Course Preview: Unspoiled Beauty - EWS Val di Fassa 2019

Jun 27, 2019
by Matthew DeLorme  



Hard to believe that we are already halfway through the Enduro World Series season. Round four brings us to Italy, in the Dolomites for a one-day event hosted by Val di Fassa bike park and MET helmets. Canazei, Italy is full of some seriously incredible views. Everywhere you turn there seems to be a jagged mountain rising up into the blue sky from the valley floor. The people here are incredibly welcoming and friendly, they have welcomed this circus with open arms. The trails here at Val di Fassa have already become a favorite among the media. Amazing singletrack with plenty of fresh loam and roots. Mountain biking at its finest. Stage three was cut just for this race and will be closed after due to the UNESCO World Heritage designation. We are lucky to ride such a trail in such an incredible place.

The race will consist of five stages on Saturday. If there is heavy rain the race will be moved to Sunday, but as of right now the skies are sunny, the air is warm, and it looks like that isn't going to change. Most of the stages are long alpine style, save for the short stage two. Most of the stages are reached via lift and there is a total of 900 meters in climbing for the liaisons. Total descent is 2,677 meters. This one is going to be a good one, it may even go down as one of the all-time favorites.


Lots of history ion these old villages.
Lots of history in these old villages.

It s a heat wave in Europe this week. Good thing we are up in the mountains and even then it s still incredibly but.
There's a heat wave in Europe this week. Good thing we are up in the mountains, and even then it's still incredibly hot.

Chris Ball raises a wheel to round four. Louis Par
Chris Ball raises a wheel to round four.

Katy Winto isn t racing this one so she joined in on the Media Recce hi-jinx.
Katy Winton isn't racing this one, so she joined in on the Media Recce hi-jinx.

No matter where you look on Stage 5 you can not escape a view of the Dolomites.
No matter where you look on Stage 5 you can not escape a view of the Dolomites.

Stage 5 has the longest section of trail out in the open while most of the other stages take place below the treeline.
Stage 5 has the longest section of trail out in the open while most of the other stages take place below the treeline.

Nico Turner enjoying single track heaven.
Nico Turner enjoying single track heaven.

Everywhere you look here the views are incredible.
Everywhere you look here the views are incredible.

What a place
What a place!

Eduro World Series director Chris Ball drops into Stage 5 below the iconic Dolomites.
Enduro World Series director, Chris Ball, drops into Stage 5 below the iconic Dolomites.

Sunny day shredding in some big mountains.
Sunny day shredding in some big mountains.

Just a bunch of squids enjoying the regions finest culinary offerings.
Just a bunch of squids enjoying the region's finest culinary offerings.

The folks here pulled out all the stops to welcome us. Lunch was top notch.
The folks here pulled out all the stops to welcome us. Lunch was top notch.

Lunch the Val di Fassa way.
Lunch, the Val di Fassa way.

Fresh dirty for days on Stage 3.
Fresh dirt for days on Stage 3.

Stage 3 if fresh cut top top bottom and the EWS will be the first times bikes have been allowed on this particular hillside in Canazei.
Stage 3 is fresh cut top to bottom and the EWS will be the first time bikes have been allowed on this particular hillside in Canazei.

Beautiful views in all directions in Canazei.
Beautiful views in all directions in Canazei.

If you haven t been here to ride you need to come.
If you haven't been here to ride, you need to come.

All kinds of cameras were used to document the beauty of the Dolomites.
All kinds of cameras were used to document the beauty of the Dolomites.

Dave takes advantage of a dusty corner with a view.
Dave takes advantage of a dusty corner with a view.

Dave takes a break and soaks up the landscape.
Dave takes a break and soaks up the landscape.

Can you spot the riders on the ridge line below
Can you spot the riders on the ridge line below?

The EWS will be the first time bikes have been allowed up this particular gondola and the trails below are as fresh as it gets.
The EWS will be the first time bikes have been allowed up this particular gondola, and the trails below are as fresh as it gets.

Stage one starts above tree line and ends in a lush green forest in town.
Stage 1 starts above tree line and ends in a lush green forest in town.

Duncan Phillpot gets his switch back on.
Duncan Phillpot gets his switch back on.

Boris is mad for these trails. He s a mad dog.
Boris is mad for these trails. He's a mad dog.

Katy Winton getting the low down on recce chats.
Katy Winton getting the low down on recce chats.

Enrico does his best to wrangle the media squids.
Enrico does his best to wrangle the media squids.

Chris Seager dives into stage five with the jagged teeth of the Dolomites looming in the back ground.
Chris Seager dives into Stage 5 with the jagged teeth of the Dolomites looming in the background.

The top of Stage 1 offers some brief views of the Dolomites before diving in to the forest.
The top of Stage 1 offers some brief views of the Dolomites before diving into the forest.

Niklas Wallner squeezes through the tight trees at the bottom of Stage 1.
Niklas Wallner squeezes through the tight trees at the bottom of Stage 1.

The most breath taking views and the trails are mega. This one is an instant favorite.
The most breathtaking views and the trails are mega. This one is an instant favorite.

Special trophies for a special race. Students from the local art school made the trophies for Canazei. Each one is unique and made from materials from the area and from bits and pieces of bikes.
Special trophies for a special race. Students from the local art school made the trophies for Canazei. Each one is unique and made from materials from the area and from bits and pieces of bikes.

That s day one done let s get racing.
That's day one done, let's get racing.


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29 Comments

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  • + 16
 Those backdrops are simply breathtaking, amazing pictures!
  • + 14
 Can we have photographer’s bike checks??
  • + 3
 @philip92 thanks man! One from this year would be cool too....
  • + 7
 I hope Wallner gets some socks in his swag bag
  • + 1
 Or maybe he could borrow a pair from Robin
  • + 4
 Cool how you caught the space ship, top right. Knew they were there.

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  • + 5
 That photo of Boris is fucking legendary.
  • + 4
 Looks mint. Though I wouldn't say 25°C is "incredibly hot".
  • + 4
 In the Alps on 1500 Meters above sea level, 25° C is very hot.... we`re not used to this, like you down under.
  • + 4
 Big hills...massif steaks!
  • + 2
 Amazing location. Now on the bucket list. That said, 900m climbing for a pro enduro race? Not loving seeing so much use of uplifts for enduro racing.
  • + 2
 can you do a "what you carry on your bag?, Those bags look pretty heavy. Canon vs Nikon?
  • + 1
 I've ridden the Liguria region of Italy which is beautiful and has some amazing trails, but I need to ride the dolomites next, looks amazing!
  • + 2
 what a place and awesome to see the locals get involved!
  • + 1
 Amazing shots, incredible scenery. Squids are going to have a ball this weekend!
  • + 2
 That mountain range is breathtaking, 10/10 photos.
  • + 2
 These are seriously ridiculously cool shots
  • + 2
 Why oh why did my great-grandfather emigrate from Italy...
  • + 1
 So you can be on holidays when you go back to visit?
  • + 2
 Dolomites are the best!
  • + 1
 Dream destination! Breath taking views, epic riding, and amazing food.
  • + 1
 That mossy green room pic with Katy is awesome! That looks so prime.
  • + 1
 Amazing!
  • - 1
 "Unsaved Beauty" for about a weekend then all gets wrecked
  • - 3
 Come into my place. Just don't drink the water or all hell going to break loose with our mates at the UCI.

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