The EWS event planning team seems to have high expectations that a new normal will be firmly established by 2022, and their race calendar for next year opens back up to full-steam travel and an earlier spring start. There will be 11 EWS events in total, five EWS-E races, the Trophy of Nations team competition, and too many regional events to count.
The first round will take place in one of four new locations, Maydena, Australia, where the trails are said to be “unflinchingly steep.” From there, riders will head to Derby, which has been on the calendar a number of times in the past. That round is followed closely by a race on the fern-lined tracks of Nelson, New Zealand.
It looks like the race season is planned with some breaks for riders to take their time traveling and getting acquainted with different areas, as there are no events scheduled in May or July. After the Nelson race, there’s a full month to acclimatize to the rain before racing in the Tween Valley in June, and hopefully drying off a bit in Slovenia and Austria for the natural tracks of Jamnica and Petzen. The final spring round takes place in the high Dolomite tracks around Canazei, Italy.
Finally, after an unexpected hiatus, the series returns to North American for the annual part in Whistler. Across the field, there will be an event in beautiful Burke, Vermont before the inaugural round in Sugarloaf, Maine. Check out our story on those newly raked tracks if you haven’t already.
Back in Europe, the penultimate race will see riders sliding down the slopes of Crans-Montana, Switzerland, in mid September. The 2022 season closer won’t be in its usual home of Finale Ligure, Italy, but will move to Loudenvielle, in the French Pyrenees, to finish out the long run.
If you’re looking for places to travel and ride, this race schedule is a good spot to start.
- Maydena, Tasmania, Australia, March 26th
- Derby, Tasmania, Australia, April 2nd
- Nelson, New Zealand, April 9th
- Tweed Valley, Innerleithenm, Great Britain, June 4th
- Petzen, Jamnica, Slovania, June 18th
- Val di Fassa, Canazei, Italy, June 25th
- Whistler, Canada, August 6th
- Burke, Vermont, USA, August 13th
- Sugarloaf, Maine, USA, August 20th
- Crans-Montana, Switzerland, September 17th
- Loudenvielle, France, September 24th
Stay tuned to our coverage of the 2021 season which starts in just a few weeks.