Sam sweeps EWS round 2


Western Australia's Sam Hill (above) abcontinued his championship form in round two of the Enduro World Series, held in Bogata, Colombia. On a weekend that varied massively from the dusty, rocky, bike-killing terrain of the previous week in Chile, Hill simply rode away from the competition on the dampy, tacky soil, posting seven stage wins from seven runs to win by 46 seconds and cementing his place at the top of the points table with a perfect score.

Local lad Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas brought the home fans to their feet with a great run into second, while Frenchman Damien Oton was third.

NSW's Josh Carlson, carrying a hand injury over from his great performance in Chile, managed 27th, while Chris Pannozo bounced back from his Chile DNF to finish his second EWS round in 56th. Other Aussies James Hall crossed the line in 72nd, while Jordan Prochyra was 81st.

It was another disastrous round for former world champ Jared Graves, though. After posting second place in the urban downhill prologue (below), the Queenslander destroyed his shifter with his knee 30 seconds into stage two, forcing him to post a second DNF. Barring an absolute miracle, this knocks him out of contention for the 2018 overall.


French fast femme Cecile Ravanel claimed her second EWS win for 2018, while Aussie Laura Battista followed up her 12th in Chile with a 13th in Colombia.

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