One of the best things going in the world of mountain biking is enduro racing and the top organization called the Enduro World Series. They put together a a series similar to the F1 series of auto racing where the find the finest mountain bike destinations in the planet. This gives racers, manufacturers and spectators the chance to travel and explore.
It also gives locals a chance to showcase their home turf, display national pride and jumpstart tourism in the area.
The EWS organization often works with the premier local organizer to ensure they have the inside knowledge and reliable manpower to run the best race smoothly.
The Enduro World Series continues its proud tradition of uncovering the world’s best riding destinations as it reveals its 2016 calendar. The new season will once again feature eight rounds across three continents, including four completely new venues in Chile, Argentina, France and the USA.
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Next season is set to kick off in style as the series heads to Chile in March. After the success of the Chilean round in 2014, it seemed only right the EWS should head back to South America and revisit our great friends and organizers at Montenbaik. But this time the high mountains and iconic volcanic terrain of Nevados de Chillan has been replaced with the beautiful Patagonian coastline of Valdivia. The opening round of the season will feature two days of racing on incredible singletrack that heads all the way down to the South Pacific Ocean.
For round two in April it’s another Patagonian event, but this time the series makes its first foray into Argentina. The city of Bariloche sits amongst the Andes Mountains and riders will be blown away by the famous Cerro Catedral ski resort in the north Patagonian Andean Zone located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Bariloche offers the perfect mix of big mountain adventure against a backdrop of the region’s most celebrated and cosmopolitan town.
In stark contract to Patagonia, May sees the series turn its attention to the rolling green hills of Ireland for a return trip to County Wicklow and the legendary biking.ie organization. Ireland may not be home to the biggest mountains in Europe, but what it lacks in height it more than makes up for in character. Home to some of the craziest fans the series has ever seen, it’s safe to say riders will be pleased to see Carrick Mountain back on the calendar after this year’s incredible event. Fun will be high on the agenda at this one day race with a laid back vibe.
Round four sees another popular venue make a welcome return, with the spectacular La Thuile back in action. Sitting just over the Italian border with France, La Thuile lies in the shadow of Europe’s most famous peak, the magnificent Mont Blanc. This small resort offers mile upon mile of natural Alpine singletrack. A firm favourite with riders when the series visited our Italian partners and great hosts Superenduro in 2014, La Thuile offers two days of classic lift accessed enduro amongst some of the Alps’ highest mountains.