Bouwmeester // Factory Racing for 2017 has an exciting year ahead with a new team format and bike sponsor Yeti. Kaine Cannan (TAS) and, U17 National Champion, Sam Walsh (SA) fill out the roster competing in the National and State enduros, along with selected EWS races.
Team sponsors 2017
Yeti Cycles – Bikes SB6c
ION - Protective gear and shoes
Ride 100% - Helmets, goggles and gloves
Maxxis – Tyres
USWE - Hydration packs
NSDynamics - Suspension service & tuning.
"Kaine (left) & Sam (right) getting their stoke on for the EWS round"
Descending on EWS Derby
With both guys coming off podiums in local races EWS Derby was an awesome way to kick off the international racing calendar and descend on Tasmania. Credit has to go to EMS the event organisers who put on a flawless event in a picturesque part of Australian with some killer trails in amazing forests and rocky outcrops.
"Sam getting in the zone before the weather rolls in"
Practice days were solid, Friday was about 50km's of runs and getting familiar with the tracks and Saturday saw Kaine and Sam dial their lines and plan for the Sunday race. Wheels, bikes and other gear were flawless all week with many other teams bikes and especially wheels being taken victim by the ruthless rock gardens.
"Dry and fast in practice with lots of rad moments"
Race Day - Wet & Wild
Race day the heavens opened and torrential rains began to fall shortly after the race commenced on Sunday. Tracks were quickly turned into some of the most technically difficult conditions seen in recent EWS history, but our guys thrived on the challenge and got on with the days racing, keeping the stoke levels high.
"Kaine keeping it rubber side down on the technical wet rocks"
"Stage 6 ended into these wild slippery stairs catching lots of people off guard"
The Wrap up - Top 10 & Stage Highlights
7:30 hours, 52km, 1,625m vertical in the wet, mud and cold. It was survival of the toughest and fastest! Highlights from the race include Sam in his first EWS at age 16 taking an impressive 10th overall in U21, a 2nd on Stage 3 as well as 3 top 10 stage finishes. Kaine put together a solid race finishing 36th in a stacked field of the world’s best and pulled a 2nd on Stage 3. Both guys did an amazing job in some of the toughest conditions we’ve seen, there were spills, mud, more mud and most importantly - smiles at the end of the race.
"Wheels and Yeti bikes didn't skip a beat all weekend"
"Big day at the office! Absolute dedication from all riders to get through this race, super impressive"
Images: Bouwmeester and Nathan Chilcott Visual