It may technically be the off-season, but in October, we had seven events in seven countries over five continents!
Race venues don't get much more scenic than Stellenbosch. Pic: Chris Hitchcock
Stellenbosch, South Africa - Event Organiser Harry Millar said: “It was a pleasure to host an EWS Qualifier event, giving our riders a home-based opportunity to earn EWS points! Enduro in South Africa is currently experiencing a massive growth curve, with a huge percentage of youngsters taking part. It is great to get them racing under the EWS banner early and we can't wait to see what the future holds!” Results can be found here.
Thunder Mountain in the USA is a classic New England enduro venue. Pic: Andrew Santoro
Thunder Mountain, USA - Event Organiser George Ulmer said: “Thunder Mountain Bike Park has grown to become a classic New England enduro venue, offering steep rock sections, long flowing singletrack, tricky off-camber with slick roots, scenic pedal transfers and everything in between. As we head into the final race of the season with tight margins for the overall in nearly every class it's anyone's game and it's only fitting that we finish it off here. This weekend racers tackled six stages which encompassed everything the Berkshires have to offer, both within and outside the bike park trails. Those who are able to turn it up an extra notch are rewarded with double series points as well as EWS points this weekend. Turn it up they did, both Pro class winners separated themselves from the rest of the field by the largest margins we've seen yet.” Results can be found here.
Evedon in Western Australia built seven new trails especially for the race
Evedon, Australia - Event Organiser Steve Janiec said: “ We were excited by the challenge to design, construct and test seven enduro trails in seven weeks for the 2019 series final WA Gravity Enduro Event which was also a part of the Shimano Australian Enduro Tour. Once again, we were pumped to host an Enduro World Series Qualifier and knew the trails needed to be challenging and exciting and had something for the spectators as well and we are pleased to deliver an amazing event filled with thrills and spills! We love feeling a part of the EWS global family and giving our world’s best mountain bikers opportunities to gain EWSQ points for their ongoing growth and development. It also enables us to put new venues on the world map and shares our fantastic local community with the world. Cheers for an awesome 2019 EWS!” Results can be found here.
There was a big turn out in Portugal
Ponte De Lima, Portugal - Event Organiser Sandro Silva said: “It was a pleasure to be part of the EWS world for this year. It helped us to connect with a new set of riders to follow our project that we've been doing in Ponte de Lima. We hope one day we can achieve a bigger goal in the Enduro World series programme.”
Fair City Enduro hosted an EWS Qualifier for the third year in Perth, Scotland. Pic: PK Perspective
Perth, Scotland - Event Organiser Aaron Gray said: “For the past two years Fair City Enduro has been selected as Scotland’s only EWS qualifier event which, considering the standard of events in this country, is a huge honour for us and confirms how well regarded the event is. The Enduro World Series is the hottest ticket in mountain biking right now and we’re very proud to be part of this iconic race series. To have the opportunity to showcase the amazing riding we have in Perthshire to an international audience is a privilege and we love being part of it.” Results can be found here.
You can find all our Qualifier results here
The first ever South American Enduro Series got underway in Argentina, and the Asia-Pacific Enduro Series entered its second year - starting in New Zealand.
Cerro Catedral, Argentina - Our first ever South American Series event kicked off in style in Cerro Catedral, Argentina. Event Organiser Martin Cepi Raffo said: “For us being part of the EWS family is a great honor. We had in 2016 a round of the EWS and after that we always want it back.To have an EWS Continental was again a great experience and in this time that we had the best terrain condition we are really happy because the riders really enjoy one of the best places for riding in the world.We hope this event helps us to keep developing the sport in Southamerica.” Results can be found here and up to date rankings here.
Nelson, New Zealand - We also had our first Asia Pacific Series event for 2019 in Nelson, New Zealand. Event Organiser Melanie Schroder said: “Nelson Mountain Bike Club (NMTBC) are thrilled to become part of the EWS family to have the opportunity to present the Aorere Enduro as one of the rounds in the Asia Pacific Continental Enduro Series. A big part of NMTBC's history is running events, competition is part of our DNA. For 2019 we have taken everything we know about hosting challenging but really fun enduro races and created the Aorere Enduro. With support from local businesses, Nelson City Council and Ngati Koata, NMTBC have delivered an event to challenge riders while enjoying some of the best trails and views Nelson has to offer.” Results can be found here and up to date rankings here.
In November we can look forward to the following events taking place -
We are also excited to see our first ever South American Enduro Series conclude in Ninhue, Chile and shortly after seeing the final two events of the Asia Pacific Series in Derby, Tasmania and finally Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Visit our full calendar of events here.
Global Rankings can be found here
European Series Rankings can be found here
North American Series Rankings can be found here
Asia Pacific Series Rankings can be found here
South American Series Rankings can be found here