Video: Course Preview - EWS Northstar 2019

Aug 24, 2019
by Enduro World Series  

Round seven of the Enduro World Series, EWS Northstar California, isn't just the penultimate race of the year, it's also the first time this season some of the biggest names in the sport will take to the same start line.

Richie Rude, Martin Maes and Sam Hill will go head to head in the ultimate clash of the titans. Of the three races he’s competed in this season, Rude has won two. Reigning champion Hill has yet to win a race in 2019 - but he sits third in the rankings and has let it be known that he’s not planning on relinquishing that title yet. Meanwhile Maes will be keen to prove he’s not lost any form as he returns to competition for the first time since Madeira.

And riding high from his first win at round five will be Eddie Masters, who also sits second in the series rankings and is another contender for the 2019 Championship. But all four will have to topple current series leader Florian Nicolai who will fight hard to stay at the top. However, with Northstar famous for its rocky, dusty trails and unrelenting heat, round seven offers up some very different terrain from any of the series’ previous rounds.

In the women’s competition Isabeau Courdurier enters round seven with a perfect season behind her, having won every race so far. She’s yet to wrap up her first championship title though - Isabeau will need to fend off second ranked Noga Korem to do that. Morgane Charre lies third in the rankings - but just 15 points behind her lies Andreane Lanthier Nadeau in fourth.

All that lies between the riders and glory are six rocky, dusty stages under a searing Californian sun - so who better to check out what they're up against than Irishman Ric McLaughlin and Scotsman Chris Ball?

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  • 29 1
 LOL this is the most trail work ive ever seen the North Star trail crew ever put in. Way to name a trail that other people made Vail...ITS CALLED CHEESE KOOKS
  • 4 0
 And by next week they’ll all be blown out again and the Livewire brake bumps even bigger.
  • 6 0
 Fuckyeah trail vigilanteism at its finest good work
  • 3 3
 Nice looking DH track, looking for some Rude riding on this Hill.
  • 8 0
 Northstar has a trailcrew? ????
  • 12 0
 Jank at its finest. N* is the antithesis of most European rounds. Only way they could have made this better would have been Stage 1 as the full Downieville Downhill.
  • 13 0
 Makes me a bit proud of the old hill we all complain about!
  • 13 0
 Not everyone can live in Whistler. Love my Northstar Dusty gnar.
  • 3 0
 They don't, this course still looks rough
  • 4 0
 I'm pretty sure all of Australia lives there
  • 7 0
 @djyosh: Whistler was recently voted the most livable city in Australia!
  • 1 1
 Raced it last year, and its awesome. The gnarliest place I can think of that I wanted to be steeper than it is.
  • 9 0
 I am sure there will be a grave yard filled with rims after this
  • 9 0
 I think the course might have a few rocks.
  • 3 0
 This course is gnarly.
  • 2 0
 Rocky Gnar...gonna come down to who finishes with wheels intact!
  • 1 1
 Love these, I didn't think Northstar was that awkward or hard to pick lines but they came to a stop multiple times and got stuck. Must be those dang clip pedals.
  • 1 0
 Go team Gopher!!! That is some chunky sections - nice. Looking forward to seeing how the pro's handle it.
  • 1 0
 can someone explain the difference between EWS 80, EWS 100 and EWS? Thanks.
  • 8 0
 The EWS is the event that the pros race. The EWS 80 and 100 are the same event but for amateurs who go after the pros. The 80 is 80% of the course that the pros ride with the hardest bits taken out and the 100 is 100%. Hope this helps
  • 2 0
 @MTB314: that's very helpful!
  • 2 0
 @MTB314: Thanks
  • 1 0
 That fry sauce colour Megatower is dope!!
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