THE FI­NAL COUNT­DOWN

Mountain Biking UK - - OUT FRONT -

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons and series lead­ers Sam Hill and Cé­cile Ra­vanel bat­tled blaz­ing Span­ish heat and bru­tal Ital­ian rocks to be­come the 2019 En­duro World Series cham­pi­ons.

Ra­vanel capped a per­fect sea­son with her third con­sec­u­tive EWS ti­tle, while sec­ond place went to the ever-con­sis­tent Is­abeau Cour­durier, who fin­ished sec­ond at ev­ery round this year. Af­ter some tight rac­ing, it was Scot­land’s Katy Win­ton who slot­ted into third place be­hind the two French­women.

Hill be­came EWS champ for the sec­ond time af­ter lim­it­ing the dam­age of a flat front tyre in Ainsa and rid­ing con­sis­tently to ninth in Fi­nale Lig­ure’s fa­mously tough ter­rain. France’s Damien Oton had a late-sea­son charge to fin­ish sec­ond over­all be­hind the Aus­tralian, while third went to fel­low Frenchie Flo­rian Ni­co­lai. Go­ing out with a bang was Amer­ica’s Richie Rude (pic­tured), who dom­i­nated the fi­nal two rounds, prov­ing that the for­mer champ shouldn’t be counted out go­ing into next year.

It was a Bri­tish one-two in the un­der-21s, where El­liott Heap won the men’s over­all and Ella Conolly made it a per­fect sea­son to take the women’s ti­tle. With ta­lent like this mak­ing their way up the ranks, bring on 2019!

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