80% of the course, 100% of the racing.

Introduced in 2019, the EWS80 is exactly what it says in the name.  Race 80% of the full EWS course during an EWS weekend, with slightly relaxed rules but all the challenges.  

There's no need for pre-qualification and entry is open to anyone who wants to take part.  Youth categories offered.
EWS80 race is designed to be tough but achievable for everyone. Example: The EWS80 you might climb 1600m of an EWS course that sees the pros climb 2000m or you might race one less stage. The 80% is a symbolic statistic - but It's still a massive day out designed to give you the perfect challenge and experience!  

Available at select 2022 EWS venues :  
Tweed Valley GBR
Whistler CAN
Burke USA 
Sugarloaf USA
Crans-Montana SUI
Loudenvielle FRA

Entries open in February . Spots will be released on a space available, first come basis. 

EWS80 Race Categories

Youth  Men & Women 
Open Men & Open Women

With the exception of Tweed Valley and Whister, minimum age 15 (year of birth 2007).    Tweed Valley and Whistler minimum age 13 (year of birth 2009)


Outline of the EWS80

  • Race 80% of an EWS course on EWS weekend
  • Race for an EWS80 podium
  • No pre-qualification needed
  • You have a window of time to complete the each individual stage and the whole course - but there are no individual pre-assigned start times or fixed start intervals
  • Self seeded - ride with your friends (even if they are in different categories)
  • Simplified rules. Outside assistance is permitted. Bike marking doesn't exist
  • 16 year olds (EWS Members) eligible to collect ranking points so you can race an EWS in the future
  • Previously called the Challenger, now with more structure and more racing