EWS Adds East Coast USA Burke Mountain Round

Oct 22, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  
Adam Lukowski Photo
Adam Lukowski photo.

Today, the Enduro World Series (EWS) announced the addition of a round to their 2020 calendar, bringing the total number of EWS races to nine, including the Trophy of Nations.

Burke, Vermont, will be host to the sixth round of the EWS on August 1-2, a week before the EWS in Whistler, BC. This is the first time an EWS has been on the East Coast of the United States. Previously, Burke Mountain has hosted three EWS qualifiers and a round of the 2018 North American Enduro Series.

The mountain will have a brand new trail opening for the EWS in addition to current and revamped trails in an area already known for its technical rooty and rocky terrain. Trail builder and Burke local, Knight Ide says, “It’s been a goal of mine for a long time to bring an event of this caliber to my home town. To be involved and watch it all come together, there is no greater satisfaction in my opinion.”

bigquotes“The trails at Burke Mountain are famous across North America and I can’t think of anywhere better to host the first East Coast EWS. The USA dominated the men’s competition at the Trophy of Nations in Italy last month, testament to the growing enduro scene across the States, so it seemed only right that we include a stop on next year’s calendar.Chris Ball, Managing Director - EWS

Richie Rude's Raw 100, filmed on Burke Mountain:



According to the EWS, the 2020 Burke EWS is also the start of an annual competitive mountain bike festival in the Northeast. It will include live music, pro-athlete signings, centered around the main village and the Burke Mountain Hotel, "providing an easy landscape for lodging, food, exhibitors and, of course, bikes."

Entries for the 2020 EWS in Burke will go live in December 2019.

More information can be found at: www.enduroworldseries.com

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80 Comments

  • 85 2
 TELL BERNIE SANDERS TO REOPEN VICTORY GOD DAMMIT!!!
  • 9 0
 Seriously! A few Victory stages would've been so great. Curious how they will lay out the stages for an EWS level event. Obviously the 3 runs off the summit but that still leaves at least 3 more stages to sort out. Some trails in the lower bike park? One of the three Ts? Moose Alley? Maybe some Moose Haven trails?
  • 6 1
 @waterbooy: One of the T's would be great!
  • 2 0
 @waterbooy: its going to be cool to see how it materializes. I cant wait to see it.
  • 5 7
 He probably doesn't like mountain bikers.
  • 25 58
flag timmyelle (Oct 22, 2019 at 18:06) (Below Threshold)
 As a Vermonter, I keep trying to get people to vote that Commie POS out of office.
  • 20 17
 @timmyelle: Your display of ignorance is astonishing, but yeah, you keep hating on the only non corrupt american politician that actually try to make America into a democracy instead of the oligarchy it is today.
  • 7 5
 Please come with me to Rainbowland where unicorns are made of fudge and cotton candy, and everything is free.
  • 15 4
 @timmyelle: Maybe you should just move to a new state... I'll help you pack
  • 17 0
 Yeah !! And thanks. VICTORY HILL SECTOR, a not-for-profit group, was devastated by the Vermont Natural Resource Board's preliminary Opinion to put our trails under Act 250 Jurisdiction, a bevy of draconian permits designed for commercial industrial, retail and housing development, not bike trails. If you want to help Victory Hill out then there IS actually something you and your friends can do:

Because BERNIE SANDERS is primarily concerned with federal policy, it would be more effective to write to the following state officials, and tell them that you think that: 1) Vermont's Act 250 does not belong on bike trails; and, 2) Vermont's Natural Resource Board should stop using Act 250 as a bludgeon to punish private landowners for allowing bike trails to be built on their land and opening them up to public recreation (esp. those on Victory Hill) ; and, 3) placing Victory Hill under Act 250 jurisdiction is a shameful misapplication of the law, and directly undermines the State of Vermont's goal of supporting an outdoor recreation economy especially in Vermont's poorest rural areas like Essex Country - where Victory is located.

GOVERNOR SCOTT governor.vermont.gov/contact-us/message

STATE SENATOR RODGERS jrodgers@leg.state.vt.us

STATE SENATOR STARR rstarr@leg.state.vt.us

STATE CONGRESSMAN SHELDON (Chair of Act 250 Reform Committee) asheldon@leg.state.vt.us

If you email a letter to these legislators your voices WILL be heard and maybe someday Victory Hill will reopen ! It will only take 5 minutes of your time.
  • 2 4
 @Endurip: Bernie Sanders Budget Philosophy for tax payers:
“Buy two beers, second one is free”
  • 1 0
 @victoryhillmtb: Thanks for the great summary of talking points. For what it's worth, actually sending a paper letter rather than an email may be more impactful, as it does show that you took time and went through the trouble of submitting your enquiry in a formal way. Also, when writing to an elected official or public it's best to stay polite, rational and succinct in your writing. ;-)
  • 45 5
 Beast Coast!!!!!
  • 4 15
flag Soucy (Oct 22, 2019 at 18:28) (Below Threshold)
 It's cool to have an évent un Northeast USA but I feel this place doesn't provide enough pro level stages for an EWS....
  • 5 0
 @Soucy: have you ridden upper Burke Mountain and not just "Kingdom Trails"
  • 2 2
 @crazy-canuck: Yes I did. Top of Burke is awesome but there is not enough trail to cover all the EWS stages...
  • 10 0
 @Soucy: LOL ... And I've been to every EWS venue raced over the past 6 years as well as Burke, so yes I have some perspective as to how ridiculous your claim is here ;-)
  • 2 0
 @Soucy: have you even ridden the BEAST coast??
  • 32 1
 Riders will be in for a ... Rude Awakening! (Sorry. I'll see myself out.)
  • 2 0
 LOL, Beat me to it.
  • 19 0
 Anyone want to bet against a win by Rude here?
  • 18 0
 I would love to see a New England guy like Seamus, Adam Morse etc. pull a top 10. THAT would be sick!
  • 1 0
 No. Has to be a heavy favorite for the win.
  • 3 0
 @mtbmdc: I agree, that would be sick! We will see if we can at least get a top 10 stage or 2...
  • 3 0
 @thebigheezy: YES! A stage win or two by some local talent would be awesome. ESPECAILLY some of the young new guys that have been crushing it!
Im booking a house tonight!
  • 18 0
 Screw J-Bar, Tiki Bar is gunna be LIT!
  • 2 0
 I can already see the parking lot full and drunk freeride lines outside
  • 2 0
 We love Tiki Bar. And Upper J-Bar. Hard to beat either!
  • 18 0
 This is great news!
  • 8 0
 Upper J-Bar is truly an EWS worthy trail. It is incredibly technical, rowdy, steep, and fun. Looking forward to them building a new trail off the top as well!! Can't wait to have a race so close to home.
  • 4 0
 Absolutely agree! i did upper J bar-lower J bar - Wayne's world, what a blast that was. Super happy for east coast to have this event in such a fantastic place such as Burke-Kingdom trails.
  • 11 0
 I'll be a local by then! Planning to move there early next year.
  • 9 1
 Just saw Richie in my hometown of Burlington this weekend (1.5 hours away from Burke). Maybe he had some inside info, and was doing some preemptive scoping?
  • 6 1
 I think he knows that mountain pretty well. They did build him a trail.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz7Qxme36Tg
  • 4 0
 he's been riding up that way (northern VT) ever since he was a grom racing DH
  • 9 0
 I'm booking campsites today
  • 1 0
 Good call. See ya there.
  • 5 1
 As a Best coast resident, I'm totally ok with alternating Beast coast and Best coast venues every year. Even ok with throwing a Rocky Mtn. round in there every 3rd year or so.
  • 1 0
 I'm on board with this arrangement!
  • 3 0
 Glad to hear Burke will make it next year -- well deserved, guys! And since this is a 2.5 hour drive from Montreal, this will be a great opportunity for us to watch an EWS round live! Smile
  • 5 0
 This is great, hopefully the shuttle is figured out
  • 3 3
 for an EWS? those guys are pedaling allllllllll day.
  • 1 0
 lol. .
  • 3 0
 haha yesss, pedaling up Burke's access road is so brutal. I would love to see that instead of them firing up the lift. I'm not sure the brakes on the shuttle vehicles could handle multiple rides up!
  • 3 1
 Can anyone else explain why EWS/World Cup events never seem to take place in the US west despite that being where the gnarliest/most mountainous terrain is in the US? It almost seems intentional at this point
  • 6 2
 Burke is plenty gnarly & mountainous
  • 4 2
 Because California.
  • 1 0
 As I understand it, anyone can bid for a round. If no one out west is getting rounds, it’s because they aren’t bidding.
  • 5 1
 US west: most mountainous: yes, gnarliest: nope.

Consider fan/crowd draw and travel logistics. Even though northeast VT is rural as heck, Montreal, Boston and NYC are all within an easy drive.
  • 4 0
 North/Gnarstar represented well a few months ago for EWS.
  • 1 0
 West coast just had a round a couple months ago. It was on youtube and everything. www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wbnRqdCHfw
  • 2 0
 @AndrewFleming: have you done a survey and ranked the world’s gnarlyest trails?
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: Nah, just an opinion, of course. And I was only talking about east and west US (not the world). I'm just an old (relocated) Yankee snob that's heard west coasters say how brutal the tight, wet, rooty, rocky, slick trails are in the northeast that I'm convinced what the east lacks in vert it makes up for in gnar.
  • 3 0
 @AndrewFleming: I grew up in PA. The rocks still haunt my dreams.
  • 1 1
 @PHeller: Sleep well, my east coast brother.
  • 2 0
 @AndrewFleming: I would count taller and steeper as gnarlier. The wet roots and rocks + hero dirt in the PNW are hard to top
  • 1 1
 @Bikerguy13: Altitude and gnarlitude are two separate categories. And doesn't hero dirt make a trail easier? That's why you feel like a hero.
  • 1 0
 Don't take this as a negative, but I'm kind of surprised it's not at Killington. Where does Burke rank in the East Coast bike park hierarchy (sorry, noob question I guess, super stoked to have something within driving distance don't get me wrong)?
  • 5 1
 So Victory Hill is opening back up????
  • 3 0
 Bring back the old NORBA Mt Snow naked crit! (says the 46-yr old guy that nobody wants to see naked).
  • 3 0
 fuck ya!!! better start making plans
  • 3 0
 STOKED. My home mountain has come so far.
  • 3 0
 I knew this pic would come in handy: www.pinkbike.com/photo/17821855

Anyone want camp with the sheep at my mom's farm?
  • 4 0
 @iduckett: Sleep with the sheep? We're in Vermont, not Whales.
  • 2 0
 @deonvg: Yea they’re border leicester / cotswold mix in case you were wondering.
  • 2 0
 Holy crap, awesome!!! Nearby Kingdom Trails are spectacular and worth a visit.
  • 2 0
 Ho-lee crap ballz. This is going to be amazing. Congrats Knight and all involved. See you there!
  • 3 0
 Congrats, Knight and others! This is going to be exciting
  • 1 0
 It will be the same weekend or very close to next year WC in Mont Saint-Anne. (At least the priors years before this year World Champ). Be nice if I can go watch both...
  • 2 0
 Hopefully the situation at Victory can get straightened out before this.
  • 1 0
 Where is the best place to stay? Close to the race and trail system. Would come early to ride then watch the race. Thanks
  • 1 0
 Tiki Bar parking lot. Beer, bathrooms and in the heart of E. Burke. In all seriousness as a comic arrive 1 wk before and park your vehicle for a spot. Don't expect to book close unless you do so now. Very limited rental supply.
  • 1 0
 Woo get em!! Was hoping it would come to this some day. Kingdom/Burke, you've earned it!
  • 1 0
 always cool to see the North East on the world stage! This will be sick to see them rip the same trails I do!
  • 2 2
 Burke is getting better each year, EWS in VT is a great choice, going to be gnarly.
  • 1 0
 Campground was just booked
  • 1 0
 Incredible news and great for that community. Sickness!!!!
  • 1 0
 Hadn't seen that Vid yet, Some sick looking trials
  • 1 0
 Just booked my air BNB!
  • 1 0
 Condo booked

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