Practice Photo Epic: Racers Ready - EWS Rotorua 2019

Mar 23, 2019 at 1:08
by Dave Trumpore  



Photo Epic presented by ODI

After two days of training the opening round of the 2019 Enduro World Series is now upon us. Riders will set out on Sunday to tackle 5 fresh stages while chasing after those ever important overall series points. So far things have stayed dry and even blown out in spots, quite the contrast to the mud that domintated previous races here. For once the sheer speed of the trails darting through the tight woods will be the real challenge rather than simply trying to survive the day.

The day will start and end on some rather blown out trails in the skyline bike park, with three more stages in between taking place across town in the Whakarewarewa forest. With the current conditions, it will be important for the riders to adapt to ever-changing lines as many of the loose sections will surely begin to deteriorate as racing gets underway.

As always all eyes will be on Sam Hill for the men, and with Cecile Ravanel out with an injury in the women's race, it is Isabeau Courdurier's chance to shine. But it's a new year and anything can and will happen.

New Zealand. The land of the long white cloud.
New Zealand. The land of the long white cloud.

Two stages take place in the bike park while the other three can be found deep in the jungle.
Two stages take place in the bike park while the other three can be found deep in the jungle.

Rain has threatened a few times but so far nothing substantial has materialized.
Rain has threatened a few times, but so far nothing substantial has materialized.

All eyes will be on this man Sam Hill as he tries to win the title for thew thirds straight year.
All eyes will be on this man, Sam Hill, as he tries to win the title for the third straight year.

Jesse Melamed was flying thought the loose turns mid way down stage 5.
Jesse Melamed was flying thought the loose turns mid way down stage five.

Mark Scott surfing thew dust on Stage 1
Mark Scott surfing the dust on stage one

Greg Callaghan is on the hunt for the podium. The Irishman is looking for a banner season this year.
Greg Callaghan is on the hunt for the podium. The Irishman is looking for a banner season this year.

Side ways on the ground. Because Sideways is the right way.
Sideways on the ground. Because Sideways is the right way.

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau through the countless roots on stage 4.
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau through the countless roots on stage four.

Keegan Wright has been absolutely pinned in training and could definitely be a contender for the podium.
Keegan Wright has been absolutely pinned in training and could definitely be a contender for the podium.

Adrien Daily is back after being out with injury for most of last season. How fast with the Frenchman be going here in Rotorua
Adrien Daily is back after being out with injury for most of last season. How fast will the Frenchman be going here in Rotorua?

Ruaridh Cunningham finds a better line through the deep ruts of stage four.
Ruaridh Cunningham finds a better line through the deep ruts of stage four.


Katy Winton is looking to push up in the ranks and grab a W or tow this season.
Katy Winton is looking to push up in the ranks and grab a win or two this season.

Rhys Verner flying through the jungle of stage two.
Rhys Verner flying through the jungle of stage two.

The Gherigs are slinging coffee between runs and it s damn good.
The Gherigs are slinging coffee between runs and it's damn good.

Josh Carlson in the thick of it on stage 2.
Josh Carlson in the thick of it on stage two.

Dan Wolfe nears the finish of stage five.
Dan Wolfe nears the finish of stage five.

Miranda Miller has been looking up to speed and comfortable on her new setup here in Rotorua.
Miranda Miller has been looking up to speed and comfortable on her new setup here in Rotorua.

Max Chapuis in his new Specialized colors.
Max Chapuis in his new Specialized colors.

Kelan Grant glides over the roots on stage four.
Kelan Grant glides over the roots on stage four.

Flying Flo always seems to have a light front end. That front wheel is constantly up in the air.
Flying Flo always seems to have a light front end. That front wheel is constantly up in the air.

Kevin Miquel gets into the meat of stage three.
Kevin Miquel gets into the meat of stage three.

Wyn Masters just looking utterly brilliant here on the tracks of Rotoura.
Wyn Masters just looking utterly brilliant here on the tracks of Rotoura.

Sam Hill s bright kit is easy to spot even in the dark forest.
Sam Hill's bright kit is easy to spot even in the dark forest.

Isabeau Coudurier drops through the woods on Stage 2
Isabeau Coudurier drops through the woods on stage two

Eddie Masters amongst the greenery on stage 2
Eddie Masters amongst the greenery on stage two

Sam Blenkinsop is doing the crossover this week from EWS to DH and back again.
Sam Blenkinsop is doing the crossover this week from EWS to DH and back again.

Cody Kelley on the bottom of stage 2
Cody Kelley on the bottom of stage two

loose and dusty was the theme of the two stages that make their way down the Skyline bike park.
Loose and dusty was the theme of the two stages that make their way down the Skyline bike park.

Ines Thoma tucks in to the jungle on stage one.
Ines Thoma tucks in to the jungle on stage one.

Florian Nicolai enters the snake pit on stage 3.
Florian Nicolai enters the snake pit on stage three.

If there were ever a spoiler to Sam Hill s dominance of the past two season s in is this man Martin Maes.
If there were ever a spoiler to Sam Hill's dominance of the past two seasons it is this man, Martin Maes.

O.G. New Zealand shredder Kieran Bennett fitting into a tight spot
O.G. New Zealand shredder Kieran Bennett fitting into a tight spot

Out for a rip on Stage 5
Out for a rip on Stage five

defending U21 Women s champ Ella Conolly is making the jump to the senior ranks this season.
Defending U21 Women's champ Ella Conolly is making the jump to the senior ranks this season.

Leigh Johnson gets down and dusty on stage one. The ruts are getting deep as in powder bru.
Leigh Johnson gets down and dusty on stage one. The ruts are getting deep as in powder bru.

Lewis Buchanan has been fighting through the flu this week and is hoping his energy levels get a bit back to normal by the weekend.
Lewis Buchanan has been fighting through the flu this week and is hoping his energy levels get back to normal by the weekend.

Lewis Buchanan kicking up some dust on stage one.
Lewis Buchanan kicking up some dust on stage one.

Lewis getting loose in the very next corner as well.
Lewis getting loose in the very next corner as well.

Dimitri Tordo near the bottom of Stage 3.
Dimitri Tordo near the bottom of stage three.

A wrist brace for Lapeyrie who is still nursing some broken bones suffered a month ago in Chile.
A wrist brace for Lapeyrie who is still nursing some broken bones suffered a month ago in Chile.

Thomas Lapeyrie carves one of the very tight corners at the bottom of stage 2
Thomas Lapeyrie carves one of the very tight corners at the bottom of stage two

Even in the shade it was hot and humid in the forest on the first day of training
Even in the shade it was hot and humid in the forest on the first day of training

Mark Scott relaxing in the pits between runs
Mark Scott relaxing in the pits between runs

Final preparations going on late into the evening.
Final preparations going on late into the evening.

Bikes are prepped and waiting for the first big race of the season
Bikes are prepped and waiting for the first big race of the season



Previously:
Course Preview: Blown Out - EWS Rotorua 2019
Video: Sam Hill POV - EWS Rotorua 2019
Video: Course Preview - EWS Rotorua 2019



MENTIONS: @Odigrips / @EnduroWorldSeries / @davetrumpore / @mdelorme



44 Comments

  • + 46
 This enduro thing looks like fun!
  • + 15
 wait till you discover down-country riding
  • + 5
 @OzMike: what's that? does my santa cruz 5010 with a 150 fork and 203mm codes count?
  • + 13
 @santacruz-ing: are you wearing a hip pack with at least one local brew ipa and some homemade trail mix?
  • + 1
 @asboites: 100% downcountry only with donuts in your hip pack.
  • + 1
 @asboites: do you smoke?
  • + 16
 Fantastic photographs, almost feel like i am in the forest, thank you Pink Bike!!! Most kits are looking good specially the one of Katy Winton.
  • + 1
 Ditto. Really enjoy these features.
  • + 11
 Awesome but needs more Robin Wallner
  • + 10
 Amazing shots!
  • + 2
 That picture of Mark Scott surfing the dust ist amazing, very serious contender for POY 2019, what a composition!
  • + 4
 Martin Maes FTW!

Me: Hey those Flow MK3's look different...….
Stans: Uhmm…. Yeeeaaa…. We finally got our Flow EX3 decals on the new rims. Sorry to mislead you guy's....
Me: Sonofabeach!!!
  • + 6
 ...and then, Ella Conolly portrait by D.Trumpore...
  • + 4
 thats a lot of red lyrik´s! way nicer than the orange 36´s. remind me of the red judy dh of the 90ies
  • + 5
 Incredible shots! So sick! Keep it coming!
  • + 4
 Womens racing will be interesting this year.
  • + 2
 It wasn't until I looked at this article, thatI realized how many contenders for the win are out there. It's going to make for some good stories.
  • + 5
 Win for the Wyn
  • + 2
 Wyn for the win?
  • + 4
 It’s a Wyn Win.
  • + 2
 Love the dezent-sized pictures! Nothing worse than spoiling great shots like these with ant-thubnails. Good job!
  • + 1
 Finaly after 3 days of riding the stages, ''enduro" racers are ready to fight on few DH tracks.
  • + 2
 Those tracks look amazing. Look at that dirt, awesome photos.
  • + 2
 Really good photos, thanks!
  • + 2
 Maes still riding a Mixer bike?
  • + 1
 Finally, the EWS season is back!! Love the look of Miranda Miller's matching red Kona and Lyriks.
  • + 1
 Why no decals on the Yeti's?
  • + 1
 Well, this got me pumped for the season!
  • + 1
 Stellar photo spread! Can't wait for the race!
  • + 1
 Looks like fox vs rockshox
  • + 1
 Wa boys gonna kill it seniors and juniors
  • + 2
 Sam Hill get sum
  • + 1
 Allez allez Martin! Allez Isabeau!!
  • + 1
 Killing it with these pics guys!
  • + 1
 Going to a good season!
  • + 1
 Allez Martin!
  • + 1
 S.H. ftw
  • + 1
 nice shots
  • + 0
 Does every photo post have to be titled EPIC?
  • + 1
 Wow. Just wow
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