The EWS Global Wildcard spots are meant for riders that have had outstanding results (whether in enduro or other cycling disciplines) – but due to some special circumstances did not secure a spot on the EWS Reserved List (examples would include injury, or riders from a region/nation that did not have any EWS qualifying events, top ranked riders from other cycling disciplines etc).
A maximum of 20 Global Wildcard entries will be awarded for the entire season. Applications will be accepted December 5-6 and the selections announced on December 7. The Global Wildcards will be eligible to sign up for any of the 2019 EWS rounds during the Reserved Entries. (December 10-11)
The EWS Global Wildcard entry system is not meant as a substitute to the EWS qualifying process. Wildcard applications will only be considered if there are exceptional circumstances why a rider did not qualify through the regular process.
Did you know? Damien Oton was a Wildcard rider in the 2014 series.
There are also 20 Local Wildcards per event – given to each organizer for awarding to young talented riders and local racers important to the community the event is held within. The final say of these Local Wildcard spots for the EWS100 and EWS80 lies with each organizing group.