Course Release: EWS Val di Fassa 2019

Jun 24, 2019 at 12:37
by MET Helmets  

Considered one of the best Superenduro races of last year, the stages of Val Di Fassa are welcomed for the first time to the Enduro World Series circuit.

The MET Val Di Fassa EWS is taking place in the beautiful landscape of the Dolomites. Known to be fast and loose at the top and more technical as soon as you enter into the woods, the terrain will be challenging for all the riders.

With a one-day format, the race will be without doubt intense and explosive. The race will take place on Saturday. On Sunday you can be part of the Enduro Bike Days: taking a two day pass will allow you to ride the stages of the race on Sunday.


The MET Val Di Fassa EWS was built using the existing trails as well as brand new ones. All of these trails are maintained by Fassabike.

The transfers will be partly done using 3 lifts. The rest will be done climbing on the bike among the UNESCO site of the Dolomites.

2 of 3 lifts have just opened this year to bikes, which gives a good idea of the differences compared to last year's Superenduro race map.

VOLTRON: 3,82km | 671 D-
This stage is a bike park line that used to connect different tracks of the bike park. From the initial flow on the upper part to roots and rocks and freshly built new sections–this first stage will set the tone of the race.

CIASATES: 1,21km | 208 D-
Using a trail at mid height, this stage is entirely in the woods. Mastering both steep sections and pedaling will be vital.

TITANS: 1,87km | 450 D-
This third stage is a brand new line and untouched by mountain bikes yet. Staring with a rocky section, this trail will become really fast before the riders will have to tackle steep terrain and tight turns. Titans stage will end by an off-camber section, crossing a ski slope.

GLUEWHEIN: 2,35km | 369 D-
It’s the definition of a classic Enduro stage. The frequent pedaling sections cohabit with a brand new midsection, steep and fast.

TUTTI FRUTTI: 6,55km | 979 D-
This last stage of the race is one of the most iconic in the area. Starting on the famous Rodella crest in high altitude, this is the longest stage of the MET Val Di Fassa EWS. Entering inside the woods after the top section, it will become really technical until reaching the village. The last section will be done on the streets of Canazei, where artificial modules will add drama to the last meters.

MENTIONS: @methelmets


  • 34 0
 I just rode some of these trails a few days ago after CWX Innsbruck and they are sweet!! It will be awesome to see the best riders ripping and racing these wicked stages in such a picturesque Dolomite location!! Yahoooooo!!
  • 34 0
 My kind of race with only 900m of climbing to go along with 3000m of descent.
  • 9 3
 Sounds like this should be a EWS qualifier and the NAEC should be an actual EWS event...
  • 5 4
 @H3RESQ: no kidding. These are rookie numbers. Better bump those up for an EWS.
  • 12 1
 @mtnbykr05: i dont have an issue with the relatively small amount of climbing.. Every race should not be a climb fest... Some should have very long stages and mellow climbing, some other compelte opposite, and some others in between.. Remember EWS has several stops, winner is best overall... Maybe this round gets some other people in the top because of less physicality? May be not... But all participants will be doing the same in Colombia, some races are pushing the climbing too much... Freaking roadies with mountain bikes hahaha.
  • 5 0
 @Lagr1980: here is less climbing, sure... But a lot more descending and a lot less flowy than in other venues besides, here is how we ride mtb here. Make the best of what we have!
  • 1 0
 @Lagr1980: Totally... and it changed some of my fantasy picks....
  • 29 3
 Hope they have enough water stationsBig Grin
  • 6 0
 Lot of awesome springs along the way, have great trace nutrients coming up through rock. Don't need to take your own.
  • 2 0
 I hope the athletes carry their own
  • 2 1
 One water station at the bottom of each stage, few springs and fountains here and there. ????
  • 2 0
 Not only are there lots of fresh springs around it is a great valley for wild trail side strawberries.
  • 7 2
 What if the secret rider pees into the spring along the way and Richie fills up his water bottle with it. Be aware Richie !!!
  • 2 1
 Beer is available everywhere I hear.
  • 7 2
 This is pretty much a fully lift accessed enduro! I was just thinking about this the other night... what if they took DH racing and made the DH racers race like 4 or 5 world cup tracks in a day, with zero pedaling transfers... all lift accessed... like a DH-duro... This is kind of like that... even the stages have zero to very little climbing...
  • 4 0

Already being done in the NW
  • 2 1
 That is how we ride our trails here. Tracks aren't really the current definition of DH and wouldn't recommend coming to ride them on a DH rig.
  • 1 0
 @Sapling: Awesome!!
  • 2 0
 @Sapling: PNW in lead! Go Trey!
  • 6 0
 I see more and more one day formats cropping up. As a fan I really like the 2 days races.
  • 8 1
 It's always been pretty evenly split (in 2018 there were 4 of each one and two day events). It is especially nice when the rounds fall back to back like the one day this weekend and two day next weekend to help everyone travel and recover for the next one.

If you are a fan of two days races I'm sure you'll be glad to hear Whistler has expanded this year to feature a second day.
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: Noice on bringing the facts in and then some sound logic to back it up with! This is what makes enduro special for me. There is no standard for amount of climbing or amount of stages. You cant train for one particular format or style it is just a test of how well you can handle your bike in a wide variety of situations and conditions. Even the places that seem to be a yearly stop on the calendar are changing it up with whistler like you say.
  • 6 3
 I had to google where this place was. You should probably mention it in the first paragraph of the article.
  • 20 2
 Had to google where it was? Fark, what's your recovery time looking like, 3-4 weeks?
  • 6 3
 So excited Chris Froome is back
  • 2 0
 That's not too far away from Innsbruck, sweet!
  • 8 5
 Go Richie
  • 1 0
 Looking forward to seeing the "artificial modules" on the final stage..
  • 1 0
 What no stage named Bombardino? Shame.
  • 1 1
 Only foreigners drink bombardino. Locals drink beer!
  • 1 0
 tomorrow i will be there !!! yeeeee

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