EWS 80

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 all 2021 EWS venues.   
Entries open in February . Spots will be released on a space available, first come basis. 

EWS80 Race Categories

Youth (15-16) Men & Women (*offered at select rounds, check Race Books for details)

U21 (17-20) Men & Women

Men & Women

Master Men & Women 35+ (effective 2021, Master Men 40+ replaced with 35+)

Veteran Men 50+


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
  • Youth* and Vet 50+ categories will be offered (in addition to the 6 regular EWS categories)
  • EWS Members collect ranking points so you can race an EWS in the future
  • Previously called the Challenger, now with more structure and more racing