The 2020 Asia-Pacific Series is set to get underway at the start of March with a calendar consisting of six amazing venues set to include some Enduro World Series classics and several brand-new locations.
Just as with the North American Series, the Asia-Pacific Series has also made a switch to the 'best of four' system meaning that points towards the overall will be decided based upon a riders best four results. The idea behind this is to hopefully alleviate some of the costs of travel between rounds for the competitors. All the rounds are graded according to our Enduro Event Grading System to help you work out which ones are for you.
Up for grabs for the top three in the overall in the relevant classes at the end of year are places on the reserved list for 2021 Enduro World Series entries. Interested?! You should be - here's a guide to the season:
R1 Giant Toa Enduro presented by Camelbak Rotorua, NZ (01 March)
Where better to kick things off than at the home of an Enduro World Series favourite?! The Whakarewarewa Forest just outside of Rotorua is home to some of New Zealand's finest singetrack and over the years has proven to be a superb place to go racing. More than the 160km of 'dirt gold' which winds its way around the forest, the event will be the starting pistol to Crankworx Rotorua - one of the biggest celebrations of everything two-wheeled and off-road anywhere in the world. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: RED (Advanced) 3 bars
Connor Fearon remains one of Australia's fastest racers, whatever bike he turns up on. Pic: Ryan Finlay
R2 Enduro Fest Maydena, Tasmania (14 March)
The scale of Maydena Bike Park is nothing short of epic with 62 trails on offer throughout the park which tops out at an elevation of 820m. The style of riding is everything from tight, sinnuous singletrack to flat-out, hammer down bike park pinning! The event will be run across five stages throughout the park and will involve around 1300m of climbing. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: BLACK (Expert) 3 bars
Enduro racing is heading back to the Smithfield forest! Pic: Riley Hurst
R3 Cairns Enduro Cairns, Australia (05 & 06 September)
The Smithfield forest which surrounds the city of Cairns isn't just home to some of Autralia's most spectacular wildlife, it's also home to some serious mountain bike racing pedigree. Having hosted the UCI World Cup here in 2014 and 2016 along with the UCI World Championships the following year, the whole town lives bike racing. Around 1200m of climbing is expected via five stages through the steep chutes and lightning-fast hard clay trails. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: BLUE (Rookie) 2 bars
The Bali Gravity Enduro is right at the forefront of developing enduro racing in Indonesia.
R4 Bali Gravity Enduro, Bali, Indonesia (19 September)
Does anyone really need an excuse to visit Bali?! Well, if you're a mountain biker and were struggling then you now have one - the Bali Gravity Enduro! Competitors shouldn't expect a couple of days on the beach however; this is Bali's first appearance on the Asia-Pacific Series and is intent on making a name for itself with a two-day race through Rocks Park and crater of Mount Batur. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: RED (Advanced) 2 bars
Rae Morrison in action in Christchurch Pic: Digby Shaw
R5 Phoenix Enduro, Christchurch, NZ (31 October)
The Phoenix Enduro located just outside of Christchurch in the awesome Christchurch Adventure Park returns for 2020! With a year-round chairlift capable of lifting riders up 400m of elevation, the park has previously played host to the New Zealand National Champs as well as a string of successful enduro races in the past. The theme here is one of extremely varied terrain with a heady mix of loose turns, roots and lots and lots of rock, it is one not to be missed. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: RED (Advanced) 3 bars
R6 International Chiang Mai Enduro, Chiang Mai, Thailand (28 & 29 November)
This is another return event and the organisers are hoping that it will continue to grow and promote what they believe to be the best trails in South East Asia. The race is set to take place over two days at the mountain of Doi Suthep-Pui. This is an important event as the Chiang Mai Eco Cycling Association having been established last year to help promote and develop the sport of mountain biking within the national park. Find out more about this event.
Event grade: RED (Advanced) 2bars