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The Enduro World Series (EWS) has revealed a revised 2021 event calendar in response to ongoing uncertainty over Covid and travel restrictions. Both the Whistler round and the Trophy of Nations have been deferred until 2022, leaving an EWS 2021 race season based solely in Europe.
|Met EWS Val di Fassa (Double)||23 June 2021||Canazei, ITA|
|Vittoria EWS La Thuile (Double)||8 July 2021||La Thuile, ITA|
|Michelin EWS Loudenvielle (Double)||2 September 2021||Loudenvielle, Vallée du Louron, FRA|
|EWS Crans-Montana||11 September 2021||Crans-Montana, SUI|
|Vittoria EWS Pietra Ligure||25 September 2021||Pietra Ligure, ITA|
|Vittoria EWS Tweed Valley||2 October 2021||Tweed Valley, GBR|
The official press release explains:
Scheduled to take place in August, Whistler is always a fan and rider favourite on the EWS calendar. However, with the ongoing uncertainties around travel and other restrictions, an early decision has been made to consolidate the EWS’ racing season in Europe for this year. Crankworx has agreed this is the best decision. This will allow riders and teams to base themselves in one area for the summer, helping to manage budgets and also negate the effects of any travel restrictions or quarantine periods.
With the possibility that not all nations will be able to attend, alongside a wish to avoid team racing, the decision has also been reached to press pause on the Trophy of Nations for 2021. While it may be one of the biggest weekends on the calendar, it has been decided to focus on delivering a solid, fair and safe EWS and EWS-E season. The Nations event will return in 2022 when riders can once again represent their home nations and race as teams between the tapes.
In place of the Trophy of Nations, will be the Bluegrass Finale EWS-E presented by Vittoria. This will be one of the biggest EWS-E races to date, taking in huge days on the bike with record numbers of climbing and descending over the weekend of September 18-19.
A spokesperson for the EWS said: “Both Whistler and the Trophy of Nations will be sorely missed this year, but we fully expect both to be back next year when we can enjoy them to their full potential. We feel confident in the 2021 calendar, and with nine rounds of the EWS and four EWS-E races it’s our biggest season of racing to date.”
This looks to be a sensible approach that should limit the international movement of riders. Crankworx has yet to announce its schedule, so it will be interesting to see how it shapes up. If all the big events are in Europe there could be a lot to go and see – of course, us UK residents might not be able to get there anyway! The uncertainty continues.
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