The off-season transfer window has been a busy one for both the Enduro World Series and EWS-E and many riders have changed pits in anticipation of a stacked 2021 calendar.
Crucially, more teams than ever before will contest both championships resulting in a mouth-watering proposition for fans of mountain bike racing all over the globe.
Here are those official teams who will contest the Enduro World Series and EWS-E:
Ines Thoma, Jack Moir, Dimitri Tordo, Jose Borges, Fabien Barel, Loris Revelli
A mainstay of the EWS pits, Canyon Collective will return in 2021 with some familiar faces, some recently acquired faces and some brand-new faces! Jack Moir was one of the stand-out performers in 2020 with a fourth place backed up by a brace of podiums. He was chased all the way by Dimitri Tordo however who will no doubt be hoping to go even faster this time out. The big addition this off-season has no doubt been Jose Borges. The Portugese all-rounder will take on both EWS and EWS-E events.
Chain Reaction Cycles Nukeproof
Kelan Grant, Elliott Heap, Sam Hill, Nigel Page
CRC Nukeproof are one of the most tight-knit groups in the paddock and 2021 sees the tantalising return of the king; Sam Hill will be back amidst the Pro Men’s ranks having missed last season due to travel restrictions.
Commencal Enduro Pro Racing Team
Cedric Ravanel, Alex Rudeau, Antoine Vidal, Jack Piercy, Alizée Lassus
One of the squads that has been the talk of the off-season is the beautifully balanced Commencal roster. Alex Rudeau made big progress in 2020 but the prospect of him being joined by Antoine Vidal who moves up to Pro Men this year is an intriguing one. Counter this with the Ravanel’s continued commitment to developing young talent in the form of Jack Piercy and Alizée Lassus and you have a squad firmly aimed at the podium.
Ibis Enduro Team
Zakarias Blom Johansen, Bex Baraona, Cole Lucas, Robin Wallner, Louise Paulin
Another team who went shopping this off-season were Ibis who (re)acquired the services of Zakarias Blom Johansen to bolster last season's addition of Cole Lucas. Bex Baraona returns as does Robin Wallner as the American brand formalises what looks like one of the pre-season teams overall title favourites.
Lapierre Zipp Collective
Isabeau Courdurier, Adrien Dailly, Chloe Gallean, Lisandru Bertini, Nico Vouilloz
The all-French Lapierre Zipp Collective will have been happy with their 2020 haul which included wins from the Pro Women’s defending overall champ, Isabeau Courdurier, Adrien Dailly and Nico Vouilloz but you can bet that they’ll be hungry for more. Lisandru Bertini arrives as a young man with a lot of promise and if he can absorb and learn from the wealth of experience which is now surrounding him he may well prove to be a champion in the making.
Isabella Naughton, Riley Miller, Rae Morrison, Leonie Picton
Liv Racing are continuing to top-flight international racing with a packed roster led once again by the experienced and devastatingly fast, Rae Morrison. It’s a squad that features not only a depth of talent and speed but also a commitment to improving women’s cycling for everyone.
Orange Factory Racing
Lachlan Blair, Joe Connell, Tom Wilson
Mountain bike brands don’t come with much more racing pedigree than Orange and it’s fantastic to see them committing to the Enduro World Series ranks. Lachlan Blair proved in 2020 that he was capable of running with the big dogs and will be joined by fellow Scot Joe Connell and long-term Orange stalwart Tom Wilson for the new season.
Orbea Fox Enduro Team
Edgar Carballo, Damien Oton, Vid Persak, Gabriel Torralba, Evan Wall, Laura Charles
There’s definitely a pattern emerging this season of teams building new names onto already race-proven foundations and Orbea Fox Enduro Team are one of those outfits. Oton and Persak will once again lead the charge in the EWS with Carballo focusing on EWS-E. Laura Charles has been added to the roster to maximise their points haul.
Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team
Remi Gauvin, Andréane Lanthier Nadeau, Jesse Melamed
Undoubtedly the most heavy-hitting three-ball in the EWS, Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team return for 2021 unchanged. All eyes will be on Melamed as he arrives into the season very much the man to beat from 2020. Gauvin will be hoping to transform consistency into podiums whilst ALN will be hoping to re-establish herself right at the very front of the Pro Women’s field.
Santa Cruz x SRAM
Mark Scott, Iago Garay, Romain Paulhan
California’s own Santa Cruz x SRAM are back with an unchanged line-up of Mark Scott and Iago Garay hoping to return to top 10 ways with more events on offer in 2021.
Team announcement coming soon !
Sunn French Connexion Racing By Alpe D'Huez
A revamp of Sunn’s line-up along with a new look and team structure sees Theo Galy head the French squad whilst two of the breakthrough acts of 2020, Louis Jeandel and Guillaume Larbeyou join the squad, as do Quentin Arnaud and Lucas Frigout.
Cube Action Team - Gusti Wildhaber, Jonas Goeweil, Veronika Bruechle, Claus Wachsmann
Devinci Global Racing - Greg Callaghan, Keegan Wright, Georgia Astle
Forbidden Synthesis - team announcement coming soon!
Giant Factory Off-Road Team - Youn Deniaud, Mckay Vezina, Josh Carlson
GT Factory Racing - Martin Maes, Noga Korem, Wyn Masters
Juliana Free Agents - team announcement coming soon!
Kona Factory Racing - Miranda Miller, Connor Fearon, Noah Hoffman, Carlos Von Heyden Langelaan
Norco Enduro Racing - Anita Gehrig, Caro Gehrig, Sam Blenkinsop, Lucas Cruz, Elliot Jamieson, Henry Fitzgerald
Pivot Factory Racing - Morgane Charre, Matt Walker, Eddie Masters
Pole Enduro Race Team - Joe Nation, Leigh Johnson, Leo Kokkonen
Rad Bandits Factory Team - Estelle Charles, Clement Charles
Scott SR Suntour - Remy Absalon, Hugo Pigeon, Elliot Trabac
Team BULLS - Christian Textor, Marc Oppermann
Team Cycles Peugeot - Yannick Pontal, Mathieu Ruffray, Morgane Jonnier
Trek Factory Racing - Pedro Burns, Harriet Harnden, Florian Nicolai
Yeti / Fox Factory Team - Richie Rude, Shawn Neer
Yeti / OneUp PRO Team - team announcement coming soon!
E-Team Moustache Bikes - Jerome Gilloux, Olivier Giordenango, Diego Giordenango, Kenny Muller
Husqvarna E-Bicycles Racing - Alex Fayolle
Miranda Factory Team - Emanuel Pombo, Tiago Ladeira, Nuno Reis
Tribe Rocky Mountain Power Play - Levy Batista, Irenee Menjou
Fastlight-Abetone - Nadine Ellecosta, Nicola Grotti, Matteo Saccon, Mirco Vendemmia
Fulgur Factory Team - Nathan Secondi, Matteo Baruffi
Mad Wheels Enduro Team - Stefano Giacobini, Francesco Giacobini, Andrea Fantino, Francesco Marchese
Team Dorrong Enduro - Remy Allemann, Yana Dobnig, Bernd Dorrong, Max Fejer, Reinhard Mayrhoffer
Theory Global Enduro Team - Nic Bean, Julie Duvert, Daniel Self, Brady Stone, Alexis Icardo
Urge Pyrenees Gravity - Mathieu Calvez, Axel Fresquet, Luca Fourcade, Justine Henry, Justin Linon
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