End-of-year recap: Bluegrass EWS Finale Presented by Vittoria – Round eight

26 December 2021

Finale, often called the ‘birthplace of enduro racing’, is a true classic on the EWS calendar. With the title chase in both the men’s and the women’s categories on a knife-edge, the Ligurian trails would be the stage for a race of massive importance.  

The Pro Stage at the Bluegrass EWS Finale was a special one - it would be the first stage ever to finish in the beautiful old town of Finalborgo. Here’s how it went down.

Fastest to reach the old town was Lapierre Zipp Collective’s Isabeau Courdurier, putting a good few seconds into Melanie Pugin and Kona Factory Team’s Miranda Miller. In the men’s, it was GT Factory Racing’s Martin Maes who won the Pro Stage. In second place, just one week after dislocating his shoulder in Crans-Montana was a hungry Jack Moir (Canyon Collective). Behind him, Richie Rude (Yeti / FOX Factory Team) slotted into third. It was clear to see that Moir was here to win. Could anyone stop him come Sunday?

The first stage of the second day of racing was a Finale classic - Base NATO. After a two hour liaison, riders took on the fast, rough and brutal 2.57km long stage. Isabeau Courdurier got off to a flying start, taking the stage win ahead of an on-form Morgane Charre and Miranda Miller. Could she hold off the chasing pack?

After a slightly disappointing Pro Stage finish, Rocky Mountain Race Face’s Jesse Melamed was back on form with a third on the first stage. Martin Maes backed up his Pro Stage win with a second place to start the day. However, taking the stage win and the lead of the race was Canyon Collective’s Jack Moir. On a seemingly impossible return from injury, Shark Attack Jack was on the hunt. 

With one race left to decide the season, Jack Moir and Morgane Charre both took a crucial win in Finale Ligure. It was all down to the Vittoria EWS Tweed Valley to decide the 2021 EWS championship. 

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