How qualifying works

Qualifying to be introduced 2022
Entries in the 2021 EWS-E Pro race will be limited to riders on Official EWS-E Teams and select invited pros. 

EWS-E100 and EWS-E50
No prequalification requirements. 
Limited spots. Entries offered on a space available, first come basis

2021 EWS-E calendar. Entries will open in February.


In order to race in the EWS group at an Enduro World Series round, riders must either be on an official EWS team or have the necessary qualifying points.  

Riders who have not prequalified will still have an opportunity to race at the Enduro World Series.  They can race the EWS100 (100% of the EWS stages) or the  short course  EWS80 .  The EWS100 and EWS80 events (which are offered at every EWS race weekend) do not have any prequalification requirements.  


Due to EWS qualifier event cancellations and other disruptions caused by the pandemic, the qualification criteria for next season has been expanded.  2021 qualification will feature a combination of the 2019 and 2020 EWS Global Rankings .    
Reserved entries for all 2021 rounds will be offered in February. Key Dates

The 2021 Reserved Entry List will be established in December based on the final 2020 EWS Global Rankings (which includes points from the 2020 Enduro World Series, EWS100, EWS80, EWS Tier 2 regional event and EWS Qualifier events) .

The top ranked riders in each category will be added to the Reserved Entry List and will be eligible to sign up for any of the 2021 EWS rounds during the February Reserved Entries.
The breakdown of category places available are as follows:

300 Men
75 Women
100 U21 Men
20 U21 Women
75 Master 40+ Men
20 Master 35+ Women

The 2021 Reserved Entry List will also include the following riders (providing the rider was an EWS member at the time of the race):

Top 5 U21 at every 2020 EWS event
Top 5 Masters at every 2020 EWS event
Top 3 riders of every official EWS category at every 2020 EWS Tier 2 regional event
Winner of each official EWS category in every 2020 EWS Qualifier event

Any rider who had qualified for the 2020 season based on the final 2019 EWS Global rankings will also be permitted to register for any of the 2021 rounds during the February Reserved Entries.


There is still an opportunity for riders who do not have the necessary EWS Global Ranking points to race at the Enduro World Series – they can sign up for the EWS100 or the short course EWS80 which are offered at every venue.

The EWS100 / EWS80 races do not have any prequalification requirements - but these spots are offered on a first come/space available basis and demand typically exceeds availability 

Any riders who are registered for a 2021 EWS100 race can apply to upgrade to the EWS group if they collect the necessary ranking points in advance of the EWS race .

2021 ranking points availalbe at EWS100, EWS80, and EWS Qualifier events.  Preliminary 2021 event calendar to be released December – additional 2021 qualifier events will be confirmed in the new year.



Qualifier events allow racers around the world to collect EWS Global Ranking points, earning them a place on the EWS Reserved Entry List and/or a spot on the Trophy of Nations NationsTeams. 

Top ranked racers in every category are eligible to collect ranking points. Plus the winner of each official EWS category at every EWS Qualifier event will also automatically secure a spot on th Reserved List.  And the top 3 at every Gold Qualifer event also automatically qualify.

Only EWS members are eligible to earn EWS Global Rankings points or to get a winner's spot on the Reserved List.

Preliminary 2021 EWS Qualifier calendar will be published in December . Additional events will be confirmed in the new year.
Event entry will be available directly through the individual organizers.   

EWS-E Qualifier events will be introduced 2022.



Full points tables are available to view in the Rule Book.

Riders must be EWS members in order to be eligible to collect EWS Global Ranking ranking points. (User Navigation > My Membership) . Memberships are valid for a calendar year (January – Decmember) and must be renewed annually.
Riders MUST have the membership before the race – points will not be assigned retroactively.
The EWS only has 6 official categories.
Men U21 (2001-2004)
Men Master 35+ (1986+)*
Women U21 (2001-2004)
Women Master 35+ (1986+)
*effective 2021, Men Master age changed from 40+ to 35+

As the various EWS Qualifier events do not all use these 6 official categories, EWS qualifer ranking points are assigned as follows:
Providing all the categories are racing the same number of stages / same course, riders are sorted into one of the above categories based on their year of birth. Riders with an EWS membership are assigned ranking points for their finish position within that group.

Effiective January 2021, Men’s Master category will change from 40+ to 35+ in 2021 to be consistent with all other UCI cycling disciplines which will also adopt 35+.
There will be the option for racers 35+ years-old to elect to remain in the Men category. Riders will qualify based on their age/category in 2020, the age adjustment will be made automatically when they sign up in 2021. 

Riders who are in the final year of the U21 category will race and collect points in that category.  If they secure a spot on the Reserved List in the U21 category they just select their new age category when they sign up for an EWS race(s) the following season.   Same for riders moving up to Masters.