The Enduro World Series (EWS) is excited to announce the addition of Crans-Montana, Switzerland to the 2021 Calendar.
Sitting amongst the big mountains of the Swiss Alps, it’s the first time the venue has hosted the Series, and will be doing so in style as they host Specialized EWS-E Crans-Montana on Thursday, September 9th and round eight of the EWS on Sunday, September 12th. The EWS100 and EWS80 will offer amateurs the chance to get between the tapes on Saturday, September 11th.
Crans-Montana sits high in the main valley in the Valais region, and it’s south facing slopes offer up a stunning selection of trails that incorporate everything from natural singletrack through to bike park. Year round lift access means that riders are able to make the most of the area’s elevation - with trails taking in a huge 2330m of descent. The venue is famed for its dry and warm climate, creating true hero dirt for racing.
And whilst it may be the EWS debut in the area, Crans-Montana is no stranger to hosting large scale sporting events - welcoming both the Audi FIS Ski World Cup and the Omega European Masters every year.
The addition of Crans-Montana cements the 2021 EWS and EWS-E calendar as the most ambitious to date, with 10 EWS rounds, four EWS-E races and the Trophy of Nations team event.
As well as more racing than ever before, 2021 also sees the introduction of double EWS rounds at select venues. These double rounds will see the pros race twice in a single week, first on Thursday and then on the following Sunday. Providing double the racing for both athletes and fans, this new format will also help budgets for privateers and teams, as well as lessening the environmental impact by reducing the amount of travel.
The new scheduling allows for more capacity for amateur racing too, with a full day dedicated to the EWS100 and EWS80 at each EWS venue - equating to over 7000 race places up for grabs.
Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, said: “We’re very excited to be heading to Crans-Montana for the first time.
“The variety of trails amongst the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps will offer riders an incredible setting for racing, and is a welcome addition to this packed calendar. The last half of the 2021 calendar is going to offer an intense, stacked five weeks of racing and we’re looking forward to watching it unfold.”
More information about EWS Crans-Montana is available here and details of Specialized EWS-E Crans-Montana can be found here.