Pro Stage Results from EWS Tweed Valley 2021

Oct 2, 2021 at 9:40
by James Smurthwaite  
Ahead of a full day of racing on Sunday riders took to the course for the EWS Pro Stage. The Pro stage is a new format for 2021 with the riders taking on a single stage with bonus points up for grabs. The times from today are added to riders' stage time tomorrow for the overall results.

Check out the results below.

Elite Women

1st. Rebecca Baraona: 4:05.10
2nd. Noga Korem: +2.83
3rd. Jess Stone: +3.81
4th. Morgane Charre: +5.37
5th. Raphaela Richter: +6.01

Elite Men

1st. Jack Moir: 3:25.37
2nd. Martin Maes: +3.72
3rd. Lewis Buchanan: +4.86
4th. Jesse Melamed: +4.97
5th. Greg Callaghan: +5.72

Congrats to Pinkbike Academy’s Evan Wall on 6th at 7.65 seconds back heading into day two of racing!

Under 21 Women

1st. Polly Henderson: 4:18.75
2nd. Sophie Riva: +8.30
3rd. Ellen Flewitt: +24.57
4th. Justine Henry: +38.77

Under 21 Men

1st. Jamie Edmondson: 3:27.23
2nd. Alex Storr: +8.37
3rd. Jack Menzies: +10.50
4th. Jake Ebdon: +11.03
5th. Luke Meier Smith: +11.04

35+ Women

1st. Leonie Picton: 4:35.95
2nd. Becci Skelton: +13.49
3rd. Maxine Filby: +35.46
4th. Catherine Hart: +56.02

35+ Men

1st. Dan Farrer: 3:44.02
2nd. Ian Astermuhle: +5.97
3rd. Sean Robinson: +7.45
4th. Karim Amour: +9.13
5th. Nigel Page: +14.23

Full Results

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  • 77 5
 For those just catching up Rude is missing from the 2nd place he initially had because he cut the course inside of several gates…

What is impressive is that Jack still beat him by more than 3.5 seconds without making the course cut!!!
  • 36 0

Here is the footage. Shame to see it all end like this.
  • 71 54
 @Harlsta: sooooo. . . .once a cheater, always a cheater??? Go ahead and downvote me now.
  • 35 11
 That gate system is pretty lame. Most any other race, if it’s between the tape it’s fair game.
  • 25 10
 A couple of EWS rounds ago, a pinkbike article suggested Jack was lucky that Richie ripped off his derailleur. There I commented how lame it was to suggest in any way that Jack's victory had anything to do with "luck".

I kind of feel vindicated to see Jack beating him once again despite his actions. Let's all upvote @Harlsta comment so that Pinkbike won't say that "Jack was lucky that Richie got disqualified"
  • 9 4
 @Harlsta: That's an act of deliberate course cutting if you ask me.
  • 19 5
 @Trudeez: Putting any historical "cheating" debate aside for a second- saying Richie tried to cheat here is pretty much assuming he's as dumb as a doorknob. A 2 time WC does not cheat in plain sight of dozens of spectators near the finish line. Stupid mistake, granted, but cheating? c'mon
  • 4 1
 @foxinsocks: When you're at the limit of physical effort and exhaustion you don't get any smarter. Wouldn't be surprised if after almost 4min at the redline his reptilian brain didn't take the lead and saw an opportunity
  • 7 0
 @Arierep: Indeed. Me neither, but i would still call it a "mistake", not an intentional "cheating". Cheating implies conscious intent.
  • 3 1
 @foxinsocks: We will never know.
  • 13 2
 @foxinsocks: I'm not gonna sit here and insult the man's intelligence. All I'm going to say is this: "it was Jared's water bottle, i didn't know, not my fault." "The course was marked wrong, I didn't know, not my fault." So, he either knows exactly what he's doing and is willfully cheating or he is as "dumb as a doorknob." I'll leave it to you to decide.

Now, when you're having a discussion about whether or not a guy cheated and/or is a cheater you can't just disqualify his prior instance of cheating to make some blanket statement. Patterns are patterns and habits are habits. C'mon man what is this Kangaroo Court?? "If we just put aside Bills other conviction for drunk driving we can clearly see that it was an accident and Bill didn't known he shouldn't drive drunk, so it wasn't his fault, bill's not a habitually drunk driver." Seriously man get real.

Look at the full results from stage 1. Something like 590 riders started the stage. Guess how many got disqualified. Yep, EXACTLY two: Richie and Slawomir. You really expect me and the rest of the world to believe that the supposed best enruro racer in the world didn't know that that's the course marking?? (For the record, that course marking was absolutely absurd, but it was such that literally everyone else there knew what was in and what was out). Meanwhile, 588 other riders managed to get through that section without cheating. You're telling me the best in the world doesn't know the rule book? You're telling me the best in the world skipped the rider's meeting? Also don't forget that cycling in all forms is as dirty and cutthroat and seething as it gets. So many riders would step over their dead parents to gain an advantage, and MTB is not innocent by any means. We see it more and more every day. Now again, I'll leave it up to you to decide if Richie is a cheater or if Richie is "dumb as a doorknob."
  • 2 0
 @Trudeez: if the difference between winning and losing is making hundreds of thousand dollars, vs getting free bikes and a couple of air tickets… a lot of people would do dirty shit to make it to the top. That’s life.
  • 2 1
 @Trudeez: I dont make blanket statements about people i dont know well enough, and i honestly have no time or intent to start researching into every little mischief rude may or may not have done. I just think this specific incident is not intentional cheating. I dont dispute the outcome, just the intent. Perhaps at this point in time Richie was indeed doorknobing Smile

We've had top level riders in the olympics doing even dumber things- not realizing slope ramps were removed, or thinking they crossed the line taking the gold only to realized they're 2nd... Perhaps those at the top are not immune to making mistakes. Heck, maybe plain old hubris even played a part.
  • 6 0
 I think Richie made a mistake. The water bottle thing is old news, he's been locked in a fair battle with JM this year and it's been great for EWS.
Cutting the course on the run to the finish line in the hope the borders rain would be so bad no one noticed? It's not a diabolical master plan is it, it's a stupid mistake. I'm not blaming the taping, the riders were all briefed but this isn't a doping scandal, it's a rider being confused and making a snap decision on a very slippy hillside.
Stoked for Jack, he has been riding so well, shame it didn't come down to a fair fight.
  • 1 2
 @Steventux: I beg to differ, it was a fair fight. Jack stayed on course, Richie did not. Sounds fair to me
  • 5 0
 @Arierep: OK, course boundary pedantry aside, I meant a race between the two where the fastest won.

Many people have joined the Richie-Rude-Cheated-Again club this weekend and wear that T-Shirt if you like.

My opinion is he made a pretty simple mistake, probably beginning when he didn't f*cking listen to the Q&A in the course briefing and ending when he thought he'd discovered a sweet line on the crowded and heavily videoed final turns. I think at that speed in the wet on shitey slimey grass you're probably not enacting a conspiratorial plot to steal the EWS title. You're just going balls out for the win, spotting the grippiest (and what we all know to be illegal) line and taking it.

I am glad that Jack won, I just wish that a DQ hadn't decided it.
  • 4 0
 @Trudeez: No, there are countless examples across the sporting world where this is not true.

Also worth considering: Penalties are handed out for cheating in many if not all sports. Once those penalties are served and the relevant sporting body is satisfied that the athlete is fit to compete, it's assumed to be fair fight from that point onwards. Many athletes have come back from stupid doping infringements. Martin Maes for example. Are you saying he's also bound to be a cheat because he was handed out a ban?
  • 1 0
 @Steventux: no way Maes-dogg is a cheat. He got testimony from a medical professional and provided evidence to support his claim about the injury. He is absolutely not a cheat. He should have paid closer attention to the procedure for illegal medication declarations, that’s all.
The water bottle incident, while I don’t consider it to be cheating per se - I mean we all take over-the-counter supps to improve performance - is not in the same category as the Maes-dogg incident. Taking supps of water known to contain supps is certainly an intentional act of supping.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: I don't for one minute think Maes is a cheat, I was testing the assertion that once a cheat always a cheat. On paper both riders fell foul of doping rules, yet there's far more readiness to think Rude 'cheated' at Tweed eg. "once a cheater, always a cheater" as opposed to thinking he made a mistake.
I'm surprised anyone believes this was an attempt at cheating, ie. deceiving in order to win. To do it in the most visible part of the course on the run to the line doesn't suggest this was premeditated.
  • 1 0
 @Steventux: I think this whole discussion about intent is pretty much irrelevant, we'll never know what was happening inside his head. In these type of situations one should stick to the facts, and the facts are that the rules were clearly communicated, the penalties clearly communicated and some riders failed to stick to the rules.

To everyone arguing about the "there was too much public, he knew that and therefore would never try anything", never ever underestimate the blinding power of ambition, hubris or just raw emotion. I invite you to read a bit about big cases of corruption and governance in both the public and corporate sectors. You'll quickly find that the likelihood of being caught or just plain obviousness of one's plan seem not to be a huge deterrent
  • 1 0
 @Arierep: In terms of facts, race results and penalties decided by the sporting body I agree, our opinions about intent are irrelevant.
That's not the discussion that I or some other commenters were having though, it was about intent to cheat or why he took that line in the heat of the moment.
Some people think he's a cheat, he deliberately broke the rules to gain advantage, some, including myself don't.
I agree we'll never know, but it's still fine to have an opinion on what led him to take that line.
I find it quite interesting, more so than whether the penalty was justified. I agree ambition and pressure can do remarkable things to people and I'm intrigued as to why he made such a move, especially as there was virtually no chance of getting away with it.
  • 1 0
 @Arierep: "I invite you to read a bit about big cases of corruption and governance in both the public and corporate sectors." invitation accepted.
Very much enjoyed The Establishment (and how they get away with it) and Captive State.

Do you have any specific titles which relate to this racing incident? I find it very hard to equate the decision making process of a EWS racer with the world of corporate corruption.
  • 1 0
 @Steventux: Ok, I see your point about intent. Maybe I was (from other commenters) getting the feel the discussion was about "he couldn't have done that on purpose, thus (...)".

On the question of comparing his decision making process with others such as CEOs, I think its mostly a matter of one being an on the move decision, vs a slow burner one. Would his hypothetical decision outcome be the same was he conspiring on it for an year? Likely not, but I think the stupidity of outcomes grows the quicker the process is, with similar incentives
  • 1 0
 Maybe he swerved to avoid hitting a deer
  • 56 0
 7th for Evan Wall yeah! Great stage
  • 14 0
 Oops 6th sorry Ritchie
  • 4 2
 Very nice results! I like to think we all here at pinkbike made Evan a better person through his time at the Academy.
  • 1 0
 Yea, sick boiii!!
  • 51 6
 Not exactly a Rude fan but I think the disqualification is a bit too harsch - a time penalty would have been sufficient and I can't really imagine that he "cheated" on purpose - in the heat of competition you can make mistakes like that.
  • 6 0
 Yeah. Penalty would be good. But hard to say how much. Gates in tighter sections would have a bigger impact when dodging. Say 5sec per gate on the straight. Tbh. Jack had the lead and would of won by 3.5 anyway.
  • 7 0
 Yeah, I agree. Thems the rules tho. Maybe next season but I do think it should be properly punitive - like 30 seconds/ea.
  • 11 0
 I remember a pro stage a few years ago that 5min penalty was given to riders who bunny hopped over bayels of hay and tape to straight line a chicane section on a street. This course cutting offense is pretty similar with very different penalties
  • 3 0
 @clinder: Columbia 2018 or 19 I think.
  • 2 1
 @clinder: there is another video of RR this season bunnyhoping a tape...
  • 5 5
 100% not cheating. Nobody is that stupid to blatantly cheat like this in plain sight, let alone a 2 times champion. Still a weird mistake by him, no doubt
  • 3 0
 @clinder: Eddie Masters video wasn't a joke
  • 2 0
 @clinder: to be fair, a 5min penalty would not make much of a difference to a disqualification. He wouldn't get any points either way
  • 3 1
 @bashhard: but the difference is he could race the following day.
  • 33 0
 So stoked to see Lew putting things together. His Hardline run was mental and it’d be so cool to see him mix it up at the top again, even if it is home trails. Mega impressive riding.
  • 5 18
flag barbarosza (Oct 2, 2021 at 11:27) (Below Threshold)
 I hope he gets dental Now
  • 24 3
 I'm not a huge Rude fan, but you'd have to be stupid to think he cheated on purpose there in front of so many people. He was in race mode and running on instinct and obviously hyper focused on the course tape.
  • 3 0
 high level people make bad judgements all the time. “You’d be a fool to think he was insider trading given all he had to lose,” etc etc. “Why would he risk taking PED’s he’s no dummy.” If there is anything we’ve learned it’s that people will cut corners all the time thinking they won’t be caught. Or worse they think because it’s so blatant they think no one will think they did it on purpose.
  • 4 0
 @chummyweim: Dude, this isn't something where there's even a plausible ability to deny it. It was in a field, in front of a crowd with cameras everywhere. There's no doubt he was confused. Consciously cheating for such a tiny advantage with a GUARANTEE of being caught just doesn't make sense. In this case, him making a mistake is the simplest explanation.
  • 15 0
 Can we just appreciate for a second the fact that Jack appears to be on top of all course conditions this year?
  • 13 0
 Sam Dale in 7th! It's mental how fast some of those jib fool around lads are. Would love to have seen Craig Evans there as well
  • 6 0
 Sam has always been a great racer, and very fit.
  • 3 0
 @Murfdog: Plenty of top 20/10s at world cups.
  • 1 0
 @Murfdog: well yeah, but they are better are these slimey tracks, they know how to flow and rail turns and ruts on this terrain.. the jibber dream tracks.
  • 3 0
 @Lagr1980: yes and no, I have ridden with the 50:01 lads from time to time, and in the north of England, hand cut tracks like that, are the normal, particularly in the winter, especially around Macclesfield Forest, where these lads have been riding since kids, that’s were the skill base has come from originally, with a dose of new school jibbin as a extra!
  • 1 0
 @Murfdog: agree with you , .. "these jibbers" dream tracks. ; )..
  • 14 6
 Turns out Richie rude has just been disqualified for missing the gates on the slimy run in to the finish, thats a bit rough considering they designed a course that was almost guaranteed to be wet on basically a grass field, yeah I know other riders made it through but thats just ruined what was turning out to be a good title fight.
  • 44 14
 He did not miss them by accident, it was a deliberate course cut.
  • 24 4
 What would you have them do? Give him a pass? He clearly deliberately cut the course when almost no one else did. A well earned disqualification.
  • 8 2
 @Vlad-Putin: yeah I just watched the video, it was clearly on purpose, he must have had a brain block and just saw the tape???
  • 4 1
 @MysticMCyclist: yep I just watched the Video, thats a huge blunder
  • 17 6
 @bigdavehughes: Yeah im thinking he was watching the tape, which is what they do for literally every single race of the year. Now all of a sudden theirs some gates as well as tape? Why even tape it all then? I would be pissed.
  • 6 4
 @bigdavehughes: not thinking straight without a water bottle around to borrow.
  • 5 5
 @Vlad-Putin: To suggest he tried to get ahead by cheating is ridiculous. Even a cheater ( which the steroid hit indicates he is) isn't going to cheat in full view of many spectators and the Marshalls at the finish line expecting to get away with it. Call it what it was, a mistake made by two of the top ten riders. Or are you suggesting that the Polish rider thought he could get away with it as well?
  • 4 0
 @AndrewMacNaughton: The tape was there to keep the spectators off the course. And riders were explicitly briefed about the gates, according to Jesse Melamed.

This was the same kind of stupid mistake that led to MVDP crash at the Olympics.
  • 3 1
 @Vlad-Putin: real simple vlad: 30 seconds — 1 minute time penalty is more than enough punishment.
  • 3 0
 @PhilGyr: I never said he cheated and didn’t say he tried to get ahead. He lowered his risk of crashing with that line choice and ultimately it seems the EWS decided it was a violation of the rules. Tell me why only he and Slawomir took that line?
  • 3 0
 @ksilvey10: I could get behind that too. I’m curious if riders were really briefed about the gates. Some are saying they were in which case I have less sympathy.
  • 11 0
 Great to see Bex Baraona doing so well, saw on Instagram that she had some back problems, didn’t seem to hinder her today.
  • 12 1
 Why did Ritchie think those gates were there? Leftovers from a ski race?
  • 11 7
 Rude is such a great athlete but chooses to try to get ahead by doing things like this....very sad.
  • 6 8
 Agree, things start to pile on on him. Yeti must start to feel like being between a rock and a hard place with him. On one side, he's kind of the top of the food chain if you're trying to promote your bike as being the ultimate in performance. On the other hand, it's curious to have him as the main face of a brand that likes to virtue signal to the point of changing their event names for some trendy woke reason. I personally don't give two craps about who they keep in their payroll, but it's an interesting situation to observe nonetheless.
  • 4 0
 @Arierep: I do understand why they want to be associated with a convicted drugs cheat. I wouldn’t have thought that was the image a bike brand aimed at the wealthy world want
  • 7 5
 To suggest he tried to get ahead by cheating is ridiculous. Even a cheater ( which the steroid hit indicates he is) isn't going to cheat in full view of many spectators and the Marshalls at the finish line expecting to get away with it. Call it what it was, a mistake made by two of the top ten riders. Or are you suggesting that the Polish rider thought he could get away with it as well?
  • 4 0
 Alex Storr and Jack Menzies on 2nd and 3rd ! Fock yeah Dreadnought fo de weeeN
  • 5 0
 The real question is....what happened to Sam Hill?
  • 2 0
 You mean Sam E'll?
  • 1 0
 He did the e-bike race.
  • 5 0
 Delighted for Lewis Buchanan, Evan Wall and Jamie Edmondson. Great to see.
  • 2 1
 Well, let me tell you, when you are a racer you are so focused to be between the tape that like a rally driver you cut corners. Rude and Lukasik blew it. And that is it. A disaster for them. But don't you even dare to think it was intentional.
  • 2 0
 Can some one get round to number 6. There’s some one smashing the place up. Sounds like they are absolutely f*@&ing raging!
  • 5 0
 Yes Bex
  • 4 0
 Well done Wee Lew, laying it down on his home turf!!!
  • 4 0
 Great to see Bex and Greg up there.
  • 2 0
 "The Pro stage is a new format for 2021 with the riders taking on a single stage with bonus points up for grabs."

How does this differ from the Queen Stage?
  • 4 0
 Great result for Jamie.
  • 2 0
 Yep - a time good enough for 2nd in the Elite field.
  • 3 0
 Awesome for Bex. Hope Katy can pull one out of the bag as well.
  • 3 0
 Bex is on a roll. Awesome effort. Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Jamie Edmondson on a heater!
  • 3 0
 Second fastest time of the day!
  • 2 0
 Gonna put it out there the pinkbike coverage of the last round has been pretty poor
  • 3 0
 go on Greg! super result
  • 2 0
 great to see greg back on the podium!
  • 1 0
 Did something happen to Katy or just not the best day at the office? I hoped this could be a big result.
  • 2 0
 Go Evan!
  • 1 0
 Scotland always brings the drama for the wrong reasons
  • 7 1
 Rude voted to leave in the line choice referendum.
  • 1 0
 Evan Wall with a 6th place, wow!!! Congratulations!
  • 11 10
 Shame about Rude’s DQ.
  • 19 17
 shame for cheating?
  • 11 1
 @mtb-scotland: shame for fans not getting to see a proper fight for the title at the last race of the season.
  • 6 5
 @mtb-scotland: To suggest he tried to get ahead by cheating is ridiculous. Even a cheater ( which the steroid hit indicates he is) isn't going to cheat in full view of many spectators and the Marshalls at the finish line expecting to get away with it. Call it what it was, a mistake made by two of the top ten riders. Or are you suggesting that the Polish rider thought he could get away with it as well?
  • 1 0
 @PhilGyr: it isn't really. He has form and he clearly didn't even try to go between the gates (3 times)
  • 1 0
 Go little slug old mate
  • 1 0
 Gowan Bex!
  • 1 1
 No full results?
  • 2 1
 @MysticMCyclist: they just added them now. Why even bother posting until they have the results up?
  • 3 0
 @makripper: I was trying to be helpful but I could ask you the same question
  • 1 1
 @MysticMCyclist: I didn't mean you lol

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