Enduro World Series Unveils 2016 Calendar

Aug 24, 2015
by Enduro World Series  
The new season will once again feature eight rounds across three continents, including four completely new venues in Chile, Argentina, France and the USA.

Next season is set to kick off in style as the series heads to Chile in March. After the success of the Chilean round in 2014, it seemed only right the EWS should head back to South America and revisit our great friends and organisers at Montenbaik. But this time the high mountains and iconic volcanic terrain of Nevados de Chillan has been replaced with the beautiful Patagonian coastline of Valdivia. The opening round of the season will feature two days of racing on incredible singletrack that heads all the way down to the South Pacific Ocean.

If points were awarded for raw aggression Josh Carlson would have scored highly this weekend sadly that only translated to a 30th this weekend.

For round two in April it’s another Patagonian event, but this time the series makes its first foray into Argentina. The city of Bariloche sits amongst the Andes Mountains and riders will be blown away by the famous Cerro Catedral ski resort in the north Patagonian Andean Zone located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Bariloche offers the perfect mix of big mountain adventure against a backdrop of the region’s most celebrated and cosmopolitan town.

In stark contract to Patagonia, May sees the series turn its attention to the rolling green hills of Ireland for a return trip to County Wicklow and the legendary biking.ie organisation. Ireland may not be home to the biggest mountains in Europe, but what it lacks in height it more than makes up for in character. Home to some of the craziest fans the series has ever seen, it’s safe to say riders will be pleased to see Carrick Mountain back on the calendar after this year’s incredible event. Fun will be high on the agenda at this one day race with a laid back vibe.

Round four sees another popular venue make a welcome return, with the spectacular La Thuile back in action. Sitting just over the Italian border with France, La Thuile lies in the shadow of Europe’s most famous peak, the magnificent Mont Blanc. This small resort offers mile upon mile of natural Alpine singletrack. A firm favourite with riders when the series visited our Italian partners and great hosts Superenduro in 2014, La Thuile offers two days of classic lift accessed enduro amongst some of the Alps’ highest mountains.

Jesse Melamed had a huge ride today to bag his first ever top ten - he finished ninth.

It’s over the pond to North America for round five and another new venue, Aspen Snowmass in Colorado. It may be world famous for its skiing and as a long standing host of the X-Games, but this beautiful area is now becoming known for its ever growing trail network. This two day race hosted by trusted friends at Big Mountain Enduro will feature more lift access terrain to alleviate some of the effects of the high altitude on the riders. The towns of Aspen and Snowmass are amazing mountain locations offering an exciting and almost European flavour of enduro whilst deep in the heart of the American Rockies.

August heralds Crankworx in Whistler, Canada for round six. This most iconic of riding destinations never fails to impress with it’s myriad of famous trails flanking this great resort. A staple stop on the series, Whistler is truly one of the most diverse and challenging venues in the world. This epic race will once more push riders out their comfort zone and into some of the most spectacular scenery Canada has to offer.

Iago Garay storming down stage eight to escape the hail.

Round seven heads to Valberg-Guillaumes in France. This new addition to the calendar sits in the Southern Alps and is the oldest ski resort in the area. Whilst the venue may be classically French, the racing style won’t be. In a break from Tribe Events EWS tradition, the race will feature more pedal liaisons and less ski lift access than in previous years in order to challenge the riders and mix things up on some unique and stunning terrain that will differ greatly to anything seen before at a French EWS event.

There is only one place the series can draw to a close in October, and it has to be Finale Ligure. This classic venue on the Italian Riviera features every year and with good reason - sun, sea and several hundred miles of singletrack. This rider favourite always delivers an incredible finish to the season, and this year athletes can once more look forward to two days of racing through ancient villages and towns before being rewarded with the obligatory dip in the warm water of the Mediterranean sea at the finish line.

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bigquotesI'm incredibly excited to announce our 2016 calendar and work once again with all of our incredible and experienced local organisations. As we move into the fourth year of the series it's great to revisit classics such as Finale Ligure and Whistler, but I'm particularly excited to see the series heading back to South America with two new venues that vary greatly, from the Patagonian coastline of Valdivia to the high Andes of Bariloche. Add Valberg-Guillaumes in France, the wild crowds of Carrick in Ireland, the well regarded La Thuile below Mont Blanc and an exciting new visit to the world famous Aspen Snowmass and we have yet another all round test and adventure for all of our riders. - Chris Ball, Managing Director, Enduro World Series


Round 1 - March 26/27 - Valdivia, Chile
Round 2 - April 2/3 - Bariloche, Argentina
Round 3 - May 15 - County Wicklow, Ireland
Round 4 - July 16/17 - La Thuile, Italy
Round 5 - July 30/31 - Aspen Snowmass, USA
Round 6 - August 14 - Whistler, Canada
Round 7 - September 17 - Valberg-Guillaumes
Round 8 - October 1/2 - Finale Ligure, Italy

MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries


  • 64 12
 WTF no Scotland, Chris Ball you traitor
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  • 2 3
 was it not in some video that the tweedlove organizer said that hosting an EWS event was too expensive and they would not continue it for 2016? So maybe Mr Ball is not a traitor?
  • 34 1
 So many possible venues, not enough rounds to fit them in. Its good to mix it up, I like the idea of heading to different locations each year to spread the love. I'm sure previous favorites will return in the future.
  • 7 2
 Why not more rounds!!!!!
  • 11 0
 That's a lotta traveling...
  • 4 4
 Agreed, I think it should be 10 (as should the DH). Back to back relatively close events, as they have done with chile/argentina here, to minimise travel and put Tweedlove back in the schedule!! No ride in June!? Gonna miss the Peebles round :-(
  • 5 0
 Even though there is no UK round this year, I am happy to see them getting about more as you say, keeping it fresh. Returning to places every two or three years keeps the stoke level high too. Right on!
  • 24 1
 Chris Ball is known to be a fair man and is always looking out for new venues to hold the EWS, just think of those people that live in areas with top notch riding spots that have been looking on jealously wishing they could have a race on thier trails, we've had the EWS at Peebles Scotland for 2 years running and it's awesome to see the pro's ride the same trails i do, those people will be made up it's coming to thier trails next year, spread the EWS love folks, you people out there are in for a treat next year :-)
  • 20 0
 People don't seem to realise that there's only 8 rounds. They can't always have it at all the same places.
  • 2 0
 2 rounds in Italy biased towards enrico?
And for both NZ Spain to be not given a second year is rough.
Each venue should receive 2 year deal not 1 and it's gone.
  • 1 0
 Yes, there are 2 rounds in Italy but they are really different. And La Thuile is the only alpine round, so I think it makes sense
  • 22 2
 why no Rotorua
  • 7 4
 Maybe because Chile offers a better venue? Hope Queenstown will replace Rotorua if they go back to NZ at some point.
  • 3 0
 I heard the riders had lots of complaints about Rotorua. What were they?
  • 9 1
 They had to travel for 28 hours in economy class.
  • 6 9
 With all due respect to my kiwi friends too much kiwi way is no good. The guys at the Santa Cruz shop, the old grumpy guy and his other associate are too much of dh guys. The trails they helped to built are DH oriented. The Rotorua of 10 years ago could have been better, more suited for an EWS.
  • 5 4
 "With all due respect" is not a thing you can just put in front of something disrespectful you say, and that makes it all okay. For that you should use "no offense". Like this - @Euskafreez, no offense, but too much French ignorance is no good...
  • 1 0
 So they were not fans of the trails used? Interesting... weird if that's the case.
  • 5 1
 @TomShark, no offense then bro but I lived close the Okareka lake long enough to know the trails around rotovegas. Some pro riders I know told me it was a big joke. Rotorua trails were not the trails they like the most during their stay. Most of them arrived weeks before the EWS and rode the best trails NZ has to offer -their words-, and none mentioned Rotorua as the best place.

So yes maybe it's disrespectful for you but from what I've seen during the crankworx there are a lot of things to improve for 2016. The first Crankworx Les 2 Alpes was shit as well but it was well organized. I even heard poms joking about the maori way organisation skill ...
  • 6 2
 I think the reason many didn't enjoy it is because when it rained, the hero dirt turned into a water slide making it extremely difficult to stay on the bike, then they got the timings all wrong between stages 1 and 2 which meant that a lot of people didn't make the start gate in time for their run. Bit harsh to say the trails weren't good because the weather didn't play along, and a bit harsh to hate on the organisation skills of Kiwi's and Maori over a timing f*ck up during thier first ever EWS event as if stuff ups like that haven't happened in other EWS events around the world.

I agree there will need to be improvements in 2016, and I guarantee there will be. Could you imagine putting on a gig like Crankworx for the first time? No matter what nationality you are, or what race you align with, there would be teething problems so really don't appreciate the comments about the Kiwi way...

The views aren't as good in Rotorua, but the trail network is IMBA Gold Grade. A standard Queenstown certainly hasn't achieved. Yet. I'm not saying Queenstown/Wanaka isn't epic, because it most certainly is, but Only Rotorua and Nelson have a gold star from IMBA...


And just to negate your "I know people comment", I also have a few pro friends. They said Crankworx and the EWS round were outstanding.
  • 24 5
 This is a proper WORLD CUP race series, take note uci DH
  • 14 15
 Hows that ?
No Northern Europe, no Australia, no New Zealand, no South Africa, no UK, Asia, Japan, Middle East.... i could go on
  • 14 1
 First of all, events apply to hold a WC not the other way around. With an EWS, joe, dave and bob can enter, but with a WC you need 20 UCI points. most of these people with 20 UCI points live in Europe and most of them don't earn a penny from racing. Val di sole can have 250 racers trying to qualify, MSA will often have less 150 riders. Now you work it out.
  • 6 1
 Where in Australia would you have it? You need a mountain = nowhere
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  • 4 1
 @Cashman39 They held a UCI DH world cup in Cairns last year
  • 2 1
 Pacific ocean
  • 4 1
 @Cahsman39 the beauty of the EWS that they can be raced in areas that are not the traditional Alps style resorts in the EU. The Scottish, Irish and US rounds aren't super steep mountains. After riding at Mt Buller last summer and riding at Samoëns France in July there would be scope to hold an event at Buller.
  • 3 1
 How about EWS Van Deimens land (Tasmania, Aust)????
  • 15 0
 Pretty stoked to see Ireland on again.
  • 19 5
 No more UK Frown
  • 11 0
 Isn't the whole idea of enduro racing to ride places and tracks you've never seen before?
  • 7 0
 Brazil had 2 downhill World Cup races back in 2005-6 and shure can host an Enduro race of international level. Welcome to Brazil in 2017
  • 2 1
 Poderia rolar mesmo, fiquei na esperança ao ver "Chile"...vamos torcer!
  • 1 0
 One day Brazil will have the honor to recieve an EWS in our epic trails like Chile and Argentina are doing. Brazil is doing a lot of great Enduro races like the LATAM that was happening this weekend.
  • 1 1
 LATAM in Brazil was awesome!! Brazil will sure host an EWS on 2017!
  • 5 2
 Was there a world cup downhill in hawaii in the 90s?
  • 2 1
 Yes there was a WC in Hawaii back in the 90s. Was on an epic farm.
  • 4 2
 I thought so. Thanks for the negative props you poo poos!
  • 7 1
 Round 7 - September 17 - Valberg-Guillaumes, France *
So proud they will make a stop in my home area ! Smile
  • 4 0
 It is going to be awesome! Best race of the year. Vive les terres grises Razz
  • 1 0
 will be so dope Wink ))))))))))))
  • 3 0
 EWS on grey earth will be immense
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 Hey Ainsa is on grey earth too!! Wink
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 Destination trail AInsa Wink sick trails
  • 8 0
 Aspen Snowmass!
  • 1 0
 I was hoping for Park City but alas, foiled again!
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 South America hell yeah!!!
  • 2 0
 These guys are so freaking fast, to be able to be that fast while dealing with crazy multi-continent travel is even more impressive.
  • 1 0
 i wonder if eney one can help me or answer i question is the ews just for pro riders and teams or can eney one enter and do you have to do all races or can you pick witch ones you want to race ?
  • 2 1
 Anybody can enter and yes just pick the one you want but i'd say you'd have to be quick because i know the EWS in Peebles sold out FAST
  • 2 0
 thank you for that information kevcar43 that good to no and i no that races fill up quick so i will look into that thank you very much Smile
  • 2 2
 EWS tweedlove was the best race i've ever ridden, done two back to back and they were great fun! Guess I'm going to have to go to ireland for my playtime this year! looking forward to riding on new turf but gutted the home tracks aren't in the mix.
  • 4 0
 Welcome Back to Chile!
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 So, as this is not under UCI, how does the system work for privateer entering? Some sort of qualification?
  • 1 0
 You have to check the race books for the event you want to enter for license requirements and race fees. Don't know if they are up yet on EWS site though. But basically you pay = you ride. As long as you make your time requirement during the liaison sections so you don't miss your start time for the stage, you keep riding. Smile
  • 1 0
 You mean, license requirements may vary from race to race?
  • 1 0
 Yes but not all require a license. For series points you have to be an EMBA member but they don't require you to have one.
  • 1 0
 thanks a lot, man. I will be checking out those Euro stages
  • 2 0
 What's with the 2 MONTH gap between rounds 3 & 4??? Could have easily squeezed in both NZ & Scotland in there!!
  • 8 6
 Wow, No TweedLove. Gutsy move.
  • 6 7
 Considering many riders said Repeat Offender at Golfie was the best track they'd ever ridden (I'd agree it's up there) and the massive amount of tracks on Golfie that could beat it, it's pretty disappointing. It's like taking fort bill off the DH calendar (which may also happen soon) Frown
  • 9 0
 So what. Chile won Enduro Race of the Year and we didn´t have a 2015 edition. Its most certain they will come back to Scotland on 2017.
  • 5 1
 Events pay to host an EWS...Tweedlove makes a loss from hosting an EWS round. Simple maths really.
  • 4 0
 There are many people who would like to see an EWS at their place, its nice that they switching up a bit. Its still very eurocentric and especially if you live western europe you would have better opportunities to participate than others.
  • 2 5
 Yeah, the whole 150M+ people living in Eastern North America get pretty shafted...
  • 2 0
 we need some aussie enduro
  • 1 0
 Oh... I thought this was about a calendar I could buy for my office wall....
  • 1 0
 Wallis Switzerland?ready for à nice trip!?
  • 3 2
 No Portugal and no Spain again on EWS and DH shame !!
  • 2 0
 Come back to nz
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 No Malaysia?
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 Where is the best spots for mtbing in malaysia?
  • 1 0

I heard bukit kiara is awesome.

@chyu I think we should have proper regional events/series first before stepping up to an EWS event. Wink
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 1 strike and your out

But enrico gets 2 rounds in Italy?
  • 5 5
 where is Rotorua
  • 4 1
 Roturua was a bad event for ews this year, many participants are complaining
  • 35 0
 Rotorua is in New Zealand.
  • 4 0
 North island of New Zealand...
  • 1 4
 Happy and sad at the same time. Was kinda counting on seeing Scotland back for a second go, but then again we still might get Tweedlove to put on an Enduro and give more a chance to try a hard two day event - I am sure there are enough UK riders to support that?

Sorry, meant to be in main thread.
  • 2 0
 They want to try no detestination, but I think ews will be back in uk for round 2017
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