Who Can Still Win the EWS Overall in Loudenvielle?

Sep 22, 2022
by Ed Spratt  
Polly Henderson took the win on home soil in the U21 women she was ahead of Sophie Riva and Ellen Flewitt.

The 2022 has already reached its conclusion after some great racing moments. None of the Elite titles are concluded so we are in for some flat out racing as it all comes down to the final weekend of racing.

We have broken down the numbers and tried to make a bit more sense of the stats before racing kicks off for the final round of the 2022 season.



How does the points system work?

Unlike DH World Cup racing where the final round all comes down to the final race with no qualifying points the EWS isn't quite as simple. This weekend riders will be hunting for a top overall position as well as fast times in the Pro Stage and Queen Stage.

For the Pro and Queen stages the top five Elite Men and Women can get points. In the Elite Men's race points are handed out to places back to 115th and the Women gets points up to 25th. In terms of totals the Elite racing has up to 570 points on the line this weekend.

The U21 racing is decided using each riders best five races.

Points Table


Queen/Pro Stage Additional Points Table




Who can still win the titles?

Mathematically, there aren't many racers who are still in the running for the overall titles with two riders going head to head in the Elite and U21 Women's categories. In the Elite Men's series it's between Jesse Melamed and Richie Rude with 495 points between the riders. For the Elite Women Isabeau Courdurier has a healthy lead of 545 points and doesn't need to push too hard for the win. Finally, the closest race is in the U21 Women as Sophie Riva is ahead of Emmy Lan with two wins and three second-place finishes. Emmy Lan however does have four wins already but is yet to finish a fifth race so it all comes down to this weekend. It's worth noting that as Luke Meier-Smith has five wins he has already won the overall title for 2022.

Elite Men
Jesse Melamed - 3470
Richie Rude - 2975 (-495)
Elite Women
Isabeau Courdurier - 3385
Morgane Charre - 2840 (-545)

U21 Women
Sophie Riva - Two wins and three 2nd place finishes
Emmy Lan - Four wins



How can the overall titles be decided?

Elite Men
At the very basic level, Jesse Melamed only needs 76 points to win the series outright meaning if he can come 67th with no points in the special stages he will still win even if Richie Rude wins everything. If Richie Rude is outside the top five on both the Queen and Pro stages and comes 2nd then he cannot make up the current points difference.

For Richie to have a chance at the overall he has to either come first at the end of the weekend with victories on both special stages and have Jesse finish 68th or below. Or if the worst happens and Jesse takes home no points then Richie can just about scrape through with a 2nd place along with both special stage wins. It should be a pretty easy one for Jesse to win this weekend although with some long stages anything can happen on the mountain.



Elite Women
The Elite Women's overall fight is potentially another easy one to call with a sizeable 545-point gap between Isabeau Courdurier and Morgane Charre. As there are 570 points on offer this weekend if Isabeau kicks off the weekend with a Pro Stage win then it will mean the series ends with her taking the title. Otherwise, Morgane Charre will need to at least win one special stage alongside winning the race to even draw with Isabeau (Given that she scores 0 points). A perfect weekend is the only way Morgane can outright win the 2022 overall title but this does mean that Isabeau has to be placed 23rd or lower.



U21 Women
By far the closest battle and the most unclear is that of the U21 Women. With the U21 series being decided on a rider's five best results we have to look beyond just points to see who can win this weekend. Sophie Riva has already completed her five races with two wins and three 2nd place finishes but Emmy Lan has already secured four wins. Based upon this the overall is clearly all still to play for but it is slightly weighted toward Emmy Lan who has two more wins than her rival Sophie Riva. But it does still come down to this weekend's racing as a bad result could push Emmy Lan away from taking the 2022 title.





41 Comments

  • 134 2
 Here’s hoping Jesse gets through this weekend safe after the big bail in the last race & takes the win.
  • 84 1
 Dude deserves to (finally!) win the overall, his grit and consistency are really inspiring.
  • 35 1
 @dolface: Are we officially not counting Jesse's 2020 overall win as legitimate?
  • 26 0
 @ct0413: We are, I'm just an idiot and forgot... mea culpa
  • 26 0
 @dolface: I mean even so... It will be cool to see him take the win under the full pressure and stacked field.
  • 19 0
 @ct0413: I suppose a lot of racers weren’t participating because of lockdowns, so perhaps Jesse himself wants this win to ‘truly’ be an enduro champion
  • 4 0
 @ct0413: If I'm remembering right, the EWS doesn't. Or was that the world cup that didn't officially award a series overall in 2020?
  • 5 0
 @lyfcycles: I think the EWS did recognize it as such. I feel like I’ve seen/heard an interview where Jesse mentioned he still felt like he wanted to win in a normal season even though he did get the official overall title that year.
  • 9 0
 Yup, he's kind of the Troy Brosnan of enduro
  • 3 0
 @ct0413: There wasn't an EWS overall title in 2020 as there was only 3 races.
  • 3 0
 @Pager72: Ahh. The conversation I remember hearing may have been about a single race and not about the overall. 2020 was a blur.
  • 34 0
 The battle of the weekend will be which Brit will get 3rd place in the women's comp! Bex on 2450 Ella on 2445 and Hattie on 2420!
  • 1 2
 Hattie will win that
  • 20 1
 I can't believe that PB just jinxed Jesse! "It should be a pretty easy one for Jesse to win this weekend"

It is never that easy.
  • 19 1
 Hopefully Jesse rides between the tape
  • 17 0
 Kev already won it...points be damned
  • 8 0
 He's the overall winner of our hearts
  • 3 0
 Best coverage too
  • 2 0
 SenditRandy has a chance to take home gold
  • 9 0
 The increase in points per position is all over the place. If this table is correct, it makes absolutely no sense to me. The only consistent (monotonically increasing) one is women u21.

Check the point increase for women elite:
5, 5, 10, 5, 5, 5, 5, huge jump to 20 (?!), Back down to 10, 10, then only 5, 5, then 6 or so times 25, then 50, back down to 25, 50 again, a curveball 45, back down to 30 and finally +70.

Honestly, who came up with this?
  • 1 0
 Dick Pound. It's on page 59 / Appendix 1 of the rules book: www.enduroworldseries.com/ews-general/rules-and-resources
  • 8 0
 Ride safe Jesse, not to safe of course just safe enough for the overall win.
  • 9 2
 I wonder what the logic is behind every class using different points values. Seems like it makes it complicated for no real benefit.
  • 2 12
flag CSP (Sep 22, 2022 at 15:06) (Below Threshold)
 Seems pretty stupid to me too. You wonder why we have gender pay gaps, maybe this is where it all starts??
I would like to know the logic for it too.
  • 11 0
 its based on the amount of racers in that class; if the U21 women got 520 points for a win at each race then it wouldnt be very close at the end of the season. makes for more competitive racing.
  • 3 1
 @CSP: feels like this comment wont make a difference to your opinion but gender pay gaps in sports are usually based upon revenue generated.
  • 6 0
 Come on Jesse! Ride Stronger than 67th. Stay on the bike, in between the tape, and win this shit.
  • 2 0
 In the under 21 the title is decided by your best 5 events not overall points…..so Luke MS has won the title with 5 wins from 5 starts even if Seth ends up with more points from this weekend.
  • 4 0
 Thanks, I had completely missed that. The article has been updated now. You are right about Luke winning the overall and it looks like Emmy Lan has the Women's overall as long as she can get a good result.
  • 5 0
 Go for it Emmy Lan
  • 3 0
 Can the Sam Hill win next year?
  • 3 0
 Loving the Canadian representation this year !
  • 3 1
 DH riders: Just ride your bike faster than anyone ride, it's not rocket science.

EWS: that's cute
  • 2 0
 Jesse and Richie will battle for the points but c'mon...big Kev's already won this thing!!
  • 3 1
 so...both championships are pretty much wrapped up.
  • 1 0
 The question is, can Jesse race this weekend?
On instagram he showed his hand which looked a bit swallen.
  • 1 0
 I think Jesse should start celebrating now, with the champagne and everything. Party it into existence!
  • 1 0
 "So you're telling me there's a chance...YEAH"
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