EWS Confirms Rescheduled Dates for Olargues and Petzen/Jamnica

May 26, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Charging hard all the way to the finish of a 13 minute final stage Sam hill put it all on the line to take his 3rd EWS win of the season.

The EWS has finalised its rescheduled 2020 race calendar as Olargues and Petzen/Jamnica now have confirmed dates in October.

The series will still kick off on August 30 in Zermatt and then head to Finale for the Trophy of Nations at the end of September. Now those races will be followed by Petzen/Jamnica on October 3/4 then Olargues two weeks later on October 17/18. The rest of the season is still as before with a November jaunt to South America for Manizales on November 6/7 and Farellones on November 14/15. EWS E races will run in conjunction with the regular EWS races in Zermatt, Olargues and the Trophy of Nations.

Here's how the updated 2020 Enduro World Series calendar looks now:

Round 1: Zermatt, Switzerland - 30 August
Trophy of Nations: Finale Ligure - 26/27 September
Round 2: Petzen/Jamnica, Austria/Slovenia - 3/4 October
Round 3: Olargues, France - 17/18 October
Round 4: Manizales, Colombia 6/7 November
Round 5: Farellones, Chile 14/15 November

Press Release: EWS

The Enduro World Series (EWS) in conjunction with the local organisers of the second and third rounds of the 2020 series and the governing body of cycling, the Union Cycliste International (UCI), are pleased to confirm the dates for the Austrian/Slovenian and French rounds as 3/4 and 17/18 October respectively.

Olargues FRA will now host the final EWS-E round of the debut season. This leaves the confirmed 2020 race season looking like this:

R1 (+EWS-E) Zermatt SUI - 30 August

Trophy of Nations (+EWS-E) Finale Ligure ITA 26/27 September

R2 Petzen/Jamnica AUS/SLO - 3/4 October

R3 (+EWS-E) Olargues FRA - 17/18 October

R4 Manizales COL - 6/7 November

R5 Farellones CHI - 14/15 November

The board of The Enduro Sports Organisation (ESO) would like to take this opportunity to thank the local organisers of all of our events alongside the governing body of cycling the Union Cycliste International (UCI) for all of their efforts in making this calendar possible. We look forward to seeing all our teams and racers in Zermatt at the start of the season.


  • 15 2
 I wonder how many people will actually go? I know its some time away but even by then it could be an expensive logistical nightmare to make it to each event.
  • 26 1
 So like every year? LOL.
  • 5 1
 Who doesn’t wanna go to Jamnica mon!
  • 9 2
 Hard to see the South American races happening at this stage, both Chile and Columbia have significant growth in cases at the moment, be great if we at least get some European racing, hopefully Aussies will be ok to go.
  • 11 6
 Growth was happening down South when I read this announcement and it's very hard to tell. WHO knows if it will stick around through October. I was told to consult a doctor if symptoms of significant growth persisted for more than four hours.
  • 9 11
 Hard to see any of these happening imo. The risk of a second wave is just too high
  • 3 2
 @mattg95: Life has to go on, with countries coming out of lockdown now we will just have to adapt to a new way of living. Major spread was happening before social distancing & the like. The virus will probably just move thru the population slower til a vaccine comes (hopefully), but looks like they are still a while off yet.
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flag nickfranko (May 26, 2020 at 6:38) (Below Threshold)

No, the virus will move through faster if we come out of lockdown because there are more infected people. Also, unlike other viruses, this one mutates. Meaning that even though you had the virus it may mutate sufficiently to become more virulent and/or it will not invoke a sufficient Memory b-cell response. So, it could be as though you were never exposed in the first place.
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 @MmmBones: mmmmboner?
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flag Skarhead89 (May 26, 2020 at 7:30) (Below Threshold)
 There's still people believe the information from WHO hahahaha
  • 2 1
 I know nothing about statistics or interpreting the data. But isn't most of Colombia's growth in cases just due to a slow start and early lockdown? The actual number of cases and deaths is low, as well as cases per day relative to the peak in most European countries.

Chile on the other hand looks much worse, far more cases with 1/3 the population of Colombia.
  • 9 3
 @nickfranko: Sorry but I need to stand up for biology on this one. All viruses can mutate (That's how they've changed form over time; that's how zoonotic transfers happen in the first place). It's important to note, however, that viruses, or any form of life, don't "decide" to mutate. Conscription errors lead to a different genome lead to different displayed characteristics. If people take care of themselves, and there are adequate medical facilities, there is no reason to remain in lockdown
  • 27 3

as a biochemist, I'll also stand up for biology.

1) yes, all viruses (indeed, all life) does mutate
2) not all mutations change susceptibility to the immune response. IE lots of mutations could occur, while maintaining immunity from prior exposure. So it could very well be that antibodies made during a first exposure will be useful for "long term" immunity. But, as you say, its entirely possible that (similar to influenza) a diversification of viral genomes will lead to a circulation of versions of the virus that will escape antibodies our bodies develop to other strains.

3) Conscription is a process of compulsory recruitment, usually for the military. You might have been thinking of "transcription," although thats the process of going from DNA to RNA or (RNA to DNA, known as reverse transcription, RT). For viruses, depending on if they have RNA or DNA genomes, mutations either occur at RT or DNA synthesis (DNA --> DNA copying).

4) " If people take care of themselves, and there are adequate medical facilities, there is no reason to remain in lockdown." This really depends on what you consider an acceptable loss of life. Case fatality rates are around 1%, even with good interventions. So yes, its a value judgement: How do we weight the economic cost as the decrease in individual happiness vs the loss of life THAT WILL OCCUR when people get sick.

you need to ask yourself what loss of life is acceptable. In places that have maintained a strict testing/contact tracing/lockdown, the number of infections are very low, and so are deaths. In places that were slow to respond, cases are high, and so are deaths. Again, EVEN WITH adequate supply of health care facilities you're looking at a 0.5-1.5% case fatality rate. Thats a lot. Think of 100 of your friends, and then choose 1 to lose.

I'm not claiming that a total lockdown of the economy is sustainable. However, what I'm saying is that people are presenting this as:
1) loss of life is acceptable to protect the economy
2) its not that bad if you're healthy
3) the only way to save the economy is to reverse the lockdown

1) is a value judgement open to argument
2) is just patently false
3)The real question is: how can we evolve the economy to be more resilient to pandemics? How can we adapt in the short term to maximize economic output while minimizing loss of life? How can we implement testing to minimize virus transmission at work?
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 @protwurst: Good points sir biochemist! Transcription indeed. But your logic falls flat in one vital area, and sadly, it's the area that has been used to fear monger the spread of this "super bad transmittable contagious awful virus."

The talk about losing 1 in 100 friends. Complete and utter rubbish and dangerous fear mongering rhetoric. The 0.5 - 1.5% case fatality rate is exactly that. It's a mortality rate of the small percentage of the population who will actually get sick from covid. Currently, in British Columbia, 0.051% of the population has or has had covid (confirmed cases). And of course, not everyone will get covid, just like not everyone gets each seasonal flu that makes its way around. Additionally, the case fatality rate is not spread evenly across the age spectrum; it is heavily skewed to one side of the age range. In my home province of BC, there has been 1 death under the age of 60 out of 5+ million people, in an immunocompromised individual. So what you're really saying is, if lockdown is released, and all your friends are over 60, and 100 of them get covid, 1 will die.

Personally I am jazzed that UCI mountain biking will be back on this year and think the data supports this decision!!
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 The faster the spread of the virus, the sooner there's group immunity. Assuming Chile and Columbia won't control the spread of the virus, they'll probably be over with it by November and ready to hold an international event like the ews. Let's just hope there won't pop up a nasty mutation that sends us all back to square one.
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 @blanshard16: Actually the CFR is still pretty high for people over 40, but I get your point. I think the real point is that people think a 1% CFR is not that big a deal. But in reality, it is! If we take a 1% CFR for everyone over 40 in the US (and assume that, as people say, we just let things run their course, at which point most people would get COVID in a few years), you're talking about hundreds of thousands of deaths. In the US we're already at 100k. Its a staggering number. Given the decently high CFR and its extreme potential to spread, i would certainly label it a "super bad transmittable contagious awful virus." At what CFR would YOU PERSONALLY start taking it seriously? 2? 10? I guess 1% just seems like a lot to me. Heres more data: www.cebm.net/covid-19/global-covid-19-case-fatality-rates

I dont want to be a fear monger, but a certain amount of fear is productive. Currently the people in charge of my country are being reverse-fear-mongers, playing down real threats for political gain. Its very frustrating for a scientist to sit around and see people disregarding data and making it hard for us to collect the necessary data to make informed decisions. CFRs vary hugely country to country and its still not super clear why. Deaths per month above historical averages are WAY up, much more than by reported covid deaths. the data is super muddy right now. Deaths are likely much higher than reported, but so are infections, so who knows!

Also, to quote you "So what you're really saying is, if lockdown is released, and all your friends are over 60, and 100 of them get covid, 1 will die." If that doesnt seem like a big deal to you, I'm not sure what to say. Just remember when you're over 60 and another pandemic comes around that last time you thought it was acceptable to sacrifice 1 in 100 people your age who get sick.

Look, I'm happy that in BC COVID rates are low! Thats great, and its important to keep it that way. Many places in the US are the same. I am not personally advocating that countries remain locked down in perpetuity, or even that a single policy should be in place for all states/counties/provinces within a country. However, I am torn about the actual mechanisms of reversing lockdowns. At least in the US, with our very mixed messaging, it feels like people have gone from taking it seriously to reverting instantly. But I'd love to see places like BC open up with robust expectations of people wearing masks, dispersed seating, and simple things like temperature checks at restaurants and work. That's what we're doing at my job, and I'm for it.

As far as UCI events, I am again, torn. I play a sport whose season is all but in the trash at this point. Its possible for a UCI event to occur relatively safely, I'm sure, with no spectators. I agree that outdoor recreation seems to carry a low risk of transmission (whew!), but places like pits, mechanics and riders working close together, and all the organizational staff are all places where transmission is much more likely. I think the UCI can do it, if they take it seriously. However, if they are cavalier I think you're basically putting the athletes at risk for COVID. Maybe thats ok in a sport where the athletes basically risk grievous injury at every event, but I dunno. It still makes me feel a little responsible.
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 @MmmBones: There was some gold buried in this comment
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 @blanshard16: The BC experience isn't the norm in more densely populated areas. Yes the overall mortality rate is thought to be between 1-3%. The mortality rate for specific age groups varies widely. For 50's it is around 8%, 60's 10%+ and 70's 15-20%.

In addition the secondary issues are not well understood yet. What we do know right now is that it is a hyper coagulant and stroke, heart attack and other blood clot issues are sky rocketing in the 40+ age groups. This is for people that have been infected even if they were asymptomatic and are occurring well after they have recovered..

There is also a phenomenon where children are exhibiting inflammation of their internal organs similar to Kawasaki disease or Toxic Shock Syndrome correlated to CV19 infections.

Finally there are indications of long term lung capacity damage which are consistent as those seen with SARS/MERS.

If you knew there was a 25% chance that you could lose a significant portion of your lung capacity long term would you still feel the same way? It is not fear mongering, it is understanding the facts of what is really going on.

Paper on SARS long term effects


New research into the long term effects of CV19


Excerpt from the above

One study from China found that this ground-glass appearance showed up in scans of 77 percent of Covid-19 patients. In another study out of China, published in Radiology, 66 of 70 hospitalized patients had some amount of lung damage in CT scans, and more than half had the kind of lesions that are likely to develop into scars. (A third study from China suggests this is not just for critically ill patients; its authors found that of 58 asymptomatic patients, 95 percent also had evidence of these ground-glass opacities in their lungs.)
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 @blanshard16: I don't know about you but a lot of my friends are over 60. Like my dad and mum.
  • 5 0
 If I was a Enduro racer,. I would take every race that will actually happen as a bonus. And not make ANY plans....who knows which country will let which people in, and what will be in autumn. So just ride if you can and be happy!
  • 6 0
 Yesss Austria is on! Can’t wait
  • 5 0
 i want to see a winter edition EWS
  • 1 0
 Especially in Zermatt Smile
  • 2 0
 Olargues at that time of the year is a real bad idea! Having 6 month of rain in one day won't help. It's already sketchy when it's dry … ☠
  • 3 0
 Well that's a good news this morning.
  • 3 0
 Coviduro racing has arrived! It cannot be contained!
  • 2 0
 Exciting but I’ll believe it when I see it.
  • 1 0
 Racing may be the one thing that would get me to travel.
  • 2 0
 Yes sir!!
  • 2 2
 Better late than never, but that's pretty late.
  • 1 1
 Wow, haven't seen the word 'stoked' in the comments section yet.
  • 2 0
 I'm stoked!
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 Yesss!!! Go Sam Hil!!!
  • 1 2
 These ain’t happening. (Neither is DH). Hope I’m wrong.
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