Hill and Ravanel conquer Colombian jungle

Repeat winners at round No. 2 of Enduro World Series

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Enduro World Series Round No. 2

Hill was once again the best of the best at the EWS. Photo courtesy Enduro World Series

Round two of the Enduro World Series may have been a completely new venue, but it offered up some familiar themes: mud, rain, and Sam Hill and Cecile Ravanel on the top steps of the podium. Full results are here.

Colombia will go down in the history books as the most unique EWS race to date, with an opening stage that raced through the downtown streets of Manizales, followed by six stages in a single day amongst the dense rainforest high above the town.

The tropical climate of Manizales lived up to its reputation with regular downpours throughout practice and racing, a stark contrast to round one’s thick dust in Chile. And while the conditions couldn’t have been more different, the outcome was the same – crashes, mechanicals and wild racing.

In the men’s race Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) was unstoppable, taking four of the seven stages and finishing the race with a 47-second lead. Local hero Marcelo Gutierrez scored an impressive second place at his first ever EWS, while Frenchman Damien Oton (Unior Devinci Factory Racing) won a stage and earned himself in third place in the process. Privateer Youn Deniaud also deserves a mention for his impressive fourth place finish.

Enduro World Series Round No. 2

Ravanel has again proven all but unbeatable. Photo courtesy Enduro World Series

In the women’s race, Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) uncharacteristically dropped a couple of stages to Ines Thoma (Canyon Factory Enduro Racing) and Anneke Beerten (Alchemy Bicycles Factory Racing), but still finished the race with a commanding lead of over a minute. Isabeau Courdurier (Intense-Mavic Collective) placed second with Trek Factory Racing’s Katy Winton in third in an exact replica of last weekend’s podium.

Elliot Heap (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) replicated team mate Sam Hill’s performance to win the U21 men’s category, and Ella Conolly won her second race this season in the U21 Women’s race. The Master’s podium was a repeat of Chile, with Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) and Melissa Newell taking the wins.

Enduro World Series Round No. 2

The latest EWS had a uniquely Colombian flavor. Photo courtesy Enduro World Series

In the team competition, Canyon Factory Enduro Team were team of the day, but it’s Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team who lead the rankings heading into round three in France next month.

Enduro World Series Round No. 2

Racing started with a downtown prologue. Photo courtesy Enduro World Series

Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, said, “When we announced we were heading to Colombia there were a few eyebrows raised, but I hope people now see what an incredible part of the world this is. The riding is insane and the people are some of the most welcoming, friendly and passionate cycling fans we’ve encountered anywhere.”


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