1. Description of Enduro Mountain Biking
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) calendar to add their own individual characteristics to each event.
2. Entry of Events
The Reserve Entry List comprises of:
  • Top 100 EWS ranked Male and 25 ranked Female riders from the previous year's EWS ranking.
  • Top 3 Juniors at every EWS event in the previous year.
  • The top two ranked Male and Female riders from select national enduro series.
  • Four riders per event from each Official EWS Team (See Section 9.2).
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.

2.1: Racing Licenses

All competitors must comply with the licence regulations and entry requirements put in place by the organiser of each Enduro World Series (EWS) 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 Mountain Bike Assoc. (EMBA) Membership
Only competitors holding an EMBA 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 EMBA membership prior to starting the race in which they hope to win points. No points will be awarded retrospectively should a rider purchase an EMBA membership after an event.

Individual EMBA Membership is available at

The funds received from all EMBA memberships contribute directly to the cost of the administration of EWS results, rankings and athlete relations.
3. Age Categories
Juniors - 16 to 18 years old. Based on rider age on the 31 December of competition year. Juniors with EMBA memberships will accumulate points towards an overall EWS Junior World Champion title but will not be eligible for EWS series prize money.

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

Riders must enter the official EWS categories at each event in order to score EWS points and win prize money. (e.g. Open or Enduro 1). This information is outlined in each Notice of Race document (See Section 8) and available to download on
4. Course

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.

A Special Stage will be designed to test the rider's technical and physical abilities.

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 20% climbing and at least 80% descending. (Example: 4 vertical meters ascent for every 20 vertical meters descent).

4.2: Directions and 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 are encouraged to 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 though. Missing a gate will be deemed as course cutting (Article 5.6). 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.

example of taping
[example of what a taping may look like]
example of taping
[example of what a gate may look like]

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.

Where a rider believes another competitor is injured on course, they should alert the next race official/marshal they see.
5. Competition Requirements

5.1: Race Format

  • Individual start on all Special Stages
  • Minimum of 4 Special Stages per event
  • Minimum of 20 minutes total competition time for the fastest rider in the General Classification (accumulation of all Special Stages)
  • Minimum of 3 different courses must be used per event
  • Individual start times for each Special Stage must be provided by the organiser
  • Minimum of two 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).

5.2: Training

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).

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.

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

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
Official EWS Team riders
Previous year EWS rankings
Local Organiser rankings

Riders moving from Junior to Senior age categories may be seeded by EMBA 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.

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).

Start Order
The start order - fastest first or fastest last will be determined by the Race Organisation and communicated in the Race Book (See section 8).

In races that follow a fastest first starting order, the women’s pro/open category will be the first category to start the day and will start in order of the lowest to the highest ranking. Therefore the highest ranked woman will start immediately before the highest rank male rider. A 10 Minute interval must be given between women’s and men’s Pro/Open categories. This is to allow equal media coverage of the women’s race.

Start Intervals
  • Start intervals between riders for the top 30 Men and 15 Women must be a minimum of 30 seconds.
  • 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).

5.5: Result

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.

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.

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

Each rider must be self-sufficient during the entire duration of the race (Food 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 help other competitors on course.

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
  • Map
  • Food and fluids
  • Eye protection (glasses or goggles)
  • Emergency contacts supplied by organiser

5.7: Equipment Marking Stickers

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

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:
sticker location
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 on the trail (Food 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 foods from unofficial feed stations will be penalised.
7. Rule Violations
In territories operating under National Federation rules, the National Federation enduro rules will dictate the penalty structure. However, EMBA 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.

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.

Any rule violations must be registered with the event organiser within 30 minutes of the last competitor finishing the final stage.

7.5: Recommended Penalties

Missed Start 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
Not obeying course marking/course cutting Disqualification
Unintentional course cutting 30 seconds
Illegal Outside Assistance Disqualification
Environmental Disrespect From 1 minute to disqualification
Illegal shuttling Disqualification
Training outside official times Disqualification
Changing a marked piece of equipment with authorisation 5 minutes
Changing a marked piece of equipment without authorisation Disqualification
Disposal of a goggle Tear Off on the trail Disqualification
Altering the course Disqualification
Missing Back or helmet number (where given) 30 Seconds
Food stashing / using unauthorised food supplies 5 minutes
8. Communication
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

One week 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. This must 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 Globe Emblem for the remainder of their EWS career.

9.2: Official Teams and Team Ranking

The deadline to apply to be an Official EWS team is 21st January

A maximum of 30 teams will be awarded Official Team status

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, Junior categories), at each round of the Enduro World Series.
Example: Team A win the Men's, Women's and Junior category. That team will be awarded a total of 1200 team ranking points for that round.

Masters are not included in the Official Team Rankings

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.

9.3: Series Points

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

Full points table available in Appendix 1
10. Financial Obligations
Maximum event entry fee: 75 Euros

Men and WomenPrize Money (Euros)

Event organisers are encouraged to pay more prize money than the minimum amounts stated above.

Overall Series prize money
Five percent of all income generated by EMBA through Enduro World Series Official Supporterships will be awarded to the Enduro World Series winning Male and Female after the final round.

The total amount will be divided equally between the Men and Women.
11. Anti-Doping Policy
The Enduro World Series organisers and EMBA will respect and assist any National Cycling Federation operating anti-doping controls at Enduro World Series events.

Any competitor entering an EMBA 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 EMBA for exemption from that rule and in exceptional circumstances the bike racing, the Board of EMBA reserve the right to maintain a zero tolerance approach to drug taking in cycling and will communicate any appeal decision publicly.
Appendix 1

Points Table

1 500 400 300 400
2 450 350 250 350
3 420 320 220 320
4 400 300 200 300
5 390 290 190 290
6 380 280 180 280
7 370 270 170 270
8 360 260 160 260
9 350 250 150 250
10 340 240 140 240
11 330 230 130 230
12 320 220 120 220
13 310 210 110 210
14 300 200 100 200
15 290 190 90 190
16 280 180 80 180
17 270 170 70 170
18 260 160 60 160
19 250 150 50 150
20 240 145 50 145
21 230 140 45 140
22 220 135 40 135
23 210 130 35 130
24 200 125 30 125
25 190 120 25 120
26 180 115 20 115
27 170 110 15 110
28 160 105 10 105
29 150 100 5 100
30 145 95 2 95
31 140 90 90
32 135 85 85
33 130 80 80
34 125 75 75
35 120 70 70
36 115 65 65
37 110 60 60
38 105 55 55
39 100 50 50
40 95 45 45
41 90 40 40
42 85 35 35
43 80 30 30
44 75 25 25
45 70 20 20
46 65 15 15
47 60 10 10
48 55 5 5
49 50 3 3
50 49 1 1
51 48
52 47
53 46
54 45
55 44
56 43
57 42
58 41
59 40
60 39
61 38
62 37
63 36
64 35
65 34
66 33
67 32
68 31
69 30
70 29
71 28
72 27
73 26
74 25
75 24
76 23
77 22
78 21
79 20
80 19
81 18
82 17
83 16
84 15
85 14
86 13
87 12
88 11
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Dear riders, teams, fans and followers

I have the pleasure of releasing our 2014 Rule Book, available to download on We have made many updates and additions following our first year and we have taken on board feedback from our team managers, organisers, advisors and riders. Everyone’s constructive feedback has been incredibly valuable to us and we hope that these alterations continue to define and develop enduro mountain bike racing into the future.

Here’s a brief outline of what to look out for in our new rules:

Key Updates for 2014
  • New sections for Environmental Rules, including a ban on goggle tear offs and a ban on food stashing on course. This section is aimed at instilling the culture we need to keep within enduro racing. We kindly ask that you outline these rules to any riders you are working with.
  • New rule outlining shuttling during EWS events
  • New rules regarding course map release
  • Increased start interval for top riders to 30 seconds minimum
  • New points structure, including the total points awarded and to whom
  • New overall prize money for EWS winners
  • New section outlining seeding and start order, including a new plan to start the Open/Pro women first (fastest first races), allowing for better media coverage of the women’s race.
  • New Masters category, with aims at recognising and promoting amateur participation
  • Adjusted rules in race format section
  • Additional guidelines for organisers on course structure and bike marking
  • New section recommending penalties for certain rule violations. This section is aimed to start shaping local rulebooks in the coming years, giving us more common rules internationally.
  • New communication structure including Notice of Race, Race Book and Rider Briefing.

With the best regards,

Chris Ball
Official Gold Supporters 2014
Santa Cruz

Official Silver Supporters 2014
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