Race Day Photo Epic: EWS Tweed Valley 2022

Jun 5, 2022 at 15:44
by Dave Trumpore  



Sunny Scottish skies set the stage for the first round of the 2022 Enduro World Series, and while there would be no drama with the weather this year, the action out on track more than made up for it.

The first head-turner of the weekend came when local rider and former World Cup DH racer, Innes Graham stormed to the fastest time in Saturday afternoon's Pro Stage. Then on the first of Sunday's five stages, Kasper Woolley would have a massive crash that resulted in the stage being red-flagged. The nature of enduro means there is simply no time for reruns, so with 7 riders still left to start the stage would, unfortunately, be neutralized for the pro men. Leaving only 5 stages for the men, while the pro women and U21 categories were unaffected. We have not heard the final word on Kasper's injuries, but he was taken to the hospital for a full evaluation.

The nail-biting continued right down to the wire as Ella Conolly and Bex Baraona swapped the lead all day with only a few seconds separating them going into the final stage of the day. For the men, the same scenario played out between Richie Rude and Jesse Melamed who were also having a toe to toe battle from one stage to the next.

In the end, Ella and Richie would hold off all challengers to take the win and the lead in the overall. Last year's winner Bex Baraona would finish in second with Isabeau Courdurier in third place for the women. while Jesse Melamed and local hero Innes Graham would round out the men's podium.

Racing takes a one week break before resuming for back to back rounds in Petzen Austria, and Canazei, Italy the second half of June.


Final preparations in the pits before a long day on the hill.

Wishing Kasper Wolley a speedy recovery after a big crash today.
Wishing Kasper Woolley a speedy recovery after a big crash today.

11th for Rhys Verner
11th for Rhys Verner

Ella Conolly finally backed up her podium showing from a few years back to take her first ever EWS win and the overall series lead to go wit it.
Ella Conolly finally backed up her podium showing from a few years back to take her first-ever EWS win, and the overall series lead to go with it.

Bex Baraona won her last fall and backed that showing up with a second pklace today.
Bex Baraona won here last fall and backed that by showing up with a second-place today.


Not a weekend defending champ Malanie Pugin wishes to remember.
Not a weekend defending champ Melanie Pugin wishes to remember.

Isabeau Courdurier darting bettween the tight trees and into 3rd today.
Isabeau Courdurier darting between the tight trees and into 3rd today.

ALN on the gas to take 5th
ALN on the gas to take 5th

Noga Korem thropugh the patchy liht of stage 3
Noga Korem through the patchy light of stage 3

A steady start to the season for Martin Maes in 4th
A steady start to the season for Martin Maes in 4th

Rahalela Richter on stage 6
Raphaela Richter on stage 6

Antoine Vidal breaking into the top 10 this weekend.
Antoine Vidal breaking into the top 10 this weekend.

7th for Sam Dale
7th for Sam Dale

What a result for local Hero Innes Graham to take 3rd in front of friends and family.
What a result for local Hero Innes Graham to take 3rd in front of friends and family.

Matt Walker over the finsih line
Matt Walker over the finish line

Greg Callagham had a solid race to take 12th
Greg Callaghan had a solid race to take 12th

Cole Lucas pinned and rounding out the top 10
Cole Lucas pinned and rounding out the top 10

Margane Charre would come 7th
Morgane Charre would come 7th

Richie Rude startig the season off in a very familiar 1st place.
Richie Rude starting the season off in a very familiar 1st place.

Estelle Charles in 6th
Estelle Charles in 6th

8th and in the mix once again for Eddie Masters
8th and in the mix once again for Eddie Masters

Slowamir Lukasik looking factory this season on his new team
Slawomir Lukasik looking factory this season on his new team

Defending champ Jack Moir never quite found the pace this weekend.
Defending champ Jack Moir never quite found the pace this weekend.

Jesse Melamed pushing to the very end but small mistake on one stage would mean he had to settle for second place
Jesse Melamed pushing to the very end, but a small mistake on one stage would mean he had to settle for second place

RichieRude blasting across the line to take the win.
Richie Rude blasting across the line to take the win.

Bex Baraona and Ella Conolly celebrate after a hard fought battle all day long.
Bex Baraona and Ella Conolly celebrate after a hard-fought battle all day long.

A dream come true for Ella Conolly
A dream come true for Ella Conolly

All smiles for Bex Baraona today
All smiles for Bex Baraona today

2nd is a great way to start the season but Jesse Melamed was after a win today.
2nd is a great way to start the season, but Jesse Melamed was after a win today.

Redemption on Scottish soil for Richie Rude
Redemption on Scottish soil for Richie Rude

Is this the new rivalry we will see at the front in 2022
Is this the new rivalry we will see at the front in 2022?

Yeti Rocky Mountain and Nuke Proof were the top teams on the day.
Yeti, Rocky Mountain, and Nukeproof were the top teams on the day.

Ella Conolly flanked by Bex Baraona and Isabeau Courdurier on the women s podium.
Ella Conolly flanked by Bex Baraona and Isabeau Courdurier on the women's podium.

Richie Rude Jesse Melamed and Innes Graham taking a champage shower to wash off the dust after an awesome weekend of racing in Scotland.
Richie Rude, Jesse Melamed, and Innes Graham taking a champagne shower to wash off the dust after an awesome weekend of racing in Scotland.



38 Comments

  • 38 0
 Healing vibes to Kasper! Some dope riding from rude and awesome job Ella! Also great to see Innes back between the tapes, what a lad!
  • 3 0
 What injuries had he suffered from the crash?
  • 4 0
 @tajtigabor: " broken vertebra and scapula"
  • 28 0
 Amazing photos Dave! EWS racing is back and we are STOKED!
  • 29 2
 Sam Dale on flat pedals, no gloves and a lyrik (not a zeb) to 7th place... very nice!
  • 25 0
 Innes Graham you absolute legend!
  • 12 0
 Dave great work as always, thank you! The photograph of Noga in the woods is just stunning !
  • 9 1
 Great pics - and now with more words.
  • 8 0
 That photo of Bex Barona looks like it might actually be Casper Wooley.
  • 11 0
 Sh*t you are right... Literally identical photo of Bex and i pulled the wrong one. Didn't catch when only seeing them thumbnail suze building the article
  • 3 0
 @davetrumpore: Awesome photos Dave! Keep up the amazing work!
  • 6 1
 What a great weekend, EWS boys did a great job with the whole event.... Left wondering what will make Richie Rude smile?
  • 3 0
 So it seems like Antoine Vidal didn’t race on the Commencal Prototype? In the photo he appears to be on the bike that his team usually rides, which is a modified Meta TR.
  • 4 0
 Which camera does Richie have mounted to his visor?
  • 1 0
 Insta 360 go
  • 2 0
 trying to get my head around how that camera is not right in ALN's field of view
  • 2 0
 What happened to Adrien Dailly ? He was looking pretty good in the first stages
  • 7 0
 Crashed and broke his foot
  • 1 0
 The next podcast topic should be a comparison between shimano and sram. How the different drivetrains and brakes perform and feel compared to the other brand.
  • 3 0
 Yeah Mark! On the podium! Boner Alert!
  • 1 0
 My guy.
  • 2 0
 I spy with my little eye…Mic Hannah
  • 1 0
 Saw him in the pits and stupidly decided not to say hello, really should have as he's in my all time top 10 fave riders!
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore amazing photos man you really captured the essence of the event
  • 2 0
 Great photos! Bravo!
  • 1 0
 I thought Cole Lucas was wearing a tank top
  • 1 0
 Sam dale FULL ON!!!! Top lad amazing
  • 1 0
 Cheers Dude...!!!
  • 1 0
 Amazing job Dave!
  • 2 3
 Great photos! Nothing of the U21’s?
  • 16 0
 I see youve asked this in a few articles now. U21 starts 90 mins before pro men/women... That means while im shooting Ella, Richie, etc the U21 riders are on or through the next stage already. Unfortunately cant do both
  • 5 2
 @davetrumpore: that makes sense. Thanks for reply. Totally understandable that one person cannot be in more than one place at a time. It would just be great to hear, see or watch something about what’s going on at EWS other than the few top pros. Don’t get me wrong, I want that story too of course but I’d just love to see a snippet of the other stuff too like the U21s and the masters.
  • 2 0
 @davetrumpore: This is also the exact reason TV coverage that everyone seems to think is a no brainer is impossible! Cant see all the people all the time on all the stages! If you can get two stages covered by one camera you are doing well!
  • 2 1
 @davetrumpore: Makes sense but at least a podium shot to give credit to the next generation champions.
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