PRESS RELEASE: Norco Canadian Enduro Series Presented By LTP Sports
The 2019 enduro season is right around the corner as we enter our fourth season organizing the Canadian Enduro Series, we were wondering...Why is the enduro racing scene in Canada unlike anywhere else in the world?
There's one word to answer that. Trails.
Enduro racing/riding is a breath of fresh-air that has been gobbled up by so many people across the country and whether you call it enduro, or just plain-old mountain biking, you can't deny that what makes this sport so amazing are the trails. Long before enduro was ever a 'thing' trail-builders were out building, simply for the joy of riding. Trails are a massive part of what makes racing and these events exceptional and we'll never be able to thank those people enough for allowing us the opportunity to ride their creations, so to all the builders, clubs/associations, volunteers, First Nations, and communities, thank-you. Seriously, thank you for allowing us to be present.
The Canadian National Enduro Series has only been around for three short years, it's younger than most of your favourite trails, and if you were to explore for a secondary answer to our question - Why is the enduro racing scene in Canada unlike anywhere else in the world? - most riders would probably answer - COMMUNITY
. I would wholeheartedly agree; these events would never survive without the communities that support us, and yes, all racing circles in any discipline/sport have a phenomenal sense of community. However, the distances in Canada are larger, the towns smaller and we have this thing called winter. All of these factors can put a strain on a relationship and it always excites me when I see two friends from different towns or event provinces reconnect.
Trails and Community are the two main reasons why I'm passionate about enduro racing. This summer I attended an event at Silverstar Resort called Norco RADFest, a Rider Appreciation Day, where everyone is welcome. I was invited to attend as a thank-you from Norco for my dedication to the sport. The invitation wasn't anything special, just a simple email and a 'lets-shred'. It wasn't until I was on lap three or four, sitting on the chairlift, that I realized what was special: Every person on the lift was somehow interwoven so deeply into their riding community. Coaches, trail-builders, athletes, shop owners, manufacturers, sales-reps from other companies, these were the people that make racing and riding so cool.
What I realized was that as long as there have been trail builders, Norco Bicycles has been right there building community within the sport and providing bikes - from the classic Norco A-Line which we hucked off ladder bridges and loading docks, to the World Cup ready Aurum HSP. Ultimately Norco’s legacy supporting every aspect of the sport might explain why they were the most popular bike brand during the 2018 Series, which is a testament to how deep they grow their roots.
I'm elated to announce that Norco Bicycles
, a 100% Canadian owned bike company is the title sponsor of the revitalized 2019 Norco Canadian Enduro Series presented by Live to Play Sports
. Norco Bicycles sponsored the BC Enduro Series back in 2014 and every year since, the dialogue has always been, 'how can we help', whether it was helping a rider get a stolen bike back, to highlighting a local shop that went out of their way to loan a racer a bike part, they've added selflessly to the Canadian Enduro scene at every opportunity.
-Ted Morton // Race Director
*Thanks to you, the riders, over the past three years we've donated more than $110,000 to local trail organizations. Every-time you race, we donate a minimum of 10% back to the local trail association.
We've added one stop to the calendar, can you guess where?
It never rains on race day!
We'll be returning to Crowsnest Pass for yet another wild year in the fastest growing mountain bike mecca of Alberta!
• New timing system! We've just invested some serious coin into the latest timing system, fully fly-by, with live stage results and the easiest to use platform. We've partnered up with Zone 4, a Canadian Company!!
• Prize money for age category podiums.
• New category! Introducing Expert Men and Expert Women - This category is the stepping stone to the pro category, the only caveat, you cannot race in this category if you've ever placed top three in a pro category.
• Short Course - We've added a short course to every event except Bromont. Remember, this course is shorter, not less difficult.
• Sea Otter Canada - We'll be hosting the Blue Mountain Resort event in conjunction with Sea Otter Canada.
• Full face helmets are now mandatory for ALL riders at all events. Please read the rule book for more information on helmets, concussion testing and helmet requirements.
• Cut-off times will be amended and enforced.
• Sanctioned Championship by Cycling Canada - Only the Elite (Pro Men and Pro Women) categories are sanctioned, these are the only categories requiring a UCI License.
• EWS Qualifiers and Continental Championships - Just sit tight, their calendars will be announced shortly, but take a look at last years schedule, wink-wink, nudge-nudge.
• Event Prices - Prices are now tiered, register early and save big!
The 2019 Norco Canadian Enduro Series presented by Live to Play Sports
Registration Opens December 10th
Our new tiered pricing will see a small jump, $5.00 increase for anyone 21+ and a $10.00 increase for the U21 categories. This only applies to the first tier, so be sure to register soon and save!
• Lift tickets at resorts are NOT included. They are often discounted deeply!
• Revelstoke Event - You must be a Revelstoke Cycling Association member to race, you will be prompted at checkout to register, it's easy peasy!
• EWSQ/C - EWS membership or licensing fees are not included.
• The Championship race is price capped at $110.00 for Elite (Pro) Categories, as they will have to hold a UCI license in order to race in that category.DISCOUNTS
We have a few different discount programs for 2019, so be sure to check our website for all the information!
• 2019 Norco Range Discount - If you purchase/ride a 2019 Norco Range, you can apply to get 20% off of your registrations. See website for details.
• 4 Race Discount - Register for four races at the same time and get 10% off
• 5 Race Discount - Register for five races and get a free race, plus 10% off your remaining order.
• Camp Fortune Discount - Register for Camp Fortune and you'll receive a free entry to the championship race at Panorama (*You actually have to race Camp Fortune)
• Past podium discounts - see the website if you were an Overall Champion in 2019, email email@example.com before January 1st, 2019.
*Cannot be compounded with any other discounts.Fraser Valley, Revelstoke and Sea Otter Canada
• Practice and shuttling for Fraser Valley and Revelstoke will be restricted. More details closer to the event, you can expect one lap per stage and a time limit on shuttling.
• All participants of the Revelstoke race, must be a club member with the Revelstoke Cycling Association, you'll be prompted at checkout.
• Sea Otter Canada is the venue for the Blue Mountain Resort race, the event will remain largely unchanged and we're encouraging enduro riders to check out the other events and claim all the podiums! Oh yeah!
Ride a 2019 Norco Range and get 20% off all events!
The Rundle Mountain Cycling Club will be stoked with all the short-course offerings, this is likely the largest enduro training program in Canada!
Remi Gauvin won the 2018 Canadian Enduro Championship, will he be able to defend the title, and claim the first-ever Cycling Canada Enduro Championship?
Panorama Mountain Village plays host to the 2019 championships, as part of the first-ever Cycling Canada Gravity Championships, where the Canadian DH and Enduro Championships will be hosted on the same weekend. There have been a few emails (three exactly), wondering how the schedule will play out for riders looking to do dual duty. While you'll likely want to save a bit of energy and grip strength for your preferred event, we can assure you that you'll be able to meet all the requirements for both events.
• Friday = We'll have the DH course closed for a portion of the day for track walking and there will be two hours of exclusive enduro/dh racer lift access in the evening from 6-8pm to ensure you get the time you need on the courses. The lift will be running the entire day from 10am for general access.
• Saturday = Enduro Race and practice/seeding for DH. Riders in the Enduro who wish to race in the DH will be the last riders to seed in the DH (as per rulebook), and the lift will be running late to allow you time to change gear and equipment etc.
• Sunday = DH race and enduro party! The bike park is open all day!Sanctioning
As mentioned, only the elite level categories (Pro Men and Pro Women) will be sanctioned for the Cycling Canada Enduro Champs. These are the ONLY categories that need to purchase a UCI license.EWS Qualifiers and Continental Championships
More info coming soon (we need to wait for their calendar release), sorry!
JF doing what he does best, creating unforgettable experiences.
Camp Fortune, QC was one of our favourite stops and we're excited to visit in hopefully cooler temperatures!
Elliot Jamieson went from enduro star to DH World Cup legend last year, proof that our grass slalom makes you a better rider!
These events do not happen without our dedicated volunteers, every year I'm absolutely enthralled by the passion these people bring to the event. If you're interested in volunteering at some of our events, please reach out and let us know how we can make your summer exceptional!
Every volunteer gets a free entry to another race, volunteer for two races, get three for free!Register as a volunteer here,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Need something? More information?
Kamloops has been a mainstay and rumour has it there are two new trails, one for fun and one for speed. Check out Jakob Hartman's edit on the new Pimpernot trail, surely someone will link it in the comments.
Will 2019 be the return of the K9 category?
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