The Enduro World Series (EWS) is excited to announce the addition of a new round to the 2020 calendar. Round six will take place in Burke, Vermont on August 1-2, marking the first time the EWS has visited the East Coast of the United States of America. After their Men’s team took the rainbow jersey at the Trophy of Nations in Finale last month, and after such a successful event in Northstar, California, it seems only right to include a USA venue on next season’s calendar. Burke Mountain is no stranger to enduro races, having hosted three EWS Qualifiers as well as a round of the 2018 North American Enduro Series earlier this year. This established venue is well known in the States as the proving ground for many an East Coast athlete, but with a brand new trail set to open for the race, riders are in for a completely new Burke Experience. Taking place over two days, the race will feature terrain the area is famous for – rooty, rocky and above all, highly technical. And with an overhaul in progress on some of the existing trails, riders are in for a big weekend of racing. Trail building legend and Burke local, Knight Ide explains: “It’s been a goal of mine for a long time to bring an event of this caliber to my home town. To be involved and watch it all come together, there is no greater satisfaction in my opinion.” Ide has been a driving force when it comes to growing the mountain bike scene in East Burke. From creating a junior downhill gravity team comprised of local kids who tirelessly session the trails before growing up to sweep podiums at local and nationwide competitions, to humbly building world renowned trails up and down the east coast, it’s safe to say the EWS course at Burke is in experienced hands. Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, said: “The trails at Burke Mountain are famous across North America and I can’t think of anywhere better to host the first East Coast EWS. “The USA dominated the men’s competition at the Trophy of Nations in Italy last month, testament to the growing enduro scene across the States, so it seemed only right that we include a stop on next year’s calendar.” The 2020 Burke EWS is the start of an annual competitive mountain bike festival in the Northeast. Live music, pro-athlete signings, and a main event village centred around the Burke Mountain Hotel provides an easy landscape for lodging, food, exhibitors and, of course, bikes. Entries for 2020 EWS Burke will go live in December 2019, more information about the event can be found here.
“This is why the Red Bull Rampage MTB event is the craziest and gnarliest mountain bike event in the world. The jumps, drops and features are the biggest I’ve ever seen. Jumping and doing downhill bike tricks off of cliffs is one thing, but linking it all together at Rampage is a whole new level of gnarly. I take you behind the scenes to see what the riders are building and cooking up for the crazy event next weekend. Enjoy!” -Matt Jones
The rigours of racing between the tapes demand high performance from both competitors and their bikes, and so the development of bikes, and the components fitted to them, are inextricably linked to racing. At BikeRadar we’re lucky to have two members of the team, Rob Weaver and Luke Marshall, who have competed at World Cup level downhill. They, along with our tech-expert Seb Stott, dig deep into how the world of racing has, or hasn’t, influenced the design of the modern mountain bike in our latest BikeRadar Podcast. How much do you think racing has influenced mountain bike design? Let us know in the comments! Joe Norledge racing at the Glentress 7 on Scott Scale. Peter Smith (@petersmithmtbphotos — Instagram) How to listen to the BikeRadar Podcast If you want to download the BikeRadar Podcast to your iPhone, you can find it on iTunes. Alternatively, it can be streamed via Spotify and all the other usual podcast services. Don’t forget our other mountain bike series, Tech Talk, which can easily be found through the links below. In these, Tom Marvin and Seb Stott have a detailed look at a particular aspect of mountain bike design or technology. The late UK racing legend and DH pioneer Jason McRoy rode this Specialized FSR at Mammoth Mountain – things have changed considerably over the years! James Blackwell/MBUK Previous BikeRadar Podcast episodes Episode 1 — Cycling Plus‘ Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 2 — MBUK‘s Trail Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 3 — The BikeRadar Podcast | How do £10k bikes even exist? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 4 — The BikeRadar Podcast | SRAM versus Shimano, and more! (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 5 — The BikeRadar Podcast | Why do all bikes look the same? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 6 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Is it time to ditch ‘The Rules’? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 7 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Road tubeless — the what, why and how (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 8 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Purism be damned, this is why we love e-MTBs (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 9 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Do you really need more than one bike? (Spotify/iTunes) Previous BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast episodes BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Episode 1: Fork Offset — all you need to know BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Episode 2: Mountain bike suspension dampers BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Episode 3: Mountain bike geometry BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Episode 4: Linkage forks Bikeradar Tech Talk Podcast Episode 5: Wheel size BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Episodes 6 and 7: Suspension Springs and MTB Drivetrains