Photo Epic: Chasing Rainbows - EWS Trophy of Nations 2019

Sep 29, 2019 at 17:51
by Dave Trumpore  




Photo Epic presented by ODI


For the first time in the history of the sport, UCI jerseys and medals were on offer. Their prestige was reflected in the intensity of the racing on display on Finale Ligure’s iconic trails. As riders worked together in teams of three with their fellow countrymen and women, the sport was turned on its head as personal ambitions were shed in pursuit of national pride. Five stages, high in the Ligurian hills, stood between the racers and the podium while 24 different nationalities battled it out in front of thousands of fans lining the track to cheer on their home countries.

In the men’s competition, the much-hyped French team’s hopes were dashed when Florian Nicolai flatted on the very first stage. Team USA put the hammer down right out of the start gate, with the theme continuing throughout the race as they proved untouchable. The winning team of Americans Richie Rude, Shawn Neer, and Cody Kelley rode into the finish arena to a hero’s welcome, securing their place in the history books. Team Sweden put up a valiant fight and Robin Wallner, Zakarias Blom Johansen, and Alexander Kangas were rewarded with second place. The podium was completed by Team Canada in third place, featuring regular-season teammates Jesse Melamed, Remi Gauvin, and Rhys Verner.

In the women’s race, the times were tighter. Going into the fifth and final stage of the day, Team Great Britain led Team France by just under six seconds. However, the combination of Isabeau Courdurier, Morgane Charre, and Melanie Pugin proved too strong for the Brits. Katy Winton, Bex Baraona, and Becky Cook had to settle for second place. Team Canada's Miranda Miller, Andreane Lanthier Nadeau, and Jennifer McHugh rode consistently for well-deserved bronze medals.

In the U21 competition, team New Zealand blew away their rivals. The trio of Brady Stone, John Richardson, and Nils Heiniger rose to the top step of the podium. Italians Hannes Alber, Simone Pelissero, and Matteo Saccon delighted their home crowd with a silver medal finish, with the Canadian team of Kasper Woolley, Jacob Tooke, and Evan Wall claiming third. Team Great Britain was triumphant in the U21 Women with Harriet Harnden, Ellen Flewitt and Polly Henderson leading from stage one and holding the top spot throughout the race. Team USA's Anna Newkirk, Lauren Bingham, and Isabella Naughton finished in silver medal position.


bigquotesWhat an incredible weekend of sport! It’s been amazing to see the riders embrace the team format, work together, and to see the winning teams on the podium wearing those jerseys and medals. This marks the start of a very exciting new event on the EWS calendar. Chris Ball, Director - EWS



It was a dark day out there for many with broken bikes and bodies taking out lots of riders and teams. Amongst the were both the French U21 and Men s team as well as USA s U21 squad.
It was a dark day out there for many with broken bikes and bodies taking out many riders and teams. Amongst the toll were both the French U21 and Men's team as well as USA's U21 squad.

Kevin Miquel forced to not race TON. Kevin was out for a few chill laps on Saturday morning and broke his hand on a crash.
Kevin Miquel was forced to not race after breaking his hand in a crash Saturday morning while out for a few "chill" laps.

Fast tight twisty and very very long stage 1 was a challenge for all
Fast, tight, twisty, and very long, stage one was a challenge for all.

Where others were tired and barely able to keep things in a straight line at the bottom for Stage 1 Richie Rude was styling up jumps off the main race line. Fast and fun for the American who won the opening stage and made the rest of the field chase he and Team USA for the rest of the day
Where other riders were tired and barely able to keep things in a straight line at the bottom of Stage one, Richie Rude was styling up jumps off the main race line. Fast and fun was the theme for the American who won the opening stage and made the rest of the field chase himself and Team USA for the rest of the day.

Richie Rude coming in hot to win stage one.

Kelley Cody rosewoods to the occasion and was able to keep pace with teammates Richie Rude and Shawn Neer to help Team USA win gold in Finale
Cody Kelley rose to the occasion and was able to keep pace with teammates Richie Rude and Shawn Neer to help Team USA win gold in Finale.

ALN pushing Miranda Miller to go harder on Stage 1. The Canadian women would finish the day 3rd
ALN pushing Miranda Miller to go hard on stage one. The Canadian women would finish the day in third.

Isabeau Courdurier was fighting Illness all day but pushed through to help pull her reach team to victory
Isabeau Courdurier was fighting illness all day but pushed through to help pull her team to victory.

Kathryn Lawrence from the USA on Stage 3
Kathryn Lawrence, from the USA, on stage three.

Itatian Marecello Pesenti definitely got the loudest cheers from the home crowd each time he was on track
Itatian Marecello Pesenti undoubtedly received the loudest cheers from the home crowd each time he was on track.

Ines Thoma racing for Germany on stage 3
Ines Thoma racing for Germany on stage three.

She s been close to the EWS podium at numerous races. Today Melanie Pugin has taken redemption with team France.
Close to the EWS podium at numerous races, today Melanie Pugin has taken redemption with team France.

It almost went south on the last stage for the French women but luckily Pugin was able manage this mechanical and get down fast enough to hold off the British
It almost went south on the last stage for the French women, but luckily, Pugin was able to manage this mechanical and get down fast enough to hold off the British.

Zakarias Johansen and the Sweedish team quietly went about their business of beating just about everyone today to take home silver
Zakarias Johansen and the Swedish team quietly went about their business of beating nearly everyone today to take home silver.

Adrien and Dimitri helping Florian to repair his flat after stage 1.
Adrien and Dimitri helping Florian to repair his flat after stage one.

Bex Baraona second with team GB.
Bex Baraona, second with team GB.

Team Spain train.
The team Spain train.

The crowd was top notch as usual at DH men.
The crowd was top notch as usual.

Robin Wallner captained a very strong team of sweed s that caught many off guard on their way to a silver medal
Robin Wallner captained a very strong Swedish trio that caught many rivals off-guard on their way to earning a silver medal.

Becky Cook and Team GB were leading after stage 3 but could not hold off France on the final two stages
Becky Cook and Team GB were leading after stage three but could not hold off the French on the final two stages.

Morgane Charre helping put down the fast times for the French women on Stage 3
Morgane Charre helping put down the fast times for the French women on Stage three.

Team GB U21 women took the gold. Here s Harriet Harnden on Rollercoaster.
The team GB U21 women took the gold. Here's Harriet Harnden on Rollercoaster.

Kasper Woolley on his way to another medal for Canada.
Kasper Woolley on his way to another medal for Canada.

ALN nailing an awesome season with a step on the TON podium after finishing 3rd overall at the EWS last weekend.
ALN nailing an awesome season with a step on the Trophy of Nations podium after finishing third overall at the EWS last weekend.

Sam Hill did not hold the winning pace from last week in Zermatt and today he struggled a bit with the pedalling sections.
Sam Hill did not hold the winning pace from last week in Zermatt. Today he struggled a bit with the pedaling sections.

Keegan Wright pushing hard for the Kiwi men s team who spent mush of the day fighting for the booze medal position with Canada
Keegan Wright pushing hard for the Kiwi men's team who spent much of the day fighting for the bronze medal position with Canada.

Miranda Miller pacing Jennifer McHugh for the bronze.
Miranda Miller pacing Jennifer McHugh for the bronze.

Florian Nicolai suffered a front flat ion stage 1 and that would be the end of races hopes at a medal before the day really even got going
Florian Nicolai suffered a front flat on stage one. That would mark the end of hopes for a medal before the day really even got going.

The British U21 team crushed the competition today to take home gold
The British U21 team crushed the competition today to take home gold.

With Ella Conolly out Katy Winton stepped up on to the British team and helped propel them to the silver medal
With Ella Conolly out, Katy Winton stepped up on to the British team and helped propel them to the silver medal.

Martin Maes single handedly pulled the Belgian team to a very respectable 5th winning a few stages along the way as well.
Martin Maes single-handedly pulled the Belgian team to a very respectable fifth, winning a few stages along the way as well.

Martin Maes towed team Belgium to an great fifth place.
Martin Maes setting down a fast pace.

Third Canadian in force Rhys Verner hold it together with the Rocky duo to take bronze home.
The third Canadian in force, Rhys Verner, held it together with the Rocky duo to take bronze home.

Brady Stone and the Kiwi U21 team leave Italy with gold
Brady Stone and the Kiwi U21 team leave Italy with gold.

Shawn Neer managed to keep Richie s pace at most of the stages with Cody holding them on sight.
Shawn Neer managed to keep Richie Rude's pace for most of the stages with Cody holding them on tight.

Jesse Melamed gives chase with Remi Gauvin to take the Canadian men s team to 3rd
Jesse Melamed gives chase with Remi Gauvin to take the Canadian men's team to third.

Adrien Dailly crushed his rim on the very last rock on track going for a big gap and coming up short. The French as a rough week with one broken hand two punctures and this dissipated wheel.
Adrien Dailly crushed his rim on the very last rock on track while going for a big gap and coming up short. The French had a rough week with one broken hand, two punctures, and this dissipated wheel.

Fresh Margarita s in the Yeti pits awaiting the return of Team USA after a gold medal day in Italy
Fresh margaritas in the Yeti pits awaiting the return of Team USA after a gold medal day in Italy.

Margaritas and fist pumps to close out what has been an amazing end to the year for Richie Rude and the Yeti team
Margs and fist pumps to close out what has been an amazing end to the year for Richie Rude and the Yeti team.

Your TON 2019 U21 women podium.
Great Britain was a dominating force in the U21 women's race.

The Kiwis took home the title in the U21 race
The Kiwis took home the title in the U21 men's race.

Your TON 2019 women podium.
Your Trophy of Nations 2019 women's podium.

Isabeau Courdurier Melanie Pugin and Morgane Charre with the gold for France
Isabeau Courdurier, Melanie Pugin, and Morgane Charre take the gold for France.

Richie Rude does the honor for Team USA ranked by Sweeden and Canada
Richie Rude does the honor for Team USA, flanked by Sweden and Canada.

Three friends sharing gold. Richie Rude Shawn Neer and Cody Kelley of team USA
Three Americans sharing gold. Richie Rude, Shawn Neer, and Cody Kelley of team USA.

All the champions in one place... Great Britain New Zealand France and the USA
All the champions in one place - Great Britain, New Zealand, France, and the USA.



66 Comments

  • 33 0
 Astronomical Photos & Team Players
  • 27 0
 Womens podium is hilarious with the fireworks going off. Winner's position in center looked safest...
  • 11 1
 "Zakarias Johansen and the Swedish team quietly went about their business of beating nearly everyone today to take home silver." They we were not the only ones that were quiet. *cough cough* Pinkbike *cough cough*
  • 1 0
 Great race from the "Swedes" Mr Kangas must have upped his cowahongas and you needed a bit help from a Norsman ;-D
  • 1 0
 @mlangestrom: My thoughts exactly!
  • 1 0
 @powtangclan: A Norwegian-Swede living in Sweden none the less Smile
  • 13 4
 Weird that you say this after reading a story where they are mentioned multiple times and in multiple photos... Your math does not quite add up
  • 3 2
 @davetrumpore: I ment the race feed ????
  • 1 0
 "????" = Emoji.
  • 2 0
 How many french people does it take to change a tire?
  • 6 0
 It'd be cool next year if the national teams had matching kits. Keep individual sponsor names on there but have the same color schemes/designs so they all look like a team, not a mashup of riders.
  • 6 0
 Great pics, looks like an absolute party! Where are pics of the Ride or Die crew, by the way? Team Korea has won some fans I reckon
  • 7 0
 Something has changed for Cody recently and it’s working real well
  • 2 0
 Might be suspension data acquisition and tuning he did before the Northstar EWS. Smile
  • 2 0
 @larryssman7: I didn’t want to say it but yeah. It’s been painfully obvious how poor his bike seemed to be working prior to this
  • 5 0
 Mélanie Pugin with a old Adidas national soccer jersey Smile Privateer of the nation!
  • 1 0
 Well the whole team wore it...
  • 6 1
 what rim did Adrien blow up? zipp?
  • 2 0
 If your eyes are better than mine ...

www.pinkbike.com/photo/17798113
  • 1 0
 @Vincent66: looks like the tyrewiz, which i think is only compatible with zipp. could be totally wrong, tho.
  • 2 0
 Carbon Zipp
  • 4 0
 3 zero moto zipp
  • 3 0
 i think that any wheel would’ve collapsed under such an impact to be honest. and no, i‘m not riding carbon wheels (DT swiss ex471).
  • 1 0
 Doesn't michelin put pride in that you should not need inserts with their tires? But maybe you need the inserts to protect your super expenive zipp rims ...Smile Do zipp offer free crash replacements? =S
  • 1 0
 @striveCF15: was it a big impact?
  • 7 2
 @russthedog: nothing was going to save that wheel from the impact it took. Name me a wheel, rim, frame, for, handlebar, etc that doesn't have a breaking point under racing conditions... Things break when you push limits. Always have and always will regardless of brand or material
  • 6 1
 @davetrumpore: I’ll need to see the MacAskill test data before I agree with that.
  • 4 2
 @davetrumpore: sunn double wide? Actually seriously what about the stans wheel Gwin rode with no tyre at Leogang...
  • 5 0
 @russthedog: Nope, DT EX 471
  • 1 0
 @Giddyhitch: I'm good, I have all the data I need. the riders first name is "Adrien", last name of "Daily", and of course he is French. He's like a string bean of death. The implication also seemed to be a "bad idea, race brain" type of decision. who knows?

But yes, to the earlier question- these are lifetime warranty, and made in the usa. Also $700 a rim...
  • 4 0
 Haha, the picture of the women's podium ... Kate Winton's face is priceless.
  • 3 0
 So good to finally see the rainbow stripes in enduro. What an amazing event
  • 3 0
 Thats an awful lot of white powder on that table for just a couple of drinks...
  • 3 1
 i thought the same thing! some celebratory blow Smile
  • 5 4
 @savagelake: or just salt, and the way you make margaritas ...
  • 8 0
 @davetrumpore: it was a joke, dave.
  • 5 3
 Yeah boys, that's crazy they rode down all together on stages! also Sweeden got one them extra e's in there.
  • 20 17
 USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!
  • 12 4
 in your pants boi
  • 4 2
 New style of racing USA first and first to win love it or love it broby!!!!!!!!-
  • 3 0
 Impressed by the belgian riders!
  • 2 0
 I knew they had the potential to do it since Bart De Vocht has had 3 top 40 finishes in the 3 EWS races he did this year and Julien Soussigne ended within the top 70 in these 3 races.
  • 2 0
 let's get an update on Richie Rude's new fork!!
  • 2 0
 Awesome!!!!
  • 1 0
 Definitely epic days for an epic sport an a epic spot!!!
  • 1 0
 Great end to the season - magnifico!
  • 1 0
 How do they work out the team results? Is it the mean of all rider times?
  • 1 0
 Times added together
  • 4 2
 America f*ck yeah !
  • 1 0
 Why not make it one championship for the fastest team over all categories?
  • 1 0
 The Spain train always rains the pain.
  • 1 1
 C’mon need video!! Great pics though.....
  • 1 0
 Go NZ????????????????
  • 1 0
 Cool format!
  • 1 1
 Why no coverage/report of the Industry Team race?
  • 4 1
 Prob because it was a bunch of working stiffs and Lew Buchanan. Were you hoping to see mention of a favorite marketing manager or mechanic (not named Jordi)?
  • 1 1
 @Giddyhitch: because it took place on the same day... So that race was 3 stages ahead of this race which we decided to cover instead
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: I think we're saying the same thing, Dave. These EWS races must be a logistical nightmare for coverage for you guys even without all of the extra hoopla surrounding Worlds, but make no mistake, you guys do a great job with your coverage in both content and entertainment value, and the photography in these photo epics is simply stunning.
  • 1 1
 @E-T: that's my nephew ... Starting him young
  • 1 1
 Awesome format of racing! Awesome photos too.
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