Kona Endurance rider Rhys Verner finishes fourth in the final round of Enduro World Series

, during the EWS Finale

Kona Endurance team rider Rhys Verner found himself at the final round of the Enduro World Series this past weekend, after a third in the U21 in Whistler he was in the hunt for another podium finish. Practice went well for Rhys, not pushing himself too hard, but still turning a few heads with the media in attendance. “Having only competed in the Whistler EWS race before I didn’t really know what to expect racing the final one of the year in Finale Ligure. It was super cool though because having this race so late in the year really brought all the disciplines together. I spent my days riding with either cross country World Cup racers or downhill World Cup racers so it was really cool.”

, during the EWS Finale

After a solid couple of days racing and placing second to wunderkind Adrien Dailly on two stages. Rhys finished out his second EWS event of the season in fourth place just shy of the podium. “I tried to just stay consistent and smooth on the gnarly DH stages and then really hit it hard on the big pedalling stages and I think that worked well. I ended up eight seconds off the podium after 41 mins of racing, I’m pretty damn happy with how it all went.”

“Having other people in the same boat as you, not being too experienced, was really reassuring. The tracks were so different from Canada, and locals were saying it hadn’t rained in three months, but the tracks were super rad!”, during the EWS Finale