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  1. With eight rounds next year and demand for places expected to be high, this year there will be a phased entry system to try and help as many people as possible secure a spot. The first race of the year is in March, when the series heads down under to New Zealand for the inaugural Crankworx Rotorua. Entries for this race will open on Thursday, January 22 at 9am NZDT. Then on Wednesday, January 28th Ireland, Scotland and France will be available to enter - these will go live at 5pm GMT. Next up are the North American rounds, with Whistler in Canada and Crested Butte in the USA opening for entry at 9am PST on Wednesday, February 4th. And last but not least, Zona Zero in Spain and Finale in Italy will open their virtual doors on Wednesday, February 11th at 5pm CET. Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, said: “Next season is shaping up to be incredible - with eight rounds and five new venues it’s going to be our biggest year yet. “Last year some races sold out in minutes so this year we’ve decided to change up the entry system a little. By opening registration in four stages we hope it’ll be easier for people to enter all the races they want to take part in, as well as grouping together races that are close to each other or on consecutive weekends. We’ve also made sure that the races go on sale at a time that corresponds with the host country, so local riders don’t have to get up in the middle of night to enter their nearest race." All registration will take place through www.enduroworldseries.com/registration
  2. After a season opener in Chile and several races in Europe, the Enduro World Series traveled to the North American continent. At over 10 000 feet of elevation in Winter Park, Colorado, this race promised to be one of the most physically challenging races of the season. Click here to view the article
  3. http://vimeo.com/102553494 Having endured nearly 36 hours of travel hell, the Rocky Mountain Urge bp Rally Team got back together in Denver, but without bikes. Three days before a race, that’s cutting it a little too close for comfort, and the Denver airport had several very pissed off Frenchies in it. Once in Winter Park, we met the rest of the team: Peter from Alaska, Jesse from Whistler, and Francesco from Chile. Eventually our bikes arrived. FridayWarming up normally gives you an idea of how painful a race is going to be, and I was already worried for Stage 1. This flat stage was a massacre for me! The rest of the guys struggled as well, with only Flo and Jesse ranking in the top 30. On the more technical Stage 2 we made up some time, but at the end of the day our results were still disappointing: Flo in 16th, Jesse in 21st, and Alex and Peter both needing to push harder to break into the top 50. SaturdayStage 3 began with a steeper, rocky section that suited me quite well, but it was followed by a long, flat, pedal section where I struggled to maintain the gains I had made. Stage 4 was very short, with no climbs, and I earned my first stage podium of the season - 3rd! It’s hard to breath at this altitude, and the terrain is very different from what we are used to racing. While Jesse had a solid day—9th, 14th, and 6th—, both Flo and Alex struggled to maintain their form. By Stage 5, we were all exhausted. Alex crashed because he “saw two trees when there was only one,” and I slipped back to 7th place on the stage. Despite this, we improved our results as a team today, the toughest day of the race. SundayStage 6 was a controversial one for racers. Lots of us felt that the flat, smooth, XC course at 10 000 feet was not up to the standard that has been set by the many excellent EWS stages this year. Already out of my element, I missed some tape and ended up going off-course, costing me even more time on this stage. Everyone else was able to push through and maintain their positions. Finally, the 7th and final stage of the weekend was on Trestle Downhill—by far the most technical and aggressive stage of the weekend! Definitely the best way to end the race. We all have solid runs, with Flo taking 6th, Jesse 10th, Alex 18th, and Jordan 30th. I was really happy with my 7th place on the stage. After a brutal weekend, our Canadian Jesse was the fastest on the team here with a well-deserved 15th place overall. Going forward it’s clear that our young team needs to strengthen itself to threaten the podium when the races are physical, especially at altitude. We are also gaining experience of how to manage energy and maximize time gains. Next, we're heading to Jesse’s hometown of Whistler to enjoy one of the best riding in the world. These two weeks there are going to be full of adventures and fun times, and we’re all looking forward to the Crankworx stop of the Enduro World Series! --- The team rides the Rocky Mountain Altitude MSL Rally Edition, with Shimano components and footwear, Maxxis tires, Stan's NoTubes wheels, Fox premium suspension, and Raceface cockpits. The team wears Urge bp Archi Enduro and Endur-O-Matic helmets, and is also supported by the following key sponsors: Royal Racing Clothing, 7 IDP Protection, WTB Saddles, Smith Optics, Cane Creek headsets, e13 chainguides, Honey Stinger energy gels, Kicking Horse coffee, FTI Consulting, and Val d'Allos ski resort.
  4. Current Enduro World Series leaders and winners of Round 3 at Valloires, Jared Graves and Tracey Moseley // Image credit: Matt Wragg A testament to the unpredictability of racing flat-out down mountains for a cumulative 12,000 metres of descent, (the largest amount of vertical covered in any EWS round yet), the weekend saw a myriad of punctures and mechanical issues shake down many of the top racers and early leaders. Every stage saw the top 10 leaderboard reconfigured dramatically. Despite not winning an individual stage, the Aussie Jared Graves’ (Yeti/Fox Shox) consistency put him on the top step, flanked by two newcomers to the Enduro World Series podium - Frenchman Damien Oton (Devinci/Alltricks.com) who powered home on the final two stages after top 10 finishes all weekend to take second place, and Switzerland’s Rene Wildhaber (Trek Factory Racing Enduro) who took third. In the women’s race, Britain’s Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing) won all but one stage to finish in 1h29:49.767, 1:36 ahead of France’s Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis) and 2:02 ahead of The Netherlands’ Anneke Beerten (Specialized Racing). Beerten celebrated her first EWS podium after being so close for so long. Isabeau Courdurier (Rocky Mountain Urge BP) finished in 4th, followed by Cecile Ravanel (GT Pulse) whose powerful start to the weekend was upset by a puncture on stage 2. Graves showing pace and coming from behind to take the win. // Image credit: Matt Wragg The Enduro Series Valloire driven by Urge Bike Products was the 10th anniversary of the Valloire French Series Enduro hosted at the famous mountain bike hub, featuring the style of riding that forged the discipline. Both Moseley and Graves declared it the hardest round yet, with Graves telling Dirt TV in the first day’s highlight video, “It’s real riding. Your heart rate’s on max, you’ve got arm-pump, your legs are burning up and you’re just ploughing through rock gardens at 50 kms/hr. It’s awesome.” Navigating snow patches, endlessly unfurling singletrack and menacing alpine rock at full-throttle took its toll on the field. France’s Francois Bailly-Maitre (BMC Enduro Racing Team) started strong, winning the first stage ahead of Graves and Leov, and holding the lead after the second stage, but a spate of mechanical issues saw him drop back to 19th. After a second place finish at TweedLove, New Zealand’s Justin Leov (Trek Factory Racing) had his eye on the top step this weekend. After winning two stages, he finished day one in the lead, only to see a 38 second lead eaten up by a puncture on stage 5. Leov rallied to win the final stage and finish 11th overall, keeping him in second place in the Overall Series Rankings. TweedLove winner, and the current French Enduro Series leader, Nico Lau (Cube Action Team), was another threat thwarted by a puncture. Lau salvaged his race, coming back on Sunday to win stage 4 and 5 and take second on the final stage, for a top 20 result and 5th in the Overall rankings. Image credit: Matt Wragg Nico Vouilloz (Lapierre Gravity Republic) who finished the inaugural Enduro World Series season in 5th, but has been rehabilitating from knee surgeries and a broken scaphoid, made his comeback ride this weekend, but retired from the race with fatigue, saving himself for round four in La Thuile in three weeks. Having identified himself at TweedLove as one to watch, France’s Damien Oton proved to be the most consistent rider amongst the field, clinching top 8 finishes in every single stage to secure second place. Bringing his deep alpine racing experience and swag of Megavalanche victories to bear, Switzerland’s Rene Wildhaber (Trek Factory Racing) held strong through the race to secure third place, his first EWS podium. Curtis Keene (Specialized Racing Team) and Ben Cruz (Cannondale Overmountain) both rode on pace to put the USA into the top 10. “This was the tenth anniversary of the Valloire French Series Enduro and it went down in style, securing itself as a classic that will not be forgotten by many of the riders for a long time,” says Enduro World Series Managing Director Chris Ball. “The diversity we saw in the top 10 in the men’s and women’s, in ages, backgrounds, and nationalities, is a real testament to the demands of enduro mountain biking. It’s physically and mechanically challenging. I think this weekend was a bit of a surprise to those who expected the alpine specialists to dominate.” Image credit: Matt Wragg To indulge in further speculation as to who is primed to dominate in three weeks time when round 4 kicks off, review the results in detail and visit the Rider Results Analyser tool at http://www.endurowor...om/results.php. Race coverage from Dirt TV can be viewed at enduroworldseries.com. A full race highlights edit will be released on Wednesday.Riders now move to a new battlefield just across the border in the north-west of Italy for the La Thuile Superenduro powered by SRAM, 12-13 July. http://www.endurowor...enduro-lathuile
  5. After 6 stages of wild alpine racing, epic hammer-down descents that lasted up to 18 minutes, and a winning overall combined time of 1h20:39.921, the final podium of the the third round of the Enduro World Series this weekend in Valloire, France, came down to a microscopic four second spread between the top three men. Click here to view the article
  6. After the incredible welcome Chile and Scotland gave to the enduro mountain bike racing community in the first two rounds of the Enduro World Series, it’s hard to say that enduro has any particular physical headquarters. But if there’s a spiritual home to the sport, it would be France, and if there’s a spiritual godfather, it would be Fred Glo. Click here to view the article
  7. Glo’s Tribe Events hosts the Enduro Series Valloire driven by Urge Bike Products this weekend, June 21-22. The location, at the base of famous Galibier Pass in the Savoie region of the northern Alps, is a resort and mountain bike hub, with approximately 150 km of marked trails. Valloire has been a round of the French Enduro Series from the sport’s outset, becoming over the past 10 years one of the most sought after and respected enduro races in France. “For the French enduro community,” explains Glo, “Valloire is the benchmark for the quality of the tracks and local team organisation.” The stages will offer riders the best of alpine enduro, in classic French style - chairlift access into the alpine, with long, fast and technical descents, extraordinary views and dramatic terrain. Stages will remain secret until Thursday evening. Riders can only walk stages to reconnoitre them on Friday. Riders will be given one practice run on each Special Stage before having to race it during the weekend. “Our ongoing goal,” says Enduro World Series Managing Director Chris Ball, “is to challenge riders, expose them to the best experiences and keep things fresh. So we leave behind the long liaison climbs and massive practice days of Scotland and the deep soft Chilean dirt in Nevados de Chillan and move to the finest of French alpine racing. Valloire offers the most vertical descent of the series, lots of riding time, chairlift assistance and very limited but focused training runs. It’s a continued test to find the best mountain biker in the world.” Whether that will be a French rider remains to be seen. In the first two rounds of the Enduro World Series, French riders have been a consistent presence, both on the podium and in the top 20. Nico Lau (Cube Action Team) now on home soil, with his first EWS victory from TweedLove fresh in his memory, will be pushing to retain Series lead. (Lau won his first French Enduro Cup podium in Valloire in 2012.) Jared Graves (Yeti/Fox Shox), Justin Leov (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team), Joe Barnes (Canyon Factory Enduro Team) and Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) will all be challenging for the podium, but French talents Remy Absalon (Scott SR Suntour Enduro Team) who finished the Overall Series in 4th last year, Florian Nicolai (Rocky Mountain Urge BP Team), François Bailly-MaÎtre (BMC Enduro Racing Team) and Damien Oton (Devinci/Alltricks.com Enduro Racing) who finished TweedLove in 4th, 5th and 6th places, and Alex Cure (Rocky Mountain Urge BP Team), will also be riders to watch. France’s Cecile Ravanel (GT Pulse) showed great form in the Tweed Valley where she placed third, beating out Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis) on three of the eight stages, indicating the women’s race might not just be a two-woman duel between Moseley (Trek Enduro Factory Racing Team) and Chausson. TweedLove saw strong performances from UK riders, but “home turf” advantage might not play a significant role in Valloire, as the race will incorporate brand new terrain, opening up a side of the mountain on the Setaz massif that has never been ridden before, ensuring that two of the four stages are completely new for all riders. With the top 5 men's riders within 110 points of each other, and the top 2 women neck-in-neck, the only guarantee this weekend is an intense contest of exhilarating riding. Everything else is to be determined. Follow the action with regular race updates on www.facebook.com/EnduroWorldSeries, twitter and Instagram via @World_Enduro.
  8. Image credit: Matt Wragg/Enduro World Series “I think both the physicality and the technicality of the trails here caught a lot of riders off guard,” said Organiser of TweedLove and the Santa Cruz TweedLove World Enduro presented by Sweet Protection, Neil Dagleish. “A lot of people told us they thought this was the hardest round of the EWS so far. The trails here are steep, technical and slippery which a lot of riders aren't used to but people who live round here have grown up on them - and that was evident in the results.” Great Britain saw four top 10 finishes in the Men’s race and six top 10 finishes in the Women’s, with Tracy Moseley dominating the women’s race, Tweed Valley native Gary Forrest taking 10th, Scotsman and World Cup downhiller Ruaridh Cunningham winning stage 2, and Scotland’s Joe Barnes enjoying his first EWS podium ever. Image credit: Matt Wragg/Enduro World Series The second round of racing concluded June 1 with an awards presentation to three podium newcomers and a rousing birthday serenade to the sling-wearing 2013 EWS World Champion Jérôme Clementz, who is recovering from shoulder surgery for an injury sustained racing the French Enduro World Cup. It’s apparent that the battle for the 2014 Enduro World Series World Championship has opened up. Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) commanded the women’s race, taking all 8 stages ahead of rival and round 1 victor, Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis Cycles), and Cecile Ravanel (GT Pulse), who finished in second and third place overall, respectively. (Overall Series points now see Moseley and Chausson sharing the top spot with 750 points apiece. EWS organisers awarded Overall lead position to Moseley, as the more recent winner.) France’s Nicolas Lau (Cube Action Team), New Zealand’s Justin Leov (Trek Factory Racing Enduro), and Scotland’s Joe Barnes (Canyon Factory Enduro Team), finished in the top 3 spots in the Men’s race, marking first EWS podiums for all three, and entirely shaking up the overall rankings. Image credit: Matt Wragg/Enduro World Series Lau now holds the Series lead as the Series goes into the third round. He is ahead of Leov, France’s Florian Nicolai (Rocky Mountain Urge BP) who came 4th this weekend, and Australia’s Jared Graves (Yeit/Fox Shox Factory Team), and Belgium’s Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing), both of whom came back from difficult first days to finish in 9th and 7th position, respectively. Says Enduro World Series Managing Director, Chris Ball, “The course involved massive distances and climbs, all human powered, and with no outside assistance permitted, riders really had to play a long game and be as tactically savvy as they were technically proficient. It was probably the biggest challenge any riders have faced to date.” Moseley’s victory on home turf, Kiwi Justin Leov’s first podium (2nd place), and Swiss Rene Wildhaber in 12th once again proved a powerful combination, keeping the TREK Factory Racing Enduro team at the top of the team leaderboard. Rocky Mountain Urge BP remain in second, thanks to the 3rd place finish from Florian Nicolai, Isabeau Cordurier in 9th and Alex Cure in 11th. (Full team rankings at www.enduroworldseries.com) Image credit: Matt Wragg/Enduro World Series “The local community was buzzing about the arrival of the EWS all week,” said TweedLove’s Neil Dagleish. “To see the likes of Tracy Moseley and Cedric Gracia riding on their home tracks really is a dream come true for many of them. I can't even begin to explain how amazing the community have been here - they have got behind both TweedLove and the Enduro World Series in a huge way and shown us nothing but support. That level of support seemed to be really appreciated by the riders, who in return embraced our community and helped out at kids events, signed autographs and maybe even picked up some riding tips along the way.” The complete integration of kids into the festival, from a pro skills night to rolling off the start line or surrounding the podium, bodes well for the future of UK mountain biking, too. From the Chilean Andes to the pastures of Scotland, the third round of the Enduro World Series now moves to the northern French Alps for round 3, Enduro Series Valloire driven by Urge Bike Products, June 21-22. Dirt TV’s race coverage can be viewed at enduroworldseries.com. The full race highlights edit will be released on Wednesday.
  9. The demanding trails of Britain’s Tweed Valley took their toll on the Enduro World Series’ top riders this weekend, while revealing a depth of technical prowess amongst local riders. Click here to view the article
  10. Tracey Moseley // Image credit: Sven Martin Against the backdrop and thin air of the Nevados de Chillan volcano, the Santa Cruz Montenbaik Enduro by MTBLab 2014 course will drop from the steaming vents and high altitude of the volcanic cone around Chile’s Nevados de Chillan Bike Park to the densely forested valley floor. Many international EWS riders, as well as leading South American athletes, acclimatised at host organiser Montenbaik Enduro’s first race in La Parva last week, where reigning EWS World Champion, Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain), took the win, just ahead of Nico Lau (Cube Action Team). Host organisation, Montenbaik Enduro have spearheaded the growth of enduro in South America over the past 6 years. Media Director Eduardo de Solminihac is confident that that experience will ensure “that our staff and our Montenbaiker community will give riders and media from all over the world the best experience this weekend. We are very excited to have a MTB world series in Chile for the first time, and to show our best trails.” In response to feedback and learnings acquired over the Enduro World Series’ debut season, EMBA released an updated Rule Book on April 8, (available for download on http://www.enduroworldseries.com/rules.php.) “Everyone’s constructive feedback has been incredibly valuable to us and we hope that these alterations continue to define and develop enduro mountain bike racing into the future,” said Enduro World Series Managing Director, Chris Ball, of the release. Highlights include new measures to ensure the environmental impact of the Series is mitigated, by banning goggle tear-offs and food-caching. The six stage race will see a combination of chairlift riding, uphill walking and approximately 1000m of climbing each day with winning GC (overall) times expected to be within the 40-45 minute range. Stage maps have been released at http://montenbaik.co...e-chillan-2014/ With Clementz fresh from his La Parva victory, and EWS 2013 podium-mates Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) and Fabien Barel (Canyon Factory Enduro Team) eyeing his World Champion armband, the margins are likely to be close. Jerome Clementz // Image credit: Chris Ball The Junior race is wide open, with 2013 champion Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) opting to compete in the elite category this season, despite his age. (He turned seventeen in January.) Nineteen year old 2013 Junior World Champion DH, Richie Rude (Yeti Fox Shox), adds another dose of young blood to the contest. Women’s defending World Champion, Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing), comes to Nevados de Chillan after a strong performance in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, in her first World Cup XC race. Her strongest challenger, Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis Cycles), whose 2013 EWS debut was marred by an early injury, has kicked off her season with a win in La Parva. With seven great locations, a cast of champions and Dirt TV highlights providing amped-up coverage under the leadership of Richard (@LordCunny) Cunynghame, the stage is set for an awesome season, says Managing Director Chris Ball. “Still buzzing from our inaugural year last year, we head into Round One 2014 in the epic Nevados de Chillan, Chile. The team at Montenbaik have done an incredible job building enduro racing in Chile over the last six years and the riding community in this country is just incredible. I can’t think of a better location or better team to kick start the second year of the Enduro World Series with. With some news rules and a tighter points structure, the next seven months are going to see some jaw dropping enduro racing and we can’t wait to see what unfolds”. A comprehensive Media Guide, with background to the EWS, information about each location, and a handy glossary of enduro jargon, is available at http://www.endurowor...l-resources.php
  11. As mountain bike season kicks off, the enduro mountain bike racing community is headed south, massing in Chile for the first round of the 2014 Enduro World Series this weekend, April 19-20. Click here to view the article
  12. Continental, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Shimano, Giant Bicycles, Specialized Bicycles, Canyon Bicycles, Mavic, SRAM, Cannondale, Cube Bicycles, Alpine Stars, Fox Racing Shox, Mucky Nutz, Dirty Selle San Marco - it reads like a who’s who among bike brands, and it is. Click here to view the article
  13. But this line-up also represents the 2014 official supporters of the Enduro World Series. Early adopters of a new crowd-funded model for professional mountain bike events, the 14 gold and silver supporters provide the backing for the Enduro Mountain Bike Association (EMBA) as it moves into the second year of hosting a seven part World Series that will get underway two weeks from now in Nevados de Chillan, Chile. By foregoing traditional methods of event sponsorship, the EWS committed from the outset to a grassroots model. “We offer no exclusive sponsorship packages and that allows each individual round to hold the full sponsorship rights to their own event,” says EWS Managing Director, Chris Ball. “It’s a crowd funded approach to international sport, and it was designed to be a sustainable ground-up funding model.” And it’s working. Thanks to the commitment and literal buy-in of Continental, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Shimano, Giant Bicycles, Specialized Bicycles, Canyon Bicycles, Mavic, SRAM, Cannondale, Cube Bicycles, Alpine Stars, Fox Racing Shox, Mucky Nutz, and Dirty Selle San Marco, whose direct investment in the organisation make them a key part of the series and its successess, Enduro World Series 2014 has been able to move into two new countries, Chile and the UK, and contribute 5% of ALL supportership income to the Overall Series prize money for Women and Men to be awarded after the final round of the series. “It’s a very novel business model, at the professional level,” says SRAM’s Jeremiah Boobar, who serves on the EWS Advisory Board. “By being built, managed and funded by people and companies that are passionate about the success of this format of racing, EWS has set a direction the reflects the needs of participants with the support of the industry. This differs greatly from other disciplines where racing format, course design and technical regulations are determined by a third party who has to answer to the Olympic movement.” One year ago, with the first 19 official teams, 10 supporters and 220 members signed on, the Enduro World Series had the critical mass needed to launch. “It was not hard to convince many in the industry to invest in getting the EWS off the ground,” says Boobar. “I think we all saw the potential for what a world series could do for mountain biking. The expansion of the number of professional Enduro teams and athletes this offseason is a confirmation that everyone wants to be a part of the fun that has the industry buzzing. If there were doubters last year, they have changed their minds for 2014. I sincerely hope a broader portion of the industry sees the value and invests in the series for 2014 and beyond.” “These are the people who have committed to keeping the sport growing,” says Ball. “We are grateful to the 26 teams, 14 supporters and over 350 individual members who are backing the Series and investing in the sport of enduro.” The Gold supporters for the 2014 Enduro World Series are: Continental, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Shimano, Giant Bicycles, Specialized Bicycles, Canyon Bicycles, Mavic, SRAM, Cannondale, Cube Bicycles, Alpine Stars and Fox Racing Shox. Silver supporters are: Mucky Nutz and Dirty Selle San Marco Individuals, too, can show their support by purchasing an EMBA membership. (Follow the links from http://www.endurowor...s.com/about.php to https://ccnbikes.com...t-licensee/emba)
  14. Image credit: Matt Wragg Team applications close January 20. Reserved riders have from February 10-16 to confirm spots. Open registration for all 7 events commences Feb 19. Team applications are now open at http://www.enduroworldseries.com/team-reg/ for 2014. Applications will close midnight GMT January 20. The Official Teams, to be capped at 30, will be announced January 24. Entry into the 2014 Enduro World Series will then open February 10-16 for reserved riders. Reserved entries for each event will be comprised of the top 100 Men and 25 Women in the 2013 EWS ranking, four Team Riders from each official team, the top 2 Men and Women from selected international series’ and a maximum of 25 other riders and media at the local organiser’s discretion. A full list of reserved riders will be published on www.enduroworldseries.com. Individual public registration for each of the seven 2014 EWS events opens February 19 at enduroworldseries.com once official teams and reserved spots are finalised. A ‘Notice of Race’ for each venue outlining the key details about each race format will be available at enduroworldseries.com prior to February 19. EWS Managing Director, Chris Ball says, “In response to rider and team feedback from our first year, our biggest priority has been to improve communication. In addition to making a Notice of Race available for each event, in one place, at the Series outset, we’ve streamlined the registration process, centralising everything at enduroworldseries.com.” The centralised system, developed by rider-built CCN Bikes out of Vancouver, Canada, will also enable the Enduro World Series to track riders through the year, create more in-depth results from each event and automate rankings as soon as results are in. Adds Ball, “After an exciting debut last year, with the degree of inquiries we’re fielding already and with seven incredible venues lined up for this year, we anticipate the demand to be very high, so put the 19th of February in your diary.” The 2014 Enduro World Series will take riders around the world, as fulfils EMBA’s mission, to experience the most diverse and incredible riding on offer: · Nevados de Chillan, Chile, 19-20 April · TweedLove Festival, Scotland, UK, 30 May – 1 June · Enduro Series Valloire, France, 21-22 June · SuperEnduro La Thuille, Italy, 12-13 July · Colorado Freeride Festival, Winterpark CO, USA, 26-27 July · Crankworx Whistler, BC, Canada, 9-10 August · SuperEnduro Finale Ligure, Italy, 4-5 October About the Enduro World Series The Enduro World Series (EWS) was created in October 2012 with the aim of uniting the world's mountain bike enduro racing community. The Enduro World Series links the largest mountain bike enduro events in the world with the best trails possible and exists to deliver the best racing, most relaxed atmosphere and rider-focused organization possible. The team behind the Enduro World Series has one goal - to globally develop and progress the discipline of enduro for the riders, the sport and the industry. With the shared experience of Italian Super Enduro, French Enduro Series, Crankworx and World Cup racing, the Enduro World Series will offer international competitions unlike any before it. The Enduro Mountain Bike Association’s (EMBA) Board of Directors is supported by an industry Advisory Board, to reflect and respond to the riding community, that includes Santa Cruz Bicycles’ Rob Roskopp, SRAM’s Jeremiah Boobar, Fox Shox’ Mark Fitzsimmons and riders Tracy Moseley, Jerome Clementz and Curtis Keene. For more information, follow the Enduro World Series on facebook www.facebook.com/EnduroWorldSeries or email Chris Ball, Managing Director: chris@enduroworldseries.com
  15. Enduro World Series (EWS) organisers had scant few moments to enjoy the industry accolades that acknowledged its debut season as a “game-changer” before rolling up their sleeves to debut a new centralised registration process to kick-off of the 2014 Series. Click here to view the article
  16. The overall Series winners, Jerome Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain), Tracy Moseley (TREK Factory Racing) and Junior Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing), already secure after Val d’Isere August 24-25, refused to cruise to the final podium of the year, instead engaging in dramatic stage-by-stage battles to each win the final race as well as their Overall titles. Said Enduro World Series Managing Director, Chris Ball, “The riders who could have taken it the easiest this weekend put on the best races ever. It turned out to be an amazing end to the season.” An historic field of 600 racers from 26 nations took part in the 45km 5 stage race that made the most of the Ligurian Coast’s incredible terrain, from fast flowing woodland trails to technical rocky coastal paths. The talent pool was deep with pro riders and world champions from all disciplines, ending their seasons on a celebratory note, with top downhillers like Steve Peat and Josh Bryceland electing to finish their competitive year racing their bikes to the beach, 2013 World XC Champion Nino Schurter sharing a starting gate with Red Bull Rampage rider Brendan Fairclough, and Olympic XC racer Marco Aurelio Fontana making his enduro debut. Former 4X World Champion Jared Graves (Yeti Fox) pushed Clementz to the last, and 2013 TransProvence winner Nicolas Lau showed himself a force to be reckoned with, posting times that would have clinched him the win were it not for a one minute time penalty. The racing culminated in the presentation to Clementz and Moseley of hand-crafted trophies, designed by enduro athlete Anka Martin and her photographer husband Sven, and brought to life by Scottish artisan Simon Muir. Designed from exotic hardwoods to represent the Enduro World Series logo, the trophies have eight tiny compartments each containing a relic from one of the race destinations: soil from Punta Ala, Italy, alpine rock from Val d’Allos, France, a bottle of Genepe from Les 2 Alpes, France, bark and aspen leaves from Winter Park, Colorado, old man’s beard moss from Whistler, BC, white organic linen from Val d’Isere, France to symbolize the white-out conditions, and fresh hazelnuts sand from the beach of Finale Ligure. A final compartment remains as an empty invitation for the two champions to add a personal memento from their year of racing. Said Ball of the first year for the Enduro World Series, “It has exceeded anything I could have dreamed off. It’s been a roller-coaster of a year, and we have a huge amount of input from the riders and teams as we move forward. We’ve learned a lot. But this final race and the amazing vibe here this weekend has absolutely motivated us to push on.” http://www.vitalmtb.com/v/23420 Take at a look at some 'Raw' footage thanks to VitalMTB of the Enduro World Series Finale Ligure. Image credit: Matteo Cappé
  17. Any concern that the seventh and final round of the Enduro World Series would be anti-climactic was put to rest this weekend with a save-the-best-to-last race hosted by Superenduro at Finale Ligure, Italy. Click here to view the article
  18. An historic field of 600 racers from 26 nations will take to the trails of the Ligurian Coast for two days of racing to crown the first Enduro World Series Champions. The talent pool is deep with pro riders and world champions from all disciplines, with a starting list boasting the likes of Jerome Clementz, Tracy Moseley, Jared Graves, Fabien Barel, Cedric Gracia, Anne Caroline Chausson, Martin Maes, Dan Atherton, Tanja Zakelj, Brendan Fairclough, Steve Peat, Josh Bryceland, and Justin Leov, in addition to top XC racers Marco Aurelio Fontana and Nino Schurter making their Enduro World Series debut. The winner of the 2013 Superenduro circuit, currently a battle between Manuel Ducci and Davide Sottocornola, will also be decided this weekend. The 6 stage course, which was announced Wednesday October 16, will feature 2300m in climbing and descending over approximately 60km, incorporating every type of terrain in the region, from fast flowing woodland trails to technical rocky coastal paths. The two day Superenduro powered by SRAM event caps off an epic season for global enduro mountain biking that began just 5 months ago in Punta Ala, Italy, and travelled to Val d’Allos and Crankworx Les 2 Alpes in France, Colorado’s Winter Park, Crankworx Whistler, and Val d’Isere. As Superenduro co-founder and host, Enrico Guala says, this final round takes place less than a year after the Enduro World Series was created, conceived to unite the world’s enduro mountain bike community. “360 days later, we are hosting the most incredible group of mountain bikers coming from all disciplines and backgrounds for the most exciting event the sport has witnessed,” says Guala. Practice commences Thursday and Friday with the first rider setting off at 8:30am on Saturday. Event highlights will be posted at on facebook https://www.facebook...duroWorldSeries, @World_Enduro on twitter and @World_Enduro on Instagram. Image credits: Matt Wragg
  19. For the world’s best and most passionate mountain bikers, all roads lead to Finale Ligure on the Italian Riviera this weekend, for the final round of the Enduro World Series. Click here to view the article
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