After seven rounds covering six countries and two continents, the Enduro World Series 2022 season will conclude this weekend at EWS Loudenvielle in France.
The final round will see the riders give a final push to glory among the Pyrenees, on a course consisting of six stages, 63km and 3652m of descent.
Rude in search of his third year title
With series titles on the line, expect fierce competition across all categories this weekend – but no more so than the men’s competition. Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team) battled two-time champion Richie Roode (Factory Team Yeti/Fox) all season, with both of them racking up three wins so far. Melamed leads the standings by just 495 points from Rude – an irreplaceable lead. Melamed has the battle of his life ahead of him if he wants to take his first overall title and deprives Rudd of his third in the process.
Melamed injured his hand during EWS Crans Montana last weekend
Both Rude and Melamed crashed in the final round in Crans-Montana and are heading into this weekend’s race with injuries – how bad that can be will determine the outcome of the 2022 series title. Elsewhere in the men’s field, champion Jack Muir (Canyon Collective) has proven He’s back to his normal self when he crossed the stages in Switzerland last weekend – and he’ll be looking for more of the same this weekend.
Cordurier is on her way to taking the title of the second series of her career
In the women’s competition, Isabeau Courdurier (Lapierre Zipp Collective) leads the standings against all odds after a disastrous foot injury during EWS-E Valberg in July, returning to finish fifth in Whistler the following month. With a total of four wins this season, Cordurier is now 545 points ahead of Morgan Char (Pivot Factory Racing). However, the battle for third place is where the women’s race is at its hottest.
Ella Connolly is back in force after breaking her elbow at Val di Fassa earlier in the season
Bex Baraona (Team Yeti/Fox Factory) is currently third on the leaderboard – but just five points behind her is Ella Connolly (Cannondale Enduro) in fourth. And to add to the pressure, Harriet Harnden (Trek Factory Racing) is only 25 more points behind. Both Harnden and Conolly beat Baraona convincingly in the final round, setting the stage for one tough fight for that third place on aggregate.
Luke Meier-Smith has already won the U21 title of the year after his great season
At U21, Luke Meier-Smith (Propain Factory Racing) took the men’s title after his dominant performance all season, but Canadian riders Seth Sherlock and Emmett Hancock will battle to stay in second and third, respectively. Sophie Riva is on her way to the women’s U21 class, but faces stiff competition from Emmy Lan (Norco Factory Racing) who is still close in points.
Sophie Riva is within walking distance of the U21 address but is not guaranteed
In the Women’s Master, Fejola Stepanka Nestlerova leads the way in points, but only five points separate Sandra Boone Thomsen and Melissa Newell for second and third, respectively. Karim Amour (BH Enduro Team) is fully assured of the men’s title once again, while Ian Austermuhle and Mads Weidemann are on track to retain their current second and third spots.
In team competition, Pivot Factory Racing is close to clinching the team title, but will try hard to stop them Team Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro in second and Team Yeti/Fox Factory in third.
The race kicks off on Saturday 24th September with the Pro stage, with five more stages on Sunday. Tune in to enduroworldseries.com for all the action.