01 July 2019

Val Di Fassa Enduro World Series.

Round four of the 2019 Enduro World Series (EWS) in Canazei, Italy, was one for the books! Set amongst a stunning mountain backdrop, the weekend’s action was sure to be just as captivating.

After being suspended for the first part of the season, Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Factory Team) returned to racing in spectacular form, winning stage one and setting the tone for the weekend. He would continue to dominate, winning four of the five stages, and claim victory 18.96s ahead of second place. Florian Nicolai of Canyon Factory Racing was also on his game in Val Di Fassa, coming in third on the weekend.

Richie Rude jumps off of a rock high above Canazei. The return of the Rude. Richie was on form and focused all weekend. 📸@maddogboris

Florian Nicolai boosts over a section of trail. Nicolai adding style to his speed in the Italian forest. 📸@maddogboris

Ed Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) and Dimitri Tordo (Canyon Factory Racing) rounded out the top five for the Elite Men's field. Matthew Walker (Pivot) and Robin Wallner (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, putting six Maxxis athletes in the top ten in the Elite Men's field.

Ed Masters slides the bike into a catch rut. Masters letting the bike eat. 📸@maddogboris

Dimitri Tordo sails off of a drop in front of a beautiful mountain setting. Tordo keeping it low and fast, no time for sightseeing. 📸@maddogboris

Matt Walker hips to the left over a small rock face. Walker steps over a bit of sketchy rock. 📸@maddogboris

Robin Wallner cranks hard through the last cobbled corner in town.Wallner on the gas all the way through the finish. 📸@maddogboris

In the Elite Women’s field, Andreane Lanthier Nadeau of the Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team brought it home in second place overall. She rode consistently in all stages, never finishing outside the top four, and won the fourth stage. Kona Factory Team's Miranda Miller landed just outside the top ten, finishing eleventh in the brutal Italian heat.

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau squashes a rock high up in the alpine landscape. ALN showing perfect form. 📸@maddogboris

Mirnada keeps the bike straight on a ribbon of singletrack among a field of greenery. MIller charges down the ridgeline. 📸@maddogboris

With his helmet half off, Richie Rude cracks a smile. With the hard work done, Rude cracks a well deserved smile. 📸@maddogboris

Richie stands atop the mens podium, trophy raised. Elite Men's podium. 📸@maddogboris

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau stands in the second spot of the podium and raises her trophy in the air. Elite Women's podium. 📸@maddogboris

Richie's winning Yeti SB150. The winning sled. Rude's YETI SB150 with Maxxis rubber. 📸@maddogboris

Richie crests over a rise on a narrow rut of singletrack. All eyes looking toward France next weekend. 📸@maddogboris

 In a bit of bad news, Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) crashed hard on stage one, breaking both his left hand and leg. Coming into this round Melamed was second in the overall EWS standings. We hope to see him back to racing for at Crankworx Whistler. Bex Baraona (Ibis) crashed in practice before the race, breaking two ribs. Maxxis wishes a speedy and full recovery to both Baraona and Melamed.

Round five of the EWS is July 5-6 in Les Orres, France.

 

 

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