Journey preview: Jesse Melamed aims for EWS title at Loudenvielle

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There is one last Enduro World Series race weekend left in the 2022 season and, after a long year of events around the world, Canadian Jesse Melamed is poised to win it all. The Rocky Mountain Race Face rider leads the series heading into the final event in Loudenvielle, France on Saturday.

He will have to stand up to his longtime rival, Richie Rude. The two have battled throughout the season and, after a few falls, are showing signs of strain. They are tied at three wins apiece, but Melamed hold a 495-point lead after Rude had a tough few weekends.

Who will be able to find the form of the end of the season to seal the victory of the season in France this weekend? It should be a dramatic conclusion to the season, no matter how it goes.

Melamed and Rude aren’t the only ones battling for victory. Last weekend, it was 2021 winner Jack Moir (Canyon Cllctv) who took the win. A strong group of Canadians are capable of stepping onto the podium this weekend, alongside Melamed. His teammate Rocky Rémi Gauvin joined him on the podium in Whistler. Jack Menzies (We Are One) and Rhys Verner (Forbidden Synthesis) consistently crack the top 10, with McKay Vezina (Giant Factory) close behind and Devinci’s Carter Krasny and Evan Wall also moving up the charts.

EWS Loudenvielle: Shakedown

On the women’s side, Andréane Lanthier Nadeau will be aiming for a solid result for the Canadian pros. Rider Rocky nearly made it to the podium in Whistler, even with a lingering ankle injury. She fought hard throughout the season and still flirts with a return to the podium.

Isabeau Courdurier once again dominates the women’s peloton. The French rider has the title all but locked ahead of her home EWS round.

However, the next generation looks very Canadian. Emmy Lan (Norco) is back from an injury which prevented her from racing at home and immediately returned to the podium in Crans Montana last weekend.

Course overview: EWS Loudenvielle

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