With less than three weeks to go until the 2022 season-opener at EWS-E Tweed Valley, it’s time to charge your batteries and get stoked for what promises to be the most exciting year of racing to date. Here’s what you need to know.
We start the season right where we left off - on the legendary trails of the Tweed Valley. Here you can expect pristine natural trails, passionate fans and the occasional unpredictable weather change.
Last time we visited we were treated to a clash of the titans, with Lapierre’s Nico Vouilloz and Trek’s Tracey Moseley coming out on top. However, with the field bigger than ever before, it’s impossible to predict who will take the top step in 2022.
EWS-E Petzen-Jamnica straddles the border between Austria and Slovenia and is a newcomer on the EWS-E circuit. However, its potential as a world-class riding location was already confirmed when the EWS visited in 2018. The trails are natural and techy and the race delivers a real sense of adventure, with riders having to cross borders and mountain tunnels to complete the loop.
Round Three: EWS-E Valberg
Famous for its grey, lunar landscape, Valberg’s EWS-E debut is sure to make a splash. Located deep in the Maritime Alps, the venue has no shortage of breathtaking views and endless alpine singletrack and was already a favourite when the EWS visited in 2016.
Crans-Montana, Switzerland, hosted the first round of the 2021 EWS-E season. Racers were treated to a diverse mixture of technical backcountry singletrack, deep loam and flat-out bike park trails. Famed for its dry and warm climate, we couldn’t think of a better place to host the penultimate round of the year. Here’s what went down last year.
Is there a more fitting place to decide the 2022 EWS-E overall title than on the coveted trails of Finale Ligure? We think not. This classic venue will once again host the final showdown of the year, and it won’t be one to miss. The trails in the rolling Ligurian hills are rocky, fast and fun and provide the variety needed for a great race. Last year, the Lapierre Overvolt Team dominated the men’s podium, taking all three steps. In the women’s field, it was Laura Charles who took her second back-to-back win. Will they triumph again in 2022 or will someone be able to stop them? We’ll have to wait and see!
This year, the EWS-E field is bigger and more competitive than ever before. Laura Charles, who battled Tracey Moseley for the series title last year, has switched her attention solely to eMTB racing and joined the Miranda Factory Team. As the squad’s headline rider, she’ll be fired up to defend her title.
Laura Charles will be charging to protect her championship title this year.
Pole Enduro Race Team have also set their sights on electric racing, with team riders Joe Nation and Leigh Johnson making their EWS-E debut this year. Will the young guns be able to overthrow their more experienced competitors?
Of course, you wouldn’t want to bet against some of the most legendary names in the sport. Nico Vouilloz will be back as fast as ever and looking to ride the momentum of his perfect 2021 season.
Last year, Nico Vouilloz was unstoppable, winning every race of the season. Who will be able to de-throne the master?
Last year also saw Sam Hill’s EWS-E debut, landing him a third-place finish in the Tweed Valley. Will we see Hill take a win this season? It’s all to play for.
Will Sam Hill turn his attention to the EWS-E this year?
It’s safe to say that we’ll be in for a treat once racing commences in the first week of June. If you need a quick refresh on the EWS-E format, we have just the article for you right here.