EWS - Racing Lab Backstage
Ride, experiment and progress.
What does ‘Racing Lab’ mean? First of all, it’s a product range where:
"Racing" reflects the experimentation alongside our athletes: they test and develop our products between the tape, at the highest level of MTB racing.
"Lab" because of the work done inhouse between our engineers and designers who are tirelessly working together to create and develop products.
Three tires have been created since we launched the Racing Lab range in 2017: the Skeleton, Griffus and most recently the Kraken. As always, we’ve been looking ahead and working on new product, technologies and tread designs. Take a look at the latest news !
Test Camp Gravity
To continue the innovation process, we invited all our Enduro riders to Finale Ligure (Italy) for a test camp at the beginning of the year.
For this camp we decided to focus on the GRIFFUS: 2.5 at the front and 2.4 at the back.
We analysed rolling resistance, the casing distortion, grip and feel. All of the riders tested on a variety of different casings, pressures and on different tracks, which varied in technicality and terrain.
After three days of testing, all of the riders and engineers decided to continue the development specifically on two of the casings.
Final Test in a race scenario: Enduro World Series
After a few more months of work, the first goal of the season finally arrived. All of our Enduro riders could finally race the first round of the Enduro World Series in Zermatt, Switzerland.
Hutchinson athletes racing at the EWS#1 :
- Isabeau Courdurier - Lapierre Zip Collective
- Kevin Miquel and Théo Galy - Sunn Enduro Team Antoine Vidal
- Cédric Ravanel (Ebike), Alex Rudeau, Alexis Icardo - Commencal Enduro Team
- Morgane Jonnier and Nicolas Lau (Ebike) - Peugeot
The conditions were continuously changing throughout the EWS race weekend, becoming increasingly tough. It snowed and rained heavily resulting in an extremely muddy course. The horrible weather didn’t stop our riders though, who were able to achieve three podiums across all categories!
Isabeau Courdurier took the win in the Elite Women’s Category and Theo Galy took his first Elite podium. Rising star Antoine Vidal won the U21 Category and even managed to finish top 10 in the overall rankings. Most importantly though, NONE of our seven riders had a puncture during the entire race weekend!
Another interesting point to note is that none of the riders used the same combinations or tire profiles. For example, Isabeau and Théo rode with the TORO front & rear and Antoine decided to keep the GRIFFUS in 2.4 at the back and rode with only the TORO on the front. Both combinations were successful!
Find out more in our recap edit we shot from the race !
Now that we have real world testing completed in a variety of environments and with success on the World Stage itself, we can tweak and finalise the tire’s development back in the lab to pave the way for full production. Stay tuned!HUTCHINSON TIRES