Michael Ronning’s EWS photo diary

Words by Michael Ronning | Images by Michael Ronning

Michael Ronning of the Giant All Mountain Cartel is over in Europe right now, experiencing what racing the Enduro World Series is all about. After a quick stop in Finale Ligure (check out his edit great vid here) he’s now up in the Alps at La Thuile for round four of the EWS.

He just shot Flow a bunch of images from his first day on the mountain:

Ronning: “Holy f@ck…talk about big mountains. I rode three of the six stages twice today – each stage has at least one thousand metres¬†of vertical! Luckily all of these stages had chairlift access. ¬†There are three more stages tomorrow, though we’re not so lucky with the chairlift, two of them have an hour and a half climb to the top!”

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Ready to roll at my first EWS. 8 degrees in the village and it’s snowing at the top – pretty chilly for a Queenslander.

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If you’re wondering what La Thuile, a little tiny town in northwest Italy, looks like, then this is it! Epic.

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Today’s stages were all chair lifted – I was loving not having to pedal up 1000 metres of climbing each run. Tomorrow won’t be so lucky.

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Up into the clouds and the snow we go.

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Enjoying the La Thuile loam. I just hope my hands make it through the weekend.

8-inch rotors or go home! I turned up with smaller rotors and had smoke coming of my rear calliper after half a run! Haha.

8-inch rotors or go home! I turned up with smaller rotors and had smoke coming of my rear calliper after half a run! Haha.

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Tim and Helen Flooks. I met these living legends in ’95 when they ran the Euro Rockshox race tech support. So great to see them again, now running SRAM’s euro enduro tech support.