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The Enduro World Series (EWS) is extending its partnership with the UCI and will include the management and development of eMTB enduro racing starting in 2020.

The EWS will develop and grow the sport of eMTB enduro internationally with the UCI and will create a new flagship international series in 2020, dubbed the EWS-E.

The series will hold three rounds across Europe in France, Switzerland, and Italy, with overall winners crowned the EWS-E Champions.

The EWS tested the eMTB format in Finale Ligure, IT in 2018, but waited to launch a series until there were more answers about how to monitor motor assistance. The EWS now believes they can safely monitor motor output, and say they are excited to start the new series.

They have been working on technology development for the past two years to monitor eMTB power and will make the information about their testing process available in early 2020.

The format retains the existing EWS values of racing, but will be held on separate courses that will bring a different mix of terrain, with highly technical uphill and downhill Special Stages.

“The addition of technical climbing will not be the only difference to traditional EWS enduro racing though, as EWS-E will also bring the Liaison Stages into the challenge with tighter times and more singletrack than ever before,” says the EWS in a press release.

The first EWS-E race will happen in Valberg, FR July 17-18, 2020, followed by a race along the existing EWS finals in Zermatt, SUI on Aug 29-30, finishing in Finale Ligure with the Trophy of Nations on a final weekend of EWS racing Sept. 25-26.

“We have always aimed to innovate within the EWS and so we are delighted to begin an exciting journey in the development of an e-bike enduro format that will push riders and technology and create a whole new form of exciting enduro-format racing,” says a statement from the EWS Board of Directors.

“We are motivated to help drive technological development, including the launch of electronic monitoring of E-bike motors for fair sport and work to make sure trail access and important developments for the future of this discipline are carefully managed. Starting in central Europe in 2020, we will work to expand the EWS-E to new countries when the time is right”

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  • Jeff Barber

    I’d be curious to see what might happen if the EWS just allowed eMTBs to compete alongside regular bikes. Would the top pros find an advantage in using one? While the climbs aren’t timed, being fresh definitely helps with the descents. But then maybe the bikes wouldn’t handle as well on the descents.

    The technical climb portion is intriguing as well. This could potentially be a whole new discipline: e-bike hill climbing. Moto hill climb competitions are fun to watch, so this could be too.

    • jgmtb

      This is definitely the industry driving this, with the huge growth of ebikes in Europe.

      @Jeff: They actually would give a huge advantage. Ebikes don’t just help you in the climbs, they help you when accelerating out of corners. There’s a guy i sometimes ride with who is on an ebike (he’s a positive example of an ebiker who has a ton of passion, but just started really riding at 40 and doesn’t have to fitness to hang with us) and just slightly less skilled than I am. On a downhill if I’m full throttle I will put some distance into him, but when there are really tight turns where you loose a lot of speed, I quickly find him on my tail again. In Europe ebikes are governed at 25km/h, and for sure there are lots of turns on enduro courses that I’m not taking that fast. Maybe Sam Hill does carry that kind of speed, though…

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