two hard days racing in the Atlantic for round 3 of the Enduro World Series

Photos: EWS

The third round of the Enduro World Series took us to the Atlantic island of Madeira. With rain in practice leaving it's mark on the trails, the round proved challenging to even the hardiest of racers.

The stages, which ranged from steep and rocky to physically demanding, took many by surprise. With its volcanic singletrack and tight sub-tropical forest really taking its toll, mechanicals and flats were rife. This led to a crushing exit in stage seven for Jesse Melamed, who was taking a strong lead up until punctures hit on stage seven.

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The men's race was tight, with just two seconds between Greg Callaghan and Martin Maes going into the final stage of the day. Through it all, Callaghan took the win, his first EWS win outside of Ireland and placing him happily on top of the series so far. He managed to take five seconds out of Maes on the final stage, with Damien Oton claiming third.

EWS MADERIA MEN TOP 5

  1. Greg Callaghan – 49:24.290
  2. Martin Maes – 49:29.750
  3. Damien Oton – 49:43.330
  4. Jared Graves – 49:54.970
  5. Sam Hill – 50:09.040

Full results found here

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In the women's Cecile Ravanel carried on her domination, winning all but one stage. Isabeau Courdurier took stage five but it wasn't enough to halt Ravanel's reign, placing her in second place. Israeli privateer Noga Korem has definitely asserted herself in the series, with her consistency through the stages taking her to third place.

EWS MADEIRA WOMEN TOP 5

  1. Cecile Ravanel – 57:19.470
  2. Isabeau Courdurier – 58:28.710
  3. Noga Korem – 59:26.490
  4. Ines Thoma – 59:53.590
  5. Miranda Miller – 1:00:54.670

Full results here

The sunshine breaks through just as Cecile hits the steep start to the tech section of stage 6

In the U21 Men the Frenchman Thibault Laly stole the win, followed by current series leader, Vajtech Blaha, placing Gabriel Torralba in third. Estelle Charles took the win in U21 Women, with Martha Gill holding her series lead in second with Caroline Costa taking third on home soil.

U21 Men's results found here

U21 Women's results found here

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In the Men's Masters, series leader Karim Amour placed first after taking all but the final stage, with Nigel Page in second and reigning World Champion Michael Broderick in third. In the Women's Masters Mary Mcconnelloug may have been alone as the only competitor in her category, but that didn't stop her smashing out some amazing times.

Men's Master's result here

Women's Master's result here

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After a full day of racing, the sea was a welcome sight for the riders, a well deserved rest and some sunshine before the next round. Will Greg Callaghan carry on his spree on home soil as the Enduro World Series takes us into round four on May 27th for the Emerald Enduro in County Wicklow, Ireland?

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A victorious dip in the sea for Cecile