[Updated with Entry List] Pinkbike Primer - Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the Pietra Ligure Enduro World Cup

Jun 1, 2023 at 4:26
by Ed Spratt  
After four stages and a hell of a lot of pedaling the view of the sea as you dive into stage five is a welcome sight.

After a two-month break, the Enduro World Cup series is back as it returns to Pietra Ligure for the first time since 2020. Following the opening rounds in Tasmania riders will now kick off the next batch of races in Europe offering a very different challenge to the first two races of the season. The last time we saw international enduro racing visit this venue we were given tight times, unpredictable results, rain and a few injuries across a packed day of racing. Here is everything you need to know before the third round of the Enduro World Cup on Saturday, June 3.



What happened at the Last Round?


A dominant day of physical tracks and in changing conditions. This win should give Bex Baraona a huge boost of confidence heading into the next block of racing


The second round of the 2023 World Cup series saw riders take on six stages across 42.5km with 1444 meters of descending. It would end up being a big weekend for the Yeti team as Bex Baraona and Richie Rude took three stages apiece to take the win in Derby.

The Yeti riders did not have an easy ride on the granite slabs and boulders of Derby, but consistent stage times kept them at the front of the race and allowed them to secure the top podium spot and shift them into the overall series lead.

On a charge in the mud and all the way through race day Richie Rude always looked the one to beat in Derby
After bad luck last week in Maydena Jesse Melamed rebounded onto the podium in 3rd here in Derby

Hattie en route to 2nd place
Charlie Murray returned to form to take 7th

Results:

Elite Women

1st. Bex Baraona: 29:52.010
2nd. Hattie Harnden: 30:00.230
3rd. Ella Conolly: 30:17.740
4th. Isabeau Courdurier: 30:40.730
5th. Morgane Charre: 30:41.860
6th. Barbora Prudkova: 30:50.600
7th. Leanna Curtis: 31:02.090
8th. Raphaela Richter: 31:02.730
9th. Katy Winton: 31:04.290
10th. Kate Weatherly: 31:13.240

Elite Men

1st. Richie Rude: 25:52.860
2nd. Slawomir Lukasik: 26:00.450
3rd. Jesse Melamed: 26:17.910
4th. Jack Moir: 26:21.420
5th. Martin Maes: 26:24.610
6th. Youn Deniaud: 26:28.180
7th. Charlie Murray: 26:29.240
8th. Dan Booker: 26:31.550
9th. Matthew Walker: 26:32.050
10th. Ed Masters: 26:32.090
U21 Women

1st. Erice Van Leuven: 31:40.050
2nd. Elly Hoskin: 33:16.230
3rd. Lia Ladbrook: 33:17.520
4th. Xanthe Robb: 33:25.240
5th. Emmy Lan: 33:27.140

U21 Men

1st. Sascha Kim: 27:02.420
2nd. Cooper Lowe: 27:09.710
3rd. Lisandru Bertini: 27:12.490
4th. Lief Rodgers: 27:24.410
5th. Harvey Lee: 27:30.520

You can view the full results here.



Who is Leading the Overall?


After the second round of the 2023 World Cup Enduro series Bex Baraona took a big jump in the standings with her win sending her up from fourth place to first. Going into this weekend Bex Baraona holds a 17-point lead against Isabeau Courudrier with Ella Conolly remaining a constant threat in third place.

In the Elite Men's 2023 series standings, Richie Rude's Derby victory saw a bump from 7th at round one to the top position with a points advantage of 74. Dan Booker is holding strong in second place after his home races in Tasmania, he was very quick at the opening rounds and is one to watch as racing moves to Europe. Luke Meier-Smith is another Australian rider to watch as he sits in third following a win at the first round before struggling at round two with illness.

Elite Women:

1st. Bex Baraona: 847
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: 830
3rd. Ella Conolly: 778
4th. Hattie Harnden: 760
5th. Morgane Charre: 737
6th. Kate Weatherly: 491
7th. Barbora Prudkova: 487
8th. Rae Morrison: 476
9th. Raphaela Richter: 455
10th. Leanna Curtis: 412
11th. Melanie Pugin: 394
12th. Katy Winton: 359
13th. Gloria Scarsi: 351
14th. Florencia Espineira: 312
15th. Chloe Taylor: 290
16th. Vali Höll: 269
17th. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau: 256
18th. Polly Henderson: 256
19th. Lisa Baumann: 252
20th. Amy Morrison: 235
Elite Men:

1st. Richie Rude: 782
2nd. Dan Booker: 708
3rd. Luke Meier-Smith: 689
4th. Slawomir Lukasik: 641
5th. Jesse Melamed: 584
6th. Rhys Verner: 528
7th. Connor Fearon: 527
8th. Jack Moir: 489
9th. Youn Deniaud: 485
10th. Ed Masters: 480
11th. Ryan Gilchrist: 473
12th. Martin Maes: 465
13th. Charlie Murray: 431
14th. Matt Walker: 405
15th. Zakarias Johansen: 378
16th. José Borges: 346
17th. Alex Rudeau: 346
18th. Dimitri Tordo: 337
19th. Greg Callaghan: 334
20th. Hugo Pigeon: 320

U21 Women:

1st. Emmy Lan: 256
2nd. Erice Van Leuven: 202
3rd. Elly Hoskin: 134
4th. Xanthe Robb: 103
5th. Lia Ladbrook: 81
6th. Sophie Riva: 55
7th. Lily Boucher: 30
8th. Justine Henry: 20
U21 Men:

1st. Sascha Kim: 241
2nd. Remy Meier-Smith: 219
3rd. Will Hynes: 178
4th. Lisandru Bertini: 168
5th. Jack Piercy: 137
6th. Johnathan Helly: 136
7th. Harvey Lee: 123
8th. Lee Witzerman: 120
9th. Alexis Icardo: 113
10th. Bailey Christie: 109



Where is the Third Round?


The Italian Riviera has been a welcome place for most of the teams to hang and ride after the soaking at round one in Zermatt.

While it may have only held one big international enduro race with its EWS debut in 2020 Pietra Ligure has been a favorite among the Superenduro series. Nestled just 5km down Italy's Ligurian coast from Finale Ligure it features the same beautiful Italian landscapes of Finale and has plenty of incredible trails for riders to test their skills. Expect the same tricky rocky, tight and dusty trails as Finale as riders have plenty of tech to challenge them for round three of the 2023 season.

While these Covid times are strange we are thankful to be racing here in Italy.
The conditions in Zermatt weren t Florian Nicolai s strong suit but he could do very well here in Pietra.

Joe Nation on upper stage five.
Pedro Burns made it across the pond to race here in Pietra.



What Happened Last Time We Saw a Race Here?



Pietra Ligure has only ever held one international-level enduro race before when it filled in as a last-minute replacement EWS round during the shortened pandemic affected 2020 season. While it may have been a replacement round in a heavily affected season of racing the venue's EWS debut provided plenty of exciting racing with the French dominating the podiums.


Elite Women

1st. Melanie Pugin: 24:50.36
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: 25:04.57
3rd. Morgane Charre: 25:32.41
4th. Estelle Charles: 25:55.33
5th. Morgane Jonnier: 26:12.85

Elite Men

1st. Adrien Dailly: 21:30.49
2nd. Florian Nicolai: 21:51.07
3rd. Jack Moir: 21:53.13
4th. Dimitri Tordo: 21:53.28
5th. Ed Masters: 21:57.65


Full Results:

Elite Women

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Top 50 Elite Men
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What are the Stages?


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Total: 56km / 3105m descent / 2070m climb (Riders will have a shuttle to help them around part of the course.)




Hiroshima Mon Amour: 5.07km / 760m descent - Stage 1

Oltrefinale: 3.9km / 690m descent - Stage 2

Armuin: 0.85km / 120m descent - Stage 3

Dolcenera: 1.02km / 255m descent - Stage 4

Spillpietra: 1.88km / 240m descent - Stage 5

Cuore Di Cervo: 1.28km / 220m descent - Stage 6



What's the Weather Expected to be?


Stage three is brilliant. Just effing brilliant. So much amazing terrain.

The weather is looking mixed for this week's racing as while the temperatures are high there is a threat of thunderstorms and rain. Currently, there is a yellow warning for thunderstorms throughout the race weekend that could pose some difficulties for the third round of World Cup enduro racing.

Thursday, June 1 // Practice

Periods of sun and clouds with widely separated thunderstorms // 26°C // 40% probability of precipitation // 26% probability of precipitation // wind 17km/h

Friday, June 2 // E-EDR

Intervals of clouds and sun with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm from late morning on // 26°C // 88% probability of precipitation // 35% probability of precipitation // wind 13km/h

Saturday, June 3 // EDR

Some sun with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm; humid // 25°C // 88% probability of precipitation // 35% probability of precipitation // wind 13km/h


Weather forecast as of Thursday, June 1 from Accuweather.



Who is Racing?


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How to Follow the Racing?


As with the EWS racing you can follow live timing on the UCI Mtb World Series site or with Pinkbike's own and hopefully coherent live results and updates. We expect racing to kick off at 8 am local time on Saturday, June 3 (9 am GMT Saturday, June 3 // 1 am PDT Saturday, June 3). Highlights are expected to be released on the UCI Mtb World Series YouTube channel.

We also have Polygon Factory Racing's Dan Wolfe once again providing trackside updates on our Instagram account. Stay tuned for more coverage, photo epics and race analysis on the site across the weekend.




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23 Comments
  • 17 0
 Love to see footage from this great mountainbiking arena !
But a 2 month break since Tasmania…did the riders have to row to Italy ?!
  • 100 0
 It's to accomodate for Matthew Fairbrother, who's converted his bike into a pedalo
  • 9 1
 2000m of climbing is a big day out
  • 3 5
 Shuttle assisted
  • 3 0
 @adminofthegapers: From the stats I gather that overall descending is 3100m while climbing is 2070m, so 1030m of climbing is done by the shuttle, up from the coast to before the first stage. After that, the map indicates it's pedaling all the way.
  • 4 0
 @rarerider: Yes, it was a big day out for the riders even with the first shuttle. Big rain storm today also made things fun. Will be a hard one like 2020 again.
  • 4 0
 finally a race that deserves the "enduro" title
  • 6 1
 What happened to the enduro Fantasy league?
  • 44 0
 It is a fantasy Fantasy league this year
  • 13 0
 @Mugen: My team is Jack Moir, Goku, and Shadow the Hedgehog
  • 3 0
 @Mugen:

Yeah, loving this new format. My Fantasy Fantasy league picks this year have been wayyyy better than the previous years thanks to the changes in record keeping and scoring.

If you don't believe me, just look at my team/score so far. I'm clearly doing well.
  • 1 0
 @ocnlogan: Meh. This year I'm going to win the FFL, obviously Razz
  • 2 0
 Great song, hope it's a great trail too

Ultravox - Hiroshima Mon Amour
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap80YRw56So
  • 1 0
 yeah, it's a great trail for sure! All the trails starting at monte carmo are great
  • 2 0
 Where is the opening round? I'm pretty sure that should read "Where is the third round?"
  • 2 0
 These features are great for helping those fantasy picks...Oh wait
  • 1 0
 I see Marco Melandri racing the eedr. Is this the same person that won the 125cc in moto?
  • 1 0
 Any livetiming from the Open Race?
  • 1 0
 Anyone know how to find the entry list ?
  • 5 0
 There doesn't seem to be one available just yet. We will be updating this article once it is published but you should also be able to find one here on the official website when it goes live.
  • 1 0
 Too bad we can't watch on Discovery/Max
  • 1 0
 Want to see a "Party Boi" podium!







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