The Enduro World Series has announced the next step in its short but action packed history, as it has reached an agreement with cycling’s world governing body, the UCI. Alongside the individual EWS titles, starting in 2019 the UCI will award the iconic UCI Rainbow Jerseys to the winning national teams at the annual Trophy of Nations event.
The new partnership signifies the progression of the EWS, cementing its place as the world’s leading enduro series and recognizing the rapid progression of the discipline over the last six years.
The tight racing, exciting venues and great trails that are the hallmarks of the EWS will remain unchanged following this new agreement, and the Enduro World Series championship will continue as one of the hardest fought and most prestigious individual titles in mountain biking.
The EWS will now begin working closely with the UCI to continue developing the discipline, advise the UCI Mountain Bike Commission, train Commissaires, and integrate anti-doping policies into the sport of enduro worldwide.
“It’s been no secret we have remained in close communication with the UCI for the past six years whilst the EWS has spearheaded the growth of enduro,” said Chris Ball, Managing Director of the EWS. “As the discipline continues its rapid expansion, the time is now right to add a layer of neutral governance. I’ve always been a firm believer that every sport needs checks, balances and transparency in place.”
“This agreement has been a long time in the making and following the election of new UCI President David Lappartient in 2017, our relationship has strengthened and negotiations have accelerated. I am now pleased to announce that the EWS and the UCI from today will begin a new way of working together for the best of the sport, that will maintain the EWS’ position at the top of the discipline. This will allow the EWS to represent and guide the direction of enduro within the UCI, bring anti-doping best practice from the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) and award the fabled UCI Rainbow Jerseys at the Trophy of Nations in 2019.”
“I am looking forward to mountain bike enduro joining the specialties recognized by the UCI thanks to the inclusion of the Enduro World Series on the UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar,” added Lappartient.