4 Things We Learned From EWS Burke 2022 – Pinkbike

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1. The Pro Stage is a good indicator of who will finish on the podium.

In rounds 2, 3 and 4, the winner of the Pro Stage on Saturday night in both the men’s and women’s races was also the overall race winner at the end of the day on Sunday. In fact, at every round so far this year except EWS Burke, the Pro Stage winners in the men’s and women’s fields finished in the top 3 the next day, either because the Pro Stage is just a good indicator of what to expect on the longest day or is there a mental aspect to winning the Pro Stage that continues on day two.

The only unlucky rider to win the Pro Stage and not make the podium was Ella Conolly at EWS Burke. However, she was sitting in third place until she dropped the chain on her in the final stage. On the other hand, the only rider who didn’t finish in the top 3 on the Pro Stage and then went on to win the overall race was Richie Rude at EWS Tweed Valley. He finished fourth in the Pro Stage and took the overall win on Sunday.

2. The race for the general is not yet decided.

In the women’s series, it’s been a war of attrition this year. Ella Conolly took the first win of the season, Isabeau Courdurier took the next two, and Harriet Harnden won rounds four and five. However, neither of them have been without their struggles this season, with an elbow injury sidelining Ella Conolly in Round 3, Harnden finished a distant 34th in Round 2 after a puncture at the first 20 seconds of the Pro Stage, and Isabeau Courdurier. battling pain after impaling her foot on a branch at EWS-E Valberg in early July.

Currently, despite her seventh place at EWS Burke, Courdurier leads overall with 2265 points, however it is the ever-consistent Morgane Charre who currently sits second on just 110 points after an incredible four second places in a row. Plus, with a second place overall last year, you can bet she’s aiming for the top step. With his second victory of the season, Harnden moves up to third place with 1,940 points.

In the men’s overall series, Richie Rude and Jesse Melamed have been trading back and forth all season. Richie Rude had the early lead with a win at EWS Tweed Valley, but after getting a flat tire on the final stage of the day at EWS Whistler, he dropped back to second in the overall standings, despite Richie Rude having three wins . to the two of Jesse Melame. Richie Rude currently trails Jesse Melamed by 190 points with 2345 points to Jesse Melamed’s 2535 points. 2021 overall series winner Jack Moir sits in third place despite a slow start to the season and no wins thus far with 2020 points.

With only three rounds to go, every position will count as there is a significant drop in points depending on where you finish on the leaderboard. Riders get 520 points for the win, 450 points for second place, and 420 points for third place. Pro Stage and Queen Stage points will also be hotly contested at 25 points each.

3. Never count out Jill Kintner.

Jill Kintner placed second at EWS Tasmania in 2019, winning two stages along the way. She was set to perform on EWS Whistler later that season, before her illness put her out of the running. While she has done a couple of enduro races on the North American circuit since 2019, we haven’t seen her at an EWS race since her disappointing race at Whistler, and no one knew how she would perform at the each time. strongest female category. SAT field.

With an 8th-place finish on the Pro Stage and a 14th-place finish on the Pedaled Stage 2, you may have briefly mistaken Jill Kintner for an intermediate rider at EWS Burke. While more than respectable, especially for someone who has only done a handful of EWS races in her career, Jill Kintner showed that she had a lot more to offer in Vermont, saying that she preferred the less pedaling stages later in the race. race. She placed second in stage 3, third in stage 4, fourth in stage 5, and fifth in stage 6. She would finish sixth that day. We are not considering putting her on our Fantasy Enduro team for Sugarloaf next week.

4. The overall winners of 2021 have had a rocky start to 2022.

2021 men’s overall winner Jack Moir started 2022 in 26th place but managed to climb back up the rankings to third place, albeit in 2020 points relatively distant from series leader Jesse Melamed’s 2535. Jack Moir had an impressive five wins last season but has yet to climb to the top step of the podium this year.

However, on the women’s side, Melanie Pugin has struggled to find her groove this season. She had two wins in 2021 and five podium finishes, which was enough to put her in first place at the end of the season. However, so far this season, she has failed to make the podium at all with a 15th, 4th, 5th, 5th and 9th place finish. With three rounds remaining for the season, we hope to see her continue to pick up speed.

Other facts:
• Running as a privateer, Jack Menzies finished an impressive ninth place.
• Richie Rude’s 90-year-old grandmother was off the track cheering him on on race day. Rude’s time at the top of the score sheet could be as long as Greg Minnaar’s with those genes.
• After the heartbreak at Whistler last weekend, Andreane Lanthier Nadeau’s run of bad luck continues as she was forced to miss this round after testing positive for Covid.
• In the men’s Under-21 category, Australia’s Luke-Meier Smith posted a total time that would have placed him ninth in the men’s senior category.

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