Video: Course Preview - EWS Zermatt 2019

Sep 20, 2019
by Enduro World Series  


The 2019 Enduro World Series draws to a close this weekend in a venue befitting of a drama filled season, beneath the iconic Matterhorn on the trails of Zermatt, Switzerland.

The eighth race of the year, Traillove EWS Zermatt, will see a season that features 144 stages in seven countries across three continents, come right down to the wire - with series champions only securing their crown on the very last stage of the year.

This Saturday’s race features five stages in a single day, with the final one designated the Queen Stage - which comes with it additional series points for the winner. The stage has been set perfectly for Saturday’s race to be the ultimate showdown in the men’s category. Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) leads the series rankings by just 60 points - ahead of reigning Champion Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic). And with 40 points on offer for the Queen Stage winner, this race really isn’t over until it’s over - with the outcome impossible to predict until the last rider on course, Nicolai, crosses the finish line.

In the women’s competition Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) has her first series champion title all sewn up after winning the first seven rounds - but don’t expect her to be hanging back - if she adds this race win to her collection she’ll be only the second rider ever (alongside Cecile Ravanel) to manage a perfect season. Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) will be looking for another podium finish to secure her second place in the rankings, as will Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) who is in third.

Ric McLaughlin tackles all five stages to see what lies in store for the riders on the last course preview of the year.


18 Comments

  • 18 1
 is it still possible for mike levy to win?
  • 11 0
 Whistler: Epic Race from "Top of the World"
Zermatt: Hold my Kirsch
  • 9 0
 Well this looks like its gonna be a great race to end the season with!
  • 6 0
 thanks guys. these vids are pretty much my favourite part of EWS weekends. Just 2 mates bombing down hills having a laugh. Gold.
  • 3 0
 This is the first time I've seen pros on familiar terrain. And they are no different than I am. But beer seems to help everyone!
  • 1 0
 Congratulations Ric! May the best riders win and everyone stays rubber side down. I'd personally eat shit two or three times from staring at the Matterhorn alone, and that's not even counting the handful of times the switchbacks would take me out!
  • 3 0
 Thanks for all the course previews! Taking us all on a trip around the world to the best trails in a fun format! Keep it up guys, well done ????????
  • 1 0
 Haha emojis didn't work !
  • 3 0
 Going to be an epic finish!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Wow, so picturesque. The views are a bit different than in Tahoe last month.
  • 3 4
 Am I the only one that think this race looks way to easy?
No drops or jumps, just sharp rocks and tight corners - which will slow down speed and make the race pretty boring compared to the other amazing races this year.

That said, it looks like a beautiful place.
  • 2 0
 I don’t know mate, just a different style of riding compared to Northstar for example. Like being said in the video, the best racers should be able to do it all.
  • 2 0
 @Endurip A lot of the hardest segments have been cut off the preview.
You can see the full stages POV's here: www.youtube.com/channel/UC2nSuVe-_6eztnoOZUS4UXA
Plenty of jumps and drops but hey, it's all singletracks, no bikepark jumps except for the finish in the short Kate Moos flowtrail.
  • 2 0
 @inversedotch: I watched the first 3 and a half stages I found on youtube, and it looked like I said: quite flat and rocky, and I think it should be more obstacles & jumps etc. But as RickyBobby26 sais; the best racers should be able to do it all. I
  • 2 0
 If it's "easy", you're not going fast enough!
  • 2 0
 That course should be switched back to something else.
  • 1 0
 Great preview and a lovely backdrop and courses to ride.
  • 1 0
 tough job...

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