This was the first time the EWS has traveled to Zermatt and the first time the finals have been held somewhere other than Finale Ligure, Italy. With an expanding network of challenging trails in the shadow of the famous Matterhorn peak, Zermatt was an ideal place to wrap up the 2019 season.
At the end of a season plagued by unlucky crashes and injuries, Deniaud came into the finals motivated. Riding his new Reign Advanced Pro 29 and wearing Giant Line shoes, he put in his best performance of the year, riding consistently over five tough stages and finishing his EWS season on a high note with a third-place on the final stage, the longest, hardest one of the day.
“What an end to the season,” said the Frenchman. “The stages were physical, long, fast and rocky. I’m very happy with my riding and I’ve been feeling great on my Reign Advanced Pro 29. I ended up placing sixth overall, with a third place on Stage 5, the queen stage. My wrist is better, now I just need to be in great shape all around for next season I want to be back in the top-five.”
Deniaud’s finals ride marked the third consecutive EWS event where the team produced a top-10 result. Australian Josh Carlson was 6th at Round 6 in Whistler, and Canadian Mckay Vezina was 10th at Round 7 in Northstar, California.
Carlson led the way in the overall rankings, finishing 18th with his top results being Whistler (6th) and Northstar (15th). Deniaud ended up 32nd overall, and Vezina focused on the North American Continental Enduro Series, which he won.