Enduro World Series Round 3, Madeira - Race Day 2 Photo Epic

May 15, 2017 at 1:48
by Matthew DeLorme  



This was one for the history books. If there ever was a race where the outcome couldn't be predicted, it was this one. It was a weekend of extremes. We had weather that was wild, tracks that were long and taxing on the racers, and tracks that ate bikes for dinner. There were roots, loam, and slick as snot rocks. This race was a true war of attrition and being consistent was the key to winning. The stages of day two were rough and unforgiving. Jesse Melamed had a commanding lead coming into day two when he broke a wheel on stage seven. So many other riders flatted or broke something that cost them precious time. Madeira served up a race that was pushing everyone to the breaking point, both mentally and physically.

Greg Callaghan was the man who held it all together and took the lead when the race started to fall apart for others. Callaghan had played it safe in Tassie. He rode the final stages on the safe side and made a mistake that cost him the race, but he wasn't making that mistake here. With wins on two separate islands, Enrico dubbed him the "Island King." But it's looking like Greg's winning ways are just starting up. Cecile Ravenel wasn't taking less than a win after Tasmania, and she held no quarter out there this weekend. This race was certainly one we won't be forgetting anytime soon.

That view though.
That view though.

Casey Brown was this happy heading into day two.
Casey Brown was this happy heading into day two.

Theo Galy and Damien Oton ready to do some damage out there.
Theo Galy and Damien Oton ready to do some damage out there.

Calm and collected to start the day Jesse Melamed was in control of the race until unlucky stage number seven.
Calm and collected to start the day, Jesse Melamed was in control of the race until unlucky stage number seven.

Never say die was the attitude Jared Graves took after a puncture on Stage 3. He kept pushing hard and ended the weekend in 4th.
Never say die was the attitude Jared Graves took after a puncture on Stage 3. He kept pushing hard and ended the weekend in 4th.

Mark Scott gets his engine primed for the day.
Mark Scott gets his engine primed for the day.

there s nothing like a Miller stare down.
There's nothing like a Miller stare down.

Isabeau drops into some steep gnar on Stage 6.
Isabeau drops into some steep gnar on Stage 6.

Back on top and in control of the series lead Cecile Ravanel will be tough to beat once again this season.
Back on top and in control of the series lead, Cecile Ravanel will be tough to beat once again this season.

Korem Noga came out of nowhere and took third for the women.
Korem Noga has been picking up pace and took third for the women.

Isabeau had a good pace out there but it wasn t enough to take down Cecile this time.
Isabeau had a good pace out there but it wasn't enough to take down Cecile this time.

8th this week for Anita Gehrig.
8th this week for Anita Gehrig.

Innes Thoma finished just off the podium this week in 4th.
Innes Thoma finished just off the podium this week in 4th.


Miranda Miller got her first stage win and fifth place.
Miranda Miller got her first stage win and fifth place.

Cecile Ravenel was unstoppable on the long brutal tracks.
Cecile Ravenel was unstoppable on the long brutal tracks.

Ines Thoma on her way to fourth place.
Ines Thoma on her way to fourth place.

Low and fast. Ravenel skips over the rough stuff.
Low and fast. Ravenel skips over the rough stuff.

Enduro World Series Round 3 Madeira - Race Day 2 Photo Epic

The oldest taxi on Madeira
The oldest taxi on Madeira?



Consistency and a positive attitude no matter the stage result kept Jared in the mix all weekend.
Consistency and a positive attitude no matter the stage result kept Jared in the mix all weekend.

Adrien Dailly was close to the top spot at the start of the day but a crash on Stage 5 and a flat on Stage 7 took him out of the running.
Adrien Dailly was close to the top spot at the start of the day but a crash on Stage 5 and a flat on Stage 7 took him out of the running.

Richie rude was on a burner on stage seven when he slid out on the final 30 feet to the finish. Rude won the next two stages.
Richie Rude was on a burner on stage seven when he slid out on the final 30 feet to the finish. Rude won the next two stages.

Craig Evans loves front wheel.
Craig Evans loves front wheel.

Greg Callaghan didn t hold back today. He rode hard and it paid off. I had a couple of close moments out there today because I wasn t playing it safe like I was in Tassie.
Greg Callaghan didn't hold back today. He rode hard and it paid off. "I had a couple of close moments out there today because I wasn't playing it safe like I was in Tassie."

Mark Scott was looking to one of his best EWS finishes but a flat on Stage 7 pushed him down to 13th.
Mark Scott was looking to one of his best EWS finishes but a flat on Stage 7 pushed him down to 13th.

Early race leader Thomas Lapeyrie riding as aggressive as ever throughout the day.
Early race leader Thomas Lapeyrie riding as aggressive as ever throughout the day.

Greg kept it steady and avoided the mechanical disasters on his closest competitors to grab the lead with two stages to go.
Greg kept it steady and avoided the mechanical disasters on his closest competitors to grab the lead with two stages to go.

Consistency is key and Damien Oton was Consistent. Oton rode to third place.
Consistency is key, and Damien Oton was consistent. Oton rode to third place.

Jerome Clementz railing corners on stage five. Clementz took tenth today.
Jerome Clementz railing corners on stage five. Clementz took tenth today.

Richie smashed rocks a bit too hard and crashed massively at the bottom of Stage 7 to lose even more time but wins on the last two stages of the day would push him back to 6th in the overall.
Richie smashed rocks a bit too hard and crashed massively at the bottom of Stage 7 to lose even more time, but wins on the last two stages of the day would push him back to 6th in the overall.

Stage 7 was carnage with big crashes broken frames and punctures. When all was said and done three of the mornings top five riders were out of contention.
Stage 7 was carnage with big crashes, broken frames, and punctures. When all was said and done three of the mornings top five riders were out of contention.

Jesse Melamed s wheel exploded after riding with a flat tire and he said the only reason he kept going was because he wanted to be sure he left Madeira with a photo from the epic view on Stage 8... Well Jesse here s that photo.
Jesse Melamed's wheel exploded after riding with a flat tire, and he said the only reason he kept going was because he wanted to be sure he left Madeira with a photo from the epic view on Stage 8... Well Jesse, here's that photo.

A late charge from Martin Maes put hi into the mix late in the game and if it weren t for a big crash on the final stage he might just have ended up on top.
A late charge from Martin Maes put him into the mix late in the game, and if it weren't for a big crash on the final stage he might just have ended up on top.

Flats on stage seven cost many riders precious time.
Flats on stage seven cost many riders precious time.

Martin Maes takes a moment to relax before stage eight.
Martin Maes takes a moment to relax before stage eight.

With two stages to go it was time for a coffee.
With two stages to go it was time for a coffee.

When you to the store for an Ice cream and a bike race shows up.
When you to the store for an Ice cream and a bike race shows up.

Double wheelies. What does it mean
Double wheelies. What does it mean?

Theo Galy attacked the final day to finish in 7th.
Theo Galy attacked the final day to finish in 7th.

After throwing a lead away on the final stage in Tasmania last round Greg Callaghan kept his cool down Stage 9 to take his first win of the season.
After throwing a lead away on the final stage in Tasmania last round, Greg Callaghan kept his cool down Stage 9 to take his first win of the season.

Robin Wallner stared the day in 5th and ended in 8th for his best finish of the season.
Robin Wallner stared the day in 5th and ended in 8th for his best finish of the season.

Damien Oton hucking it into third and the final spot on the podium.
Damien Oton hucking it into third and the final spot on the podium.

Sam Hill charging through the rough stuff on stage seven.
Sam Hill charging through the rough stuff on stage seven.

Yoann boosting into the finish. Barelli took ninth today.
Yoann boosting into the finish. Barelli took ninth today.

Jared Graves charging out of the last corner to take fourth place.
Jared Graves charging out of the last corner to take fourth place.

Greg s Dad made the trip out and was the first to congratulate him at the finish of Stage 9.
Greg's dad made the trip out and was the first to congratulate him at the finish of Stage 9.

Poncha for all.
Poncha for all.

How stoked was Greg to take the win today
How stoked was Greg to take the win today?

Enduro World Series Round 3 Madeira - Race Day 2 Photo Epic

Thanks to these guys from Freeride Madeira for the incredible week. We can t wait to be back.
Thanks to these guys from Freeride Madeira for the incredible week. We can't wait to be back.

Enduro World Series Round 3 Madeira - Race Day 2 Photo Epic

Enduro World Series Round 3 Madeira - Race Day 2 Photo Epic

The three fastest teams this weekend in Madeira. Cube Commencal and Ibis.
The three fastest teams this weekend in Madeira. Cube, Commencal, and Ibis.

Greg takes the overall series lead before heading into his home race in Ireland just two weeks from now. Considering he has won that event the last two years his competition should definitely be worried.
Greg takes the overall series lead before heading into his home race in Ireland just two weeks from now. Considering he has won that event the last two years, his competition should definitely be worried.

The fastest man in Madeira.
The fastest man in Madeira.

Friends make sure friends drink their share when on top of the podium.
Friends make sure friends drink their share when on top of the podium.

This one was good to the last drop.
This one was good to the last drop.

Randy sends it one last time.
Randy sends it one last time.

Enduro World Series Round 3 Madeira - Race Day 2 Photo Epic
Thank you, Madeira We will be back real soon.


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90 Comments

  • + 70
 Greg Callaghan deserved every bit of that win. He stayed on his bike and managed his equipment.. That's what it's all about. Sure Maes, Graves, etc mite of won but they messed up and lost. The right lad is on the top step.
  • + 12
 I agree 100%, but am also looking forward to the weekend Jesse gets a win.
  • + 6
 Seems like a super nice dude, too. Wouldn't be sad at all to see him take the whole thing.
  • + 41
 Broken frames? Like to know more about this...!
  • + 46
 Don't be confused, this Lapierre frame is not broken/bent, it's the normal shape
  • - 5
flag CaptainSnappy (May 15, 2017 at 8:52) (Below Threshold)
 @zede: We are not confused. We just want to know who broke their frame.
  • + 2
 Agreed, must know who broke.
  • + 1
 @Trudeez: you can check in the results who has a DNF and a bad time or no time in stage7 . But anyways i don't think someone will brag about breaking his frame and post pictures on his fb/insta, so there is few chance we actually see the broken frame/s
  • + 1
 @zede: obviously nobody is going to post that they broke their frame in social media. Also, stage 7 was taking it's toll on all equipment, tires, wheels, mechs, brakes and the riders themselves. Furthermore, a rider could've missed a transfer and DNF as well, so examining the stage by stage results would not be very telling as to who "broke a frame." It would merely point out all issues in general.
  • + 1
 @Trudeez: there are less than 10 riders who dnf during or after stage 7. And one of them already broke a frame last year while training
  • + 31
 Enduro racing has gotten to be absolutely brutal. Cant imagine the pace required to podium at these events and then be able to ride it that fast with only a few practice runs where the conditions can change the course completely. Mad respect to the guys who can make it down without killing their bikes or themselves and finish at the top.
  • + 18
 "crashed massively at the bottom of Stage 7 to lose even more time, but wins on the last two stages of the day"

I'll add mad respect for the ones that do kill themselves and their bikes but keep charging!
  • + 24
 Great race those tracks look insane! Good to see Sam Hill move up into 2nd place overall after this round behind Greg! Well done Graves kept pushing till the end to get into 4th spot!
  • + 15
 Savage stuff Greg, roll on Carrick in two weeks!!
  • + 13
 Excellent race photos, well put together. Come on da Irish man.
  • + 1
 Great stuff!
  • + 8
 Greg and Damien are the dream of every amateur MTBiker. They started from zero to become condenders of the title.
Greg used the word consistency as the key factor to this race. This is more a marathon, than a 100m race.
I think that Clementz won the title in 2014 without winning a race (I do not put my hand on the Bible for that).
Graves is a real fighter.
  • + 7
 Maes would have won big time when not crashed last stage, only 5 seconds back in overall with this crash included, he is a beast and a potential winner of the overall this year.

Last week he won the Belgium Championship when riding the Eduro of Amblève (beautifull and very challenging tracks btw), we were there to race... great attitude... and he just smashed the competition....

Great footage... beautifull pictures....
  • - 22
flag Trailstunter (May 15, 2017 at 4:11) (Below Threshold)
 So funny that people downvote me for being positive about Martin Maes.... LMFAO
  • + 12
 @Trailstunter: I think people are less impressed with how disrespectful the 'support' of Maes is to all the other riders. The guy is phenomenally fast, but the proof of that is in his ability to actually win races, and not speculation.
  • - 6
flag Trailstunter (May 15, 2017 at 5:36) (Below Threshold)
 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf:
Well I see that some riders are far more popular that others. I guess that is because of national background perhaps.But in overall positions he is third atm. He won last race of last year even though he broke both arms last year in a downhill race.
At the age of 15 he joined a worldcup 4cross in Winterberg, just for fun. Nobody knew him, and he won the day ???? a friend was there to race that day and was in de field of riders. His father is an old enduro champ: Patrick Maes, most of you will not know him, it was pre pinkbike times Wink
Martin has won more than most people can imagine allready...
Some is with Adrian Dailly, both just fresh from youth and the next future world champs ... I am sure of that...
  • + 10
 @Trailstunter:
The problem is that you sound smug about it. Honestly.
  • + 23
 @Trailstunter: If granny had a d**k, shed be a granddad. There's no denying Maes is quick but to say "He would have won only for..." is disrespectful to other riders and their achievement and ability.That's why you're getting down voted. If you look at the times and how close it was you could say there was at least half a dozen racers who could have taken the win on the day only for some kind of misfortunate event. Just look at Melamed.
  • - 12
flag Trailstunter (May 15, 2017 at 7:18) (Below Threshold)
 Thanks for the feedback and... have a nice day peepz .. Big kiss and huggs... Love from Holland...
Hope you will have a nice day ...

Peace, Love and Enthusiasm :p
  • + 6
 @Trailstunter: there are probably 20 guys in ews who can take win anytime, competition is simply sick.
On the onther side happy to see Maes, Wyn and GT showing that metal can still roll as fast as plastic ????
  • + 10
 Cant be saying "Should've Could've Would've". Maes crashed, he made a mistake, that's racing, and even if he didn't crash, you still can't say he would've won because Greg was 3rd on the final stage, so Maes would've had to win that stage beating Rude on it, who said himself that he had a perfect run. So you can't go around saying he would've won if he didn't crash or had a puncture etc. Sure we could say that about Greg in Tasmania, or even say if the conditions were fair in rotorua he would've won, but you can't go around talking like that because That's Racing. Greg deserved that win, he was quick, smart and consistent, he's also the only one who has been on 'race winning pace' in all of the rounds so far, 1st yesterday, 2nd Tassie, 5th rotorua whilst starting way back in the seeding order with the worse conditions.
'Mic Drop'
  • - 8
flag Trailstunter (May 15, 2017 at 12:50) (Below Threshold)
 @samcallaghan:

@samcallaghan: You use the "Should've Could've Would've" yourself with the assumption for Rude and Greg Wink

BS... Maes was on a winning spree.... nobody was even near him .. he was 9 seconds ahead of Oton and 27 seconds ahead of Jared Graves, and 52 seconds on Rude in the overall after stage 8... So pick up your Mic... cause you talk BS!! Even after stage 9 he was still 25 seconds faster than Graves, 13 seconds faster than Oton and 46 seconds faster than Rude overall...

Maes was just 2 seconds back on callaghan in the overall after stage 8... and after stage 9 even with a big crash, just 5 seconds back ... (and just 2 seconds slower than Graves without crash) so he was flying that stage... Your logic is BS mate... just admit it...

www.enduroworldseries.com/live/live-results and press the O ... guess you didn't look at it Wink

BTW... I also believe that Greg is a very good rider and he deserves the win... You never heard me say the opposite... That is just your logic...
  • - 9
flag Trailstunter (May 15, 2017 at 14:45) (Below Threshold)
 @samcallaghan:

Graphs dont lie... see the last stage... and see how much faster Maes was than Greg after his crash in the start of stage 9... Mic Drop Wink

m.pinkbike.com/news/how-it-was-won-in-madeira-quarq-analysis-2017.html
  • - 9
flag Trailstunter (May 15, 2017 at 14:46) (Below Threshold)
 You can downvote me as much as you want, but those are the facts!
  • + 7
 @Trailstunter: your logic is lacking. He crashed because he was going faster than he could control.

Then he got back up and tried to ride as fast as he humanly could to make up for the crash. But he couldn't because the damage was already done. If he rode within his limits on that stage maybe he wouldn't have crashed at all...and maybe he wouldn't have been any faster than Greg.
  • + 1
 @Trailstunter: Bud I'm not sure that you understand what people are trying to tell you but there is little to no logic in what you are trying to say.
I'm curious what "Winning Spree" maes was on and how "Nobody was near him"??
In case you didn't know, a winning spree means that have to win more than once in a row, so if your talking about races he isn't on a 'spree' and if your talking about stage wins, he wasn't on a 'winning spree' because he only won one stage throughout the whole race.
Just curious bro, we must have different meanings of the term "Winning Spree"...
  • - 1
 @humoroususername: apearxntly he was riding in his limits, cause he made it the most of the track 99%. Mistakes can be made, even within limits. ???? so funny all the downvotes just tell me I am right. Graphs dont lie... he had a bad first day, the rest was just pure time winning, and fast ????
  • - 1
 @samcallaghan: you dodge the real subject and dive into one detail to make a point, but your logic really was BS...
You know it, graphs don't lie ....
To win the EWS... you dont have to win all stages... you just need the best overall time ... don't play stupid...
  • + 1
 @Trailstunter: I know, 'you need the best overall time' as you said. Which Meas didn't? So not sure how I'm playing stupid, and you still didn't answer the question of what 'winning spree' Maes is on? I am genuinely interested to hear what answer you can come up for that. I know graphs don't lie, in stage 8 Maes was ahead and then lost it, did he crash there as well? But please do answer my question on his 'winning spree'.
  • - 3
 @samcallaghan: English is not my first language dear sam... I learned 3 languages, but two of the are not flawless as detail can differ in how I use words compared to natives. You see the graphs, all is there and you see Maes was coming for Greg all day.. he would have past him in the last stage... all numbers are there... so quit the whining ( do you write it like this) and accept that. Crashing is indeed a part of the race so Greg has won fair and square. My story was just hypotism? I don't know how to write that word either. But you can try to write in Dutch if you like and I can bitch about grammer to you. Want daar begrijp je dan ook helemaal niet van vriendelijke vriend Razz
  • + 4
 @Trailstunter: You're completely missing the point. No one is saying Maes isn't fast or is incapable of winning. They're saying Greg posted the quickest overall time, so he won.

Yes Maes was on race winning pace before his crash, but Lapeyrie was the man to beat until punctures on 3 and 4, Melamed was on fire before a mechanical, Dailly won 4 stages but crashed on 5, Rude bounced back from a puncture to win the final 2.

By your logic, Maes was lucky to get top 5...
  • - 1
 @mark-88:
Well let's agree to disagree... so much energy spilled for nothing. We all just have different opinions. Let's respect that. Up to new adventures... have a good ride guys!
  • + 11
 Taking the win on a 2x drivetrain! How could it be?
  • + 2
 Exactly what I was thinking... Smile
  • + 6
 @drpete but carbon is more prone to catostrophic race ending rock damage that an aluminum rim would still finish a stage with. and most pros still use aluminium even when they could run Carbon if they wanted. That's why this debate exists in the first place.
  • - 1
 My experience is the exact opposite--I've bent several aluminum rims to the point of unrideability but have ridden out on every carbon rim I've cracked--missing spikes and all.
  • + 5
 This had to be one of the best and most exciting EWS races yet. Location and tracks were spectacular and then add in the drama. I think I counted seven different lead changes including on track timing. Mere seconds separating the podium spots through both days. Carnage on the tracks with crashes and mechanicals. No doubt that their claim of crowning the best mountain biker in the world rings true.
  • + 7
 I laughed about the bit when Melamed didn't quit just to have a picture with the awesome scenery. It's nice to see that pros can be humble about these things too
  • + 8
 Props to whoever is keeping that Datsun running. On an island. In the Atlantic.
  • + 1
 @bikulture: Private IG but maybe I'll try to follow
  • + 5
 Great pictures, coverage is getting better event by event :-) Just consider, the top 50 riders in the men were separated by 3mins30 seconds, after nine stages... this is staggering, the pace at which these guys ride, and how quickly things can change is maybe what puts Enduro where it is...... and a friend was riding, completed the event but well down the list, and he is fast ! but the top guys are on another level ! Roll on the Emerald Isle, eyes will be on Greg, but who knows ? that's Enduro...
  • + 7
 That's what you call a proper EWS race
  • + 1
 @drpete yes your experience applies to everyone. Ninety percent of the pros run aluminium for a reason. Do you know more than the pros? Do you ride harder than them? My original point was referring to Jesse melamed and not if YOU can ride a carbon rim. Which I'm sure you are no where near his level. Just accept the facts. Like I said there is a reason that the discussion about carbon rims exists.
  • + 1
 No, my experience doesn't apply to everyone, nor am I claiming to know more than the pros. I believe it was your comment that did that.
  • + 5
 Graves & Rude, two wheelies one tunnel.
  • + 1
 Great coverage on an absolute insane race. We've been to Madeira twice now, "average" riders... savage terrain, some tracks are brutal on man & machine (as seen in this race)...
  • + 3
 @demo811 Greg seems to running a ex1501 which is an aluminum rim. What's your point?
  • + 1
 Agreeing with the OP
  • + 3
 Seems like a wide open race for the overall this year. And many of the usual suspects haven't been making the podium so far.
  • + 5
 GO Noga!!!
  • + 3
 Next time more U21, these kids are super fast.
  • + 2
 Dave Trumpour explained in the last photo epic (I think) that due to the timings they would effectively have to be in 2places at the same time to cover U21's as well - sadly it's a physical impossibility...
  • + 1
 @slimboyjim: They could at least include podium photo of U21. The way it is U21 receives no coverage during and after the race.
  • + 2
 Intrigued that Miranda rides the Enduro while Jared and Curtis ride the stumpy. . .hmm.
  • + 1
 Curtis ride an Enduro
  • + 1
 @Khayes: Curtis splits time between the two, so far we have only seen Jared on a stumpy and Miranda on an Enduro. Of course it's all down to personal preference but it would be cool to hear their opinions and decision making process.
  • + 1
 @Trudeez: I can assure Curtis doesn't. He had to ride a Stumpy in Ireland 2 years ago to promote the launch of it. At Sea Otter this year he rode a Camber with a 160 fork in the enduro and dh. The only one on our team that rides the Stumpy is Jared. And to answer your last sentence, look at their IG they are constantly telling people why they prefer the bikes they ride.
  • + 1
 anyone else tired of seeing these orange fox forks ruining riders color schemes? WE GET IT FOX people run your forks, thanks for highlighting that.
  • + 3
 Mint to see that sleeve on top of the box!
  • + 1
 What an epic four days of racing - so many mechanicals, crashes and injuries. Heal fast to all those who got hurt - well done to all those who made it through!
  • + 2
 Haha, did you notice Greg's bike runs a FRONT MECH!! Winner, winner, cheesy dinner - on a 2x!
  • + 2
 Inquiring minds want to know: what is Mark Scott listening to? bag pipes?
  • + 1
 Anyone on plus sized wheels? I thought they were the future? Just a passing trend then?
  • + 2
 Anyone else spot something different on that ibis?
  • + 3
 Greg is in serious form!
  • + 1
 Melamed will probably be on flows next race and not the Bravos. Can't trust carbon in a enduro race situation.
  • + 6
 Check the top step of the podium...
  • - 1
 It takes more force to trash a carbon rim.
  • + 0
 @DrPete: @DrPete: yeah but when that point is reached the aluminium one will more likely get a flat spot or go out of shape, whereas the carbon one will capitulate. that's why its better to have a good aluminium rim for racingn for sure. see Gwin at Leogang 2014.
  • + 1
 I've safely finished stages/ridden out on cracked carbon rims. The aluminum rims I've broken were unrideable. That, and I think it's safe to say that teams with access to whatever they want will choose what works the best...
  • + 2
 @demo811: what do they know? Pinkbike's experts have spoken.
  • + 2
 That taxi looks like it's about to take a couple nukes to the South.
  • + 3
 Sub 21????????????
  • + 1
 Taking the win on a 2x drivetrain. Spin to win !!
  • + 1
 Double rainbows...what does it mean
  • + 1
 Is that a 1976 Datsun 120Y?

Rad car!
  • + 0
 29ers continue winning
  • + 6
 Wheelsize snobs continue whinning
  • - 5
flag Wouldhaveletmego (May 15, 2017 at 16:59) (Below Threshold)
 @nozes: it's ridiculous to suggest Callaghan could have won this race on 27.5 against the competition he faced. Not a chance. It's time to admit 29ers have removed rider ability from the equation and made this a bike vs bike sport. Maybe that's ok but, if not, this needs to be addressed now.
  • + 4
 @Wouldhaveletmego: absolute nonsense. All his contemporaries have the choice of riding 29ers too. This isn't like downhill where 29ers don't exist for most of the field. Every company has a race ready 29er enduro bike. If the other riders felt it was faster for them they would ride it.

Greg has been riding his 29er for three years.
  • + 7
 @Wouldhaveletmego: well that's just very disrespectful to someone who has worked his whole life to get where he is now. In case you didn't know, Greg has won a ews on 27.5 as well on podiuming at the round after on the same bike. If he only won because he was on 29inch hen why didn't Cody Kelly come second? Or Nico Lau, Or Mark Scott, or Jared Graves!! So what your also saying is, Jared Graves only got 4th because he was on a 29er....you said 29ers remove 'riding ability' so why aren't all them coming in the top 5? And why aren't all other riders using them then?
  • + 1
 @samcallaghan: do not let your self be pushed in such pointless conversation. Isn't it obvious for you that @wouldhaveletmego is pissing with everybody deliberetly starting this... just ignore it.
  • + 1
 Cant believe there are trolls now in pb
  • + 3
 Richie has one the past 2 seasons on 650 so wheel size arguement will go on and on until the pb pit bosses forget their password.

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