Race Day Photo Epic: EWS Val Di Fassa 2022

Jun 26, 2022 at 10:29
by Dave Trumpore  



The third round of the Enduro World Series, offered up two days of racing that proved to be every bit as dramatic as its backdrop of the Dolomites mountain range.

EWS Val Di Fassa culminated with two very familiar faces on the podium, but the results couldn’t tell the full story of this race, which threw up plenty of twists and turns along the way. 

The women’s competition was a straightforward affair at the top of the points table; Isabeau Courdurier put on a dominant performance to control this race from the outset. Winning every stage but one, the former series champion proved an unstoppable force this weekend, never relinquishing the race lead. Morgane Charre was assured of second place after she rode to a top five finish on every stage. It was a different story for Harriet Harnden, who secured her third place finish as a result of a hard-fought win on the final stage of the day. 

In the men’s race, it was Richie Rude who took the Pro Stage by three seconds ahead of Jesse Melamed. However, Melamed staged a fight back right out of the gate on Sunday, winning the first two stages of the day to take the lead. Rude would take the penultimate stage of the race, setting the scene for the perfect showdown on the final stage - with Melamed leading by just one second ahead of Rude. It proved to be too little a margin - Rude put down the power to win the stage and the race by five seconds. Eddie Masters proved consistency is key and was rewarded with a third place finish. 

Team of the day went to Pivot Factory Racing, Rocky Mountain Race Face came second and Canyon Collective third. While Courdurier and Rude lead the overall individual rankings. The Enduro World Series returns on August 6-7 to the always iconic EWS Whistler in Canada for round four, Followed back to back by two new venues in Burke, Vermont and Sugarloaf, Maine. 


There were a few slick bits but for the most part all the satges were in perfect condition today.
There were a few slick bits, but for the most part all the stages were in perfect condition today.

Richie Rude prepping for a fight
Richie Rude prepping for a fight

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau double checking the details.
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau double checking the details.

Hugo Pigeon on Stage 2

Vali Holl sneaking into the top 10.
Vali Holl sneaking into the top 10.

4th for Martin Maes.
4th for Martin Maes.

Morgane Charre woulf take home 2nd.
Morgane Charre would take home 2nd.

Richie came out swinging with a win in the Pro Stage on Saturday.
Richie came out swinging with a win in the Pro Stage on Saturday.

Bex Baraona on Stage 4
Bex Baraona on Stage 4

Melanie Pugin at the top of Stage 3.
Melanie Pugin at the top of Stage 3.

Dimitri Tordo on Staurday s Pro Stage.
Dimitri Tordo on Saturday's Pro Stage.

Jesse Melamed pushing hard everywhere.
Jesse Melamed pushing hard everywhere.

Slawomir Lukasik would finish 5th.
Slawomir Lukasik would finish 5th.

4th for Andreane Lanthier Nadeau.
4th for Andreane Lanthier Nadeau.

For the second week in a row it was Isabeau Courdurier taking the convincing win.
For the second week in a row it was Isabeau Courdurier taking the convincing win.

Jose Borges pushing to take 9th.
Jose Borges pushing to take 9th.

Harriett Harnden back on pace and into 3rd in Canazei.
Harriett Harnden back on pace and into 3rd in Canazei.

Rhys Verner in 8th.
Rhys Verner in 8th.

Richie Rude swapped places with Jesse Melamed most of the day but would turn it up on the final stage on the weekend to take a convincing win and the series lead.
Richie Rude swapped places with Jesse Melamed most of the day but would turn it up on the final stage on the weekend to take a convincing win and the series lead.

Jacxk Moir would have to settle for 6th.
Jack Moir would have to settle for 6th.

Anotyher top 10 for Cole Lucas.
Another top 10 for Cole Lucas.

On the poduim in 3rd for Eddie Masters.
On the podium in 3rd for Eddie Masters.

The final stage of gthe weekend finshed by weaving through the old village streets.
The final stage of the weekend finished by weaving through the old village streets.

6th for Noga Korem.
6th for Noga Korem.

One final sprint to the line for Jesse Melamed.
One final sprint to the line for Jesse Melamed.

Richie Rude threw down on the past stage to take a convincing win despite Jesse Melamed leading for most of the day.
Richie Rude threw down on the last stage to take a convincing win, despite Jesse Melamed leading for most of the day.


Jesse left it all out ther today.
Jesse left it all out there today.

Beers and cheers with forends after a hard day.
Beers and cheers with friends after a hard day.

Isabeau Courdurier Morgane Charre and Hariett Harnden on the podium on Canazei.
Isabeau Courdurier, Morgane Charre, and Hariett Harnden on the podium on Canazei.


Richie Rude on top with Jesse Melamend and Eddie Masters in2nd and 3rd respectivly.
Richie Rude on top with Jesse Melamed and Eddie Masters in2nd and 3rd respectively.





28 Comments

  • 62 0
 the real debate is which image becomes my new desktop background
  • 24 0
 Outstanding images as usual
  • 13 1
 crazy how a lot of them wore long jerseys and long pants, it was hot right ?
  • 3 0
 always wondering the same.
  • 4 0
 I raced the EWS100 the day before at the same temperatures in long pants and jersey as well. It's warm in the sun, but dry, and also cold with the wind chill especially in the shadows. Don't forget your at roughly 2000m and above, at the start of the stages. With mandatory back protection you are sweating anyway when on the gas.
  • 8 0
 dunno if anyone else can relate, but for some reason I feel more confident in pants/long sleeves for some reason. I have no idea why but I feel that 1% more invincible somehow?
  • 3 0
 @Brasher: I can relate
  • 9 0
 Beautiful images Dave. I took the time to look at all the little details
  • 6 0
 It looks like Eddie didn't wanna waste a drop in the podium shot.
  • 4 0
 Looks closely at the last Rude picture where he's hammering around the flat street corner.. . Check out the side lugs holding up and GRIPPING. so cool epic photo
  • 4 1
 It is becoming more special and unique to not be wearing a Red Bull helmet.
  • 2 0
 the prestige is not as it used to be..
  • 3 0
 I was thinking whilst watching the highlights that there wasn’t a female EWS racer with a Red Bull helmet, but then Vali Holl appears in this with her Red Bull helmet. Although not sure she counts as an EWS racer.
  • 3 0
 U ain't lying. To me it signals who actually gets to make a decent living as a pro mtber.
  • 2 0
 @robito: a helmet is one of the biggest billboards a rider has. And many brands will pay extra to keep that helmet stock looking (representative of what color/graphic is available to the consumer). Logos on helmets all represent money based on size and placement... Savy riders now this when negotiating sponsors
  • 2 2
 Can anyone recommend pedal friendly knee/shin pads?
Something that can be used under trousers for long days out / enduro days
  • 4 1
 Fox Enduro d30 knee pad is very comfy. Wore them in Finale and Molini recently with no issues and on bigger 40km spins
  • 2 0
 100% teratec is a really good one too.
  • 1 0
 @Gremclon: they don't have shin pads tho. I've a pair of 7idp projects and they are great, did some massive days with them on. But I am looking for a replacement that has shin pads
  • 4 0
 Chromag
  • 1 0
 @alexisalwaysonfire: they have partial shin coverage but the only other ones I have had experience with extended shin coverage were Troy lee 5450s which are great. Dont know if they are available anymore
  • 1 0
 Sweet Protection knee/shins are pretty good - use a sastec knee cup with a separate full length shin guard. They're pedal friendly enough with no rubbing etc if you get the right size (they come in s,m,l & xl)
  • 1 0
 endura mt500 lite… thank me later Wink
  • 1 0
 Race Face Indy is what Richie, Jesse and many of the top guys use
  • 1 0
 Recently got the TLD Stage, best I've ridden yet and over the years I've tried Alpinestars, Gform, Ion, and raceface.
  • 1 0
 Leatt for the podium
  • 1 0
 Thanks so much @davetrumpore ! Killin' it as always!
  • 3 4
 Pinkbike Fantasy Enduro is maybe more interesting than EWS





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