Voting among riders and the media for Enduro Race of the Year wasn't even close this year. There was one race that was by a long way the favourite in 2014, receiving more first choice nominations than the second and third-placed races combined. That race was the Enduro World Series, round one - Nevados de Chillan in Chile, hosted by the Montenbaik crew.Enduro Race of the Year
EWS Round One - Nevados de Chillan, Chile
So what made this one race so much more special than the others? In truth it's not the tracks. While Nacho and the trail crew undoubtedly laid out a masterpiece for the weekend, it's hard to argue that it was more greatly more perfect than Valloire or La Thuile. Matias, Eduardo and their crew got the organisation spot on, with all the big and little details dialled in, but then so did nearly every race in the series this year. Nevados de Chillan is a jaw-dropping backdrop for a race, and the burnt red, Autumn trees covering the hillsides was something that many will remember for years to come, but when you look back over the season, none of the stops are what you'd call unpleasant... No, the thing that made this race our Enduro Race of the Year is that it felt like an adventure. Unlike in the World Cup disciplines, where travelling to the other side of the world appears to mostly be an inconvenience, the concensus in enduro is that new is good. Packing the bikes, pits and cameras onto long-haul flights to go and see new places, meet new people, eat new foods, try a different interpretation of the discipline and ride new terrain struck a chord with those who follow the EWS. With New Zealand, Ireland and Spain on the calendar for this year, it's clear that it's a message not lost on Chris Ball, and it's the success of Chile that has paved the way for the series to become the most international racing in our sport.