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EWS Burke: Back in the USA

The Enduro World Series is back in the USA with a trip to Burke, Vermont. Known for slick roots and difficult technical sections, Burke was a perfect choice to challenge the world’s best riders. Coming off of a very strenuous race at Crankworx Whistler, EWS athletes would be pushing their limits just to compete at Burke. Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain Race Face) claimed the win in Whistler and would be looking to continue that streak in the USA.

EWS Burke signage

Per usual, the Pro Stage kicked off the weekend’s action. Ella Connolly (Cannondale Bikes) took the win in Elite Women with Maxxis athletes Bex Baraona (Yeti Fox Factory) and Raphaela Richter (Ibis Racing) placing second and third. Elite Men saw Jack Moir (Canyon CLLCTV) snag first with a scorching run. Jesse Melamed and Richie Rude (Yeti Fox Factory) slid into second and third behind him.

Ella Connolly ripping down Burke rocks

Jack Moir on his way to a pro stage win

After the Pro Stage, riders took on three more tough stages. In U21 Women, Sophie Riva (Ancillotti Factory Team) continued her impressive results with another win. Emmett Hancock (We Are One) stepped onto the podium with a third-place finish in U21 Men. Baraona, Richter, and Connolly claimed the third through fifth positions on the Elite Women’s podium, adding valuable overall points to each of their standings. Maxxis dominated the Elite Men’s podium with Rude taking the win, Moir slotting into second, Melamed in third, and Martin Maes (Orbea Enduro Team) holding down fifth.

Richie hauling down to the Burke finish line

Bex Baraona navigating a tough Burke stage

Burke Pro Men's podium

Yet another EWS race on the books, and this savage block of racing continues in Sugarloaf, Maine on August 20-21!