Today was a funny day of racing. As the day started, it looked like things were tipping one way, then as the day reached its climax, they went back the other way again. In the early running, series leaders Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel both suffered mechanical woes that appeared to derail their plans. Yet, there is a difference between winners and champions and both showed why they are set to take the titles this year. Both exceeded their early misfortunes, put all their energy into the remaining stages, and won all three of them. That is what you call a champion's performance. Behind them, Jesse Melamed capitalized on a two years of promising stage results at his home race to hold onto the hot seat until he was knocked off by Rude in the race’s final moment. In third, Josh Carlson finally showed what he has hinted he was capable of when we saw him at the first ever round of the EWS in 2013. In the women's race, Isabeau Courdurier bagged her best ever result, and Casey Brown now has podiumed twice in just three EWS races. Once more, Whistler served up one of the most exciting races of the season.