4 things we learned from EWS Burke 2022

1. The Pro Stage is a good indicator of who will finish on the podium.

In rounds 2, 3 and 4, the Saturday night Pro stage winner for the men and women was also the overall race winner at the end of the day on Sunday. In fact, at every round so far this year, with the exception of EWS Burke, the men’s and women’s Pro Stage winners have finished in the top 3 the next day, whether it’s because the Pro Stage is just a good indicator of what to expect on the longest day or there is a mental aspect to winning the Pro stage which continues on day two.

The only unlucky rider who won the Pro Stage and did not make it to the podium was Ella Conolly at EWS Burke. However, she was in third place until she dropped her chain on the final stage. On the other hand, the only rider not to finish in the top 3 of the Pro Stage who went on to win the overall race was Richie Rude at EWS Tweed Valley. He finished fourth in the Pro stage and took the overall victory on Sunday.

2. The race for the general classification is far from decided.

In the women’s series, it’s been a war of attrition this year. Ella Conolly took the first win of the season, Isabeau Courdurier took the next two and Harriet Harnden won the fourth and fifth rounds. However, none of them have been without a test this season, with a elbow injury knocking out Ella Conolly on lap 3, Harnden finishing a distant 34th on lap 2 after a puncture within the first 20 seconds of the Pro stage, and Isabeau Courdurier battling pain after to impale one’s foot on a branch at EWS-E Valberg in early July.

Currently, despite finishing 7th at EWS Burke, Courdurier leads the overall standings with 2,265 points, but it’s the ever-constant Morgane Charre who currently sits in second place at just 110 points after an incredible four straight second-place finishes. With a second place overall last year in addition, it’s a safe bet that she is aiming for the top step. With his second win of the season, Harnden moved up to third with 1,940 points.

In the men’s general series, Richie Rude and Jesse Melamed have traded back and forth all season. Richie Rude took the lead with a win at EWS Tweed Valley, but after his puncture on the final stage of the day at EWS Whistler he fell back to second place overall, despite Richie Rude having three wins . to the two of Jesse Melame. Richie Rude currently trails Jesse Melamed by 190 points with 2345 points to Jesse Melamed’s 2535 points. 2021 series winner Jack Moir sits in third place despite a slow start to the season and no wins so far with 2020 points.

With only three rounds to go, every position will count as there is a significant drop in points depending on where you finish in the leaderboard. Riders get 520 points for victory, 450 points for second place and 420 points for third place. The Pro Stage and Queen Stage points will also be hotly contested at 25 points each.

3. Never rely on Jill Kintner.

Jill Kintner finished second at EWS Tasmania in 2019, winning two stages along the way. She was set to perform at EWS Whistler later this season, before illness knocked her out of the running. Although she’s done a few enduro races on the North American circuit since 2019, we haven’t seen her at an EWS race since her disappointing race at Whistler, and anyone could guess how she would fare. in ever stronger women. SAP field.

With an eighth place finish on the Pro Stage and a 14th on the Stage 2 Pedal, you might have briefly mistaken Jill Kintner for a midrange rider at EWS Burke. Although more than respectable, especially for someone who has only done a handful of EWS races in her career, Jill Kintner has proven she has a lot more to offer in Vermont, saying she prefers stages with less pedaling later in the race. She took second place on stage 3, third on stage 4, fourth on stage 5 and 5th on stage 6. She finished sixth on the day. We’re not considering not putting her on our Fantasy Enduro team for Sugarloaf next week.

4. The overall winners of 2021 have had a difficult start to 2022.

2021 Men’s Overall winner Jack Moir started 2022 with a 26th place finish but managed to move up the standings to third place, albeit a relatively clear 2020 points from series leader Jesse Melamed’s 2535. Jack Moir had an impressive five wins last season but has yet to step onto the top step of the podium this year.

On the women’s side however, Melanie Pugin has struggled to find her groove this season. She has two wins in 2021 and five podiums, which was enough to clinch her in first place at the end of the season. So far this season though, she hasn’t landed on the podium at all with 15th, 4th, 5th, 5th and 9th place finishes. With three rounds remaining in the season, we hope to see her continue to gain momentum.

Other facts:
• As a first year pro, Jack Menzies finished an impressive 9th place.
• Richie Rude’s 90-year-old grandmother was on the sidelines to cheer him on on race day. Rude’s time at the top of the score sheet could be as long as Greg Minnaar’s with those genes.
• After a heartbreak in Whistler last weekend, Andréane Lanthier Nadeau’s streak of back luck continues as she was forced to miss this round after testing positive for Covid.
• In the U21 men’s competition, Australia’s Luke-Meier Smith clocked an overall time that would have given him ninth place in the senior men’s category.

Wiley C. Thompson