Ravanel and Hill Kick off The Season With Dominating Victories at EWS #1
RED MEANS GO.
In case you’d forgotten how Cécile Ravanel and Sam Hill finished the 2017 Enduro World Series, they kicked off the 2018 season with a reminder that they both like to win. Ravanel seemed to pick up with the same winning form she used to dominate last year’s series, winning all but one of the six stages at Lo Barnechea, Chile, and taking the overall by almost 48 seconds. The Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team rider led the SRAM/RockShox sweep of the Pro Women’s podium, too, followed by the Intense Mavic Collective’s Isabeau Courdurier and Trek Factory Racing’s Katy Winton.
The reigning champ Ravanel rode a SRAM Eagle™ X01 drivetrain, SRAM Guide Ultimate Brakes, the new RockShox LYRIK RC2 fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Coil RT Remote shock and Reverb Stealth post for the win.
Isabeau Courdurier’s bike was similarly equipped except for the rear shock—Isabeau rode a Monarch Plus RC3 instead of the Super Deluxe Coil.
Katy Winton’s Trek also sported an Eagle™ drivetrain, Code brakes, the new RockShox Lyrik RC2 fork and Reverb Stealth Post. And her bike featured the third RockShox shock option of the Women’s podium—a RockShox Super Deluxe ThruAktiv Air RCT.
Sam Hill turned the infamous Chilean anti-traction dirt into pure speed, taking three wins and three 2nd-place finishes for the six-stage event. With a style that was reminiscent of his heyday on the World Cup Downhill circuit, the Chain Reaction – Mavic rider took the overall by more than 36 seconds.
The Enduro World Series heads north to Manizales, Colombia, the coming weekend for 2018 Round 2.