The EWS has announced today that there will now be an additional Italian round this year after a reshuffle of the race calendar for the next three years.
On September 20 we will see a Pro rider only race take place in Pietra Ligure, a town just along the coast from Finale Ligure. One week later the series will head to Finale Ligure, this was to be the Trophy of Nations before the event was changed to a regular EWS.
The organisers have also postponed the rounds in Colombia and Chile from the end of 2020 to the start of the 2021 season. This means that the original opening round of next years' EWS in New Zealand and Tasmania have been pushed back to 2022.
With the new changes in place, this means that the 2020 EWS will now only take place in Europe, although with current travel restrictions it would have been a difficult task to hold races across the world. In their press release the EWS says "although we will miss some of our international racers who would normally take part as well as the crowds, this decision has been taken to ensure on-site safety whilst still providing our fans with as much racing as possible."
Updated EWS Calendar:2020
EWS Zermatt - August 30
EWS Pietra Ligure (Pro Only) - September 20
EWS Finale Ligure and Rider’s Trophy - September 26/27
EWS Petzen/Jamnica - October 3
EWS Montagnes du Caroux - October 172021
EWS Manizales - March 19/20
EWS Farellones - March 27/28
EWS Tweed Valley - May 15
EWS Val Di Fassa - June 26
EWS Burke - July 17
EWS Northstar - August 7
EWS Whistler - August 14
EWS Loudenvielle - September 18
EWS Trophy of Nations - September 252022
EWS Tasmania - April 2/3
EWS Nelson - April 9/10
The new racing schedule will also see the second round of the EWS-E 2020 series come to Pietra Ligure, set to take place on Septemeber 22 and 23. The event was pushed to a mid-week slot to ensure that effective social distancing can be carried out at both the EWS and EWS-E races. The three Italian races will take place over ten days to give plenty of time for riders, staff and media to work safely and follow the local government guidelines.