The Enduro World Series launches its 2017 Calendar

Jul 13, 2016
by UCI Mountain Bike World Series  
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The Enduro World Series is delighted to reveal its 2017 race calendar as it continues its mission to uncover the world’s best riding destinations. The new season, the series’ fifth, will feature eight rounds across three continents, with the addition of three completely new and exciting venues.

EWS 2017

March will see the first competition of the year head back to familiar territory of Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand. Part of the Crankworx World Tour, riders competing in the Giant Toa Enduro will get the chance to once more explore this magical land filled with smoking geysers, lush rainforest and some of the most challenging singletrack the Southern Hemisphere has to offer.

Practice EWS 1 2015 Rotorua New Zealand.

The series will stay down under for round two as it then skips across the Tasman Sea to Shimano Enduro Tasmania. This wild and remote island off the Southern Coast of Australia will offer riders a real adventure as they explore the famous trails around Derby in the north east of the island. The area has become synonymous with world-class mountain biking in recent years, and riders will get to experience everything from fern forests to granite slabs as they take in the stunning views on offer.

Images from Postcard from South America EWS Team SUNN article.

Round three sees the series travel north to County Wicklow in Ireland to revisit the Emerald Enduro. It’s the third time the EWS will visit Carrick Mountain, which is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the wildest races on the circuit thanks to the crazy fans who line the tracks in their thousands. This one day race has become an EWS classic and with good reason - the atmosphere can only be described as electric!

IMages from Luck of the Irish Race Day - EWS Round 3 Ireland article

The island of Madeira is the setting for round four, the Enduro World Series Powered by Freeride Madeira. Lying in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and Africa, this small island is home to some of the most diverse terrain on earth. From rocky singletrack down volcanoes to tight trails through native forests, riders will get to experience an incredible selection of both natural and purpose built trails that have recently helped put Madeira on the global mountain biking map.

Images for the photo story of the 2016 Madeira Enduro. All images Copyright Jacob Gibbins. Please contact me if you are interested in using an image for any reason.

Staying in Europe, round five will see the series land in France for the Natural Games Millau EWS driven by URGE bp. For the first time, the EWS will join forces with the Natural Games, a celebration of adventure sports including climbing, kayaking, and paragliding amongst others. Located in the south of the country, Millau will offer exciting racing on rocky, natural, ancient and technical trails that typify the riding style of the region.

Iconic view on the very famous bridge of Millau at the start of stage 1 .

It’s across the pond to Aspen Snowmass for round six, the Big Mountain Enduro Aspen Snowmass. Nestled in the high mountains of Colorado, this world famous resort is becoming as well known for its trail network as it is its ski runs. Racers can look forward to a mixture of classic high altitude Colorado singletrack alongside some man made fun in the Snowmass Bike Park.

There is no shortage of views in the Aspen Snowmass area.

It’s more North American adventure for round seven as the series lands in Whistler and straight into Crankworx, the world’s biggest mountain bike festival. The SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized is an annual fixture on the EWS calendar and with good reason - big crowds, big prize money and even bigger mountains in this most iconic of resorts.

While his passport may say he s an Aussie Josh Carlson calls Whistler home and after building momentum all season he has his eyes on a big result this weekend.

Where else to end the series but on the shores of the Mediterranean in the beautiful Finale Ligure for the Bluegrass Finalenduro powered by SRAM. There’s a reason the series always finishes in this beautiful town in the Italian Riviera - Finale Outdoor Resort’s ever growing network of world-class trails, huge crowds, and the obligatory swim in the sea for whoever is crowned World Champion at this end of season extravaganza.

The Cube Action Team head to Noli after stagr four.

Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, commented: “The series is always trying to push boundaries and discover new riding locations adding adventure into fantastic riding, great communities, and brilliant organisers, and our fifth season celebrates this ethos. The three new venues will offer riders a new experience - the islands of Madeira and Tasmania are wild and remote and will prove the gateway to some unforgettable adventures. Then the Natural Games in Millau will be the first time the EWS has been part of a multi-sport festival and I’m really looking forward to seeing enduro being included in this celebration of the outdoors. The venues we’re returning to are included in the calendar because they’re hard to beat; Ireland, Aspen, Finale, and Rotorua are all incredible riding locations and I think 2017 is shaping up to be an amazingly exciting and fun year of racing.”

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  • 26 2
 YEAAAH ! So proud of seeing Madeira, Portugal as part of the 2017 Enduro World Series calendar !
  • 4 3
 i had heard rumors a few wheekes ago and got exited that would be a EWS in home soil it's a shame that not a lot of Portuguese riders will be able to enter because of their new qualification system, would love to ride there for the first time in madeira and in a EWS
  • 14 0
 @tiagomano: Hi, the numbers of Portuguese riders shouldn't change dramatically because of our new qualification systems, Madeira will have the same opportunities for Portuguese as the other rounds have for their own home nations. Too. If you have any more questions you can use our new community page to discuss or ask about anything regarding the EWS directly with us and other organisers. Thanks!
  • 6 0
 @EnduroWorldSeries: i'm glad to know that
will ask there too know how to proceed about qualifying for the event
keep up with the good work.
  • 14 0
 Hope to see an artic summer enduro in the future, either in Norway or Sweden. Åre or Narvik would be epic...
  • 1 5
flag WAKIdesigns (Jul 14, 2016 at 9:19) (Below Threshold)
 Gothenburg hahaha Big Grin that would be a shocker!
  • 6 1
 No south america? I would love to know why, ist it because of costs, or bad organisation? There could be more races over the year if southern and northern hemisphere would be planed correctly (same for DH worlcups). What are we noobs not aware of ? Could PB give a bit insight to this?
  • 27 0
 We love South America and our friends at Montenbaik! But we also love Australasia and many other regions of the world! We have entered a pattern over the past 4 years where we visit different continents in a sequence. We had two stops in America this year and two in Australasia next year. It's a big world and we're trying to visit it all in way that works for everyone.
  • 5 2
 @EnduroWorldSeries Why didn't you come back to Scotland?
  • 1 4
 @EnduroWorldSeries: NZ is not considered as "down under" btw

(Expat Aussie)
  • 3 1
 @konafarker: I guess Australasia includes also NZ. No one said Australia.
  • 5 0
 Jepers Troy Brosnan wasn't joking when he said that there were good trails in Tasmania in Destination Trail: Tasmania!
  • 3 1
 Hoping the Aspen round isn't an embarrassment.... The first stage of last year's BME on Aspen mountain was ace, and I enjoy Vapor, but Valhalla - not so much. Having just gotten back from Trans BC, we need to up our STEEPNESS game America!
  • 3 2
 @WAKIdesigns yes its okay for Asians to be making the bikes and parts but not get the proper exposure when it comes to racing and media exposure. Look this is something that needs to be talked about in this day and age. So dont think you know so much.
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah! An EWS in Aus? Count me in. Not sure how techy those trails in Derby are though, haven't been yet, better make my way down before the race Smile
  • 1 0
 I've heard good things about them Smile
  • 1 0
 The Derby trails themselves are all flow trail style, albeit about 80km worth (by this September). Not that techy, but having raced an enduro there last year, the sheer amount it ends up being quite exhausting. There is a 10km descent in a dry rocky creek bed in the surrounding countryside that will probably be used, Derby is an old tin mining area, so there are a few tramway cuts in the hills as well.
  • 1 0
 If the Blue Derby and world trail instagrams are correct then I believe a bunch of new trails are being constructed for EWS
  • 2 0
 Would love to follow the series round the world and ride in all these locations and soak up the atmosphere. One can only dream.
  • 2 0
 For anyone coming to the Tasmania EWS - 'australia' is pronounced ' Straya'
  • 3 1
 What happen with Ainsa? Frown
  • 2 0
 We are great friends with Ainsa, do not worry, we can't stay away from those trails and people for too long Wink
  • 3 5
 @WAKIdesigns yes we get it waki you a apologist for racism. So take your smug attitude somewhere else. So according to you wanting more diversity in mtbking is only about crying foul about the white man? Stop acting like a know it all and actually try and understand where my comments came from instead of jumping to conclusions. Or are you just hurt that i calles you out on your bs many times already. So you resort to sarcasm to feel better about yourself.
  • 3 3
 Dude! Find another place to piss and moan. No place in Asia has the trails, infrastructure financial or social interest to host an event like this.
  • 2 1
 @SteveDekker: not true brother... not true....
  • 2 1
 @SteveDekker: Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand definitely has it. The Asian enduro series has started this year. Still fresh and not perfect but the potential is there.
  • 2 0
 @FlorentVN: Absolutely! All in good time, all in good time.
  • 1 5
flag SteveDekker (Jul 15, 2016 at 4:58) (Below Threshold)
 @FlorentVN Hahahah! No one wants, or should to go to those third world shitholes. Theres no infrastructure, no security and the then theres the Indonesian moral police! Get a grip! They go where the riders and money is. Just having a few cool trails doesn't cut it.
  • 1 1
 @EnduroWorldSeries: Indeed, it's not ready to welcome a world series event yet but i think that within 2 years places like Chiang Mai, Bali or Cebu could be strong candidates. hopefully media coverage on these events can help bring some light to ignorant that see and judge the world based on TV shows they watched. Good to make people discover another side of the world.
  • 1 0
 @FlorentVN: It will take much, much longer. Decades. There is so much that needs to happen. How many riders from those areas are competing now? What major resorts can handle it? You have to have a cultural groundswell, that may take a generation, or more. It has to start with you. Good luck.
  • 2 0
 Looks good! See you in Aspen.
  • 2 1
 fought they would have more than 8
  • 4 0
 We'd love to have more that 8 and so would the many places stepping forwards to host an EWS! And as we can see just from the comments here there are so many amazing places to visit in the world, but sadly budgets from riders, teams and our organisation can only stretch so far! We have to always try and find a balance. We are already 2 rounds more than the DH World Cup and stretch from March to October Smile
  • 2 2
 Good God, they're going to Aspen?? That place is pretty much America at its worst. It's a yuppie-ville shopping mall.
  • 2 0
 Yuppies can't afford Aspen anymore they all moved to Rifle; now its like West Hollywood with slush.
  • 2 0
 @SteveDekker: No kidding - good luck to any privateers looking for a bed in that town. Bring/rent your Enduro Vans for sure.
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: Yeah. I usually stay in Glenwood Springs, but its an hours drive.
  • 1 0
 Privateers could always do it right and go camping in any of the thousands of square miles of Wilderness and National Forest land surrounding Aspen. Doesn't cost a dime if you do it right.
  • 1 0
 That Millau viaduct is insane!!
  • 1 0
 Rotorua Chhhhhuuuurrrrr BROOOO !!
  • 1 0
 YESSSSSSS!! roll on The Emerald Enduro 2017 .
  • 1 0
 OH Yeahhhh Portugal - Madeira!!!! \m/
  • 1 1
 You don't know yet but Millau will be a blast!
  • 2 3
 Could they have possibly come up with a more expensive series?
  • 4 0
 We had to kindly decline an offer from the Moon due to cost implications. So we do take this into account.
  • 4 0
 But in all seriousness, it's expensive to do the series of course but it's not as expensive for riders closer to each location. We aim to visit and engage with as many different and strong riding communities and destinations as possible and that means travelling around the world!
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