Round 4 – 27–28 May 2017
The Coillte Emerald Enduro
Another race done! At the mid point of the season Cecile Ravanel and Greg Callaghan lead the overall series points and will be the last down the hill at round 5.
What an incredible race and what unbelievable support for the series here in Ireland – a huge, huge thank you to Niall and the biking.ie team on the ground here!
We’re off to crowd surf the podium as is tradition in Ireland, but we’ll be back on June 30 to bring you all the good from round 5 in Millau, France. Until then enduro pals!
All the results will be up on the results page of enduroworldseries.com very soon, but in the meantime here’s your top 5 men;
1 Adrien Dailly
2 Sam Hill
3 Martin Maes
4 Jesse Melamed
5 Richie Rude
There’s now a leprechaun and a viking having a dance off on stage while we wait for podiums – now there’s a sentence you don’t say every day.
It is chaos here in Ireland! There’s Mexican waves, there’s chainsaws and there’s so much noise it’s very, very hard to concentrate enough to write this! It’s mental!
Greg came home to a hero’s welcome and the crowd love him and he’s swamped with fans right now! He finishes his day in 10th which is enough to keep the series lead!
Adrien Dailly wins his second EWS of the year! Sam Hill is 2nd and Martin Maes is 3rd!
He wins the stage and the race!
Hill goes 2nd on stage 6! Which means Dailly will clinch the win unless Greg Callaghan has the luck of the Irish on his side and makes up over 30 seconds on one stage…
Will anyone be able to topple Dailly? Maes goes 2nd! Just Hill that can do it now!
Adrien Dailly goes into the lead!
He gets a huge cheer from the fans – and here comes Dailly!!!!
And if holding the last men to announce the results wasn’t dramatic enough they are now pumping out the opera. Rude comes through – says he had a good day but found it hard!
And JC send it for the crowds! So fast!
The top 10 men have finished stage 6 but the crowds are pouring down the hill in their thousands so they’re holding those last riders to let the fans get into the finish bowl for the results… There is a LOT of people on their way down… Talk amongst yourselves, we may be sometime…
Has it cost him the overall? Will Hill take it instead? Can Maes pull it out of the bag?
Mark Scott looking as stylish as ever as he sends it over the booter on the way to the line
The crowds are lining the finish bowl, the euro tunes are pumping, our film crew are hanging around the hot seat like both the literal and proverbial bad smell they are – it can only mean one thing…
We are very, very close to knowing who has won this race!
is still holding… Can Dailly etc do anything about it? Wallner couldn’t – he’s in 2nd currently
Jesse Melamed is sitting in the hot seat currently – what can the top 5 men do to unseat him?!
Shout out to new face Ibis rider Zakarias Blom Johansen from Norway – he was sitting in 9th place going into the last stage of the day – way to make an impression!
Jerome Clementz’s 4th place is in jeopardy after a crash at the top of stage 6…
Winton is in the pits draped in a Scottish flag looking pretty stoked! Yeah Katy! Here she was in action on stage 6…
And now we wait for the top 30 men to come down 6…
The women have been incredible here today! It’s Cecile on the top of the podium again, but Isabeau Courdurier and Noga Korem who were 2nd and 3rd in Madeira were 7th and 9th here respectively. Instead it’s Katy Winton from Scotland who has gone 2nd – her best ever result – and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau in 3rd!
Cecile wins in Ireland! katy Winton in 2nd and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau is 3rd! Amaazing race from the women today!!!
A lot of the crowds seem to be making their way down the hill so they’re in the finish bowl for the end of the race – it’s loud!
So all we need is for Cecile to come back and we’ll know if her 2nd position will hold!
Isabeau Courdurier is home safe – says she didn’t have a great race but thanked the crowd for cheering her on and keeping it fun
Anita goes into the lead on 6 – can anyone beat her time of 5:16?
But the top 10 women’s results are still to come – will cecile smash it? Can Katy take her first ever 2nd place? Can Andreane hang on to third? SO MANY QUESTIONS!
All the women are through stage 6 – which means they’ll be passing the timing upload station very soon and we’ll know who has won this race – EXCITING!
Last stage of today is the Emerald Express and it’s 2km of fun; this stage has a bit of everything thrown in and it’s a real favourite amongst the riders. Right as riders drop in there’s ‘carnage corner’ – a set of steep drops onto rock slabs that have taken out many a rider over the last two outings here. Towards the end of the stage it opens up into a sort of natural amphitheatre which draws the fans in and is currently of the noisiest spots of the whole day – the atmosphere is crazy in there right now as the fans wait for the women to come through
Estelle Charles wins the U21 Women’s race! Local lady Leah Maunsell goes 2nd, with Martha Gill in 3rd, Elena Melton in 4th and Abigale Lawton in 5th
Someone who is much better at maths than me has just told me that Callaghan could still retain the series lead – as long as he doesn’t drop below his current 11th position – but only if Sam Hill stays in second… It’s all getting a bit exciting over here!
It’s getting exciting! Going into the final stage of the day Adrien Dailly has a 7 second advantage over Sam Hill in 2nd and back in 3rd is Martin Maes. Sam was 2nd here last year – can he put 8 seconds into Adrien Dailly to take the win? We wouldn’t put it past him – but Dailly is FAST today. Inneresting!
Dailly wins stage 5 to cement his race lead! Hill is nearly 8 seconds back and Maes is 14 seconds back in 3rd!
So now we just need to see if Greg can go faster!
We’re just waiting for Hill and Callaghan now… Can either of them topple Dailly?
Adrien is leading stage 5! Melamed 2nd and Rude 3rd – can Maes, Hill or Callaghan do anything to change that? Stay tuned to find out!
If you’re wondering what today’s stages look like then let Tracy Moseley and Ric McLaughlin be your guides…
The top men are on stage 5 now and should be all fuelled up and raring to go for the last stage of the race after they swung by the pits en route for lunch. Air Mail has been used in many a national downhill race over the years and you can see why – it’s fast and steep. The biggest jump of the day features in here – nearly 40ft for some of the fastest racers. At 1.8km it’s not that long a stage but it’s got 263m of descent and was won by Tracy Moseley and Richie Rude last year. Can Richie do it again this year to try and claw back time and move him up from his current 7th position?
Greg Callaghan has had a huge weight of expectation going into this race, and he’s not having a great time. He’s won here the last 2 years in a row, but today’s just not his day. Here’s what he said a short while ago when he stopped by the pits after stage 4;
Sam Hill’s team mate Elliot Heap wins the U21 race! Thibault Laly is 2nd and in third it’s Cole Lucas. Well done!
We just heard that Sam Hill’s flat on stage 3 was nearly a race ender for him – he plugged it but then the plug punctured his tube. Luckliy Maes stepped in and lent him a tube so he could carry on in the race
Winton is on course for her best ever EWS result – if she can hold on to that 2nd place as she hits stage 6, the last of the day, she’ll not only get 2nd but would be on course to move into 2nd overall in the series ranking as well…
Cecile is the dominant force in the women’s field – just look at the number of stage wins she’s had this year…
Cecile has won every stage so far today and leads the race by 28 seconds! Katy Winton is 2nd and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau goes into 3rd!
And Katy Winton goes 2nd! Carolin Gehrig goes 3rd!
We hear Ines Thoma did have a crash on stage 5 – and here it is!
The women are on stage 5 and we hear that Ines Thoma of Canyon has had a mechanical – possibly as the result of a crash. Will that affect her placing today – most likely…
Here’s Josh Bryceland on stage 5 throwing some shapes for the crowd – what a legend!
Ireland’s Soph Bagnall is leading the Master’s women after 5 stages – she’s 54 seconds up on series leader Mary Mcconneloug of the USA
After 5 stages Estelle Charles leads the U21 women, with Leah Maunsell in 2nd, Martha Gill in 3rd, Elena Melton in 4th and Abigale Lawton in 5th
In about 10 minutes – we’re off to scour the pits for juicy gossip from the hill…
Check out Thomas Lapeyrie’s practice video from stage one…
And in the U21 Women it’s a very close battle between Estelle Charles and Leah Maunsell – Estelle leads Leah by less than a second! Martha Gill is in 3rd and is 16 seconds back with 2 stages to go
And here’s an update on the U21 Men – Elliot Heap leads the race going into the final stage of the day. Thibault Laly is 20 secs back in 2nd and Cole Lucas is 32 secs adrift in 3rd place
Currently there are only 7 seconds separating Adrien Dailly in 1st and Martin Maes in third with 2 stages to go! The race for first is on – and Dailly, Hill and Maes are all within touching distance of the podium…
Hill is making up time and there’s now just 3 seconds between them with 2 stages to go! Maes in 3rd, Clementz in 4th and Melamed 5th.
Callaghan drops to 12th
Greg 20th on stage 4 – Hill wins the stage!
Holl goes into the lead on 4 – but where’s Greg?! Standby while we try to find out…
Jesse is leading stage 4. If anyone needs some luck it’s this guy. Poor Jesse was leading the race in Madeira until a destroyed wheel on the 2nd day of racing ended his chances. The Rocky Mountain rider is definitely on the cusp of a win – it doesn’t look like it’s going to be here but just wait until round 7 on his home trails in Whistler…
The men are now on stage 4 now.
Stage 4 is called Narnia – but it should be known as gnarnia thanks to its constant corners and tight tree sections. Riders break for a quick lunch stop after this and it’s well earned! Easily accessible from the race village, this is another fan favourite.
Trek star Katy Winton has just come back to the race village for lunch – and she doesn’t know that she’s lying 2nd in the race! She says she doesn’t know where she is in the race and is happy to keep it that way – she says she’s just going to keep doing what’s she’s doing. Good plan Katy, you’re smashing it!
The sharp end of the men’s field is on stage 4 now – can Adrien Dailly make it another stage win? Can Greg mount a comeback? And will Sam Hill sort out that puncture before he needs to start stage 4?!
The support for Greg here is insane! Here he is on the way to stage 4 now – and watch out for Hill behind with a flat…
Cecile is all over this race – she just won stage 4 and extended her lead even further – she’s now 25 secs up on Katy Winton in 2nd place. Anita Gehrig has jumped up to 3rd, Andreane Lanthier Nadeu slips to 4th and Ines Thoma moves into 5th
That crash on stage 3 has cost Callaghan dear, he’s back in 11th with 30 seconds between him and race leader Dailly. That’s an almost impossible task to make up with just 3 stages left – but he’ll be looking to make up time to try and maintain that all important overall series lead
Dailly leads the race still! He’s 11 seconds up on Martin Maes and in third it’s Sam Hill who’s 12 seconds back!
Jared wins stage 3! Dailly 2nd, Maes 3rd!
Jared Graves is currently leading stage 3 – what can the rest of the field do to his time? Oton is 5 secs back in 2nd – but let’s see what Maes, Hill and Callaghan can do…
Karim Amour wins the race! Nigel Page’s super pimpin Barry Sheene race kit wasn’t enough to propel him into 1st and he has to settle for 2nd and former Master World Champion Woody Hole goes third.
Nigel Page will now be keeping his eye out for his team mates Elliot Heap in U21 and Sam Hill in pro men
Katy Winton from Scotland is having the ride of her life! She took her first stage win in Rotorua at the start of the year and was sitting 3rd in the series points going into this race – but a good result would see her leapfrog Ines Thoma and move into 2nd! She’s only 15 seconds off Cecile… And Cecile hates riding wet trails and Katy loves them – could she even be on for her first win? It’s too EXCITING!
Cecile wins stage 3! But Isabeau had a shocker – she came 20th – so Katy Winton moves up to 2nd in the overall standings!!!
This back from our man in the sky – that’s some great crowds on stage 3!
If you ever wonder how we get footage from the hill so quickly it’s thanks to media squids like these…
Isabeau made those rocks at the start of 3 look easy – they’re really not! A few of the amateur racers opted to run down them rather than ride them – the crowd there makes the prospect of a fall even more intimidating. Isabeau is through stage 3 now and on her way to the timing upload station – expect her time soon
The women are en route to stage 3 and last woman down will be series and today’s race leader Cecile Ravanel.
Stage 3 is known as jungle boogie. Famous for the rock gardens at the start of the stage, this trail is the longest of the day at 2.7km. There’s a lot of pedalling thanks to the mellow gradient (-8%) – but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s easy – this was stage 2 last year and it was the cause of many a puncture, including Richie Rude who dropped a ton of time and had to spend the rest of the day fighting hard to claw back the seconds.
The U21 men are just through stage 4 and the overall with 2 stages left looks like this;
1 Elliot Heap
2 Thibault Laly
3 Cole Lucas
4 Killian Callaghan
5 Daniel Schemmel
That crash on stage 2 has cost local boy Greg – drops to 9th in the overall
So after 2 stages;
1 Adrien Dailly
2 Sam Hill + 0.05 secs
3 Martin Maes +0:11secs
Adrien wins stage 2 as well! Hill 2nd, Maes 3rd, Callaghan back in 16th after that crash
Greg has crashed on stage 2 – he’s ok and back on his bike – standby for more details
Dailly goes into the lead on 2 by 6 seconds! Can anyone beat that?!
Lewis Buchanan’s time is still holding and he still leads stage 2. Rude has gone into 9th – has his tyre choice cost him time? We’re still waiting for Hill, Maes and Callaghan’s times…
Stage 3 is up next for the women and there’s a huge crowd up there waiting to cheer them on – it’s a long hike but the irish are a hardy bunch and we saw the first crowds arriving on site from 8am to start the long walk up to the top
Trek rider Lewis Buchanan is leading stage 2, 1 second up on Rocky Mountain’s Jesse Melamed – can he stave off the likes of Maes, Rude and Hill though?!
Stage 2 is pretty slippy and that’s what the top guys are all talking about as they wait to drop in. And here they are…
We’ve an update on Bex – it looks like her race may be over – after a 2nd attempt to fix her stage 2 puncture failed – she’s no chance of making her start time on 3 now
And news just in that Oton has a rear flat on stage 2
The top 30 men will be hitting stage 2 any second now – standby to see if anyone can beat flying Frenchman and race leader Adrien Dailly
Cecile Ravanel leads the race, Isabeau is 5 secs back and 3rd is Winton who’s just 6 secs back! The battle for 2nd place between Isabeau and Katy just got real!
Cecile wins stage 2 and leads the race!
Isabeau leads stage 2 with Katy Winton going into 2nd – can Ines or Cecile do better?
We hear Ines Thoma just rode down stage 2 with a huge grin on her face and is loving those crowds up there – there are THOUSANDS of fans everywhere!
That’s the sharp end of the women’s field starting to hit stage 2 and we hear it’s a puncture for poor Bex Baraona
Greg said stage 1 was sketchy but happy to be down safe and is on the short liaison to stage 2 now. Martin Maes not so happy – the GT rider thinks he have bent a pedal – says it’s going to be a long day for him now
Jedi Master is the name for stage 2 – and if you’re going to do well on it that’s exactly what you have to be. Fast and furious is the name of the game here, with lots of high speed sections. This trail will suit the physical riders who can hang on as they hit speeds of around 60kmph – including on some really narrow sections. With a gradient of 11% and at 2km long this will be one of the most physical stages in the race. There’s some big jumps at the bottom too so there are already plenty of those rowdy Irish fans lining this section of the trail. And with slippy conditions after yesterday’s rain those drops will be key to getting down safely
Adrien Dailly only leads Sam Hill by 1 second! Jerome 3 secs back, Wallner is 4 secs back and Callaghan 6 secs off the pace. Still 5 stages to go!
Adrien wins stage 1! Hill 2nd, Clementz 3rd, Wallner 4th and Callaghan 5th!
Martin goes into 4th – 6 secs back on Dailly. Can anyone beat that time Dailly set? Hill can’t! Goes 2nd – where’s Greg?
Adrien has gone into the lead – what can Sam Hill and Greg do now? Can they beat that time?!
Clementz is leading stage 1 by less than 1 second! Wallner in 2nd, Rude 3rd. Can Greg put in a better time?!
Richie Rude has just told T-Mo that he’s made the wrong tyre choice for the conditions – he’s hoping it dries out. This is a crucial race for him – he desperately needs some points if he is to hold on to that world champ title for a third year
We hear Sam Hill is on a flier on stage 1 – stay tuned for his time!
First up today is the aptly named Full Gas which the pro men are on now. Built for the race, this trail is a good way to make sure the riders start the day fully awake… Just 50 metres into the trail racers are faced with big drops followed by some hight and seriously tight turns. However, the most technical section is near the bottom – the ‘double drop.’ A super steep section of trail separated by a narrow forest road. During practice a lot of the top riders were sending this into next week – jumping the road and clearing a full 20 feet before hitting the trail again.
Remi Gauvin having fun but told our other reporter in the field (the legendary Tracy Moseley) that he wishes he had his mud tyres on for stage1
The pro men are starting to come through stage 1 now and it’s currently Joe Nation leading the way, with Irenee Menjou in 2nd, Kelan Grant in 3rd and Ratboy himself sitting 4th. The top 30 men are coming next…
Stage 1 looking pretty boggy too!
Isabeau has just been speaking to our man in the field Ric and is downplaying her chances here in Ireland, she says the conditions are a bit too slick for her
So after 1 stage the women’s race looks like this;
1 Cecile Ravanel
2 Katy Winton
3 Isabeau Courdurier
4 Andreane Lanthier Nadeau
5 Anita Gehrig
Straight from the hill here’s Ravanel’s stage 1 crash – it’s a 10 second crash and she still won the stage by 3 seconds! She means business!
Despite that crash – footage of that coming any second – Ravanel wins the stage by 3 seconds!!! Winton 2nd, Courdurier 3rd!
Courdurier leads stage 1 by 7 seconds – can Cecile beat that despite her crash?!
We hear series leader Cecile Ravanel has crashed on stage 1! Apparently she’s fine and just washed out on a turn, but it will have cost her precious time
Winton on the start line of 1 just a few secs ago…
Andreane Lanthier Nadeua is currently leading stage 1, but she’s got the top 10 women chasing her down – can her 5 second lead withstand the likes of Cecile, Katy and Isabeau? We doubt it!
There’s a strong women’s field here in Ireland, and the top women are just about to drop into stage 1. Here they are getting ready to go…
And after 4 stages the top 3 Master Men are;
1 Karim Amour
2 Robin Seymour
3 Woody Hole
After 4 stages it’s this man, Karim Amour that’s leading the field
The over 40s were the first men to leave the stage this morning and they’re starting to filter back into the race village for their lunch break after stage 4 – looking a bit muddy but happy as – they say the trails are still muddy but loose and fun
And young Mr Callaghan has just left the stage to a pretty epic send off – plenty of cowbells out in force here in Carrick! Greg was smiling from ear to ear as he left high fiving the fans and looking relaxed.
As the series leader he was the last man to leave so that’s all riders on course and this race is GO!
We’re in for one crazy day – and that’s just the fans. If there’s one thing the Irish know how to do it’s bring the noise. And bringing it they are – there’s thousands of them heading up the hill already. So far today we’ve seen a leprechaun, Spider Man and more men in morph suits than anyone wants to see. And they’re all here hoping to see one thing – local hero Greg Callaghan on the top spot of the podium.
Welcome back to a very sunny and warm Ireland!
We are at Carrick Mountain in the beautiful County Wicklow, Ireland. It’s our third visit to this amazing venue with the incredible biking.ie team running the show. As ever, riders have been drenched in sunshine and soaring temperatures made the first few days a pretty sweaty affair. But a deluge of rain during practice yesterday has mixed things up and should make for interesting trail conditions – which means exciting racing!
It’s currently sunny skies and nice and warm in the race village but it’s pretty sloppy up on the hill. It’s not stopping the hordes of Irish fans though, they’re arriving in their thousands and it’s getting pretty noisy already…
Welcome to the Coillte Emerald Enduro in beautiful Ireland! We’ll be here from 12:00 GMT to bring you all the action, live timing is now running, just click on the button above.
In the meantime, check out this year’s course preview with Ric McLaughlin and a little known rider called Tracy Moseley…