EWS France Course Preview - Video

May 10, 2018 at 13:17
by Enduro World Series  

The Enduro World Series is back in Europe for the third race of the year and there's two big days of racing coming up this weekend. The dust of Chile and the Colombian mud have been replaced with the steep, rocky trails of Olargues-Montagnes du Caroux in the South of France. Ric McLaughlin and Chris Ball take on what is undoubtedly the most relentlessly technical EWS race to date.


MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries



85 Comments

  • + 111
 A few things I would like to say
1. Chris Ball, your contribution to mountain biking cannot be underestimated. The influence the EWS has had on trail bike development is massive. The same can be said for trail development as well.
2. This track preview shows exactly why Sam Hill left DH to ride EWS
3. Being heckled by Sam Hill = awesome
  • + 3
 I can't up vote this enough!
  • + 3
 ...and Chriss Ball rides his bike very, very well
  • + 71
 '' the romans made an inside line'' Priceless
  • + 12
 Don't forget "the big horny French sheep".
  • + 5
 french line=roman line?
  • + 3
 @tuckershreds: The Romans built the best mtb trails
  • + 1
 ...
  • + 9
 Big mistake there,that is not a Roman road by any mean. Even today tons of trails are tagged as Roman but it is wrong,that is middle age mule trail. Roman road standard was even great than modern roads we use today. They build kind of autobahn road,flat,wide and fine sand&gravel on top,their horses run without horseshoe pulling 4 or 5 ton load. Truly Roman roads are often in use today as a road or rail road tracks,cos they know how to build a road in terms of incline (maybe less than 3%,remember no brakes) and materials,sometimes they pack like 6-7 meters of carefully selected rocks and dirt to build it. Last thing,if no modern road is there,probably is nothing to make money whit other than trees,Roman people were clever to think the same thing. I ride few of mistaken "Roman" trails in Spain,man you almost need a DH bike to ride that medieval shit,made low cost whit any engineering tech apply to it.
  • + 1
 I prefer 'why did he kill her? Giants innit......'lol!!
  • + 63
 Prediction: Jared Graves will have a mechanical.
  • + 29
 ... and Curtis Keene will be DNF because he will have to lend him a derrailleur, or a shifter...
  • + 26
 And Rude will have a flat.
  • + 3
 You would have thought by now he would have learnt to carry a few spares with him so he can finish a race. I would suggest a mech and a shifter arent that hard to carry
  • + 1
 @CM999: who actually breaks a shifter? I took one apart recently and couldn’t get it back together but other than that I’ve never ever broken a shifter. I think the specialized lads need to pack it in.
  • + 3
 @thenotoriousmic: thats why they have a swat box
  • + 55
 Enduro, making happen. Just amazing terrain and such technical trails. Wyn Masters said it first, EWS is harder than WCDH.
  • + 16
 I don’t think one is harder than the other but boy EWS has the best people behind it.
  • + 18
 Freshcut trail and fresh venues are so great for EWS. Not only do the locations get rotated, but they pick new trails when the EWS comes back. Plus many of the courses are really tough with big elevation and/or technically difficult sections.
  • + 15
 at the very least EWS certainly looks like more fun
  • + 15
 I'm putting m'y money on the locals : theo galy and Youn Deniau, this je litteraly their garden. I've ridden most of those trails and if there's one thing i can say is that some portions are scary AF: gnarly rocks all the way, feels like endless rock gardens.
I consider myself a halfway decent rider and i really couldnt even imagine going through all the features ON my bike.
Good luck to the riders, let's hope the rain Will not ruin the party
  • + 15
 This looks like a dream... Take me to France!
  • + 3
 F__k that, Take me to Canada.
  • + 1
 @alwayslivingthedream: careful, a lot of canada is terrible for biking. God forbid you end up near a national park...
  • - 1
 Take me to French Canada
  • + 14
 I know the camera flattens out the look of a trail a bit... Stage 7 scared me anyway!
  • + 11
 Has to be one of the gnarliest bike races there is!
  • + 6
 What a sick track, stage 3- day 1 has some pretty real exposure. With a track that chunky and Hill's history in France it's hard to imagine him off the podium. Stacked field this going to be a rumble. Hope least amount of Carnage/ mechanicals as possible on a track like this.
  • + 3
 I would say this is the kind of terrain less suits to his style...
  • + 5
 @PauRexs: You mean the guy who has won multiple times in similar terrain in France on DH and enduro.
Google a mofo:
Riding style
Sam Hill is known for his skill in riding steep, technical courses as opposed to flatter courses that require pedaling. He has regularly won on one of the steeper, more technical tracks on the World Cup Circuit, Schladming. His famous run in Champery (2007) is also testament to his remarkably high skill level on technical courses.

You must be thinking of Pam Hills from porn.
  • + 1
 @fecalmaster: Well you´ve seen.. here you have... it hasn´t been his best terrain as he says, just trying to survive keeping the pace.. Man, I was talking cause I´ve seen him riding live in this kind of terrain and I know for tight steep slow courses like this enduro bike + flat pedals is not the most optimized... come to reality dude... those days were memorable but the world, bikes & disciplines has changed.
  • + 1
 That's a good one but check his interview on vital. He got 6th playing it safe, it's a strategy veterans use. Yes I have actually ridden with him at Mt Creek NJ, he has ludacris speed when needed as we have all seen.
  • + 7
 Kinda makes all the DH racers look like bitches talking about all of their rocks in Croatia. Looks like nothing compared to this.
  • + 5
 I wouldnt say that at all.
Croatia was way more open, with high speed and big drops.
This looks to be tight, rocky with some super techy / awkward rolls/drops. Nothing huge, just demands an incredibly tight line. But, you're not going as fast as the DH riders... the trail doesn't allow it. There's a big difference.
  • + 3
 @dcm6861: If you can go fast through a technical section, that means it is easier than a technical section that you have to go slower on.
  • + 2
 @jefe: Bigger consequences though.
  • + 1
 @jefe: k. You clearly havent ridden slow tech vs big gnar.
You can ride the stuff in France slow. You can roll practically everything. It's way lower risk, although scary it's not nearly as high consequence... you do have to carry some momentum to keep rolling, however...
Try riding huge doubles into massive drops... guess what? You cant roll it, it requires high speed committment just to attempt it.
Take yourself to high speed jumps, big drops... theres no comparison to most things you can roll down.
  • + 7
 We need enrico the Italian who did the preview in finale last year yelling like caluori
  • + 1
 Getting Claudio doing the previews would be amazing
  • + 2
 @nicoweiss : Rrrrrrrrrrrrrough! Smile
  • + 2
 Am I the only person that thinks Claudio is an annoying c*nt?
  • + 1
 @cliffdog: you and Rachel Atherton
  • + 1
 @cliffdog: nah you're on the money there
  • + 4
 If the EWS can somehow get a bit more race day action coverage - i.e. a live feed of the best stages/sections of stages, it would be amazing. Also some content where the most difficult sections are analyzed would be superb. I am far more excited about this event than the first WC DH, simply because its a fresh venue on awesome natural trails and is ridden by a massive cross section of people, not just a select few pros. Go C Ball and the EWS. Making MTB even greater :-)
  • + 4
 @Ric & Chris: great preview, fantastic location and amazing trails, well done guys!

By the way, I'm not a local but I'm quite sure you don't pronounce the "x" at the end of "montagnes de Caroux", "Carou" will do just très bien.
  • + 7
 There's an exception to every rule, the x in Caroux is pronounced.
  • + 5
 @Maxcommencemal: i just checked on a couple of videos, you are absolutely right and I stand corrected, my bad.

@Ric and Chris: forger the bulls**it i said above, you are the true defenders of the indigenous native languages ;-)
  • + 2
 In the south of France we pronounce every letters. For example we don't say "moins" like "moin" but "moinSSS"

Plus, we can add more letters, like the "g" at the end of "je voudrais acheter du painG"
  • + 3
 @Clemounet: pronounced "peng" ????
  • + 1
 The ???? should be a ;-) but pinkbike doesn't like emojis
  • + 5
 FUCK YES I'm going to France and if I can convince my family to do the 5-hour drive from Lyon to mount caroux then will probs be the happiest kid alive
  • + 2
 I hope you are good at selling skills! Hint: The ancient villages in the area are so fkng awesome that it's hard to regret.... On the other way it's, well, you know, the Alps Big Grin
  • + 6
 Screw being a racer...I want Ric's job!
  • + 5
 In sport mode they look very good ,but in racing mode they will look and feel very stressful,best for all
  • + 6
 EWS making things exciting, can't wait to watch!
  • + 5
 Wow, stage 7 had me hiding behind the sofa!
  • + 4
 Crazy! Love the EWS, but this track looks painful AF! for those who crash.
  • + 3
 Agreed this looks super tough, the only "upside" if you can call it that is that it looks like the toughest sections will be relatively slower speeds so hopefully no nasty injuries! I know what speed plenty of those sections would be for me, walking pace!
  • + 2
 @Dallasdownunder: Well, you can hurt yourself pretty badly even going slowly in these rocky sections.
  • + 4
 if only we could get an live coverage from a colombian TV...
  • + 4
 Camper guy at 3:47...
  • + 1
 Man this is so rad! Wish there was a way to actually watch some stages, granted I'd lose 2 whole days just watching bike racing!
  • + 2
 somebody must have the power to get EWS to change the Game of Thrones title music!!
  • + 1
 That was a testament to Chris and Rics riding skills when they can commentate a course preview whilst giving the impression they're just two mates out having a laugh.
  • + 3
 EWS has the trails of your mountainbike dreams
  • + 3
 So. Good.
  • + 3
 Everything AF.
  • + 2
 Danny MacAskill takes the win on stage 7.
  • + 3
 Drooling
  • + 1
 That was some of the gnarliest bits of trail ive seen, and the POV from a GoPro sure as heck didnt do it any justice.
  • + 3
 That was pretty cool!
  • + 2
 "Giants innit?"
"Narrow minded"
  • + 0
 This is seriously the standard for edws racing? f*ck. I am kinda embarrassed.
  • + 1
 Some of the EWS stages look way harder than some UCI DH WC tracks
  • + 1
 Camped at Olargues and it was such a great place. Amazing trails
  • + 1
 Uuu 7:20 I love this kind of passage. Awesome trails!
  • + 1
 So frigging gnarly!!!
  • - 1
 A course review video with no pictures? I want to see pics of dudes in a batch... totally disappointed, PB!
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