Enduro World Series Announces 2020 Calendar

Jul 22, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

The Enduro World Series has announced its 2020 calendar that features 8 venues on 3 continents but, for the first time ever, no new venues. Unlike this year, there are no clashes with World Cup downhill races next year, meaning riders that double up, like the Masters brothers, will be free to ride both full series if they wish.

2020 Enduro World Series Calendar

Round 1: Manizales, Colombia - 28 March
Round 2: Lo Barnechea, Chile - 4 April
Round 3: Montagnes du Caroux (Orlargues), France - 23 May
Round 4: Val Di Fassa, Italy - 4 July
Round 5: Petzen/Jamnica, Slovenia - 11 July
Round 6: Whistler, Canada - 8 August
Round 7: Zermatt, Switzerland - 29 August
Trophy of Nations: Finale Ligure, Italy - 26 September

Isabeau Courdurier on her way to yet another win in what has been a stellar season.

Chris Ball, Enduro World Series Managing Director, said: "We’re really proud to announce our seventh season with a calendar stacked with iconic venues - it’s one of our strongest to date. We have developed some great and long-standing partnerships now with these organising groups and it’s exciting to see the sport go from strength to strength."


PRESS RELEASE: Enduro World Series

The Enduro World Series (EWS) is excited to unveil its 2020 calendar featuring eight incredible venues across three continents, as the fight to crown the world’s best mountain biker starts all over again.

The series returns to South America to kick off the season, and first up it’s back to Manizales, Colombia for round one. Manizales first featured on the EWS Calendar in 2018, where Colombia offered riders the warmest of welcomes and some of the wildest racing of the year. Featuring an intense downtown stage through the heart of the city before transferring to the forests that flank the area’s hills, round one will offer up an electrifying start to the season.

Round two will move the series north back to the dusty landscape of Lo Barnechea, Chile. It may only be a short drive East of Santiago, but don’t let the city’s proximity fool you - the barren moonscape of the high Andes will offer up some of the most difficult and unpredictable terrain imaginable. Riders will be up against two days of racing under a blazing sun as they attempt to master the famous Chilean anti-grip.

It’s back to Europe for round three and Olargues - Montagnes Du Caroux. Situated in the South West of France, the venue also featured in the 2018 calendar and is remembered for its rocky and technical trails. With a completely new course lined up for the 2020 edition, riders can expect some classic French racing that will push their bike handling skills to the limit.

Staying in Europe, it’s back to Val Di Fassa in the Italian Dolomites for round four. Making its EWS debut just this year, Val Di Fassa is already cemented as a rider favourite. Stunning views, long, physical stages and some welcome lift access ensured that there was never any doubt that the series would return to this incredible venue for another slice of classic Italian racing.

Round five is another venue that’s preparing a new course for its second appearance on the EWS circuit - Petzen/Jamnica in Austria and Slovenia. Featuring trails that cross between both Slovenia and Austria, this round made its mark last year when it came second in the Specialized Trail of the Year competition for Thriller, the 6km long trail that served as the nail-biting climax of the race here in 2018.

The series then crosses the Atlantic for round six, to the inimitable Whistler in Canada. The iconic Crankworx round barely needs any introduction, such is the legendary status of the world’s largest mountain bike festival. Long trails, huge crowds and some of the rowdiest trails on earth make Whistler a fan and rider favourite every year.

The series will draw to a close beneath the shadows of one of Europe’s most iconic landmarks, the Matterhorn. For the second time in its history, the EWS will finish in Zermatt, Switzerland. Round seven will provide a suitably dramatic finish to the season, as racers battle one last time to be crowned the series champions amongst some of Europe’s highest peaks.

The EWS then turns its attention to the hunt for the rainbow jersey and the all-important Trophy of Nations which will again take place in the beautiful Finale Ligure, Italy. This celebration of the sport sees Industry, Rider and Nation trophies up for grabs at the biggest race of the year, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Italian Riviera.



115 Comments

  • + 68
 I have one more chance to qualify for 2020, and if I keep it pinned, carry my speed through the corners, and flow through all the gardens on every stage, I know I have a 0% chance of making it.

2021 for sure.
  • + 3
 Stupid question, but do you have to qualify in some races beforehand in order to take part in EWS?
  • + 3
 @mihauek: gotta have UCI points now
  • + 13
 @mihauek: Yep. There are designated EWS qualifying races. You have to place top 5 in a category that is also raced in the EWS (Pro Men/Women, U21). Unfortunately for me, the Yeti team races in my EWS qualifier, so I have to beat at least one memeber of the Yeti EWS team.
  • + 1
 @bizutch: not sure how correct that is, but last years entry for 2019 - those with points from select 2018 races and ews rounds got first dibs for 3 days on the entries then it was opened up to the masses. Maybe thats changed for next year though as this is the first year its been UCI regulated. but i would be surprised if the EWS would be wanting to change that set up as it would mean a lot less entries and profit for next year. and the whole draw of the event being that you can race on the same day on the same track and hopefully the same condtions with your buddies and the pros. possibly the only professional sport in the world you can do that on worldchampionship rounds. amazing!! hope it stays that way


also @ianswilson815 its my understanding that all the races are hijacks of existing nations races. in years gone by that was 100% the case, but obviously now with all the point collecting and uci involvement, that will have changed, but they will still be using those nations organisers to get everything up and running and they then come in with their small team to over see it, which would explain the lack of USA rounds mentioned below, if theres not an existing big time race or organiser willing to step up then there aint gonna be an EWS event.
  • + 4
 @bizutch: No you need EWS Global Ranking points. They have a list of about 50 events around the world which you can enter to gain enough points. To make the Reserve List you've got to finish in the top 300 men by the end of the year. Then you can enter the following years events
  • + 1
 @skycripp: That sucks..... Good luck
  • + 0
 @jamesurfer: which is now UCI sanctioned. Which is saying the exact same thing. Can't one without the other essentially.
  • + 4
 @mihauek: the EWS100 and EWS80 are a different class, first come first served, with limited spots.. no need to qualify for these...
  • + 1
 @Lagr1980: won't go there probably anyway. just was curious about the system of qualifying.
  • + 3
 @bizutch: ummmm not really..... UCI points are totally different. Yes the EWS has now combined with the UCI but you still don't "collect" UCI points for an EWS event. Have a look on the UCI website you'll see no mention of EWS events under MTB events.
www.uci.org/mountain-bike/overview
  • + 31
 Still read Jamaica every time
  • + 13
 Too bad that virtually everywhere in the US is so prude and stingy about land rights that no place could even think about hosting an event like this outside of the larger bike parks...
  • + 59
 We Americans love our freedom to regulate everything
  • + 9
 @shinook: There are places they can race, worthy trails. You follow Transcascadia?
  • + 18
 @daugherd: Ya, not really sure where he is getting the opinion from. Maybe he lives in Marin county?
  • + 4
 Crested Butte was almost entirely to be out of the resort. Too bad events there ended it before it really began.
  • + 2
 @H3RESQ: Transcascadia is a whole different (and much less of a circus) beast than EWS rounds. Yes, of course there are areas that have great trails that can be and are sometimes raced. Maybe it is just a question of places not wanting a round and not applying for it. But i am guessing there is more to it than that based on rules and regs of forest service and other gov departments. I live in CO, so yeah there is some shitty influence of land managers being pretty restricting.
  • + 8
 Lake Placid would be a piece of cake with loads of terrain. Snowshoe could. Several Colorado resorts too. But we don't know the finances & logistics. Financial backing from outside corporations that see cycling as a worthy investment is the hurdle.

All the other countries on that event roster have a much deeper cultural connection to cycling.
  • + 13
 Somebody might get hurt and sue. Also it isn't fair that we allow mountain bike trails but no horses, even though we built the trails. Also the Sierra Club might sue us because of vague reasons about passing a purity test when wanting to spend time out doors. Oh and didn't you hear, mountain bikes hurt trails just as much as moto's.
  • - 8
flag bizutch (Jul 22, 2019 at 13:35) (Below Threshold)
 @Rucker10: Yo....guy from the asylum. Eat a Snickers. You get all Gary Busey military nut job when you're hungry.
  • + 0
 @Rucker10: So apparently only the US has those issues?

Have a snickers.
  • + 3
 @Rucker10: don't forget that motos kill ACRES of forest every time someone rides one in nature. (And in no way is the erosion form horses comparable to other activities... ever.)

Some of my local trails could use a few dozen motos to come through and clean things up a bit, maybe buff out some of the cattle footprints and over growth.
  • + 2
 @bizutch: what about the giant crocodile?
  • + 2
 PISGAH NC
  • + 1
 @MrDiamondDave: as a WNC local, I can say with 100% certainty that there is a 0% chance the ranger station would approve that.
  • + 0
 @bizutch: Settle down old timer. What's with the military hate? You fail out of Coast Guard bootcamp or something? Maybe it was for the best. You had that awesome career as a "semi-pro national DH racer" to fall back on after all. Sounds pretty sweet. You get some awesome podiums or what?
  • + 1
 @daugherd: My comment had less to do with there not being places to have an event like this in the US and more to do with the more significant restrictions, micromanagement, and liability issues that exist in many of the places in the US (compared to Europe) where an EWS event could be held.
  • + 2
 @Rucker10: you didn't get the joke. Have you never seen Gary Busey in Black Sheep?
You sounded all paranoid like him.

But thanks for taking it all "racer boy insult" rather than with a grain of salt.

Butthurt much and lash out? Wink
  • + 11
 Could we not pie one of the French/Swiss/Italian/Slovene rounds for a Northern European (Scotland) round?
  • + 1
 Less pie off, just add more pie! If you haven't ridden in Slovenia I highly recommend it man, as for the other three its basically where enduro started you canne blame them
  • + 1
 @OllieB278: I rode in Krasjka Gora...with the worst hangover known to man haha. More pie is fine by me! Oh and when people ask where my favourite place is outside Scotland, its Slovenia. Pie the Swiss.
  • + 12
 Lesotho 2021?
  • + 12
 No NZ or Aus.
  • + 9
 heard that they change it up each year: one year Aus/NZ and the next in South America
  • + 4
 Seems like the series might pivot around europe with alternate swings west and east for any given year.All that travelling costs $$$ and time. Alternating can also keep things fresher.
  • + 4
 No USA either though.
  • + 2
 Ya, they need to add a couple rounds to the season and keep NZ and Taz in the mix... those races are awesome!
  • + 2
 The past few years they've done NZ, Aus one year then across to South America for the following year.
  • + 1
 So gutted, was literally about to start my proper training for Rotorua EWS New Zealand, in the 80/100 for March 2020. There goes my plans!!!!! Even Tasmania missing out after every single rider and team loved the location and the trails.
  • + 7
 This is NOT at all a political post just an explanation of not coming to the US. Immediately after Trump was elected there was a panic about the upcoming EWS/BME race in Aspen, CO. Things have calmed down but, at the time, Trump sounded like he was going to shut everyone out of the country. Some sponsored amateur racers pulled out because they couldn't commit to the race without knowing if there would be issues getting into the country. While there were no known or publicized issues with racers getting to Aspen six months later, and no big name pros were missing, EWS is just avoiding the uncertainty all together by not coming back to the US right now. Its not a very good business decision with how big the MTB market is in the US but they have to look after their racers first.
  • - 8
flag tacklingdummy (Jul 22, 2019 at 11:22) (Below Threshold)
 So, it is Trump's fault? Did he really have any knowledge or opinion on the EWS in Aspen? Sounds very obscure. Link to the article?
  • + 5
 @tacklingdummy: Where did I say it was Trump's fault? I'm saying that his message during the election caused concern about entering the country. While things have completely calmed down, EWS is playing it safe. There's no article to link to, this comes from actually talking to people in EWS at the time, including in person at the race.
  • + 4
 There are plenty of places in the US we could host an EWS. It all comes down to $$$ and the fact the US has a strong record of not hosting legitimate races like EMW and WC DH races(except this year). Do follow Dakar racing? It moved from South America to Saudi Arabia. Who the f*ck wants to race there compared to South America, you legally cannot even drink in that country. Now that's legitimately something to be worried about for racers. Do you watch Road Racing like the Tour of California, many international teams raced this year in the largest cycling event the US has. I don't think those teams worried at all about coming to the states.
  • + 0
 How do you know this? Do you work for EWS?

I don't think that's the case. EWS rotates venues every so often. They did not race Chile this year, but they will in 2020. So hopefully Northstar is successful so another round can happen in the USA in 2021.
  • - 2
 @fruitsd79: the link you posted is broke but you're referring to the EWS Northstar 'Continental Series' race. That race was actually just a stop on the California Enduro Series and was designatrd for EWS qualifying points. That's very different than hosting an actual EWS race with international racers.
  • - 1
 @tacklingdummy: hes just talking out his ass
  • + 2
 Sounds reasonable to me. Who wants to spend a bunch of time planning a race in the US only to learn later that racers from some countries are not going to be let in.
  • + 2
 @thesharkman:

He may have posted the wrong link but August 24/25 of this year is the legit ews stop at northstar. Last year it was a ews north america stop, and a ces event.
  • + 1
 I had a smooth shaved ball sack for twenty years before trump came to power. The day he got elected, one of my ball hairs started in-growing. It caused a sore on the side of my saddle and I haven’t been able to ride since. I guarantee you, if trump never came to power it would not have happened. My ball sack would be happy as Larry like it always was before, that’s what the doctor said. And that’s no bullshit.
  • + 2
 Your wrong. Northstar is a actual EWS race. CES just partnered with them. Check the EWS website for verification. @thesharkman:
  • + 2
 @thesharkman: go to events>EWS> oh look at that. Northstar.
EWS Northstar California

24 & 25 August 2019

www.enduroworldseries.com/race/ews-round-7/ews-northstar-california/201882
  • + 0
 @thesharkman: I highly doubt his message would have been much of a concern for the EWS. Bottom line, EWS is a business that looks for great venue wheres there will be great trails, lots of visitors, amazing to visit, etc., but they still have to make good money.
  • + 7
 Here’s to Silver Mt in 2021. Make it early-mid June so there is still some moisture in the dirt
  • + 2
 ...but with a hint less side hill action than NAEC. Smile
  • + 3
 I want to be excited, but still tough to get much live coverage (I understand the difficulty), UCI involved thanks to some specific riders. EWS lost its luster with EWS80/100, Doping is tolerated and rules changed because they are to weak to enforce them.
Enduro is still the best way to ride bikes with your buddies. But for World level racing I'll stick to DH and XCO for entertainment and being a fan.
  • + 12
 The cool thing about being an adult is, you don't have to choose. You can enjoy all forms of the sport! Crazy, I know.
  • - 9
flag ryane (Jul 22, 2019 at 11:53) (Below Threshold)
 What is Enduro? I've been riding my All-Mountain bike for years on the local trails, for DH races, and at the local bike park. Is Enduro some sort of marketing attempt to kill DH and force people to spend money on overpriced bike parts because they are convinced by the "Spirit of Enduro"?
  • - 10
flag laxguy (Jul 22, 2019 at 12:25) (Below Threshold)
 @ryane: gotta get the millennials excited about mtb somehow..... I KNOW!! lets slap a silly name on it
  • + 12
 @ryane: what is all-moutain, I ride a mountain bike. Are there parts of the mountain I can't ride seeing as l only have a mountain bike and not an all-mountain bike?
  • + 7
 @ryane Must be the lizard people trying to kill DH because DH bikers dont ride on their chemtrails.
  • + 4
 Only one race in the southern hemisphere! Sad, but I guess I can understand why. Personally, I'd love to see some racing in Asia, and some more in USA.
  • + 2
 I wonder how suitable snowshoe would be for a EWS event in the future, I guess this years world cup will tell but I think between the bike park and their enduro trails they would have plenty of terrain.
  • + 1
 I suspect the trails wouldn't be long enough. Pretty short stages would make for a lame EWS race.
  • + 1
 The National champs course was awesome but the runs were only 3-5 minutes long
  • + 1
 I know that you need to have capacity for lodging something around 3000 people nearby to the race town to be able to host an EWS event... so many espectacular trails and areas are just not eligible..
  • + 1
 @lindblomxc: just increase to 8 or 10 stages
  • + 4
 Does EWS Fantasy points count to get me in to race? Lol
  • + 2
 Fek trying to qualify ! Week in finale,watch the racing i eating pizza pasta ,gelato and drinking morretti sounds amazing ????????????????
  • + 2
 Some of the best riding time of the year in the northern hemisphere is in June, weird that they skip it and wait for the dust of July.
  • + 1
 Probably due to wanting to make sure Top of the World is clear of snow, don't think the lift even opens till end of June beginning of July
  • + 8
 @5-9-A2: too bad the only riding in North America is whistler. If only, if only, there was another option
  • + 2
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  • + 2
 2021 Moab, UT. Never going to happen, but there is a ton of mileage out there.
  • + 1
 Wow! no U.S. Rounds. What is wrong with Keystone or Winter Park? Lost of EWS quality courses all in and around the Rocky Mountains.
  • + 1
 I was really looking forward to seeing some new race locations AKA new riding destinations for me to dream about...
  • - 2
 The UCI is garbage-- 1 stop in North America, really? There should be at least 2, if not 3 stops every single year given the number of potential venues, quality of riding, number of riders here, as well as a sizable (perhaps even the majority) chunk of the industry based here.
  • + 3
 This isn't the UCI's call. It's the EWS who chose their venues man always has been. I bash the UCI for some shit but this ain't one of them.
Also your statement really stinks of USA bias dude. Do you know if there were more venues that even put their name in the hat for hosting an event? I would be intrigued to know the percentage of Enduro bikes sold in the UK compared with the global average. I would guess it's above average but there's not a race here but I personally think they are doing a great job of mixing up locations consistently.
  • + 3
 'Merica
  • + 7
 ...not in 2020, no
  • + 19
 I thought it spelled 'Murica!!
  • + 2
 But we do get UCI downhill in September.
  • + 11
 Silver Mountain 2021
  • + 1
 @Dnik: That'd be rad. Great trails in that area.
  • + 1
 @Dnik: Silver sure could put in an EWS ! It’s got the terrain and facilitate !
  • + 5
 Chile and Colombia are in america Wink
  • + 1
 Missing NZ and Oz, maybe the year after.
  • + 1
 Ah so there's actually a wolrd champs type thing now for the ews? Rad!
  • + 3
 yes, this year too.
  • + 1
 Zermatt - Matterhorn. Now those will be epic views!
  • - 1
 Wish the DH would use these locations, much better than the likes of leogang etc.
  • - 1
 Wish it came to the USA more... Its all Europe.. especial France
  • - 3
 Guessing they can't handle the thin air of high altitude riding--- psh. You could probably hold an entire EWS season in BC or Colorado alone-- and with tracks that are better than 90% of the stuff they have now.
  • + 0
 Olargues not orlangues
  • - 2
 South America, Europe and North America. Not really a WORLD series.
  • + 2
 Three of seven continents (one of which is almost entirely uninhabited) so pretty much half of the globe. Given how big it is it seems legit. Its as much the nationalities that race it as it is the location that makes it a world series anyway right?
  • + 1
 @OllieB278: my tongue was firmly in cheek when writing that one. Definitely about nationalities racing, so yes it's a world series. Unlike Major League Baseball being called a World Series - now that's ridiculous!
  • - 2
 Anyone know how to upload a YouTube url to Pinkbike plz help
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