How you can get between the tapes in 2020

11 August 2020

The 2020 Enduro World Series is finally poised to get underway at R1 at EWS Zermatt after a restructuring of the calendar as the result of challenges imposed by the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic. That said, there are still some opportunities to go racing in 2020. To help you start planning your next foray between the tapes we've detailed them below - alongside the ongoing impacts that the 2020 shake up will have to racing next season.

The demand for EWS100 traditionally exceeds the available spots and these races tend to sell out immediately when entries open in January. However, since travel restrictions have resulted in a high number of cancellations, there is a unique opportunity for racers to still sign up for the EWS100 at EWS Zermatt, EWS Petzen/Jamnica and EWS Montagnes du Caroux this year (or the shorter course EWS80 which is offered at the latter two events). 

We urge any rider considering these events to carefully check their own national travel guidlelines and the entry requirements of the host countries and adhere to them. 

Due to Covid-19 precautions, the capacity for the newly-confirmed September EWS Pietra Ligure and Bluegrass EWS Finale Ligure will be limited. While there will be no EWS100 or EWS80 races at either Italian venue, riders who have not prequalified can still race in the Rider Trophy (which has no prequalification requirements) in Finale Ligure. Both teams and solo categories are still available.

Finally, there are still spots available at all three rounds of the new EWS-E series. Options include the EWS-E50 short course which can be completed with one battery or the EWS-E100 full course race. It’s an incredible opportunity to go bar-to-bar with some bonafide living legends including Fabien Barel, Nico Vouilloz and Tracy Moseley as well as taking your place on the start line of MTB history.

Fabien Barel will be amongst the big names sharing the stages in EWS-E.

The qualifications for next season will feature a combination of the regular established criteria (2021 Reserved Entry List) plus the extended 2020 Reserved Entry List.

The 2021 Reserved Entry List will be established at the end of the season based on EWS Global Rankings (which includes points from the Enduro World Series, EWS100, EWS80, EWS Tier 2 regional event and EWS Qualifier events) .

The top ranked riders in each category are added to the Reserved Entry List and are eligible to sign up for any of the EWS rounds the following season during the January Reserved Entries. The breakdown of category places available are as follows:

300 Men
75 Women
100 U21 Men
20 U21 Women
75 Master 40+ Men
20 Master 35+ Women

The 2021 Reserved Entry List will also include the following riders (providing the rider is an EWS member at the time of the race):

Top 5 U21 at every 2020 EWS event
Top 5 Masters at every 2020 EWS event
Top 3 riders of every official EWS category at every 2020 EWS Tier 2 regional event
Winner of each official EWS category in every 2020 EWS Qualifier event

Due to EWS qualifier event cancellations and other disruptions caused by the pandemic, the 2020 Reserved Entry List will be extended to 2021 – allowing all riders who qualified for the current season to register for any of the 2021 rounds during the upcoming January Reserved Entries.

Riders who were registered for the EWS100 and EWS80 at the cancelled 2020 EWS Val Di Fassa, EWS Burke and EWS Whistler will be offered priority entry for the 2021 races during the January Reserved Entries. Any remaining spots will be released following week on a first come, first served basis.

Men’s Master category will change from 40+ to 35+ in 2021 to be consistent with all other UCI cycling disciplines which will also adopt 35+. There will be the option for racers 35+ years-old to elect to remain in the Men category. Riders will qualify based on their age/category in 2020, the age adjustment will be made automatically when they sign up in 2021. 

Once the Reserved Entries are completed, any remaining spots will then be released. The  EWS100 / EWS80 races do not have any prequalification requirements - but these spots are offered on a first come/space available basis. Availability in these terms is likely to be extremely  limited . Races typically sell out immediately.