EWS Rounds 1 and 2 Postponed due to Coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020 at 10:01
by James Smurthwaite  
Sam Hill eyes at nearly bar level on the urban stage.

The EWS has today announced it will be postponing the first two rounds of the 2020 series until November.

Although South America has not been too affected by the virus, Colombia has this morning announced it will be asking visitors from France, Spain, Italy and other affected countries to self-isolate when they arrive in the country. With no end in sight for the spread of the virus, the decision has been taken to postpone the events until the end of the year.

Round 3, due to take place at France's Montagnes du Caroux on May 23, is still scheduled to go ahead.

The full release from the EWS is below:

Press Release: EWS

The Enduro World Series (EWS) has announced that the first two rounds of the 2020 season in Colombia and Chile have been postponed in an effort to help contain the global spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).

Round one scheduled to take place in Manizales, Colombia at the end of the month has been moved to the weekend of 7-8 November whilst round two that was due to take place on April 4-5 in Farellones, Chile will now take place on 14-15 November 2020.

South America currently has a very low incidence of confirmed cases of Coronavirus, but with riders travelling to the events from across the globe the decision has been made to delay the races until later in the year in the interest of everyone’s safety.

bigquotesIn order to best protect all staff, riders, fans and act in the most responsible way possible in the world’s current situation, we have made the decision to postpone our first two rounds. We hope the early decision of this date change helps to remove stress from a situation that is causing us all a great deal of difficulty. We look forward to getting our season started in May and thank all of our partners and staff for their support in these challenging times.Chris Ball, Managing Director of the EWS

bigquotesThe planet faces a fairly delicate health situation. This situation has globally affected multiple massive events, mainly sports. For the global well-being of athletes and spectators, and for recommendations of local, national and world authorities it is out of our hands and we have no choice but to delay the EWS Manizales. The party is postponed!Jorge Mario Jaramillo, round one Race Director

bigquotesWe as Montenbaik see this as an opportunity, since we will have the last race of the year of the Enduro World Series. This gives us more time to surprise everyone even more with the best trails and a high-level event.Ignacio Barboas,round two Race Director

More details about the postponed races will be available in the coming days on www.enduroworldseries.com.


  • 201 2
 Pinkbike is going to be struggling hard to find content this spring/summer. I'm waiting for the first kickstand review to pop up on here.
  • 79 0
 Or they could do another field test with other models of bikes...
  • 50 0

Banshee Titan vs Raaw Madonna V2 vs Privateer 161 please!
  • 70 8
 Grim donut? Wink
  • 12 0
 It's time for another round of hucks to flat...
  • 77 1
 @jfcarrier, you might be on to something.... Stay tuned.
  • 23 6
 @mikekazimer: more hardtails please :-)
  • 7 1
 @ocnlogan: v Nicolai G1
  • 6 0
 @mikekazimer: you are a filthy tease...
  • 34 2
 @tremeer023: Your wishes might be granted.
  • 7 21
flag mgillign (Mar 11, 2020 at 11:41) (Below Threshold)
 Time to start liking ebike coverage
  • 3 1
 @jasonlucas: You've got me excited.
  • 2 1
 @fartymarty: we already know that Chris Porter has won this battle
  • 7 1
 If only there was some really hyped bike, that was extremely unique, that everyone wants a review of...
  • 2 0
 There is plenty of material to write articles about. However, I have thought about the kickstand. They can make a device to connect to a crank arm that has a telescoping rod to prop up the bike.
  • 2 1
 @mikekazimer: don’t sleep on the small brands like Terrain Control Industries. I feel like there could be a whole video/web mini series devoted to small brands that the bulk of the riding market has t even heard of nor seen. And it’s a shame, because they legit have designed a great bike but have no market clout yet.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: Revel bikes? Are they over-hyped by WC?
  • 5 0
 @jfcarrier: Like an all hardtail field test!
  • 3 1
 Just wait for SRAM/SPECIALIZED to come out with bike specific toilet rolls, TLD/Fox face masks, MUCOFF/WD40 Hand Sanitizers.
  • 2 0
 @bubbrubb: I ride one and really dig it. But I am in Bend. Haha
  • 3 0
 @jasonlucas: Ragley Mmmbop vs Orange Crush vs Identiti AKA vs Marin San Quentin please!
  • 2 0
 @booked-for-simulation: can't say about the rest. But the mmmbop is great fits well climbs good decends well. Would highly recommend. Price is right too.
  • 2 0
 I can't wait for the XTR Kickstand review
  • 1 0
 @Tsoxbhk: ironic that we know of the exact same bike
  • 1 0
 @jfcarrier: and come up with even more bike categories
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: Will your kickstand be strapped to the frame, stuffed in a backpack, or crammed in a fanny pack?
  • 1 0
 @PinkyScar: Any. Topeak has one, but my brainstorm is different.
  • 1 0

Shut up and take my dignity.
  • 3 1
 Pinkbike Originals: Sramnado, Steezus of Gnarzareth, The Pundemic, Sons of Gnarwhal, Sagged things,
  • 1 0
They actually make crank kickstands that are permanently attached to the crank. They look like funny little antennas on either side of the crank.
  • 1 0
 @MeloBikeCO: yeah, get one for first month of riding your new bike... when you are a kind of an influencer yourself.
  • 2 0
I think I will skip the crank kickstand trend that will be starting soon.

Though I could see a slick kickstand of some sort being popular on e-bikes, as I imagine they are far more annoying to lean up on stuff, due to the extra weight.
  • 122 8
 Its very obvious what caused this outbreak. Cough cough... E-bikes.
  • 47 0
 everyone stay back, the man's coughing.
  • 14 1
 But is anyone talking about the riots in HK anymore?... get your tinfoil hats out, conspiracy theory time
  • 108 9
 Probably it is for the best, there are only 9 cases in Colombia and 17 in Chile. However, athletes sharing water bottles could increase these numbers.
  • 25 1
 Nice name
  • 36 0
 Sucks for all those privateers and small teams who will have to rebook flights etc!
  • 33 2
 Organized and booked for a group of 4 us in total. Was looking forward to racing this all winter. Going to be a massive headache to attempt to reorganize this late. Not even sure if we’ll be able to get all of our money back or make it happen for the rescheduled date. Devastated to say the least.
  • 2 0
 Travel insurance?
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 @enduroNZ: We do have it. Spent most of the day looking into what will be covered. Haven't been able to get a hold of anyone to confirm as I'm sure they're dealing with a lot of similar cases around the world right now. From what I can tell, it looks like until there is an official travel advisory for Canada or Colombia it may not be covered. Flights can be rebooked no problem but rental truck and accommodations for the month are the issue for us.

Positive part is that we're all healthy and living in a place that's not affected. Hopefully this pandemic ends soon!
  • 1 0
 @stevestorey: if you paid with a credit card, you can go through them
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 @ski-bike-repeat: Not necessarily, it’s the same deal with Visa which I did book almost everything on. If there’s no official travel advisory against going from either your home or destination country there is no coverage.
  • 23 1
 Nananananananananananana BAT AAIIIIIDS!!!!
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flag zaalrottunda (Mar 11, 2020 at 14:28) (Below Threshold)
 remember when people said it was racist to suggest that eating bats was the cause? Good ol' SJW's
  • 7 0
 @zaalrottunda: pretty sure it’s not racist to say it came from bats. Probably just racist if you say racist things while also saying it came from bats
  • 3 1
 @browner: Speciesism?
  • 2 1
 @browner: Lol nope, I literally had people calling me racist because I pointed out the litany of health concerns that come from animals that are classified as rodents. Oh well, Pinkbike is becoming another triggered website that can't stand to think about anything that might offend their delicate sensibilities. I'm sure it's not a coincidence that China immediately banned the sale or consumption of bats and several other animals.
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 @zaalrottunda: you sound triggered mate good luck
  • 1 0
 @browner: triggered is for feminists and soy boys, I'm just good old fashioned annoyed.
  • 21 1
 I get it but man this sucks :'|
  • 11 1
 I split time living between the USA and Manizales, Colombia and I just flew home to Colombia yesterday and Immigration was already screening everybody entering with written forms on where you have been the last 14 days as well as Temperature checks for fever before being allowed to enter. This country will soon be on lockdown for anybody traveling from abroad so it was a good idea to make this decision now.
  • 3 2
 We'll have to wait and see if they let you into Durango for the Tribe event. Wink
  • 1 0
 currently booked to fly into colombia this weekend (for 2 week holidays). based on what you're seeing there right now, should i be reconsidering? we're not (yet) considered a high risk country, and numbers there are currently low, but the way things have been jumping...
  • 4 0
 @xy9ine: currently I’d say your safer here than almost anywhere else. The government and health department seem to be very on top of the situation and I’d say you’ll likely be much happier enjoying a few weeks away from North America. If you still come down hit me up with a PM and I’ll show you around Manizales.
  • 8 0

Blaming 'the media' for everything is getting old.
The NBA is a multi-billion dollar entity.
They dont suspend a season because they saw an article on CNN ffs

Sick screen name though!
  • 7 0
 maybe pinkbike is not the right place to talk about it, but believe me and better if you start thinking that it will be better to stay at home. What the fuck you coronavirus is really a bad beast.
  • 4 0
 Man that's gotta suck for any privateers. Travel Insurance policies won't cover pandemics, and airlines are being coy on what they're doing about refunds etc. Huge out of pocket for the teams and privateers that can't make the rescheduled races.
  • 21 18
 At this point UCI and EWS may as well cancel the race seasons for 2020. If the reason for these cancelations of races is due to the whole Travel scare, why in the f*ck would it be any different by November?

This is just getting silly at this point.
  • 17 0
 I suppose they are hoping this will have all ‘gone away’ by November.

At the moment, nobody has any absolutely solid info and each country seems to be treating this differently - the only thing that is clear is Italy’s death rate is over 800 out of 12000 confirmed cases so it seems the right thing to do to cancel / postpone stuff like bike racing.
  • 7 10
I am not so against the bans, cancelations or postponements but to think by November life will be back to normal is f*cking silly.
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 @TheBearDen: I’m with you on that, what I meant was nobody seems to have any concrete ideas about this thing at the moment so the whole November thing is nothing more than a hunch / best case scenario. I suppose the science will become clear as time goes on, but I can imagine different countries will continue to interpret this into action in their own individual ways, as with anything.
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flag Bustacrimes (Mar 11, 2020 at 12:00) (Below Threshold)
 @justanotherusername: At the moment, 56 people per day die from Covid. Seasonal flu is killing 1027. This data is from the World Health Organisation. You have about as much chance of dying from Covid as you do measles - between 1-3%

Caution is a good standpoint - but i have never heard of a bad case of measles cancelling bike shows and expos.

In my opinion, most forms of media have used a virus as click bait and created levels of concern disproportionate to the actual threat.
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 @Bustacrimes: I genuinely can’t believe people are still using comparisons to the ‘seasonal flu’ as a reason why taking mitigating measures against this new virus is a silly thing to do.

I really can’t be bothered to say more than the fact that in the USA in one year there are 34million cases of ‘flu’ with 20000 deaths - that’s right 34million cases. Use your imagination as to what happens if corona hits 34million Americans. At the low estimate of a 2% death rate that’s 680000 deaths.

Sure though, it’s just like the flu. All of the worried governments are scaremongering.
  • 19 1
 @justanotherusername: you just can't get these dumb f*cks to merge logic and numbers. Let's say that a billion people have contracted the virus a year from now. That's a lot of dead people.
  • 4 1
 @Bustacrimes: your math and logic suck....but dont disagree are politics involved at some level
  • 12 0
 @Bustacrimes: there's a vaccine against measles and far more research on it than on COVID19
  • 7 1
 Not a good time to get hurt in any place effected. In Italy now and I’m keeping it tame on trail. The local hospitals ICU is at capacity. Every ventilator is occupied handling the pneumonia victims.
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 @Bustacrimes: Dude, the mortality rate you are referencing is an average across all ages. Where as the reality is the mortality rate is nearly 20% for people over 70. The r0 (Reproductive rate) of COVID-19 is also 3 times higher than the standard influenza. Meaning on average you will normally only give the flu to 1.3 people, COVID-19 has an r0 of 4 at it's worst observable case. This combined with the fact there is no one immune to it like normal influenza, and no "Seasonal" COVID-19 shot, there is good reason to implement control measures early. Even if only 20% of people globally get it, with a mortality rate of 2%, that's still 30 million deaths. Wash your hands you dirty bugger, because doing so may save your grandma and all her mates.
  • 6 0
 @justanotherusername: can we vote this to the top.
Even the slowest of people should be able to see this math and understand.
  • 10 0
 @jewellsack: not mention the current mortality rate in Italy is 15%.

You know who else is at a larger risk?

Obese people. How many obese people live in this country?

  • 3 0
 @Bustacrimes: another thing you don't seem to get is that this puts a huge strain on hospitals and health services. And guess what, people still get sick, injured and need treatment for other illnesses! So yeah, this is a big f'in deal!
  • 7 1
 life has been postponed folks. Saty home and lysol your keyboard after every pinkbike rant.
  • 5 0
 To be expected under the current situation I suppose . Pity for all involved though.
  • 4 0
 I saw the first DH race was cancelled as well.
  • 7 3
 Post the ride video of the grim donut!!!
  • 2 1
 This thing starts to interfere with Rampage and Hardline. I never got why they started with this Zwift racing thing, but now I get it...
  • 7 5
 This will not be gone by November. Forget 2020 for traveling anywhere - better stay healthy.
  • 3 0
 Why would people downvote this?
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 PINKBIKE Your latest Coronavirus news source and how it affects the bike racing world.
  • 2 0
 This is all @Lagr1980 's fault
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 Come onnnn.. :0.it was inevitable. And my call is that may june races to be pushed to sep oct
  • 2 0
 I hope this doesn't happen to the WC DH the wait has been long
  • 3 0
 First one is canceled
  • 1 0
 O god, don't even say that!
It's bad enough i can't watch EWS for awhile but WC and rampage? I may cry
  • 1 0
 @goldstreamubrew: cancelled or just postponed?
  • 2 0
 But just think of all the chores that will get done around the house now.
  • 1 0
 My Mountain Bike season doesn't start until May, here in the far north. So welcome to the club EWS Smile !
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  • 1 0
 Hoping Whistler Crankworx does not get canceled...
  • 1 0
 Hardtail hucks to flat
  • 4 5
 I blame wheel size... damn 29ers = koruna viruz !!!111!!1 Big Grin
  • 7 9
 Thank you China. Who else would think it's a good idea to process infected wild animals as a food source.
  • 11 4
 Pretty sure US fast food has caused more global damage
  • 1 0
 @bishopsmike: Your prime minister is currently isolating himself because the wife has a fever with 'flu-like' symptoms after returning from Europe. You're saying she ate a Big Mac?
  • 2 5
 Why Corona virus? Why not bud light, Coors, or Olympia? I meen the millertime virus has a nice ring to it also. Just sayin
  • 1 3
 Ah ah ah ahtishoooooo
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