Monster Energy’s Sam Hill completely decimated the field at the Enduro World Series (EWS) Round 2 in Manizales, Columbia and took home his second consecutive win. Dominating by a staggering margin of 47.54 seconds after a mere 18 minutes of racing over seven stages spread across two days, the Australian legend won the first four stages of racing on day two and reminded the entire field why he is the defending World Champion.
The tracks here in Manizales were short, muddy and completely wild. Steep chutes combined with random roots and drops made for an exciting day, even with the shortening of the race with the removal of one stage due to torrential rainstorms the day before Sunday’s racing. The ground dries fast, but it was no match for the sheer quantity of rain that fell over night, turning upper sections of the early stages in an almost unrideable craggy peanut butter soup. Rider after rider hit the deck and it looked like it would be a race of attrition to see who could go down the least. With an estimate 20 minutes of racing to come, times were inevitably going to be tight, but Hill had a clinic to teach and blew everyone’s expectation out of the muddy water.