Richie Rude ruled EWS Whistler from start to finish, riding his Maxxis tires to an overall Pro Men’s victory. Rude never relinquished the overall lead he established in the first stage and won Stages 1, 3, and 6. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau and Ines Thoma took the third and fifth-place spots on the Pro Women’s podium.
Rude, sliding it through the mud and roots. 📸@maddogboris
Rude’s initial win wasn’t a squeaker: he aced Saturday’s grueling Stage 1 by 33 seconds. Despite cold, windy, rainy weather and a muddy course through Sunday’s five stages, he eventually won the overall by nearly a minute.
Nadeau looking ahead through the Whistler steeps. 📸@maddogboris
Like Rude, Eddie Masters did well in the first stage. He spent much of Sunday battling another rider for a place on the podium, and won the second stage. Masters ultimately took third place, with Remi Gauvin also landing on the podium in fifth place overall. Other Maxxis-sponsored riders in the men’s top ten included Matthew Walker, Florian Nicolai and Robin Wallner, who finished eighth, ninth and tenth. Nicolai and Masters are first and second in EWS standings after Whistler.
The day was drab, but the colors were popping as Thoma rolled through. 📸@maddogboris
A well deserved win for Rude. 📸@maddogboris
Three riders sponsored by Maxxis joined Nadeau and Thoma in the Pro Women’s top ten. Rae Morrison took sixth place, Miranda Miller took ninth, and Bex Baraona rounded out the top ten. Nadeau is in fourth place in the series’ standings