Day One Photo Epic: Rough and Tough - EWS Madeira 2019

May 11, 2019 at 15:26
by Matthew DeLorme  


Photo Epic presented by ODI

In terms of time spent out racing today, it was a relatively short day with only three stages on offer. But those three stages were rough, fast and dusty as hell. They served up a fair amount of punishment with many a rider reaching the end of stage one wearing more of the dirt than they would have liked. Stage two was studded with small stones that punished the arms, and three was all speed up top and high-speed grass down below. Martin Maes sits in first after a powerful performance on day one. Adrien Dailly took second after putting a hole in his arm on stage two, Jose Borges sits in third. Sam Hill was back up to speed, but a crash on stage three cost him precious time. Isabeau Courdurier is in the lead for the women while Ella Conolly had a break out day and took second. Anita Gehrig sits in third after day one. Day two is going to be a big one with five stages to deal with and things start out on a very dusty and blown out Gamble track in the morning.

Isabeau and Bex head out on the climb to the start of stage one.
Isabeau and Bex head out on the climb to the start of stage one.

Poncha served trackside Yes please we will take three
Poncha served trackside? Yes please, we will take three.

Dave Matt and Kiki enjoy a little morning poncha before the racing gets hot and heavy.
Dave, Matt, and Kiki enjoy a little morning Poncha before the racing gets hot and heavy.

Eddie Masters was on pace today taking fifth after the first three stages.
Eddie Masters was on pace today taking fifth after the first three stages.

Cedric Ravanel has decided to race in masters this weekend and is currently sitting at the top of the result sheet
Cedric Ravanel has decided to race in masters this weekend and is currently sitting at the top of the result sheet.

Remi Absalon heading towards the ocean and the finish of stage 1
Remi Absalon heading towards the ocean and the finish of stage one.

Stage 1 descended one of the steep rideglines just above Machico
Stage one descended across a steep ridgeline just above Machico.

Dominant. It s the only word that comes to mind when speaking about Martin Maes right now.
Dominant. It's the only word that comes to mind when speaking about Martin Maes right now.

Martha Gill weaves her way through the cactus at the bottom stage two.
Martha Gill weaves her way through the cactus at the bottom stage two.

What a day for Ella Conolly. Ella finished in second her best result to date.
What a day for Ella Conolly. Ella finished in second, her best result to date.

Jose Borges finishes day one in third place. The Portuguese champ hopes to be on the podium at days end tomorrow.
Jose Borges finishes day one in third place. The Portuguese champ hopes to be on the podium at days end tomorrow.

The climb out of stage two was more of a push.
The climb out of stage two was more of a push.

Martha Gill on Stage 1
Martha Gill on stage one.

Dmitri Tordo just inside the top 10 after day 1
Dimitri Tordo just inside the top 10 after day one.

a slow start in 20th for Remi Gauvin
A slow start in 20th for Remi Gauvin.

12th after a rough day for ALN
12th after a rough day for ALN.

Martin Maes was digging for the fuel after digging deep on stage two.
Martin Maes was digging for the fuel after digging deep on stage two.

Anita Gehrig closes out day one in third place.
Anita Gehrig closes out day one in third place.

Morgane Charre sits in fourth place after day one.
Morgane Charre sits in fourth place after day one.

7th for Rae Morrison.
7th for Rae Morrison.

Once again Isabeau Courdurier is out front and making the other women chase her down
Once again Isabeau Courdurier is out front and making the other women chase her down.

Not the happiest of Birthdays for Mark Scott on stage 1
Not the happiest of birthdays for Mark Scott on stage one.

Sam Hill was back on form today but an OTB on three cost him precious seconds. He sits in fourth place after day one.
Sam Hill was back on form today, but an OTB on three cost him precious seconds. He sits in fourth place after day one.

Eddie Masters is once again mixing it up at the front of the EWS field. 5th after day 1.
Eddie Masters is once again mixing it up at the front of the EWS field. 5th after day one.

Wyn Masters. Always pinned.
Wyn Masters. Always pinned.

7th and still in the mix for Jesse Melamed
7th and still in the mix for Jesse Melamed.

Remi Gauvin Back in 20th and not the result he was hoping for after finishing just off the podium last round.
Remi Gauvin back in 20th and not the result he was hoping for after finishing just off the podium last round.

Matt Walker sits in twelfth place after day one.

11th after day one for Robin Wallner
11th after day one for Robin Wallner

Kevin Miquel rounds out the top 10
Kevin Miquel rounds out the top 10.

Seriously what kind of position is Martin Maes even in on his bike in this photo. Once again doing what others can t and making it look easy.
Seriously, what kind of position is Martin Maes even in on his bike in this photo? Once again doing what others can't and making it look easy.

3rd after day one for Anita Gehrig
3rd after day one for Anita Gehrig.

It looks like Adrien Dailly is recovered form his elbow surgery that ends his 2018 season. back up front and currently in 2nd for the young frenchman
It looks like Adrien Dailly is recovered from his elbow surgery that ended his 2018 season. Back up front and currently in 2nd for the young Frenchman.

Wyn Masters took 7th on stage one today. A mistake on one put him in 66th and he closed out three in 15th.
Wyn Masters took 7th on stage one today. A mistake on two put him in 66th, and he closed out three in 15th.

Dave s brother Lee got out from behind a camera and is racing masters.
Dave Trumpore's brother Lee got out from behind a camera and is racing in Masters this weekend.

Antonie Vidal takes the top spot in the U21 men after day one.
Antonie Vidal takes the top spot in the U21 men after day one.

Day one ended down in the harbor just as it started.
Day one ended down in the harbor just as it started.

Leigh Johnson on stage 3 and in 15th after the first day of racing
Leigh Johnson on stage three and in 15th after the first day of racing.

Codey Kelley licking his lips over how good the tracks are in Madeira
Cody Kelley licking his lips over how good the tracks are in Madeira.

Jose Borges is making the home country proud after day 1 were he currently sits 3rd.
Jose Borges is making the home country proud after day one where he currently sits 3rd.

Isabea Courdurier leads the women after day one.
Isabeau Courdurier leads the women after day one.

Adrien Dailly sits in second place at the end of day one even after needing stitches in his elbow from stage two.
Adrien Dailly sits in second place at the end of day one even after needing stitches in his elbow from stage two.

Florian Nicolai sits in sixth place after day one.
Florian Nicolai sits in sixth place after day one.

Duncan Mason is currently fighting it our for a podium spot in the U21 race
Duncan Mason is currently fighting it out for a podium spot in the U21 race.

Matt Koen struggles to grow facial hair so opted for the spray on version this weekend.
Matt Koen struggles to grow facial hair so opted for the spray on version this weekend.

Florian Nicolai gritting his teeth and pushing into 6th
Florian Nicolai, gritting his teeth and pushing into 6th.

Hard work paying off once again for Martin Maes
Hard work paying off once again for Martin Maes.

Keegan Wright shows off his war wound from the first day of practice
Keegan Wright shows off his war wound from the first day of practice.

ex Baraona and Robin Wallner keeping the mood light before a big day of racing
Bex Baraona and Robin Wallner keeping the mood light before a big day of racing.

Time for a swim after a long day in the dust.
Time for a swim after a long day in the dust.

Wyn Masters sits in 24th after day one.
Wyn Masters sits in 24th after day one.

Robin Wallner and Duvert cool down in a very chilly Atlantic Ocean after a very hot day of racing
Robin Wallner and Duvert cool down in a very chilly Atlantic Ocean after a very hot day of racing.

All smile from youngster Ella Conolly after a day of mixing it up with the fastest women in the world.
All smile from youngster Ella Conolly after a day of mixing it up with the fastest women in the world.

A hand in a bag of ice sums up Mark Scott s birthday today
A hand in a bag of ice sums up Mark Scott's birthday today.

Until tomorrow.
Until tomorrow.


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87 Comments

  • + 44
 One thing is clear from these pictures... The pro's care far less about how their cables look than the internet does...
  • + 13
 I wonder if a part of that is because they have to tear it down to pack it and take it the next place. Whereas my bike spends six days a week looking pretty in the garage.
  • + 9
 What do you mean? That they leave enough to not rip cables out when they crash? Because they all have the rear cables paired, and they all look proper length to me....more cable mean more leeway when you crash...really short just leads to leaky brakes and broken housings/barrels....
  • + 5
 hmm? the internet has cables?
  • + 4
 @ColquhounerHooner: I mean... technically yes!
  • + 1
 Maybe because they have mechanics who deal with that stuff?
  • + 1
 @ColquhounerHooner: No, it's a series of tubes.
  • + 1
 @takeiteasyridehard: Not referring to length but rather management (zip ties, heat shrink, etc.).
  • + 34
 Time for Adrien Dailly to buy some elbow pads. Seriously how many times do you have to injure your elbows before you get over the fashion faux-pas of wearing protective gear?
  • + 15
 agreed. i'm no ews racer, but i pad up for everything these days. elbow meat doesn't heal up so well after 40.
  • + 2
 @savagelake: your talk of elbow meat has given me the boke
  • + 1
 @savagelake: Truth. I spent a week in hoszzie and months off the bike last year thanks to a no pad elbow to ground smack. Usually the first point of contact for me.
  • + 3
 @browner: had to look that up. thanks for the language lesson!
  • + 1
 Maybe he's just uncomfortable wearing them ??
  • + 1
 @savmeister: there's so many options today. When riding the soft mellow trails here i wear the thinnest from RF, but still better than none.
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (May 12, 2019 at 1:10) (Below Threshold)
 How many elbow pads do you see being worn by people on the pictures? Perhaps these folks are not members of “safety kind of guy” club? Moralizing about protection gear is fashionable in those circles. Just like Bell Super helmets and sessioning jumps with back packs on Smile
  • - 2
 Sometimes I think the faster the dumber - maybe in the future the fastest will try to race without helmets.
  • + 1
 @NoriDori: what you said is extremely stupid and you are not fast. Hence no correlation between size of the brain and size of the balls
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: well, some maybe worrying a bit much, i'm with you on that. However being able to ride and race is the main part of these people's job. No ride, no show in media, no representation for the sponsors. I really don't get it to be honest.
  • + 1
 *peoples'
  • + 1
 @savmeister: elbow pads aren't uncomfortable. There are seriously so many out there to choose from and you forget they're there 5 seconds after you put them on.
  • - 1
 @Muckal: I am sure that they are aware of the fact that the end of season may be behind every corner. Padded or not.
  • + 1
 Hope he decides to wear them. Why take the chance when you have the potential to be on top. Those stitches will be on the back of his mind for the rest of the race...but hopefully he can still battle it out with Martin.
  • + 1
 @Ktron: the one's I've tried were
  • + 2
 On his insta he said he was wearing them. But still happenned.... If knee pads move down elbow pads move up... What an interesting time for proper protectives...
  • + 3
 I can tell you that Adrien is always riding with the elbow pads since his crash, and you can double check the picture then you will realize that they are on .
He had one year to learn from his mistake, will be stupid to do it twice Wink
  • + 1
 @geo89: Jared Graves said in a podcast that he doesn’t ride in elbow pads despite having broken one of his elvows
  • + 1
 Probably, but we are talking about Adrien at the beginning not Graves@WAKIdesigns:
  • + 1
 @geo89: if you read comments above you will learn that everyone racing without elbow guards is an idiot.
  • + 1
 All those bare elbows give me anxiety after slashing mine badly (12 stitches, bursa removed) in a race last year. I, too, was too cool to wear elbow protectors. Not making that mistake again.
  • + 1
 I notice most of the young DH talent are now wearing elbow pads and chest/back protectors at WC nowadays...
Seems silly, to me, in an EWS where you are pushing the limits having only ridden the track once, to risk your whole season on the discomfort/fashion factors of wearing proper protection.
  • + 1
 @zimtsticker: I will be honest. INCOMING RANT!

I think it is damn stupid to put riding bare elbows on "being cool" (unless you mean cool - not being hot in which case I agree! Highly likely!) It says a lot about how you make your life choices yourself. Like... were you really that stupid to not wear them, because it wouldn't be cool to wear them, so that you succumbed to peer pressure against your own judgement? That means you still do things in order to make you cool since that pattern of behavior of appealing to others is in your head. Maybe you now wear elbow pads to appear to other kind of people? To safet y first kind of folks, on their way to become old chaps? People who claim that bare elbows is a fashion thing, really need to do some psychoanalysis... feeling guilty much? Passing guilt driven anxiety on others?

Where does that end then? Why aren't they wearing neck braces then? are people not wearing neck braces stupid folks who want to look cool? Ankle protectors? Chest protectors? Maybe XCers should start wearing Fullface helmets - hye I assure you that there are thousands of people on mountian bikes who would like to wear a fullface and a back protector (and the elbow pads!!!) if they were about to hit a World Cup XC track. Where do you draw the line? Tell me, where does your elbow self righteousness end?

(I do wear elbow pads in the bike park and would wear them on enduro comp...)
  • + 17
 Martin's position on the bike is a great example of why the Mullet works. Dive the front into anything and sneak the rear wheel up and slither through.
  • + 20
 Yeah a bit of that but average riders and even the local pinner would just loose control in that position. The guy obviously has a crazy hip hinge and core strength.
  • + 13
 @jclnv: no doubt. it looks like a prelude to a bad crash but look at his eyes and focus. he knows exactly what he's doing. he's a wild man with other worldly fitness.
  • + 5
 Totally. I want to see a video of him riding that rock section (photo 8 )!
  • + 5
 Proposed alternate name for the mullet: wheelie wagon.
  • + 1
 @Krispy-at-Go-Ride any thoughts on putting a 29 fork/wheel on a 27.5 frame vs 27.5 rear wheel on a 29 frame?
  • + 4
 @MtbSince84: agreed, I'd like to see how Maes rode this section compared to how the others did, particularly Sam Hill
  • + 1
 @Verbl-Kint: you can see the two body positions from Maes and Hill, and if anything Hill looks more composed down over that transition rock.
  • + 1
 @dirtnapped: starting with a 29er will have less Geo change. The extra fork height combined with the big wheel raises the BB too much.

I have a firebird 29 set up Mullet with the Geo chip in the high setting and it's only about 1/2 degree slacker and 1/4" lower. Golden!

29er of the future should have a Geo chip and tire clearance for both wheels.
  • + 4
 Last time I rode this way the saddle hit me in the chest and I broke a rib. Looking for a oneup 210 now Big Grin !
  • + 1
 @jamesbrant: running away from those socks for sure
  • + 1
 Interesting observation but conversely could his position be down to the size of his bike being not overly long?
  • + 18
 Fantastic pictures, more so given the amount of poncha the photographers have consumed! Keep it up, boys!
  • + 7
 Love the first shot of Maes, he's looking so far down the trail. And what is Kevin Miquel yelling at? I love the photos from EWS, I'm a big downhill fan, but maybe it's because these men and women are riding trails and bikes that I could ride too, that make it more appealing.
And as an rubbish but enthusiastic amateur photographer, I'd love it if the photos had a little exif data embedded.
  • + 2
 Just click on the photo and you can see the EXIF for most.
  • + 5
 i should really visit madeira
  • + 2
 Any one know why no one is wearing removable chin bar helmets? I just got one so I wouldn't have to wear the full face all day and now I don't see any of the cool kids wearing them.
  • + 7
 A lot of the new full face helmets breathe really well. The detachable chin piece adds weight and is annoying to remove and carry in a race. Great for average hackers like all us PB commenters though.
  • + 2
 Theres two types of full face helmets, basically. Theres light "trail" full face, like the bell supers, proframe, tld stage, etc. Theyre full face helmets and theyre solid, but theyre built more like half shell trail helmets. Not good enough protection for these kinds of speed.

Then theres honest to goodness DH helmets, your fox rampage, d3, etc. These are much sturdier protection. Thats what everyone in ews are wearing
  • + 1
 Pretty sure Cody Kelley is wearing a Switchblade.
  • + 1
 From what I've seen they went out of fashion a couple of years ago. More better options now.
  • + 1
 @Torbo24: Any idea what the RaceFace team and Morgane Charre are wearing? It looks like maybe a TLD Stage? It looks nice whatever it is.
  • - 1
 @djyosh: Switchblade is a damn sturdy construction, even Bell Super DH doesn’t match it.

Helmets with removable chin like Super 3r or Parachute 2 are half lids with face scratch protection. Won’t work for racing at that level and I personally wouldn’t use them for any harder riding
  • + 1
 Removing the chin bar is unnecessary because these helmets are well ventilated. My guess is that the helmets with removable chin bars are going to disappear in a few years.
  • - 1
 @fiatpolski: everything improves. I definitely would trust Fox Proframe more than my previous TLD D2 and it is not as cumbersome as some of mew school DH Helmets like one from Bell or POC Coron which is the worst helmet that I have ever owned.
  • + 2
 Something I learned from paying attention at the Tassie EWS - a number of the pros (I first saw it on Katy Winton, then Wyn) remove their cheekpads from the helmet for the liason climbs.

Even in only 20C weather, it made such a big difference in my Stage.
  • + 2
 @Footey72: Hey! Me and I think Jesse and Remi are wearing the TLD Stage. Andreane rides a D3.
  • + 1
 @morganecharre: merci Morgane! ...also thanks for winning me some points in the Fantasy league too. An amazing start to the season and wish you bon chance for the rest of the year.
  • + 0
 I really wish that these photographers and websites in general posted all pics of riders, not just pics of the top pros when they do these views of the day. I have friends Tyler Pratt and Adam Robbins racing from Ontario Canada as pro privateers and it would be great to see something of them and many other pros that work hard to get to these events rather then just the guys that get a pay cheque to ride there bikes.
  • + 1
 Nice idea but realise there's
  • + 3
 Kevin Miquel has my signature riding stance (and facial expression) locked down.
  • + 2
 Eddie Master's wheels are in perfect agreement angular position wise. Magic.
  • + 2
 Pink shorts ass guy is totally photo bombing Jose Borges' shot man.
  • + 1
 Both pictures of Martin Maes (before I realized who the photo was of) I thought, "oh that dude's about to crash..."
  • + 1
 Yeah Borges! Awesome coverage Pinkbike!
  • + 1
 A way to save the elbows in a crash is to land on your padded helmet!!
  • + 1
 Nice to see some masters coverage, even if its 2 pics.
  • + 1
 The final stage should be through Madeira's levadas!
Check it out Wink
  • + 1
 Happy kinda late birthday Mark Scott!!
  • + 1
 Great photos.....lots of Gnar!
  • + 2
 go BORGES!
  • + 1
 NB. I realise the EXIF data is on the dedicated picture link.
  • + 1
 What means OTB?
  • + 1
 Going over the bars (bad crash).
  • + 1
 No Ritchie Rude yet...??
  • + 1
 I suspect he's wanting to avoid the PR controversy that will arise if he makes an EWS appearance before there's a verdict on his situation.
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