Practice Photo Epic: EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2022

Jun 18, 2022 at 11:51
by Dave Trumpore  



Two weeks after the Enduro World Series kicked off in Scotland the battle continues along the Austrian and Slovenian borders where the venue and terrain could not be more different. Gone are the tight dark trees and slippery rocks and roots, and short intense stages, as this weekend it's all about vertical drop and some brutally rough stages in Petzen and Jamnica.

The EWS stopped here once prior in 2018 for a two-day slog through the mud in conditions that could only be described as miserable. So when everyone arrived to dry trails and a forecast of sunshine you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief. It's not that racers hate the rain, but more so that the white limestone rocks in the Slovenian hills and what seem like never-ending off-camber roots are so incredibly slippery when wet that it's nice to know you aren't rolling the dice as much each run.  And honestly... Who doesn't like dry loamy dirt when already doing battle with multiple stages lasting over 10 minutes.

The split venue between two countries is unique at this stop of the series and each side of the border comes with its own unique flavor. On the Slovenian side the trails are more remote and natural, the type you might find in your own local forest. Lots of fresh loamy dirt, a bit tighter, lots of roots all connected by traversing pasture land. The Austrian side on the other hand is an absolute monster. With the race beginning and ending there on two separate 1100m stages that riders have described as just savage. Steep, rough, long, and arm pump inducing it is these two stages that will possibly blow the race wide open, similar to what we have seen with the Whistler classic, Top of the World.

Racing gets underway in Austria on Saturday with the Pro Stage, and continues Sunday in Slovenia before returning to Austria for the finish.  Stay tuned for all the updates as they happen 


Unlike 2018 it s dry as in 2022.
Unlike 2018 it's dry as in 2022.

Putting the pieces back together for another race weekend.
Putting the pieces back together for another race weekend.

Lots of DH casings going infer race day to battle the sharp rocks and massive vertical drop.
Lots of DH casings going on for race day to battle the sharp rocks and massive vertical drop.

The rocks on stages 1 and 5 are out for blood
The rocks on stages 1 and 5 are out for blood

A rare tool of the dedicated few.
A rare tool of the dedicated few.

Evening thunderstorms have rolled in a few times but have done little damage to the parched earth here.
Evening thunderstorms have rolled in a few times, but have done little damage to the parched earth here.

Jesse Melamed needs no comment here...
Jesse Melamed needs no comment here...

Sam Hill back in action.
Sam Hill back in action.

Series leader Ella Conolly
Series leader Ella Conolly

There are two stages with over 1100m vertical drop so you know Richie Rude will be strong here.
There are two stages with over 1100m vertical drop, so you know Richie Rude will be strong here.

Andreane Lanthier Nadeu on Stage 5.
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau on Stage 5.

Party Boy Dimitri Tordo on Stage 2.
Party Boy Dimitri Tordo on Stage 2.

Through the tree tunnel on Stage 3.
Through the tree tunnel on Stage 3.

Bex Baraona getting aggressive on Stage 1
Bex Baraona getting aggressive on Stage 1

Isabeau Courdurier on the very long and rough Stage 5
Isabeau Courdurier on the very long and rough Stage 5

Hugo Pigeon and some golden light on Stage 1.
Hugo Pigeon and some golden light on Stage 1.

Local Vid Persak will be the one to watch this week.
Local Vid Persak will be the one to watch this week.

Innes Graham no longer off everyone s radar.
Innes Graham no longer off everyone's radar.

Stage 5 is a mix of tight technical rocky sections and very steep rooty woods.
Stage 5 is a mix of tight technical rocky sections and very steep rooty woods.

Wish Remi Gauvin a happy 30th birthday this week.
Wish Remi Gauvin a happy 30th birthday this week.

Alex Storr in conditions similar to Scotland two weeks ago.
Alex Storr in conditions similar to Scotland two weeks ago.

Jack Moir still working up to speed after shoulder surgury in the off season
Jack Moir still working up to speed after shoulder surgery in the off-season

Mark Scott finding his footing on the slippery roots.
Mark Scott finding his footing on the slippery roots.

Noga Korem looking to turn things around after a dissapointing result in Scotland
Noga Korem looking to turn things around after a disappointing result in Scotland

Stages 2 and 3 cross multiple farm fields as they make there way down into the forest on the Slovenian side of the border.
Stages 2 and 3 cross multiple farm fields as they make there way down into the forest on the Slovenian side of the border.

Elliot Heap letting it fly on Stage 1.
Elliot Heap letting it fly on Stage 1.

a long day done for the riders but just beginning for the mechanics
a long day done for the riders but just beginning for the mechanics

The dirt looks perfect for two days of racving this weekend.
The dirt looks perfect for two days of racing this weekend.

Alway pack a squirt gun to beat the heat
Alway pack a squirt gun to beat the heat

End of the day ritual... Checking the team fimers footage and getting psyched for another fun day.
End of the day ritual... Checking the team filmers footage and getting psyched for another fun day.

There s nothng but sun in the forcast so racing should be fast and and full gas all weekend long.
There's nothing but sun in the forecast so racing should be fast and full gas all weekend long.



34 Comments

  • 33 3
 Crazy that 6' 1" Jack Moir is running the new Canyon in size SMALL and crushing it.

Have bikes gotten too long?

How is Canyon going to spin that one?
  • 3 2
 Accidentally downvoted…I meant to upvote.. I guess I can’t change my vote.
  • 5 0
 Long bikes make average riders feel good on flow trails. New bikes moved away from helping fast riders get faster a while ago.
  • 6 1
 You heard it here first! A solitary enduro rider with an injured shoulder is riding an undersized bike. Everyone sell your Large and Medium frames before all the Smalls are snatched up. Nevermind what you feel comfortable on. Wink

Note: Moir's riding style is wildly different than most. Watch some videos, and note how he uses his rear; it's more a rudder than a wheel. With a longer bike, it's harder to get the majority of your weight over the front and kick that rear around.
  • 1 0
 @spankthewan: that shoulder injury may affect choice for shorter bike for sure at least after a surgery not so far back
  • 7 0
 @spankthewan: different strokes for different folks and nothing is one size fits all. Jack rides fairly straight up and moves his bike under him a lot compared to others... Contrast with Greg Minnaar who rides quite stretched out/flat back and keepa bike very quiet underneath him. Nothing is a frame design flaw, just personal preference (math says I should ride a large Yeti but prefer a medium, same goes for Richie Rude)
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: yeah, ok. Good. But.. canyon went too far anyways. they should rename their sizes , and phase out the S-M-L ..
  • 2 0
 well Slawomir Lukasik is still riding the old Strive :-D That's even worse.
  • 11 0
 Great shots. Interesting how many riders have seatposts showing plentiful posts.
  • 6 0
 Because brands are upsizing their bikes (an L becomes an M, etc) and shortening the seat tubes in accordance. So those who use the latest bikes but wish to stick with same dimensions they are used to, will have to size down, and will have extra seatpost exposure as a result.
  • 2 1
 @DavidGuerra: This. Low stand over height these days is mostly design taking over function.
  • 12 0
 Absolutely insane photos
  • 9 0
 1 photographer, 5 stages, 32 insane photos
  • 24 1
 Thank you thank you... In a media landscape now dominated by short random phone videos for "clicks" its nice to hear people can still appreciate the power of still photos.
  • 3 0
 Jesse's manual, the closeup of Sam ... just wow. Instant download/desktop/screensaver material for weeks to come.
  • 1 0
 Yeah @davetrumpore really nailed it, all the shots here are amazing.
Would love a zip with the entire gallery for wallpapers.
  • 5 0
 LETS GO MELAMED! And Sam.
  • 5 0
 Da bumbaclot dissa not Jamaica ya lie ta me pinkabike boi
  • 2 0
 Yeahhhhh... Autocorrect unfortunately slipped one past the goalie there
  • 3 0
 What knee pads is Richie Rude wearing?
  • 9 0
 Idk they look like Alpinestars ones to me
  • 2 0
 @colbypastore: c'mon they're clearly Troy Lee Pads
  • 5 1
 Race Face Indy's
  • 2 1
 RaceFace Indy
  • 3 0
 Custom rocker link on Hugo Pigeon's Scott Ransom?
  • 3 0
 most excellnt stills I’ve seen in awhile! a treat
  • 2 0
 I see what you did on the top Dave Wink
  • 1 0
 Probably autocorrect
  • 3 0
 Wow. Beautiful photos!
  • 1 0
 When Enduro became "Super Enduro" S.EWS.
  • 1 0
 Thank you for the Great Shots!!!
  • 1 3
 Wish they had this in a video format
  • 7 0
 No mate, interpretive dance format would be the go?!!

Photos are great btw
  • 22 0
 @NZRalphy: call me old school but I'd prefer the images to be described in a handwritten letter delivered by tall ship, but then stolen by pirates, lost overboard in a storm and recovered hundreds of years later in a chest that floated to the west coast of Canada only to be discovered on the beach by a slam poet and tiktokked





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