Sam Hill was unable to close the gap to Richie Rude on the final stages of the Enduro World Series at Northstar, California to finish second and set up a thrilling decider at the final round in Zermatt, Switzerland.
After five technical and incredibly challenging stages, the men’s race all came down to less than a single second going into the final stage.
Heading into stage six, it was Hill (Team Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) who led the race by a mere tenth of a second going into the final stage of the day, but the reigning champion was unable to hold off Rude (Yeti Cycles/Fox Shox Factory Team), who won the race by 0.8 seconds.
With just one round left in the 2019 series, it’s still Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) who leads the men’s overall – but Hill is just 60 points behind in second.
Joshua Carlson (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) would record a 15th place finish while Graeme Mudd and Daniel Booker would finish in the top 30.
In the Under 21 Men, Sam Walsh finished just outside the top 10 in 14th.
Fellow Australian Roland Kyme finished 22nd.
Fenella Harris finished in 8th in the Under 21 Women.
Photo Credit: EWS
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