Sam Hill has announced he will not be flying to Europe to take part in the upcoming 2020 EWS season due to the risks associated with the COVID-19 virus.
With cases rising across Europe again, Sam said in a press release that the risk of travelling to himself and his family is too great. Sam also lives in Western Australia where strict rules have been placed on international travel, which would make it difficult to travel to and from Europe. Nukeproof said: "the prospect of non-essential travel and 14 day isolation & quarantine on return is something we are not comfortable with and unwilling to ask any of our athletes to do."
Sam has been EWS champion for 3 years in a row and he will continue to be reigning champion when he returns in 2021. The EWS has already confirmed that due to the disruption this season, "there is no series championship this year and we’ll no doubt miss some nationalities attending and the spectators being trackside".
The 5-round EWS season is due to begin on August 30 in Zermatt and will run until October 17. The revised schedule can be found here
Press Release: Nukeproof
It’s been a crazy year for everyone, our thoughts go out to all those affected by the current Covid-19 situation.
Like most of you, we’ve been eager to get back to do what we love; racing bikes. However, after much discussion and consideration and with respect for all involved, we have decided Sam Hill will not travel to Europe this year to compete in the 2020 EWS races.
Where Sam lives in Western Australia, they have strict rules on international travel and whilst air travel companies are doing an amazing job to make travel as risk free as possible, the prospect of none essential travel and 14 day isolation & quarantine on return is something we are not comfortable and unwilling to ask any of our athletes to do.
Sam came into 2020 more motivated and prepared than ever, ready to defend his Enduro World Title. However, with the prospect of no EWS 2020 world title on the line, Sam will remain as the current EWS world champion going into 2021 when we will hope to be back to racing.
We would also like to wish team rider Kelan Grant a speedy recovery from recent shoulder surgery. The team and Kelan chose this time to rectify a persistent injury and ensure that he is 100% fit and healthy for the future so he will also miss the next few races of the 2020 season.
However, we’re excited to get back to racing and the rest of the team will head out to Zermatt. For the remaining races joining 2018 U21 EWS World Champion Elliott Heap and myself will be a really talented local rider to myself - Anthony Hales. Ant, will be competing in his first EWS races and is an exciting prospect to look out for.
A big thank you to all our team sponsors and their management for their continued support in these strange times, we are fortunate to have support from some of the best sponsors and people in the business.
I want to thank all our team for their proactive approach to this year. Whilst racing has not been possible, our athletes have continued to do as much as possible to entertain. Be sure to look out for some really cool riding edits Sam is working on in WA coming soon.
Lastly, thank you to the great EWS team for working so hard to get some races going this year.
Stay safe everyone.