After a busy transfer window/off-season the music has now stopped and most people have now found themselves a new seat from which they will contest the 2020 Enduro World Series and EWS-E championships.
Some of the biggest moves have only just been announced (learn more about the champ Isabeau Courdurier’s move to Lapierre here) and others were done virtually before bikes had been loaded on to planes after last years Trophy of Nations.
And with that, here they all are! The teams of the 2020 EWS and EWS-E:
Fabien Barel (EWS-E)
Loris Revelli (EWS-E)
Melvin Pons (EWS-E)
CFR return for 2020 and are, once again, the team to beat. Their 2019 campaign may have been tinged with disappointment when France's Florian Nicolai (who has since departed the team) narrowly missed out on the Elite Men's title but what they achieved in the team's championship was testament to their superb consistency and almost total lack of mechanicals. Jack Moir was one of the headline signings of the 2020 transfer window but has already had a set back in the form of an exploding appendix. They will also be without former team manager Lars Hartwich but there's no doubt that the team will be right there once again come Zermatt.
Commencal Enduro Team
The ever-expanding and momunmentally fast Commencal Enduro Team. Pic: Commencal Enduro Team
Commencal are one of those brands that, when it comes to gravity racing, are taken for granted as being at the very forefront. The former EWS champ Cecile Ravanel's recuperation from that 2018 training crash continues but in the meantime they have taken the decision to bolster the Andorran firms roster with no fewer than three bright young talents in the form of Alex Rudeau, Laura Charles and Alexis Icardo.
Giant Factory Off-Road Team
Josh Carlson (EWS-E)
Giant's roster looks very familiar to the last couple of seasons with the exception of McKay Vezina's move back to the full-fat global line-up. Josh Carlson is heading to the EWS-E to no doubt put some motors through a pain cycle like nothing they will have previously experienced.
GT Factory Racing
Although they lead the team's championships for a large part of the opening exchanges of 2019, GT Factory Racing would end the year fourth and there's a definite feeling of 'unfinished business' for this year in the blue and yellow camp. Their line-up remains unchanged and even though Noga Korem suffered a hefty smash in training nothing substantial was broken so they remain hopeful that she will once again be the rider most likely to take it to Isabeau Courdurier out on the stages. Martin Maes may not have not had the 2019 that he dreamed of, he will have been buoyed by that win during the finale in Zermatt and Team Belgium's strong showing at the Trophy of Nations. Expect him to be very much in the mix come R1.
Ibis Enduro Team
Another returning team which we are used to seeing right at the top of the points tables are Ibis. The manufacturers are clearly intent on building on the success of a familiar team roster as they are another outfit with only one change. Lewis Buchanan departs the squad for pastures new and in his place comes Cole Lucas. For the highly-rated Kiwi, Ibis will be his first 'full factory' team and many pundits are keen to see what that will do for his results.
Lapierre Zipp Collective
Yannick Pontal (EWS-E)
Mathieu Ruffray (EWS-E)
Courdurier, Dailly and Gallean are ready to race for Zipp Lapierre Collective. Pic: JB Liautard
Did someone call for an all-French super team?! Well, if you did, they're here. In perhaps the most complete all-gallic line-up since the Sunn downhill team of the 1990's, the new Zipp Lapierre team line-up sees the reigning Elite Woman's champ Isabeau Courdurier join forces with Adrien Dailly and Chloe Gallean aboard Lapierre. Dailly was really on the comeback trail for a lot of 2019 after an awkward elbow injury and many are seeing 2020 as the season that we really see him back to his meteoric best. Courdurier enters the year as undoubtedly the woman to beat and although team swaps often raise a lot of question marks around a rider's preparation, this one seems to be an almost seamless fit and it will be hard to bet against her picking up where she left off.
Liv enter the 2020 season as a team who have clearly invested heavily in young talent. Rae Morrison returns once again as their standard bearer but she will be joined by Leonie Picton, Isabella Naughton and Riley Miller. Their development across the length of the season promises to be fascinating to watch.
Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team
Rocky Mountain/RaceFace set the team's championship alight last time out and took their fight right to virtually the last round. When you finish second in the world it's fair to say that there's no need for any drastic restructuring so the Melamed/Gauvin/ALN/Ostroski combo will return for R1 in Manizales. Can this be the year that one of the North American riders puts a run of results together and makes a claim on the title?
Santa Cruz X SRAM
Santa Cruz x SRAM are a team who by their own admission really wanted more from 2019. The rider line-up of Mark Scott and Iago Garay has been bolstered with the inclusion of Romain Paulhan. There has been minimal equipment changes and with both Scott and Garay already doing well in pre-season races, turning the tide in 2020 looks already to be well underway.
Team Chain Reaction Cycles
Sam Hill will be back and hoping to make yet more MTB history in 2020.
Three consecutive titles don't lie and so it's probably no surprise that very little has changed at Chain Reaction Cycles - Sam Hill will be back aboard his Nukeproof Mega to challenge for his fourth and record-breaking crown. Backed up by Grant, Heap and Pahe it's not exactly a slow pit so expect a steady string of big results. Interestingly, Hill didn't win a race in 2019. Can I he rectify that in South America?
Cube Action Team: Zakarias Blom Johansen, Sofia Wiedenroth, Gustav Wildhaber, Claus Wachsmann
Kona Factory Racing: Connor Fearon, Miranda Miller, Shelly Flood, Rhys Verner
Norco Factory Enduro: Anita Gehrig, Caro Gehrig, Lucy Schick, Sam Blenkinsop, Lucas Cruz, Elliot Jamieson
Pivot Factory Racing: Eddie Masters, Matt Walker, Morgane Charre
Pole Enduro Race Team: Leigh Johnson, Joseph Nation
SRAM Development Team: Yoann Barelli, Ella Connolly
Sunn Enduro Factory Team: Kevin Miquel, Theo Galy
Trek Factory Racing: Pedro Burns, Florian Nicolai, Katy Winton, Harriet Harnden
Unior Devinci Factory Racing: Greg Callaghan, Keegan Wright, Georgia Astle
Yeti/Fox Factory Team: Shawn Neer, Richie Rude
Miranda Factory Team: Emanuel Pombo, Jose Borges, Maaris Meier, Tiago Ladeira
Orbea Fox Enduro Team: Vid Persak, Gabriel Torralba, Damien Oton, Edgar Carballo
Team BULLS: Christian Textor, Marc Oppermann (EWS-E), Theresia Schwenk
Team Peugeot Cycles: Morgane Jonnier, Nico Lau
E-Team Moustache Bikes: Olivier Giordanengo (EWS-E), Diego Giordanengo (EWS-E), Kenny Muller (EWS-E), Jerome Gilloux (EWS-E)
Focus Scuderia Fontana: Marco Fontana
RMU Racing: Mattia Setti (EWS-E)
Tribe Rocky Mountain Power Play: Levy Batista, Irenee Menjou, Emeric Ienzer, Charolette Rey
Fulgur Factory Team: Nathan Secondi, Matteo Berta, Simone Pelissero, Stefano Giacobini, Matteo Mascellani, Francesco Giacobini
Team Dorrong Enduro: Bernd Dorrong, Max Fejer, Cri Maierhofer, Remi Allemann, Yana Dobnig
The Theory Global Enduro Team: Nicolas Bean, Daniel Self, Julie Duvert, Brady Stone
Yeti / Fox Development: Carson Eiswald, Jubal Davis, Quinn Reece, Lauren Bingham, Dillon Santos, Warren Kniss