Just to confirm following some questions.
Friday practice is currently on hold due to the very bad weather reports. Therefore you should prepare to be unable to ride on Friday and practice all stages tomorrow (Thursday).
We will announce Friday’s plans tomorrow when we have more up-to-date forecasts.
Driving yourself around Finale during training? Here’s the shuttle maps that will show you were you can drive!
And remember – these are public roads not race tracks, so respect the locals, respect traffic laws, stay relaxed and have some fun!
That’s all from round 7 here in Spain – what an incredible weekend. Close racing, sun, storms and crazy, crazy Spanish fans.
We’ll be back next Saturday in the beautiful Italian Rivieran town of Finale for the very last race of the year. We’ve already lodged a request for better weather with the enduro pope.
Full results will be up on enduroworldseries.com very soon, but in the meantime here are your winners from Ainsa;
Men; 1. Richie Rude // 2. Yoann Barelli // 3. Martin Maes
Women; 1. Tracy Moseley // 2. Cecile Ravanel // 3. Isabeau Courdurier
Masters; 1. Carlos Barcon // 2. Primoz Strancar // 3. Eduardo Garcia Cuesto
U21 Men; 1. Pierron Amaury // 2. Sebastien Claquin // 3. Elliot Trabac
U21 Women; 1. Axelle Murigneux // 2. Martha Gill
Sorry to leave you for so long enduro disciples! We have our winners!
Stage eight was cancelled due to biblical flooding so the results from stage 7 still stand…
Congratulations to Tracy Moseley and Richie Rude!
Hang tight, we’ll be back, we just need to brave the rain and find out if stage 8 is going to count in this race. This is crazy!
This is huge! We hear riders walked their bikes down stage 8 – except Rude and Keene! SAY WHAT? We’re off into the rain to find confirmation on that. Don’t go anywhere!
Because the thunder has just started up again…
But stage 8 is going to be a nightmare for the riders left – it’s steep with big drops and no-one will have ridden it in the wet. Whoever holds their nerve on stage 8 is going to win this race.
It’s brightening up here and the rain is easing – see what happens when the Pope steps in?!
We’ve found out the problem with the internet here - lightning struck the main station in the valley.
Enrico Guala says the rain will clear as he carries his blessing on the winds from Finale. If stage 8 is cancelled, we’re blaming him.
So look at this awesome picture of Richie Rude under a rainbow instead
The riders left at the top of stage 8 are going to be cold and wet. But at least there’s a bar up there.
If you leave a Scotsman in charge this is what happens. We blame Chris Ball for bringing the weather with him.
We should’ve known this was going to happen when the enduro pope Enrico Guala said he wasn’t coming to Spain as he needed to prepare things for Finale next week. Send us a blessing Enrico! (Or at least some of that Finale sunshine)
There’s some surreal scenes here in Ainsa as everyone tries to shelter from the storm – ever wondered what a Mariachi band sheltering from the rain in the doorway of a 9th Century church doorway looks like? Me neither. But I can tell you it is very, very surreal
And now here comes the lightning!
We’re assuming that stage 8 is on hold unless the riders are prepared to swim down the track, but as we don’t have sub aqua communications available we can’t get hold of anyone to find out.
The weather has taken a turn for the apocalyptic and it’s affecting our network – bear with us if we disappear offline, we’ll always come back!
There’s no let up in the storm here, monsoon style rain and some of the loudest thunder you can imagine – we wonder if they’ll let the riders down 8 in these conditions
There’s big time gaps between leader Moseley, 2nd placed Ravanel (+27sec) and 3rd placed Courdurier (+59sec), but the race for 4th and 5th is closer. Pauline Dieffenthaler is is sitting in 4th, but Kiwi rider Raewynn Morrison is snapping at her back wheel at just 3 secs adrift
When we spoke to yesterday she said she wouldn’t be letting off the gas today despite her lead as she said she knew Cecile would be pushing and had the potential to cause an upset
It’ll be a similar story for the women – they’re due to start stage 8 any minute.
With the times so tight in the men’s category, there is a lot riding on this race for the current top 5 men; Rude, Barelli, Maes, Lau and Graves. All five of them could potentially be on the podium and they’ll know it. That’s a lot of pressure to deal with as they shelter from the rain at the start of the most difficult stage of the race
The whole town is partying here in Ainsa despite the rain – there’s a paella for 2000 people currently being cooked within the walls of the castle. We can only imagine there’s a very different atmosphere at the start line of stage 8….
What a heady mix it is here in Ainsa. The thunder is booming, the 9th century church bells are ringing and there’s approximately six thousand Spanish people going crazy on the side of a mountain in the pouring rain. Incredible!
..is getting very, very heavy
We keep losing connection as the internet is out across the region – and when you see the storm that has just rolled in it’s not surprising; there is some very, very loud thunder out there
The amateur men are starting to filer their way back to the paddock after finishing the race – we just saw one with no chain and no seat. Props to Paul Smail for finishing the race in that state!
IN the women’s race Tracy has a clear lead but there’s plenty that could trip her up – 27 seconds sounds like a big margin but the slightest mistake will see Cecile pounce. Cecile is one of the strongest riders on the circuit and she’s beaten Tracy before
But stage 8 is a beast – and one mistake from Richie like he had earlier today could be all it takes for him to lose this race
Barelli is really finding his feet in the series now – the super quick Frenchman now lives in Whistler and it’s obviously working for him. He came second in Whistler to Rude and it looks like it could be the same here
There’s been a slight delay on stage 8 after a competitor went into some safety netting. The rider is uninjured but as it’s a burly stage with some big drops organisers quite rightly decided to rebuild the safety netting completely before letting anyone else through. Race now live again and we’re getting closer to finding our round 7 winners!
But Lau and Graves could also still make it on to the podium – they’re only 1 and 2 seconds back respectively. Any one of these 4 men could take 2nd or 3rd!
Barelli and Maes are on the same second – Barelli is a mere tenth of a second ahead of Maes
But the race for second place in the men’s is ON!
Richie and Tracy both have comfortable leads going into stage 7 but….
The storm clouds have moved in, there’s huge claps of thunder up above and there is a course hold on stage 8….
Well the internet is still being affected by excessive levels of san miguel and fun, and there’s a whole lot of drama going down here in Ainsa
Bit more information coming in about Anneke’s puncture on stage 6 – she stopped and fixed it on the stage, probably to save her wheel, and that;’s why she had such a slow time
The riders are heading up to the start of stage 8 now but there’s been a short delay on course – more info on that as we get it
Poor Anneke is paying the price of her puncture on stage 2 – after stage 6 she was sitting way off the back in 13th
Things are looking interesting in the women’s race – Pauline Dieffenthaler is in 4th overall and is on course for her best ever EWS result. Kiwi racer Raewynn Morrison is in 5th overall – she’s had a great weekend
Tracy still leads the overall race, but Cecile is making back time and they’ll both be pushing extra hard on stage 8. This is going to be a make or break stage for these ladies!
In the women’s race Cecile has won stage 7! TMo is close behind in 2nd and Isabeau goes 3rd
Rude still has a few secs lead in the overall but he can’t relax – Carlson and Barelli are both right up there and could still win this
Graves has won stage 7! Richie back in 4th place
We have stage 6 results in our grubby little mitts, standby…
We still don’t have any results from round 7 for you, but we’re doing our best to find out. Sorry!
What’s great about enduro is that it’s a level playing field, pros, ams, men and women all follow the same course and ride the exact same stages. Pretty impressive to think that the amateurs fit in the racing around their day job
It’s going to be a tough end to the year – both Spain this weekend and Italy next are long, physical races. Having the two races back to back means that racers will have roughly 400km in the legs after practice and racing at both – that’s a lot of pedalling!
Equally a win here could put them in a great position as they head to Italy next weekend.
This race is a lot of fun – but it’s a serious one for the riders as this time next week we’ll be in Finale for the last race of the year. If Tracy or Richie make a mistake here they could lose their series lead and risk their world champ chances
There’s a particularly tricky section on stage 8 and the whole of Ainsa seems to have made their way there to see the pros do their thing
The clouds are rolling in and it looks like there’s a storm brewing – just in time for stage 8, one of the hardest tracks of the course. This could be interesting…
The crowd here is the biggest we’ve ever seen at any EWS round – thousands upon thousands of fans have hiked out to the stages and there is a party atmosphere everywhere you go
The pro women are starting stage 7 now
The connectivity issues we are having mean we don’t know any times for stage 7, but luckily we have a crack team of spies lining the stages here in Ainsa who can keep us to date
And we hear Joe Smith went over the bars right on the finish line, but he’s ok and is still smiling
The men’s field outwith the top 30 are starting to make their way down stage 7 now
The internet is being worked on as we speak and we should have some more stage results for you very, very soon.
We think the party got a bit too rowdy for the internet here in Spain and we’re having a few issues – bear with us, we’ll be back very shortly. In the meantime, crack a beer, put your feet up and place your bets on who’s going to win Round 7….
It’s a long liaison from 6 to 7 – in fact it’s a long day all round – the riders will do 43km in total today – including 1607m of descent
And don’t forget you can follow the live timing for the race here - http://live.chronosome.fr/#/
The women are on their way to stage 7 now, they’ll be feeling the heat as it’s hot out here today – possibility of another storm this afternoon though which could make things very interesting…
Rude still leads in the overall, Barelli is in 2nd and Vouilloz 3rd, Maes 4th and Lau 5th
U21 rider Adrien dailly is doing France proud – he’d be in the top 20 if he was racing the senior category
That’s a great result for Lau. We know the young French rider is capable of winning – he lifted the trophy in Scotland last year – but he’s been up and down this season so this will be a great confidence boost
Look at those times! Rude, Maes, Carlson and Barel are all on the same second!
Richie can’t beat Lau’s time – goes into 2nd!
Lots of fast Frenchies now on stage 6 – Barel, Vouillioz, Nicolai and Clementz
Another legend now on course is Fabien – he had a nasty crash yesterday but we know he’s an expert at making up the time when it really matters
Lau leads Mae by 1 sec on 6 – can Rude do better?
Nico Lau goes faster! Maes 2nd!
Nico on course now – can the legend better Carlson’s time?
Barelli comes through looking fast but only manages 6th – Rude will be down any second
Bailly Maitre goes into 3rd!
Josh carlson goes into the lead on stage 6!
He’s down in 3min50 – can anyone beat that?
Jared Graves on course now - can he beat team mate Rude?
It looks like Anneke punctured on stage 6 – losing her over 2 mins – that’s a lot of time to make up
Gracia also punctured on the stage
The top 30 men are just starting stage 6 now – can anyone put enough time into Richie Rude to leapfrog him in the overall? He’s 11 secs up on Barelli currently
Tracy wins stage 6! Isabeau is 2nd and Cecile goes 3rd!
We think Beerte must have had a problem on stage 6 – she’s way back. She had a nasty crash on stage 2 yesterday and beat herself up pretty good, but she’s one determined lady. Her manager Paddy said unless her leg is hanging off Anneke races – she’s a tough cookie
We hear Tracy was on a flyer too though! She apprently looked super smooth and focused as she made her way down 6
Isabeau Courdurier apparently looked lightning fast on stage 6!
We’ve just heard from the hill that the pro women are now on stage 6 – can Cecile and Anneke beat Tracy again?
Speaking to Trcay after the race yesterday she said one of the things that made riding here so special was the crowds. She said she’s never known such a knowledgable crowd – she said they knew every woman’s name and were cheering them all on.
The top 20 women are just lining up for the start of stage 6 now and so we should have some results very soon…
It’s not just the riding that is incredible here in Ainsa – this is what the town looked like yesterday just before the racing got going – so beautiful.
We’re thinking of adding a new rule in the EWS – mandatory bars on all stages
There are thousands of spectators here today – there’s a party atmosphere out on course with live music, bars at the end of every stage and a lot – and we mean a lot – of noise
Remember that there’s a delay on the stage 6 start times of one hour – so it’s about another 20 mins until we’ll have the pro women on course
Scanning through the stage 5 results we can see that Maes’ win on that stage has pushed him up a few spots in the overall – he’s now sitting in 4th in the overall and is just five secs behind Vouilloz
And in the U21 women it’s Axelle Murigneux who leads out Martha Gill. Great to see some young women coming up though the ranks. These two young ladies are really making their mark on the scene and are definitely names to watch out for in the future
And Tmo may have been third on stage 5, but she leads Ravanel by a massive 23 seconds – with just three stages left in this race that’s a lot of time to make up – but Ravanel is a strong rider and there’s no way she’ll back down. This is going to be interesting!
He may have finished 12th on stage 5, but he still heads into stage 6 with an 11 sec lead over nearest rival Barelli
Well despite both not having the best stage, Rude and Mosely still have a comfortabe lead in the overall
We’ll be back in 5 – we’re off to hunt down the full stage 5 results – don’t go anywhere!
The delay on stage 6 means it’s about an other hour before we see the women dropping into stage 6, but the amateur men will already be on their way to stage 7. There’s a huge amateur field here and it’s great to see how many Spanish there are in the start list
It feels like it’s just a matter of time until Martin Maes wins his first race – he’s come very close on a few occasions but the young Belgian has never quite made it on to the top spot of the podium. That could all change today though if he continues to ride like this
Looks like Rude hasn’t got his clean sweep of stages he was hoping for – that mistake on stage 5 has cost him dearly and he finished the stage in 12th – we’ll have to wait for his time to see if he still leads in the overall
The under 21 men are now hitting stage 6 and it’s Pierron Amaury in the lead – he’s having an incredible race this weekend and posted a couple of times that would have landed him in the top 20 in the men’s race
We don’t have any more info about who the rider is, but we’ve been told it’s not serious and the rider incolved is ok
Word just back from the hill that an injury on course means there will be a one hour delay on stage 6
Tracy may have come third on stage 5, but she only lost two seconds to Cecile Ravanel, so still leads the overall race by 23 seconds
Looks as if Maes has taken stage 5! Rude back in 12th place
No Ravanel is faster – she takes stage 5 from Beerten by less than a second!
In the women’s race it looks like Beerten took stage 5, Ravanel in 2nd and Moseley in third
Barelli is in 2nd, but 2 secs back on Maes
Maes is leading stage 5 – he’s so fast!
And it was a close call for Rude who looked like he was going to crash – saved it but will have cost him a good few seconds
And Fabien just jumped a huge gap on stage 5 – massive cheer from crowd!
We’ve just heard the pros are dropping into the first stage of the day now, stage 5, and apparently Martin Maes went through like a madman – so fast!
In the women’s race it was a fight for the top spot between Tracy Moseley and Cecile Ravanel, with each taking two stages apiece. But Tracy’s blistering time on stage 2 puts her nearly 26 seconds ahead of Cecile. Young gun Isabeau Courdurier sits in third.
If you missed yesterday’s action then you missed out!
In the men’s race Richie Rude was on fire, winning all 4 stages in convincing fashion, with Yoann Barelli in 2nd and Nicolas Vouilloz in third
Welcome back amigos! Day 2 of racing and we are in for an incredible four more stages today…
What an amazing day! Amazing race, huge crowds and a party atmosphere like no other here in Ainsa – definitely a race to be remembered. And the best bit? We’re doing it all again tomorrow!
Tune back in tomorrow at 11am CET to find out if Tracy and Richie can stay on top to win round 7 or if there’ll be some surprises thrown into the mix….
Full results will be available on www.enduroworldseries.com shortly.
Adios amigos, hasta manana!
As soon as we have confirmation of the full results from today we’ll get them up!
Richie has the ride of his life and has won every stage of today’s race. He starts tomorrow leading not only the race but also the overall series. Not a bad place to be with only one and a half races left to go…
Richie does it! He’s won all 4 of today’s stages!
Barel continues to make up time after a bad stage 2 and goes 3rd on stage 4
The times are insane on stage 4 – the current top 3 are all within 1 sec of each other!
And now nico Vouilloz goes into 1st!
Not long now until we know who has won the first day of racing and will be leading the men’s race
What a day for Barelli – he’s just gone into 1st!
We’re at the sharp end of the men’s field now and there are just a few of the top guys left to come through stage 4 – can Rude make it a clean sweep?
Francois Bailly Maitre crosses the line in 1st – just .01 ahead of Graves!
Absalon is having a great day, crosses the line in 5th
And Thomas drops in and goes 2nd!
Rene crosses the line in 4th, still a few fast men on the hill
But Graves overtakes him and leads 4 now!
In the men’s race Oton leads stage 4, but plenty of men still to go
So Tracy still finishes the day leading the overall, but with 2 stage wins each, the race between her and Cecile Ravanel is really hotting up ahead of tomorrow’s stages
Disclaimer; we said it was provisional and, ahem, it actually looks like Cecile took stage 4 so… Go Cecile!
It’s still provisional, but it looks like Tracy has won stage 4!
We hear the women are on stage 4 now – the top 3 will be dropping in in the next couple of minutes and then we’ll have our results very soon. Can Tracy hold on to finish the first day out front? She’s 26 secs up but Cecile will be pushing hard…
Yesterday the riders were treated to a 1km sausage (not a euphemism) when they finished the prologue, today they will be treated to free beer – although judging by how tired the ams who are finished look, we think most will be heading back to their hotels for an early night and some heavy carb loading
We’ve got about another 15 minutes until the pro women reach stage 4, the last stage of the day
Jerome is sitting in 8th place but he’ll be going all out on stage 4 to try and make up some time
Raewyn Morrison is a name to watch – the Scottish rider is sitting in 6th which may come as a surprise to the pros, but not those who’ve seen her tear up the trails at home. The amateur rider is having the race of her life!
And Graves has gone into third, Lau into 4th and Vouilloz has dropped back to 5th
In the men’s race Rude is putting more time between him and the rest of the field with every stage – he now leads Barelli by 12 secs
That’s a great ride from Pauline and if she continues at this pace she’ll be on course for her best ever EWS result – but she’ll need to watch out for Anita Gehrig who’s just behind in 5th
Woah! Tracy is killing it – she’s won stage 3 and now leads the race by 26 seconds! Cecile in 2nd, Isabeau 3rd and Pauline Dieffenthaler in 4th!
1 (1) 19 RUDE Richie MEN / MASCULINO Yeti / Fox Shox Factory Race T 4:39.693 (1) 7:43.476 (1) 4:03.385 (1) 16:26.554
2 (2) 9 BARELLI Yoann 3 (3) 1 GRAVES Jared 4:47.123 (10) 7:50.680 (4) 4:04.764 (3) 16:42.567 16.0134:43.559 (5) 7:48.008 (2) 4:07.514 (9) 16:39.081 12.527
2 (2) 9 BARELLI Yoann MEN / MASCULINO Giant Factory Off-Road Team 4:43.559 (5) 7:48.008 (2) 4:07.514 (9) 16:39.081 12.527
3 (3) 1 GRAVES Jared MEN / MASCULINO Yeti / Fox Shox Factory Race T 4:47.123 (10) 7:50.680 (4) 4:04.764 (3) 16:42.567 16.013
4 (4) 4 LAU Nico MEN / MASCULINO Cube Action Team 4:43.430 (4) 7:52.676 (6) 4:06.554 (4) 16:42.660 16.106
5 (5) 23 VOUILLOZ Nicolas MEN / MASCULINO Lapierre Gravity Republic 4:41.285 (2) 7:54.298 (8) 4:07.675 (10) 16:43.258 16.704
6 (6) 10 MAES Martin MEN / MASCULINO GT Factory Racing 4:43.931 (6) 7:50.618 (3) 4:10.071 (21) 16:44.620 18.066
7 (7) 8 BAILLY-MAITRE Francois MEN / MASCULINO BMC Factory Trailcrew 4:48.697 (13) 7:57.551 (11) 4:03.851 (2) 16:50.099 23.545
8 (8) 22 CLEMENTZ Jerome MEN / MASCULINO Cannondale Overmountain Team 4:48.575 (11) 7:52.096 (5) 4:09.773 (18) 16:50.444 23.890
9 (9) 13 ABSALON Remy MEN / MASCULINO Scott SR Suntour Enduro Team 4:49.511 (16) 7:57.405 (10) 4:09.447 (16) 16:56.363 29.809
10 (10) 25 CARLSON Josh MEN / MASCULINO Giant Factory Off-Road Team 4:55.328 (23) 7:53.108 (7) 4:09.901 (19) 16:58.337 31.783
It’s a clean sweep for young Richie Rude as he takes stage 3 – he’s won every stage so far today!
The interpretive rain dance that EWS head honcho Chris Ball performed at the top of stage 3 worked and we have the results….
Bear with us while we temporarily abandon post to offer up a sacrifice to the gods of weather and internet to get this show back on the road. Back with the women’s results any minute now…
We know all the pro women are through stage 3 safely, but it looks like the storm may have knocked out the live timing temporarily – results as soon as it’s back up and running
Given that the surface of stage 3 is basically just fossils, it’s safe to say the riders may struggle to know how to cope with it in the wet
This weather could really mix things up for the pros – it’s been hot and sunny all week and when they practiced the tracks they were bone dry, dusty and loose
The storm is still raging and it could well be the pros ride the rest of the day in hail, thunder and lightning
Rain is affecting play… the men are being restarted on stage 3, hang fire and we’ll get you results as soon as we can
There’s now rain, thunder and lightning – we’re waiting to find out if it may delay stage 3
Think we’re in for a proper storm….
The rain has made it to Ainsa town and the square is full of amateurs who’ve just finished the race looking for some shelter to enjoy their beers under
The rain has moved in over stage 3 and it is torrential up there! Not going to be a lot of fun for the pros to tackle that stage in this weather
And that there’s plenty of riders ready to go at stage 3 and everyone seems to have made their liaison time comfortably
There’s going to be another 15 mins before we get the stage 3 results, but we can tell you that we hear that Tracy is looking cool, calm and collected on the liaison
The rain is falling very gently in Ainsa old town but the sky looks really dark over towards the stages. We hope the riders remembered to pack a jacket…
The last of the amateurs are heading through stage 3 now and the pro women will be on course very soon.
Who can forget Barel’s incredible victory in Finale last year – his first race back since breaking his back in Chile at the start of the year. Possibly one of the most impressive comebacks in the history of cycling!
Barel is now 30 secs back on race leader Richie Rude. But if there’s one thing we all know Fabien’s capable of, it’s an amazing comeback.
Gracia is back in 38th, not the best day at the office for him
The riders will now be on their way over to stage 3, it’s another long liaison and the sky has turned ominously dark overhead – looks like we may be in for a storm
Adrien Dailly is having the ride of his life – he’s 21st in the overall and beating some big names in the process
Fabien seems to have lost a lot of time on stage 2 – he’s dropped from 3rd to 25th – we think he must have had a problem
Josh Carlson is sitting in 7th after 2 stages – he came close to victory in Whistler last month and he’s looking strong today showing that result wasn’t a one off – he’s definitely a podium contender
Our eyes and ears on the hill tell us that Tracy was looking focused and calm – they suspect she always planned to ride conservatively on stage 1 and smash stage 2. It’ll be very hard for anyone to make up that 20 secs on her
Richie Rude is now 5 secs up in the overall, Barelli in 2nd and Maes in 3rd
Rude has taken stage 2 as well!
That’s the top men on stage 2 now, we should know if Rude can do it again very soon
We hear Graves crased on stage 2 as did Anneke Beerten, but both are carrying on and are ok
Jared Graves is leading the me on stage 2 currently, but his team mate and current series leader Richie Rude is about to drop in so who know what could happen next…
If (and it’s a big if) our spies on the hill have got their maths right, Tracy looks to be leading the race by 20 secs with Cecile in 2nd. We’re trying to get confirmation now…
We can’t stress enough that these results are provisional but… we think TMo just smashed stage 2!
The top 20 women are now starting stage 2 and making their way down this brutally long track that finishes with a steep climb at the end – it’s hot outside and this is going to be a real crux in the race. Will the riders decide to conserve energy or go for the stage win? We’ll find out very soon….
In the Masters category, it’s the man with the best name in Enduro leading the field, it’s the UK’s Woody Hole
And Under 21 rider Adrien Dailly is smoking them all! He’s beating the likes of fomer world cup downhillers Julian Cammelini and Matti Leiheikonin by 4 secs!
Some of the pro men that are a bit deeper in the field are starting to come through stage 2 and….
In about 20 minutes we’ll have the top women hitting stage 2 – as soon as we have the results we’ll bring them to you
Because of the delay this morning things are running a little later here and we’re approximately an hour behind schedule so it’s another hour before we have any pro times from stage 2
Apparently the biggest boo of the race so far went to media mogul Sven Martin for disobeying a marshall, tut tut…
There’s huge crowds turned out here in Spain and they’re lively! I don’t know if it’s because of the beer out on course or the excitement of the race, but it’s loud out there! And we haven’t on good authority that there’s a lot of heckling out there…
Stage 2 is a really long track – and there’s a brutal climb right at the end of the stage. It’s going to take a lot out of the riders
The amateur men are on stage 2 now and we’ll bring you the results as we get them, but it’s over an hour until we’ll see any pros down there
We knew the Spanish loved enduro, but we’ve just had word that a particularly keen group are cycling here all the way from Barcelona – that’s 172 miles!
There was a prologue through the anicient streets of Ainsa last night watched by a 3000 strong crowd. There was plenty to keep them entertained as some of the riders donned fancy dress and others downed shots of tequila mid way through the race, courtesy of Mark Maurissen of GT who created a very unique style of feed zone…
There’s a huge amateur field here in Spain. Great to see so many Spanish riders and there’s a big European contingent as well, especially from the UK, the Spanish sun was too hard to resist
And speaking of the U21 men, it’s series leader Adrien Dailly who is out front after 2 stages
Great to see young Martin Maes sitting in 6th. It’s easy to forget how young he is as he’s been on the scene for so long, but he could still choose to in the U21 category if he wanted, but he prefers to race in the senior field. Much to the relief of the rest of the U21 category we imagine
There’s been a lot of talk amongst the riders this week about the liaison stages – they’re incredible trails but they don’t allow any room to relax. There’s steep drops on a lot of them and it definitely requires the racers to keep their focus – they’ll definitely add to the rider’s fatigue
The riders will do 4 stages in total today, taking in a whopping 43km of pedalling and over 2100m of descent
There’s been a definite party atmosphere in Ainsa all week, but there was a shift in mood this morning as riders focus on the next two days of racing. They’re in for long, physical days and the temperatureios beginning to soar in this beautiful corner of Northern Spain
Anneke has put in a solid time and is sitting in 4th, but is 8 seconds back on race leader Cecile
Great to see two young guns in the top 20 overall – Pierron Aumaury and Elliot Trabac are sitting in 18th and 20th respectively
There’s a long old liaison up to stage 2 so it’ll be a while before we have any results, but don’t go anywhere as there’s plenty of action to come
Nico Lau is sitting in 4th after stage 1 – this race is going to suit him as it’s similar terrain to his home in France
Fabien Barel just announced he’ll retire at the end of this season. But don’t be fooled into thinking he’ll have his slippers on just yet – he left the stage this morning with a steely look in his eye and will be looking to go out in style. If he wins here and in Italy next week he could still be crownd world champ
After stage 1 the top three men;
1. Richie Rude
2. Nico Vouilloz
3. Fabien Barel
The young American leads the series and is looking fast – he’s definitely gained in confidence since he took his frst EWS win in France earlier this year
Nico leads stage 1!! The legend is through stage one and in the lead – but young pretender Richie Rude is still to come down…
The men are on stage 1 now and the fast guys are starting to drop in…
After stage 1 the women’s top 3 looks like this;
1. Cecile Ravanel
2. Tracy Moseley
3. Isabeau Courdurier
Poor Anne Caroline Chausson is out for the rest of the season on health grounds. She won the first race of the year but pulled out of round two in Ireland and hasn’t been back. Tracy’s main rival may be out but it does look like Cecile is out to make Tracy really work for that world champs title
The battle for the overall in thw women’s race is between Tracy and Cecile – Tracy leads the points but Ravanel has been consistent all year and a win from her here could be enough to upset Tracy’s quest for her third world champ title
In the women’s race it looks like Cecile has taken the first stage and is leading Tracy by 2 seconds – but there’s still 7 stages of this race left over today and tomorrow
We stand corrected – Cecile Ravanel goes faster by two seconds.
It looks like true to form Tracy Moseley has taken the first stage of the day!
The sun is shining, all riders are on course and this race is go! The women are just through stage one and we have news…
Hola amigos! Welcome to Ainsa-Sobrarbe in Northern Spain – a beautiful region filled with medieval castles, abandoned villages and some of the best trails in Europe.
Five hundred riders will be heading out today on the first day of racing across four long, rocky stages and we’ll be here to bring you all the action as it happens. A slightly delayed start here means we won’t be live until 12.45pm CET.
See you then!
We experienced a lot of riders and shuttle drivers ignoring the marshals at the end of Stage 7 today. Please remember that these very generous people are volunteers and they are trying to protect you from a busy road and also keep traffic moving.
Please respect what they have to say and we can all be happy!
The EWS team
Hi All riders,
We’ve had some questions regarding walking stages that are closed on Friday.
We can confirm that walking stages is OK when stages are closed to riding. However, please do not take a bike with you to avoid any confusion.
The EWS team
Welcome to Zona Zero Ainsa Sobrabe, Spain.
Welcome to Ainsa and the amazing Zona Zero trail network. For those of you shuttling yourselves during training, here are the maps that include the driving routes that you can use to access the trails. Please remember, you can only drive on public roads and NO driving off road is allowed.