Colombia Domination

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

“Sam Hill, Elliott Heap & CRC-Mavic dominate EWS Rd 2”

Both Enduro World Series races in South America have been epic. Heading from Chile to Colombia, the terrain was different but the fans were again incredible.

Manizales, Colombia was the host for round 2 and the whole town came out to support the riders. With 7 stages based in the surrounding hillsides and coffee plantations, the first stage set up as a super special “urban Downhill” stage in front of a capacity 20,000 people and live Colombian TV.

Hills overlooking Manizales

After some local riding on Wednesday & Thursday, Team manager Nigel Page was reeling what he described as in some of best trails he has ever ridden. The team were super stoked for the race ahead.

Loam on the track walk, Sunday saw them “a little” muddier

Excited much- Elliott Heap, loving the loam.

EWS practise allows only 1 run of each stage to allow the riders to familiarises themselves wit the trails and terrain, with another host of rapid locals- headed by Downhill World Cup ace Marcello Gutierrez it was going to be tough!
On Board with Sam- Stage 2
On board with Sam- Stage 3
On board with Elliott- Stage 4

An off in practise damaged Nigel’s shoulder- he tried to race, but had to pull out after 4 stages (he was lying in 2nd overall in Masters)

#1 

Cockpit of the wild Blueberry Mega 275c of Sam Hill Ft. Sam Hill’s Signature handlebars and gripsSaturdays stage 1 opener in front of an amazing crowd was the perfect opening act for the race. 20,000 packed fans, live TV and a tight and tricky street course ment that survival was key! Kelan Grant laid down an amazing 11th place, with Sam a few places further back. Elliott finished within a second of the stage winner in U21- but was 6th! 

 

Elliott Heap on Stage 1 Kelan Grant on his way to an awesome 11th place on stage 1

After monsoon overnight rain, the trail conditions saw Sundays 7 stages were cut to 6. The hugely challenging conditions and mixed with corner after corner of slippery roots, off camber turns and well just more turns, played into the hands of Sam & Elliott’s bike handling skills. They simply dominated. taking huge margins out of the field on each stage (full list of stage times here)

Support all the way round for Sam & the team  

Off camber- no problem

The Michelin spikes were incredible!

one of the few riders with a clean jersey!

Tough day in the saddle for Kelan on Sunday- but osme great stage times show huge promise

Mid race cleaning for Kelan to loose some of the mud weight.

On his way to a U21 win- Elliott Heap and his Mega 275c RS

Podium time for Elliott and his Nukeproof Mega  Sam #1 & the fastest bike of the day

Sam holding of local World cup shredder Marcello

Team podium for CRC-Mavic- 2nd overall

Huge Shout to mechanic Jacy for keeping the all 4 bikes running perfectly & to the whole EWS team for an amazing trip to South America.

Amazing photos from Fraser Britton and radical team edit from Salva (to come).

Roll on France for round 3

Follow Sam on: 

Facebook: @samhillracing 

Instagram: @SamHill13 

 

Follow Kelan on: 

Facebook: @kelangrantracing

Instagram: @KelanGrant

Follow Elliott on:

Facebook @ellottheapmtb 

Instagram: @Elliottheap

 

Facebook: @Nukeproof

Instagram: @Nukeproofbikes

Twitter: @Nuke_Proof

Photos: Fraser Britton

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