Back to back racing in Switzerland

08 September 2021

The Enduro World Series (EWS) continues its packed 2021 race season with back to back racing in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. 

Jared Graves will be racing his first EWS-E this weekend

The racing kicks off with Specialized EWS-E Crans-Montana on Thursday, round one of the three part series. The opening round will be a rude awakening for the EWS-E riders after a long off-season; Crans-Montana represents one of the toughest e-bike courses to date. Featuring nine stages over three loops, riders are in for a huge day in the saddle as they take in over 60km, including a fiendishly technical climbing challenge, the Power Stage. 

There’s a packed field of pros lining up to race, including icons of the sport such as Jared Graves (Yeti OneUp Pro Team), Nico Vouillioz (Lapierre Overvolt Team) and Tracy Moseley. However they’re up against a lot of up and coming new talent, including e-bike specialists such as Emanuel Pombo (Miranda Factory Team), Jerome Gilloux (E-Team Moustache Bikes) and Yannick Pontal (Team Cycles Peugeot).

Josh Carlson is back and this time he’s focusing solely on EWS-E

Also taking the start in Thursday’s race are some faces more familiar to the EWS race; Sofia Wiedenroth and Charles Murray will be representing Specialized Racing, with Shawn Neer and Jubal Davis out there for Yeti/Fox Factory Team. Also capable of shaking up the standings will be Mick Hannah, alongside fellow Australian Josh Carlson (Giant Factory Off-Road Team). 

Isabeau Courdurier was back on winning form in Loudenvielle at round six

On Saturday evening the EWS is back in action for round seven and first on the menu is the Pro Stage, followed by four more stages on Sunday. In the women’s competition all eyes will be on series leader Melanie Pugin, who is going to have to fight hard to hold off a resurgent Isabeau Courdurier (Lapierre Zipp Collective) after her round six win in France last week. Round five winner Harriet Harnden (Trek Factory Racing) will be looking to claw back series points as she’s dropped to third in the overall rankings - but with just 80 points in it remains within touching distance of Courdurier. 

Jack Moir won both rounds in Loudenvielle to lead the series

In the men’s race all signs point to another Jack Moir (Canyon Collective) and Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Factory Team) showdown. Moir’s back to back wins in France last week mean he sits on top of the leaderboard, but as we move into the latter half of the season with just three rounds to go, Rude will be pulling out all the stops to reclaim the series champion title that has eluded him since his 2017 victory. However, Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing), Kevin Miquel (Specialized Racing), Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team) and Moir’s Canyon teammates Jose Borges and Dimitri Tordo are all more than capable of upsetting the Rude versus Moir title battle. 

 

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