2018 Enduro World Series venues and dates – video
The 2018 EWS visits eight countries and three continents over eight intense rounds
Travelling across the world to race your bike is like a dream come true, and for some a reality. The 2018 Enduro World Series looks to crank it up a notch with eight spectacular venues over three continents. Read on to find out more...
The EWS visits South America for rounds one and two. The first round is in Chile and, although the venue is close to the Chilean capital Santiago, the racing is sure to be wild. For the first time, the EWS is going to then visit Colombia for round two, which is sure to deliver amazing trails and stunning backdrops as the event heads through the rainforest.
For rounds three, four and five, the EWS heads to Europe. Round three is in the South West of France, where riders can expect some seriously technical terrain. Round four runs across two countries, Slovenia and Austria, with some of the longest stages in EWS history and the added excitement of underground liaisons! La Thuile in Italy hosts round five, where alpine descents are the order of the day.
Round six is in Whistler, Canada, to join up with the Crankworx series. Round seven, and it's back to Europe, this time to the Pyrenean foothills of Spain – a rider favourite. The final round will be in Finale Ligure, Italy, where riders can expect the dusty and rocky trails to finish on the beach!
The dates are:
1. Lo Barnechea, Chile - 24/5 March
2. Manizales, Colombia - 31 March/1 April
3. Olargues-Montagnes du Caroux, France - 12/13 May
4. Petzen-Jamnica, Slovenia/Austria - 30 June/1 July
5. La Thuile, Italy - 21/2 July
6. Whistler, Canada - 12 August
7. Ainsa-Sobrabre, Spain - 22/3 September
8. Finale Ligure, Italy - 29/30 September
Alex Evans is BikeRadar’s senior mountain bike technical editor. He started racing downhill at the tender age of 11 before going on to compete across Europe. Alex moved to Morzine in the French Alps at 19 to pursue a career as a bike bum and clocked up an enormous amount of riding. Hitting those famous tracks day in, day out for eight years, he broke more bikes than he can remember. Alex then moved back to the UK and put his vast knowledge of mountain biking to good use by landing a job working for MBUK magazine as features editor. Since working for MBUK, Alex’s focus has moved to bike tech. He’s one of BikeRadar’s lead testers and knows how to push bikes and products to the limit, searching out the equipment that represents the best value for money. Alex is also a dedicated eMTB rider, and still dabbles in racing of a sort, doing his best to top the Strava leaderboard on the steepest, gnarliest and twistiest trails the Tweed Valley has to offer – just for fun, of course. Alex is also a regular on the BikeRadar YouTube channel and BikeRadar podcast.