Video: Jesse Melamed Chases Remi Gauvin Down the Final Stage at EWS Trophy of Nations 2019

Oct 1, 2019 at 11:44
by Sarah Moore  

The team tactics paid off, with Team Canada taking third place in the inaugural event.


72 Comments

  • 101 0
 Sustained race pace POV is absolutely insane. I don't think I've had an opportunity to see a full stage follow cam like this before, definitely something special.
  • 6 0
 It's legitimately hard for me to comprehend how these dudes are able to barge this hard for so long. I'd pay to watch this stuff.
  • 57 0
 Even watching them back myself blows my mind!
  • 2 0
 Three guys at that pace so close to each other after entire stage ... mesmerizing to watch!!
  • 57 1
 POV's are soooo much better like this, when you can see another rider. Shows how fast it really is when you see Remi sliding around. Well done boys, stoked to have you representing Canada on the Enduro MTB scene.
  • 24 0
 Definitely makes its more entertaining to watch. It's more than just how fast we are going, but how loose and tech the trails are.
  • 5 0
 This, and hearing how hard they were working. This was the best race POV I've seen.
  • 35 0
 Race pace trains. Insanely good to watch.
  • 16 0
 And so insanely fun to do!
  • 22 0
 Fuck yeah team Squamish!!! That was some of the best GoPro footage I've seen
  • 2 0
 Yea woj!
  • 15 0
 That last minute was the best MTB POV I've watched to date. Solid ride fellas.
  • 5 0
 So much fun!
  • 11 0
 This was really awsome, incredible pace! But the best thing was when Remi and Jesse crossed the finish line, turned back and Rhys was right there!!! Smile Big props to him as well, he really did a great job!
  • 18 0
 Yes! Rhys killed it. Me and Remi are used to riding with each other as fast as we can so for Rhys to come in and hold our wheel all day was very impressive!
  • 16 2
 These dudes fuck
  • 20 3
 Most dudes do, except really old ones and catholic priests, well some catholic priests anyway...
  • 4 0
 @myfriendgoose This guy f*cks. Am I right?
  • 4 0
 ????
  • 5 0
 @chezotron: yes I know! Pinkbike turned my emoji comment into question marks.
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: ^^^ This dude definitely f*cks.
  • 9 1
 Why is this a good team tactic? Seems like Jesse could of gone faster than Remi. If he was first then their overall time would be better?
  • 10 0
 Jesse pushed Remi to keep the over all team pace up. Go do a twitchy crit or two and you'll quickly learn how important team tactics and having someone to push you is.
  • 17 0
 @werts: Seems like having the fastest guy in the front, like team USA, paid more off though. Not so sure this is the best tactic.
  • 4 0
 @pnwess: I think you're right, the order was key; Team USA has a clear number '1', '2', and '3'. But Team France, Team Canada, and Team New Zealand didn't have a clear number 1 and number 2. Finally Team Australia didn't have a clear number 2 and number 3. On another POV you can see them overtaking each other for the same reason. #tactics
  • 2 5
 Didn't those teams know the rules?
I mean, it's not hard to figure out that it's a horrible strategy.

Maybe that's why the USA men won, while nobody saw it coming?
  • 164 0
 @pnwess our strategy for this stage was planned and executed just as we had planned. Jesse left a few seconds after myself with the intent that he close the gap that he left by going a bit harder than would be sustainable for the whole stage. Once he caught up he was able to get into my draft and recover a bit before we got to the steeper and technical section of the track. In the years past I had better stage results than Jesse because he had made mistakes in this stage. We decided it was safer for the entire team if I led this stage at this point in the race. Throughout the race we decided the best stages to lead and to follow based on our strengths. Some stages it was clear that Jesse would be able to go faster and I would just hold his wheel and vice versa. Thats what made this race so cool!
  • 18 0
 @remrem: Thanks for the insight, and congrats with a great result!
  • 16 0
 @remrem: This is awesome insight, thank you for taking the time to post it!
  • 11 0
 @remrem: great result and thanks for commenting here. It is so interesting hearing directly from you guys, what you were doing and why.
  • 2 0
 @cjgauss: was just going to type the same thing.
@remrem: rad do hear the thought process behind the strategy.
  • 3 0
 @remrem: fascinating and elegant in its simplicity
The skills required to make it work in that environment are off the charts.
  • 4 0
 @remrem: Once Jesse got less than a second behind you, I expected his DRS to open up and slingshot by you.
Oh wait, wrong sport.
  • 1 0
 @remrem: killer pace man! Great friggin job
  • 8 0
 So Sick! Welp, that’s how to film and show Enduro to the world! Get on it Redbull. Real-time not needed
  • 4 0
 Rad watch, really enjoyed it. I've only done men's DH twice, but the start is the killer. So much pedalling it just blasts you before the loose steep rocky stuff. Although taped the course is a little easier i think, but still insanely tough Interesting to hear Jesse reminding himself of the tight turn and the gear change, plus Remi sitting down after putting in so much effort. Cool for us non superhuman riders to get some insight! Nice work team Canada
  • 10 0
 That corners always comes up quicker than you expect at race pace so this time I made sure to set myself landmarks to not miss it.
  • 9 0
 @JesseMelamed: Sweet! I'll take that tip and tell my friends Jesse Melamed taught me it !
  • 8 0
 @howsyourdad: you're welcome! You'll be unstoppable now!
  • 1 0
 Yep, seeing Remi sitting down to conserve energy when he can makes me feel sooo much better about my own lame enduro races runs.
  • 4 0
 I am exhausted just watching that effort. I hope they post some more of these videos.
  • 18 0
 I'll be posting all the stages!
  • 3 0
 Probably the most exciting format I've seen, when was this conceived?
Can we make it a regular thing please ?
  • 3 0
 @pigman65: I think the first one was 11 years ago. But motocross has been doing it as well.
  • 5 0
 Good job reppin' Canada fella's!!
  • 1 0
 What timing tech is being used? I couldn't see anything at the finish except maybe that small black framed oject opposite the yellow finish sign... The riders appear to be wearing RF tags on their wrists but I couldn't see any scanners...
  • 3 0
 I was tired just watching this! Really gives an appreciation how hard the riders go on each stage.. Respect!
  • 2 0
 These riders are incredible athletes. Wow! Best display of true Enduro racing i've ever seen. More race speed follow cams please.
  • 1 1
 IMO, I like the team concept, but I don't think the really need the teams to ride together... Just let them race and use total time. If the teams want to race together, let them.. Make about as much sense as the BMX Supercross Team Time Trial...
  • 1 0
 It has probably been said already but I'll say it myself: Race pace follow cam is my favorite part of Trophy of Nations. This video is f*cking amazing. And f*ck yeah Team Canada!
  • 4 0
 Wow! That was bananas.
  • 4 0
 Rad af!
  • 1 0
 Dayum. That was sick. So pinned. That was exhausting just to watch. I can't imagine riding that pinned for that long. Wow.
  • 2 0
 HOLY SMOKES- that is a crap ton of pedaling at full gas- I had no idea the stages where that flat.
  • 2 0
 awesome vid, dudes! makes me wanna go buy a RM. oh wait, i already did.
  • 2 0
 one of the best follow cams ever!
  • 1 0
 Heart is pounding after watching that video, so fast. When Remy hits the down they just go warp speed!
  • 2 0
 Incredible fitness levels and skill
  • 1 0
 That was epic! Watched a lot of MTB videos but that is right up there with the very best.
  • 1 0
 You know it's a badass MTB run when drafting comes into play. Nice work guys! That looked equal parts painful and fun
  • 1 0
 After nearly 20 of riding in Finale Ligure I’m speechless to see that pace and control of you Canadian team. Splendid
  • 1 0
 Riding that burly ridgeline at that pace with all of those people watching makes no damn sense at all.
  • 2 0
 Fuckn beasts!
  • 1 0
 That was fucking amazing!
  • 1 0
 bring on more northstar nar!
  • 1 0
 Just wow! Nice job team Canada!
  • 1 0
 Heck yeah! Love the constant encouragement !
  • 1 0
 I'd up vote you all but I have to go to work. That was fantastic!
  • 2 1
 Mind blowing stuff! WOW
  • 1 0
 Holy smokes, eh.
  • 1 0
 Ewwweee

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