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Round 3 – 12–13 May 2018, Montagnes du Caroux, France


    13 May, 2018 - 17:22:35

    That was one exciting race! Full results on our site soon and keep an eye on and our social media for plenty more coverage from round 3!

    We’ll be back for round 4 – our first cross border race – which takes place in Austria/Slovenia – in June!

    Au revoir!

    13 May, 2018 - 17:12:55

    Sam Hill ended up in 7th, but our average maths skills suggest his championship is still on course and he’s still leading the series!

    13 May, 2018 - 17:11:18
    Richie reigns!

    It’s great to see Richie back on the podium! And good to see Dailly and Maes back up there too!

    13 May, 2018 - 17:07:57
    Men overall

    Richie Rude wins! Dailly is 2nd and Martin Maes is 3rd!

    13 May, 2018 - 17:06:57
    Oton wins stage 8…

    …but Richie wins the race!

    13 May, 2018 - 17:02:13
    Just a few men left to come through 8

    We’re just waiting for the top 3 men (Oton, Wallner, Hill) to come through stage 8 upload station and then we’ll be able to tell you if Richie has won this race (but it’s looking good!)

    13 May, 2018 - 16:52:10

    Richie Rude may well have just won his first EWS since Whistler 2016!

    13 May, 2018 - 16:50:08
    Maes goes faster than Nicolai

    Maes is on course for a podium – goes 8 seconds faster than Nicolai!

    13 May, 2018 - 16:48:15
    Rude leading!

    Richie Rude has beaten Adrien Dailly on stage 8… which means beside a huge upset Richie Rude has just won this race!

    13 May, 2018 - 16:46:07

    Richie Rude goes into the lead on 8!

    13 May, 2018 - 16:44:36
    Top 10 women after all stages

    1 Cecile Ravanel

    2 Isabeau Courdurier

    3 Ines Thoma

    4 Melanie Pugin

    5 Caro Gehrig

    6 Katy Winton

    7 Rae Morrison

    8 Morgane Charre

    9 Bex Baraona

    10 Becky Cook

    13 May, 2018 - 16:40:50
    Cecile wins overall

    Ravanel does it again! Isabeau is 2nd and Ines Thoma is 3rd!

    13 May, 2018 - 16:36:24
    Ravanel wins stage 8!

    And the race!

    13 May, 2018 - 16:30:31
    Stage 8

    All the men bar the top 30 are through stage 8 – Ruaridh Cunningham is in the lead currently but the top 30 men will likely see to that soon…

    Women’s results coming in now!

    13 May, 2018 - 16:03:54
    Pro women

    We expect the women’s results from stage 8 to come in about 16:30 CET. And it’s worth looking out for the battle between 3rd and 5th. Pugin, Thoma and Gehrig are all within 2 seconds of each other in 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively!

    13 May, 2018 - 16:01:50
    Stage 8

    Stage 8 is all that lies between race leaders Rude and Ravanel and the win. But it’s a long, tough stage…

    13 May, 2018 - 15:55:25
    U21 Men

    In the U21 men series leader Duncan Nason clinches the win, Elliot Heap is 2nd and Elliot Baud 3rd. Fast times from the young guns!

    13 May, 2018 - 15:48:27
    Ella Conolly wins U21

    She does it again! Ella Conolly has won the U21 category! Chloe Taylor is 2nd and Abigale Lawton in 3rd!

    13 May, 2018 - 15:41:45
    Michel wins Masters Women!

    She’s led all day and Daniela Michel wins the race! Reigning champ Mary Mcconneloug is 2nd and Cathy Gijbels is 3rd!

    13 May, 2018 - 15:39:03
    Tomi Missers wins Masters!

    Tomi Misser wins Master Men! Mike West is 2nd and Carles Barcon 3rd! (All results still provisional)

    13 May, 2018 - 15:36:02

    Sam Hill says he’s not really feeling this one – he’s just playing it safe and going for series points

    13 May, 2018 - 15:34:43
    Stage 7 drama

    Sounds like there was plenty going on during stage 7 – Theo Galy and Greg Callaghan both punctured

    13 May, 2018 - 15:31:24

    Florian retains his third position – but Maes is less than a second back! It all comes down to the final stage of the day for the men’s top 4!

    13 May, 2018 - 15:30:05
    Tight at the top!

    Going into the final stage of the race less than 2 seconds separate Rude and Dailly! can Richie hold off Adrien at his home race?!

    13 May, 2018 - 15:28:11
    Dailly wins stage 7!

    Adrien Dailly wins stage 7! Maes 2nd and Oton 3rd, Nicolai goes 4th so the overall changes!

    13 May, 2018 - 15:21:09
    Dailly leads 7

    Dailly is leading stage 7 right now – and was 9 seconds faster than Rude! Could this change the whole race?! Will Dailly beat Rude?! There was only 11 seconds between them going into this stage – which means just 2 secs will separate them going into the last stage of the day!

    13 May, 2018 - 15:16:28
    Rude on 7

    Rude just finished 7 and says that he’d like to give every amateur who rode S7 a high five – definitely the hardest of the weekend.

    13 May, 2018 - 15:15:31
    Cecile crashed!

    Word in from the hill that Cecile had an over the bars on stage 7 – but still won the stage by 20 seconds! She says her focus is now on stage 9 in the Commencal pits after the race. And given that Commencal are sponsoring the after party and providing mojitos for everyone, we expect stage 9 to be fairly messy…

    13 May, 2018 - 15:11:08
    Women’s overall after 7

    So with just one stage left in this race, after 7 stages the women’s overall looks like this;

    1. Cecile Ravanel
    2. Isabeau Courdurier
    3. Melanie Pugin
    4. Ines Thoma
    5. Caro Gehrig
    13 May, 2018 - 15:06:21

    But we can say with all confident – and somewhat unsurprisingly – Cecile wins stage 7!

    13 May, 2018 - 15:05:17
    Stage 7

    We’ve got an update on stage 7. Due to it’s remote location the signal is weak and so not we might not get all the stage 7 results until to the riders come through the timing upload station after stage 8

    13 May, 2018 - 14:17:20
    We’ll be back

    It’s a long way to stage 7, so we’ll be back at 15:00 CET to bring you all the results from stage 7. In the meantime here’s what it looks like riding the stages when you’re not one of the world’s best riders…

    13 May, 2018 - 13:54:39
    Stage 7 – Cretes XXL

    Stage 7 lives up the XXL in it’s name – steep, rocky, flowy and a whole load of fun. It’s by no means easy though!

    13 May, 2018 - 13:46:25
    Tyre swaps

    In fact conditions have dried sufficiently that quite a few of the riders are now swapping their spikes back to dries for the last two stages of the race

    13 May, 2018 - 13:43:46

    The general feeling is that stages are a lot better than anticipated. The wind has dried the tracks out nicely after the rain and the rocks aren’t as slippy as expected

    13 May, 2018 - 13:21:54

    Maes and Nicolai have been swapping between 3rd and 4th on a nearly stage by stage basis – currently Nicolai sits in 3rd but with Maes just 2 seconds back there’s a good chance that we could see this change again before the race is done

    13 May, 2018 - 13:19:21
    Rude vs Dailly

    Richie leads Adrien by 11 seconds – with 2 stages left that’s not enough of a lead for Richie to take his foot off the gas

    13 May, 2018 - 13:16:55

    So after 6 stages it’s still Rude in the lead – Dailly in 2nd and Nicolai in 3rd, Maes drops to 4th and Oton in 5th – Sam Hill is in 6th

    13 May, 2018 - 13:14:01
    First stage win for Nicolai?

    We think it might be! Rude goes 2nd on stage 6, Damien Oton goes third

    13 May, 2018 - 13:12:34
    Florian Nicolai

    wins stage 6!

    13 May, 2018 - 12:56:28
    Next up pro men

    Next on stage 6 will be the top 30 men. Here’s a preview of what to expect…

    13 May, 2018 - 12:54:13
    Women’s overall

    So in the women’s overall it’s still Cecile and Isabeau in 1st and 2nd respectively, but Caro Gehrig moves up to 3rd and Winton drops down to 4th, Ines stays in 5th and is only 3 seconds back on Winton!

    13 May, 2018 - 12:52:09
    Isabeau 2nd

    Isabeau is in 2nd and Ines Thoma goes 3rd!


    13 May, 2018 - 12:51:06
    Ravanel wins stage 6!

    Cecile Ravanel wins stage 6 by 12 seconds!

    13 May, 2018 - 12:49:05

    Once more Pugin of Team Miranda leads the stage, but the top 10 women are still to come through

    13 May, 2018 - 12:47:39
    Stage 6

    Stage 6 has a bit of everything – rocks, clay loam and some seriously tight and technical turns! The pro women are just beginning to drop in now – is there anyone that can deny Queen Cecile the stage? And can Caro Gehrig claw back some time to get back in contention for her first every podium?!

    13 May, 2018 - 12:20:54
    We’ll be back in 20 mins

    …to bring you all the action from stage 6, so check back at 12:45 CET

    13 May, 2018 - 12:19:56
    Master Women

    Daniela Michel still leads Master Women, with reigning champ Mary Mcconneloug in 2nd and Cathy Gijbels in third

    13 May, 2018 - 12:14:10
    Master Men

    In the Master men Tomi Misser continues his charge and still leads the race after 6 stages. Fellow Spanish rider Carles Barcon has jumped up to 2nd and Michael Broderick is in 3rd

    13 May, 2018 - 12:11:22
    Nicolai vs Maes

    Martin Maes has moved up a spot in the overall and now sits 3rd, pushing Nicolai down into 4th. But there’s only 5 seconds between them and with 3 stages left anything could still happen.

    Especially when Sam Hill is only another 5 seconds back and chasing you down…

    13 May, 2018 - 11:58:44
    Dailly wins stage 5!

    Dailly wins 5 by half a second! Deniaud goes 2nd and Rude 3rd!

    13 May, 2018 - 11:54:57
    No he can’t!

    Dailly leads stage 5! Will that impact Rude’s overall?!

    13 May, 2018 - 11:52:02
    Can Rude maintain his lead?

    Well he was looking pretty fast on stage 5 just a few mins ago…

    13 May, 2018 - 11:40:34

    Thomas Lapeyrie comes in 2nd on stage 5 – great to see him back on his bike. The Orbea rider has been out with illness and this is first race back and good to see he’s still on the pace

    13 May, 2018 - 11:38:09

    Great to see Isabeau back on form, she had a nasty crash in practice on Friday and is feeling pretty beaten up with bruised ribs, but she’s back to her normal rapid race pace and was just 1 second back on Ravanel on stage 5

    13 May, 2018 - 11:36:25
    Overall mixed up

    So the women’s overall has changed after that stage! Ravanel still leads but Isabeau moves up to second, Winton stays in third and Caro Gehrig drops back to 4th. This is going to be a tight race – and still three stages to go!

    13 May, 2018 - 11:33:43
    Ravenel wins 5!

    Cecile wins 5! Courdurier is just 1 sec back in 2nd Ines Thoma gets 3rd!

    13 May, 2018 - 11:32:42
    Rae Morrison

    Rae is sitting in 3rd on stage 5 – she’ll be riding high after her first ever EWS stage win yesterday! She’s the only woman who was able to take a stage from Ravanel with her win on 4

    13 May, 2018 - 11:31:20

    Melanie Pugin is currently leading out the women on stage 5 – and has put 15 seconds into former downhill world champ Morgane Charre!

    13 May, 2018 - 11:29:08
    Men on 5

    The pro men apart from the top 30 are already through, and it’s Frenchman Camille Servant leading the way. He’s having the race of his life, and could be on track for a top 20 finish on home soil

    13 May, 2018 - 11:25:59
    Pro women on stage 5

    The pro women are just dropping into stage 5 now and we should see their results start filtering in soon

    13 May, 2018 - 11:11:17
    Stage 5

    First up today is stage 5, a high speed track with 400m of descent through rock sections interspersed with loam

    13 May, 2018 - 10:59:01
    Welcome back!

    Welcome back to France and round three! Heavy rain yesterday afternoon and overnight last night has cleared but we’re not sure if it’s going to be enough to dry out those tracks…

    Here’s a recap of what went down yesterday


    12 May, 2018 - 18:06:48
    But this race ain’t over yet

    There’s still 4 stages to go tomorrow and on tracks like this, that means anything can happen.

    We’ll be back tomorrow as we see who can conquer the French rocks!

    Au revoir!

    12 May, 2018 - 18:04:39
    Richie Rude

    Richie Rude leads the race after day one! Adrien Dailly is 11 seconds back in 2nd and Florian Nicolai is in 3rd. Martin Maes is in 4th and Sam Hill is back in 5th.


    12 May, 2018 - 18:02:37
    Nico Quere wins stage 4!

    Quere wins stage 4! Hugo Pigeon is in 2nd and Julien Piccolo is 3rd. So the overall after day one racing is…

    12 May, 2018 - 18:01:19
    Stage 4 results any minute now

    Stage 4 is done! All the riders are down and they’re queuing up at the timing tent to hand in their chips – results are just a few seconds away…

    12 May, 2018 - 17:57:08
    Stage 4

    It’s a super short stage – the fastest time is 0:55s on the stage so far – but what about Sam and Richie – we think they can go faster!

    12 May, 2018 - 17:54:50
    Rain easing

    The rain is easing here in Olargues, but it doesn’t seem to be bothering the pro men – they’re hitting that finish jump like it’s dry!

    12 May, 2018 - 17:48:39
    Men up next

    The top 30 men are up next on stage 4 – we’re looking forward to seeing them hit the jump into the race village

    12 May, 2018 - 17:46:21
    Cecile leads after day one!

    After today’s stages Ravanel has a commanding lead of over 1 minute, Caro Gehrig is in 2nd and just 3 seconds behind is Katy Winton in 3rd

    Isabeau is in 4th and Melanie Pugin rounds out the top 5.

    12 May, 2018 - 17:43:47
    Rae Morrison wins stage 4!

    Rae Morrison takes her first ever stage win on stage 4! Laura Charles goes 2nd and Cecile Ravanel is 3rd. So the overall after day 1 is…

    12 May, 2018 - 17:40:11
    Cecile back!

    Cecile flies into the race village and the French crowd loves it! What’s her time – she’s having a chat with the Pope and then she’ll hand in her timing chip. Can she win all 4 stages?!

    12 May, 2018 - 17:30:26

    The rain is really coming down now and we feel for these racers – they’ll be glad that stage 4 is really short!

    12 May, 2018 - 17:28:39

    Katy Winton has fixed that flat in the pits and now she is now cycling as fast as she can up to the start of stage 4 through the town. But she has 10 minutes so we’re confident she’ll make it, it’s not that far

    12 May, 2018 - 17:24:34
    Stage 4
    12 May, 2018 - 17:17:44
    Stage 4 up next

    Stage 4 is an urban stage that starts at the high point of Olargues, a beautiful ancient church tower, before hitting some fast singletrack and then winding through the medieval streets of the village before dropping down into the race pits where they’ll be greeted by none other than the little enduro pope Enrico Guala.

    12 May, 2018 - 17:11:53
    Men’s overall after stage 3

    1 Richie Rude

    2 Adrien Dailly

    3 Florian Nicolai

    4 Martin Maes

    5 Sam Hill

    12 May, 2018 - 17:10:27
    Rude extends his lead!

    Richie now leads this race by 19 seconds after 3 stages! Adrien Dailly is in 2nd and Florian Nicolai is in 3rd

    12 May, 2018 - 17:09:17
    Hill down

    Sam goes 9th on stage 3 which means in the overall…

    12 May, 2018 - 17:08:24
    Youn Deniaud

    French privateer Youn Deniaud was having a great race and sitting in 7th going into stage 3, but he’s had a mechanical and hasn’t come down stage 3 yet

    12 May, 2018 - 17:05:19
    Martin Maes

    Martin Maes has a bad stage 3 – is 18 seconds back on Rude’s time. That’s going to cost him dear in the overall

    12 May, 2018 - 17:04:05
    Adrien Dailly

    Dailly goes 2 seconds slower than Rude on 3 – sitting in 2nd just now

    12 May, 2018 - 17:02:32
    Rude says conditions changeable

    Richie Rude says the conditions are really changeable and quite different to practice but seems happy and not too phased by the rain

    12 May, 2018 - 16:58:56
    Rude leading 3

    Rude is currently leading stage 3 but he’s only 6 seconds up on 2nd placed Kevin Miquel – will any of the top 20 men coming down behind him be able to beat that?

    12 May, 2018 - 16:57:15
    Winton able to continue

    Riders come back to the paddock after stage 3 so Katy will be able to fix that puncture before she heads off to do stage 4

    12 May, 2018 - 16:55:24
    Ravanel and Winton

    How’s that for sportsmanship – here’s Cecile helping Katy fix that puncture

    12 May, 2018 - 16:53:44
    Women’s overall

    So Cecile leads the overall by more than a minute and Caro Gehrig is in 2nd, Katy Winton is in 3rd, Isabeau is back in 4th and Melanie Pugin 5th

    12 May, 2018 - 16:51:52
    Ravanel wins stage 3!

    It’s a hat trick for Ravanel – she wins stage 3! Caro Gehrig 2nd and even with that flat Winton manages 3rd!

    12 May, 2018 - 16:50:54

    Caro Gehrig is smashing this race  – she’s not scared of those rocks!

    12 May, 2018 - 16:49:53
    Cecile passes Isabeau!

    Ravanel passes Isabeau on stage 3! Isabeau crashed in practice yesterday and we suspect she’s probably feeling pretty beaten up today

    12 May, 2018 - 16:48:27
    Winton flats!

    We hear Katy Winton has a rear flat on stage 3! Poor Katy she was sitting in 3rd – will she be able to claw back time?!

    12 May, 2018 - 16:47:21
    Laura Charles

    It’s a French top 3 on stage 3 currently – Laura Charles leads, Melanie Pugin in 2nd and Morgan Charre in 3rd. We’re still waiting for the top 10 women…

    12 May, 2018 - 16:44:30
    Stage 3

    Stage 3 is a 1000 year old trading route and one of the hardest stages in the race. It’s the longest stage this weekend at 4km and over 600m of descent. It’s rocky and physical and pretty much guarantees all the arm pump!

    12 May, 2018 - 16:43:36
    Pro women on 3

    That’s the pro women on stage 3 now and they’ve got a bit of rain to contend with. Not too much, but enough to mean the trail will be riding differently to the bone dry conditions in practice yesterday

    12 May, 2018 - 16:35:11
    Stage 3 rain…

    And the rain has just started on stage 3 and that’s going to make things interesting for the pro riders…

    12 May, 2018 - 16:18:37
    Men U21

    Elliot Heap wins day one! He leads Duncan Nason by 10 seconds with Elliot Baud in 3rd

    12 May, 2018 - 16:15:37
    Master Women

    In the Master Women Swiss rider Daniela Michel is leading, while Mary Mcconneloug is in 2nd and Cathy Gijbels in 3rd

    12 May, 2018 - 16:12:47
    Master Men

    The Master’s men have finished all four stages and it’s Tomi Misser who leads after day one! Mike West of the USA is back 36 seconds in 2nd place and Michael Broderick is in 3rd and 55 seconds back.

    Series leader and current World Champ Karim Amour had a shocker on stage 2 and is now back in 14th place and is 3:44 min off the pace

    12 May, 2018 - 15:22:33
    We’ll be back

    It’s a long old liaison for the riders to stage 3, so we’ll be back at 4:15pm CET once the pros hit the stage. In the meantime, check the pros bike set up for this weekend in our latest tech video.


    12 May, 2018 - 15:16:28
    Stage 3

    Stage 3 is a 1000 year old trading route and one of the hardest stages in the race. It’s the longest stage this weekend at 4km and over 600m of descent. It’s rocky and physical and pretty much guarantees all the arm pump! 

    12 May, 2018 - 15:07:14
    Theo Galy mechanical

    Poor Theo has a problem with his derailleur – he’s trying to fix it but it’s not looking good for his home race, poor Theo

    12 May, 2018 - 14:55:52
    Jesse Melamed crashes

    Jesse crashes on stage 2 – sounds like he’s ok but his race is over. More news as we have it on that

    12 May, 2018 - 14:54:30
    Men’s overall after 2 stages

    So after 2 stage Richie Rude leads by nearly 14 seconds! Martin Maes is in 2nd, Florian Nicolai 3rd, Jared Graves 4th, Adrien Dailly is in 5th and Sam Hill is in 6th place.

    Still 2 stages to go today!

    12 May, 2018 - 14:52:39
    Richie wins stage 2!

    Richie Rude wins stage 2! His old team mate and mentor Jared Graves goes 2nd and Martin Maes goes 3rd!

    12 May, 2018 - 14:49:54
    Women overall

    So after 2 stages the women’s overall looks like this:

    1. Cecile Ravanel
    2. Isabeau Courdurier
    3. Katy Winton
    4. Caro Gehrig
    5. Melanie Pugin
    12 May, 2018 - 14:48:35
    caro 2nd!

    And despite that crash, Caro comes 2nd on stage 2! Winton 3rd!

    12 May, 2018 - 14:47:55
    Women through stage 2

    And Cecile wins the stage!

    12 May, 2018 - 14:40:05
    Pro women on stage 2

    The pro women are hitting stage 2 now and we hear Caro crashed but is back up and riding and is ok

    12 May, 2018 - 14:25:55
    Ella Conolly

    And after 2 stages the results haven’t changed in the U21 women – Ella Conolly leads, Chloe Taylor in 2nd and Abigale Lawton is in 3rd

    12 May, 2018 - 14:21:05
    U21 Men

    The U21 men are through stage 2 and on their way to three and it’s still Elliot Heap leading! Enzo Bosc is in 2nd and Elliot Baud is in third. Series leader Duncan Nason has slipped back into 4th place

    12 May, 2018 - 14:16:19
    Master Men

    Tomi Misser has extended his lead after stage 2 – the 14 x Spanish downhill now leads the Mater men by 11 seconds over Mike West in 2nd and Karim Amour is back in 3rd place

    12 May, 2018 - 14:09:22
    Clouds are forming…

    The clouds are forming and the wind is picking up in the pits in Olargues – the wall to wall sunshine the racers enjoyed during practice is coming to an end and it looks like we may be in for some rain…

    That’s going to make those rocks very slippy…

    12 May, 2018 - 14:06:53
    Stage 2

    The sharp end of the men’s field are starting to hit stage 2 and it’s currently Francois Bailly-Maitre leading the charge, with Rupert Chapman in 2nd and Matt Simmonds in 3rd

    12 May, 2018 - 13:57:05

    We hear Greg Callaghan had a crash on stage 1, doesn’t sound like it was too bad but it may have cost him time – he’s back in 41st place. But with 7 stages left and at only 19 seconds back, he could still claw back some time to get some valuable series points

    12 May, 2018 - 13:44:51
    And here’s what riding these stages feels like (when you’re not Ravanel or Hill)!
    12 May, 2018 - 13:41:03
    Stage 2
    12 May, 2018 - 13:39:38
    Stage 2 – La Jouet

    This stage is a rider favourite. One of the least rocky in the whole race, this trail is pure fun. There’s a few rock slabs at the start but then it drops into loamy goodness, before finishing at the famous thermal baths in Lamalou village. Sam Hill and Ruaridh Cunningham have both told us this is their favourite stage in the race – and at just over 2km long it’s not as physical as some of the others

    12 May, 2018 - 13:36:17

    The times in the men’s race are unbelievably tight! reigning champ and series leader Sam Hill may be in eight place – but at less than 5 secs back on race leader Rude this race is wide open – and there’s still 7 stages to go!

    12 May, 2018 - 13:27:50
    Tight racing!

    Richie Rude may be leading the race after stage 1 but it is by no means a comfortable one – Melamed is 1/100th of a second back in 2nd! And Dailly is 0.22 secs back in 3rd. In fact just 5 seconds separate the top 10!

    We are in for an exciting race today!

    12 May, 2018 - 13:24:47
    Rude wins stage 1!

    Richie Rude wins stage 1, Jesse Melamed is 2nd and Adrien Dailly is 3rd!

    Series leader Sam Hill is back in 8th place

    12 May, 2018 - 13:21:25

    Jesse is just one hundredth of a second behind Richie in 2nd!

    12 May, 2018 - 13:16:24
    Rude’s time

    Richie’s time still holds, Nicolai, Maes and Buchanan have nothing to challenge him. Can Melamed, Oton or Hill kick him off the top spot?!

    12 May, 2018 - 13:13:00

    Adrien Dailly comes in 2nd behind Richie Rude! Less than three tenths of a second separate them – what have the rest of the field got to challenge their time of 6:05m ?!

    12 May, 2018 - 13:09:57
    Rude stage 1

    Richie Rude leads stage 1 now, Camille Servant goes 2nd and Jared Graves goes 3rd. But there is still lots of the top men to drop in – can anyone halt Sam Hill’s march to the podium?

    12 May, 2018 - 13:06:48

    Our intrepid reporter Ric McLaughlin just caught up with Cecile at the bottom of stage 1 and asked how important it is for her to win at home?

    Her answer – “it’s not important at all, I love to win all the races!”

    12 May, 2018 - 13:04:43
    Top 5 women after stage 1

    So after stage 1 the top 5 women looks like this;

    1. Cecile Ravanel
    2. Isabeau Courdurier
    3. Melanie Pugin
    4. Katy Winton
    5. Bex Baraona
    12 May, 2018 - 13:03:40
    Ravanel leads the race!

    Cecile wins the stage by 7 seconds and leads the race!

    12 May, 2018 - 13:02:39
    Isabeau leads stage 1 right now

    …but we are waiting for a time for cecile…

    12 May, 2018 - 13:01:48
    Tough course

    This is a tough course and even some of the big names are struggling with it – Anneke Beerten is back in 11th and Martha Gill is back in 22nd

    12 May, 2018 - 13:00:16
    Caro into 2nd!

    Caro Gehrig goes into 2nd on stage 1! She’s racing solo this weekend as twin sister Anita is sitting this race out with a broken hand she sustained in Colombia at round 2. But you can still see Anita if you head to our Instagram account (world_enduro) – she’s out in the field as our roving reporter on the Insta stories this weekend!

    12 May, 2018 - 12:57:36

    And former downhill World Champion Morgane Charre is through stage 1 and lying 4th!

    12 May, 2018 - 12:56:20
    Melanie Pugin

    Melanie Pugin is leading stage 1, with Veronika Bruchle in 2nd and World Cup XC Laura Charles in 3rd. The top 20 women have yet to hit stage 1 though

    12 May, 2018 - 12:51:41
    Cecile Ravanel

    Cecile Ravanel is the woman to beat here. She was flying on her new 29″ wheels during practice and she looks absolutely at home on these French rocks

    12 May, 2018 - 12:48:22
    Ropelato goes 19th

    Mitch Ropelato is through stage 1 and sits in 19th currently – so now it’s time to see if anyone can topple Queen Cecile on home soil!

    12 May, 2018 - 12:44:51
    Ropelato looked like he was having a lot of fun in practice

    12 May, 2018 - 12:43:13

    Mitxh Ropelato is the last man down stage 1 before the women, and then after the women it’s the turn of the top 30 men. We should see a time for Ropelato any second now

    12 May, 2018 - 12:39:30

    There’s a Brit jumped in to break up the party – Leigh Johnson of the UK has just gone into 2nd on stage 1, bumping Francois Bailly Maitre down into third! There’s still plenty of riders to come through though – including some fast Frenchies and a certain Mr Sam Hill…

    12 May, 2018 - 12:35:39

    The Frenchies are, as you’d expect, dominating this race! In the men’s race, it’s currently Camille Servant leading, with Francois Bailly-Maitre in 2nd and Florian Balladier in 3rd. There’s still plenty of riders to come through though – and we’d expect to see some more French riders looking fast. Keep an eye out for Damien Oton, Theo Galy and Adrien Dailly in particular

    12 May, 2018 - 11:51:16
    We’ll be back…

    We’ll be back at 12:30 to bring you all the action as the pros start to hit stage 1!

    12 May, 2018 - 11:49:10
    U21 Men

    The times are looking tight in the U21 men! Sam Hill’s young team mate Elliot Heap leads after stage 1, but series leader Duncan Nason is less than a second and a half back – expect a fierce race between these two this weekend! French rider Elliot Baud is back in 3rd

    12 May, 2018 - 11:46:59
    U21 Women

    It’s an all brit top 3 in the U21 women on stage 1 – Ella Connolly leads, Chloe Taylor is 2nd and Abigale Lawton is in 3rd

    12 May, 2018 - 11:44:28
    Daniela Michel wins stage 1!

    Daniela Michel wins stage 1 in Master’s Women! Reigning Champion Mary Mcconneloug is in 2nd and Cathy Gijbels is 3rd

    12 May, 2018 - 11:40:07
    Master Men

    So you’re top 3 Master Men after stage 1 are;

    1 Tomi Misser

    2 Mike West

    3 Karim Amour

    12 May, 2018 - 11:37:52
    Tomi Misser!

    …the Spanish legend of downhill wins the stage!

    12 May, 2018 - 11:34:33
    Master Men

    But the Master men were up with the larks this morning and were the first to roll off the stage and they have already tackled stage 1 and the winner is…

    12 May, 2018 - 11:31:30
    Long Race

    It’s going to be a long two days of racing here in France, with eight stages and a distance of 81km in total. Even with the shuttle, it’s a long slog of a climb up to stage 1, and the pro riders won’t be dropping in on the stage until 12:21pm CET.

    12 May, 2018 - 11:21:21
    This race

    This race has been described as “relentlessly technical.” There’s rocks, more rocks, and then a few more rocks thrown in for good measure. If you’ve watched the course preview then you’ll know just how savage some of these stages are. If you haven’t, then you can watch it here


    12 May, 2018 - 11:05:38
    Stage 1 – Les Rouyes

    Stage 1 is going to be a gnarly start to the day! It’s just over 3km long with about 500m of descent. Featuring natural single track that makes it way between both clay and rocks, the stage finishes in a stream bed.

    12 May, 2018 - 11:02:17

    This race is now live! All riders are on course and are making their way to stage 1. They’re being shuttled the first part of the way, but they still have a big climb up to the start of the stage.

    12 May, 2018 - 9:15:33

    And welcome to France for round three of the 2018 Enduro World Series, EWS Montagnes du Caroux!

    We’ll be bringing you all the action from this weekend’s race from 11am CET, but in the meantime check out what’s lies in wait for the riders as Ric tackles the course in our latest video.

    11 May, 2018 - 21:51:57
    Welcome to Montagnes du Caroux France 2018