Finale Ligure in Italy closes the season once again for enduro, but this time it won't be as the last round of the EWS, but as a new competition - the Trophy of Nations. Now that the EWS is affiliated with the UCI, they are able to hand out rainbow jerseys that signify a World Champion. However, unlike the downhill or XC World Championships, where riders race for National Federations but compete individually, the Trophy of Nations is a team competition with the top three ranked riders of each nation competing and all will earn a jersey if they win. The title of World Champion will be more symbolic in nature, as it is a team competition. The overall EWS title is still the gold standard of achievement for individual racers.
Alongside the main event will be a non-national team competition, an individual competition and even an industry competition that has been embraced by quite a few brands. All the winners will be crowned in the usual fashion, on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sunday evening, at what has truly become a classic venue to close out a long season.
The race itself will take place on a list of Finale Ligure classics. A greatest hits album of sorts with iconic trails like Rollercoaster, Kill Bill, Ivoland, and DH Men means racers are in for a real treat this weekend. Other than the team style race, the event follows the same format as a usual EWS round with riders allowed just one practice run per stage in training, and with all five stages being contested in one day, it is going to be a big big effort.