Richie Rude going fast over Whistler loam

Decisive Win for Rude at EWS Whistler

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.

Richie Rude sliddes through a rooty and difficult bit of trail. 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.

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau sits over the rear wheel in a steep section. 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.

Ines Thoma negotiates an off-camber between some evergreens. The day was drab, but the colors were popping as Thoma rolled through. ?@maddogboris

Richie Rude throws up the horns in celebration. 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