Video: EWS Whistler 2019 Course Preview

Aug 9, 2019
by Enduro World Series  

Whistler is always one of the toughest races on the circuit - and the 2019 edition is no exception. This year's course encompasses everything that makes the riding here so iconic - technical, varied and relentlessly physical. For the first time in its six year history the race will take place over two days, and we sent Ric McLaughlin out to discover what lies in wait for the riders this weekend.


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37 Comments

  • + 28
 "Let's go for 6 or 7 debriefs".

What better way to wrap up a day of getting paid to ride the best trails in the best place on the best bikes at the best time of year?!

The definition of livin' the dream Smile
  • + 1
 Literally
  • + 18
 "The need to ride really really averagely"..Whistler style. Bout sums it up
  • + 11
 11km for a race stage is absolutely mental, best of luck to all the racers having to do that.
  • + 2
 I reckon they should do the Garbo DH course as a stage one year.
  • + 4
 I raced the Challenger Enduro 2 years ago. We went top of the world to the bridge at 1:57. It took me just under 13 minutes. I CAN NOT imagine going full gas all the way to the bottom. I've never really experienced my suspension just giving up from overheating but it absolutely did on just half of what these guys are racing, at much slower speeds.

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  • + 7
 Holy shit. 2016 wasn't 2 years ago : (
  • + 3
 Pinned bro, nice work ????????
  • + 4
 That was supposed to be the horns emoji not questions marks.
  • + 1
 @MikeyMT: question marks are their own form of approval in the right context.
  • + 3
 Long stages are awesome. The CNES traditionally has 13-18 minute stages and it's a part of the draw. In many regards the EWS course in Whistler is not that hard from an "enduro" perspective as so much of it is up-lift, rather than climbing. So the riders will have plenty of energy for the long sustained and challenging downhills. Some might even say that the Crankworx Whistler event is more of a multi-DH-bikepark course. I ran into a few of the EWS women the other day, and they were noting that the stages are super physical, but the overall day is not anywhere near as hard as its used to be given the amount of uplift, so they can ride an 11km stage with pretty high energy levels. But they still have to be strategic. DH racing is all about 3 minutes and no mistakes. Enduro is all about 30 minutes and minimizing errors and going full gas strategically.
  • + 2
 Having rode the challenger course last week, except for golden boner/roam in the loam, it is still quite a course. The no joke into delayed fuse is going to be a long and rough ride, with the bomb holes forming. Line of control, which was still wet is going to be a tough stage, especially with the forecast rain. A lot of time is going to be lost on that one run. Will be an interesting race for sure.
  • + 3
 I personally miss the days of Crankzilla in 2014. Don't get me wrong, the course was absolutely mental that year (in a good way), but this is the World Series after all. Isn't it supposed to be nuts and challenging? Everyone I spoke to after the event that year stated that it was super challenging but also super rewarding.
  • + 5
 'lets go for 6 or 7 debriefs' haha. I'm volunteering on course for Protect Our Winters Canada pumped to watch!
  • + 3
 Having ridden top of the world top to bottom (not full pull obviously and mostly on tech trails) I can say that having to do it at race pace without stopping is insane, takes a different kind of person to do that.
  • + 3
 After doing it at race pace last year, I can conclude that is was a physical and emotional rollercoaster.
"Yes! I am out of the open rock section. Oh wait, that means i'm only about a quarter of the way in..."
  • + 1
 Great presentation. Liking the single track gnar. My body fell apart just watching it LOL.

Now if they add the Finnish traditional hidden skinny not cut properly small tree trunk hidden by over growth just on the side of the trail - to catch the unsuspecting front wheel - perfect Big Grin Big Grin

Still healing up after my front wheel rapid de-acceleration. Bruised but not battered. Time to go out and do some hill climbs.
  • + 4
 Same voice tonality, same clothes, same accent. Did EWS clone Ric? Crazy technology in mountainbiking nowadays.
  • + 1
 Amazing how dry the park is these days. I mean, back in the early days of the park (early days were earlier, I mean the days where "bike park style" trails became a la mode) it still got a little wet once in a while, and the roots actually were slippery for a day or two. Now it's consistently a dustbowl. Good business plan tho.. change with the times (and climate).
  • + 3
 This has been one of the best in years. Conditions have been all time. Rain basically stopped last week and its been 30 degrees since...shit dries quick. Carnkworks will soon be over and then we get the place to ourselves again.
  • + 1
 Rain is coming in tomorrow. Cloudy today.
  • + 3
 Anyone else think Ric was meant to say “Here we are, Top of the Morning....”?
  • + 3
 I feel you Rick! I always feel that need too. "To ride really really averagely!". haha
  • + 2
 That looks so good! Stoked to see a little punchy climbing thrown in the stages. Can't be all DH to be enduro!
  • + 3
 I want to go back in whistler .....
  • + 1
 Anyone got any tips on where to watch stage 1 from? A few of us want to hike up and watch, just not sure where.
  • + 1
 Same here
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