A solid start to the EWS 2018 season for Hill, dominating the two days of competition to finish up in first place ahead of Martin Maes in 2nd place. Josh Carlson in 7th place, good to see him in the top-10 in the first race this year.

The course was brutal with some high-profile DNF’s. Chris Panozzo, fresh from a new deal to race on Cannondale, double flatting his tyres taking him out of the race. Jared Graves, in 7th place on day 1, breaking a wheel on day 2 and ending up a DNF.

Enjoy the photos courtesy of Enduro World Series

  

Racers peek at Sven Martin’s smartphone for the live timing.
NZ’s Rae Morrison
Spectators line the track’s corners
Richie Rude, a first race he’d probably rather forget, coming in outside the top-50.
The course was brutal on bikes. Jared Graves, 7th place after Day 1, only to break a wheel on day 2 and end up DNF.
Wyn Masters. Full time enduro for the NZ rider?
Josh Carlson, solid performance coming away with a 7th after an 8th place results after day 1. “What a wild weekend to kick off the 2018 EWS!”
Sam Hill. Unstoppable, first on day 1 then day 2.

The ladies of the EWS hydrating with a beer at the end
Elite Men’s podium
Team podium

Full results here: http://www.enduroworldseries.com/results/2018-round-1-lo-barnechea-chile/

Pictures: Enduro World Series / Duncan Philpott