Zermatt - who will be our 2019 Series Champions?

19 September 2019

The 2019 Enduro World Series draws to a close this weekend in a venue befitting of a drama filled season, beneath the iconic Matterhorn on the trails of Zermatt, Switzerland. 

Is there a more dramatic venue to end the season? We think not!

The eighth race of the year, Traillove EWS Zermatt, will see a season that features 144 stages in seven countries across three continents, come right down to the wire - with series champions only securing their crown on the very last stage of the year. 

Florian Nicolai leads the series - but it's not over yet.

This Saturday’s race features five stages in a single day, with the final stage designated the Queen Stage - which comes with it additional series points for the winner. The stage has been set perfectly for Saturday’s race to be the ultimate showdown in the men’s category. Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) leads the series rankings by just 60 points - ahead of reigning Champion Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic). And with 40 points on offer for the Queen Stage winner, this race really isn’t over until it’s over - with the outcome impossible to predict until the last rider on course, Nicolai, crosses the finish line. 

Richie Rude won the last two rounds and could do well in Zermatt too

And whilst much of the focus is rightly directed at the series championship, the depth of talent in the men’s field means the race win itself will also be hotly contended. Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing) has won the last two rounds, while Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing), Adrien Dailly (Team Lapierre) and Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) remain ever present podium threats. 

Isabeau has the series title locked down - but can she make it the perfect season with a win in Zermatt?

In the women’s competition Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) has her first series champion title all sewn up after winning the first seven rounds - but don’t expect her to be hanging back - if she adds this race win to her collection she’ll be only the second rider ever (alongside Cecile Ravanel) to manage a perfect season. Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) will be looking for another podium finish to secure her second place in the rankings, as will Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) who is in third. 

Antoine Vidal and Commencal team mate Cedric Ravanel are both in contention for series titles

In the U21 category, it’s Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team) and Lucy Schick of Canada who lead the points, although Shick faces strong competition from Ireland’s Leah Maunsell. 

Louise Paulin has been leading the Master category for most of the year

It couldn’t be closer in the Master race, with reigning champion Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) and Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team) tied on points - whoever does better on Saturday will clinch the title. Meanwhile it’s Louise Paulin at the top of the points table in the Master Women - but she faces stiff competition from Swiss rider Alba Wunderlin who’ll have the advantage of riding on home soil. 

Canyon Factory Racing will be looking to retain their Team Champion status

Canyon Factory Racing lead the team competition, with Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team just behind in second and Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic rounding out the top three. 

The series champions will be decided and crowned in the shadow of the Matterhorn on Saturday evening, but if you can’t wait until then you can follow the live timing and race feed on enduroworldseries.com throughout the race. And tune into our Instagram account where none other than Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) will be taking over to bring you all the action. 

And don’t forget that although 2019 series draws to a close in Zermatt this weekend, there’s still the Trophy of Nations to come in Finale, Italy next weekend, where the biggest names in the sport will race for one last time - but this time in teams of three for their home country.