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NOTE: Due our partnership agreement with UCI starting in 2019, the below rules may be subject to change. The 2019 Rulebook will be released in January 2019.


2018 Rulebook

Table of Contents

1: Description. 4

2: Entry of EWS Events. 5

2.1: Racing Licence / EWS Membership. 5

3: EWS Categories. 7

3.1 Transgender Policy. 7

4: Course + Safety. 8

4.1: Structure. 8

Liaison Stages.. 8

Special Stages.. 8

4.2: Directions and Course Markings. 9

Tape.. 9

Gates.. 9

Direction Markers.. 9

4.3: Safety. 10

First Aid + Evacuation... 10

Concussion Protocol and Medical Records. 10

5: Competition Requirements. 11

5.1: Race Format. 11

5.2: Training. 11

5.3: Shuttling. 12

5.4: Seeding and Start Order. 12

Seeding.. 12

Start Order at EWS Events.. 13

Start Intervals.. 13

Podium.... 14

5.5: Results. 14

5.6: Equipment Requirements. 14

Safety Equipment. 14

Rider Equipment. 15

GPS/Tracking, Timing and Live Streaming.. 15

5.7: Equipment marking Stickers. 16

Officially marked equipment:. 16

Sticker Location Diagram:. 17

5.8: Outside Assistance. 17

6: Environmental Rules. 18

Trash Free Trails. 18

Specialized Trail of the Year Award. 18

7: Rule Violations. 19

7.1: Course cutting. 19

7.2: Liaison Stage delay/ missed start. 19

7.3: Illegal outside assistance. 19

7.4: Rule Violation Recording. 19

7.5: Recommended Penalties. 20

7.6: Yellow / Red Cards. 20

8: Communication. 21

8.1: Notice of Race. 21

8.2: Race Book.. 21

8.3: Rider Briefing. 21

9: Enduro World Series Points, Titles and Teams. 22

9.1: Individual Titles. 22

9.2: Official Teams and Team Ranking. 22

9.3: Series Points. 23

10: NEW Enduro Global Ranking. 24

Global Ranking Overview.... 24

11: Continental Series Events. 25

Continental Series Race Structure. 25

Continental Rankings. 26

Continental Event Entry. 26

12: Enduro World Series Qualifying Events. 27

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Qualifier Race Structure. 27

Qualifier Rankings. 27

Qualifier Event Entry. 27

13: Enduro World Series Challenger Events. 28

14: Financial Obligations. 29

Minimum Prize Money per EWS event:. 29

EWS Overall Series prize money:. 29

Continental and Qualifier Events:. 29

15: Anti-Doping Policy. 30

Appendix 1. 31

Enduro World Series Points Table. 31

Appendix 2. 34

EWS Continental Series Points Table. 34

Appendix 3. 35

EWS Official Qualifier Events Points Table. 35

1: Description

Enduro mountain bike racing is designed to be the definitive test for the mountain biker, with the focus of each event on creating a great atmosphere, community, competition and adventure for the competitor, including the best riding on the best terrain available in the host region.

The racing platform detailed below outlines a format that allows riders to compete against each other, starting individually, on special stages which are designed to challenge the rider’s technical ability and physical capacity.

The following rules aim to define the enduro mountain bike discipline while still allowing space for each event on the Enduro World Series (EWS), EWS Continental Series (EWSC) and EWS Qualifier (EWSQ) calendars to add their own individual characteristics to each event.


2: Entry of EWS Events

 In order to be a part of the reserve list or EWS ranking, all riders must be a registered EWS Member (see for more details and to register.

The Reserve Entry List comprises of:

 - Top 300 ranked Male, top 75 ranked Female, top 100 ranked U21 Men, top 20 ranked U21 Women, top 50 ranked Master 40+ Men, and top 20 ranked Master 35+ Women from the Enduro Global Ranking (see section 9); comprising of points scored at all EWS, EWSC and EWSQ events

 - Top 5 U21 at every EWS event in the previous year

- Top 5 Masters at every EWS event in the previous year

- Top 3 riders of every category[1] at every EWS Continental event in the previous year

- Winner of each category in every EWS Qualifier event

- Four riders per event from each Official EWS Team (See Section 9.2)

- 20 global wildcard places awarded by EWS to suitable riders aiming to race multiple events in multiple countries, who are not pre-selected through any other means. Wildcard applications are available during lottery registration

- 20 wildcards per event, given to each organiser for awarding to young talented riders and local racers important to the community the event is held within. The final say of these wildcards lies with each organising group

Reserve list riders will be given a pre-entry window in which to enter. No reserve entries will be held past the published closing date. Wildcard places will be handled individually, depending on individual event protocols.

Any additional spaces for an event following the aforementioned pre-qualified riders will be released in January through a public lottery system and lucky entrants will be selected at random.

2.1: Racing Licence / EWS Membership

All competitors must comply with the licence regulations and entry requirements put in place by the organiser of each Enduro World Series, Continental or Qualifier event. Specific information regarding entry requirements will be posted on each organiser’s website and in the EWS produced Notice of Race document (See section 8), available on It is the responsibility of the rider to check and comply with each EWS organiser’s entry requirements.

Enduro World Series (EWS) Membership

Only competitors holding an EWS membership will be eligible for Enduro World Series points and any associated Enduro World Series prize money or overall titles.

A rider must hold a valid EWS membership prior to starting the race in which they hope to win points. No points will be awarded retrospectively should a rider purchase an EWS membership after an event.

Individual EWS Membership is available at from February 2018.

The funds received from all EWS memberships contribute directly to the cost of the administration of EWS results, rankings, sport development and athlete relations.


3: EWS Categories

Under 21 – 17 to 20 years - Male and Female Under 21 (U21) racers with EWS memberships will accumulate points towards an overall EWS Women’s and Men’s Under 21 World Champion title but will not be eligible for EWS series prize money. A male or female Under 21 racer may apply to EWS to race in the Senior Men and Women categories. An Under 21 rider who has been accepted into a senior category may not return to the Under 21 category in the same competition year.

 Men – All male category times will be placed together in scratch format and EWS points allocated accordingly

 Women - All female category times will be placed together in scratch format and EWS points allocated accordingly

 Master Men – All maleriders age 40+ entering the Official Master category at each event. Masters with EWS memberships will accumulate points towards an overall EWS Master Men World Champion title but will not be eligible for EWS series prize money.

 Master Women - All female riders age 35+ entering the Official Women’s Master category at each event. Masters with EWS memberships will accumulate points towards an overall EWS Master Women World Champion title but will not be eligible for EWS series prize money.

 All categories are based on rider age on the 31 December of competition year

3.1 Transgender Policy

[Quoted from: IOC Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism November 2015]

Those who transition from female to male are eligible to compete in the male category without restriction. 

Those who transition from male to female are eligible to compete in the female category under the following conditions: 

 The athlete has declared that her gender identity is female. The declaration cannot be changed, for sporting purposes, for a minimum of four years. 

 The athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first competition (with the requirement for any longer period to be based on a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 12 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women’s competition). The athlete's total testosterone level in serum must remain below 10 nmol/L throughout the period of desired eligibility to compete in the female category. 

 Compliance with these conditions may be monitored by testing. In the event of non-compliance, the athlete’s eligibility for female competition will be suspended for 12 months. 

4: Course + Safety

4.1: Structure

Enduro racing is about best use of the trails and terrain available to the organiser. Rider experience and enjoyment should be the focus for any course designer. It is expected that, in order to achieve the best riding on the best trails possible, some climbs will feature within Special Stages.

Liaison Stages

The composition of each Liaison Stage is at the discretion of the organiser. Mechanical uplift (chairlift, truck etc), rider power (pedalling) or a combination of both is acceptable.

 As a guideline, at least one Liaison Stage per event should be pedal powered (not chairlift etc).

Special Stages

All Special Stages (Abbreviated to SP in results/communications) must follow a predominantly descending route and focus on testing the rider’s technical skills. Special exceptions can be made for prologue stages.

 The General Classification (GC) of each race will be calculated by adding all Special Stage times together.

 The start and finish of each Special Stage will be clearly marked on the map supplied by the organiser.

 There is no minimum or maximum duration for a Special Stage.

 As a guideline for course designers, Special Stages should aim to contain a maximum of 10% climbing and at least 80% descending. (Example: 2 vertical meters ascent for every 20 vertical meters descent). 

 Major wooden features (i.e. Wall-rides or large bridges) or wooden features that are situated in compressions or braking zones should be covered adequately with an anti-slip surface material.  

 All Special Stages must be closed to public during ALL Official Training times.

 A B-Line must be installed at every major Gap Jump or major Drop Off.


4.2: Directions and Course Markings

 A course map must be produced by the organiser and displayed at registration and in Race Headquarters. This map may also be published on the event website. Riders must study the map and understand the race route before leaving the start.


Where two pieces of course tape, on opposite sides of the course, are installed, the riders must pass between them.  In these areas, missing, crossing or passing the course tape on the wrong side will be deemed as course cutting. See Figure 1 for an example of course taping.


Gates can be used to clearly mark sections of the course that a rider must pass through. Missing a gate will be deemed as course cutting (Chapter 7). See Figure 1 for an example of course taping.

Direction Markers

In areas of open mountainside, an organiser can use a single pole to mark the direction of the route. Riders can pass either side of a single pole. On long road or singletrack sections, an organiser may place small single piece of course tape. These single pieces of tape act purely as directional markers.

Figure 1: Examples of installed gates and course taping


4.3: Safety

First Aid + Evacuation

A Medical Plan and location of the First Aid Base will be available at race headquarters.

Medical staff should carry a first aid qualification and meet the standards required in the given territory of the event.

The organiser must supply each competitor with the details of who to contact in the event of an accident on course 

During official training, the organiser must provide at least one medical base station open during all training hours, basic on course medical cover and medical contacts for riders to use in the event of a training accident.

It is best practice for the organiser to include space for a rider’s medical details and emergency contact information on the rear of the number plate. It is the rider’s responsibility to add any personal details accurately.

In remote events that include hard to access backcountry stages, the organiser may ask all riders to carry a whistle, to be used to attract attention in the event of an emergency. It is the rider’s responsibility to supply their own whistle. 

Where a rider believes another competitor is injured on course, they should alert the next race official/marshal they see. The Special Stage result of any rider delayed due to voluntarily assisting another rider will be determined by race officials.

It is strongly recommended that organisers phase official training into zones to reduce the areas needing to be covered by medical staff during official training times. For example: Stages 1-3 open Thursday for training, Stages 4-6 open Friday, Race Saturday (SP1-3) and Sunday (SP4-6)

Riders at EWS events will be requested to register a ‘Buddy’. A Buddy is a person who will know a rider’s whereabouts at all times during Official Training. At least one Buddy must report to event HQ at the end of each training day to report that both parties are safely off the course. A Buddy can be a racer or team staff member riding with the rider on all stages throughout training.

Race Directors and/or medical staff reserve the right to remove any racer from the course if they feel it is unsafe for the racer to proceed

Race Directors may also remove any racers from course if the racer exhibits disruptive or reckless behaviour that endangers themselves or others.

Concussion Protocol and Medical Records


Any EWS or EWS Challenger racer who fails a concussion assessment by a qualified medical practitioner, during that event, will be removed from the current practice session or race and will be prohibited from further participation in any EWS or EWS Challenger practice session or race until cleared in writing by a doctor to resume such activity.
Should a concussion be confirmed by a medical doctor, the athlete is responsible for completing a ‘graduated return to activity’ plan.

 During all EWS events, medical staff may collect preliminary rider injury and illness data, in order to monitor the magnitude of issues that occur. As part of a rider’s participation this will include a rider’s medical data should any rider sustain an injury (or illness) during an EWS event.

 No rider will be identifiable at any stage during any collection of this data, and any data collected on a rider will be anonymized and kept strictly confidential at all times. The information gathered may be used by the EWS to help guide and direct future rider health and injury/illness prevention initiatives. A rider does not need to do anything as part of this data collection.

 5: Competition Requirements

5.1: Race Format

-       Individual start on all Special Stages

-       Minimum of 4 Special Stages per event

-       Maximum of 6 Special Stages in a one-day event

-       Maximum of 8 Special Stages in a two-day event

-       Minimumof 20 minutes’ total competition time for the fastest rider in the General Classification (accumulation of all Special Stages) for one-day events

-       Minimumof 40 minutes’ total competition time for the fastest rider in the General Classification (accumulation of all Special Stages) for two-day events

-       Maximum of 2000m elevation climbed in a one-day event

-       Maximum of 3200m (1600m/day) climbed in a two-day event

-       Minimum of 3 different courses must be used per event

-       Individual start times for each Special Stage mustbe provided by the organiser unless otherwise agreed with EWS

-       Minimum of 2 Special Stages must be held in one day

-       An identical course (Special Stage) cannot be raced (not including training) more than two times during one race except in exceptional circumstances (example: extreme weather)

-       A rider is allowed to start with both feet on the pedals, no ‘Foot Down’ rules are allowed

-       Any rider starting before the Starter’s orders may be subject to a penalty

5.2: Training

For EWS (not including EWSC or EWSQ events), a maximum of ONE training run is allowed per Special Stage.

 Walking of stages, without a bike is allowed at any time unless stated in the event’s Race Book. Riders are not allowed to walk with a bike on any Special Stage outside of the official training schedule.

 On-bike training must be scheduled by the organiser on all Special Stages before timed competition begins. Details of training times are to be published ahead of each Enduro World Series event in both the Notice of Race and Race Book (see section 8). In rare circumstances (e.g. remote backcountry/weather), and only when approved by EWS, allocated training times may be reduced or removed completely.  

 The course map must be released no earlier than 5 days before each EWS race starts (not including training). Example: Course map release - Monday. Official Training - Thursday, Friday. Race – Saturday, Sunday.

 Following the course map release, all Special Stages must be kept closed to riders until official training commences. This is to allow the organisation to mark and prepare each Special Stage. Any rider found riding on a Special Stage prior to the start of official training will be disqualified. Walking on the stages is allowed during course closure but riders must not have a bike with them or risk DSQ.

 Unless otherwise agreed by EWS, official training should not be held for more than two days prior to the race.

 Riders are NOT permitted to use an E-Bike on any part of the course during Official Training.

 During training times, riders must only access a Special Stage from the Stage start and are NOT permitted to push up or create congestion on a Special Stage during Official Training. ‘Sectioning’ of a Special Stage is allowed unless otherwise stated. Any rider found to be accessing a stage by pushing or riding upwards against the direction of travel will be penalised.

 EWS Challenger Training must not occur at the same time as EWS rider training on any Special Stage unless pre-agreed for a specific reason (i.e; chairlift operating issue), and if occurring will be communicated to all riders.

5.3: Shuttling

The transport of riders between Special Stages by private/team transport (shuttling) is strictly limited to public, open roads during official training. A rider found using a private or team vehicle on a closed/private road or track will be disqualified.

 During the race, no private/team transport can be used at any time.  

 Any specific details regarding shuttling will be outlined during the rider briefing (see section 8).

5.4: Seeding and Start Order

Riders will be seeded based on a combination of EWS rankings and the Race Organisers own data.


With highest ranked at the top:

-       Current year EWS ranking [inc. protected and select riders – see below]

-       Official EWS Team riders

-       Previous year EWS rankings

-       Local Organiser rankings

 Riders moving from Under 21 to Senior age categories may be manually seeded by EWS staff for the first round of the current year.

The Top 20 Men and Top 10 Women will be awarded a fixed number board in relation to their previous year EWS ranking for the entire season. i.e. The current World Champion will ride with number one for the entire season.

Protected Riders - Riders with a fixed number plate relating to a previous year’s ranking of top 20 (Men) and top 10 (Women) will be protected in the seeding for each EWS event.  Any rider with a fixed number, not ranked within the Top 20 (Men) and Top 10 (Women) will start in order of the lowest number first from 21st place (Men) and 11th place (Women).

Select riders chosen by EWS, including protected riders returning from injury, will be added to the start list from position 21 (Men) and 11 (Women) but following all protected riders (see above). Very select international riders not previously ranked in the EWS and chosen by EWS may also be seeded following the Official EWS Team riders and before riders with a previous year EWS ranking.

Start Order at EWS Events

Categories and riders will be seeded in the following order (seeded highest rank last): 

-       Men non-EWS Members

-       Master Men 40+

-       Women non-EWS Members

-       Master Women 35+

-       U21 Women

-       U21 Men

-       Men EWS Members

-       Women

-       Men Top 30 EWS ranked

Start Intervals

- Start intervals between riders for the top 30 Men and 15 Women must be a minimum of 30 seconds

 - A ten-minute interval between the top 30 Men and Women categories must be allocated to allow accredited media to move on track

 - A 1-minute interval should be added every 10 – 20 riders to allow a clear gap to start riders who have missed their start

 - All late riders must start, under instructions from the official starter, within each 1-minute gap. There is no fixed start interval between late starters as the goal is to keep late riders racing, without affecting other riders on course. Late starters will receive a fixed penalty (see Section 7)


All riders must attend the podium as scheduled – failure to attend on time will result in a 200EUR fine.

Inappropriately dressed event staff (i.e Podium Girls) are banned at all EWS and EWS affiliated event award ceremonies.

5.5: Results         

The General Classification (GC) will be calculated by adding all Special Stage times together for each rider. In the event of unforeseen or extreme circumstances, the race organiser can decide to withdraw a Special Stage (s) from the General Classification.

In the case where Special Stages have had to be cancelled, an event must have a minimum of two complete Special Stages in order for the result to be deemed valid for the EWS ranking.

 In the event of a tie in the General Classification, the highest placed rider in the final stage will be awarded the higher final placing.

 In the event of a rider being unable to complete their stage due to assisting another rider in a medical emergency, and a re-run being unable to be offered to the rider, the rider’s average Special Stage positions (minus their worst stage) will be taken and the appropriate time awarded to the rider on that given Special Stage.

 A rider not finishing a Special Stage will NOT be allowed to re-join the race at any time.

5.6: Equipment Requirements

Safety Equipment

All riders must wear a helmet during competition, during both Liaison and Special Stages. The helmet should meet the regulations set by the EWS event organiser. The correct fitting, condition and suitability of the rider’s helmet is the sole responsibility of the rider.

 A two-piece helmet (with removable jaw piece) will be accepted as a full face helmet. However, due to national insurance and federation regulations any helmet used in an event must pass the standards of that territories national regulations. Further information may be found in the Race Book for each event.

 Specific body protection and helmet requirements may also be stipulated at each event, in accordance with that territory’s national regulations. Any protection rules put in place by the EWS organiser must be followed by all competitors. No exceptions will be permitted.

Rider Equipment

 For safety reasons the Race Director of any event can make it mandatory that ALL riders carry a water/windproof jacket or whistle. In this case, no rider will be allowed to leave the start line without the prescribed equipment. Details of any mandatory equipment will be announced at the rider briefing. All riders must attend an event prepared for this eventuality.

 Each rider must be self-sufficient during the entire duration of the race (Food or equipment stashes are not permitted – see Section 6). Personal responsibility and self-sufficiency are a large part of the spirit of enduro racing and riders are encouraged to carry adequate equipment for operating in mountainous environments. Each rider should remember that they are solely responsible for themselves but are urged to help other competitors on course.

 Riders must be prepared to carry sufficient water to last a minimum of 2 hours of racing between water stops. Although water may be available more frequently than this at many events, no rider should assume so and therefore must be prepared to keep themselves hydrated for a minimum of 2 hours of riding.

GPS/Tracking, Timing and Live Streaming 

If requested by the EWS organization any rider must carry an official GPS/tracking device supplied by the EWS during competition. If available, GPS/Tracker units will be distributed before the start. Failure of a rider to carry their allocated device will result in a 500 EUR fine.  All data will remain the right of the Enduro World Series.

 Riders must carry their Timing Chip on their right wrist at all EWS events.

 Riders are responsible for ‘dibbing in’ at all Official Time Checks. This includes the Pre-Start Time Check located close to the start line of every Special Stage.

 Riders will be charged for any timing chips or GPS units not returned at the finish line. Full details will be published in the Event Race Book.

 All live broadcast rights for Enduro World Series events remain the right of the Enduro World Series. Any live streaming of competition by riders or teams must be pre-approved by the Enduro World Series before broadcast.

It is strongly recommended that all competitors carry:

-       Suitable backpack

-       Waterproof jacket

-       Emergency blanket

-       Innertubes/ puncture repair kit

-       Multi tool

-       Basic, well maintained first aid kit

-       Course Map

-       Food and fluids

-       Eye protection (glasses or goggles)

-       Emergency contacts supplied by organiser

-       Whistle

5.7: Equipment marking Stickers

Only one frame, fork and one pair of wheels can be used by a competitor during a race.

 ALL bike marking stickers must be placed on the Rider’s RIGHT HAND side of the bike.

 Bike marking stickers must be placed on the bike by the rider or rider’s team prior to the race start. Any problems must be reported to the Race Director PRIOR to the race start. 

Racers who lose their bike marking stickers prior to the race start may be assessed a time penalty.

Officially marked equipment:

- Fork Crown

- Swingarm / Rear triangle

- Front triangle

- Both wheel rims

 Competitor’s bikes will be checked for marking at the start of the race and at the finish of every Special Stage. Other random checks of stickered equipment will be carried out throughout the race.

 A rider can use unmarked equipment during training unless otherwise stated by the organiser.

 Only upon approval of the Race Director, may a rider replace a frame, fork or wheel.  Following the repair the rider must return to the Race Director to have the replacement part(s) re-marked before rejoining the race.

 A 5 minute penalty will be awarded to every rider who, having received approval by the Race Director, replaces the equipment listed above.

Any rider found to have replaced a named/marked part without consent from the Race Director will be disqualified (DSQ).

Sticker Location Diagram:


5.8: Outside Assistance

Riders are allowed to stop en-route to access water and food at neutral shops/cafes, water supplies

 No Food is allowed to be prepared or given to a rider by a member of the rider’s support crew unless the rider is in an officially marked Outside Assistance Zone

 Team staff are not allowed to set a pace[2] for their team riders along Liaisons by riding with them or in front of them

 Riders can gain verbal assistance from anyone during a race but no one other than another rider in the race can physically help a rider, touch their equipment or provide any supplies outside of Official Assistance Zones.

 Only in Official Outside Assistance Zones are riders allowed to change any part of their clothing or equipment (not stickered bike parts) with the assistance from non-racers.

 Riders are allowed to collect and drop equipment or food in all Official Outside Assistance Zones.

 Riders are only allowed to give any waste equipment to a person (this includes event or team staff and fans) in Official Assistance Zones.

 Rider’s CANNOT intentionally drop anything (e.g. food wrappers, used innertubes, broken equipment etc) outside of a publically available trash can. Any rider deemed to be abusing the environment will be penalised. Rider’s must always aim to leave nothing on course.

6: Environmental Rules

Enduro mountain bike racing allows us to ride into remote, backcountry areas of natural beauty. It is of the upmost importance that all racers respect their environment and consider the impact they leave behind for the local riding community. The below rules have been put in place to protect our trails and our riding environments.

- No disposable goggle tear offs are allowed to be used 

- The disposal of food packaging on the trail is strictly prohibited.

- The Enduro World Series and its local organisers reserve the right to penalise any rider whose actions are deemed to seriously damage the local environment.

- Riders must not store food and drinks or clothing and equipment on the trail (Food/Gear Stashes). Packaging left behind and uncontrolled food supplies may have a serious impact on local wildlife and the local environment. Any rider found to be hiding or retrieving supplies from unofficial feed / tech stations will be penalised.

- Riders must not store or drop clothing or equipment on the trail (Kit Stashes) during Official Training or racing. All riders must remain self-sufficient and carry off the mountain what they carry onto it.

Trash Free Trails

The Enduro World Series support the formation of Trash Free Trails – a charity aimed at the promotion of clean trails, advocating responsible rider behaviour and organised trail clean ups. Further news and activities will be released throughout 2018.

Specialized Trail of the Year Award


One Special Stage from each Enduro World Series will be selected for the Trail of the Year shortlist 

Riders, media and Team managers attending all EWS events will be eligible to vote for their Trail of the Year from the shortlist.

The winner will be the Trail Builder who built the most voted for trail. £2000 will be donated to a trail charity or community group of the winning trail builder’s choice.


7: Rule Violations

In territories operating under National Federation rules, the National Federation enduro rules will dictate the penalty structure. However, EWS recommends the following action.

7.1: Course cutting

Taking short cuts on course in order to gain an advantage can both damage the environment and brings the sport and spirit of enduro mountain biking racing into disrepute. Therefore, any rider trying to save time by choosing a line that lies outside of the defined trail will be disqualified.

The race organiser may choose, in exceptional circumstances, to apply a time penalty, not a DSQ to a rider found to have cut the course without intention. However, any rider leaving the obvious line must be aware that they risk a DSQ.

7.2: Liaison Stage delay/ missed start

Riders arriving late to the start must follow the starter’s orders and join the course when instructed to do so 

Failure to follow starter’s orders will result in a time penalty (See recommended penalties Section 7.5). 

Any riders arriving at the start of a Special Stage later than 30 minutes after their specified start time will be disqualified from the race.

7.3: Illegal outside assistance

Racers are encouraged to help fellow competitors on course.

Any competitor receiving outside assistance from a non-racer without prior agreement from the Race Director will be disqualified. This includes using team staff/outside help to carry equipment around the course or perform repairs during the race. See also Food Stashes (Section 6).

7.4: Rule Violation Recording

The EWS event organiser is responsible for the application of the rules and has the final say.

 The organiser can appoint special ‘Flying Marshals’ to travel around the course at their own discretion to undisclosed points. These ‘Flying Marshals’ can report rule violations to the organiser.

 All rule violations must be filed, including the recording of witnesses, with the Race Director using the Rule Break Report Form available at:

 No rule violation will be discussed with a rider unless a complete Rule Break Report Form has been submitted

7.5: Recommended Penalties




Missed Start or Time Check

Up to 5 minutes late = 1 minute penalty

5+ minutes late = 5 minute penalty

30+ minutes late = DSQ

Other Start Violation (example: pushing into queue, delaying start, jumping start etc)

5 seconds – Disqualification

Course Cutting (intentional or unintentional)

10 seconds - Disqualification

Illegal Outside Assistance + Shuttling

10 seconds - Disqualification

Environmental Disrespect

10 seconds -Disqualification

Training outside official times


Changing a marked piece of equipment with authorisation

5 minutes

Changing a marked piece of equipment without authorisation


Disposal of a goggle Tear Off on the trail


Altering the course without organiser approval


Missing Back or helmet number (where given)

30 Seconds

Food / Kit stashing

5 minutes

Altering, cutting or placing of unauthorized sponsors’ logos on race plate

5 seconds

The Race Director is authorized to give additional penalties that are not listed in the EWS rules in the case of a rider who fails to respect the other riders, the spirit of the sport, the environment or the organization.

7.6: Yellow / Red Cards

EWS has the right to issue any rider a yellow card at any time throughout the season. Yellow cards may be issued following clear and supported evidence of a serious rule violation post-event, or in exceptional circumstances during an event.

A second card issued to a rider in one year, will be red.

A rider issued a red card will have 200 EWS Series points deducted from their season total.

Yellow or Red cards can be awarded up to 1 month after the date of the rule violation.

8: Communication

8.1: Notice of Race

The Notice of Race document will be made available from the date of race entries opening and will outline the basic format, provisional timetable and protection rules for each event.

Notice of Race documents are available on

8.2: Race Book

Two weeks prior to each EWS event, an official Race Book will be published. This document will outline the detailed programme, local rules and venue details that every rider must know.

It is the rider’s responsibility to download and read the Race Book. Having not read the rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any rule violation by any rider.

Race Book documents are available on

8.3: Rider Briefing

Every EWS event must host a rider briefing prior the race commencing. Changes to the rules, course, timetable etc and details of course marking, feed stations and assistance locations will be communicated at this briefing. Non-attendance of the Rider Briefing will not be accepted as an excuse for any rule violation by any rider. 


9: Enduro World Series Points, Titles and Teams

9.1: Individual Titles

The Enduro World Series overall title will be awarded to the athlete with the highest amount of EWS ranking points after the final round. All rounds of the Enduro World Series will count towards the overall points total.

 The overall winner of the Enduro World Series will be titled the Enduro Mountain Bike World Champion. 

 A specially designed trophy will be awarded to the winner at the final round of the Enduro World Series.

 The World Champion will be awarded with the Enduro World Champion Globe Armband. Thismust be worn by that athlete at every EWS event until the completion of the following year’s series.

 Thereafter, a World Champion will be eligible to wear the EWS Champion’s Collar for the remainder of their EWS career.

 The Master Category title will be decided using each Master (Men and Women) best 5 EWS Events

 The U21 Category title will be decided using each U21 (Men and Women) best 5 EWS Events

 In the event of a tie in points, the rider with the highest placing in the most recent event will be awarded the overall leader’s yellow number plate. If a tie in points occurs at the final round of the series, the rider with the highest placing in the last event will be awarded the World Champion title for that year.

9.2: Official Teams and Team Ranking

The deadline to apply to be an Official 2019 EWS team is 9th January 2018. Teams will be selected on their rider roster, number of events entered, nationality and sponsorship backing.  Successful teams will be announced on 11th January 2019.

 Each team must contain a minimum of two riders.

 Every Official Enduro World Series Team will receive a maximum of four reserve entries per event.

 Only official, registered EWS teams will contest the team ranking of the Enduro World Series.

 The Overall Enduro World Series Team ranking will be calculated using the best three rider’s results (Men, Women, Master, U21 categories), at each round of the Enduro World Series.

Example: Team A win the Men’s, Women’s and Men’s U21 category. That team will be awarded a total of 1200 team ranking points for that round.

 The Overall Team ranking will be calculated by adding together all rounds of the Enduro World Series.

In the event of multiple teams finishing the series on equal points, the team with the highest amount of EWS points won in the final round will be placed higher in the final team ranking.

Official EWS Teams will also be included in the Continental Event Series and receive benefits at Continental event level (see Section 11).

9.3: Series Points

EWS Ranking Points will be awarded in relation to the overall finishing position of each EWS member. (Example: 15th position in the Women’s GC = 190 points regardless of how many EWS members placed from 1st to 14th

Full points table available in Appendix 1 


10: NEW Enduro Global Ranking


Global Ranking Overview

 Only EWS Members will be eligible to receive Global Ranking points.

 Global Ranking points will be used on the 31st December of each year to pre-qualify for the following year’s Enduro World Series.

 All ranking points scored at Enduro World Series, Continental and Qualifier Events will be included in the Global Ranking.

 EWS Membership is available at (from February 2018).

11: Continental Series Events

 Introduced for 2018 (Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific), the new Continental Series’ (EWSC) is a stepping stone between Qualifier events and World Series events.

Continental Series Race Structure

-       Training on all Special Stages is mandatory at Enduro World Series Qualifier Event 

-       Riders must start each Special Stage with a minimum of 15 second gaps between each rider

-       A minimum GC time of 15 minutes must be recorded by the Men category winner

-       A minimum of 3 Special Stages must be completed

-       All safety and course rules as per Section 4 must be followed

-       It is recommended that penalties follow those listed in Section 7

-       All EWS Environmental Rules must be applied (Section 6)

-       Registered Enduro World Series Official and Gold Teams receive 25m2 free tech space at each EWSC event.

Continental Rankings

All rounds of each EWSC event will count towards each Series Overall Ranking.

The winner of each Continental Series (EWS Age Categories only: Section 3) will be crowned Continental Champion (e.g. European Series champion – North American Series Champion – Asia-Pacific Series Champion) 

All series points earned in every EWSC event will count towards each rider’s annual Enduro Global Ranking – used to pre-qualify for the following year’s Enduro World Series.

For Financial Obligations see Section 14.

Points table for Continental Series are available in Appendix 2.

Continental Event Entry

Entry to each Continental event is the responsibility of each event organiser.

Links to all Enduro World Series Continental events are available at

12: Enduro World Series Qualifying Events

Qualifier Race Structure

-       On bike training must be scheduled by the organizers at Enduro World Series Qualifier Events on all Special Stages before timed competition begins

-       Riders must start each Special Stage with a minimum of 15 second gaps between each rider

-       A minimum GC time of 15 minutes must be recorded by the Men category winner

-       A minimum of 3 Special Stages must be completed

-       All safety and course rules as per Section 4 must be followed

-       It is recommended that penalties follow those listed in Section 7

-       All EWS Environmental Rules must be applied (Section 6)

Qualifier Rankings

EWS members entering the Official EWS Qualifier events listed on will collect official Enduro Global Ranking points.  

Ranking points will be awarded in relation to EWS age categories listed in Section 3.

 EWS Qualifying Ranking Points will be awarded in relation to the overall finishing position of each EWS member. (Example: 15th position in the Women’s GC = 60 points regardless of how many EWS members placed from 1st to 14th).

For Financial Obligations see Section 14.

Full points table available in Appendix 3.

Qualifier Event Entry

Entry to each Continental event is the responsibility of each event organiser.

Links to all Enduro World Series Qualifier events are available at

13: Enduro World Series Challenger/ EWS100 AND EWS80 Events

Challenger events are aimed at fun, inclusion and relaxed racing. Challenger riders will race on select EWS stages, with no fixed start times at each Special Stage, no outside assistance rules and no bike marking. It’s all about having a ride, with friends, against the clock.

Start Order selected by riders at registration, allowing up to 6 riders to ride together. Only a time to start the day is given to each rider. There will be no individual start times on any stages but stages will close at predefined times 

Stages must be completed in the order specified by the organiser.

Riders can drop into Special Stages individually at a minimum of 20 second intervals. 

A final check-in time will be announced to riders at registration. Riders must report back to the allocated Time-Check after completing all the stages in order.

There will be no equipment marking for Challenger racers.

Outside Assistance is allowed during the day, stop at a shop, get a coffee, help each other out.

Rider briefing for Challenger racers is not mandatory. Rider briefing notes will be handed out at rider registration and all riders must read these notes.

Only riders with a number plate attached to their bike will be allowed on course during practice. Practice on all stages is strongly recommended.

Consult the Challenger Notice of Race document and event schedule on your event page at for helmet and protection regulations.


14: Financial Obligations

- Event entries will be processed in Pounds Sterling and the exchange rate fixed with the host nation in the week prior to each event opening to the public (2016 onwards).

Minimum Prize Money per EWS event:

EWS Event Prize Monies Minimum

Men and Women

Prize Money (Euros)







Total prize purse minimum = 3000EUR

*Prize money will be increased for 2019 EWS Season

Event organisers are encouraged to pay more prize money than the minimum amounts stated above. All prize monies paid must be equal between Male and Female categories.

EWS Overall Series prize money:

-       The Enduro World Series overall winner - Men and Women will each receive 2,250EUR, 2nd overall 1,125EUR and 3rd 575EUR.

-       Each Continental Series overall winner Men and Women will receive 1250EUR.

Continental and Qualifier Events: 

Enduro World Series Continental event applications and details can be found at

Enduro World Series Qualifier event applications and details can be found at

Continental Event Prize Monies Minimum

Men and Women

Prize Money (Euros)







Total prize purse minimum = 1700EUR



15: Anti-Doping Policy

At any National Federation sanctioned event on any EWS calendar, Anti-Doping tests may be carried out at any time. All riders entered into the event must comply with local Anti-Doping regulation procedures if asked to do so. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from that event and further penalisation as deemed appropriate by the EWS Board.

 The Enduro World Series organisers and EWS will respect and assist any National Cycling Federation operating anti-doping controls at Enduro World Series events.

 Any competitor entering an EWS event must follow any anti-doping procedure that may be asked of them by an Enduro World Series organiser.

 With the interests of keeping enduro mountain biking clean from the start and to avoid the spirit and reputation of enduro mountain bike racing from being brought into disrepute, any cyclist, regardless of cycling discipline, who has previously been found guilty by any court or regulatory body of any use of or involvement with banned, performance enhancing drugs will not be entitled to compete or take part in any Enduro World Series event.

 Any cyclist prevented from competing or taking part in any Enduro World Series event by virtue of the foregoing paragraph may appeal to the Board of EWS for exemption from that rule and in exceptional circumstances the Board of EWS may at its absolute discretion grant such an exemption. However, in the interests of transparency within the sport of enduro mountain bike racing, the Board of EWS reserve the right to maintain a zero tolerance approach to drug taking in cycling and will communicate any appeal decision publicly.

Appendix 1

Enduro World Series Points Table