The Enduro World Series has just lifted the veil on its 2022 race calendar; chock full of new destinations, the season kicks off with a doubleheader in Tasmania.
The 2021 season was revised due to the ongoing pandemic, the EWS race season has been truncated to only include events in Europe. With ongoing uncertainties around travel, quarantine and event restrictions, keeping all the races on one continent allowed teams to set up a home base for the summer to help manage budgets and account for local Covid 19 guidelines.
For 2022, we are back to business with 11 EWS Races, five editions of the EWS-E and the return of the Trophy of Nations team event.
- Flow’s Excellent Derby EWS Adventure
- The smells, sights, and sounds of the 2021 Dragon Trail. Tasmania’s New Stage Race
- Canadian MTB Legend, Brett Tippie, Rides Maydena Bike Park, Tasmania
2022 Enduro World Series Calendar
The first stop brings riders to Maydena on 26-27 March, where they will do battle with the venerable Abbotts Peak, and its 820m of vertical drop. Maydena will be a pro-only stop due to the steep and brazenly technical trails that rumbled down the mountain. The course is still to be announced, but we’d speculate it wouldn’t be that far off from the EWS Gold Qualifier the bike park ran in March 2021.
Riders will then make their way across the Apple Isle to Derby, which will host the EWS for the third time from 2-3 April 2022. Derby earned the Trail of the Year following the EWS’s first two visits and hopes to make that a hat trick in 2022. Again, we don’t know exactly which trails will be used for the course, but we anticipate Detonate, Shearpin, Kumma Gutza and Trouty to make appearances.
Before heading to the Northern Hemisphere, the EWS will go through Nelson, New Zealand, for the first time. Nelson was supposed to open the 2021 season, but the event was cancelled due to New Zealand’s international borders still being closed to most of the world.
The tour then takes the world’s best enduro racers back up north to face Scotland’s Tweed Valley, where we will see both naturally aspirated racing and the first round of the EWS-E.
From here, the series kicks off its major European racing block, where riders will border hop between Austria and Slovenia at the Petzen-Jamnica venue for both EWS and EWS-E racing.
Round five takes racers to the Dolomites for some Casunziei, a bit of Grappa, and to race at Val Di Fassa, where Richie Rude and Isabeau Courdurier stood atop the podium the last time the EWS visited in 2019.
Closing out the European leg of the calendar, the series drops into Valberg in France, where the EWS has not been since 2016. Here Sam Hill came out on top with Nicolas Vouilloz and Jesse Melamed hot on his tail last time around, while Cecile Ravenel rode to the top step by a 30-second margin in the women’s field. It won’t be Hill or Ravenel racing in France’s Maritime Alps in 2022 because this is an EWS-E only stop.
At the beginning of August, the series will jump across the Atlantic and make a triumphant return to Whistler, taking riders down some of mountain biking’s most famous trails. Then it’s over to the east coast of the United States for a lobster roll and racing in Burke, Vermont and Sugarloaf, Maine, which will be the first time the land of the free has hosted back to back events.
Once the riders have had their fill of lighthouses and L.L. Bean, it’s time for fondue and to dust off the French dictionary, because Crans-Montana in Switzerland is the location of the penultimate round of the EWS and EWS-E.
Leaving Switzerland, the EWS and EWS-E split, with the analogue riders headed for the French Pyrenees to race in Loudenvielle, while the eMTBers will take on Finale Ligure in Italy.
Once the individual champions have been crowned, there is still one more race; the Trophy of Nations sees riders compete in teams of three for their home nations to earn the rainbow stripes.