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Enduro World Series announces new Qualifier and Challenger Events

 
The 2017 Enduro World Series will open for entry next month and there are now more ways than ever to get involved with the series. 
 
As well as the usual reserved rider and lottery application entry system, next year will see more official EWS Qualifier Events rolled out, as well as the introduction of the the all new EWS Challenger events. 
 
The EWS Qualifier Events offer those looking to focus on enduro racing a clear pathway into the series. Taking place across the world in 2017, the 40 events will allow the fastest riders a way to secure entry to their chosen EWS races. Enduro Mountain Bike Association (EMBA) members can gain points based on their results at these local races, with the best three results of the year totalled to generate their global qualifying ranking for the following year. 
 
Completely new for 2017 are the EWS Challenger events. The Challenger events are taking place at all of next year’s one day races; Rotorua, Tasmania, Ireland and Whistler. Taking place the day before the main EWS race, each of the Challenger events will feature a selection of the stages being used in the main EWS race the following day. The Challenger allows people to enjoy EWS stages in a fun and relaxed format. The Challenger events will open for entry on enduroworldseries.com on February 15th. 
 
And for those looking to try their luck at gaining one of the coveted spots at the main EWS races, they need to mark January 25th in their calendars as the day when the public lottery opens. Following its successful introduction earlier this year, the lottery will follow the same format, except applicants will have 48 instead of 24 hours to sign up for a ticket. Successful applicants will be announced on January 28th.
 
Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, said: “Going into the fifth year of the Enduro World Series feels like a real milestone and I’m excited to see the series evolving. We continue to be blown away by the demand for spots in our races, and we hope that by rolling out more Qualifier and introducing the Challenger Events more people than ever can get involved with the series. 
 
“We introduced qualifier events this year with some of our existing event partners, and the system has been such a success we’ve significantly expanded them for next season.  I’m really looking forward to working with this amazing and growing network of event organisers next year. And with the Challengers offering a great way to experience the EWS and ride the courses in a much more relaxed environment, it looks like 2017 is going to be another really exciting year for the series.” 
 
For full information about how to enter the EWS races, Qualifier and Challenger Events head to www.enduroworldseries.com/how-to-enter/
 

 
Enduro World Series unveils 2016 Calendar
 
The Enduro World Series continues its proud tradition of uncovering the world’s best riding destinations as it reveals its 2016 calendar. 
 
The new season will once again feature eight rounds across three continents, including four completely new venues in Chile, Argentina, France and the USA.
 
Next season is set to kick off in style as the series heads to Chile in March. After the success of the Chilean round in 2014, it seemed only right the EWS should head back to South America and revisit our great friends and organisers at Montenbaik. But this time the high mountains and iconic volcanic terrain of Nevados de Chillan has been replaced with the beautiful Patagonian coastline of Valdivia. The opening round of the season will feature two days of racing on incredible singletrack that heads all the way down to the South Pacific Ocean. 
 
For round two in April it’s another Patagonian event, but this time the series makes its first foray into Argentina. The city of Bariloche sits amongst the Andes Mountains and riders will be blown away by the famous Cerro Catedral ski resort in the north Patagonian Andean Zone located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Bariloche offers the perfect mix of big mountain adventure against a backdrop of the region’s most celebrated and cosmopolitan town.
 
In stark contract to Patagonia, May sees the series turn its attention to the rolling green hills of Ireland for a return trip to County Wicklow and the legendary biking.ie organisation. Ireland may not be home to the biggest mountains in Europe, but what it lacks in height it more than makes up for in character. Home to some of the craziest fans the series has ever seen, it’s safe to say riders will be pleased to see Carrick Mountain back on the calendar after this year’s incredible event. Fun will be high on the agenda at this one day race with a laid back vibe. 
 
Round four sees another popular venue make a welcome return, with the spectacular La Thuile back in action. Sitting just over the Italian border with France, La Thuile lies in the shadow of Europe’s most famous peak, the magnificent Mont Blanc. This small resort offers mile upon mile of classic Alpine singletrack. A firm favourite with riders when the series visited our Italian partners and great hosts Superenduro in 2014, La Thuile offers two days of classic lift accessed enduro amongst some of the Alps’ highest mountains. 
 
It’s over the pond to North America for round five and another new venue, Aspen Snowmass in Colorado. It may be world famous for its skiing and as a long standing host of the X-Games, but this beautiful area is now becoming known for its ever growing trail network. This two day race hosted by trusted friends at Big Mountain Enduro will feature more lift access to alleviate some of the effects of the high altitude on the riders, and finish right in the Snowmass town centre, offering an exciting and almost European flavour of enduro whilst deep in the heart of the American Rockies. 
 
August heralds Crankworx in Whistler, Canada for round six. This most iconic of riding destinations never fails to impress with it’s myriad of famous trails flanking this great resort. A staple stop on the series, Whistler is truly one of the most diverse and challenging venues in the world. This one day race will once more push riders out their comfort zone and into some of the most spectacular scenery Canada has to offer. 
 
Round seven heads to Valberg-Guillaumes in France. This new addition to the calendar sits in the Southern Alps and is the oldest ski resort in the area. Whilst the venue may be classically French, the racing style won’t be. In a break from Tribe Events EWS tradition, the race will feature more pedal liaisons and less ski lift access than in previous years in order to challenge the riders and mix things up on some unique and stunning terrain that will differ greatly to anything seen before at a French EWS event. 
 
There is only one place the series can draw to a close in October, and it has to be with Superenduro in Finale Ligure. This classic venue on the Italian Riviera features every year and with good reason - sun, sea and several hundred miles of singletrack. This rider favourite always delivers an incredible finish to the season, and this year athletes can once more look forward to two days of racing through ancient villages and towns before being rewarded with the obligatory dip in the warm water of the Mediterranean sea at the finish line.
 
Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, said: “I’m incredibly excited to announce our 2016 calendar and work once again with all of our incredible and experienced local organisations. As we move into the fourth year of the series it’s great to revisit classics such as Finale Ligure and Whistler, but I’m particularly excited to see the series heading back to South America with two new venues that vary greatly, from the Patagonian coastline of Valdivia to the high Andes of Bariloche. Add Valberg-Guillaumes in France, the wild crowds of Carrick in Ireland, the well regarded La Thuile below Mont Blanc and an exciting new visit to the world famous Aspen Snowmass and we have yet another all round test and adventure for all of our riders."  
 
2016 Calendar
 
Round 1 - March 26/27 - Valdivia, Chile
Round 2 - April 2/3  - Bariloche, Argentina
Round 3 - May 15  - County Wicklow, Ireland
Round 4 - July 16/17 - La Thuile, Italy
Round 5 - July 30/31 - Aspen Snowmass, USA
Round 6 - August 14 - Whistler, Canada
Round 7 - September 17 - Valberg-Guillaumes
Round 8 - October 1/2 - Finale Ligure, Italy

 

 
Coillte Outdoors Welcome Mountain Bikers for EWS

With just one month to go we would like to thank Coillte for their continued support, without them events like this event simply wouldn't happen in Ireland. Among other things Coillte manage 445,000 hectares of land, or about 7% of the land cover of Ireland, over 1 million acres of which are forests. 

 

Coillte developed the first purpose-built cross-country trails for mountain biking (MTB) in 2007/2008 and continue to add new trails and new sites to this network. Coillte say "These have become the backbone of recreational off-road biking in Ireland and as interest in off-road cycling continues to grow, we have a number of new trails being planned over the next few years. Our MTB trails range from easy to really challenging trails and anyone with a level of ability on a mountain bike will find something for themselves in these trails. Our aim is to provide authentic and fun trails in different environments and landscapes, appealing to as wide a range of visitors as possible."

READ ABOUT COILLTE  

 


 

Who's who?

Ones to watch - Enduro is the newest mountain biking discipline although it is the roots of what MTB is all about - trail riding.  As the EWS enters its third year riders are beginging to really suss out the skillsets and fitness levels necessary to be at the top.  We are lucky to welcome a staggering level of athlete to Carrick this May and it's time we took a closer look at some of them.

Jared Graves - 2014 Enduro World Series World Champion

One of the most decorated cyclists in the world, Graves has been at the top end of 4-Cross, BMX and now Enduro with multiple World Championships and even an Olympic Gold medal to his name.  

2014 proved to be his year in Enduro as he took the World Title in some style following his runners up spot in 2013.  Can the Australian be the first male rider to repeat?  Last year Graves arrived straight to a less than sunny Scotland from Australia and struggled to shake off the jetlag and acclimatize to mud riding.  For 2015 he is looking to arrive earlier to ensure the best preparation possible after having to sit out the opening round in New Zealand with two separated shoulders.  Watch out for him in his trademark Yeti uniform on the Dublin and Wicklow mountains!

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Jerome Clementz - 2013 Enduro World Champion

The 2013 World Champion took up where he left off at the start of last season with a win in Chile but suffered a freak collar bone fracture shortly afterwards that ruled him out until the final round.  

    

Clementz is a stunning all rouder, who is passionate about all aspects of the sport.  Unable to keep away from racing whilst injured he was enthusiastically supporting all the riders in the forrests of Scotland in his sling, chatting to race fans and dispensing wisdom with a trademark wry smile.  


 

2015 has seen a return to form for the Frenchman with a commanding performance in New Zealand in March where he was once again supping champagne from the top step of the podium.  No stranger to Ireland, Clementz rode in the Irish Gravity Enduro Series in it's first season in Djouce.  Watch out for the Cannondale rider in the woods in advance of the Emerald Enduro, just don't mention Good Friday! 

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Fabien Barel
 

Three time former Downhill World Champion Barel is a legend both on and off the bike.  A devastating injury at the opening round of the 2014 series in Chile put his whole career at risk when he suffered a broken back.  Barel's fitness was key to a successful lengthy rehabilitation but astonishingly he was back on the start line at the final round in Italy late last year where he surprised himself and the world by taking the win.  

   

Barel is an inspiration, a man who faced adversity with huge strength and not only came out the otherside but showed the world who's boss.  Chapeau sir, we are really looking forward to having him on Irish trails this May.  2015 shows that Barel is still firing on all cylinders and on pace with a second place at the opening round.

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Tracy Moseley - 2 time Enduro World Champion

Another former downhill world champion, Moseley is also now the only two time World Enduro Champion with back to back wins in 2013 and '14 under her belt.  

  

She is also one of the nicest riders around with an easy smile.  Her professionalism on the bike is incredible, she rode rounds of the World Cup cross country season last year in preperation for the Enduro season and of course she is a former World Downhill Champion.  Another rider who has ridden in Ireland before, this time at a Ticknock Gravity Enduro, the Trek rider is an amazing ambassador for the sport.  With a second place after round 1 in New Zealand this year, watch out for a hard charging Moseley in Wicklow, intent on a hat trick of Enduro World titles.

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Anne Caroline Chausson 

Trying to sum up Anne Caroline Chausson is like trying to describe James Bond as a spy.  13 World Championship Gold medals, an Olympic Gold medal in BMX, the most decorated mountain biker of all time is trying to capture the one title that has eluded her - the Enduro World Champion title.  

  

At the end of last season she admitted that the Irish round was the least likely to suit her but ACC is a legendary competitor who just doesn't know how not to win.  Round 1 this year saw her charge out of the blocks with victory in New Zealand and this clinical rider will be looking for a repeat.  Watch out for her in 2015, she has a point to prove. 

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Best of the Irish

 

Local riders done good - As we enter the third year of the Enduro World Series we have a number of Irish riders showcasing their talent at the top level. With two riders in particular getting full pro-team rides this year, there has never been a better time for Irish Enduro mountain biking and they'll give plenty for Irish supporters to cheer on. Here's a guide to some of the top Irish talent at their home event.
Greg Callaghan - Cube Action Team

In 2014 Greg Callaghan proved that you don't need pro-team level support with soigneurs, mechanics and team managers to make it to the top. Driving around the circuit in a home made camper-van Callaghan could be found cooking his pasta on a single ring gas burner in the car park of an evening while tuning his bike and washing his gear. He managed a phenomenal 8th place at the Scottish round and was consistently inside the top 20 all year.  

    

For 2015 the hardest working privateer racer of last year steps up to full Pro-Team support on one of the best teams in the EWS - the Cube Action Team. In 2013/14 he spent his Winter working as much as he could to save so that he could travel the full circuit, this year he's out on his bike putting in some extra miles and training in the likes of Scotland and Italy, training that should pay off in a big way for the Dublin rider. What's more he has started the season on the top step of the first Irish Gravity Enduro and claimed first place at the opening two rounds of the Scottish Enduro Series. Add in an 11th at the opening EWS in New Zealand and it looks like Callaghan is enjoying life at Pro level.  Watch this space!

FOLLOW GREG CALLAGHAN ON FACEBOOK   
Conor Lavelle - Ibis

Despite only being in 4th year at school, 2014 was an amazing year for Conor Lavelle who stepped onto the podium in third place at the Scottish round of the Enduro World Series and managed to maintain that position in the overall despite only visiting a handful of rounds. He also had top results at the Bluegrass Enduro International Series and the Gravity Enduro. Lavelle has the X-factor and signed for top team Ibis over the Winter who have provided full support and access to all eight rounds of the Enduro World Series.  

 
 

This year Juniors has expanded it's age catchment but don't expect that to stop Lavelle who is going from strength to strength with some serious mentors in teammates Scottish rider Gary Forrest and legend Anne Caroline Chausson. Lavelle is forced to train in the evening during school time but has been enjoying an excellent start to the season with a 6th place in New Zealand. A cool canny rider with acres of talent, his journey is only beginning.  

Image Adrian van der Lee.   

Dan Wolfe - Vitus Bikes
 

A  former Irish DH National Champion, Wolfe has been making a name for himself in Enduro with some amazing stage times and performances at races like the Trans-Provence, a six day epic in France. Mechanical issues cost him at EWS races yet his talent showed through at races like the Scottish round where he placed third on a stage proving that he has the pace to make it.  


 This year Wolfe has the backing of Vitus bikes and will look to put together the consistency that could see him threaten the top level.  With a winter of some serious training behind him he made an early move to New Zealand to top up his form ahead of the opening round of the EWS where he placed a credible 40th beating several of the big names of the sport while simultaneously having a bad day. Imagine what he could do if it all came together in Wicklow!

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Leah Maunsell - Kona MBW Racing

Despite being too young to race the EWS last year, Leah Maunsell won the senior female overall at the Gravity Enduro last year in Elites and is a major talent. Competiting at XC, Enduro and Downhill she is one to watch and a really exciting prospect. A County Limerick native she is old enough to take part this year, just, and we are really excited to see her race the EWS in her home country.  

  

This young lady knows how to ride a bike and would put many of the senior mens field to shame. Biking runs in her blood, she rides with older brother Jonathon on Team Maunsell. We see big things in the future for her and really want the whole country to get behind her as she takes on the worlds best on home soil. Go Leah!

Image - Adrian van der Lee, also top image features Leah Maunsell courtesy of D Sweeney.

Orla McClean

Orla McClean has got to be one of Ireland's most understated Enduro riders. Consistently on the podium at the Irish Gravity Enduro Series she is at home on the roughest and toughest terrain. A strong second place finish at the 2015 Irish National Enduro Series opener leads us to believe winter training has gone well for Orla.   

No stranger to Carrick, we expect Orla to receive some of the biggest cheers from her local fans and Giant Dublin Team mates. 
Cait Elliot 

A former National XC Champion, Elliott has a background in endurance racing too, taking podiums at multi-day XC and Enduro races in the past. She is currently living in Switzerland which is rather helpful for taking on the big mountain Enduro races like the French and Spanish rounds of the EWS. Not a bad place to train at all and if the weather's bad of a weekend, sure Finale Ligure is only a hop skip and a jump away. A privateer, she races the European circuit and Irish Gravity Enduro rounds when she can make it over, where she invariable does rather well.  

Elliott is a very impressive rider and flies the Irish flag all over Europe. She's bringing a big crowd with her too as everyone wants to see her home trails. Watch out for her in the Wicklow hills and be sure to give her every inch of encouragement you can!   

Image Benoît Grébaux.

Marshalls required!

We still have a few volunteer spots we are recruiting for to help us guide the racers through their day.  We are looking for hardworking, enthusiastic people who are prepared to take on all roles as directed by team leaders. 

    

Volunteers should be at least 16 years old and you do not need any previous experience, you will be clearly guided on what's happening. If you have any specific skills, for example if you speak any foreign languages then let us know. In return we provide a goodie bag including a cool event tee shirt, lunch and snacks throughout the day. The added bonus is you get to rub shoulders with the best riders in the world. Applications close May 3rd.

READ MORE ABOUT MARSHALLING   
That's it for this newsletter. With less than a month to go, things are really starting to hot up. Our next newsletter is going to look at the overall picture of the EWS ahead of round 2, the surprises we've seen and our predictions for the Irish leg. In the mean time make sure you are following us on Facebook (see link below) for all the up to the minute info on the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro.

 


 

 

Emerald Enduro - Fast Approaching 

We are just over 4 months away from round 2 of the Enduro World Series here in Ireland.  Trail temperatures might be cool but County Wicklow is preparing a warm welcome for riders to the Enduro World Series in May. In the mean time registration opens on the 28th of January for all categories and there have been a number of changes to these over 2014 that are worth taking a closer look at.  We'll also take a look at some tips and tricks to help you ensure a smooth process when registration opens.

Team Update

For 2015 a record number of teams have pre-registered with the EWS.  29 teams (up from 24) and a host of superstars will be appearing at various rounds of the series.  Hot of the presses we are really excited to confirm that the Flat Pedal Thunder from Down Under Sam Hill is scheduled to race the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro, an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with the Australian shredder.

 

Of course all the Enduro superstars will be in attendance and vying to take the win.  2014 World Champ Jared Graves will be watching 2013 Champ Jerome Clementz carefully on a course that is likely to suit the Frenchman more than him.  2013 round winners Damien Oton, Nico Lau and Fabien Barel will all be hungry to repeat and threaten for top honours.  Then there are the up and comers.  Specialized's Curtis Keene noticeably improved across the season and Canyons Joe Barnes threatened several times.  Ireland will suit the Scotsmans talents well and he has raced the Gravity Enduro series here several times in the past.  Irishmen Greg Callaghan, now racing for Cube alongside Lau could be in contention along with compatriot Dan Wolfe racing for Vitus and junior Conor Lavelle now racing for Ibis.



The women's field is similarly stacked with a number of riders now threatening the dominance of Tracy Moseley and Anne-Caroline Chausson.  The course is likely to favour two-time World Champ Moseley over Chausson but there are a number of ladies who could threaten, especially this early in the series where results in the opening round in New Zealand will reflect ranking. 

 

New Categories for 2015

For 2015 the Junior category is broadened up to under 21 level for both men and women.  Of course riders are free to enter the Open male and female categories but it is worth having a look for younger riders who are perhaps only getting into racing.  


 

Also new is the over 40 category for men.  The Enduro World Series believes as a whole in keeping the races open to amateur riders as well as the Pro ranks.  The creation of the over 40s category reflects a huge cohort of older riders who excel.  Expect racing to be tight!

·         WOMEN - Open

·         WOMEN - Under 21 (1998-1995)

·         MEN - Open

·         MEN - Under 21 (1998-1995)

  • MEN - 40 plus (1975+)

EWS uses December 31 2015 as the age calculation date. Minimum age 17 (Year of birth 1998). A new rule book has been released on the EWS website with more details.

 

Registration

In a bid to streamline the registration, the series has been broken down into three groupings, allowing riders to enter separate events in a staged process. Registration for the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro opens on Wednesday the 28th of January at 17.00 GMT.  At the same time registration will open for Round 3 in the Tweed Valley in Scotland and round 4 in Samoens, France.

 

There are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of gaining a spot at the most anticipated event of 2015. 

·         If you are planning on using your phone, download the Eventbrite app in advance and set yourself up.

·         You do not need a 2015 UCI licence or EMBA number to register. You can purchase a one day license at registration if you don't have one. But please do register EMBA, it helps grow our sport!!

·         Notify your credit card company in advance about the transaction.  It most likely won't be held up but you never know!  Last year people lost out for this very reason.

·         Only 1 rider can register at a time.  Your friends will need to register themselves!

There are just 400 spots available for the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro, with 225 already reserved for the world's top riders. We know there will be disappointment on registration day but we wish the best of luck to everyone entering. 

 

Wicklow Welcomes Enduro World Series to Ireland

Next May 24th the Worlds best Enduro mountain bikers will descend on Carrick mountain, just outside Wicklow town for round 2 of the Enduro World Series.  The Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro takes place in the garden of Ireland, the perfect setting with lush rolling mountains and a wide variety of trails including open mountain, deciduous and coniferous forests in Carrick alone.  The Enduro World Series is now entering its third year and is setting the benchmark internationally for elite level competition while also being unique in allowing grass roots racers to compete on the same stage.  The best of Irish riding will be on display with riders enjoying the breathtaking vistas and legendary Irish hospitality. 

The Big Hitters - Who's Coming

With 225 of the worlds top riders pre-registered to race, the start list is a veritable who's who of mountain biking.  World Champions abound with the likes of Nico Vouilloz (10x World DH Champ), Anne Caroline Chausson (12x World DH Champ, 2x Dual Slalom World Champ, 2x 4-Cross World Champ), Fabien Barel (2x World DH Champ), Tracey Moseley (2x World DH Champ, 2x Enduro World Champ), Jerome Clementz (2013 Enduro World Champ) and Jared Graves (3x 4-Cross World Champ, 1x Enduro World Champ) lining up.  This is no play ground!

2014 was notable for a horrific injury to one of the sports stars - Fabien Barel. Riding at the opening round in Chile he fractured his back in what should have been a career ending injury and could well have cost him his life.  Barel actually raced on with the injury but decided to seek medical attention for what he thought was a cracked rib.  He had actually fractured his 8th dorsal vertebrae, where the nerves connecting all leg movements are.  Barel spent months on his back recuperating but made a remarkable recovery to make the start line at the final round in Italy. Thrilled to still be riding a bike, albeit with some serious changes to his setup, Barel shocked himself and the world with an incredible win. Several top names from other disciplines are due to line up on race day and we'll bring you details on them closer to the off. Suffice to say that this is a race you do not want to miss!  Here's a teaser though - the flat pedal thunder from down under Sam Hill is rumoured to be racing!

Entries for Dedicated Irish Riders

As a special thanks to the Irish clubs that have supported the Gravity Enduro Ireland Series over the past few years, event organisers Biking.ie have offered one Wild Card entry to each of the 20 clubs.

Let's get to know the Wild Card riders, check out their top tips for visitors to the Emerald Isle and see what their chances are of causing an upset next May! 

READ MORE ABOUT THE IRISH WILD CARDS

 
 

Essential Information

Carrick mountain is situated outside Wicklow Town in the village of Glenealy. Practice is closed until Friday 22nd, with racing commencing on Sunday 24th of May. Spectators are in for a treat with easily accessible trails and a trade area with team pits in the event village, allowing fans to get up close and personal with their favourite professional riders. There will be lots to see and do, so why not make a weekend of it! 

There are many hotels, hostels, guest houses and self catering options in the area. To view all available options please visit the local tourism website, Visit Wicklow here

 

Enduro World Series announces new Qualifier and Challenger Events

The 2017 Enduro World Series will open for entry next month and there are now more ways than ever to get involved with the series. 

As well as the usual reserved rider and lottery application entry system, next year will see more official EWS Qualifier Events rolled out, as well as the introduction of the the all new EWS Challenger events. 

The EWS Qualifier Events offer those looking to focus on enduro racing a clear pathway into the series. Taking place across the world in 2017, the 40 events will allow the fastest riders a way to secure entry to their chosen EWS races. Enduro Mountain Bike Association (EMBA) members can gain points based on their results at these local races, with the best three results of the year totalled to generate their global qualifying ranking for the following year. 

 

Completely new for 2017 are the EWS Challenger events. The Challenger events are taking place at all of next year’s one day races; Rotorua, Tasmania, Ireland and Whistler. Taking place the day before the main EWS race, each of the Challenger events will feature a selection of the stages being used in the main EWS race the following day. The Challenger allows people to enjoy EWS stages in a fun and relaxed format. The Challenger events will open for entry on enduroworldseries.com on February 15th. 

And for those looking to try their luck at gaining one of the coveted spots at the main EWS races, they need to mark January 25th in their calendars as the day when the public lottery opens. Following its successful introduction earlier this year, the lottery will follow the same format, except applicants will have 48 instead of 24 hours to sign up for a ticket. Successful applicants will be announced on January 28th. 

Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, said: “Going into the fifth year of the Enduro World Series feels like a real milestone and I’m excited to see the series evolving. We continue to be blown away by the demand for spots in our races, and we hope that by rolling out more Qualifier and introducing the Challenger Events more people than ever can get involved with the series. 

“We introduced qualifier events this year with some of our existing event partners, and the system has been such a success we’ve significantly expanded them for next season.  I’m really looking forward to working with this amazing and growing network of event organisers next year. And with the Challengers offering a great way to experience the EWS and ride the courses in a much more relaxed environment, it looks like 2017 is going to be another really exciting year for the series.” 

For full information about how to enter the EWS races, Qualifier and Challenger Events head to www.enduroworldseries.com/how-to-enter/  Please also find the 2017 EWS Qualifier Calendar HERE.