Northstar EWS race tape

Rude Wins EWS Northstar, Nadeau takes 3rd in Women's Pro

In a nail-biter finish, Richie Rude won EWS Northstar California by less than a second in the final stage of the race.

RIchie Rude goes full send over a large rock pile.No one made the rocky chunder look smooth, except Rude. ?@maddogboris

The Yeti Cycles/Fox Shox Factory Team rider held the lead for the first three stages of the round, the next-to-last of the season. But another rider took the overall lead in Stage 4, adding extra uncertainty to an already dramatic contest. In the sixth and final stage, Rude won by .81 seconds, the narrowest win in the history of the series.

Rude was joined in the men’s top five by fellow Maxxis-sponsored rider Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) in fifth.

Jesse Melamed keeps it inline over a rock roll.Melamed, freshly healed, and back on his game. ?@maddogboris

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) took the women’s Stage 5 victory and was third overall for Maxxis, with Canyon Factory Racing’s Ines Thoma (Canyon Factory Racing) in fourth place. 

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau keeps her eyes up through an off-camber rock section.Nadeau came in third on virtually every stage, except the one she won. ?@maddogboris

Ines Thoma staying calm and calculated through the dust and boulders. Staying consistently in the top five through the stages, Thoma brought home fourth on the day. ?@maddogboris

Other Maxxis-sponsored riders turned in notable performances, including Cody Kelley, who landed in the men’s top ten in seventh place and Matt Walker (Pivot Factory Racing) who was ninth. Shawn Neer (Yeti/Fox Shox) earned 11th place, Remi Gauvin (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) was 12th, and series leader Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) was 13th. Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) was taken out of contention in Northstar when he broke his wrist on the first day of racing. 

Cody Kelley charges hard into the rocky unknown.Kelley spared no time for show around Lake Tahoe. ?@maddogboris

Matt Walker flies over a roller at warp speed.Everyone was doing their best to hang on this weekend, Walker showing he had the the grip let it send. ?@maddogboris

Miranda Miller (Kona Factory Team) made the women’s top ten in ninth place. Rae Morrison (BBCL NZ Arapi Enduro Team) took 11th place and Bex Baraona (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team) was 14th.

Miranda Miller stays light on her tires through the steep and technical bits.MIller just bringing that derailure through the rocky snags ?@maddogboris

Rae Morrison could not be missed among the dust in her colorful kit.Morrison stayed on her game and put in a great result. ?@maddogboris

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau takes home a well deserved thrid place in the Pro Women.The Women’s Pro podium with Nadeau in third. ?@maddogboris

Richie Rude took the top spot in Pro Men.Rude on top of the Men’s Pro podium. ?@maddogboris

The sure-to-be thrilling final EWS round for the year is scheduled for September 21 in Zermatt, Switzerland.