THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
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!