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Dates and Venues Announced for the 2020 Canadian Enduro Series

Nov 18, 2019
by Ted Morton  

PRESS RELEASE: 2020 Norco Canadian Enduro Series

Here we go again! 2019 was a record-breaking year for attendance at our races. We saw more new faces than ever before and that is what we love! In 2019, we had some of the biggest days ever, with many people remarking that they were harder than EWS races and pushed the limits of what was comfortable. For 2020 we've rejigged a few things to ensure we have something for everyone. Below you'll find out all the information for the 2020 series, registration opens on December 1st.

2020 CHANGES

2-Day Events - All events this year will be 2-days. Day 1 will feature only one stage, with Day 2 featuring the remainder of the stages.

Team Racing - Do you like riding with your mates? Get stoked to race at your own pace with your buddies with our new Team Category. This category is for seasoned vets and great for families or new riders. The Team Category is pretty easy to understand - racers join a team of 3 (maximum) and can either ride together down the stages or individually (everyone must ride every stage). Either way you race, you'll get an individual race time and a cumulative team time. This will ensure you can still be competitive in your own age category and chase the elusive Team championship.

50+ Category - You asked for it. Hopefully, these guys/gals know how to the internet, so if you see them around, make sure to holler at the 50+ crew and let them know they've got their own category now.

Electric - We've launched Canada's first E-Bike Racing Series. The Norco Canadian Enduro Series Electric. The venues will be shared with the regular enduro series, but racers can expect massive days, special/technical stages, yes there'll be some uphill stages. Charge your batteries this is going to be epic!

NCES 80 - Formerly known as our 'Short-Course', the revamped NCES 80 is meant for intermediate riders looking for a smaller day with less technical stages. This is a one-day event only.

Pits - For the first time ever, we're offering a pit area for racers to set up tents and be a part of the vendor expo area.

Media - We've enlisted a few rockstars to help us put out some more Canadian Enduro specific content this year. So get stoked to see tutorials, destination showcases and much more on our IGTV and YouTube channels.

EWS - This year our series is proud to be hosting two EWS North American rounds and two EWS Qualifier rounds. This will be the first time ever that an EWS Qualifier is hosted in Quebec and it will also be the first time that Eastern Canada gets a stop of the North American series.

Trophy of Provinces - We're stoke to announce that Sea Otter Canada and Crowsnest Pass will be our two stops. We'll have an Eastern Trophy and a Western Trophy, culminating in the Canadian National Enduro Championships at Panorama Resort! What happens in this event is that everyone who participates is automatically enrolled to race for their province of origin. At the end of the race, we take the top ten finishers in each category and tally up their times based on provinces. The fastest province is awarded the Wester or Eastern Trophy. Ultimately proving which province has the fastest riders. The fastest riders in U21, 21-29, 30-39, 40+, U21 Womens, Open Womens and Expert Men at both the Eastern and Western trophy will be given free entry, lift tickets and accommodation at the Championship event.





Lindsay Donovan
Want to finally settle the score of which province has the fastest riders?


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The first ever E-bike racing sereis is here!



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Maximum fun with team racing! Make a team and ride with your buddies, we're bringing the party with this category!


More opportunities for riders to qualify for the global EWS events and the infamous EWS Whistler!



The Trail to Canadian Enduro Champion. If you're looking to see how all the different type of events stack up against each other, here you go! The hardest events in Canada will always be the Canadian National Enduro Championship and the EWS in Whistler! With more regional events being the easiest.



2020 EVENTS






May 9-10 // Fraser Valley // Enduro World Series Qualifier
June 20-21 // Sun Peaks // Enduro World Series North American Series // This is a semi-private event. The resort will be opening early just for us!
July 4-5 // Sea Otter Canada // Enduro World Series North American Series // This is the largest cycling event in Eastern Canada, it is also the Eastern Trophy of Provinces!
Jully 11-12 // Crowsnest Pass // Western Trophy of Provinces // We'll be heading to a zone, so get stoked!
July 12 // Bromont // Enduro World Series Qualifier // For the first time ever, the Enduro World Series is coming to Quebec!
July 18-19 // Panorama Resort // Canadian National Enduro Championship® // We have a brand new course, with new trails and lots of variety! Thanks Jose!
July 25-26 // SilverStar Resort // This is the party of the year at the SilverStar bike festival!





MORE INFORMATION

A massive thank-you to this year's series sponsors and supporters and anyone who Volunteered with us and anyone who helped with a shuttle, a beer or a spare tube!


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49 Comments

  • 22 1
 50+ people invented the Internet you dicks! Now get off my lawn!
  • 6 1
 ok boomer Big Grin
  • 8 0
 Love the changes. Excited for some new venues. However, is the BC Enduro series dead? Hasn't really been much for that series in the last few years (that I remember anyways).
  • 4 0
 Would also like to know
  • 6 0
 @gbeaks33

Hey Greg;

The BC Enduro Series will have one event this year - the Kamloops River Beaver Classic. However, our NCES 80 is really designed to be the new BC Enduro Series, whereby the events are more intermediate focused!

We'd love to keep the BC Enduro Series rolling, however, many communities already have their own local or regional events and we don't want to detract from them. We've tried to work with many, however, it often just makes things more complicated the more cooks you have in the kitchen. We'd love to partner with any communities wanting to get a regional event or local enduro off the ground, so feel free to reach out.

If you're looking at the Trail to Champion, just sub in "local races" where you see BC Enduro Series.

Cheers,
  • 1 0
 @canadianenduro: Sweet thanks for the explanation!
  • 8 1
 All 2 day events with only 1 stage on the first day. Why? What if you're only able to make it for 1 day? Or what if you can only make it for 2 days and the first day is when you were hoping to practice the race stages?
  • 2 0
 My theory is it'll be one harder stage later in the day on Day 1, with a whole race day on Day 2. Maybe stage 1 will be blind so you can practice the day 2 stages on Saturday morning, race the 1 blind stage in the afternoon/early evening?
  • 7 7
 Then don’t sign up. If you can’t figure out your own schedule ahead of time Don’t Bitch about nothing.
  • 5 0
 I'm going to bet it's a tourism driver. Destination Marketing Organizations live off of room nights and give out funding to events that drive hotel stays.
  • 8 0
 @freerider11

Hey Dave;

While I love the speculation by the crew below, the main reason we've done this is that we wanted to cool down the amount of practice and shuttling. Trail use and impact are something we're very cognitive of, we're now seeing people show up and take many laps down a trail, so this way we'll cull the amount of practice.

Additionally, we heard that the days were getting quite big for most people, so this allows us to give more value to the racers by being able to still do really unique things without having to cram it all into one-day.

So now you get have wicked race stages, cool experiences and less impact on the trails! I think its a great addition!

Churrrrr!
  • 3 0
 @canadianenduro: Fair enough, thanks for the response.

@GatoGordo: Yeah I'm sure that's what they want, people not to sign up if they have other commitments on Saturday. Was just a question and great responses were provided. Except for your very non intelligent one of course.
  • 3 0
 @canadianenduro:
Sweet, that sounds great! Less damage to local trails is important.
  • 6 0
 Curious about the new AB Enduro series that popped up, I assume more info is TBD?
  • 7 0
 Let's Make Alberta Enduro Again
  • 1 0
 I second this comment. Canmore race returning for 2020?
  • 3 0
 After local enduro races come to where I live the trails are haggard. By the time they are fixed up the race is back for the next year and another trail or even the same one takes a beating of practice laps and the event. Some money goes back into the community through donations to help re-build which is great. Now an e-bike series will only add massively to that amount of trail beating. What will this series so about the increased trail beat-down now you are adding pedal-assist bikes to race up and downhill.
  • 11 0
 @michaelrobinson

Cheers for the thoughts and concerns Mike!

As most people know, we typically go above and beyond to help offset our usage. For example, in Revelstoke this year we created more than $10,000 to offset our use on Boulder Mountain for 1 day. And in the past 3 years, I've donated more than $22,000 towards the Cartier trail. We also do lots of other advocacy, trail management and consulting.

You'll notice that for the E-BIKE races, we're only offering them at resorts. Resorts have much better infrastructure and this way we're not putting more responsibilities on volunteer maintained trail networks. So all our E-Bike events will happen in the confines of a resort.

Cheers!
  • 9 0
 @canadianenduro: Thank you for putting thought into where you are holding the e-bike series and putting money back into the trails!
  • 5 0
 Appreciate that even the Canadian Enduro Series keeps C****rland a secret Wink
  • 1 0
 Ted, have you ever considered a different venue for the Ontario stop? Or perhaps a second? The reason I ask is blue mountain is great, but there's a lot of other great riding within an hour of blue. Additionally, blue's "extra" costs and let's be honest, headache runarounds can make racing a single race time and cost prohibitive. I did the math on racing the blue stop last year and stopped when I got to $250 before I had even arrived. I'm trying not be the whinger and I know blue puts a ton of effort into the program they run, I'm just always trying to help make cycling in my community and amazing recreation pursuit for everyone.

Sam
  • 7 0
 @samnation;

Hey Sam;

Appreciate the thoughts for sure and I really would love to help build the scene in Ontario. I grew up in Mississauga.

I've considered other stops but to be honest there hasn't been any community champions to step-up and really put forth an effort to make it happen. The community at Blue and really their events team, put in a MASSIVE amount of work to make this happen, while therer are some additional costs, Blue really does the event to help give people another event. It would never happen without the dedication of the community at blue and their event team.

With that being said, if you'd be keen on hosting a stop, I'd be stoked to work with you to help make another event possible. It takes a dedicated community champion, a very willing venue and a whole lot of time.

Reach out to me privately and lets see what we can do!
  • 1 0
 Would love to see more non-resort events like the good ol' days when there were stops all over (Rossland, Williams Lake, Revy, etc.) and, like, 6-8 in BC alone. I get the trail wear and tear from people arriving early and shuttling, but if racers are allowed a max of 1 practice and 1 race run would that be an acceptable balance? Perhaps races in spring/fall so there's decent moisture in the dirt? Or on less ridden trails that this could bring some life to? Revy's program of requiring each racer buy a membership is another good option.

It's just a shame that in one of the world's most enthusiastic mountain bike regions only resorts are willing to host a race series (by no means a knock on the absolutely legendary work Ted has done for mtb in BC!).
  • 2 0
 Still TONS of non-"series" enduro races across BC. I'd say just sign up for some of those!
  • 1 0
 @ratedgg13: Where are these "TONS" of races I'm not aware of? I've raced Pemby, Squamish, and one of the Island Cup races before. All of which were a fantastic time.

I still think there's an important place for a race series in the province 1) for groms looking to race competitively as they can in more mainstream sports and 2) for the new friends / comradery at these events when there are a bunch of out-of-towners camping and riding together.
  • 1 0
 @bikereid: Rossland, Nelson, Fernie, Kimberly, Golden, Revelstoke, Smithers, Williams Lake, Invermere...etc.
  • 2 0
 @ratedgg13: Where can we find out about Fernie, Kimberley, Golden, Invermere local Enduros? I have not heard of any in the last year that were not related to BC/Canadian Enduro Series.
  • 1 0
 @steflund: They're all independent, so don't really have marketing budgets, so I'd suggest following the local riding associations on social media. Lots of them are organized by local shops, so you could try following them too.
  • 2 0
 @ratedgg13 and @bikereid :


You've just hit the nail on the head here. The series has two main goals:

1) Help local communities advocate for trails and showcase them
2) Provide unique experiences in a safe, well managed and fun atmosphere.

This year we've moved mainly to resorts because almost every community in BC have spoken up that they are underfunded, have limited capacity and are keeping things local. I get that 100%. You should have heard this at the MTB Tourism Symposium. As a commercial business we benefit from volunteer-built and managed trails, so sometimes we need to consider what they want.

These events take a lot to produce and so this year we're giving a few destinations a chance to chill. We rely heavily on volunteers, not-for-profits and community champions. The resorts have great infrastructure, capacity and a whole bunch of stoke to share!

The good ol'days are still here, we just need to be cognizant of our impacts and listen to what communities want and we need riders to pitch in - become a member at every town you ride in, volunteer etc.

FVMBA, Kamloops (KPCC) and Crowsnest are great examples of communities that have capacity and work collaboratively with outside events. Other communities are equally fantastic yet their schedules, directives and desires change - much like how we go to Revelstoke once every couple of years.

If you want to chat further, gimme a shout!
  • 1 0
 @steflund: Gimme a shout, I can connect you.
  • 4 0
 Bummed there isn't a Harper stop. That's always been my favourite event.
  • 6 0
 me too! We’re pretty lucky to have gone there for the past three years, but the trails need a break so we can come back in 2021! The community and crew at KPCC are working hard!
  • 3 0
 Sea Otter Canada is cost prohibitive. WAY too expensive. WAY. TOO. EXPENSIVE.
  • 1 0
 @cky78: send us an email budday! admin@bcenduro.com
  • 4 0
 50+. Sweet! I am so in. Watch out kids. Dirty old bastard is back!
  • 2 0
 Love how these races are evolving. Team category sounds like a blast...like 24hr/8hr XC events, but with the fun dial turned up to max!
  • 3 0
 Stoked to hear about the new zone in Crowsnest... such a great location.
  • 2 0
 Stoked to have an Enduro race back in Sun Peaks next year. See you all there!
  • 2 0
 Stoked on the schedule and changes! Braaap!
  • 2 0
 Bromont...what a killer venue!
  • 2 0
 Bring the big bikes
  • 2 0
 I have never raced Enduro but excited to try some this year!
  • 2 0
 Why no Fortune again?
  • 3 0
 We keep trying man, but low reg and the lack of a solid community champion keep our hands a little tied!

Wanna help us out!? Email admin@bcenduro.com

Cheers,
  • 1 0
 @canadianenduro: would love to but it’s not even local to me. I really enjoyed the race there, one of the best courses I’ve ever raced.
  • 1 0
 People who aren't from here are just scared to race the jank! Or they actually care about their wheels
  • 3 0
 @etm94: faster you go, the smoother it gets!
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah, Silver Star represent!
  • 1 0
 Sweet!

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