The Complete Guide to 2019's Enduro World Series Teams

Mar 4, 2019 at 17:01
by Sarah Moore  

The 2019 season really is just around the corner (we're looking at you Rotorua) and the team releases have been coming thick and fast over the last few weeks, getting us very excited about what lies ahead this year. With so many teams and riders now taking part, we know it can be hard to keep up with all the changes - so here's a complete guide to who's riding for who and on what this year.

Cube Action Team
Greg Callaghan, Zakarias Johansen, Gusti Wildhaber, Sofia Wiedenroth

One of the most prominent teams on the EWS circuit, Cube know when they are on to a good thing and so are sticking with their 2018 line up of Greg Callaghan, Zakarias Blom Johansen and Gusti Wildhaber, but with the addition of their first ever female rider in the form of Sofia Wiedenroth. The former XC World Cup racer from Germany has competed in a handful of EWS races and it will be interesting to see if she can shake up the women’s competition this year. Learn more.
Greg Callaghan stays with Cube Action for the 2019 season

Santa Cruz
Iago Garay, Mark Scott

Everyone's favourite party animal Iago Garay is flying the Santa Cruz flag again this season, alongside longtime teammate Mark Scott. These two both posted solid seasons in 2018 and we have a feeling this could be a breakout year for Scott - he finished 8th in the overall rankings last year and we wouldn't bet against seeing him finish even higher when the season concludes in Zermatt this September.  Learn more.
Mark Scott and Iago Garay stay with Santa Cruz for another season

Killian Callaghan, Maxime Chapuis, Francescu-Maria Camoin, Jared Graves

There’s some big changes in the Specialized camp as they add former Junior World Champion Killian Callaghan, Maxime Chapuis and U21 rider Francescu-Maria Camoin to their roster. This fresh young team will be looking to disrupt the men's competition. Jared Graves is still very much part of the team, but is unlikely to make an appearance as he continues his cancer treatment.  Learn more.

Canyon Factory Racing
Ines Thoma, Florian Nicolai, Dimitri Tordo, Fabien Barel

Last season’s Team Champions, Canyon Factory Enduro Team are back. Under the leadership of mountain biking legend Fabien Barel, riders Florian Nicolai, Dimitri Tordo and Ines Thoma complete the line up, with Joe Barnes moving on to pastures new. All three riders have a wealth of EWS success under their belts, and we wouldn't be surprised if they're planning to storm the team rankings again this year - they're a force to be reckoned with.
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Full gas for Ines Thoma all day long as she reeled in Melanie Pugin to take 3rd.

Team CRC Mavic
Sam Hill, Elliott Heap, Kelan Grant, Nigel Page

After such a successful 2018 there are unsurprisingly no changes to the Chain Reaction line up, with two times champ Sam Hill leading the charge. Last year’s U21 Champion Elliott Heap moves into the elite category, where he’ll join teammate Kelan Grant. Team Manager and all round legend Nigel Page will be racing in the Master’s category. Learn more.

Ibis Cycles Enduro Team
Robin Wallner, Lewis Buchanan, Rebecca Baraona

Last year Ibis were second in the team rankings and so are sticking with their winning formula for 2019. Lewis Buchanan, Robin Wallner and Bex Baraona are staying put. Wallner scored a couple of podium places last season and is definitely a name to watch this year, and both Bex and Lewis are also very real podium contenders. Learn more.

Pole Enduro Race Team
Joe Nation, Leigh Johnson

EWS newcomers Pole bring New Zealand's Joe Nation and the UK's Leigh Johnson to the party. Nation’s year got off to a blistering start when he won the final leg of the Asia Pacific Enduro Series In Christchurch, and the Kiwi will be looking for more of the same on home soil at round one in Rotorua. Managed by none other than Matti Lehikoinen, we’re excited to see what this new team can do in their debut season. Learn more.

BBCL NZ Arapi Enduro Team
Rae Morrison, Sam Shaw, Cole Lucas, Charles Murray, John Richardson, Brendan Clark

This New Zealand based team features six Kiwis; Rae Morrison, Sam Shaw, Cole Lucas, Charles Murray, John Richardson and Brendan Clark. Rae is its most recognisable rider and her season got off to a flying start when she took top honours at the final round of the Asia-Pacific Enduro series in Christchurch last month. Cole came third in the U21 category last year as well, and is a star of the future.  Learn more.
Rae Morrison moves to the BBCL NZ Arapi Enduro Team this season

Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team
Cecile & Cedric Ravanel, Theotim Trabac, Antoine Vidal

Commencal is of course home to the irrepressible Cecile Ravanel - reigning Champion and the rider who has more EWS wins to her name than anyone else. A nasty crash in the off-season means she’ll definitely miss out on the first races of the season at least, as well as husband Cedric who is recovering from a T5 fracture. With Yoann Barelli no longer on the team (but still riding for Commencal), it’s up to U21 rider and reigning French Junior Enduro Champion Antoine Vidal to fly the flag along with Theotim Trabac who moves up to the elite category.
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Giant Factory Off-Road Team
Josh Carlson, Mckay Vezina, Youn Deniaud

The biggest change at Giant this season is the addition of French rider Youn Deniaud, whose 10th place finish in the overall rankings last season saw his efforts recognised with the EWS Breakthrough of the Year Award. Australia’s Josh Carlson stays put, as does Mckay Vezina who will concentrate his efforts on the North America rounds this season. Rae Morrison has moved to the BBCL NZ Arapi Enduro team. Learn more.
Photo Cameron Baird

GT Factory Racing
Noga Korem, Martin Maes, Wyn Masters

After a pretty incredible 2018 which saw Martin Maes become the first person to win both a Downhill World Cup and and an EWS in the same season, it’s no surprise they’re sticking with that winning formula. He’ll be joined by Noga Korem and Wyn Masters, as he was last season. One of the few teams where every rider has a podium place finish to their name, they're a hot favourite in the overall team rankings for the season ahead. Learn more.
Sven Martin Photo

Intense Mavic Collective
Isabeau Courdurier, Kilian Bron, Cedric Carrez

Another team with no changes to their roster, Intense Mavic Collective retain Isabeau Courdurier, Killian Bron and Cedric Carrez. Isabeau was on every podium of 2018 and with main competition Ravanel out with injury for at least the first few rounds, it’s very likely she’ll be on the top step this time around too. Learn more.
Credit Romain Laurent Photography

Kona Factory Racing
Miranda Miller, Rhys Verner, Connor Fearon, Shelley Flood, Hannah Bergemann

Kona will make their EWS debut this season with none other than Miranda Miller and Rhys Verner taking on the full series. Rhys has an EWS win under his belt already after taking the U21 Category in Finale in 2017 and former downhill world champ Miller is bound to shake things up in the women’s competition. They’ll be joined at the first two rounds by Connor Fearon and Shelley Flood, with the USA’s Hannah Bergemann also at select rounds. Learn more.
Miranda Miller rides the Kona Process 153 CR DL 29er

Miranda Racing Team
Alex Cure, Jose Borges, Karim Amour

Reigning Masters World Champion Karim Amour leads the Miranda team again, retaining Portugal’s Jose Borges and Alexandre Cure of France. Melanin Pugin leaves, and will race the series as a privateer. Karim won four of last year’s eight races - expect to see plenty of podiums from him again this year as he will undoubtedly try to defend his title. Learn more.
Team BH-Miranda EWS

Norco Twins Racing
Caro & Anita Gehrig

Swiss sisters Anita and Caro Gehrig stick with Norco for 2019. The twins had a mixed bag of results last year, with both scoring top five finishes but also both struggling with injury and being forced to miss rounds. An ever present podium threat, these two are always at the sharp end of the women's competition and it's unlikely they'll be anywhere other than near the top of the leader board by the end of the season. Learn more.

Orbea Enduro Team
Vid Persak, Thomas Lapeyrie, Becky Cook, Gabriel Torralba

The Orbea roster remains largely the same; Becky Cook, Thomas Lapeyrie and Gabriel Torralba, but for 2019 they also welcome Vid Persak to the team. Slovenian Vid took fifth place at the Petzen/Jamnica round last year and is a name to watch in the men’s category this season. T-Lap is recovering from an injury sustained in the Andes Pacifico earlier this year, but is the master of the comeback and is bound to come out fighting. Learn more.
Local rider Vid Persak lived up to the hopes ad expectations of his friends family and fans this weekend finishing a very well deserved 5th when all was said and done.

Pivot Factory Racing
Eddie Masters, Matt Walker

Pivot make their 2019 EWS debut with a strong line up featuring Eddie Masters and Matt Walker. The two Kiwis both have a fair number of EWS races under their belt, and Eddie is no stranger to their podiums either - remember that forward roll in La Thuile?! Learn more.

Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team
Jesse Melamed, Remi Gauvin, Andréane Lanthier-Nadeau, aka ALN, Peter Ostroski

Sticking with their core team of Remi Gauvin, Jesse Melamed and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau are Rocky Mountain. Andreane will be looking for more podium finishes again this year, while Jesse Melamed will be looking to get back to his winning form of 2017 after an injury-plagued season in 2018. Peter Ostroski will also join the team for select rounds this year. Learn more.
EWS Team

Adrien Dailly, Chloé Gallean

There’s no changes to the Lapierre line-up this season, with Adrian Dailly and Chloe Gallean on board. Dailly missed the last five EWS races last season after a broken elbow, but he’s back and will be keen to make his mark in the men’s competition as he has in the past with some outstanding wins - the first of which was in Tasmania in 2017 - will he do the same when the series heads back to Derby in just a few weeks? Learn more.
At home with Adrien Dailly. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Trek Factory Racing
Katy Winton, Ruaridh Cunningham, Pedro Burns

There’s no Casey Brown this year, but the rest of the Trek roster remains the same with Katy Winton, Ruaridh Cunningham and Pedro Burns at the helm. Katy will be looking for more of the same after her top three finish last year, whilst Pedro will be coming into the season feeling confident after his Andes Pacifico win last month. Expect Cunningham to climb the rankings too - he's only completed one full EWS season, missed a round due to injury and still managed a very respectable 16th place finish in the overall rankings. Learn more.
Katy Winton sits 4th but is very much still in contention for a podium position if she has a good day tomorrow.

Unior Devinci Factory Racing
Damien Oton, Keegan Wright

Damien Oton and Keegan Wright will continue to fly the flag for the team again this season. With a well earned reputation for consistency, Oton has finished the last few seasons in the top three in the overall rankings and there’s no reason to doubt he’ll do the same again this year. It was an up and down season for Wright in 2018, but with Oton as a mentor that could all change this season.  Learn more.

Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing
Richie Rude, Duncan Nason

Richie Rude and Duncan Nason of the USA stay with Yeti for the season ahead. A number of wins for Richie saw him climb the rankings last season, and two wins for Duncan in the U21 category last year means he’s a name to watch out for again this season. Learn more.
Not the season many had hoped two time Champ Richie Rude would have. Can he get his grove back next year

E*thirteen Urge Bp Enduro Team
Clement Benoit, Baptiste Gaillot, Theo Daumas, Ulysse Francoglio

This French team features Clement Benoit, Baptiste Gaillot, Theo Daumas and Ulysse Francoglio. Gaillot was there top scoring rider last year, when he took 21st in Colombia at round two.  Learn more.
The newly formed E 13 URGE bp Enduro Team

Team Dorrong Enduro
Bernd Dorrong, Remy Allemann, Yana Dobnig, Max Fejer, Reinhard Mayrhofer

The only Austrian team, the line up consists of Bernd Dorrong, Remy Allemann, Yana Dobnig, Max Fejer and Reinhard Mayrhofer. Keep an eye out for Yana especially, as she brought home two podium finishes in 2018 in the U21 Women’s category. Learn more.
Team Dorrong Enduro will make their debut in the 2019 EWS

Team Fulgur Bike&Co Asd
Denir Adobati, Matteo Rota, Stefano Rota, Matteo Aondio, Ivan Gelmini, Manuel Compagnoni

This Italian team features six riders; Denir Adobati, Matteo Rota, Stefano Rota, Matteo Aondio, Ivan Gelmini and Manuel Compagnoni. Master racer Stefano holds the team’s best-placed finish last season, when he came 11th in Finale at the last race of the year. Learn more.
Team Fulgur Bike Co Asd are an Italian team tackling the EWS this season

Yeti/Fox Shox Factory DEVO Race Team 
Jubal Davis, Shawn Neer, Carson Eiswald, Lauren Bingham, Quinn Reece

The team features a solid line-up of up and coming USA riders; Jubal Davis, Shawn Neer, Carson Eiswald, Lauren Bingham and Quinn Reece. The team will focus mainly on the North American rounds of the series - keep an eye out for Lauren Bingham in Northstar, she won her category last time she raced there with the California Enduro Series last summer. Learn more.
Shawn Neer seems to thrive in the dry and dusty conditions with a top 10 to start the season in Chile. So the conditions in Spain should definitely be in his favor.

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 The real question is when will we know what the repercussions will be for the cheaters who were caught last year? Also, when will the EWS release the names and test results from the three riders who have been tested but not identified?
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flag thesharkman (Mar 5, 2019 at 12:22) (Below Threshold)
 You'd really punish the racers that are the very reason the series even exists for something that was an accident? Do yourself a favor, never try to run your own business.
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 @thesharkman: I mean, really, it isn’t what it looks like. It was an accident, she just fell and landed on my ...
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 @thesharkman: Nope, he would probably just punish the ones that are on drugs.
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 @thesharkman: Are you one of the 3? The series took off because of the format, not because of the top riders. Related to business , what would you say if you owned for example a small bike company and all your bigest competitors would unite and drop prices for 1-2 years to get you out of business?
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 @Gamsjaga: On my cockpit
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 @thesharkman: Get banned for Doping? That would be really rude...
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If you are not keeping your business "clean" from the start then good luck sorting out the cheaters later on. Take a look at the roadies and tell me how great that worked out, after some 100 years of PEDs....

EWS and UCI are risking the little credibility that is left in professional cycling

good read btw on bio passport and its subpar effectiveness in handing out suspensions even after proof of doping - sad but well written and researched
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 @wildedge586: how did it work out for roadies? Are you mad? It is not only the biggest discipline of cycling, it is THE pinnacle of all endurance sports - what more do you want?
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 Regarding the doping issue, I think it's time for some answers - especially by Chris Ball who always claimed to take this very seriously but is obviously doing the exact opposite - what a disrespect towards those who don't cheat.
Just to remind you of some facts:

- Higenamine and Oxilofrine (not going into detail about the differences here) have been on the WADA list since 2017 as "Specified Substances" because, in effect, they may have performance enhancing effects, (cf the prohibition of ephedrine since 2004)
- the effect is obviously not comparable to EPO, testosterone or blood doping, but in the end it can be assumed that a performance-enhancing effect can be achieved through better oxygen uptake, vigilance and increased cardiac output. The EWS offers some supertight racing, sometimes 4 seconds up or down decided between 1st and 5th place. And that after 30min of riding!
- What makes these substances particularly attractive for athletes:
* they are easy and cheap to obtain, since they are found as dietary supplements. There is an interesting study where in 14 of 27 samples of dietary supplements oxilofrines (= methylsynephrines) as an ingredient indicate in 14 (52%) cases, the substance was also indoors, entertaining between 0.0003 to 75 mg per dose, the latter actually well over pharmacologically recommended doses is
* a low health hazard is assumed by the consumers (= athletes/sportsman, who may or may not be bound to anti-doping rules)
* both athletes have confirmed that no doping controls were done in the EWS up until then, the risk of being caught therefore seemed very low
* if one gets caught, he can claim it's just contamination, or he may not have noticed the ingredient, or, as Graves in the interview already mentioned - that one might have forgotten to update himself about the list of prohibited substances. A really bad excuse however is claiming it might have gotten in your bloodstream by drinking from someone else's bottle....
* If disciplinary measures are taken, they might just hope to get away with lenient measures.
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 The really tricky thing about the two of them is their relationship with sponsor Ryno. The company has clearly stated that these substances are not to be found in their products (they of course need the trust of professionals and amateurs regarding the ingredients). So Jared and Richie can only claim against their sponsor's official statement that it must have been inside. Or they say they are sponsored by Ryno but have taken other supplements - which then of course makes their action more suspicious. If anyone of the shamefully silent press (pinkbike, I'm also looking in your direction to finally ask for answers) directly asks about that, the athletes might just stick to the proven bullshit excuse that they have spontaneously taken some unknown drink right before competition - just like any professional would... And Jared Graves seems to be, that in his 20 years as a top athlete has trusted on a few products and just didn't notice that changes in 2017 regarding the updated anti-doping-list and therefore accidentally used it.

And now the pinkbike interview with Richie Rude comes into play ( A clever lawyer once gave a lecture why he would never talk to the police -
- I agree and add: even interviews with sympathetic journalists can be unpleasantly revealing, because:
Richie Rude claims that after failing the doping test in July and dispense with a B probe he did in fact suspect contamination of dietary supplements as the cause, BUT ALTHOUGH his upcoming season and in fact his life as an athlete is at risk and ALTHOUGH he did talk to RedBull and Yeti HE HAS NOT CONTACTED RYNO, his very own sponsor of supplements, up until that day in November.

This lame excuse "we were all so naive in the EWS, thank God, there is now our very harmless case and from next year we will watch all better then better" is just a disgrace. Everybody tries to optimize the very last bit of training, equipment, line choice, etc. and after winning by a tiny margin everyone should ignore the use of some forbidden substance that might just get you that tiny advantage?!

If that evidence isn't enough, what about that ( In the first half of 2017 the Australian Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) has tested 13 Australian athletes in nine different sports tested positive for this very substance. Who would believe that as a professional athlete or coach of that athlete these cases - even more so in one's own home country - all these cases go by unnoticed. Could it be the case someone was just hoping to not ever get tested for doping in the EWS? And if so, that he could get away with it? This someone would not deserve a mild judgment. Seriously, if Rude gets to keep his medals of last season and not face a doping ban this season I have lost all my interest in the EWS. Pinkbike easily has the power to say: "NO we will not publish a single article about the EWS if we do not get answers (and be allowed to publish them) to some very clear questions that remain open 1) 2) 3) ..." Come on, this is not just a joke, it's a disgrace.

ps: I am of course terribly sorry that Jared Graves suffers from that terrible cancer and wish him the very best for his treatment!), but these 2 things need to be looked at independent from one another.
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 @MatthewCarpenter : We (as a community) should not decide and cry for the punishment of individuals until we have all the facts from reliable sources. Yes, Chris Ball and Pinkbike need to dig deeper and get our community better information so we can make more informed opinions, but let's pump the brakes on calling for their public execution. That is the disgrace...
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 @ikaika: I agree. I sincerely hope there is no willful silence by the media and EWS and the thing is still under process. But I don't think at this moment we are in a position (especially we, the public) to make these judgments and we HAVE to give them the benefit of the doubt, even though it looks bad. Please don't let this be like the rest of the internet and scream for burning the witches and wait until everybody is properly informed. Instead, demand updates on that issue.
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 @ikaika: Soooo, if your life was on the line, would you bet that they are innocent? Off the top of my head, I can't recall a single athlete who has tested positive who ended up being innocent (this includes baseball, football, track, MMA, cycling, etc.). Bless your heart though, you are a good kid. I envy your optimism.
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 I have been reading through a lot of the comments here and I wonder to myself who the hell do we think we are? Chris Ball and the organizers of the EWS do not owe us a damn thing. If any one of us disagrees with the way they are running the program, then we can simply stop watching it, stop following the competitors, stop buying the equipment from their sponsors and so forth? Likewise, Pinkbike doesn't owe us anything either. We come here everyday and get mostly really good content for free! And, they put up with us, too!

On the other hand, none of us want to give up watching our favorite sport or buying amazing bikes and equipment because of a lack of ethics. Why should it come to all that? Also, I am not saying that it is not a bad thing for the racers that are trying to move up the ranks on what they are presuming is a fair playing field only to find that people are cheating (whether doping, cutting lines, using a motor, etc.). But, I can also imagine that it becomes really complicated really fast when ideals go from ideology to practicality and a race organizer finds themselves dealing with a situation they were maybe not expecting (totally speculating here, trying to be empathetic). It is probably an absolute mess trying to enforce these rules without disrupting relationships with sponsors or potentially impacting the overall institution in a crippling way (e.g. losing the top draw athletes, etc.). There are surely equally complicated messes for the athletes, right or wrong. I don't run one of these things so I do not presume to know or judge. I also don't have to risk life and limb competing to make my paycheck so I reserve judgment there, too (although it's not an excuse I would use).

So, maybe something less extreme than stripping medals or banning riders. That seems like it would be too damaging...maybe? I am guessing. What if they test after each and every race and if you get caught they add 20% to your total time, publish the bad list in an official press release and in the recap videos, and put a big ol' * next to everything that rider has done within that season and all seasons past. All of this is no questions asked, no excuses. Of course, there would need to be an appeal process, but then if the rider takes that option, they risk being banned and stripped of all results for the season if they are proven to have broken the rules after further investigation. Simple rules that are easy to follow. I know there are many smart people that have given way more thought to this and have developed rules accordingly. Perhaps they just need a rethink or better implementation. I don't know, but I will keep watching the races and enjoying Sam Hill beat the crap out of everybody with flat pedals.
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 @xphysnerd: So how do you judge whether someone who tested positive was innocent or not?

There are athletes who tested positive and avoided sanctions (legally innocent) who were almost certainly intentionally doping. Similarly there are athletes who tested positive and were sanctioned who may well ingested those substances by genuine error after taking reasonable precautions (morally innocent). But how would you ever really know? You can’t prove someone innocent.
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 If anyone is to pull the trigger here it is the other racers it is them being affected by it. To folks who love to judge athletes for supposed doping, is there any chance your ancestors orchestrated lynches, eitch hunts and you just gained these genes responsible for taking pleasure from public executions of people you don’t know? You are pathetic and my neck hurts from looking down on you
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 @wingguy: "Accidents" happen when the punishment isn't incentive enough to care. Major League Baseball has increased their punishments and it seems to have dramatically decreased doping. When a season long suspension is in play, you would be surprised by how many players stop "accidentally taking tainted vitamin B shots". A lot of these substances, like testosterone, benefit the athlete for a much longer period of time than most people realize. The benefits of testosterone may last longer than a decade after use (Google Scholar search for testosterone and myonuclei). So, if you are serious about doping, punishments must be substantial; if you aren't, don't test at all.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Haha right. The thing about witch hunts is that there were no such thing as witches. The thing about sport is that bitter experience has shown time and time again that if you give any power or endurance based athletes the benefit of the doubt you will end up disappointed Wink
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 @WAKIdesigns: I think you are reading between the lines and inaccurately assuming other peoples' feelings or intentions. People just want to know the details about how the organization is going to handle these positive tests. The fact this whole situation has been shrouded in mystery is not helping the EWS's cause. I don't WANT any rider to have to deal with this situation, but I certainly want to be informed about which riders are testing positive and which aren't.
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 @wildedge586: doping is here to stay at many levels and in many aspects
But ews have been slow to force a closure to the cases so all involved can move on serve a ban if required or continue to race.
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flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 6, 2019 at 1:24) (Below Threshold)
 @wingguy: the thing that is common for witch hunts and doper hunts is that people doing them were convinced they are doing the right thing and cleansing the society of black sheep assuming the worst without any good evidence of intended malice. This is how human brain works and you just allowed this app to run free. When Yoann Barelli says he doesn't believe they wanted to do anything wrong and it was a mistake, well who do you prefer to listen to? Soem judgmental ahole on the internet? Oh look those poplej ust turned me into one, it is just one level deeper. I judge the judges.
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 @WAKIdesigns: two things there with the other athletes commenting - they don’t know either. They may strongly believe their friend is innocent, but they genuinely don’t know. A really good friend can still be a cheat. A really nice guy can still be a cheat - you just can’t tell.

The other thing is, yes they may also be part of it. Like the hotel full of XC skiers just caught doping en masse. Without that evidence any one of those guys may well have defended the others against accusations of doping because they’re also insulating themselves. And again, doesn’t mean they aren’t otherwise nice, well liked guys, could be they’ve just been caught up in the wrong system.
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 @WAKIdesigns: How about we have the EWS riders vote to implement specific punishments for positive tests. This way you don't have to assume Barelli speaks for the majority of riders. If the riders aren't interested in punishments for positive tests, it shows that either they don't think it is an unfair advantage or they think most are doing it anyway so whatever. If this is the case, I have no issue with the EWS not taking it seriously, but I would like to see what the riders as a whole feel about the issue.
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 @wingguy: It’s your disease man. Assuming wromg doing, malice, in cases that don’t involve you, looking for evil must be eating you from the inside. I don’t care, we cannot know any form of truth and sensationism is not my thing at all.
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 To those who ask to give them the benefit of the doubt: they themselves do not put in question that these performance enhancing, banned substances were found in their body. The main question is: how do we deal with this issue? Remember: according to previous statements EWS planned to be tough on doping and giving athletes lifelong bans from their events. Now it seems like we are discussing if ANY measures are taken. So: Do we accept to just believe their (in my opinion very incomplete and inconclusive) excuses and is there any pressure to dig deeper?

This fight has nothing to do with witch hunting, it's not directed against individuals but against the spread of doping.
If you want people to play by the rules, you have to check them. If others do tax fraud and get away with it, you'll consider it yourself. If you're in a game of soccer and fouls by your opponent will not be punished you will be more likely to play against the rules yourself. If others are doing doping (or at least you are becoming convinced that they so) and maybe even feel like you are having a disadvantage, you will start to consider it yourself. That's how doping spreads, and not because the characters of the athletes get worse. If you wanna stop that you cannot ignore positive doping results. This is not about seeing careers being destroyed, it's about avoiding to see the sport becoming destroyed.
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 @ikaika: Well put....????
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 @WAKIdesigns: Exactly!!!????
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 @MatthewCarpenter: You seem awfully sure that this was a deliberate action and in my opinion your are not in a position to assess this because we probably don't even know half of what's going on. Isn't there a possibility that rhyno power fcked up and didn't check their suppliers for example? How about waiting until an official verdict is released before making any statements you can't possibly prove or disprove...

And who says there won't be any measures taken or nobody is digging deeper at the moment? These processes always take time. And yes, there should be an official update by the EWS before Rotorua...
But if nothing will be said or done it's time to speak out and demand transparency. But for now I'll just wait.
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 @jzPV: rhyno athletes have a history of failed tests but that pic of graves with supplements of the banned drug linked at the time it was announced don’t help his image even though at the time the drug wasn’t on the banned list back then.
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 @WAKIdesigns: lol mate you’re off the deep end. I said that even people who dope can still be nice guys. You’re calling everyone who disagrees with you diseased, pathetic, a*sholes, lynchers etc.

Who do you think is coming across as more judgemental right now?
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 @MatthewCarpenter: “Remember: according to previous statements EWS planned to be tough on doping and giving athletes lifelong bans from their events. Now it seems like we are discussing if ANY measures are taken. ”

Problem is the tests were (IIRC) done by WADA affiliated National ADA. That probably means the sanctions are going to be administered according to the WADA code. The ‘Specified’ class of controlled substances do allow the athlete to prepare an explanation for the test before sanctions are applied, like with Froome in road cycling.

That’s the thing with anti-doping, it can’t be done ad-hoc. If the rules are there, they need to be followed. You can’t automatically ban someone for a failed test if it’s not in the rule book that the test leads to an automatic ban.
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 @wingguy: whoever invests any deeper thought to either doping or policing of doping will be disappointed. The thing that makes people dope is potential reward for taking that risk. If this reward is big enough, like in case of major sports like road cycling, football, running, the sponsors will cover your arse and pay money to anti doping agencies to cover it up. There will be off course a few dumb dudes who will dope on their own and they will get caught because they have no one to back them up AND they are a Godsend to antidoping agencies because they can then prove that they work and catch a guy that nobody will miss.

So how does UCI/EWS handle it, is irrelevant for me, I will not invest emotions in a rigged system, there is very little that can surprise me there. But when it comes to “intended malice” I doubt there is any in what Richie and Jared did, because there is very little to gain in Enduro or DH. Simply ask yourself a question, why did Richie dope? What’s in it for him? Because I assure you he is not earning the money worth doing it and none of his sponsors has any incentive to cover it up. If anyone in EWS or DH dopes, the only people for whom it may be lucrative are Gwin, Athertons and Minnaar, because they earn the big bucks, nobody else does. Do they dope? I don’t know and I don’t care. They all entertain me. This is what these people actually get paid for, being entertainers. Also please don’t forget that doping costs. Legit methods cost enough already. Do you have any idea how much an altitude training simulation costs?

The fairness of the show is a variable to be dealt with but it is one of many. If somebody wants to experience genuine fairness, huh... tough one - not in sports. Prople will find a way to cheat in anything no matter whether it is, curling, chess or fellatio crossfit
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 @jzPV: Why are you insisting he is "awfully sure that this was a deliberate action"? I don't think he ever said that, but rather rightly pointed out that all we really KNOW is that they tested positive and accepted the result before proceeding to say the same thing every other athlete said in the same situation. Period.

Now it obviously needs to be investigated further and all sides need a chance to speak up before a verdict is reached, but you have to admit that EWS officials pretending nothing happened looks strange in the context of that original manifesto and of the fact that the use of PEDs is beyond doubt (only the wilfulness is being questioned).

You say "How about waiting until an official verdict is released", but that's not what PB (the largest mtb site in the world ffs!) did. Instead, PB published what the defense lawyers told them to publish as a pre-emptive move before the testing agency even had a chance to release a statement that someone tested positive. I couldn't believe my eyes that at first the readers praised PB for 'an honest, detailed report', when it was anything but. PB gave Rude and Graves a head start, asked exactly the questions their lawyers wanted to be asked and then went silent. Can you remember PB giving a voice to the other side? Because I don't. Keeping their finger on the pulse, reminding the EWS it has been a while and asking for updates, asking what their take is on Rude racing this season, asking about new anti-doping measures in place this season, trying to get a statement from the testing agency etc.? No. Here in the world of PB, Nothing. Ever. Happened. Keep scrolling, nothing to see here.
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 @xphysnerd: me either, fair enough.
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 @bananowy: Jesus, you have some issues man. PB did the best coverage of the story out there and possibly the best piece of journalism they have ever made. What other side of the story do you want to hear? Who is on the other side? Folks like you. Lawyers?! Really? Do you race? Did Richie rob you of your money? Do yourself a favor and ask yourself a question what’s in it for you? Because literally nobody else but you gives a sht about you looking for some truth, that very few care about. A few Richies competitors said they doubt if it was intended and they (the Only people who are on position to care) want to wait for official results. If you expect any more honesty than how this case has been handled so far, please give me an example of a clean trial because all I can see is a confused dude setting up standards for others, that he has never came close to live up to. So chilax
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 @WAKIdesigns: "But when it comes to “intended malice” I doubt there is any in what Richie and Jared did, because there is very little to gain in Enduro or DH. Simply ask yourself a question, why did Richie dope? What’s in it for him?"

Winning. Dude, you're coming across very naive right now. You know some of the rifest hotspots of doping in cycling right now? Amateur Gran Fondos and Masters road racing, where the direct financial rewards are zero. There is literally nothing in it for those guys but prestige yet they're on more gear than Pantani in '99.

The idea that only sportspeople on megabucks will dope is utterly insane - as you recognise in your last paragraph, contradicting everything you wrote before it Wink
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 @wingguy: you forgot about the risk in risk vs reward equation. People doing grand fondos risk almost nothing. Richie risks everything. Also if everyone is doing it why do you care? What fairness are you after then? Who’s naive?
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 @WAKIdesigns: Just like with every other non-megabucks pro sportsperson who dopes. He may be risking everything he has now, but everything he has now is a result of being extremely successful at a brutally hard physical sport. If he was intentionally doping, maybe it's because he felt it helped him gain that success in the first place - again, just like every other non-megabucks sportsperson who dopes. Of which there are many.

As to your second question, now you're making assumptions. You're not responding to what I've written, you're responding to what you think I think. I'm not making any judgements on Richie, I'm only in this thread to respond to your ugly and poisonous judgmental attitude against everyone else.
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 @wingguy: ok ok I back off sorry... you are right I am an ahole here...
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 @WAKIdesigns: To add another perspective concerning risk vs. reward -it has also been said the risk of getting caught was pretty low in the past due to lack of serious controls.
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 @WAKIdesigns: not sure how to respond when you start with 'you have some issues' and proceed to ask a bunch of personal and totally irrelevant questions. It seems like you're really angry but that's your problem, not mine.

Why are you so surprised I mentioned the lawyer who was literally the guy answering questions for both racers?

Glad you mentioned this though: "they want to wait for official results". Isn't that exactly what I said and what PB didn't do when they could (and possibly should, I don't know) have?
  • 58 0
 So whats the verdict on the doping thing?
  • 52 0
 Definitely helps. I think that TRT has made me a much stronger rider, and I recommend it to anyone with low T
  • 13 0
 Ah what's a bit of doping among friends...
  • 4 7
 I'm more worried about Randy...
  • 6 0
 @ratedgg13: Randy is doing good over at Transition bikes, There is a party in the woods over there, and he was seen sending it.
  • 1 0
 samdra tiene el culito negro
  • 2 0
 By the time it’s announced I’m guessing the bans be back dated and under a year, so no races missed?
  • 34 1
 Are there any consequences because of the positive doping tests?
  • 30 3
 At least, 3 doped racers still have a ride and plan to race EWS..WTF... Great message for clean riders and youngsters. EWS actions or lack of actions is really concerning!!! The industry is also guilty of supporting these actions... The same companies don't blink an eye when they need to drop a rider for lack of results.
  • 12 2
 So there’s Rude with a confirmed positive result and a french master rumored to have been tested positive for a masking agent. With Graves out, who is the third?
  • 2 3
 @Gamsjaga: if the French you mention is Karim, this stuff is 10 years old or more now. He paid! Next!
  • 1 0
 @Clem-mk: according to the rules of EWS he cannot participate to EWS races.
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 @Clem-mk: Why do you mention K.A.? As far as I know the name of said racer was never made public.
And yes according to EWS rules anyone proved to be involved in doping should not be allowed to start.
Nonetheless I’m still interested who the three are.
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 I guess EWS original manifesto, of 'if you test positive for any banned substances, you are banned for life from EWS' isn't really part of the manifesto any longer?
  • 1 1
 Never was, just words on paper
  • 17 1
 *furiously edits Enduro fantasy team*
  • 17 1
 no mention of Curtis Keene?
  • 12 1
 "Curtis Keene is off the team but will apparently take on a new role at Specialized that will be announced soon"
  • 1 0
 @zzzogas413: l: He akways looked suspicious to work at big S...
  • 15 1
 No Hazzard Racing ??? What’s happenin Top Chief...!
  • 11 2
 What's happening for the 3 cheaters ? NOTHING what a surprise !!!
  • 1 0
 Shit... is that confirmed? Didn’t realise they were on the “List” of cheaters....
  • 6 0
 Two Irish Callaghans, I like this.
  • 2 0
 Why has Rae moved from Giant to BBCL NZ Arapi? She's still racing for Liv and had a smashing pre-season over here.

BBCL NZ Arapi looks like an interesting group, Brendan Clark looks to be getting himself involved in everything bike related these days.
  • 6 0
 What happened to Yoann?
  • 44 0
 He seems to be spending a lot of time nude lately. I wouldn't be surprised if there is more money to be had in male vegan porn than MTB racing these days.
  • 3 0
such an underrated post
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 @TPLRacing: Interesting. I wonder if he did this because he has lost his passion for racing, doesn't feel competitive, or feels it's a safer bet with a kid around.
  • 2 0
 @H3RESQ: If it weren't for my cheese addiction and 'stage fright' I'd be minted.
  • 3 0
 Reads Yeti team piece. Looks around who put the Elephant in the Room. Why not mention there is an uncertainty about Rude's future? Come on PinkBike.
  • 1 0
 Is diversity even a consideration for discussion? This old white male is bored with all the white males. Is this culture or bad business?
My best wishes to all of the riders this year. My hope is to see this sport grow in ways that are meaningful.
  • 1 0
 I know this has been debated here and elsewhere to death, but coincidentally, I just saw a documentary about a dude participating in Iron Man. The amount of (WADA sanctioned) supplements he has to take daily to compete professionally is absolutely ridiculous, and definitely not on any way physiological. The simple fact is, all supplements in one way or another are PEDs and the rules on what can and cannot be taken in training and in competition is largely arbitrary and based on pseudo-science. The number of randomised trials performed on athletes to determine an absolute benefit of one substance while taking many other supplements: 0. Now, if there are firmly set rules, even imperfect ones, athletes should follow them, and be sanctioned if they brake them. I'm just very sceptical about the nature of all sports not done just to better oneself, or for fun....
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 Sarah Moore, pretty surprising that you have ignored the elephant in the room!!

Why did you not state that Rude and Graves are expected not to race as they are cheating b@stards...

I still cant believe both sponsors are standing by them!

The mountain bike world is losing face rapidly due to the way this is being handled. Are riders too big for the sport or our we too weak!!
  • 6 1
 Where's Cody Kelley?
  • 1 0
 I believe still with Alchemy
  • 10 0
 @Naturel: Yeah, IDK about Alchemy. If I were him I'd try to get on with the other Denver based carbon bike manufacturer. Just stopped by GG this morning to check out a Smash in person, so sick!
  • 5 1
 What about Cannondale and Jerome Clementz?
  • 4 0
 JC is brand ambassador\trip videos for 2 years now (at least)
  • 4 2
 Marco Osborne(Randy) with Transition is not on this list. Very surprising considering he was consistent top 20 or even 15 last year! @DirtFaceTours
  • 2 2
 Baseball sure was more interesting when mark mcquire and Barry bonds were smashing dingers. As was the Tour de France when lance armstrong was dropping people up hill and winning tour after tour. Any game ever, Always, has had cheating involved. I think the pinnacle of human performance while on enhancing drugs is damn fun to watch. Party on dopers!!!
  • 5 2
 Bonjour le Tour de france, Doping is a Part of us....
  • 3 0
 What happened to Nico Lau?
  • 4 0
 Riding for Peugeot!
  • 3 0
 I want to see Jesse in top form! I Love his style and humbleness.
  • 2 0
 It's overall budget for EWS Teams being generally cut this seasin or us just an impression?
  • 2 0
 No Curtis Keene on Specialized?
  • 5 0
 Still with them, just not racing.
  • 6 1
 @H3RESQ: sounds exactly like my situation - still with them, just not racing....except I'm not on a Specialized.
  • 1 0
 How do people ride that long with goggles and NOT have them steam the hell up
  • 1 0
 Either double lens or cut out/ remove the foam at the top to allow better flow of the air into them
  • 2 0
 Francois Bailly-Maitre is on Sanra Cruz I believe...
  • 1 0
 Really looking forward to seeing Elliot Heap mixing it with the Elites, hoping he can have a good season
  • 2 0
 No Marin team
  • 1 0
 Wait, Wyn Masters is racing EWS full-time this year?!
  • 1 0
 Perhaps I missed it, but what it Casey Brown up to this year?
  • 2 0
 Big jumps which most men avoid
  • 1 0
 The Chamrousse team, THE complete fantasy league team Smile
  • 2 2
  • 3 0
 Cedric Gracia left Santa Cruz and has yet to release news of what he has in store for the future. I think he is involved in a new bike company.
  • 2 0
 @tacklingdummy: his body is battled. Now follow his own business, not sure in the bike industry though
  • 1 0
 @Clem-mk: I think he has put some backing into Production Privee in the past, maybe that is the way he is heading. He seems to be hitting the gym more on his social media accounts though ;-)
  • 5 8
 Stick your neck out time.


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