Spanning two countries and five diverse stages, EWS Petzen Jamnica is a nod to old-school enduro races - massive stages, lots of tech and a big day out on the bike. Here are five things you can expect from the weekend.
As diverse as the stages are, there’s one thing that ties them all together - an abundance of rocks and roots. The predominantly natural trails require confidence and finesse, offering a multitude of lines and plenty of unavoidable rootballs and rock gardens.
Topping and tailing the race are two gargantuan descents from Petzen, Austria. Combined, these trails (S1 and S5) will deliver nearly 30 minutes of racing. Smooth riding, effective pacing and otherworldly grip strength are required.
With its summit sitting at 2,126m above sea level, Petzen Mountain boasts some incredible views and breathtaking ridgeline trails. Riders will have to stay focused on the exposed ridgelines, while photographers make the most of the stunning backdrop.
It’s not often that you get to ride trails in two countries on the same day. However, at EWS Petzen Jamnica, riders have to pack a passport. The race starts on Saturday with the Pro Stage in Petzen, Austria. It continues on Sunday with three stages in Jamnica, Slovenia, before finishing with a final stage back across the border on Petzen mountain.
After missing the first round of the season due to COVID, Sam Hill is back. The winner here in 2018, we can’t wait to see what the GOAT can do this weekend.