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It all comes down to this. The remaining contestants battle it out in the final enduro race for a shot at $25,000 and a pro mountain bike contract.
Huge thanks to the brands who made this show possible!
Shimano, Orbea, Fox Racing, Fox Factory, Big White, GoPro, Garmin,
Pro Bike Gear, Feedback Sports, Maxxis, Stan's NoTubes, Ride Concepts, and Trailforks.
To that end, keep in mind that while we only saw limited racing, the other challenges were important as well. If you aren't winning at an EWS level, you aren't selling bikes for just being there. You need to build a narrative, and provide marketing in other ways. The fact that Evan wants to race some smaller circuits might allow Orbea to focus their market plan better with time and demographic in mind.
Well done PB for putting this on, and congrats too all the riders. Stoked for Evan. I think he is the rightful winner of this competition. Best of luck next season!
The other two only focused on why they were the best, Evan reflected on how his competitors were awesome riders and ambassadors to cycling, but that he fit this particular package the best.
If I were a bike company he is the exact rider I'd want: building others up while still kicking ass.
He's on pace. Although Ben won the overall at the event, as you said, especially considering the mechanical, the difference in time isn't very significant. Even the top EWS racers flip flop on who takes each stage/race.
He also had more defined media plans, showcased more commitment (the trail he built, and quitting the job), and has an approachable demeanor that comes across well.
And he's got the attitude that isn't just willing, but excited to continue learning from those at the upper echelons of the sport. I'd have hired him as well.
Not putting Jo or Ben down at all, as they were both good contestants as well. I'm sure if they choose to pursue it, with the level of exposure they have had now, it would be much easier to seek out other sponsors/contracts if they choose to do so.
Also, I (and many others) called this when his edit came out yesterday. The timing was oddly specific .
But also some high fives for the crew and production. I enjoyed watching this series, and bonus mentions for the judges. Ms. Chappetta has been a great addition to PB and continued to match the high bar she's set while on this series. I enjoyed all the guest judges and their inputs (Mr. Vanderham was a bonus). However, I'm not sure what it is with the French panache, but enjoyed the extended stay of Mr. Cousinie. Accent, unwavering focus on the big picture, just the right hint of sporadic smile and humour.
I hope this is an annual thing, and next year maybe try Levy hosting, @christinachappetta as anchor, and @remymetailler for co-judging and mandatory accent content.
Would also love to see a creative trail build section (e.g., Matt MacDuff's recent Title bit...granted that was a huge amount of work), but creative riding, skills on skinnies, etc. - all of that is where bike brands are built.
Well done PB!
If I was Commencal I'd be happy that one of my riders was getting such great exposure. I had heard of Ben Wallace, but just thought he was Mark's brother or something. Now I am following him and will lookout for his future results.
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Also Ben: Drops banger free ride almost immediately after the show
It was also awesome to see Jo close that gap on Christina in stage 6. Showed that she's faster on tech than she is on flow.
I am looking forward to another season of this. Hopefully they tweek the format so that
1) eliminations are based on races, so that...
2) there's a race every episode, and...
3) those kiddie contests earn things like -5 seconds on their next stage
Congrats to Evan Wall...he showed fantastic character throughout and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with his career!!
after weeks watching I hold Pinkbike in HIGH regard here and have been converted.
ALL 3 are winners and I would have chosen the same 3 and the same winner.
Dude quit his job and wants to be a mountain bike ambassador.
........he already is.
Merry Christmas and thanks again
Maybe next year instead of simulating races, why not send them to an actual race?
I would change the format a little:
1) report times and results with ratings so the audience knows exactly how people stepped up. A table after each measured event with times etc. Would add 5 seconds.
2) give each competitor one mechanical mulligan for the event. Evan had a one time mechanical and there was a flat tire earlier in the event. My suggestion would be that they get to re do one run if they have a mechanical if they elect to use it - they would have to choose not knowing others times. They can use anytime during event. Every rider has a mechanical at some point. When you start having many and no one else has them either you have bad luck or it is indicative of something to improve in your riding style.
3) I am fine with comparing Jo to Christina BUT to be fair a male pro should have also done the run to put Evan and Bens performances in perspective. All shown on a graph or table of course.
Look forward to next year.
Evan was the rightful winner and seems like a top bloke.
Congratulations Evan. Unlucky Ben next time!
(Evan, congrats bud!! Well deserved)
older but didnt't show success ... winner.
hmmmmm .... is there a fix?
Evan to me is a forgettable rider with a monotone personality that I’m not to take the effort to check his results.
With Ben you have that love/hate dichotomy that’s great for marketing. It going to get you to look for updates to see his successes if you like him or search for bad results if you don’t.
For those who said how to comment on stuff I haven’t even watched: watched the first five minutes of episode one and was annoyed. PB waving annoying stuff in my face every week annoys me to and I wanna let them know I’m happy it’s over and not to put energy/money into stuff like that.
"Didn’t watch a single episode" but moving on to the even more paradoxical "I haven’t even watched: watched the first five minutes of episode one".
What's next? Actually, nevermind. GTFO.
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