The penultimate round of the European Enduro Series gets underway this weekend amongst the beautiful mountains of Zermatt, Switzerland.
Part of the Trailllove Zermatt Festival, the race promises to be every bit as dramatic as you’d expect from an event unfolding in the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn mountain.
Taking place this Saturday, September 15th, the race will see 200 competitors take to the start line to tackle four big stages amongst some of Switzerland’s highest peaks.
Using a combination of trains, chairlifts and pedal power, riders will tackle a truly eclectic mix of stages that will test every aspect of their riding. From forested dirt singletrack to roots, slabs and loose rock, this course has it all and will push even the most experienced racers.
Marking the third round of the inaugural European Enduro Series, the race will feature some big names as riders prepare to come back to Zermatt next year, when it will play host to the final round of the 2019 Enduro World Series.
In the women’s field those most famous of Swiss sisters Anita and Carolin Gehrig (Norco Twins Racing) will be looking for podiums on home soil. Carolin will be fresh from representing Switzerland at the UCI Downhill World Championships at Lenzerheide where she missed out on a top ten finish by the slimmest of margins. Standing in their way will be current European Series leader Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) of Israel, who will be feeling confident after her third place at round six of the EWS in Whistler, Canada last month.
In the men’s field there are a host of up and coming Swiss racers just waiting to showcase their talents on home soil. Alongside EWS regulars like Max Chapuis, keep an eye out for Norco Enduro Factory Team riders Alois Von Wurstemberger and Jonas Bahler. But with competitors from as far afield as the UK, Ireland, France and Italy, this race is still very much wide open.
The European Enduro Series is part of the EWS Continental Series, which will feed into a new Global EWS points structure, allowing EWS members to gain EWS ranking points. Ranking points can also be earned through the Qualifier Races and these will be combined with any Continental and main EWS races competed in to give an overall EWS ranking. Bridging the gap between Qualifying events and the main EWS races, the series allows up and coming riders to compete in existing events closer to home, gain ranking points and the chance to win a completely new Championship title; European Enduro Champion.
Nicolas Wicki of Traillove said: “It is a great honour to host the third round of the European Enduro Series. With a relatively short and intense race consisting of four special stages we are still able to show the riders the variety of trails and incredible landscape in Zermatt. Traillove is in the air!“