Final Results: Les Orres Enduro World Series
Racers awoke to a thunderstorm on day two that saw stage five of the race—the first of the day—cancelled. Some considered tire changes and with word circling that the sixth stage was wet loam, it sounded like a good option.
By the time things got rolling the sun was back and so was the heat—on and off the track. The top three from day one of racing continued their battle and when all was said and done, Kiwi Pivot Rider (and MTB clown) Ed Masters took his first ever EWS win. Ed's decision to miss the World Cup DH in Vallnord worked in his favour. Richie Rude was hot on his tail and finished less than a second back in what has to be one of the tightest races in EWS history.
Adrien Dailly led the race by three seconds after day one but couldn't hold onto it and had to settle for third, while series leader and fellow Frenchman Florian Nicolai slotted himself into fourth. With Sam Hill suffering a flat on stage one, day one and missing his start time for stage two, he left the door open for Flying Flo to leap ahead.
Men's Top 5
- Edward Masters – 00:43:31.79
- Richie Rude – 00:43:32.73
- Adrien Dailly – 00:43:46.17
- Florian Nicolai – 00:43:48.98
- Dimitri Tordo – 00:44:13.89
The women's race was the same affair that we've become accustomed to all season, with Isabeau Courdurier proving too strong for the competition. She took the win by less than 30 seconds from Raphaela Richter. In third was Canadian Miranda Miller, pulling her best result since moving across to enduro from World Cup Downhill. The past DH World Champ improved on her first day racing, bumping up two positions from fifth. She finished almost two minutes back from Courdurier.
Women's Top 5
- Isabeau Courdurier – 00:48:54.26
- Raphaela Richter – 00:49:23.55
- Miranda Miller – 00:50:46.89
- Ines Thoma – 00:50:53.88
- Noga Korem – 00:50:57.16
Commencal Vallnord junior, Antoine Vidal continued his dominance to finish with a time that placed him in the top ten for pro men. It wasn't all smooth sailing for Vidal, with Kiwi Brady Stone continuing to put pressure on the young French rider. Stone couldn't quite make up the time and settled for second place, twelve seconds back. Rounding out the top three was Specialized Racing's Francescu Camoin, more than a minute back from the Kiwi.
Junior Men's Top 3
- Antoine Vidal – 00:45:24.22
- Brady Stone – 00:45:36.45
- Francescu Camoin – 00:46:39.10
In the junior women's category it was Moseley's protegé, Harriet Harnden who led after day one but she after receiving a 3-minute penalty for a wheel replacement, was unable to pull back the time. That left the race in young Canadian, Lucy Schick's lap and she capitalized, making it two on the trot after also winning in Val Di Fassa. Leah Maunsell of Ireland finished second, almost twenty seconds back and Harriet had to settle for third, less than a minute back from Lucy.
Junior Women's Top 3
- Lucy Schick – 00:56:53.70
- Leah Maunsell – 00:57:12.78
- Harriet Harnden – 00:57:44.75