Video: 2019 Enduro World Series Calendar – Plus Trophy of Nations Race

We’re really excited to see Rounds 1 & 2 of the Enduro World Series coming back down under for 2019, making it far more accessible for Australia’s emerging enduro talent to make a strong start in the series.

22–23 March 2019 Round 1 – Rotorua, NZ
29–30 March 2019 Round 2 – Derby, Tasmania
10–11 May 2019 Round 3 – Madeira, Portugal
28–29 June 2019 Round 4 – Canazei, Italy
6–7 July 2019 Round 5 – Les Orres, France
9–10 August 2019 Round 6 – Whistler, Canada
23–24 August 2019 Round 7 – Northstar, California
21–22 September 2019 Round 8 – Zermatt, Switzerland
28 September 2019 Trophy of Nations, Finale Ligure, Italy

What is the Trophy of Nations?

Taking place on the iconic trails of Finale in September 2019, the Trophy of Nations will be a true celebration of cycling as riders cast aside individual glory in favour of teamwork and national pride. Teamwork, strategy and sportsmanship will be pushed to the limit as riders have to work together in teams of three to race for a combined result.

Josh Carlson has a lot of experience in Finale Ligure. Photo: Sven Martin

Featuring three categories, the event will pit nation against nation, industry against industry and amateur against amateur team. Each category of team will be made up of three riders. National teams will be made up from the top three riders of the newly structured Global EWS ranking from that country, and there will be both male and female teams.

To put that in context, if the event had run in 2017 Team Australia would have been Sam Hill, Jared Graves and Josh Carlson taking on Jerome Clementz, Damien Oton and Adrien Dailly of Team France.

Sam Hill on his way to winning the 2017 series in Finale. Photo: Matthew DeLorme
Jared Graves had some unlucky mechanicals in 2017 but showed his form with some great stage results. Photo: Enduro World Series
James Hall ranked 55th in the 2017 EWS, an impressive result for a privateer. Will he make Team Australia to race again in Finale Ligure in 2019? Photo: Ross Bell

Amateurs riders can also enter their own teams of three with no restrictions on how they are compromised – giving them the chance to ride together to take on some of the biggest names in mountain biking.

Industry teams are being invited to get involved too, allowing mechanics and team managers to down tools, leave the pits behind and get out on the trails and show what they’re made of.

The Trophy of Nations will be a standalone event and will not contribute to a rider’s global ranking, taking place in Finale the week after the series concludes at round eight in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Shelly Flood will be an Aussie to watch as she continues to dabble in Enduro amongst her DH commitments.

EWS Down Under

Learn more about New Zealand’s Round 1 in Rotorua here and Tasmania’s Round 2 in Derby. Then start planning to secure yourself some EWS qualifying points at the Shimano Enduro Tour starting October 2018 on the Gold Coast, followed by Derby then Mt Buller.

“So, Jared, who do you want on Team Australia with you?”

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