It was a day for the original nation and flat-pedals at EWS Loudenvielle, as Morgane Charre of Pivot Factory Racing and Alex Rudeau of the Commencal Enduro Project claimed victory in front of a raucous French crowd. The couple mastered a series of steep Pyrenees mountain trails that were left treacherous and treacherous due to torrential rain. The French had yet another reason to pop the champagne with second place Isabeau Cordurier in the final round of the series crowning the Lapierre Zipp Collective as the 2022 Series Champion.
Cordurier is a champion for the second time after taking the title for the first time in 2019: Dan Hearn
In the men’s title fight, Canadian Jesse Melamed’s sixth place was enough to secure his first title in the series. Rocky Mountain Race Face’s Melamed was pushed hard by rival Richie Roode (Factory Yeti/Fox Team) who finished the day seventh and runner-up in the title race.
The rain on Friday and then again on Saturday left the steep and test EWS Loudenvielle trails almost devoid of traction, and many crashes occurred while the riders were pushing hard. Morgane Charre used all of her flat-pedal downhill skills to perfect Saturday’s Pro Stage, a win that would be one of four stages she’ll score in the six-stage race to emerge nearly 10 seconds ahead of the remarkably consistent Isabeau Courdurier. Indeed, Cordurier, whose season almost ended with a horrific footblow in July, was balanced in her approach, knowing she had to ride smoothly and do more than finish, and that approach paid dividends that motivate her to win the two stages she didn’t go down the road. char.
As Cordurier’s closest contender for the title, Char has put in a lot of effort, but it’s 2021 EWS Champion Melanie Pugin of BH Enduro Racing Team who finished every stage in the top six. And that was good enough for the third day. Noga Korim (GT Factory Racing) was another rider who managed to get her best result of the season to finish fourth. Trek Factory Racing’s Harriet Harden finished fifth with a score that was good enough to clinch her third place in the 2022 series. The result saw her win the Battle of the Brits in 2022, overtaking Pecs Barona of the Yeti/Fox Factory, who finished the race in eighth. Ten, and Ella Connolly of Cannondale Enduro, who missed out on a crash at the Pro Stage on Saturday.
Rudeau’s win was the Frenchman’s debut but he actually won the EWS-E race in Valberg in July of this year – also on flat pedals Pic: Dan Hearn
In the men’s race, young Frenchman Rudeau found his flow with a remarkably consistent performance that saw him finish fifth on each of EWS Loudenvielle’s six stages. With a stage win in Sunday’s first test, the massive slick Cortales, Rodeau seemed responsible for his flat pedals from the start. It was followed by two thirds, a fifth and a second on the final stage of the day to hold off resplendent Orbea FOX Enduro’s Martin Maes and Jack Muir (Canyon Collective) – 2021 EWS Champion. Moyer’s fourth stage win and then a second over five saw the Australian enter the final stage with just 4.28 seconds behind Rodeau, but the cool Frenchman got on his nerves to take another 2.6 seconds off the Australian who was himself a jumper. The last stage was decided by the Belgian Maes, who came in second and took third place in the title race. In his best result for a while, Specialized Racing’s Charlie Murray came home in fourth place after winning the fearsome Queen – Nabias – S3 stage. Pro stage winner Yoon Dinnud took fifth place.
Jesse Melamed wins 2022 Series title despite massive meltdown a week ago at EWS Crans Montana
Although Jack Muir had a slow start to 2002, he managed to cross 3000 points and finish fourth in the series. Eddie Masters of Pivot Factory Racing had a great season finishing fifth.
In the U21 Women’s Championship, it was a sure win for Norco Factory Racing’s Emmy Lan ahead of Germany’s Helen Weber of Raaw/Levelnine Gravity. The series leader who entered the race, Italian Sophie Riva, was about two and a half minutes behind.. The Canadian won five of the six stages and ended up taking the Riva title from the 2021 champion by 150 points. Paz Gallo Fuentes from Chile took third place.
In the U21 Men, Loudenvielle’s win was for France’s Lisandru Bertini of Lapierre Zipp Collective, Canadian Seth Sherlock came second aboard the Intense, while Brit Jack Piercy of Commencal Les Orres in France came third. The 2022 series was won at the last round – EWS Crans-Montana – by Luke Meier-Smith of Propain Factory Racing. Sherlock did enough to finish second in the 2022 championship and his compatriot Emmett Hancock was third.
The Master 35+ Women saw a dominant showing by Czech rider Fejola Stepanka Nestlerova. It was a clean sweep of the winning stage meaning she finished the day just under three minutes away over Kiwi contestant Melissa Mobbs Newell. Sandra Thomsen from Denmark came in third. Nestlerova also took the 2022 title, with Newell coming in second and Thompson in third.
Round eight of the series in Master Men 35+ saw Briton Ian Ostermuhl win for the third time in the series, but it wasn’t enough to fix Frenchman Karim Amour in the title race. Although the Hope rider was more than a minute late, a second-place finish on the day was enough for 47-year-old BH Enduro Racing’s Amore to claim the title, his fourth since 2017. In third place was Spain’s Mauro Gonzalez Fontan. A sixth place finish by Dane Mads Wiedemann was enough to put him third in the championship.
Today’s team was the Commencal Enduro project prior to Lapierre Zipp Collective. Pivot Factory Racing named the 2022 team title.
Full of Team rankings here