EWS Start List for Zermatt Confirms Absence of Richie Rude, Josh Carlson, Pedro Burns & More

Aug 26, 2020
by Sarah Moore  


Sam Hill announced he'll be sitting out the 2020 EWS season last week, and this week fellow Australian Connor Fearon announced that he'll also be sitting out the EWS and DH World Cup events scheduled to take place in Europe in the coming months as well.

Now, the Enduro World Series has published the official start list for EWS Zermatt, and there are some other notable riders missing from it as well including Richie Rude, Josh Carlson, Cody Kelley, Shawn Neer, Leigh Johnson, Pedro Burns, Matt Walker, and Keegan Wright.









While the field of racers may be reduced and the individual overall championship titles won't be awarded this season, we're still excited for some EWS action!


88 Comments

  • 146 38
 I know it's a bummer, but I'm glad that riders are acknowledging that there are more important things than bike racing.

Want more bike racing? Vote and push for better testing, contract tracing, and wear a damn mask.
  • 36 11
 @kitagawasan - I couldn't agree more. The protective measures aren't in place to shut everything down, they are in place to keep as much as possible open until we can get a vaccine or otherwise control the pandemic.
  • 16 47
flag jwdenver (Aug 26, 2020 at 11:06) (Below Threshold)
 How does one vote for better testing?
  • 60 11
 @jwdenver: vote for people who will put in place better testing / contact tracing infrastructure.
  • 90 21
 @jwdenver: Don't vote for the fake tan, fake hair, science denying con man who has failed at everything related to the pandemic.

m.pinkbike.com/forum/listcomments/?threadid=219590
  • 2 0
 Are they talking about the german enduro nationals?
  • 20 63
flag Tearsforgears (Aug 26, 2020 at 11:45) (Below Threshold)
 @DoubleCrownAddict: yeah, Biden is sooooo much better. ????
  • 13 43
flag ReeferSouthrland (Aug 26, 2020 at 12:34) (Below Threshold)
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Oh man you must be as demented as Weekend at Bearnies Biden. Careful riding a bike.
  • 12 0
 It’s not just Americans that are in this situation!
  • 15 5
 @enduroNZ: agreed. although data would suggest the US is struggling a bit more than others..
  • 33 5
 @jwdenver: vote for people who believe in science.
  • 14 68
flag no1000 (Aug 26, 2020 at 12:59) (Below Threshold)
 you still believe in the covid hoax?? hahahaha you sheep
  • 24 3
 @no1000: cycle Community no matter the discipline don’t need comments like that when some have lost family members to Covid complications
  • 7 34
flag onlyDH (Aug 26, 2020 at 13:57) (Below Threshold)
 Buncha WAPs in here
  • 14 5
 @jwdenver: vote for someone who DIDN'T pressure the CDC to stop testing those with known covid exposure but who are asymptomatic
  • 5 5
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Of course i'm not voting for the orange man. I'm not delusional though. A vote for Biden doesn't mean better testing.
  • 8 4
 @no1000: Come say that to my face! I would be happy to give you and your denialist Trump cult fans first hand experience. You are only 3 hours or so away. Offer expires in 14 days. Who is the sheep?
  • 9 9
 MTB has never been about politics until now. Still you have to be a blind freakin moron, I mean Biden would have trouble debating your tires let alone the powers that be. Wake up or not , he is out.
  • 13 3
 @ReeferSouthrland: Considering that Trump is the biggest enemy to mountain biking access that the sport has ever seen, I would say mountain biking should be political so we protect our trails and public lands from this con man who wants to sell it to oil and gas companies.

www.outsideonline.com/2277446/public-lands-war-timeline
  • 1 1
 100% !!!!!!
  • 1 0
 @jbravo: " vaccine"
  • 4 0
 @yinyang: Yes. We, as a species, are going to need to science our way out of this.
  • 6 4
 Biden is actually a decent human being vs Trump, who is a failure at everything in life by any rational standard. He's made America the Laughing Stock of the World. He's had a dozen books written about him so everyone knows what a d-bag con man he is. He's responsible for what will be hundreds of thousands of dead Americans. His wife obviously hates him, his children are despicable idiots, he cheats at golf, he's morbidly obese, he's got a fake tan and fake hair, and he'll probably die soon (I hope!) of health complications. He will be remembered as one of the most vile humans on Earth.
  • 2 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I rode every day since the China virus started and support my local Bike Shop that has anything and everything I need at very low prices, no change in anything for me.
  • 3 1
 @ReeferSouthrland: I’m glad that you are able to get out and ride - that is great. Please wear a mask and follow local guidelines for physical distancing and gatherings.

For many, life has changed rather dramatically due to Covid-19 and over 170,000 people in the US alone have died.

The virus shouldn’t be a political issue. It is a public health crisis. We all need to do our part to protect ourselves and our communities.
  • 4 4
 @kitagawasan: Hahaha, I even wear a diaper now just to be extra safe. Some choose to be a victim of the media virus. Like the more deadly flu it's hard to catch in the middle of nowhere.
  • 1 0
 @ReeferSouthrland: got it. Stay safe.
  • 2 3
 @davec113: this type of false hatred (he's not morbidly obese, he is obese though, still scientifically incorrect, you don't know if his wife hates him, you're wishing for his death) is literally what got him elected. I'm surprised that @pinkbikeaudience allows for someone to wish for the death of the american president. Big yikes.
  • 2 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Do you have more info, that article just states Trumps war on public lands, and not a lot of detail.

We know he made ebikes allowed in national parks in 2019
thehill.com/homenews/administration/459491-trump-admin-order-will-allow-e-bikes-on-national-park-trails

On the moab drilling, they backed down. I'm not finding much info currently on where Trump stands on bike access.
  • 2 1
 @pistol2ne: I don't hate anyone. I pity Donald Trump.
  • 35 9
 Probably could stand to change the "W" in EWS to an "E" for Europe - Enduro Europe Series. It's EESie ... (I'll see myself out ... thank you very much.)
  • 16 0
 Except all the Canadians will be there...
  • 42 4
 @Jvhowube: I've been to Quebec. It's basically Europe.
  • 1 0
 A whaaa yuh seh? Canada representing.
  • 2 0
 McKay is not going...@Jvhowube:
  • 3 0
 @roma258: Sounds like I need to visit Quebec. Thanks for the heads up.
  • 1 0
 @dualsuspensiondave: totally Quebec is a cheap scaled down Europe.
  • 7 0
 @dualsuspensiondave: Montreal is super rad. And there's apparently some great riding out by Quebec City, but I have yet to sample.
  • 3 0
 Just happy there is racing content on the way... the grim donut can only carry Pinkbike so far
  • 1 0
 Bit like MLB World Series should be called MLB.
  • 27 0
 You're missing the point: Scribd is Back.
  • 5 0
 We thought 2020 couldn't get worse
  • 1 0
 Being a Swede, you missing the first Argentinian in the Masters category.
  • 17 1
 Aren’t the Americans banned from travelling to Europe? Rather than them volunteering to sit out the race?
  • 6 3
 At what point do you basically not have a season because all of the top guys are not participating? I am glad there is still racing, however, and the guys and gals who can make it to the races safely should still have the opportunity.
  • 4 1
 I'm following the Motogp championship, and i remember Jack Miller (Aus) saying sunday that he was going to take Dorna's charter after the race to see his family. He's going to check back in Italy on the 9th Sep. I don't know how those travel restrictions apply to him. But we need to respect those EWS riders having to put their safety and their families first. kudos for them. Be safe.
  • 7 0
 Nick Bean, you sneaky Yank. How DID you do it?
  • 3 0
 He's been living in France since like May
  • 9 3
 Did anybody see Waki somewhere? Just wondering what he's doing...
  • 4 0
 Well, the list of people not racing throws a spanner in my Fantasy lineup. Time to throw it out the window.
  • 3 0
 Solid use of a bike-appropriate cliche.
  • 6 1
 Where the hell is Casper Wooley?
  • 1 0
 He was busy nabbing a podium at The Big Mountain Enduro Last week.
  • 2 1
 The US will send him home after he is infected!
  • 1 0
 @truehipster: that's a messed up thing to wish on someone dude
  • 4 0
 Jack Moir is in? Also, George Brannigan is racing EWS, for GBR?
  • 2 0
 Yeah - interesting that, with the difficulties of getting back to Aus after racing, Moir is racing... Really hope it is not due to pressure from the new sponsor and the move from DH.
  • 3 0
 @djyosh: I read on another post last week that he's been living in Europe since March so not subject to the Australian dilema of needing a permit to leave the place.
  • 2 0
 @Blackers: Good intel. I can only surmise that it is due to the lower population of sharks in Europa
  • 1 0
 @Blackers: He also doesn't have a family (to my knowledge) like Sam Hill. Aus riders can go, but the whole 2 week quarantine situation when you come back is a big hindrance is probably a huge factor.

And @djyosh relative risk for a 25 year old mountain biker is probably factored in to his decision too... I don't want to get into an argument about risk of covid etc, just making some comments on why he is probably riding.
  • 4 0
 My god Scribd is back....
  • 2 0
 I see a couple American riders on the list. Did they just post up in Europe this whole time?
  • 2 0
 I would assume so. They must have flown out of the country before the lockdown.
  • 2 0
 @HB208: Yeah, there's a top Moto2 American rider who's still racing and I guess he must have done the same thing. Not a bad gig if you can swing it.
  • 3 0
 Yes, for example I don't believe Anna Newkirk lives in the USA
  • 3 0
 ERRoRS Enduro Reduced Roster of Racing Series.
  • 1 0
 This is all fake Trump 2020 will save us from guislane maxwell as he did with da covid
  • 1 0
 Youn deniaud is also out for an injury
  • 1 0
 Wow, there goes my Fantasy League!!! Frown
  • 1 0
 Racers with level heads don’t need to attend
  • 1 0
 aaargh! Scribd is back, I almost forgot how much it sucks
  • 1 0
 I Guess i gota change my fantasy team
  • 1 0
 chance for the slower guys to nab a win
  • 1 0
 Won't stop PB reporting that Richie won ????????????????
  • 1 0
 Can somebody get serious about updating the rider list in Enduro Fantasy?
  • 1 3
 I think it's fair to say that any results from this year's racing will have a big asterisk next to them. Still looking forward to some racing though...
  • 1 0
 Ridiculous
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