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Round 8 – 1–2 October 2016 – Finale Ligure, Italy

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    2 October, 2016 - 17:27:21
    And that’s a wrap!

    And just like that, the 2016 season is over! After eight incredible rounds across three continents, we have our champions. A huge thank you to all of the riders, teams, brands, event organisers, volunteers and fans who have supported the series – we couldn’t do it without you!

    Full results will be posted on very soon and keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for some photo and video stories very, very soon!

    That’s it – see you in New Zealand in March 2017 so we can start all over again.

    Ciao Bellas!

    2 October, 2016 - 17:16:17

    What a historic weekend of racing! Martin Maes wins his first race, legends Anne Caroline Chausson and Nico Vouilloz retire from racing and Richie Rude becomes the first man to win the Enduro World Champion twice!

    2 October, 2016 - 17:10:22
    Top 5 men after all stages!
    1st 6 Martin MAES GT Factory Racing (BEL) 38:28.15 6:33.44 (1st) 5:07.65 (1st) 4:46.91 (1st) 6:52.00 (1st) 4:32.28 (4th) 5:51.30 (12th) 4:44.57 (30th)
    2nd 1 Richie RUDE Yeti Fox Shox (USA) 38:46.08 +0:17.93 6:47.36 (3rd) 5:16.98 (2nd) 4:53.84 (2nd) 6:56.82 (4th) 4:35.56 (8th) 5:41.50 (1st) 4:34.02 (5th)
    3rd 7 Nico LAU Cube Action Team (FRA) 39:01.90 +0:33.75 6:51.06 (5th) 5:21.92 (7th) 4:59.00 (7th) 7:01.09 (8th) 4:29.60 (2nd) 5:45.91 (3rd) 4:33.32 (1st)
    4th 20 Damien OTON Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 39:05.00 +0:36.85 6:54.90 (8th) 5:25.26 (15th) 5:00.39 (9th) 6:56.38 (3rd) 4:30.44 (3rd) 5:44.19 (2nd) 4:33.44 (2nd)
    5th 14 Mark SCOTT Santa Cruz x SRAM (GBR) 39:23.99 +0:55.84 6:58.56 (14th) 5:23.64 (8th=) 5:00.42 (10th) 6:59.04 (5th) 4:36.12 (10th) 5:49.78 (8th) 4:36.43 (10th)
    2 October, 2016 - 17:08:06
    Martin Maes!

    Martin Maes wins his first ever Enduro World Series! Richie Rude goes 2nd and Nico Lau goes third!

    2 October, 2016 - 17:03:30
    How’s this for sportsmanship?

    Here’s Martin Maes helping Jerome fix his tyre so he can ride back to Finale…


    2 October, 2016 - 16:57:19
    Hang on…

    It sounds like there is a problem with the upload station on stage 7 – standby while we wait for the latest info…

    2 October, 2016 - 16:56:01

    Woah – Martin Maes is 26th on stage 7 – we wonder if he had a crash? Could his lead be about to slip away?

    2 October, 2016 - 16:55:02

    On stage 7 it’s Josh Carlson who currently leads the race – with Thomas Lapeyrie and Josh’s team mate Yoann Barelli just behind him in 3rd

    2 October, 2016 - 16:53:40
    Top 5 women after all stages

    And while we wait for the men’s results, here are the top 5 women after all stages;

    1st 2 Cecile RAVANEL Commençal Vallnord Enduro (FRA) 44:09.50 7:45.00 (1st) 5:53.92 (1st) 5:32.57 (1st) 7:56.22 (1st) 5:17.31 (1st) 6:34.18 (2nd) 5:10.30 (1st)
    2nd 4 Isabeau COURDURIER SUNN (FRA) 45:06.29 +0:56.79 8:13.43 (2nd) 6:06.31 (3rd) 5:38.91 (2nd) 8:01.87 (4th) 5:17.40 (2nd) 6:33.66 (1st) 5:14.71 (2nd)
    3rd 6 Anita GEHRIG Ibis Cycles Enduro Race (SUI) 46:42.95 +2:33.45 8:37.11 (7th) 6:26.67 (8th) 5:52.87 (6th) 8:00.92 (2nd) 5:35.58 (3rd) 6:49.21 (4th=) 5:20.59 (3rd)
    4th 411 Carolin GEHRIG Ibis Cycles Enduro Race (SUI) 47:00.72 +2:51.22 8:46.95 (8th) 6:25.28 (6th) 5:52.11 (5th) 8:01.23 (3rd) 5:39.51 (5th) 6:51.61 (7th) 5:24.03 (4th)
    5th 416 Miranda MILLER (CAN) 47:02.06 +2:52.56 8:29.85 (4th) 6:16.66 (4th) 5:50.33 (3rd) 8:14.69 (6th) 5:38.16 (4th) 6:59.67 (9th) 5:32.70 (7th)
    2 October, 2016 - 16:52:12
    And as if by magic…

    we can bring you footage of JC and that puncture from stage 7 right now….

    2 October, 2016 - 16:50:28
    Oton v Clementz

    Don’t forget Damien and Jerome are fighting it out for second place in the series overall – it looks like Damien will cement his lead over Jerome after that puncture

    2 October, 2016 - 16:49:19
    Top 30 men

    The top men are on stage 7 now and we hear that Jerome has had a puncture and was overtaken by Damien Oton!

    2 October, 2016 - 16:48:39
    U21 Women

    Raphaela Richter wins the U21 women’s race! She wins 6 of the 7 stages, the race and is your 2016 World Champion!

    2 October, 2016 - 16:47:20

    2016 has been the year of Cecile Ravanel! She wins 7 out of 8 races and is your 2016 World Champion!

    2 October, 2016 - 16:44:57

    Isabeau Courdurier goes 2nd and Anita Gehrig goes third!

    2 October, 2016 - 16:43:03

    Cecile Ravanel wins the race! She finishes her season in style!

    2 October, 2016 - 16:40:02
    Hang tight

    We’ll have those women’s results any minute now – hang tight! In just a few minutes we’ll know who has won this race! The very last race of the year!

    2 October, 2016 - 16:31:19

    The biggest crowd we’ve ever seen in Finale  – and that’s saying something – is lining the track on stage 7 and they are LOUD!


    2 October, 2016 - 16:28:42
    And there she goes…

    Cecile Ravanel is on the last stage of the last race of the year!


    2 October, 2016 - 16:26:57
    Stage 7

    Stage 7 is the most famous Finale track of them all – DH Men. It’s composed of three sections, totally different in surface, but similar for speed and the breathtaking landscapes they offer. The top section, thanks to the red clay of Altopiano delle Manie, offers some good grip, while the middle section is tricky and strewn with rolling rocks. The final section has a few technical passages, something not dissimilar from a Downhill track. The route takes you directly to the Mediterranean – where traditionally most of the riders end up so they can cool off!

    2 October, 2016 - 16:24:47
    Stage 7 is going off!

    The sun is out and the crowds are too – check out that scene!


    2 October, 2016 - 16:23:53
    Nico Vouilloz

    Some sad news from stage 6 – Nico Vouilloz has withdrawn from the race – his last ever – after hurting his hand. We’re going to miss this legend next year!

    2 October, 2016 - 16:22:41
    Cecile is at the start of stage 7…

    And that’s the last stage of the day… Will she win stages 6, 7 and the race?! Most probably!


    2 October, 2016 - 16:19:43
    Bad news…

    We’re going to have to wait until stage 7 before we get results… It’s just adding to the suspense!

    2 October, 2016 - 16:00:45

    Apogees for the delay on the stage 6 times for the men, women and U21 women. They’ve had to move the timing upload to get a better connection – don’t worry all the times have been collected though and we should have them very soon!

    2 October, 2016 - 15:41:37
    Stage 6

    We’re still waiting on the results from the men, women and U21 women from stage 6, they shouldn’t be too long.

    Stage 6 is 3 Km with 21 m of elevation loss and starts in Bric dei Monti, which offers a fantastic glimpse over the protected marine area of Bergeggi Island. The riders then head into  a fun and fast wood of ash trees. Here, handling skills and speed count more than technique at least until you reach ‘Prati dell’Andrassa’, where a section with a number of technical passages on rock begins quite soon.

    This area is famous for its caves – but it’s the flat pedalling section that will be on the rider’s minds as they fight the fatigue on the second last stage of the year

    2 October, 2016 - 15:25:48
    Stage 6 results

    It’s going to be a little while before we get the stage 6 results – check back in 20 and see who won the penultimate race of the year!

    2 October, 2016 - 15:18:49

    Adrien Dailly wins every stage of the race to secure the win and his title as 2016 Enduro World Champion! His main rival Sebastien Claquin had a couple of bad stages and it cost him the race. You Deniaud is 2nd and Peter Fagerhaug is third!

    2 October, 2016 - 15:14:39
    Adrien Dailly!

    Adrien Dailly is 2016 U21 Men World Champion!

    2 October, 2016 - 15:11:29

    All smiles at the top of 6 for Juliana team mates Anka Martin and Kelli Emmett


    2 October, 2016 - 15:08:34
    Stage 6

    The woman are on stage 6 now – standby for results!

    2 October, 2016 - 15:03:32
    Stage 6 coming up

    Stage 6 is coming up – this stage has a big pedal in the middle section – it’ll b interesting who still has any power left in their legs for this one, at 3km it’s pretty long as well

    2 October, 2016 - 15:00:19
    Men’s overall after 5 stages
    1st 6 Martin MAES GT Factory Racing (BEL) 27:52.28 6:33.44 (1st) 5:07.65 (1st) 4:46.91 (1st) 6:52.00 (1st) 4:32.28 (4th)
    2nd 1 Richie RUDE Yeti Fox Shox (USA) 28:30.56 +0:38.28 6:47.36 (3rd) 5:16.98 (2nd) 4:53.84 (2nd) 6:56.82 (4th) 4:35.56 (8th)
    3rd 7 Nico LAU Cube Action Team (FRA) 28:42.67 +0:50.39 6:51.06 (5th) 5:21.92 (7th) 4:59.00 (7th) 7:01.09 (8th) 4:29.60 (2nd)
    4th 20 Damien OTON Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 28:47.37 +0:55.09 6:54.90 (8th) 5:25.26 (15th) 5:00.39 (9th) 6:56.38 (3rd) 4:30.44 (3rd)
    5th 3 Jerome CLEMENTZ Cannondale (FRA) 28:54.49 +1:02.21 6:50.88 (4th) 5:25.32 (16th) 5:01.18 (16th) 7:01.68 (10th) 4:35.43 (7th)
    2 October, 2016 - 14:58:44

    Jesse’s time holds and he wins stage 5! Nico Lau is 2nd, Damien Oton is 3rd and Maes 4th! Florian Nicolai 5th and Alexandre Cure 6th, Jerome Clementz 7th and Richie Rude is 8th!

    2 October, 2016 - 14:55:31
    Melamed wins stage 5!

    Jesse Melamed wins stage 5!

    2 October, 2016 - 14:48:33

    While we wait for Rude’s result – check out his practice run of stage 5 from Friday…

    2 October, 2016 - 14:43:46

    Jesse Melamed has been sick this week – but he’s leading stage 5 so it can’t be slowing him down too much! Can his time fend off Richie Rude?!

    2 October, 2016 - 14:42:23
    Maes lies 3rd

    Martin Maes is lying in 3rd on stage 5 and there’s still results to come in… he’s not going to win this stage – will it affect his overall lead?

    2 October, 2016 - 14:39:56
    Rude on stage 5 now

    Here’s Richie on stage 5 – he’s last man down so expect to see the stage 5 results very, very soon!

    2 October, 2016 - 14:38:09

    Vouilloz “having a nightmare day” he just said – but he’s going to keep pushing and make sure he finishes this race, his last ever!

    2 October, 2016 - 14:36:52

    There’s not one but 2 French legends retiring this weekend – ACC hung up her racing shoes yesterday and tonight Nico Vouilloz will do the same. He’s not having a great last race day either – he crashed on stages 4 and 5!

    2 October, 2016 - 14:34:02
    Hill goes 8th

    Hill goes 8th – he’s not going to be able to repeat his epic win from Valberg a couple of weeks ago

    2 October, 2016 - 14:32:46
    Sam Hill on course

    Here’s Sam Hill dropping into stage 5 just 2 mins ago – look out for his results any second now – it looks a little cloudy up there but it’s hot and sunny in Finale town


    2 October, 2016 - 14:29:08
    Men hitting stage 5

    The men are starting to hit stage 5, and it looks a lot like this…

    2 October, 2016 - 14:21:22
    Just 2 stages left

    There are only 2 stages left for the women and it looks like Cecile Ravanel may very well win her seventh race of the year to go alongside her 2016 Enduro World Champion title

    2 October, 2016 - 14:19:46
    Women’s overall

    So after 5 stages Cecile leads the race by 0:52s, Isabeau is in 2nd and 2:04 back is Miranda Miller in 3rd!

    2 October, 2016 - 14:18:13
    Cecile wins stage 5!

    Cecile wins stage 5! Isabeau just a hundredth of a second behind! Anita Gerig goes third!

    2 October, 2016 - 14:14:36
    Michael Broderick!

    Michael Broderick finishes the race in 6th – and that is enough to secure his title as 2016 Master Enduro World Champion! Well done Michael – and he rode this weekend with broken ribs!

    2 October, 2016 - 14:13:00
    Master’s Results after all stages

    1 Karim Amour

    2 Bruno Zanchi

    3 Woody Hole

    2 October, 2016 - 14:10:55
    Master’s have finished and…

    Karim Amour wins the race!

    2 October, 2016 - 14:07:25
    Stage 5

    Next up on today’s enduro menu is stage 5, Rocce Gianche. This is 2.3km of technical fun. Setting off down an exposed ridge line with incredible views of the sea, before dropping into dense woodland with some really fast sections as you near the bottom.

    2 October, 2016 - 14:01:31
    Men’s overall after 4 stages
    1st 6 Martin MAES GT Factory Racing (BEL) 23:20.00 6:33.44 (1st) 5:07.65 (1st) 4:46.91 (1st) 6:52.00 (1st)
    2nd 1 Richie RUDE Yeti Fox Shox (USA) 23:55.00 +0:35.00 6:47.36 (3rd) 5:16.98 (2nd) 4:53.84 (2nd) 6:56.82 (4th)
    3rd 7 Nico LAU Cube Action Team (FRA) 24:13.07 +0:53.07 6:51.06 (5th) 5:21.92 (7th) 4:59.00 (7th) 7:01.09 (8th)
    4th 20 Damien OTON Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 24:16.97 +0:56.97 6:54.90 (8th) 5:25.26 (15th) 5:00.39 (9th) 6:56.42 (3rd)
    5th 27 Theo GALY Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 24:18.26 +0:58.26 6:52.73 (6th) 5:23.64 (8th=) 5:00.86 (14th) 7:01.03 (7th)
    2 October, 2016 - 14:00:03
    Stage 4 results
    Pos No. Name Team/Country Time Behind
    1st 6 Martin MAES GT Factory Racing (BEL) 6:52.00
    2nd 11 Francois BAILLY-MAITRE BMC Factory Trailcrew (FRA) 6:55.98 +0:03.98
    3rd 20 Damien OTON Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 6:56.42 +0:04.42
    4th 1 Richie RUDE Yeti Fox Shox (USA) 6:56.82 +0:04.82
    5th 14 Mark SCOTT Santa Cruz x SRAM (GBR) 6:59.04 +0:07.04
    2 October, 2016 - 13:58:46

    Damien has moved way up the rankings – a great stage 4 sees him leapfrog from 9th to 4th place! Things are looking good for him to secure 2nd place in the overall

    2 October, 2016 - 13:57:24
    Maes leads by 35 secs!

    Rude is back in 2nd and Nico Lau goes third!

    2 October, 2016 - 13:55:36

    He does it! Martin Maes wins stage 4!

    2 October, 2016 - 13:52:52
    Maes leads!

    Martin Maes is leading stage 4! But we’re still waiting for the top 5 men…

    2 October, 2016 - 13:37:36
    Men next

    The men will be dropping into stage 4 any second now – standby to see if Martin Maes can win another stage!

    2 October, 2016 - 13:36:50
    Women GC

    So after 4 stages it’s

    1 Cecile Ravanel 27:07m

    2 Isabeau Courdurier (+ 0:52s)

    3 Miranda Miller (+ 1:53m)

    2 October, 2016 - 13:35:05
    Stage 4

    Stage 4 women’s results;

    1 Cecile Ravanel

    2 Anita Gehrig

    3 Caro Gehrig

    4 Isabeau Courdurier


    2 October, 2016 - 13:33:49
    Cecile does it again!

    Ravanel wins stage 4! That’s 4 out of 4 now! She’s put 5 seconds into her lead on Courdurier too – she now leads the race by 52 seconds!

    2 October, 2016 - 13:32:24

    Ines Thoma goes third – she had a big crash yesterday but seems ok and is hungry to claw back time

    2 October, 2016 - 13:31:27

    And it’s a Gehrig one two – Anita leads twin sister caro by just half a second!

    2 October, 2016 - 13:30:33

    Katy Winton has just crossed the line in 7th – she’s not having a great race here, she’s posting results well below her normal position

    2 October, 2016 - 13:29:34

    And Caro Gehrig goes faster still – one half of Twins MTB is now leading stage 4 by 13 seconds

    2 October, 2016 - 13:28:32
    Miller leads!

    Miranda Miller has just beaten Korem’s time! The downhiller has beaten the xc rider and she’s now leading the stage by nearly 2 seconds

    2 October, 2016 - 13:26:26
    Women stage 4

    The results for the women on stage 4 are coming in now and thick and fast, and although they’ve dented her lead, Noga Korem is still out on top. With the top 15 women still to post times it seems unlikely that Korem will maintain that lead but things are looking good for her to finish in the top 10

    2 October, 2016 - 13:24:02

    Bruno Ranchi is 15 seconds adrift in second place, and reigning World Champ (and the man with the best name in mountain biking) Woody Hole is 1:30 back in third place. But Nigel Pages is only 2 seconds back in 4th – the battle for third place between these 2 English mtb stalwarts is well and truly on. Still 2 stages to go!

    2 October, 2016 - 13:21:28
    Masters stage 5

    The Masters have just completed stage 5 and no one can stop Karim Amour, he takes the stage! That’s 4 out of 5 stages he’s taken so far in this race, dropping just one to Bruno Zanchi of Italy.

    2 October, 2016 - 13:18:54
    Noga Korem

    Noga has had a great race here – she finished yesterday in 9th place and has a posted a strong time on stage 4 – she’s on course for a top 10 finish at this rate

    Noga Korem from Israel finding Finale

    Noga Korem from Israel 

    2 October, 2016 - 13:17:11
    Women on stage 4

    That’s the women on stage 4 now and it’s currently Israeli XC National Champ Noga Korem who leads by 23 seconds – but with about 20 women still to come we’ll have to wait and see if that time will hold

    2 October, 2016 - 13:15:02
    U21 women

    The U21 women are through stage 4 and Raphaela Richter does it again – she wins the stage and extends her lead 10 14 seconds over Italy’s Greta Seiwald

    2 October, 2016 - 12:59:36

    To get a flavour of the stages here in Finale, check out the course preview video where we send off presenter extraordinare Richard Cunynghame off into the hills

    2 October, 2016 - 12:52:59
    Stage 4

    Right now the women are just getting started on stage 4, Crestino. This roller coaster of a stage is the longest in the race at 4km. It’s flowy and fun with corner after corner, but the long, long climb to get to the top will mean riders will be feeling it in their legs for sure

    2 October, 2016 - 12:47:23

    And Claquin may be watching the title slip away from him – but he can take comfort in the fact that he was voted the U21 huck and style champ on stage 4!

    2 October, 2016 - 12:44:48

    It looks as though Dailly has the title sewn up. He’s really been impressing people with his times this year – in the scratch results yesterday he was the fastest rider on stage 1 – beating Maes’ time! But conversely Dailly is actually older than Maes – Maes is only 19 but chooses to race in the senior category

    2 October, 2016 - 12:41:53
    Dailly v Claquin

    Dailly and Claquin have been battling for the overall series lead all season and they went into this race tied on points, meaning whoever wins here will leave U21 Enduro World Champion.

    2 October, 2016 - 12:40:33

    Bailly now leads the race by 1:04m – we’d say Sebastien Claquin has his work cut out if he’s going to make up that sort of time gap

    2 October, 2016 - 12:39:28
    U21 Men

    The U21 men are just though stage 4 and Adrien Dailly makes it 4 out of 4!

    2 October, 2016 - 12:36:44

    Series leader Michael Broderick is racing with broken ribs, but still managed fifth on that stage and is still on course to pick up the Master World Champion title

    2 October, 2016 - 12:35:21

    Nigel Pages goes 2nd on stage 4 and just behind him is Bruno Zanchi

    2 October, 2016 - 12:33:35
    Stage 4

    The Masters and the U21 Men have just passed through stage 4 and Karim Amour takes it for the Masters!

    2 October, 2016 - 12:30:04
    Masters on stage 4

    Ciao! Welcome back to beautiful Finale and the last race of the season!

    2 October, 2016 - 11:47:25
    We’ll be back

    It’s a long old climb to get up to stage 4 for the racers, so we’ll be back at 12:30 as the racers start to drop in to bring you all the news as we get it.

    In the meantime, check out Richard Cunynghame’s course preview video…

    2 October, 2016 - 11:40:47

    ACC withdrawing from the race means Miranda Miller automatically jumps up to third place, Casey Brown will go into fourth and Anita Gehrig into fifth

    2 October, 2016 - 11:38:41
    Anne Caroline Chausson

    Anne Caroline Chausson, absolute legend of the sport, finished the race in third yesterday. After her shock cancer diagnosis last year she focused on getting better and this year she raced in Whistler and then again yesterday. Despite her third place finish she decided to give today a miss and so yesterday’s stage 3 was her last international competition start – and the other girls gave her a fitting send off…


    2 October, 2016 - 11:25:05

    Isabeau is sitting in second place in both the race and the series, and she’s looking pretty comfortable in both. She may be small but one thing this French rider has is grit – she’ll push hard all day but ultimately it’s unlikely she’ll unseat Cecile. Equally though it’s unlikely anyone will be able to topple her from the second step of the podium

    2 October, 2016 - 11:21:50

    Cecile was charging yesterday and technically she really doesn’t need to – no matter where she finishes in this race she’ll be crowned the 2016 Enduro World Series Champion!

    2 October, 2016 - 11:20:32

    In the women’s race it was series leader Cecile Ravanel who once again blew the competition apart – winning all three stages and leading by 47 seconds

    2 October, 2016 - 11:16:08
    All riders on course

    So now that Richie has rolled off the starting stage it means all riders are now on course and this race is go!

    2 October, 2016 - 11:12:24

    Rude is on the stage now and he’s just told Enrico he’s feeling relaxed and confident going in to today. And you know what a relaxed Richie means? It means blistering times and incredible riding…

    2 October, 2016 - 11:10:08
    Crazy Finale

    Sorry for the delay there – Finale is crazy busy this year! There are 82 journalists competing for attention with the race feed currently – but don’t worry, we’ve sent them packing and we’re back!

    2 October, 2016 - 10:58:57
    Oton v Clementz

    Oton will have to work hard to keep Jerome Clementz at bay too – Jerome is in third place in the overall points and is only 140 points shy of Oton. Jerome had a better day that Damien yesterday – he’s three seconds up in this race. The race for the overall series podium is on!

    2 October, 2016 - 10:55:46

    Damien Oton is in second place in the series points, but a bad stage 2 here in Finale cost him time and he sits 8th heading into today’s race. If he has any hope of wrestling that title from Rude he has to win here to earn 500 points – but at 52 seconds back on Maes that seems pretty impossible over today’s 4 stages

    2 October, 2016 - 10:52:02

    In fact, for Richie to miss out on the World Champion title this year he would have to finish today’s race out with the top 37 and Damien Oton would have to win.

    2 October, 2016 - 10:50:30

    Chasing down Martin in second place is none other than Richie Rude. Rude is the reigning World Champion and if today goes according to plan he’ll be taking home the 2016 title too

    2 October, 2016 - 10:48:02

    And one last point about race leader Martin – he’s technically still an under 21 rider – he just chooses to ride in the senior men’s category – he’s still only 19!

    2 October, 2016 - 10:45:43

    Martin has yet to actually win an EWS – although he has come tantalisingly close on several occasions, most notably in Whistler in 2014 when a mechanical just before the finish bowl cost him the race. However we think that’ll make victory all the sweeter if he can hold it together today and ride into Finale the winner

    2 October, 2016 - 10:42:59

    Maes dominated from the word go and his times were untouchable. Now cast your mind back to the start of the year, and you’ll remember that he placed 2nd in both Chile and Argentina. However, he broke his wrist at the Ft William downhill Wolrd Cup forcing him to miss a few rounds. That’s had a massive impact on his overall standing in the points, but he’s obviously not letting that slow him down!

    2 October, 2016 - 10:39:54
    Martin Maes

    One of the biggest stories from yesterday was Martin Maes – he won every stage of the race and starts today with a 30 second lead over Richie Rude

    Martin Maes giving it 100% and winning 3/3 stages today

    2 October, 2016 - 10:37:29

    But before we get on to those 4 stages we need to talk about yesterday – what a day of racing that was!

    2 October, 2016 - 10:31:19

    The second day of racing has just got underway and we are just four stages away from crowning our 2016 Enduro World Series Champions…

    1 October, 2016 - 21:49:57
    SLIDESHOW – EWS #8 Finale Ligure – Race Day 1

    2016 - EWS #8 - Finale Ligure - Race Day 1

    1 October, 2016 - 17:41:37

    And it’s not over yet because Enrico hasn’t crowned our champions yet. We’ve got to do it all again tomorrow!

    There’s still four stages left this season – tune back in tomorrow from 10am right here and we’ll bring you all the action from the last race of the year!

    Full results up on and keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more highlights from today!

    Ciao Ciao!

    1 October, 2016 - 17:34:13

    What a day! Some pretty special racing here today.

    Martin Maes has had his best day of racing yet, legend of the sport Anne Caro just raced her last ever EWS stage, Cecile is about to take her first Enduro World Champion title and Richie Rude is on track to become the first man to win the Enduro World Champion twice.


    1 October, 2016 - 17:27:40

    Martin is being interviewed by everyone’s favourite miniature pope, Enrico Guala, and his face just lit up when he realised he had a 30 second lead! He says he made no mistakes today and is feeling confident ahead of tomorrow – could this be his first ever EWS win? He’s just left the stage to a massive cheer from the crowd gathered in the famous Finale square. What a race!

    1 October, 2016 - 17:24:28

    What a race – after three stages and 50km of racing, Martin Maes and Cecile lead the race!

    Martin has a 30 second lead, Cecile has 47 seconds – pretty impressive stuff!

    But, there are still four stages to go tomorrow…

    1 October, 2016 - 17:17:34
    Top 10 men after day one
    Pos No. Name Team/Country Time Behind Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
    1st 6 Martin MAES GT Factory Racing (BEL) 16:28.00 6:33.44 (1st) 5:07.65 (1st) 4:46.91 (1st)
    2nd 1 Richie RUDE Yeti Fox Shox (USA) 16:58.18 +0:30.18 6:47.36 (3rd) 5:16.98 (2nd) 4:53.84 (2nd)
    3rd 7 Nico LAU Cube Action Team (FRA) 17:11.98 +0:43.98 6:51.06 (5th) 5:21.92 (7th) 4:59.00 (7th)
    4th 5 Nicolas VOUILLOZ Lapierre Gravity Republic (FRA) 17:14.22 +0:46.22 6:47.14 (2nd) 5:24.47 (11th) 5:02.61 (19th)
    5th 25 Remi GAUVIN Rocky Mountain Urge BP (CAN) 17:16.22 +0:48.22 6:58.29 (12th) 5:17.29 (3rd) 5:00.64 (11th)
    6th 27 Theo GALY Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 17:17.23 +0:49.23 6:52.73 (6th) 5:23.64 (8th=) 5:00.86 (14th)
    7th 24 Sam HILL Chain Reaction Cycles PayPal (AUS) 17:17.33 +0:49.33 6:59.00 (15th) 5:21.38 (6th) 4:56.95 (5th)
    8th 3 Jerome CLEMENTZ Cannondale (FRA) 17:17.38 +0:49.38 6:50.88 (4th) 5:25.32 (16th) 5:01.18 (16th)
    9th 20 Damien OTON Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 17:20.70 +0:52.70 6:54.90 (8th) 5:25.26 (15th) 5:00.54 (10th)
    10th 21 Jesse MELAMED Rocky Mountain Urge BP (CAN) 17:22.28 +0:54.28 7:07.43 (30th) 5:20.75 (5th) 4:54.10 (3rd)
    1 October, 2016 - 17:16:33
    Maes wins stage 3 and leads the race!

    Martin Maes wins stage 3, Richie is 2nd and Melamed 3rd. Martin Maes leads this race after day one!!!

    1 October, 2016 - 17:14:23

    Jesse Melamed is just behind Martin on stage 3, which is pretty impressive as we know he’s feeling really ill. He has a nasty flu type virus, but this Whistler local is tough and is pushing through and putting in some great times

    1 October, 2016 - 17:12:36

    Race leader Martin Maes is leading stage 3 by 7 seconds – still men on course though. Can his time hold?!

    1 October, 2016 - 17:11:27

    We know Cecile has won the series, but it looks likes she wants to finish her season in style with a win here too! She goes into the last 4 stages of the season tomorrow with a 47 second lead over Isabeau Courdurier

    1 October, 2016 - 17:09:54
    Day one

    After three stages and day one of racing, the women’s race looks like this;

    1st 2 Cecile RAVANEL Commençal Vallnord Enduro (FRA) 19:11.49 7:45.00 (1st) 5:53.92 (1st) 5:32.57 (1st)
    2nd 4 Isabeau COURDURIER SUNN (FRA) 19:58.65 +0:47.16 8:13.43 (2nd) 6:06.31 (3rd) 5:38.91 (2nd)
    3rd 413 Anne Caro CHAUSSON Ibis Cycles Enduro Race (FRA) 20:18.03 +1:06.54 8:21.00 (3rd) 6:05.21 (2nd) 5:51.82 (4th)
    4th 416 Miranda MILLER (CAN) 20:36.84 +1:25.35 8:29.85 (4th) 6:16.66 (4th) 5:50.33 (3rd)
    5th 414 Casey BROWN Trek Factory Racing (CAN) 20:49.57 +1:38.08 8:30.70 (5th) 6:19.35 (5th) 5:59.52 (8th)
    6th 6 Anita GEHRIG Ibis Cycles Enduro Race (SUI) 20:56.65 +1:45.16 8:37.11 (7th) 6:26.67 (8th) 5:52.87 (6th)
    7th 411 Carolin GEHRIG Ibis Cycles Enduro Race (SUI) 21:04.34 +1:52.85 8:46.95 (8th) 6:25.28 (6th) 5:52.11 (5th)
    8th 447 Alia MARCELLINI (ITA) 21:23.80 +2:12.31 8:36.05 (6th) 6:26.02 (7th) 6:21.73 (16th)
    9th 449 Noga KOREM (ISR) 21:33.47 +2:21.98 9:01.01 (10th) 6:30.99 (10th) 6:01.47 (9th)
    10th 412 Bex BARAONA (GBR) 21:45.06 +2:33.57 9:08.90 (14th) 6:33.56 (11th) 6:02.60 (10th)
    1 October, 2016 - 17:06:27
    Cecile wins stage 3

    Cecile Ravanel has won all 3 stages today and leads the race after day one by 47 seconds!

    1 October, 2016 - 16:57:44

    Anne Caroline Chausson won’t be racing tomorrow, so stage 3 was her last ever EWS stage, and her fellow racers decided to make sure she had a good send off. We’ll miss you at the races Anne!


    1 October, 2016 - 16:53:36
    Stage 3

    While we wait for Cecile’s stage 3 time we can tell you that Isabeau currently leads Miranda Miller in 2nd and Anne Caroline Chausson in 3rd. Can cecile beat their times?!

    1 October, 2016 - 16:50:13
    Stage 3

    Isabeau is currently leading stage 3 – but we’re still waiting for Cecile’s time? Can she make it 3 out of 3 today?!

    1 October, 2016 - 16:43:43

    Cecile is on stage 3 now, she’s the last women down so we would have the results very soon and then we’ll know who is leading out the ladies after day one

    1 October, 2016 - 16:37:25
    Atmosphere is crazy here!

    Stages 2 and 3 are absolutely jam packed with spectators – Finale loves this race and the whole town is out in force, wither partying in the square or ringing their cowbells out on the track!

    1 October, 2016 - 16:32:30

    Noga Korem, the Israeli XC National Champ is currently leading the women on stage 2 – she’s 13 seconds up on Anne Terpstra of the Netherlands

    Great to see riders from other disciplines in the mix too – Italians Eleonora Farina and Alia Marcellini are both well respected downhillers taking part here in Finale. Eleonora was 6th at the last world cup in Vallnord and Alia was 6th at the World Champs last month

    1 October, 2016 - 16:26:09
    Women on s3 now

    That’s the women on stage 3 now, remember if you want to follow the race you can also click on the live timing link above as well

    1 October, 2016 - 16:23:43

    Raphaela Richter is on course to clinch the World Champion title – but there’s still 4 stages to go tomorrow…

    1 October, 2016 - 16:22:50
    U21 women home

    The U21 women are just back to the paddock and after day one of racing their results look like this;

    Pos No. Name Team/Country Time Behind Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
    1st 501 Raphaela RICHTER Radon Magura Factory Racing (GER) 21:51.97 9:05.79 (2nd) 6:39.72 (1st) 6:06.46 (1st)
    2nd 502 Julie DUVERT (FRA) 22:17.82 +0:25.85 8:58.66 (1st) 7:00.24 (2nd) 6:18.92 (2nd)
    3rd 506 Greta SEIWALD (ITA) 24:31.65 +2:39.68 10:02.06 (3rd) 7:16.77 (3rd) 7:12.82 (4th)
    4th 504 Elena MELTON (GBR) 25:52.45 +4:00.48 11:28.39 (5th) 7:47.48 (5th) 6:36.58 (3rd)
    5th 503 Martha GILL Marin Stans No Tubes (GBR) 26:07.85 +4:15.88 10:48.29 (4th) 7:38.40 (4th) 7:41.16 (5th)
    6th 505 Abigale LAWTON (GBR) 31:54.34 +10:02.37 14:48.97 (6th) 9:19.43 (6th) 7:45.94 (6th)
    1 October, 2016 - 16:19:14
    Stage 3

    The women’s field are just starting to drop into stage 3 now. This trail is just 2km long, but it’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination. It’s rocky and any lapse of concentration will be costly. It’s not just technical either – there’s a little climb to keep things physical too

    1 October, 2016 - 16:10:08
    U21 Women

    The U21 Women are on their way to stage 3 now, and after the first 2 stages it’s series leader Raphaela Richter who is leading! She’s 13 seconds up on Julie Duvert and in third it’s  Greta Seiwald

    1 October, 2016 - 16:04:29
    Clementz V Oton

    However, Jerome Clementz and Damien Oton have it all still to play for in the race for 2nd place. Going into this race Oton was 140 points up on 3rd places Jerome Clementz. But a small crash on stage 2 has cost Oton time – he’s sitting in 8th place but Jerome is currently in 6th. These two are going to be battling it out all weekend and we can’t wait to watch!

    1 October, 2016 - 15:58:12
    Overall series rankings

    That second place after the first two stages puts Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox) on course to pick up his second World Champion title – the first man to ever do so. The American has won four of this season’s seven races and sits 390 points ahead in the title race.


    1 October, 2016 - 15:49:50
    Top 10 men after 2 stages
    Pos No. Name Team/Country Time Behind Stage 1 Stage 2
    1st 6 Martin MAES GT Factory Racing (BEL) 11:41.09 6:33.44 (1st) 5:07.65 (1st)
    2nd 1 Richie RUDE Yeti Fox Shox (USA) 12:04.29 +0:23.20 6:47.36 (3rd) 5:16.93 (2nd)
    3rd 5 Nicolas VOUILLOZ Lapierre Gravity Republic (FRA) 12:11.61 +0:30.52 6:47.14 (2nd) 5:24.47 (11th)
    4th 7 Nico LAU Cube Action Team (FRA) 12:12.98 +0:31.89 6:51.06 (5th) 5:21.92 (7th)
    5th 25 Remi GAUVIN Rocky Mountain Urge BP (CAN) 12:15.58 +0:34.49 6:58.29 (12th) 5:17.29 (3rd)
    6th 3 Jerome CLEMENTZ Cannondale (FRA) 12:16.20 +0:35.11 6:50.88 (4th) 5:25.32 (16th)
    7th 27 Theo GALY Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 12:16.37 +0:35.28 6:52.73 (6th) 5:23.64 (8th=)
    8th 20 Damien OTON Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 12:20.16 +0:39.07 6:54.90 (8th) 5:25.26 (15th)
    9th 24 Sam HILL Chain Reaction Cycles PayPal (AUS) 12:20.38 +0:39.29 6:59.00 (15th) 5:21.38 (6th)
    10th 43 Dimitri TORDO (FRA) 12:20.99 +0:39.90 6:56.04 (11th) 5:24.95 (14th)
    1 October, 2016 - 15:48:03
    Maes leads race by 23 seconds!

    Martin is now leading the race after 2 stages by an incredible 23 seconds! Richie Rude is in 2nd and 30seconds back is Nico Vouilloz

    1 October, 2016 - 15:46:29
    Makes wins stage 2!

    Martin Maes has won stage 2! Leads the race!

    1 October, 2016 - 15:45:51

    We hear Jared’s crash has ruled him out of finishing the race – we’ll update how he is once we hear. Heal up Jared!

    1 October, 2016 - 15:42:07

    Martin Maes is crushing it! He’s nine seconds ahead on stage 1 on Remi Gauvin on stage 2 – but there’s still the top 5 men to come

    1 October, 2016 - 15:40:38
    Stage 2

    Stage 2 is the Corkscrew – steep, rocky and technical. And it even has a little water feature – check out Richie’s team mate Cody Kelley hitting it 10 minutes ago…


    1 October, 2016 - 15:32:09

    Portuguese rider Jose Borges is currently leading the men on stage 2, with Nico Vouilloz 4 seconds back. This stage is till live though so expect that to change

    1 October, 2016 - 15:29:58
    Graves crashes!

    We hear that Jared Graves just crashed out of stage 2 – we’ll try and get more information as to what happened

    1 October, 2016 - 15:28:28

    With Anita Gehrig lying 3rd in the overall points going into this race, she’ll be very conscious she needs to do well here. Her nearest rival is Ines Thoma – Ines just had a big over the bars on stage 2 that cost her a lot of time. Anita now has a 1:14m lead over Ines – her first overall podium is looking pretty safe

    1 October, 2016 - 15:24:31
    Cecile leads the race

    After 2 stages Ravanel is out in front by 40 seconds! Courdurier is in 2nd and then 47 seconds back is none other than Anne Caro!


    Cecile flying down stage 2!

    1 October, 2016 - 15:20:21
    Ravanel wins stage 2!

    She takes stage 2 by 11 seconds! ACC in 2nd and Isabeau Courdurier is 12 seconds back in 3rd!

    1 October, 2016 - 15:17:53
    ACC leads stage 2

    We’re still waiting for the top 5 women’s time, but ACC is currently leading Miranda Miller on stage 2 by 11 seconds!

    1 October, 2016 - 15:16:50
    ACC passes Winton

    We hear that even with that flat Anne Caroline Chausson passed Katy Winton on stage 2 – this lady is on fire today!

    1 October, 2016 - 15:15:56

    We’ve just had word that Ines Thoma has had a big crash on stage 2 – sounds like she’s ok though and finished the stage

    1 October, 2016 - 15:15:01

    There’s been no sign of Anneke Beerten at the top of stage 2 – we think she may have pulled out after stage 1? We’ll try and get confirmation on that

    1 October, 2016 - 15:13:29
    ACC flats

    The pro women are on stage 2 now and we’ve just heard that Anne Caroline Chausson has a rear flat but she still smashed the stage and didn’t seem to lose much time – if anyone can ride out a puncture it’s this legend of the sport

    1 October, 2016 - 15:12:18
    U21 Men

    After 2 stages Adrien Dailly leads the U21 men by over 24 seconds! Sebastien Claquin is in second place and Valentin Escriou is in third. These two are currently tied in the overall points race – whichever of them comes out on top here in Finale will win the World Champion title. It’s going to be one hell of a battle between these two young Frenchmen.

    1 October, 2016 - 15:09:11

    Michael Broderick leads the Master’s in the overall points, but he broke a couple of ribs in Valberg at the last round and hasn’t been on his bike as a result. He’s sitting in 6th currently, he told us he’s just in survival mode this weekend. But he’s still on course to be crowned the 2016 Master’s World Champion!

    1 October, 2016 - 15:07:12

    Amour leads after 3 stages, but he’s only 4 seconds up on second placed Bruno Zanchi. Reigning Master’s World Champ Woody Hole has been consistent all day and sits in third, but is a minute back.

    1 October, 2016 - 15:05:34
    Master’s men

    The Master’s men are now through all of today’s stages and Karim Amour is leading after day one!

    1 October, 2016 - 15:04:46

    So we’re back, we’re caffeinated and the results are now coming in thick and fast!

    1 October, 2016 - 14:07:03
    We’ll be back

    It’s a long old transition for the riders to get to stage 2, so the pros won’t be dropping in until about 3pm CET. We’ll be back then, but in the meantime make sure you check out our course preview of the seven incredible stages the riders are facing this weekend…

    New Blue Lines – Finale Track Preview Video


    1 October, 2016 - 13:57:07
    Uh oh…

    We’ve just had word from Ash who runs the legendary Transprovence race that there’s a storm brewing up the road in Sospel, and it could well be heading our way. He just sent us this picture – wet stages could really mix things up today as the riders have practiced in the dry all week…


    1 October, 2016 - 13:52:10
    Top 10 men after stage 1


    Pos No. Name Team/Country Time Behind
    1st 6 Martin MAES GT Factory Racing (BEL) 6:33.44
    2nd 5 Nicolas VOUILLOZ Lapierre Gravity Republic (FRA) 6:47.14 +0:13.70
    3rd 1 Richie RUDE Yeti Fox Shox (USA) 6:47.36 +0:13.92
    4th 3 Jerome CLEMENTZ Cannondale (FRA) 6:50.88 +0:17.44
    5th 7 Nico LAU Cube Action Team (FRA) 6:51.06 +0:17.62
    6th 27 Theo GALY Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 6:52.73 +0:19.29
    7th 32 Marco OSBORNE Cannondale (USA) 6:54.86 +0:21.42
    8th 20 Damien OTON Devinci Enduro Racing (FRA) 6:54.90 +0:21.46
    9th 9 Yoann BARELLI Giant Factory Off-Road Team (FRA) 6:55.16 +0:21.72
    10th 10 Gregory CALLAGHAN Cube Action Team (IRL) 6:55.82
    1 October, 2016 - 13:51:06
    Makes leads the race!

    Martin is leading the race after stage 1! Nico Vouilloz is 13.70 seconds back in 2nd and Richie Rude is 13.92 back in third.

    It’s so close between 2nd and 3rd it’s crazy!

    1 October, 2016 - 13:49:32
    Rude goes third

    Rude has gone 3rd on stage 1! Which means…

    1 October, 2016 - 13:48:17

    Martin Maes has just gone 13 seconds faster than Nico, WOW! That is an unbelievable time! We heard he was fast in practice, he’s smashing it!

    Martin Maes keeping things low on stage 3

    Martin Maes keeping things low on stage 3

    1 October, 2016 - 13:46:34
    FBM flats

    Francois Bailly Maitre flats on stage 1, gets caught by Nico Lau

    1 October, 2016 - 13:46:01
    Hill 8th

    Sam Hill goes into 8th on stage 1, Vouilloz still leads, Theo Galy is in 2nd and Marco Osbourne is 3rd, Barelli 4th and Dimitri Tordo 5th – still men on course though, it could all change!

    1 October, 2016 - 13:43:24

    At the finish of stage 1 Sam Hill just told us “what a wild thing. Just stoked I’m still alive!”

    1 October, 2016 - 13:41:44
    Barnes, Barelli, Osbourne

    Joe Barnes, Yoann Barelli and Marco Osbourne all loved the stage and there’s some big grins from them

    1 October, 2016 - 13:40:48

    Nico says he finds the first stage of the day hard to find his rhythm – but he obviously did today because he’s leading stage 1!

    1 October, 2016 - 13:39:21

    In the men’s race on stage 1 it’s all going on, our spies on the hill tell us that;

    Leon has a rear puncture, as does Mckay Vezina, Nico has just overtaken Iago Garay!

    1 October, 2016 - 13:36:01

    And here is Cecile on stage 1 looking FAST! Thanks to John Parkin for the pic


    1 October, 2016 - 13:32:15
    Anita v Ines

    Remember this isn’t just any race – it’s the last of the season and that means there is a LOT at stake!

    Anita Gehrig of Ibis is in 3rd in the overall points, but just 70 points behind her is Canyon’s Ines Thoma. Anita went 7th on stage 1 whilst Ines 9th. But with only 18 seconds separating them, the race for third place in the overall is well and truly on between these two!

    1 October, 2016 - 13:28:52
    Ravanel leads the race

    So after stage 1, Cecile leads the race by 28 seconds! Isabeau is in 2nd and Anne Caro is 36 secs back in 3rd. Miranda Miller goes 4th and Casey Brown 5th

    1 October, 2016 - 13:26:51
    Ravanel wins stage 1!

    It’s on! Cecile Ravanel has just won stage 1, Isabeau Courdurier goes 2nd and Anne Caro goes third!

    1 October, 2016 - 13:25:39
    Anne Caroline Chausson

    is leading stage 1 currently! So great to see ACC back in the saddle – the legend has been taking some time out after fighting cancer. But she raced Whistler back in August and it’s always a pleasure to see the Ibis rider on the start line – such an icon of the sport!

    1 October, 2016 - 13:20:52
    Women’s race

    Cecile has been unstoppable all year, dropping just one race to Tracy Moseley in Ireland. The Commencal Vallnord Enduro rider has successfully built herself an insurmountable points lead – she has her first World Champion title all sewn up!

    1 October, 2016 - 13:17:43
    Cecile on course

    That’s Ravanel now on course! We should know which of the women will win stage 1 very soon… The smart money is on Cecile, but Isabeau has taken a few stages from her this year so keep an eye for their times coming through.

    And don’t forget you can catch the live timing and Quarq GPS tracking by clicking on the buttons at the top of this screen

    1 October, 2016 - 13:13:41

    The women are now on stage 1, and it’s currently Italian rider Alia Marcellini who is in the lead, with Israeli World Cup XC racer Noga Korem just behind her. Noga is also the Israeli XC national champ, great to see her here in Finale!

    1 October, 2016 - 13:06:04
    U21 Women

    In the U21 women, it’s France’s Julie Duvert who has just won the first stage of the day! Series leader Raphaela Richter is just 7 seconds back though and Italian Greta Seiwald is third.

    Julie won the last round in Valberg a couple of weeks ago, but even a win here wouldn’t trouble Raphaela’s series lead

    1 October, 2016 - 13:02:09
    And then there’s Bruno

    Bruno the trail dog is by far the cutest of the new faces though…

    1 October, 2016 - 12:59:57
    New faces

    There’s a few well known cyclists mixing up the field this week in Finale; downhillers Steve Peat, Greg Minaar and Loic Bruni are all racing. As was Olympic silver medalist time trial rider Gustav Larsson, but a suspected broken thumb has ruled him out the race

    1 October, 2016 - 12:47:10

    They’ll be followed by the women’s category. Cecile Ravanel will drop in last at 13:14. This lady has dominated the series this year – winning 6 of the 7 rounds so far. She’s sewn up the World Champion title – no matter what happens today her lead is insurmountable and she’ll be lifting the trophy tomorrow night.

    If you want to know how she’s feeling about this weekend and her new title, then check out our interview with her and Richie Rude in the Finale Intro Video;

    Watch the Finale Intro Video Here!

    1 October, 2016 - 12:42:29
    Next up

    The U21 women are the next category to drop into stage 1 and they’ll be coming down in about 5 minutes. There’s six of them racing here, and all eyes will be on Raphaela Richter who leads the series, her only World Champion rival is Martha Gill who could still technically beat her to the title

    1 October, 2016 - 12:35:59

    Syndicate rider Greg Minaar is here this weekend, and he’s just gone through stage 1 but he’s off the pace, he’s 27 seconds back on stage leader Rudi Cabirou and there’s still about 40 or so fast men to come through the stage

    1 October, 2016 - 12:33:12
    Stage 1 ctd

    We’re starting to get into the sharp end of the men’s field on stage 1 now, with Chris Panozzo about to drop in, followed by Gary Forrest and Wyn Masters

    1 October, 2016 - 12:28:09
    Steve Peat makes it look easy though!
    1 October, 2016 - 12:26:10
    And it’s already claimed it’s first victim…
    1 October, 2016 - 12:24:52
    Stage 1

    Stage 1 is a tricky little number called called Poste. This is sure to wake up the racers – it’s one of the most physical tracks in the race. Snaking mostly through an ancient woodland, there’s some steep sections to negotiate along with some short, sharp climbs.

    1 October, 2016 - 12:22:22

    In the Master’s men it’s Karim Amour who leads, with Bruno Zanchi in 2nd and Master’s world champ Woody Hole in 3rd. Master’s series leader Michael Broderick is back in 8th place. But he has a comfortable points lead and could well be playing it safe

    1 October, 2016 - 12:18:10
    Young guns

    The race between Daily and Claquin has been rumbling on all year. Claque went into the lead when Dailly missed rd 3 through a hand injury. After Dailly won in France two weeks ago he drew level on points and so it all comes down to this race… With a 19 second lead on stage 1 Dailly is starting the day with a pretty sizeable lead.

    1 October, 2016 - 12:10:28
    Dailly v Claquin

    The points literally couldn’t be closer in the U21 Men’s race with Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Gravity Republic) and Sebastien Claquin (Rocky Mountain Urge bp) tied in points. Dailly technically leads the series after his win at the last round in Valberg, but this race will come down to the wire – whoever wins this weekend will leave Finale the World Champion.

    1 October, 2016 - 12:09:45

    Sebastien Claquin goes 2nd!

    1 October, 2016 - 11:55:55
    Dailly wins stage 1!

    In the U21 men’s competition Adrien Dailly has just won stage 1!

    1 October, 2016 - 11:55:08
    And we’re back

    And we have some results for you!

    1 October, 2016 - 10:52:35

    It’s going to be a while before we get the first pro results coming through so check back in an hour and we’ll keep you up to date with all the action!

    In the meantime, make sure you check out the Finale Countdown…

    1 October, 2016 - 10:46:19

    The first racers started leaving the stage at 8am this morning, and the Master’s men are currently on stage 1. The top pros have a late start today – Cecile Ravanel will be the last woman to head out at 10:59 and then Richie Rude is the last man on course and he leaves at 11:25.


    1 October, 2016 - 10:40:46
    The Grand Finale

    After seven rounds that have encompassed Chile, Argentina, Ireland, Italy, the USA, Canada and France.. it all comes down to this. The last race of the year is ON and in just 36 hours we’ll be crowning our new World Champions in front of the famous Finale beach!

    1 October, 2016 - 10:34:10

    Ciao! We’re in the beautiful Finale Ligure and that can only mean one thing… it’s the last race of the season and we’ve got some World Champions to find!

    What is there to say about Finale that hasn’t been said before? Not much, but that’s never stopped us in the past, so here goes.

    1 October, 2016 - 8:42:55
    Welcome to Finale!

    Welcome to the beautiful Finale Ligure on the Italian Riviera, where there is an abundance of sun, sea and single track…

    It’s the last race of the year and we’re just two days and seven stages away from crowning our 2016 World Champions!

    Check back in at 10:30am CET to catch all the action from the first day of racing – ciao ciao!

    Marco Osborne on a hot lap to the sea

    29 September, 2016 - 7:54:53
    Welcome to Finale Ligure, Italy