Race Analysis: Pietra Ligure Enduro World Cup 2023

Jun 5, 2023 at 2:48
by Ed Spratt  
Alex Storr looked like he was enjoying himself in the dust and ended the day in 16th

The 2023 Enduro World Cup series continued with the third round in Pietra Ligure with its fast, chunky and technical Italian trails. Riders had a big day on the bike with a 56km course covering 3105 meters of descending and 2070 meters of climbing. The racing provided plenty of interesting results and for the third time this year, we saw new 2023 winners on the top of the podium.

After the flat-out third round of racing let's get into the results and stats.

Course Details


Total: 56km / 3105m descent / 2070m climb

Race Results

Morgane Charre looked fast and confident in the loose conditions and was never really challenged for the victory


Elite Women

1st. Morgane Charre: 32:22.320
2nd. Gloria Scarsi: 32:35.990
3rd. Isabeau Courdurier: 32:39.080
4th. Raphaela Richter: 32:49.200
5th. Mélanie Pugin: 33:03.640
Elite Men

1st. Jesse Melamed: 28:40.040
2nd. Rhys Verner: 28:45.420
3rd. Alex Rudeau: 28:46.300
4th. Dimitri Tordo: 28:53.840
5th. Charlie Murray: 29:01.480

Stage 1:

Elite Women:

1st. Morgane Charre: 9:16.250
2nd. Gloria Scarsi: 9:23.520
3rd. Isabeau Courdurier: 9:26.730
4th. Raphaela Richter: 9:29.210
5th. Mélanie Pugin: 9:40.110
Elite Men:

1st. Rhys Verner: 8:21.170
2nd. Charlie Murray: 8:24.450
3rd. Richie Rude: 8:26.950
4th. Dimitri Tordo: 8:27.080
5th. Jesse Melamed: 8:28.220

Stage 2:

Elite Women:

1st. Morgane Charre: 10:06.470
2nd. Gloria Scarsi: 10:13.670
3rd. Isabeau Courdurier: 10:14.780
4th. Raphaela Richter: 10:15.490
5th. Mélanie Pugin: 10:19.600
Elite Men:

1st. Jesse Melamed: 8:54.160
2nd. Dimitri Tordo: 8:59.780
3rd. Alex Rudeau: 9:00.310
4th. Tommaso Francardo: 9:00.830
5th. Slawomir Lukasik: 9:00.980

Stage 3:

Elite Women:

1st. Raphaela Richter: 2:29.800
2nd. Bex Baraona: 2:32.340
3rd. Morgane Charre: 2:32.430
4th. Jess Stone: 2:32.770
5th. Rae Morrison: 2:33.000
Elite Men:

1st. Alex Rudeau: 2:13.380
2nd. Youn Deniaud: 2:14.420
3rd. Richie Rude: 2:15.320
4th. Dimitri Tordo: 2:15.550
5th. Jesse Melamed: 2:15.580

Stage 4:

Elite Women:

1st. Gloria Scarsi: 2:36.130
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: 2:37.020
3rd. Morgane Charre: 2:37.140
4th. Mélanie Pugin: 2:37.620
5th. Raphaela Richter: 2:38.530
Elite Men:

1st. Jesse Melamed: 2:14.150
2nd. Alex Rudeau: 2:15.710
3rd. Jack Moir: 2:17.930
4th. Slawomir Lukasik: 2:18.000
5th. Martin Maes: 2:18.970

Stage 5:

Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 4:33.350
2nd. Gloria Scarsi: 4:33.820
3rd. Morgane Charre: 4:34.550
4th. Rae Morrison: 4:37.150
5th. Mélanie Pugin: 4:38.180
Elite Men:

1st. Rhys Verner: 3:58.680
2nd. Jesse Melamed: 4:00.880
3rd. Richie Rude: 4:01.610
4th. Adrien Dailly: 4:01.780
5th. Charlie Murray: 4:01.920

Stage 6:

Elite Women:

1st. Raphaela Richter: 3:11.990
2nd. Isabeau Courdurier: 3:12.670
3rd. Rae Morrison: 3:13.630
4th. Mélanie Pugin: 3:14.070
5th. Gloria Scarsi: 3:14.420
Elite Men:

1st. Youn Deniaud: 2:45.190
2nd. Alex Rudeau: 2:45.850
3rd. Charlie Murray: 2:45.970
4th. Dimitri Tordo: 2:46.750
5th. Kevin Miquel: 2:46.830

Perfect Results


Perfect Race: 32:13.99
Actual Winning Time: 32:22.320 (+8.33)


Perfect Race: 28:26.73
Actual Winning Time: 28:40.040 (+13.31)

Stats Breakdown



Talking Points

Morgane Charre was simply unbeatable today and took a commanding lead start top finish

The Opening Two Stages Were a Big Factor in the Women's Race

With two huge stages starting the day with race times around the 10-minute mark, the opening of the third round was always going to be tough on riders. With the total times from these two stages taking up around two-thirds of the overall times it's not hard to see why this could have a major effect on the day's racing. What's most interesting is that in the Elite Women's racing the two stages featured the exact same top five as the overall results. The only changes in the overall throughout the Elite Women's was Raphaela Richter moving up to third after her win on stage three before Isabeau Courdurier took the spot back with her stage five victory. Even when Raphaela took over the third-place spot following her stage win the margin back to the 2022 EWS champ was only around a second despite coming across the line eight places back.

Back on form and back on top for defending champion Jesse Melamed

Last Year's EWS Champs are Still the Riders to Beat in 2023

After securing the last-ever EWS overall titles in 2022, Isabeau Courdurier and Jesse Melamed are still the riders to beat in 2023. After Isabeau took the win at round one and Jesse the win last weekend the pair have also stacked up the most stage wins so far this season with four apiece. Last year's second-place riders are also starting the season in the same way they finished last year as both Richie Rude and Morgane Charre sit in joint second with three 2023 stage wins alongside Bex Baraona and Luke Meier-Smith.

Riders to Watch at Round 4

After the opening two rounds and looking over the stats these are the riders that we think could be potential threats for the next round in Leogang.

Morgane Charre

Morgane Charre is on a mission in 2023 as she continues to prove that flat pedals can win medals. As the French Woman is yet to finish outside of the top five she is putting down a formidable performance in the overall title fight.

Isabeau Courdurier:

The rider standing in Morgane's way in the overall title race is fellow French rider Isabeau Courdurier who is on the hunt to back up her EWS 2022 champ title with the hope to become the first Enduro World Cup champion. Isabeau has been incredibly consistent so far this year and despite an injury at round two has yet to fall outside the top four riders.

Jesse Melamed:

2022's champ has had a slower start to the season but following up his third place at round two Jesse Melamed took his first win of the year in Finale. Jesse seems to have found his winning form once again taking two stage wins last weekend ending the day over five seconds in the clear after the six stages of racing. With just over a week until the next round, Jesse will be carrying a lot of confidence as we head to a brand-new venue for Enduro racing.

Rhys Verner:

What a season so far for Rhys Verner. After taking his best-ever result with a fourth in Maydena he went on to grab sixth in Derby but after the two-month long break to round three, he must have found some extra speed as he went toe to toe with Jesse Melamed in a fight for the win in Finale. Rhys may not have taken the top step of the podium just yet although with two stage wins so far this year and no result worse than sixth he is on fire this season.

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  • 28 0
 Ow. Those line graphs made me uncertain about reality.
  • 7 0
 I think the three different shades of orange through me more than anything.
  • 6 0
 @Murphius: through us a curveball
  • 3 1
 i guess the one certainty is PB needs data analysis help
  • 2 0
 Graph was BOOSTED. $5. Good deal.
  • 2 0
 Saw the graphs and made a b-line for the comments. Looks bad, but also, there are only so many colors and shaped lines you can see, especially when overlapped... so the issue is at least fundamental, unlike the DVO shock speed curves...

Maybe try top 10 riders next time?
  • 10 0
 The performance Rhys is really impressive. Not only stepping up to the top ten consistently this year, but on a “small” bike.
  • 3 0
 Could you please elaborate on the small bike?
  • 10 0
 @Beskyd: He is on the new Druid which is 130mm rear 150mm front. The rest of the team is still on the dreadnought.
  • 2 0
 @pisgahgnar: Thank you so much for the explanation! I thought that Ibis team was on the smallest bikes (Rimpo is 146mm if I am not mistaken), followed by Mr. Murray from Specialized on his Evo, but 130mm is something else. I feel kinda relieved that I didn't swap my 135/150 bike for Nukeproof Mega)
  • 2 3
 @pisgahgnar: less travel better cornering speed/grip at less speed and tight corners
  • 2 0
 @Beskyd: Ibis team has been all season this year on an unreleased new frame, likely more travel than the Ripmo.
  • 5 0
 Isn't rear wheel travel only measured as the vertical travel whereas the front wheel travel (for a telescopic fork at least) is indeed actual path? For a high pivot bike like that Forbidden, there is a larger rearwards path so maybe the total length of that suspension path is closer to that of the Ibis.
  • 1 0
 @FIN599: Not all season. It’s a 170-170mm travel bike that will be out soon.
  • 3 3
 I have a feeling he has it long stroked slightly as the Druid V2 uses a 185x50 shock. So with a 55 stroke he would be getting about 143mm of rear travel if the bike was perfectly linear (which it’s not). And I bet he’s running the fork at 160mm. Regardless it’s a few cm less travel than what most pros are running and he’s def making it work!
  • 4 0
 @ericolsen: You can't over stroke a Druid V2, the seat stay will hit the seat tube.
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 @ericolsen: I checked his Instagram for fun and someone asked about his rear shock. He's running a 160mm Zeb and still a 130mm rear 50mm shock.
  • 7 0
 This feels a bit like a 'duh' comment, but this is the first time I've noticed a total length of an Enduro race - 74km for this one. Possibly some of that is the shuttle section, but that's still a long race, which makes it all the more amazing that so many male riders can end up within a minute of the winner. I know the race timing is only for the downhill portions, but I'd still expect the overall riding distance would spread the field out more based on fitness/fatigue
  • 6 0
 That first climb is a doozy too. From race start to the first stage must have been a decent time. That said, I'm sure anyone racing an Enduro World Cup wouldn't have an issue with a day that big.
  • 8 0
 Dreadnaught V2 in the first photo, or is that guy really racing a 130mm travel bike against all those big dogs?
  • 7 0
 First phot is a Dreadnought but not Rhys Verner. He's been riding a V2 Druid at all the rounds so far
  • 3 0
 @hansbauck: Honest question: why the short travel bike when Forbidden have longer travel options available?
  • 7 0
 @TEAM-ROBOT: I suspect the professional racer on board has determined he is faster on the short travel bike. Either that or he doesn't want to win which seems less likely.
  • 2 0
 @jdejace: I think you're probably right. I guess I was wondering why the professional racer on board determined he is faster on the short travel bike when pretty much no one else is the pro men's field has come to that conclusion. Sorry if my question was unclear.
  • 7 0
 6 seconds between the first three positions after a full day of racing is really mind-boggling!
  • 4 2
 BWhat's the point of those graphs with Time Difference for (Wo)Men Under 1 Minute Off the Win when x axis doesn't plot all riders' names; just a tick would be useful. Also doesn’t help that both plotted lines use same Y-axis. Would be better if % difference was on a secondary axis so that you can see and appreciate the differences between riders.
  • 4 0
 Charlie Murray! Trail bike with a 5th!
  • 2 0
 Ya how bout a bike check?
  • 3 0
 Yes, but it appeared that Rys Verner was even on a smaller bike (R 150 vs 130).
  • 1 1
 EnTrail for the win
  • 3 0
 Rider to watch: U21 Raphael Giambi. First EDR, first win, 17-year-old rider.
  • 2 0
 I guess I can't blame my bike for my slow times anymore... Looks like you can put a fast pilot on any (modern) bike and they can still get results.
  • 2 0
 I really love the men's stage results breakdown chart, helps to easily visualize the positions changes over the course of the day.
  • 1 0
 Why do we never get overall standings in these reports, it would be nice to see how they're sitting with points too
  • 3 0
 I can add them to the next one, but currently no overall standings from Pietra Ligure have been released.
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 @edspratt: Yes uci need more help to calculate it
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 Definitely colorblind from the chart
  • 1 0
 Fuggin A that's a lot of climbing eh
  • 1 0
 Yeah Jesse!
  • 1 4
 But 9 sections for an e-bike and a slightly greater distance than for analogues is a bit ridiculous not to say stupid
  • 1 1
 @spinkleswexler: more loops, more stages, 10 to 12, earlier start later finish, for example

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