8 Rounds, 4 New Venues - Enduro World Series 2018 Calendar

Aug 8, 2017 at 19:39
by Enduro World Series  
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The Enduro World Series is excited to reveal its 2018 calendar as it continues its quest to uncover the world’s best riding destinations.

The series' sixth season will once again feature eight rounds across three continents and will start the first half of the year with four completely new venues.


Enduro World Series releases its 2018 calendar

Round One: La Barnechea, Chile

Starting in March, the series will head back to South America to join our friends at Montenbaik, with round one taking place in Lo Barnechea, Chile. Located just East of the capital Santiago, don’t let this venue’s proximity to the city fool you—this race is going to include two massive days of riding in the high Andes. Riders will take on this barren moonscape that’s unlike anything they’ll have experienced before.



Enduro World Series releases its 2018 calendar

Round Two: Manizales, Colombia

Round two stays in South America, this time heading to Colombia for the first time. Taking place amongst the hugely varied terrain of Manizales, the venue will see trails with everything from pine forests to lush rainforests and world famous coffee plantations. The race will start with a downtown prologue, followed by one big day of racing in the surrounding mountains.



Enduro World Series releases its 2018 calendar

Round Three: Olargues - Montagnes Du Caroux, France

It’s back to Europe for round three and another new venue, Olargues - Montagnes Du Caroux. Situated in the South West of France, this area is synonymous with the famous Epic Enduro race hosted there each year. Riders can expect dry rocky trails encircling this medieval village that will take in two days of racing featuring classic style French trails that will push both the rider’s technical and physical limits.



Enduro World Series releases its 2018 calendar

Round Four: Petzen-Jamnica, Slovenia and Austria

Round four is not only a new venue but for the first time will feature two countries in the same race—Slovenia and Austria. This cross border race starts in Jamnica in Slovenia, where racers will take on beautiful hand cut singletrack before day two heads to Petzen in Austria. Here riders will experience some of the longest stages in EWS history—and even some underground liaisons—in what surely will be one of the most diverse races to date.



Enduro World Series releases its 2018 calendar

Round Five: La Thuile, Italy

It’s back to familiar territory for round five and the big mountains of La Thuile, Italy. This rider favourite, nestled below the imposing Mont Blanc, is the epitome of all that is good about classic Alpine singletrack: long, steep descents, tough climbs and just enough chairlift assistance to keep it fun. It’s the third time the series has visited La Thuile and it’s easy to see why—it’s simply too good not to return.



Enduro World Series releases its 2018 calendar

Round Six: Whistler, Canada

It’s back to Whistler, Canada for round six. The classic Crankworx round barely needs an introduction, such is the legendary status of the world’s largest mountain bike festival. This one-day extravaganza always pushes riders to the limit, rightfully earning the nickname ‘Crankzilla’. But however hard it gets, the riders always come back for more and can’t get enough of those iconic trails.



Enduro World Series releases its 2018 calendar

Round Seven: Ainsa Sobrabre, Spain

Ainsa Sobrabre in Spain was a huge hit with the riders when the series visited in 2015 and so it’s back by popular demand for round seven. This two-day race will once again start from the twelfth-century castle at the heart of this tiny village, before heading out into the surrounding mountains and into the dusty trails of the Pyrenees foothills.



Raphaella Richter descends in front of the crowds lining the final stage. She won here and took the overall in the u21 women

Round Eight: Finale Ligure, Italy

As ever, it’s the beautiful Finale Ligure in Italy that will close out the season. A stalwart of the calendar, this incredible area on the Italian Riviera has everything you could possibly want to end the year; sun sea and several hundred kilometers of prime singletrack. It’s the perfect end to the year, as the World Champions are crowned against the glittering backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea.


bigquotesWe’re really proud to announce our sixth season welcoming some new exciting venues with some absolute classics too. We have developed some great and long-standing partnerships now with these organizing groups and it’s exciting to see the sport grow and grow. We feel the balance of drama, travel, excitement, and adventure with logistical ease and spectator friendliness is our best yet for 2018.”Chris Ball, Enduro World Series Managing Director

2018 EWS Event Dates

1. 24/25 March – Lo Barnechea, Chile
2. 31/1 March/April – Manizales, Colombia
3. 12/13 May – Olargues - Montagnes du Caroux, France
4. 30/1 June/July – Petzen - Jamnica, Austria/Slovenia
5. 21/22 July – La Thuile, Italy
6. 12 August – Whistler, Canada
7. 22/23 September – Ainsa - Sobrarbe, Spain
8. 29/30 September – Finale Ligure, Italy



MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries




132 Comments

  • + 46
 I like the fact that they are changing up. Takes the monotony out of racing the same locales year after year. New places new challenges. Always pros and cons when choosing a venue, but given that mtb is world wide. Why not hold it in new places. Unlike the DH World Cup that sees the same track locations year after year, why not change it up. Truthfully, and I get it's the economy of scale, but would like to see 1 or 2 more rounds added to the schedule for both the EWS and DH series. No reason to not too with different hemispheres etc.
  • + 7
 I think the problem with DH is that you need much more infrastructure for the pit area and for uplift. I imagine an EWS event is probably easier to run than a world cup DH event.
  • + 2
 @DC1988: Why do you think that DH needs much more infrastructure for the pit area? And what's about the shuttleing on practice days? Seems much more effort to me because teams are doing it on there own. Beside that there are enough different downhill tracks with lift access to mix it up a bit more.
  • + 8
 @Mettwurst82: I'm not aware that the ews has the big rigs that dh has but I don't really know, dh might get a service each run but enduro may only be each day. Not all ews rounds have shuttling, dh has so many categories with a specific practice schedule, enduro practice is usually an open format.
  • + 3
 @DC1988: Correct, ews pits like a local race, no rigs in sight.
  • + 10
 I think the major difference is UCI vs EWS. The UCI makes it difficult for a resort to host unless it really, really makes sense economically and it's damaging dh racing. No more Maribor, Champery, or Schladmig from what I hear because the UCI makes it too expensive for them.
  • + 2
 @DC1988: really, what do you think it takes to run MXGP then, so it clearly can be done other sports, just another usless excuse that holds DH back!
  • + 3
 @DC1988: I feel like an EWS race has way more riders and way more stages. It seems vastly more complicated... but maybe I'm missing something.

I think most of the DH pits are for show... why do they need so much stuff?
  • + 2
 @bikekrieg: I think a lot of the pit area for big teams is just to make sure riders can get some privacy and feel at home.

That and the service schedules are different. A downhill race bike hits the gate in like new condition for a run that will last at most several minutes. An Enduro race bike is spending three days in hell and they don't have the time to baby them. I'm certain they start out pristine, and get tuned overnight between stages too. Or maybe not, are there any rules from the EWS regarding bike tuning and repair between consecutive days?

And I know they say every hundredth of a second counts (and it does) but I feel like a lot of the maintenance is for psychological comfort, not mechanical necessity: if your competitors all fit new bearings and bled their brakes, etc. and you didn't, then you lose by 0.01 seconds, it can really get in your head. The smaller the margin you lose by, the more it f#$@s with you.

The actual timed run is just one of the ingredients in a winning recipe.

I'm sure ego plays a role too though, everyone wants the biggest pit area for bragging rights. It is a competition after all. Another way to get in your rivals heads.

That and it's like comparing a formula 1 race to the Baja Rally, they're both races but the circumstances are vastly different.

I'm not disagreeing with you, just spit-balling.
  • + 36
 the US got passed on because of Covfefe
  • + 1
 That's funny, I laughed aloud. I doubt it's true, sport is above politics. Right?
  • + 7
 There really should be a Pisgah EWS race. It'd be unreal. And a Moab one...
  • + 3
 @bikekrieg: I dunno about moab. Bring it to Angel Fire or Glorietta and SF!!. Pisgah could be good too
  • + 1
 @bikekrieg: I was just thinking exactly the same thing earlier today.
  • + 1
 @bikekrieg: another + for a Pisgah EWS
  • + 35
 Nothing in Netherlands too, strange.
  • + 25
 Enduro Windmill Series
  • + 18
 No Uranus?
  • + 12
 Ueeehhh!!! what a great calendar! 4 new locations, Chile, Manizales Colombia (Marcelo Gutierrez is from that town, maybe he will participate, would be awesome!), Slovenia/Austria and Olargues France and finally, Ainsa in Spain once again, congratulations Centro BTT Pirineos Zona Zero for a great job! Will try to be in Ainsa!! Yeaahhh!!
  • + 3
 He´s the current National Enduro and Downhill Champion (Marcelo Gutierrez)... He goes straight to the reserved list...Pretty sure He´s gonna race.
  • + 2
 @jmedina: Actually, Marcelo was second in the National Enduro Cup in Colombia. Should be interesting to see how he measures up against the rest for eh EWS crew and against the Colombian enduro guys in an international event!
  • + 2
 @msanche2: Marcelo is the man! He would be an amazing EWS racer if he chose that route. look at his times on Garbanzo downhill, he is definitely one of the strongest riders in the world!
  • + 2
 @msanche2: He was secound in the national cup, where he only raced once.... but first in the championship in Manizales
  • + 12
 I was super amped but a little bummed to not see NZ or Australia up there. I get it's a long way etc but something in the southern hemisphere would be rad :p
  • + 17
 There will be two rounds in the southern hemisphere Wink
  • + 13
 @DHMF: your point is taken about there being more than Aus and NZ in the southern hemisphere, but the round in colombia is actually in the northern hemisphere. So one round in the southern hemisphere.
  • + 1
 @Barrymay: Whaat? Colombia moved to North America???
Tramp will not like this shit! He must build this WALL in no time....
  • + 4
 @DHMF: Only one: Chile. The rest are northern hemisphere...
  • + 2
 @Barrymay: yeah I know what you meant with your comment Wink
I guess I have to learn the world map again, I was like 93% sure that Colombia is in the southern hemisphere
  • + 4
 @DHMF: on the contrary, about that percent is in northern hemisphere Wink
  • + 5
 @Barrymay: Due to pole reversal will be a lot more rounds in Southern hemisphere & looks like Aus and NZ will be in the nothern hemisphere
  • + 2
 @gapos999: Ecuador means Equator - just sayin
  • + 1
 @aljoburr: haha psycho
  • + 2
 No good to have a change, just hope it's dry in 2019, and Queenstown is on the next Kiwi stop!
  • + 2
 Pretty sure Australia is hosting another EWS in 2019. That's the word on the street... Sesame Street told me
  • + 2
 I'm bummed to see that Tassie lost there round, even though it rained that was a cool venue and sick tracks.
  • + 8
 Looks like an awesome calendar, but as @mty10 said, why no round in NZ or Australia? I know I'm a bit biased, but having the first round in Rotorua worked great, especially with right before Crankworx
  • + 8
 Seriously no USA stop!!? Talk about ignoring one of your biggest mtb markets.
Killer to see such a variety of venues but could we not snub the old west coast for a change?
  • + 2
 The west coast was not snubbed, Whistler is on the west coast.
  • + 10
 Nothing in the U.S either
  • + 21
 Canada is in the U.S right?
  • + 48
 @lee-vps-savage: Wales is part of England yeah?
  • + 16
 @KiwiXC: NZ is United Kingdom, right?
  • + 3
 Thanks, Trump
  • + 17
 @DHMF: Ignorant. NZ is an island of Australia.
  • + 4
 @Mr-Simply: hahaha No thanks
  • + 4
 @Mr-Simply: Wait, NZ is an island!?
  • + 3
 @Mr-Simply: NZ is what, thought it was a city next to Sydney?
  • + 0
 @KiwiXC: Some parts are yes...
  • + 2
 @lee-vps-savage:

in murica, national currency canadian pesos
  • - 2
 @St1234: Thought it was the new denomination, 'casually racist?'
  • + 7
 @DHMF: No, you're thinking of the Old Zealand
  • + 2
 No Kangaroos in Austria
  • + 2
 @Rainozeros: Love Austria, Put another shrimp on the barby!
  • + 5
 Should call the series next year the E.E.S, Enduro European Series. 5 of 8 rounds in Europe. I get the idea of new venues to keep it fresh but then change the final instead of going to Italy twice & I see still going to Whistler. I get it its Whistler/Crankworks but that whole scene is getting old. No USA stop is a let down for sure. Knew I should have gone to Aspen/Snowmass this year. Glad to see Chile on the schedule though!
  • + 8
 12 rounds please! Make sure to have 1 round in the U.S.A?! And some Live Internet coverage.
  • + 4
 I suggest Salida, Colorado. There are lots of fantastic ways down off the Monarch Crest. They all make great stages. There is also a trail in nearby Buena Vista called Vitamin B that is very intense. I'd love to see the pros going down that at race speed.. Doctors Park and other CB trails are also (relatively) close by.

However, perhaps people are reluctant to travel to the USA due to our current leadership. That I can understand.
  • + 0
 It's sad when some of the most iconic riding destinations are in the states and it's where the mtb was invented. I guess your shitty Republican sudo-dictator government is keeping people away.
  • + 5
 Lay off the kool aid buddy, shit rots your teeth and brain. Real politics didn't play a part in the EWS not coming here next year, more that there is no one to spear head it. My understanding is that the "BME", who ran the U.S EWS this year and last, is no longer around after this year leaving no one to ready to commit to it. This just what I'm hearing from people pretty close to some in the industry.
  • + 6
 So happy to see they included Olargues as a round of the EWS. The Epic Enduro is definitely one of the best enduro in France, it will be a great round I think.
  • + 3
 Booom ! Olargues! Ça c'est bon!
  • + 3
 J'ai hâte de pleurer en voyant les temps sur la spéciale de St Martin...
  • + 1
 I raced Epic this year and hope to god ist not cancelled next year in favor of the EWS i would do the epic 100% again plus would try to get a place in the EWS round.

@jurassicrider If your Name is connected to one of the stages are you local to olargues? do you know any Details? would be great to know. you frencies definatly know how to tape a good track would be a shame to miss out.
  • + 2
 @Luneec: seems to come Strasbourg that is a long way from olargues. @kikouman is a local rider
  • + 1
 @fracasnoxteam: never thought to check his Profile Razz
jurassic was a stage in epic Enduro so thats where that thought came from, but the question still stands is there a Epic Enduro 2018?
  • + 4
 I've been to Manizales, fascinating place with microclimates on each little hill all over town. Altitude made me feel a little rough though!
  • + 4
 Still no Asia or Africa. :-(

Makes me wonder if there are no proposals or are the venues just so bad in these continents (/sarcasm) :-/
  • + 6
 The stage at Petzen will be long and gnarly to ride
  • + 6
 Stop being pussies and have one on the MOON!
  • + 3
 Very cool. First ever race featuring two countries, and they manage to combine Jamaica and Austria. Truly epic transfer stages then..
  • + 1
 No Pinkbike report on La Leyenda del Dorado, 7-day race in Colombia: la-leyenda.com

I assume there will be a massive police operation to take care of all those riders and their expensive bikes, in Colombia you are kindly asked to get off your bike at gun-point (sadly).
  • + 5
 5 of 8 rounds in Europe :-(
  • + 2
 This.
  • + 5
 Nothing in britain I see
  • + 2
 I'm sure we'll get it again at some point!
  • + 32
 Endurexit mate
  • + 2
 This is awesome that they're changing up the venues and covering different parts of the world. This series definitely needs at least two more rounds!
  • + 2
 Yessss the stop in Slovenia will be absolutely awesome - its one of the nicest areas and watching the pros go wild - cant whait
  • + 2
 I´ve rode some of the tracks in Manizales, Colombia..... It is just insane... Love those awesome tracks through the coffee plantations
  • + 1
 I wonder if it has anything to do with the amount of rain we've seen at events this year. Maybe they are hoping for more places that are drier.
  • + 2
 EWS doing everything in their power to avoid another soggy series. Jared Graves approves.
  • + 1
 Downhill needs to F off the UCI and take a leaf out of EWS. totally agree that there should be more rounds.
  • + 1
 **Underground liaisons** in Slovenia, hell yes. Stoked for that Petzen loam.
  • + 2
 And nothing in Africa either -must be Zuma's fault.
  • + 1
 Hey people, don't get mad. One more chance to visit Finale Ligure. I'll keep the beer cold.
  • + 2
 Yo chris ball.....Did you remember to book the rain for next season??
  • + 2
 Manizales will be epic and Colombia is the next mountain biking hotbed.
  • + 3
 Headed there in Oct. Any suggestions?
  • + 3
 @vandall: ask for this tracks in Manizales.... Infernal, El chulo, Camino de Bisogno... won´t be disappointed.... I bet it´ll be stages in the EWS
  • + 1
 Manizales has a hummingbird sanctuary. If the trails are like the rest of the place this is the one to see.
  • + 2
 No rounds in Ocenia. No good Mike after the success and support shown.
  • + 3
 Japan!!!
  • + 1
 Would love to see at least one event in an on-sight formula. Other than that looks like a collection of epic ride locations.
  • + 1
 Are you kidding there are no Rounds in Oceania they have dumped NZ and AUS I'm not traveling that far to compete in a race!
  • + 4
 It'll be back in AUS and NZ in 2019
  • + 2
 No tasmania?
  • + 2
 Pretty sure back in 2019
  • + 2
 Bring back Tassie
  • + 2
 No Ireland?
  • + 1
 No, gutted, should of gone this year.
  • + 1
 @IrishTom: You mean twerp.
  • + 1
 @jimmythehat: you mean da derp dee derp da derp deetily






www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9D4V3JDHHk
  • + 1
 Yeahhh this is my country papaa
Welcome everybody (y)
  • + 2
 no US stop ):
  • + 1
 Yeah Large! Round 1, sweeeeet
  • + 1
 World Series of US baseball
  • + 1
 NO AMERICA WTF
  • + 8
 Canada, Colombia and Chile are in "America"
  • + 11
 @wang-chung: OK, let's reformulate it:

NO 'MURICA WTF
  • + 2
 @gnralized: that is much better
  • + 0
 @wang-chung: south america.. canada is north america
  • + 3
 @mae-fr: still in america... chaing mai in thailand would be an interesting location for a round
  • + 1
 @wang-chung: but not THE AMERICA.
  • + 0
 NZ is just a state of australia
  • - 2
 No U.S race? Thanks a lot Trump......
  • + 1
 You can't be serious are you?
  • + 1
 hahaha...maybe Russia?
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