With just over two weeks to go before racing gets underway, excitement is building ahead of this years North American Enduro Series. The United States, Mexico and Canada all feature on the biggest calendar of racing the series has yet to produce. On top of that, the series has now moved to the ‘best of’ format.
That means that only a rider's best four results will be counted towards their overall series rankings. Each series winner in each EWS category is crowned the Continental Series Champion. This has been designed to help to alleviate some of the cost and travel constraints from those who want to compete for an overall crown.
A strong result will be something worth competing for too with all three podium placed riders at the end of the year going straight on to the reserve list for 2021 Enduro World Series entries.
Here’s a closer look at the 2020 North American Enduro Series:
Bootleg Canyon's trails have a long history when it comes to racing. Pic: PB Creative Photo
R1 DVO Mob n Mojave Enduro presented by GT Bicycles and ODI Grips USA (15 February)
If you’re going to kickstart a race series then where better to do so than just outside of Las Vegas?! Bootleg Canyon has some serious roots when it comes to mountain bike racing going back to the mid-1990’s with long, winding, high speed trails bolting flat-out through the desert vistas. This event is rated as BLUE on our EWS Event Grading system which makes it the perfect place to come and sample enduro racing for the first time. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: BLUE (Rookie) 1 bar
Windrock Bike Park in Tennessee is a gravity rider's dream and will feature a fantastic mix of terrain.
R2 Tennessee Enduro USA (22 February)
Windrock Bike Park in Tennessee has been the spearhead of re-invigorating gravity riding on the east coast of the USA and as a result it is one of the most-exciting venues on this years calendar. The venue hosted a national-level enduro last year and the gravity theme can really be felt on its stages with one even topping out at eight minutes in length with next to no pedaling required! The liaisons are set to be a mix of shuttling and pedal-powered. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: RED (Advanced) 1 bar
The series will travel to Mexico for round three. Pic: Epic Enduro Series
R3 Lobo Enduro MEX (1 March)
The most southern venue on the calendar sees round three take place half an hour outside of Mexico City itself. The Desierto de los Leones forest is singletrack heaven and boasts some of Mexico’s finest trail riding with a slightly more technical make up than what the competitors will have seen so far. There are to be seven stages and they will all be run up and around the forests ceiling at 3600m above sea level making them a test like no other. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: BLACK (Expert) 2 bars
Sun Peaks and the wider Kamloops area are famed for their technical riding and epic trails. Pic: James Cattanach
R4 Sun Peaks hosted by the Norco Canadian Enduro Series CAN (20 June)
The first Canadian National Enduro Championship was hosted at Sun Peaks and since then it’s become a byword for technical trail riding. Over the last few years however, local organisers and trail builders have worked hard to build a wider variety of riding but still with that hand-built, challenging element at its core. The event promises to have a superb social side to it with a wide range of attractions for non-competitors to get involved with as well. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: BLACK (Expert) 4 bars
Chloe McKenzie in action in Blue Mountain Resort, last year. Pic: Colin Field
R5 Sea Otter Canada hosted by the Norco Canadian Enduro Series CAN (04 July)
Hosted in Blue Mountain Resort, this event is at the heart of the second running of Sea Otter Canada. The trails are the real star however with competitors being allowed to drop in on some gems which are normally closed to the public. There’s a bit of everything from a renovated dual slalom track right down to the infamous ‘5 seconds of Bromont’ rock garden. As it’s Sea Otter, there will be a plethora of all things ‘bike’ to enjoy alongside some super-tight racing. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: RED (Advanced) 3 bars
The Mountain Creek stages won a lot of praise back in 2018. Pic: Andrew Santoro
R6 Maxxis ESC at Mountain Creek Bike Park USA (26 July)
Mountain Creek played host to the first US Open of Mountain Biking and since then has really grown in stature on many riders radars. The terrain is typical of the Appalachians - East Coast technical with plenty of rock. Whilst ‘only’ topping out at a maximum elevation of 430m, Mountain Creek maximises every bike length of trail to pack a compact but perfectly formed hit of trail riding perfection. As with the previous round, one of the big draws is the opportunity to ride trails not usually open to bike park riders and to really experience the venue to its fullest. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: BLACK (Expert) 3 bars
McKay Vezina in action in at the EWS in Northstar 2019.
R7 Northstar Enduro USA (22 August)
There aren’t many places that epitomise chilled-out, Californian MTB vibes more than Northstar. But don’t be fooled - just outside of the lazy vibes of downtown Truckee lie some superb enduro stages. Need proof? Northstar played to host to one of 2019’s most thrilling EWS rounds with Richie Rude narrowly fending off Sam Hill for the win with the pair locked together by less than half a second at the start of the final stage. Fast, dusty, loose and with some big rock features to keep riders on their toes, Northstar delivered and looks set to be the perfect place to host the NAES season finale. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: BLACK (Expert) 3 bars