EWS Whistler & Trophy of Nations Cancelled for 2021

Feb 11, 2021 at 9:19
by James Smurthwaite  
ALN was within 2 seconds of Isabeau after Stage 3 but she would eventually fade back at the end of the day and was overtaken by Nog Korem

Just two weeks after adding Crans Montana to the 2021 calendar, the EWS has announced another schedule change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the ongoing uncertainties around travel, the organisers have decided to hold the series in two distinct blocks in Europe. The first block will take place in mid-summer with the opening four rounds in Val di Fassa and La Thuile, The second block will be in the autumn with two rounds in Loudenville then Crans Montana, Pietra Ligure and the season finale in the Tweed Valley. This will help teams to manage their budgets and also negate the effects of any travel restrictions or quarantine periods.

Unfortunately, this means that the EWS and Crankworx have decided to cancel the Whistler round in August. The Trophy of Nations has also been canceled as there is a possibility that not all nations will be able to attend and there is a desire to avoid team racing. Instead, Finale Ligure will now hold the already scheduled EWS-E race that was planned for 24-26 September on 18-19 September. Both the Whistler EWS and the Trophy of Nations are expected to return in 2022.


Revised 2021 EWS Calendar:

Rounds 1 & 2: Val Di Fassa, Italy // 23 - 27 June
Rounds 3 & 4: La Thuile, Italy // 8 - 11 July
Rounds 5 & 6: Loudenvielle, France // 2 - 5 September
Round 7: Crans-Montana, Switzerland // 9 - 12 September
Round 8: Pietra Ligure, Italy // 25 - 26 September
Round 9: Tweed Valley, Scotland // 2 - 3 October



2021 EWS-E Calendar:

Round 1: Valberg, France // 19 - 20 June
Round 2: Crans-Montana, Switzerland // 11 - 12 September
Round 3: Finale Ligure, Italy // 18 - 19 September
Round 4: Tweed Valley, Scotland // 30 September



Press Release: Enduro World Series

The Enduro World Series (EWS) today launches a revised 2021 event calendar that will see racing consolidated into two distinct blocks based in Europe.

The ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic mean the EWS has decided to defer both the Whistler round and the Trophy of Nations until 2022.

Scheduled to take place in August, Whistler is always a fan and rider favourite on the EWS calendar. However, with the ongoing uncertainties around travel and other restrictions, an early decision has been made to consolidate the EWS’ racing season in Europe for this year. Crankworx has agreed this is the best decision. This will allow riders and teams to base themselves in one area for the summer, helping to manage budgets and also negate the effects of any travel restrictions or quarantine periods.

The EWS looks forward to returning to Whistler in 2022

With the possibility that not all nations will be able to attend, alongside a wish to avoid team racing, the decision has also been reached to press pause on the Trophy of Nations for 2021. While it may be one of the biggest weekends on the calendar, it has been decided to focus on delivering a solid, fair and safe EWS and EWS-E season. The Nations event will return in 2022 when riders can once again represent their home nations and race as teams between the tapes.

The Bluegrass Finale EWS-E presented by Vittoria will be one of the toughest EWS-E races in the calendar

In its place will be a race that will showcase Finale Outdoor Region’s iconic trails like you’ve never seen them before. The Bluegrass Finale EWS-E presented by Vittoria will represent one of the biggest EWS-E races to date, taking in huge days on the bike with record numbers of climbing and descending over the weekend of September 18-19.The following weeked the series will move just a few miles along the Italian coastline for Vittoria EWS Pietra Ligure on September 25-26. The season will then conclude in style in Scotland the following weekend with the Vittoria EWS and EWS-E Tweed Valley.

A spokesperson for the EWS said: “Both Whistler and the Trophy of Nations will be sorely missed this year, but we fully expect both to be back next year when we can enjoy them to their full potential. We feel confident in the 2021 calendar, and with nine rounds of the EWS and four EWS-E races it’s our biggest season of racing to date.”




167 Comments

  • 248 6
 Well damn, now I can't step on @mikekazimer 's balls like I was looking forward to. Maybe Mike VS Mike at the BCBR, a seven-part series?
  • 32 179
flag EnduroFan84 (Feb 11, 2021 at 10:01) (Below Threshold)
 Nah bro quit being a pussy. We want to know who’s the better rider not who can wear the most spandex
  • 8 0
 Will Kazimer be using his usual, longer slacker enduro bike of choice for this too?? Is a 36 or 38 the right choice for this type of race??. I might preemptively give the victory to Levy
  • 199 0
 Then I can beat you for seven days in a row. Sounds good to me.
  • 6 0
 Do you really think the BCBR will go ahead this summer? I am signed up, but I can't see it happening with all the travel restrictions and other crap that is going on. Looking more like 2022 to me.
  • 23 1
 Can we get a Mike fantasy league?
  • 5 0
 Will the Squamish Enduro happen this year? Seems like a better replacement.
  • 2 0
 @Skooks: cant imagine it's going to happen, it's a lot more 'intimate' than any of the enduro races I've done with the busses, food halls, shower facilities, mass starts, lounge tents, sharing of tents, etc....
  • 6 1
 @Jimmy0: Do you have Mike on your team? I've got Mike and I hope that Mike really out-Mikes Mike or I Mike just throw up.
  • 6 0
 @mikekazimer: he’s trained with nino
  • 1 0
 Move over PB Academy....we have a new series....
  • 1 0
 @Skooks: The fact that they just added a new BCBR race makes me think they're feeling hopeful, but I'm definitely less than convinced.
  • 5 0
 @Jimmy0: if u can get together enough peeps that fantasize about mike, i say go for it.
  • 11 0
 @savagelake: This sentence makes me uncomfortable lol
  • 4 0
 @mikelevy: comment Gold with the Eastbound and Down vid.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: sweet, i can finally check that off my to-do list!
  • 1 0
 Mike vs Mike Backyard Throwdown Racin' LETS GO
  • 3 0
 @Skooks: @Skooks: They are certainly working hard at it. And no, it won't be lounges and group tents and all the social stuff. It will be focussed on cool courses, new routes, and great venues done in partitioned groups. Still, the logistics seem insane. Fingers crossed for those folks, as they are good dudes just trying to keep folks racing and feeding the hunger for events.
  • 1 0
 @EnduroFan84: name checks out
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: careful Mike is probably thinking of slipping into a pair of lycras to distract you (scare you?) during the race and that might give him the edge... :p
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: any Kenny Powers gets an upvote from me!
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: So this www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns6YSvCsVJM might give one the impression you are using an E-bike?
  • 1 0
 @ridingloam: I agree, and hope they do manage to pull it off this year. I really won't be surprised to see it cancelled again though. It's unlikely that people will be able to travel to attend this event.
  • 56 4
 Euro World Series
  • 11 7
 Enduro Euro Series?
Definitely not World.
  • 20 3
 EndEURO World Series
  • 5 1
 @wda1wustl: to be fair, it's not like the World Cups have been known to be all that worldly. They do occasionally leave Europe for one race every now and then.
  • 25 2
 @wda1wustl: guess you’ll be writing a letter to the MLB, NFL and NBA about their use of “world series” and “world champions” then?
  • 1 1
 @wda1wustl: no different to the World Series.... A sport so shite only the septics play it. Actually that's a lie... The girls used to play Rounders at school whilst the boys played rugby.
  • 1 0
 @leitch:
Have any other team, from any part of the world show up try to beat the “World Champions”. Seriously.
  • 46 1
 Referring to "a spokesperson for the EWS" in a press release written by the EWS makes me feel like lockdowns and isolations are really taking their toll. Has someone written a press release, and then quoted themselves within it?
  • 30 1
 It's an autobiographical press release. Very sophisticated stuff. You wouldn't understand.
  • 9 0
 “When the going gets weird, the weird turn professional.”
  • 44 5
 Yeah so...covid and its economic impacts sucks and its a scary looking future ...But as a local, THIS IS GREAT NEWS, wooooooo! No crazy long lines and extra trashed trails next summer!
  • 34 6
 Happy for you. Picture all of us US riders, standing next to our bikes at the border, looking longingly north.
  • 16 1
 I expect more great news from Vailfail.. Lift ticket is now 100cad and park hours are cut even more. Due to covid of course.
  • 4 3
 @yhurt: if ya can't afford it there are plenty of shuttle runs in pemby.......
  • 4 1
 That’s a positive mindset right there! Haha
  • 2 1
 I'm excited for this summer. New stumpy evo to put to the test, no lines, less traffic on trails. Stoked!
  • 1 0
 Came here to say the same thing!
  • 2 0
 @onemind123: you spelled Squamish wrong Wink
  • 1 0
 @lee22: sorry, your trails are way superior. I recommend everyone go there. ????
  • 20 0
 Wow, No one could have possibly expected this. Joking aside, it's a bummer, I really hope this season will be less affected than last.
  • 23 4
 Just have a North American, Oceania and European circuit, then. If you're concerned about travel, why disadvantage non-Europeans specifically?
  • 11 0
 EWS puts on North American enduro series. First round is in March at Windrock
  • 2 1
 @clindblomenduro: What's the name of the series? I'm aware of Big Mountain enduro, but I don't think it's EWS affiliated?
  • 1 0
 @withdignityifnotalacrity:

www.enduroworldseries.com/race/tier2/north-american/2021

I am not seeing any events this year, but it may just be outdated.
  • 14 0
 @clindblomenduro: The North American Enduro Series has been replaced with "Gold Level" Qualifiers. Windrock has one and we plan on three
  • 1 0
 @Eastern-States-Cup: What good are qualifiers when there are no EWS races?
  • 1 1
 @MX298: getting series points for those who are trying to make reserve list for next season
  • 16 0
 Europe is the world for 2021
  • 10 1
 With the exception of the Scottish race, all races are just a few hours away from each other. So I wouldn’t even call it a European championship, as all the races are in roughly the same corner of Europe.
  • 1 0
 @cvoc: French one. Is far from all the other ones except Scottish one
  • 19 10
 To be honest, Europe has always been the center of the Western world, Americans just think they matter Wink
  • 8 2
 @nurseben: what’s is an American?
  • 2 1
 @thenotoriousmic: that’s a good point, in this case I’m talking about US citizens, but yeah, there are a lot of Americans ...
  • 13 0
 This is devastating. How are we supposed to know who's faster @mikekazimer or @mikelevy?
  • 49 1
 We already know: It's me.
  • 19 1
 @mikelevy: That's what she said.
  • 44 2
 @mikelevy, well, you were faster to respond, I'll give you that. But we both know I'm still going to win whatever we replace the EWS with.
  • 17 0
 @mikekazimer: Dance off. It's the only way.

5 songs each over the course of the series. Multi-discipline dance styles, including the all-important 'freestyle'.

Live stream.

Warner and Claudio commentate.

Drinking rules:
Drink every time Warner says 'this man'.
Drink every time Warner sets up a talking point and Claudio leaves him hanging.
  • 4 0
 Levy is funny and the Mini is cool, so it depends on your swing. But if you really wanna make this thing roll, I'd put both of them on a FS Tandem and make them ride the same gnarly trail back to back, but swapping roles. Then we see who can make it happen.
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: you two are starting to remind me of the kardashians, maybe we should start a spin-off podcast. one of you will need a sex tape though to get things rolling.......
  • 1 0
 @DidNotSendIt: that last one will give us all liver failure. even us Irishmen!
  • 1 0
 I wear a mask in the shower now.
  • 1 0
 @gunslingger: or they could just consumate the relationship at this point and make *one* sex tape....
  • 1 0
 @conoat: they probably already have, their banter could be interpreted as flirting, especially since the border is closed.
  • 9 0
 Zwift? and the transition stages are walking into the kitchen to get a snack?
  • 8 0
 I don't care where it is. I just can't wait to see the racers in action again.
  • 8 4
 Enduro "WORLD" Series? I know there is a pandemic on and all, but if you can't barely even get off one continent, maybe just cancel the whole "world" thing and put that money and energy into supporting all of the individual Continental Series. This "World Series" is so so much easier for European riders to access, and that's a huge disadvantage to all the over-seas competitors. This season is definitely a contender for being asterisked.

(Yes, all the seasons have been a bit Euro-loaded, but at least there was usually at least one event on almost all the other continents to slightly level the field.)
  • 4 2
 I mean... i don't think this schedule is will dictate future race courses for the EWS. Why so butthurt? As you said, we are in the middle of a world pandemic. Just be glad there will be race coverage for you to watch.
  • 4 1
 Europe is THE world. Most of us don’t even have passports (since Brexshit)
  • 3 2
 @TerrapinBen: Crowning a "World" Series Champ when the majority of the world might not even be able to make it? Kinda lame.

I didn't imply it would effect the future. I just thought maybe don't do the "World" part this year, so there won't be any wondering if there should be a pandemic asterisk attached, and concentrate on the Continental part. I mean, this "World" Series is _literally_ just a European Series (and one UK stop, but even if you don't count that as Euro, at least they can drive to it)
  • 2 1
 well, it's debatable.. if you are a top athlete in North America, its more feasible to travel to eruope, quanrantine if required, stay over here, race, and then come back ? same for South America, Oceania.. cheers
  • 1 0
 @just6979: Athletes can travel. They could last year. The American dh riders managed to travel so there is no reason the enduro athletes couldn’t have come over if they wanted to.
  • 3 0
 @CM999: They CAN travel, yes, but since only half the field HAS TO travel, that's huge disadvantage compared to those who live there. Have to find and pay for a flight, pay for a flight for the bike, extra lodging to quarantine, rent a vehicle, extra lodging to quarantine on the way back, a flight back, a flight back for the bike. All things the European riders do not have to do at all this season. Plus all the time spent quarantining that can't really be spent training or practicing (yeah they could bring a turbo-trainer and spin in quarantine, but that's not the same as everyone else who gets to be out there actually riding and hitting the gym for those 3-4 weeks).

And don't forget that the traveling athletes also have to leave behind family & friends, potentially for multiple months if they want to do all the races and quarantine on both ends.

At least when there were some events on other continents the playing field gets leveled a bit. The Euro riders had to deal with the same conditions of traveling as the rest of the world for at least some events.

I'm not saying it's impossible for international riders to make it to Europe, but just that it becomes not a fair game. If the EWS acknowledged the pandemic enough to cancel every event outside of Europe, they should also acknowledge the pandemic enough to just cancel the championship since it's not a fair "World" race anymore, it's literally a European championship masquerading as a World series.

So yes, it's possible for everyone to make it, but it's not a fair game this year; and EWS/UCI should acknowledge that and skip crowning a "World" champ.
  • 2 0
 @Lagr1980: Feasible, but not _fair_. Have to spend way more money with all the quarantining, have to spend way much more time away from family (since going back and forth literally may not be a option due to quarantine rules), Have much less time to train & practice due to quarantining.
  • 3 0
 @just6979: lel at the fact that mountain bikers have been so f*cking self important that they thought they needed to race through the duration of this whole thing.

Go ride your home trails you sanctimonious f*ckwits
  • 7 0
 Now it really is the european world series
  • 6 0
 Fuckin COVID man...bummer.
  • 6 0
 Doesn't bode well for anyone wanting a Whistler trip in 2021.
  • 20 0
 Anyone planning on booking a whistler trip this year that doesn't live in Canada should just write that idea off altogether.
  • 2 4
 You sure about that? Can’t wait for my Whistler week with the boys this summer.
  • 3 0
 I'm sure you can get VD in your country, you may not need a trip to Whistler
  • 3 1
 @CircusMaximus: Fair point. Should have said "any non-residents of Canada".

Now go take advantage of that s**t and book yourself another week.
  • 1 0
 @bocomtb: haha I like your style!
  • 1 0
 @bocomtb: damn! Neg propped you by accident.
  • 4 0
 Closed borders are a bummer, BUT the upside is more trails get built south of the border. Trail building in the States is going off right now, keep the momentum going!
  • 2 5
 I was under the impression the border would open once biden got elected but now everyone is playing political games with travel restrictions, biden included. I'm 0 for 2 for cat skiing at reallack for 2020 and 21. By August everyone that wants a covid vaccine in the US will have had one so there's still hope if vaccines are, as they should be, the end of the pandemic.
  • 6 1
 @pistol2ne: the pandemic will end when the great reset has been completed. not a day sooner.
  • 2 4
 @pistol2ne: Stay the f*ck home!
  • 3 1
 @curendero: I am coming! not that it matters to you, but I am immune to covid. see you on the hill!
  • 7 4
 Enduro European Series It was a lot more interesting pre UCI takeover. Hard to believe people ride bikes outside of Europe...
  • 4 1
 Yah its funny how covid fears obviously cant be as bad in Europe cause i'm sure that it will be better somehow there.
  • 3 1
 Sucks for the Australian riders, unless something changes here it will be very hard for them to even leave the country.
  • 9 4
 @kjacometti:
Europe- has some of the highest covid rates in the world, combined with a super slow vaccine distribution.
EWS- yes, this is clearly the safest place to do all our racing
Australia and New Zealand- ehhh, we're good.
North and South America- well, f*ck
  • 9 0
 @withdignityifnotalacrity: New Zealand has all the terrain and almost know COVID...they should do like the NHL and NBA did last year and have an EWS bubble and do a series entirely there.
  • 3 2
 @cougar797: Or maybe the governments in European countries took it a little more seriously.
  • 3 0
 @Yaan: See comment above. Its true. Its a shit show everywhere including Europe.
  • 5 1
 @ReformedRoadie: Pretty convinced they don't want any foreign visitors. They were smart and closed the borders early to control the spread. Y'all had to wait for a new president to stop international flights coming in unchecked
  • 4 3
 @Yaan: lol yah keep telling yourself that. Might want to check your timelines. Anyway its you guys that are getting screwed the most here.
  • 5 2
 @cougar797: keep telling yourself the last guy didn't completely shit the bed...
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: Maybe so I was just laughing at the flight comment. Even still I don’t see this ending anytime soon at the rate we are going. Hope I’m wrong
  • 1 1
 @cougar797: unfortunately, you are probably right. I have friends talking about racing...no idea WTF things will look like in 3 months. I have my riding bubble (i.e. one buddy I ride with, if not solo) and have fun on the trails.
  • 2 1
 @cougar797: I know, I haven't been to an NW Cup race since September 2019, It's messing with my racing plans. Get your sh*t together so I can go racing again.
  • 1 0
 @kjacometti: why? Sam was the only one who didn’t manage to get to the races in 2020. All the other elite racers had no problem
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: Ehh there were a few local ones that happened at the back of last year here. Im hoping at least outdoor life starts to carry on as normal regardless.
  • 1 0
 @Yaan: You guys don't have a series up on your side? Im kind of surprised.
  • 4 0
 @cougar797: We do, BC Cup DH series runs May thru September. Within the BC series is the Dundar Summer Series, these are well run, fun and well attended. I usually do most of the NW Cup and the Dunbar races. The NW Cup series are all really good fun and more riders in my class. Between the 2 I usually get 10 / 11 races a year.
2020 was zero racing and no Whistler bike park. WTF
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: a New Zealand EWS bubble would be AMAZING. Australia is having the Australian Open tennis tournament after a 2 week quarantine, wonder if New Zealand would have allowed it. I am all in favor of rewarding the governments who did the right thing.
  • 1 0
 @Yaan: Well as soon as they put me in charge I’ll open the border up for mtb immediately. (Priorities here)
  • 1 0
 @cougar797: to be honest, I couldn't care less about mtb racing, even enduros, which I have done most recently. I have more fun just riding. The racing can get take away from that. On the road, I am the complete opposite and find motivation a challenge to train if there is nothing to train for.
  • 1 0
 @cougar797: Is that the new MTB party? I heard rumors of a new party.
Good luck.
  • 15 11
 Who GAF about ebike racing?

What self respecting athlete wants to take part (pressure from sponsers aside)?
  • 13 4
 They're doing it to promote the products for the company they represent, promotion is ultimately their reason for employment, so it's certainly not something they can avoid doing if asked to do it.

The ebike hate needs to go away. If you don't like ebikes, that's fine.

We don't see this level of hate when talking about motos and I'll be the first to tell you that I dislike motos; but I don't go on and on about it.
  • 4 0
 My only goal for the season was to beat Levy and Kaz so I could comment it on all their articles. Seasons ruined.
  • 3 2
 CANCELLED!!!??? WHY !!??

All the athletes coming into Canada would just need to quarantine for 14 days to a government run facility (designated hotel), and this is all done at their own expense. Ride to the facility from the airport would be all provided, right after being immediately detained after landing at the airport by special goons hired by our own government. Bummer, i really wanted to see EWS in Whistler. Poor choice here by EWS given the minor technicality in getting into Canada.
  • 2 0
 My money is on Kaz, can we set up some kind of pool where we can bet on how much Kaz wins by? I would be down to donate to that!
  • 2 0
 This is also squashing my hopes of Tra ns-BC happening. I thought we had vaccines'n'stuff coming. :-(
  • 1 0
 I think it will happen, it just won't include American's.... sadly.
  • 3 1
 A year ago the flock would have all quoted the following line:
'wise decision'
  • 2 0
 "I'm going to build my own EWS, with black jack and hookers"
- Josh Bender
  • 1 0
 Their website shows 25 & 26 September for Pietra Ligure and EWS-E in Finale on September 18 & 19 now too.
  • 2 0
 Into year number 2 of races being changed/cancelled. Uh-Oh
  • 3 0
 :-(
  • 1 0
 look like DH no more race in america, anything for europe, they should rename the series and call it euro cup
  • 1 0
 Bummer!! not surprised at all, i hope that at least an overall winner crowned.
  • 2 0
 Big bummer I really appreciate we get some pro racing to watch! I hope we see a full-ish field so the racing is good.
  • 1 0
 Could it still be possible to run the ews 80/100 or whatever they were called, just not the pro race?
  • 2 0
 Boooooo
  • 2 1
 Time for poachin'... Beer
  • 2 1
 Fingers crossed the www.canadianenduro.com will still happen.
  • 2 1
 I think (hope) it's looking good right now, but needs commitment from venue locations.
  • 1 0
 European World Series has never been truer than it is now
  • 2 3
 So bummed. Had my Airbnb and flights already booked. Looks like i'll be trying to sneak across the US boarder so I can get points to race next years event Frown
  • 2 0
 Canada's gonna Canada
  • 5 0
 Yep, and have one fourth the case rate of the US. I think they're good with it.
  • 1 0
 @MtbSince84: hide in your hole forever. worship that case rate.
  • 1 0
 Precursor of border not opening in 2021 for sure
  • 1 0
 So many upset North American folk.
  • 1 1
 This is EWS specific right? Will there be a 2021 Crankworx Whistler event?
  • 1 0
 COVID attacks Enduro?
  • 1 0
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