Results and Recap Video - Whistler EWS 2017

Aug 10, 2017 at 16:11
by Pinkbike Staff  
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The Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized has seen local lad, Jesse Melamed take the win! After coming so close for a number of years now, Melamed secured his first EWS victory on home soil. It was tight, with both Sam and Jesse battling for the win right down to the final stage here in Whistler. Sam now leaves Whistler with an even bigger lead in the series overall, helped by the fact that his nearest competitors for the overall, Dailly and Callaghan, each finished weaker than they would have hoped, in seventh and thirteenth respectively.

In the women's race, Cecile Ravanel continues her absolute dominance, taking out the day by over one-minute on second place, Isabeau Courdurier and winning every stage in the process. Isabeau finished second on every stage with the exception of Stage 4, where she finished third. Katy Winton finished a strong third place, with consistent stages throughout the day, regularly rounding out the top three with exception to stages three and four.


Local favorite and runner up in 2016. Jesse Melamed is definitely going to be one of the guys to beat here on Sunday.


Final Results

Pro Men:

1. Jesse Melamed: 43:52.16
2. Sam Hill: 44:07.01 (+0:14.85)
3. Mark Scott: 44:54.74 (+1:02.58 )
4. Robin Wallner: 45:01.60 (+1:09.44)
5. Remi Gauvin: 45:11.12 (+1:18.96)
6. Adrien Dailly: 45:19.26 (+1:27.10)
7. Yoann Barelli: 45:23.98 (+1:31.82)
8. Jerome Clementz: 45:26.82 (+1:34.66)
9. Joseph Nation: 45:37.72 (+1:45.56)
10. Sam Blenkinsop: 45:37.82 (+1:45.66)
Pro Women:

1. Cecile Ravanel: 51:26.42
2. Isabeau Courdurier: 52:32.10 (+1:05.68 )
3. Katy Winton: 53:46.09 (+2:19.67)
4. Anita Gehrig: 54:05.26 (+2:38.84)
5. Andréane Lanthier Nadeau: 54:18.27 (+2:51.85)
6. Ines Thoma: 55:09.20 (+3:42.78 )
7. Noga Korem : 55:13.64 (+3:47.22)
8. Carolin Gehrig: 55:40.55 (+4:14.13)
9. Florencia Espineira: 55:43.43 (+4:17.01)
10. Bex Baraona: 56:02.96 (+4:36.54)



112 Comments

  • + 116
 MELLLLLLLLAAAAAAAMEEEEEEEDDDD!!!!!!
  • + 78
 Cecile's normal bike setup worked just fine!
  • + 31
 She'd make the top 10 on a fixie.
  • + 25
 Kind of makes a person wonder if changing things helps or hinders. Once dialed in, you ride it like that all the time, everywhere, know how it feels in most situations, then oh its going to be sunny and flowy, i should change it to slicks and air suspension.........seems like there's some merritt, but this goes to show a bit too, just ride YOUR fuking bike.
  • + 6
 @PJD1: she's just on another level compared to the rest of the field so no gain from equipment is worth sacrifying comfort
  • + 3
 @PJD1: I was talking to melamed when he was doing some riding down here over winter. He was saying he rarely ever changes his tires. Usually rides the same tires no matter the conditions. Just very familiar with them, and knows what to expect no matter the weather and dirt is like.

Found it a fairly interesting perspective. But it seems to be the same with Cecile, just being very familiar with your bike and its setup, leaves you just trying to figure out the trails. Not a essentially a new bike and a new trail.
  • + 1
 @bonfire: not that I can claim to be anyway near the same level, but I approach tyres the same, MAYBE a semi slick for summer on the rear if the time to change due to wear falls at the right date............then again this could also be laziness and nothing else Big Grin
  • + 17
 WTF Sam Hill for president!
  • + 5
 @feazel: Laziness and cheapness, definitely
  • + 0
 @PhillipJ: she would probably make the podium, considering there are only about seven people in it
  • + 1
 @bonfire: Courdurier also said in an ITW that she barely knews what tyres she ran. She said : "as long as there are tyres on, that's good"
  • + 0
 @bonfire: if he lives in Whistler then he surely changes his tyres more often than lads who live among the hills due to wear. Maybe kind of soil in Whistler makes it ok for using same type of tyre all year round. But a lad from Wales needs his Shorties for those cold rides in peanut butter. I personally live among hills where I don't need 2ply casings so I go for thin walls, but for those few lift days I dress up to occasion and put fat walled version of my "local" tyres
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I'm not sure I understand what you are saying. Jesse is rapid. His comment was more about having a consistent bike, consistent in all conditions. Riding thousands of miles on the same tires in all conditions does that.

If you travel around the world for a weeks riding and elite level racing for groceries. With huge stages and 2 days of training. Made sense to me, to not spend tons of time faffing about with bike settings while trying to figure and memorize the trails.

I am a mere mortal who rides a couple of times a week. Have the luxury of riding year round around here on the same trails. So fiddling around with settings and trying different tires much more possible with only disposable income and perhaps lack of curiosity holding me back.
  • + 1
 @bonfire: yup my thoughts exactly, consistent bike, learn the trails. I mean I understand air warms up and fades over a coil blah blah blah, but if you're always riding the exact same rig, with the same settings, it's just learn the trail or send it and know exactly how your bike will react.

I just find it funny seeing top pros (don't get me wrong here, I know they are are on a whole next level) spending time changing their bikes up. I can't see where that one small change or even combination of changes would make the speed and time better instead of worse. More of a mental thing I would think
  • + 0
 @mollow: isnt she like oldest female rider ? her experience ...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: you said so much bullshit in your history of comments that people just started downvoting you just for heck of it.
  • + 1
 @trauty: I think he got downvoted for taking the comment literally. Of course these riders change to fresh tires at some point... they don't change the type of tire they run between races.

Something lost in translation I guess.
  • + 51
 We need new announcers, these ones can't speak properly. Bring in Tracey Mosely or somebody who knows the sport.
  • + 9
 the stream kinda lacked content, they were showing mildly interesting stuff for an hour before we got to see anyone coming down
  • + 28
 Many people knew by Hill's final split time that Melamed had won. Hill would have had to beat Rude's stage time to win, but instead, Hill was 15 seconds down. On-screen, Melamed was already celebrating with his family as Hill was still coming into the finish. Hannah Bernard was already in place for the interview.

But for a couple cringe-worthy minutes — until the graphic finally appeared on-screen! — the announcers (in particular, Brad Jay) seemed clueless as to who might have come out on top. Disappointing, but I can't say I was surprised.
  • + 6
 For a free live stream I didn't mind it.
  • + 3
 There was a delay at the top of the hill so there was some definite content filler. Also, at the end we all knew that Jesse had won by the time the first split was put up.

I will say that the camera work on the trails was much better, but the directing (which camera, when, etc) left a lot to be desired. Overall a big improvement over last year.
  • + 4
 @davecheng: Yep. I was in the finish area today and the most of the crowd understood that Jesse had won due to Sam's split time and knowing the gap. I will say Tristan knows the sport pretty well, Brad Jay is completely clueless about enduro. They need a knowledgeable colour guy for enduro and DH races... you know, someone that actually follows EWS and WCDH in depth.
  • + 34
 JESSE!!!! Just handling the pressure like a boss. So stoked for you!
  • + 33
 Great result for Mark Scott!
  • + 14
 Where's the guy from vital podcast who told Santa Cruz's CEO they don't have a good EWS team
  • + 3
 @mollow: Who was that?
  • + 2
 @mollow: Definitely not on Pinkbike.
  • + 0
 @mollow: sounds rad
  • + 6
 @mollow: You're kind of missing what was said or meant and I'm not saying Mark isn't a great rider, but he typically finishes in the teens at each EWS event unlike SC in downhill. SC doesn't have the presence in EWS like they do in DH. It was a fair question to ask why not and Joe dodged the question in a somewhat political way instead of just saying "we don't think enduro is as important".
  • + 6
 @mollow: Sooner, and no he didn't phrase it that way. He put it on the context of them having a very large presence and dominant team in DH and a smaller, less competitive team in EWS.
I thought the guy from Santa Cruz understood the perception and addressed it appropriately
  • + 10
 @kdiff: SC has a great EWS team!! Luckily, most of them are still racing WCDH or making funny movies.
  • + 2
 Spomer, not sooner
  • + 1
 @mollow: Peaty and Minaar are too Greatest and too Legend for Enduro. I guess Minnaar is more reserved because he actually did well in few Enduros, but Stella had this to say: #notarealsport #tweetlopes about #frenchlines #sobutthurt
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: you have no concept of reality.You really are a wanker.
  • + 1
 @earcandy70: oh Did I step on the image of your hero?
  • + 32
 Such consistency from Sam Hill, he's got the overall in the bag!
  • + 3
 And now confirmed on DH team so two titles for the guy on flats
  • + 1
 @WelshClemo: wouldn't that be a trick worth a sup or two?
  • + 32
 Blenki with the #10 overall, impressive!
  • + 21
 Congrats Jesse Melamed. Taking your first race win on your home course has got to be the best thing ever.
  • + 19
 Great job Robin Wallner! Smile
  • + 17
 I wonder what Joseph Nation's fans call themselves...
  • + 5
 .. Joseph Nation fan club?
  • + 4
 The nationalists
  • + 10
 Nation Nation, of course
  • + 2
 No doubt a few proud members of the 'Joe Nation' today.
  • + 0
 Joe's Bros?
  • + 4
 Nation's congregation. Or potentially Nation's conflagration.
  • + 9
 @nsteele: if his plate number was seven, it could be seven nation army
  • + 2
 @NickB01: You know it
  • + 2
 @zede: it takes a nation of millions to hold us back
  • + 13
 Holy crap... Sam Hill is the EwS champion.
  • + 2
 Not yet
  • + 5
 nah. i think he just has to finish 5th or better at Finale to secure it by my calculations
  • + 1
 I make it 110 points btween Hill and Dailly heading to Finale. Should be a cracker of a final. We'll done to Jesse on getting that win, smashed some of those stages and Hill racing on the edge all day. Bring on Finale
  • + 1
 @bthomson84: and that's if Dailly wins. Otherwise. In the bag. Nearly!
  • - 1
 @Grug: Is it not more like 160 points?

It was 40 points or so after round 5, Sam scored 500 this round and Adrian was 380
  • + 0
 How many more rounds to go?
  • + 1
 @speedyjonzalas: Sam gets 450 for second.
  • + 1
 You get 450 points for second @speedyjonzalas:
  • + 1
 @hollowing2000: One more in Finale
  • + 1
 @hollowing2000: One... Finale!
  • + 12
 Melamed's and Hill's time were so close! Happy for him to win at home!
  • + 10
 Yeeeow! Jo Nation in the top 10. And Blenki aswell! Pumped.
  • + 3
 Joe Nation is definitely making it happen! Low profile pinner who is steadily working his way up the ranks!
  • + 1
 So stoked to see Joe up there at the pointy end!
  • + 8
 Melamed and Gauvin are both having such a kickass year! Good year for Team Rocky Mountain.
  • + 10
 Wow, Blenki in top 10
  • + 5
 Made up for Jesse, rides like there's a bear chasing him down the hill, scorching! Wallner having his best season, Gavin too, Mark Scott and Katy on the podium at Whistler man! Yes!
  • + 5
 Good for Jesse, he has always been pinned but just couldn't get top step and now he finally got what he deserved!
  • + 6
 Jesse and Sam in a league of their own! :O
  • + 1
 When a football team wins on an away fixture, that's something to be more proud of than a home win. Congrats to Jesse but very impressed with Sam for running it so close. Personally I prefer the EWS races when they are away from popular race locations because they seem to create a more level playing field. Oh, and FFS don't let Crankworks do the coverage next year. Can we have Tracy back please!
  • + 2
 I was a bit devo watching the 'live stream' gunning for Sammy Hill to then open Facebook and see the results had been posted?
  • + 5
 Awesome Jesse!!
  • + 4
 Very happy for Jesse Melamed on this win! Congratulations!
  • + 1
 Is Jesse and Rem riding Stans Archs? Or are they flows? Certainly look like Archs. Goes to show how tuff they are if they are Archs. Looks like pretty insane trails.
  • + 3
 Yah Jesse! Good to get that nice home win!
  • + 2
 Wallner is so Close to that top 3 now, fantastic!
  • + 3
 yes winton!!!
  • + 2
 Nice seeing Yoann back up there Smile
  • + 1
 Did Casey Brown not race? Or is she too tied up with other Crankworx events?
  • + 1
 What happened to Richie? If there was one race this year I thought he'd take it was this one..
  • + 1
 What happend to Martin Maes? After stage 4 he was not on the results anymore?
  • + 2
 congrats Jesse winning on the back yard trails!
  • + 1
 PUT THE SPONSORS BESIDE THE RIDERS NAMES. Please. This helps the sport greatly
  • + 2
 Yes finally! I really need to find out who Sam hill rides for and what seat clamp bolt he is using? It's working so well!
  • + 2
 Perfect results ! Congrats Jesse!
  • + 1
 MAARRREEEEKKK! nice one son!
  • + 1
 What happened to Graves and Keene?
  • + 1
 I think Graves dropped a chain that resulted in a rear derailleur being eaten... :[
  • + 2
 A brit on the podium
  • + 1
 Sweet. Way to go Jesse. Canada rules.
  • + 1
 So stoked for Jesse Melamed!
  • + 2
 The yeti curse continues
  • + 1
 What's the Yeti curse?
  • + 2
 @rvelasco24: after huge success your doomed graves & rude both suffer this curse
  • + 3
 @enduroFactory: yeah makes total sense since Richie won back to back championships
  • + 1
 Why is the RM team not using the Slayer?
  • + 1
 Think it's mobility & pedal efficiency?
  • + 1
 Congratulations!!!
  • + 1
 Great outcome!!
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