Pinkbike Primer: EWS heads to Sugarloaf, Maine for the first time

For the third consecutive weekend, Enduro World Series riders will be put to the test on some of the most beautiful trails in North America. Round six takes place this weekend in Sugarloaf, Maine, a three-hour drive almost directly east of last weekend’s race in Burke, Vermont.

Here’s everything you need to know before racing kicks off at this all-new site on Saturday.


The place


Expect classic East Coast riding, including new hand-cut trails for racing. Led by former Olympic mountain biker, Adam Craig, the Sugarloaf Trail Team built five all-new gravity-fed mountain bike trails in the summer of 2021 ahead of the Enduro World Series, spanning approximately 10 miles and 2000 vertical feet. With continued trail development currently underway, riders can expect new lines and obstacles with two or three more trails added by August 2022.

The schedule

Round six of the 2022 EWS sees the season continue with riders taking on the Pro Stage on Saturday before a full day of stages on Sunday.

Thursday August 18

10:00-12:00 // Focus

friday august 19

09:00-16:00 // SAP training

Saturday August 20

09:00-11:00 // EWS Pro Stage Training
11:30-14:00 // EWS Professional Stage

Sunday August 21

08h30-16h30 // EWS Race


Steps


Step 1 (Step Pro): Lobster – 1.4km / -305m descent

2nd step : Rookie River – 1.8km / 410m descent & +10m ascent

Step 3: 355 – 4.0km / 760m descent & +10m ascent

Step 4: Jackpot 1.6km / 330m descent

Step 5: DH grinder – 2.4km / 500m descent

Step 6: Lobster – 1.4km / 305m descent


Weather

It looks like runners could be in for some interesting conditions this week in Maine with rain forecast for Wednesday and Thursday before temperatures rise for practice and race day. There is also the risk of thunderstorms on Sunday.

friday august 19

Partly sunny, pleasant and warmer // 23°C // 25% chance of precipitation // wind 19km/h

Saturday August 20

Rather sunny and warm // 27°C // 8% chance of precipitation // wind 15km/h

Sunday August 21

Sunshine with a thunderstorm; very hot // 29°C // 80% chance of precipitation // wind 9km/h

Weather forecast for Pain de Sucre on Tuesday August 16 from Accuweather.


What happened in the last lap?

Elite women

1st. Harriet Harnden: 37:12.970
2nd. Morgane Charré: 37:45.370
3rd. Bex Baraona: 37:52.370
4th. Raphaela Richter: 38:01.860
5th. Ella Conolly: 38:02.410

Elite Men

1st. Rude Richie: 32:07.230
2nd. Jack Moir: 32:12.140
3rd. Jesse Melamed: 32:30.620
4th. Matt Walker: 32:44.900
5th. Martin Maes: 32:48.380

U21 Women

1st. Sophie Riva: 40:36.880
2nd. Paz Gallo Fuentes: 41:06.060
3rd. Lauren Bingham: 41:24.580
4th. Lily Boucher: 43:01.710
5th. Justine Henri: 45:15.390

Men U21

1st. Luke Meier-Smith: 33:10.630
2nd. Ryan Gilchrist: 33:34.440
3rd. Emmet Hancock: 33:39.220
4th. Jake Keller: 33:46.860
5th. Seth Sherlock: 33:58.210


Who is leading the overall standings?


Wiley C. Thompson