Sam Hill wins second straight EWS crown

After a strong, controlled year of Enduro World Series racing, Sam Hill (Nukeproof/Mavic) has claimed his second EWS crown with a measured ride at the final round in Italy.

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Hill's race was conservative but pacy, with GT's Martin Maes still in mathematical reach - if the Belgian won, Sam only needed to finish 47th or higher.

As it turned out, Maes' race was over by stage two after crashing and injuring his hand (below), and Hill cruised to ninth overall and his second title.

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Yeti rider Richie Rude completed a back-to-back return to form, clean-sweeping the round to win his second race on the trot.

Hill, who had travelled to Europe with his family for the final rounds, shared the spotlight with son Bam.

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Frenchwoman Cecile Ravanel underlined her complete domination of the 2018 season, scoring a clean sweep of victories for the year.

The EWS returns to the southern hemisphere for a doulbe header in 2019, with Crankworx New Zealand on 23-24 March and Derby, Tasmania a week later (30-31 March).

Bicycling Australia

He is Australia’s Energy Minister, the Federal MP representing the Southern Highlands, a passionate cyclist, and preparing to saddle up for the ultimate challenge - the 175km Maxi Classic at the 2018 Bowral Classic this coming Sunday.

Cycling advocacy organisations from across Australia have united in a national call to action focusing on rider awareness, safe passing, and respect on our roads.

A counter on a popular Brisbane bikeway clicked past the one million mark on Friday afternoon, more than a million trips registering on the Council-funded counter this year.