05 Feb 2018

The 2018 Enduro World Series may not have started yet, but organisers are already announcing the details of next year's calendar. We're stoked to hear that the first round will be back in Rotorua!

The trails are world class and the local riders, and community in general, always offer us such a warm Kiwi welcome.

The EWS will release 2019’s locations daily, starting today – including four completely new venues. And first up will be a trip down under to the incredible trails of Rotorua, New Zealand.

In 2017, Sam Hill was the fastest man on stages 4 and 7 in Rotorua and battled his way to 4th place, only 8 seconds off the top spot. A strong start to his season that saw him win the World Series Title.
With the 2019 EWS coming back to NZ we’ll likely see more Aussies having a crack at the top level of enduro. Jack Moir’s very focused on World Cup downhill, but his 6th place in Rotorua last year revealed his potential with a little more pedalling.

This North Island venue has proved a real hit with riders from across the globe, with many now travelling to the iconic trails of the Whakarewarewa Forest outside of racing for their off-season training. With a huge and ever growing mountain biking community in Rotorua, it’s little wonder the series decided to come back for a third time.

Cecile Ravanel was on fire at Rotorua in 2017’s opening round, winning all but the final stage. A sign of things to come for her.

Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, said: “We’ve been working to announce the 2019 calendar much earlier this year to allow the local organisers, riders and fans more time to prepare. We couldn’t be more excited to be heading back to Rotorua – the trails are world class and the local riders, and community in general, always offer us such a warm Kiwi welcome.”

Relive more of the 2017 Enduro World Series in the full season video recap here.