Results: EWS Val di Fassa 2021 Race 1

Jun 23, 2021 at 2:46
by James Smurthwaite  
Rae Morrison navigates the roots on an off camber inside line on stage 1

Yes, don't pinch yourself, we're kicking off 2021's EWS racing on a Wednesday. Val di Fassa will be a doubleheader round to kick off the season and riders are fired up for a big week against the clock after a long off-season.

Round 1 of the race will see the riders take on four stages over the day in the Italian Dolomites and by the end of the day we'll have our first EWS series leaders since 2019. Both races include the same four stages however Saturday's race will see the racers take on stage 4 as a prologue so that will extend that event to five stages. It's a bit confusing but a full breakdown is available in our primer, here.

Last time out Richie Rude and Isabeau Courdurier took the wins but who will be on the podium this time? Check out all the updates below to find out.

Elite Women

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 31:43.22
2nd. Morgane Charre: 31:57.15
3rd. Melanie Pugin: 31:57.48
4th. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau: 32:15.75
5th. Noga Korem: 32:31.99

Elite Men

1st. Richie Rude: 27:07.32
2nd. Jack Moir: 27:07.80
3rd. Jesse Melamed: 27:22.08
4th. Matt Walker: 27:30.79
5th. Zak Johansen: 27:38.16

U21 Women

1st. Polly Henderson: 35:18.26
2nd. Anna Newkirk: 35:24.06
3rd. Jess Blewitt: 35:25.47
4th. Sophie Riva: 35:56.57
5th. Justine Henry: 40:34.15

U21 Men

1st. Jamie Edmondson: 28:40.09
2nd. Luke Meier-Smith: 28:46.67
3rd. Francescu Camoin: 28:59.35
4th. Elliot Jamieson: 29:00.87
5th. Alexis Icardo: 29:16.47

Full Results

Elite Women Top 20

Elite Men Top 50

Full results, here.

Live Updates and Stage Results

2:00 am PDT:

Racing is underway in Val di Fassa!

There will be four stages of racing today in Val di Fassa and the Under 21 and 35+ riders are rolling through stage one now. We're preparing for the Elite riders to drop any minute.

2:45 am PDT:

Stage 1 Women's Results

Isabeau Courdurier picks up where she left off in Val di Fassa with a win in stage 1. She was considering not racing this event but has delivered an incredibly brave result given the significance of the event for her.

Morgane Charre follows closely behind then Andreane Lanthier Nadeau is in third as the only non-Frenchwoman in the top five. Noga Korem, Laura Charles, Hattie Harnden, Katy Winton and Raphaela Richter make up the rest of the top five.

3:04 am PDT:

Stage 1 Men's Results

Both of 2019's race winners have got off to the strongest start possible with Richie Rude matching Courdurier and taking the win in stage 1. Sam Hill kicks off his title defence with a second place, just over a second behind, while fellow Australian Jack Moir is third.

Jesse Melamed, Antoine Vidal, Elliott Heap, Dim Tordo and Irenee Menjou round out the top 10.

3:07 am PDT:

Stage 2 results will follow shortly

Stage 2 follows after a short transition. It's about half the length of stage 1 with times between 3 minutes and 3 minutes 30 seconds so we're expecting results to start dropping soon.

3:25 am PDT:

Stage 2 Women's Results

On the short, sharp stage 2, Melanie Pugin takes the win with a healthy margin of five seconds over second-placed Lanthier Nadeau. Isabeau Courdurier comes third on this one while Noga Korem and Raphaela Richter take their first top-five stage results of the day. Morgane Charre, Chloe Taylor, Rae Morrison, Miranda Miller and Caro Gehrig make up the rest of the top 10.

Current Women's Race Standings

Isabeau holds onto the top spot but she has a lead of just five second back to Charre. Pugin's stage win moves her up to third while consistency is key for Nadeau and Korem who complete the top five at the half way point.

3:32 am PDT:

U21 update

The U21s are three stages into their race now. The men's race is super close with Jamie Edmondson, Elliot Jamieson and Luke Meier Smith separated by about half a second going into the Queen Stage. In the women's race, the UK's Polly Henderson has a more comfortable 17 second lead ahead of Anna Newkirk but it could all change with the longest stage still to be raced..

3:50 am PDT:

Stage 2 Men's Results

Richie Rude makes it 2 from 2 in the men's race as he takes the win again. There isn't a huge amount of time to be gained on this stage though and the entire top five are within 4 seconds of each other. Jack Moir keeps it consistent with a second place on the stage then it's Melamed, Miquel and Walker. Sam Hill records a 20th place finish 8 seconds back.

Current Men's Race Standings

We're already halfway through the race and Richie Rude has a lead of six seconds over Jack Moir. Sam's slip up on stage two hasn't hurt him too badly and he currently holds third place but with less than a second advantage over Melamed.

4:45 am PDT:

Stage 3 Women's Results

Hattie Harnden takes the win on stage 3. She's a pupil of enduro legend Tracey Moseley and also a U23 XC racer so there's no doubt that helped her on the climb that featured in this stage. Isabeau Courdurier is second just four seconds back with Charre in third, Pugin in fourth and Conolly in fifth.

Current Women's Race Standings

Courdurier still leads with a six second gap back to Charre. Pugin is third, five seconds back.

4:57 am PDT:

U21 Women Final Results

5:15 am PDT:

Stage 3 Men's Results

Charlie Murray has taken his first ever EWS stage win by less than a second over Jack Moir. It's a super close stage with Wallner, Melamed and Miquel all within three seconds of the winning time. Current leader Richie Rude is in sixth.

Current Men's Race Standings

Richie Rude's lead has been cut from 16 seconds to just 3 seconds with the Queen Stage still to come. Jesse Melamed jumps up to third as Sam Hill falls out of the top 5 down to 22nd. Kevin Miquel and Zak Johansen round up the top 5

5:33 am PDT:

U21 Men Final Results

5:15 am PDT:

Stage 4 Women's Results

Courdurier bookends her day by winning the Queen Stage. This will not only secure her the race but also the valuable overall points bonus. Pugin is two seconds back followed by Charre another five behind. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau continues her consistent day and there's another impressive result for Harnden in fifth.

Final Women's Race Standings

Courdurier confirms her second Val di Fassa win by a margin of 14 seconds. Pugin had a great final stage but it's not quite enough to catch Charre who finished second with a slender gap of 0.3.

Moir beats Rude on Stage 4

By 2.93. We're getting our calculators out...

5:15 am PDT:

Stage 4 Men's Results

Final Men's Race Standings


  • 140 0
 The U21 Men are also 3 stages down, and the overall is:

1. Jamie Edmondson 00:17:11.12
2. Elliot Jamieson 00:17:11.39
3. Jamie Elliotson 00:17:11:58
4. Edmond Jamiemondson 00:17:12:24
  • 5 0
 Technically the fastest U21 is Vidal, top 10 scratch, almost 1min fasterthan Edmonson. He should run U21 but got authorized to ride elite this season, next french big thing!
  • 3 0
 @pasteque51: Good thing that Vidal is not running U21...Obviously he wouldn't fit in there.
  • 1 0
 So, tight. Only a bike length or two of distance between the top three.
  • 80 1
 Yeah Moi Moi yah mad dog!!!
  • 8 0
 woof woof!
  • 20 0
 This is Moi's year!
  • 42 0
 0.5 sec over 27 minutes of racing - that's insane GO ON JACKY BOY .. yah mad dag
  • 18 1
  • 10 0
 He looks so fast, loose, and smooth in those vids recently... stoked he backed it up!
  • 9 0
 Shark attack!
  • 4 0
 Yeah come on MOIR!! On the gas!! \m/
  • 45 0
 Yea Matt Walker in the Firebird?
  • 8 0
 Fantastic - hope his shoulder can cope! Stage 3 has that climb in and stage 4 looks brutally long.
  • 2 0
 After stage 2 he's only 0.08 off 5th place!
  • 4 0
 @thingswelike: holy shit its tight racing...
  • 7 0
 So stoked to see him up there
  • 3 0
 @thingswelike: so 6th then yeah?
  • 2 0
 Yes i noticed the new orange bike. Maybe Firebird with vertical shock?
  • 1 0
 From the crash on his Instagram story, whatever he's on has a water bottle on it, so hopefully you're right and there's a new Firebird with a bottle cage finally.
  • 40 1
 Jack Moir on a heater! He's been posting a ton of content/training on YouTube so I had a feeling he'd be quick.
  • 15 1
 Everyone said his bike was to small for him though?
  • 6 0
 @Tormy: Was interesting to see him do back to backs on the Strive vs Spectral, whereas the times were identical even though people claim his Strive is too small.
  • 4 0
 @Tormy: A lot of racers seem to use a smaller frame than what they measure too. Richie could be on a large Yeti but usually runs a medium
  • 4 1
 @hi-dr-nick: A lot of racers also run the opposite, with Yoan Barelli, Damien Oton, Adrien Daily, and Jesse Melamed all sizing up or riding bigger bikes. Perhaps once you get to size Medium bikes and above there's enough stability in reach and wheelbase to choose between sizing up or down?
  • 2 0
 @hi-dr-nick: Jack is tall but has little T. rex arms
  • 2 0
 Absolute height in itself is only part of the equation. Plus, riders have their own preference and style. Plenty of examples (several noted on this comments section) of smaller riders on larger bikes than sizing chart would dictate and vice versa. Also, many people will be as fast on different sized bikes, they may just feel better on a certain size. I think the key thing for people to take from it (especially people new to the sport) is to find what works for them. Certainly don't go out and spend 4k on their first bike.
  • 2 2
 @hi-dr-nick: he chose medium because the balance is better between front and rear end and therefor rides better
  • 35 0
 No mention of Moir in Pinkbike’s predictions. What a miss. Anyone that’s been following on the socials knows he’s healthy, fit, happy, and riding really well. Was no question he’d be a threat this year. Hopefully round two proves us Moir fans correct.
  • 23 15
 Jack used custard tarts, meat pies and milkshakes as his juice. We know what Richie uses for his… our great Jack will rise to the top by the end of the weekend
  • 4 0
 @professed: let’s hope! He’s a star. One of my absolute favorites. Go git ‘em boyo!!!
  • 4 1
 @professed: I wouldn't be sharing Rude's water bottle. Would share a pre-race hot milo with Moi Moi though.
  • 5 0
 everyone knows he's doing so well because he's been riding with Steve-ooooooo the mad dooog
  • 25 0
 The way Moir rides his bikes makes me want to buy a medium enduro bike (I'm 6'3).
  • 10 0
 I'm 6'5" and looking at buying a new M/L bike now. Tried the whole XL long reach thing and it doesn't work for me. I'm way quicker on a smaller bike. It's all about what works for you.
  • 5 0
 I feel that! I’m 6’5 on a 475 reach xl (trek remedy) with not too long chainstays and honestly I don’t want any longer of a bike at all, my last bike was 20mm longer and I like this one a lot more. I want to try running the crazy stack height that Jack rides though too, I forget exactly what he runs but the setup almost looks ridiculous up close it’s so tall.
  • 5 2
 I believe the whole top 3 sizes down.
  • 2 0
 Medium might be too small for you.
Moir, who is also 6'3, still rides Large Strive.

I am myself being 6' looking at Polygon Siskiu N7/9 (released three years ago) with 457mm reach in size Large.
  • 4 0
 @Beskyd: I was mostly kidding. But to be fair, Jack's strive very likely has a reach in the 450 range given how slack and high he runs it, by all accounts a "modern" medium.
  • 5 0
 Recently demoed an S4 Enduro compared to my 2019 Meta 29 (460ish reach with angleset) and it felt so cumbersome. Rear wheel was way behind me with the longer chainstays which was very noticeable through tight corners and berms, and I felt more passive and like a passenger on the long reach without the mobility in shoulders and elbows that I’m used to.

Know quite a few people who have been sizing down as well.
  • 2 0
 @Daledenton: The Spesh I had was 530mm reach, which honestly is ridiculous. I run a high stack and bar height, similar to my DH bike, but even that didn't help. I'm gutted I wasted my money now as I lost of ton selling it after saving up for ages and went big thinking it would be perfect.

From what I've ridden I think the sweet spot for me is around 450 to 475, so basically medium/large.
  • 3 0
 @Beskyd: FWIW Jack is "just over 6 foot". Source: the man himself responding to my YT comment asking him how tall he is.
  • 1 0
 @aribr: Yep, enduro magazine came to that conclusion at its enduro race bike test.

Anyway here in Ukraine I might (!) utilize that modern long reach advantage only in the bike parks, which are at least 700km away from where I live. Thus I will stick to more conservative geometry.
  • 1 0
 @Gristle: That may be true, man. I came across 190-192cm numbers over the web, but never measured the guy myselfSmile
  • 2 0
 I'm 6' (183) and switched from riding a large sb150 for 2 years to a medium. Don't regret it for a second!
  • 1 0
 @Daledenton: he even runs a 180 fork and a lower spacer underneath his headset. You'd think his bb height would me awful but obviously he manages.
  • 1 0
 @timmy1701: yeah the bike has better balance because that rear end now more closely matches the front so it rides way better
  • 1 0

He talks about the positives of shorter, steeper, less progressive.

Anybody who's been watching him and Dimi tear it up is hardly surprised. Footage looks permanently locked on 8x fast forward.
  • 32 11
 yeaaaaaah richie. lets go!
  • 17 0
 Jesse up with Sam Hill. Classic season coming up.
  • 19 6
 Well at least we still have 1 dominant American in mountain bike racing. It's great to see super close times. This is good racing. Blow outs are boring.
  • 2 0
 So blow outs happen in the EWS?
  • 17 0
 .5 second gap in an entire Enduro race... Crazy.
  • 9 1
 yeah, it's dope
  • 3 0
 @jwestenhoff: and the top 50 inside 2 mins is crazy to me
  • 18 20
 @ddd: All joking aside, it does taint the result somewhat to see Rude winning after the adverse finding... I'm sure he's being tested constantly... and I think he's a great competitor. . . but there is something about it that tamps down the excitement sadly.
  • 7 11
flag ddd (Jun 23, 2021 at 12:01) (Below Threshold)
 @bonkmasterflex: Agreed. I think the something that sadly tamps down the excitement is knowing Rude does not respect the sport or his fellow racers. Impossible to cheer for that guy.
  • 3 7
flag JohSch (Jun 23, 2021 at 15:48) (Below Threshold)
 God bless America. And shared water bottles.
  • 4 2
 @JohSch: why the knock on the US? Surely you wouldn’t like it if someone said something derogatory about your country.
  • 8 3
 @extratalldirtrider: There’s nothing you can knock Germany for, their country has a very respectable history.
  • 14 0
 Sooo is everyone’s live timing page glitching out too?
  • 10 1
 Yeah I can't get this thing to load. If they cannot manage a simple site like this, what will their attempt at live footage be like?
  • 8 0
 It was working up until stage 2 then it's shit itself
  • 8 0
 Yup. Same from Canada. They need to link their Race Feed to Twitter. Twitter would not crash! Have one updated loaded in 10 minutes....
  • 3 0
 @dr-airtime: +1 for a live Twitter feed.
  • 1 0
 So mine is working but you can't see the old posts in the feed. Only posts going forward once it loads. Also they are updating about 10% compared to prior years (at least 2019). Not sure if I watched the feed page in 2020 .
  • 1 0
 their website is possibly UCIs. a remarkable achievement
  • 2 0
 *possibly worse than the UCIs.
need that coffee apparently
  • 14 1
 Jack’s got this! Go maddog!!
  • 1 9
flag professed (Jun 23, 2021 at 8:33) (Below Threshold)
 Jack was robbed !!!
  • 14 0
 What's happened to Hill?
  • 13 0
 Nice work JESSE MELAMED!!!
  • 12 1
 Where's Martin Maes? Oh, he just had a baby
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know if he's racing this weekend?
  • 1 0
 @LaurensVR: Didn't he get injured at GT training camp?
  • 6 0
 He just became a father! He posted a photo on instagram
  • 17 8
 Do you know who's this "Richard Rude Jr"? He has a future in mountain biking... maybe he should try downhill too. Wink
  • 10 1
 Nice to see Katy with a strong result
  • 1 0
 I'm trying to figure out why she is racing as a privateer.
  • 1 0
 @MrMentallo: she isn't the only privateer regularly finishing in the Top 10 in the women's field either
  • 7 0
 0.5 seconds is so crazy. I can't wait to find out what happened to Hill. Also note that the U21 womens top three are pretty close, that's good to see.
  • 10 1
 What happend to Sam?
  • 8 0
 Attack of the shark. Go jack go.
  • 9 0
 Well done Katy!!!
  • 7 1
 Congratulations to Isabeau for this victory, this one must be emotional... It is in the difficult moments that we see the great champions
  • 8 0
 Where the pink bike academy dude?
  • 5 1
 Since bike sizing and geo is such a hot topic right now
I wish Pinkbike would do an article that’s a break down on the top DH and EWS bikes and show the proportions between front and rear centers for the specific sizes being ridden.
Guarantee results will show the fastest bikes are the most proportional ones…
  • 7 0
 Katy Winton in 6th! It's crazy to think that she almost didn't have a sponsor this season..
  • 6 0
 And beating all the Trek riders. Good for her! Poetic justice!
  • 8 0
  • 7 0
 man moir is on fire.......
  • 8 0
 Jack - so close!
  • 8 0
 jack moir you beast
  • 8 0
 0.5s my god ...
  • 4 0
 Seriously... world cup DH margins over a 30 minute race. Jack must be pissed he didn't pedal harder for that .5.... Kinda wild.
  • 5 0
 I'd like to apologise to Sam Hill, I thought with a year off he might slow down. I was wrong.
  • 8 2
 Heartbreaking for Moi Moi...
  • 15 0
 .48 Second difference between first and second place over 27 minutes of racing??!?!?

That's insane.
  • 1 1
 @jaydubmah: the gap is so small only you and me seen it...
  • 4 0
 What happened to Charlie Murray? He won a stage but isn’t on finish list?
  • 1 0
 There were some issues with the live timing, that should be all sorted now
  • 1 0
 @jamessmurthwaite: Can you post the full results on this page? The EWS result page seems to be sh*tting bricks
  • 1 0
 @jamessmurthwaite: cheers! Perfect
  • 5 0
 Dang, is this the closest EWS result ever?
  • 5 1
 "Last time out Richie Rude and Isabeau Courdurier took the wins but who will be on the podium this time? "

  • 2 0
 I was actually kind of confused at first, I thought they were posting the old results at the top.
  • 4 0
 Is there live TV coverage anywhere?
  • 31 0
 Only in the wet dreams of the pinkbike commenters' unfortunately.
  • 10 14
flag BenPea (Jun 23, 2021 at 3:23) (Below Threshold)
 @kagabo: why bring jizz into this?
  • 14 2
 @BenPea: cum on, don't be a wanker...
  • 4 5
 @cumoat: je wank, donc je suis
  • 5 2
 Asking for live TV will ruin the racing. They would have to use smaller stages closer together so most likely all bike park stages where they run the same courses two or three times.
  • 1 0
 Let's see if they can manage posting live times first.
  • 1 1
 Hope they buy one of those live drones soon... we don´t need much more...
  • 7 2
 EWS is all about using your imagination and visualizing what is happening. They want the fans to have a creative thought process instead of just regular old live viewing that every other legitimate sport uses to promote the action.
  • 2 0
 The EWS website has Hill in 18th, but he's not listed in the pinkbike table. Charles Murray is 10th on EWS website and also not listed above.
  • 3 0
 So among top 5 men two 6' ride M frames and one 6'3 rides L size (unless something changed for this season).
  • 5 0
 Jesse talks about sizing in one of his YouTube videos. IIRC, he feels that in Europe where the stages often have really tight turns, the shorter wheelbase is more of a benefit in cornering than the high speed stability of a longer wheelbase.
  • 3 0
 Why Evan Wall from Pinkbike Academy isnt racing? Isn’t he on the orbea racing team?
  • 2 0
 Good point! I was super excited to see how he does. He seemed crazy motivated.
  • 6 4
 consistency wins the day, especially when you are consistently winning each stage! Lol Go Richie!
  • 3 0
 Is Sam on the Mega or Giga ?
  • 44 1
 I heard he is riding the preproduction Tera
  • 4 1
 Nothing about what happened to Sam or Murray? Strange operation at the ews
  • 3 0
 half a second between Rude and Moir! amazing racing!
  • 3 1
 It's gonna be a good season for J.BORGES!!! Sick recovery from the crash on Stage 1 and killing it on the Queen Stage!!!
  • 3 0
 SLAWEK LUKASIK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also: what happened to Hill ??!!
  • 2 0
 Wait, what happened to Sam Hill. I didnt see any mention of a crash or mechanical. What did I miss peoples?
  • 3 0
 Yeaaaah Morgane
  • 3 0
  • 1 0
 I have clearly sewered the riders on my fantasy team. My apologies to them.
  • 4 2
 Yeah! Congrats Richie! Big Grin
  • 4 1
 yes Richie!
  • 1 0
 Team Peugeot?

My sister had a Peugeot 10 speed in like 1970. I would hijack it whenever it snowed for a skinny tire rip.
  • 1 0
 Why has Masters become +35?? That seems very young to be a Master, much prefer the 40 age cut off.
  • 2 0
 Parabéns José Borges ,grande prova ,bora lá
  • 2 0
 no sofia wiedenroth?
  • 2 0
 she broke something may be ?. not racing... saw something on takingover the insta account
  • 3 2
 nooooo Sam - 20th on Stage 2! 8:38 back
  • 2 0
 Did Sam Hill crash or run off the track?
  • 1 0
 What happened to Miquel ? He went from 4th to 42nd in the last stage
  • 3 0
 Broken chain...126th on the last stage... Frown
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know why Mae’s isn’t racing?
  • 1 0
 New baby apparently
  • 1 0
 FLAT PEDALS WIN M... uh, never mind.
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