we can´t see the results of Queen stage on "Results" post. Waayyy to inform.
  • 2 0
 He was 35th on stage 3. It's on roots and rain.
  • 1 0
 @barry9559: No wayy hard to believe according how good it looked and how he did previous EWS in those conditions... and winning the previous stage... where you on dry tires @JesseMelamed ?
  • 6 0
 @PauRexs: In previous EWS all riders had the same conditions, on this stage only the top 30 guys had the rain, and I was last so had the worst of it.

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