Pinkbike's Predictions - EWS Madeira 2019

May 8, 2019 at 16:59
by Sarah Moore  

It's race time. A month after Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier stood on the top step of the podium in Tasmania, we're going to be back between the tapes on the other side of the globe. Madeira returns to the schedule for the third round of the Enduro World Series. Both winners from 2017, Greg Callaghan and Cecile Ravanel, are sitting this one out with injuries, so one thing for certain is that we won't have a repeat winner this time around.

You can check out the course for the two-day race, weather conditions and past race results in the Pinkbike Primer and see our analysis of favourites for your Enduro fantasy team here.

I've consulted the Pinkbike crystal ball and found some super useful psychic tips on this reputable website, and here's what could happen in Madeira.


1st. Remi Gauvin

4th and just off the podium by 2 seconds for the stylish Remi Gauvin.

Going for an upset here. Remi Gauvin has never stood on the podium at an Enduro World Series race, but he has consistently been coming up through the ranks this year, with a 7th in Rotorua and a 4th in Tasmania.

2nd. Martin Maes

If there were ever a spoiler to Sam Hill s dominance of the past two season s in is this man Martin Maes.

Martin Maes was second here in 2017, just a small crash away from Greg Callaghan's winning time. He'll be looking to secure some more points towards that overall in Madeira.

3rd. Sam Hill

Today just wasn t Sam Hill s day but he only has to wait one week for redemption in his home country.

Sam Hill is the reigning two-time EWS World Champion and while illness kept him off the podium in Rotorua and Tasmania, his 13th and 9th places are far from disastrous. In fact, they're results that many riders strive years to achieve. It's been a month since the last round, so Sam Hill should be recovered and ready to put down a fast two days of racing.


1st. Isabeau Courdurier

A small crash at the start of S2 didn t stop Isabeau from putting down some impressive stage time and a 22 second margin.

On the women's side of things, Isabeau hasn't shown any weaknesses at the first two rounds, or all of last season. She'll look to continue her winning streak in Madeira.

2nd. Bex Baraona

EWS Rd. 2 - Tasmania

Bex Baraona took her first ever podium this year in Rotorua, and had a consistent race in Derby for 6th, so she'll be a consistent podium threat this year.

3rd. Noga Korem

Noga Korem would come 4th just 7 seconds off the podium after 32 minutes of racing.

With a third place here in 2017, Noga Korem is a solid bet for a podium at this round.

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MENTIONS: @shimano


  • + 24
 Hahahaha No. Martin will win every round you heard it here first
  • + 12
 Twist, rain falls, Sam Hill wins every round
  • + 1
 @mkotowski1: Stage? Sam hasn't won the first two rounds so he can't win every round. Well unless Nuikeproof is building a time machine. Wink
  • + 1
 @vikb: thank you for the clarity, that is actually what I meant
  • + 1
 Is Florian out? Did I miss something?
  • + 0
 @dobermon: or semenuk tbh
  • + 15
 Very brave betting against MM...
  • + 6
 Remi has the talent and has put in the work! Super nice guy like most on the EWS tour.
  • + 6
 Is Rude still sitting it out?
  • + 6
 Yeah, that's interesting what's going on with him.
  • - 1
 @mihauek: e bikes!
  • + 2
 @mihauek: the way it works is that their sentence is served from the day of their last race. He is pre serving whatever sentence is handed down. Google Brock Tickle for an example.
  • + 1
 @salespunk: ya he must have a pretty good indication from his lawyers that he's going to handed a suspension. So it's either one of two things:

1. Like you said, he's getting ahead and already sort of serving his suspension? But would the suspension only start from when they actually give you the formal penalty or from when your test was?? Not sure how that works.. and/or:

2. If he was currently racing and winning and was then handed a suspension... those results would be taken away and would blow up into a much bigger drama that I'm sure he is keen to avoid if he knows he going to be found guilty.

Either way, wish they'd just figure this shit out already!
  • + 3
 @Naturel: Thanks for the info... must have missed it. Pick a suspension period and be a dick about it I guess...
  • + 2
 @Naturel: Hahaha, awww, did I hurt the wittle baby's feelings?? Wittle baby gunna cry and insult people on the internet like a wittle baby? Hahaha, lol
  • + 5
 @Naturel: Who pissed in your cheerios?
  • + 4
 Yoann Barrelli on the podium...
  • + 5
 Local boy Borges ftw
  • + 3
 I think Borges is from mainland Portugal, rather than Madeira. Correct me if I'm wrong
  • + 3
 @tom666: it's as local as it gets this round though
  • + 1
 @tom666: You'r right, Emanuel Pombo is the local pro
  • + 5
 Ronaldo FTW!
  • + 2
 I remember consulting his splits for 2017, altought he dropped out on stage 4 his first 3 splits were very promising.
  • + 2
 @Jimmy0:if you have an EWS in Alaska, and you have a pro from Florida, is he a Local?
  • + 5
 @tiagomano: no but are those places just as far apart as Madeira and mainland? I have no idea
  • + 1
 @Jimmy0: more than a 1000 km.
and the terrain and tipe of soil are totally different
  • + 1
 @tiagomano: ok thanks
  • + 1
 @Jimmy0: Perhaps we can adjust to "kind of local". I think that's a fair compromise on balance of facts.
  • + 1
 @jaame: don't now how you can be ca local when you have to get on a 2 or 3 hour flight to get there.
even if it were in the main land, would only be a local if it is near enough that you ride there regularly.
the only pro "local" that we have is Emanuel Pombo that is from Madeira, but even then, he lives in the mainland for at least the last 10 years
  • + 1
 @tiagomano: never let the truth get in the way of a good tagline!
  • + 1
 @jaame: Fair enough
  • + 2
 Rocky Mountain team going for total enduro world domination!
  • + 2
 Dont upset the Belgians!!
  • + 1
 Looks like PB checked out my fantasy team...
  • + 1
 Hills on a mission
  • + 0
 I cant see Sam losing on 29" . He'll be on cleats next.
  • + 6
 as a Sam Hill fan and avid flat pedal rider I didn't know whether to up or down vote this so I'm spending all weekend switching between the two!
  • + 2
 @JOHN8LAZE: Don't worry i think I confused a few other people too.
  • + 2
 He's on 29. He's already lost.
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