Big news out of the Enduro World Series team today with the announcement of the 2021 race calendar. As well as there being brand new venues added to the 2021 event calendar, the EWS will also be returning to Derby, Tasmania, for round two of the series. How good is that! Derby has of course hosted two EWS events in the past, and it’s also been voted the Specialized Trail of the Year twice, proving its popularity with riders, spectators and locals. Additionally, the e-MTB off-shoot of the Enduro World Series, the EWS-E, is set to expand to five rounds for 2021. We’re intrigued to see how this series evolves, and also to see which EWS competitors decide to make the jump to e-Racing given the huge uptake in e-MTBs over the past few years. There’ll no doubt be more brands wanting to get in on the racing action. Anywho, here’s the official release from the lovely folks at the Enduro World Series – get excited! The Enduro World Series is coming back to Derby! Enduro World Series Unveils 2021 Calendar The Enduro World Series (EWS) is excited to announce its 2021 calendar – featuring brand new venues, reimagined classics and an expanded EWS-E series. The season will get underway in New Zealand in March, visiting Nelson for the first time in the series’ history. Situated on the Northern tip of the South Island, this small city is famous for clocking up the most sunshine hours in the country, but also its steep, natural and burly trails. Round two heads back to the inimitable Derby, Tasmania. This tiny town has embraced mountain biking and in just a few years created one of the most iconic riding destinations in all of Australia. It’ll be the third time the series has visited Derby and with good reason – their ever expanding trail network has twice been voted the Specialized Trail of the Year. Get the Shrek masks out again lads, it’s EWS Time! For round three it’s back to one of the UK’s most famous venues, the Tweed Valley in Scotland. After a six year hiatus the series will return to the hallowed trails of Innerleithen and the surrounding hills, which for the last three decades have acted as the proving grounds for some of the biggest names in the sport. The Tweed Valley will also act as the first round of the 2020 EWSE Series, putting e-bikes through their paces on some of Britain’s most challenging terrain. The second round of EWS-E will head back to Valberg in France, to take on the region’s infamous grey earth in the Southern Alps. Val Di Fassa in Italy will play host to EWS round four. This stunning venue nestled high in the Italian Dolomites became an instant rider favourite when it first appeared on the calendar in 2019, featuring long, physical stages amongst some of Europe’s most dramatic terrain. It’s across the pond to the USA for round six, for the series’ second visit to Burke Mountain in Vermont. Serving up some classic East Coast riding, Burke’s trails will make their EWS debut later this season when they host round six. Famed for its raw and technical terrain, Burke will offer up a challenge to even the most experienced of racers. And for the first time in the series history, there will be a second USA stop, as round seven heads to the West Coast and one of California’s most talked about mountain bike destinations, Northstar. The resort’s dry and rocky trails pushed riders to the limit when they were featured in the 2019 calendar – and in 2020 they’ll expand the offering to e-bikes to form round three of the EWS-E Series. The EWS-E then heads back to Europe for the penultimate round in that most dramatic of settings, beneath the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. Wyn ‘Whip-It’ Masters, proving aero is not actually everything. We expect many adoring fans will be returning to Derby for a close encounter with their favourite racers. For the final round of the EWS the series will crown its series champions in the sport’s spiritual home of France for the first time. Loudenvielle in the Vallee Du Louron in the South West of the country offers up a slice of classic French enduro – steep and natural trails and of course, some of those infamous French switchbacks. And whilst the series champions may be decided in France, there’s still one of the largest events of the year to go – the Trophy of Nations in Finale Ligure, Italy. This celebration of the sport sees Industry, Rider and Nation trophies up for grabs at the biggest race of the year, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Italian Riviera. It’s also the location for the final EWS-E round, and where the very first EWS-E Champions will be decided. Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, said: “We’re all really excited by the 2021 calendar – it’s a great mix of established and new venues. “We’re especially excited to offer two USA rounds for the first time and expand the EWSE to five rounds.” Ella Connolly negotiating granite boulders many times her size. About Shimano Enduro Tasmania The Shimano Enduro Tasmania was a ground breaking event when it first visited Derby in Tasmania’s North East in early 2017. Helping to create the juggernaut that the Blue Derby project is, both the 2017 and the 2019 return received the highest acclaim winning the Specialized Trail of the Year award. Race Director, Ian Harwood from Event Management Solutions Australia has thanked the Tasmanian Government and Events Tasmania for their continued support in showcasing the state to the world. “Without the support of Events Tasmania, we would not be able to showcase the best riders in the world, taking on the best trails in the world”. The 2019 edition of Shimano Enduro Tasmania saw in excess of 5000 spectators cheering the riders on. In 2021 the schedule will be expanded into a more inclusive multi day festival with a dedicated EWS Kids event, Ebike events with the Derb-E and an expanded line up of entertainment. “As part of our on-going commitment to support and grow cycling our region Shimano Australia proud to help bring the world’s best riders back to the trails of Derby in 2021. After a fantastic event in 2019 we are looking forward to an even bigger party in Derby next time around. Bring your bike, bring your mates and come down and make some noise”, Toby Shingleton, Shimano. Can we just fast-forward to 2021? Mo’ Flow Please! Enjoyed that article? Then there’s plenty more to check out on Flow Mountain Bike, including all our latest news stories and product reviews. 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When iconic mountain bike magazine, Dirt Rag, shut its doors X weeks ago, its Dirt Fest event series was left with an uncertain future. The Pennsylvania- and West Virginia-based happenings were the embodiment of Dirt Rag’s unpretentious attitude and loyal following. So, maybe it should come as no surprise that the show will go on. Read More The post Dirt Rag Dirt Fest Events: Same Time, Same Place, New Names for 2020 appeared first on BIKE Magazine.
The 14th edition of the Otway Odyssey has been run and won, with nearly 1,500 mountain bikers descending on the rural town of Forrest in Victoria for one of the biggest events on the national racing calendar. As well as the Odyssey on the Saturday, the 4th edition of the Great Otway Gravel Grind was held on the Sunday, with many riders choosing to double-up for a huge weekend of riding through the stunning Otway rainforest just 2-hours drive south west of Melbourne. With near-perfect weather and trail conditions, the course was running fast, and consequently we saw the fastest ever race time in the Elite Male category for the big 100km race. Read on for the full report on how it all went down, along with some big news about the 2021 event… There was a huge turnout of riders for the 2020 Otway Odyssey, which stands as the 14th edition of the iconic mountain bike race. STRONG FIELD SEES COURSE RECORD AND A GAME OF TACTICS AT THE ODYSSEY A new course record was set at the Otway Odyssey 100km MTB Marathon by professional road cyclist Robbie Hucker of Team UKYO, in what has been described as one of the strongest fields at a mountain bike race in years. Hucker, who has recently returned to mountain biking broke the course record by almost three minutes in a time of 4:15:39, ahead of Cameron Ivory in second place (4:18:14) and Reece Tucknott third (4:20:05) in the hotly contested field of male elite riders. “It was a good course; tough, hard work, but I just tried to keep my momentum and stay calm so I’m pretty happy with that,” said Hucker. “I knew my fitness was there off the road bike, but my skills are a little bit less desirable, but when I saw that the time was quick, I really tried to empty the tank to get the record,” said Hucker. Bendigo lad, Robbie Hucker, returned to his off-road roots to pull off a staggering time in the 100km Otway Odyssey. Ivory, the 2018 XCO, XCM and XCE National Champion, was all praise for Hucker on what is renowned for being a tough course. “I’m pretty empty after that one; that last climb at about the 70km mark, that’s real tough up there,” said Ivory. “That was where Robbie left us for dead; he’s such a strong climber. He still has a lot of skill on the single track, so was hard to chase down, so after sitting about fourth place I managed to get a few spots back on that steep climb,” continued Ivory. The pointy end of the field showcased some top notch riding throughout the day, and at one stage the likes of Sam Fox, Tucknott, Russ Nankervis, and Benny Allen were fighting for top five. Unfortunately two top seeded riders Brendan Johnston and Tasman Nankervis both suffered mechanicals, pulling the pin at the 64km mark. “The pace was on a lot more than last year and it was a really great race up front. It is the strongest field that I have seen at a mountain bike race in a long long time, so it was great to see so many of us on the start line,” said Tucknott. The Elite Mens podium at the 2020 Otway Odyssey. Fast legs right there! It was a game of tactics in the women’s race between former Australia Road Cyclist Champion Peta Mullens, and former XTERRA pro athlete Renata Bucher, with Mullens taking out her 6th Otway Odyssey 100km win. “It was my 10th edition this year and my first sprint finish; I don’t think I want another one!” said Mullens. “Renata and I got a bit tactical towards the end; I like tactics. She attacked four or five times in the last few km’s so I knew a sprint finish was on our hands,” continued Mullens. According to the 2013 Otway Odyssey winner Bucher, it was a big day! “I tried everything that I could with Peta, because the last thing I wanted was a sprint finish,” said Bucher. “I knew Peta had the legs and experience. But I am happy, I gave everything I could. Mountain biking is such a good sport, I’ll definitely be back here,” continued Bucher. Renata Butcher giving it the beans during the 100km Otway Odyssey race. The 50km Otway Shorty event also saw some fast racing up front, with Joshua Sek taking line honours in 2:28:32; Ian Kelly in second place (2:19:10) and Conor Flett in third (2:20:53). Having been a 100km competitor back when the Odyssey race started in Apollo Bay, Sek said he was glad to be back. “It’s a great course, I’m glad to be back and I’m really happy with the results,” said Sek. Kim Willocks won the female 50km Otway Shorty, and is a previous winner three years ago when her third child was only 3 months old. Kim finished in a jet setting speed of 2:42:04. Cheryl Coombs was second (2:49:27) and Elise Buriss placed third (2:50:06). Riders have the option of doing a 100km, 50km or 30km race as part of the Otway Odyssey. 300 riders took on the 30km Odyssey Rookie designed specifically for novice mountain bikers and developing juniors. First across the line was a tight battle between two talented under 16 twin brothers Cohen and Jude Jessen, with Cohen taking the win… just(!) in a time of 1:22:25 to Jude’s 1:22:26. Tami Iseli was our first 30km Odyssey Angel in 1:27:34. Nearly 1,500 riders raced the famed single-track of Forrest in its’ 14th edition, which is now seen as a badge of honour for many mountain bike enthusiasts. These riders bared witness to Rapid Ascent’s big announcement today that the 2021 Otway Odyssey will be returning to its roots in Apollo Bay to celebrate 15 years since the beginning of the Odyssey. The ‘original’ 100km Otway Odyssey course is the stuff of legends and had a reputation as a “hardman/women’s” event where only the strongest survived. Yieeeew! How good does that singletrack look? Starting in Apollo Bay, the hills climbed to the clouds and smashed your legs while the descents pulverised your arms and left you quaking on the corners. And that was just the half way point at Forrest. Then you had 50km of epic single track to conquer before collapsing at the finish at Forrest. All other formats for 2021 will start and finish in Forrest as per the current format. “The event has had a huge following right from the get go and we’re rapt that its popularity continues. The trails of Forrest are world class, combined with the wilderness, the terrain and the friendly atmosphere all help make it the successful event it is today,” General Manager of Rapid Ascent Sam Maffett said. “Thank you to everyone for making today such a successful day, and to the locals of Forrest who dedicate their time to helping maintain the awesome trails here.” Zooooooom! Smiles all-round! Otway Odyssey 100km Top 3 Male Robbie Hucker 4:15:39 Cameron Ivory 4:18:14 Reece Tucknott 4:20:05 Top 3 Female Peta Mullens 5:22:54 Renata Bucher 5:22:26 Courtney Sherwell 5:33:17 That’s a weird and uncomfortable-looking mountain bike. Otway Shorty 50km Top 3 Male Joshua Sek 2:18:32 Ian Kelly 2:19:10 Conor Flett 2:20:53 Top 3 Female Kim Willocks 2:42:04 Cheryl Coombs 2:49:27 Elise Burriss 2:50:06 “I’ll tow you up the hill for $20” Otway Rookie 30km Top 3 Male Cohen Jessen 1:22:25 Jude Jessen 1:22:26 Felix Davis 1:24:56 Top 3 Female – Odyssey Angels Tami Iseli 1:27:34 Katrina Bennett 1:27:35 Mali Pimlott 1:28:13 Don’t be sad that this year’s event has finished, because 2021 is coming back in a BIG way! Mo’ Flow Please! Enjoyed that article? Then there’s plenty more to check out on Flow Mountain Bike, including all our latest news stories and product reviews. 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Dirt Rag Fest has ceased operations and Bike Bash at Big Bear is taking its place for the West Virginia event on July 17-19th. 02/19/2020 Dirt Rag Dirt Fest WV is now under new ownership and will be moving forward as the Bike Bash at Big Bear West Virginia. The venue owners will host the festival on the originally scheduled dates (July 17-19, 2020). The team will leverage their turn-key infrastructure and 20+ years of promotion experience. They are looking forward to another awesome festival weekend. The event features an amazing trail-network, campfires, group rides, shuttle service, bands, family-friendly activities. The expo will offer bike and gear demos and product sampling opportunities. Attendees can expect a welcoming vibe true to Wild Wonderful West Virginia with trails that will provide thrills for all skill levels and views that can’t be beat. Join the fun and let your customers demo the latest bike technology, get up close and personal with new products, or if they’re curious – try an electric mountain bike. The technical trails will provide your customers with a challenge and will give them a true sense of how your product performs. Unlike many mountain bike festivals, class 1 pedal assist ebikes are allowed on the trails at this event. Information, including booth rates, sponsorship opportunities, and weekend schedules can be found here: demodays.com/bikebashwv Over the past three years, participation numbers have increased steadily. New sign-ups are coming in each day with over 1,000+ attendees expected. The July timing has been perfect to draw a crowd of eager vacation travelers and families. Attendee passes and accommodations may be reserved here: demodays.com/bikebashwv Bike Bash WV will take place the weekend before Outerbike Killington, VT allowing your demo drivers to make the most of Eastern travels by planning several stops. Our venue is ideally located to draw large crowds and offer your demo drivers the opportunity to visit local dealers, with Pittsburgh 1.5hrs away and 3hrs to Baltimore & Washington, D.C. “We were sad to see our event partner, Dirt Rag Magazine, close its doors after 30 years in the magazine business but we’re uniquely positioned to take over this very popular festival without skipping a beat”, says, Jeff Simcoe, Big Bear’s Recreation Land Manager. There is also a contest currently running; Anybody joining the email list will be entered for a chance to win a VIP Package for two. The prize includes event passes, a campsite, and a parking pass. **Note: If the winner has already registered, their payment will be refunded** https://swiy.io/joinbikebashwvnewsletter Eric Butler of DemoDays.com and will help with exhibitor registrations and sponsorships. Eric Butler 303-800-7088 email@example.com Want to reserve your space now? Book your space using the online form at: https://www.demodays.com/exhibit/exhibit-at-the-2020-bike-bash-at-big-bear-wv For all other event questions, contact Jeff Simcoe – BikeBashWV@gmail.com
Southern California Motorcycles announces the Grand Opening Celebration of its new Giant Group pedal assist bicycle store on Saturday, February 29th. The store will be a dedicated dealership of the 20,000 square foot Southern California Motorcycles complex and will feature pedal assist bicycles from Giant, Liv and Momentum—along with cycling accessories like helmets and shoes. “Some may wonder why we are opening an exclusive E-bicycle store in our complex,” says Southern California Motorcycles Owner Tom Hicks. “Believe it or not, there really is a tie in. Motorcyclists are getting older and for many of us, physical limitations affect how much we can do. These power-assist bicycles—yes, you still have to pedal them—are a perfect answer. You can get as much or as little exercise as you want, and you’re having fun.” “Come to our Grand Opening and see for yourself just how much fun you can have on an electric bicycle,” continues Hicks. “We will have E-bikes to demo and expert reps who can explain everything you want to know—as well as live music, free food, raffles, and discounts. Come have some fun!” Southern California Motorcycles can be found at 515 West Lambert Road in Brea, CA 92821. The grand opening celebration will occur February 29th from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The post Southern California Motorcycles Opens Pedal-Assist Bicycle Store appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Having never made it further west than Quebec, FiveTen thought it would be wise to cure this injustice by treating B.C. virgin Amaury Pierron, fresh off his 2nd place finish in the World Cup overall, to a trip to the promised land. Feeling ‘fresh’ after a week in Whistler with his crew, Steel City Media, Read More The post Video: B.C. Virgin with Amaury Pierron appeared first on BIKE Magazine.
Having never made it further west than Quebec, we thought it would be wise to cure this injustice by treating Amaury Pierron, fresh off his 2nd place finish in the World Cup overall, by shipping him off to B.C. Feeling ‘fresh’ after a week in Whistler with his crew, Steel City Media and co dragged him out of Garf’s one morning and into the truck. Destination Retallack. A nine hour journey littered with MTB history and ever changing scenery blew his mind (and nearly his ankle whilst messing around on the ferry), before arriving at the infamous lodge, nestled deep in the heart of the Kootenays. “I love it here, I might just stay” – AP 2019.
The Cowichan Cycles race team goes flat out on some wet west coast trails.( Photos: 2 )
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Cycling announced today the calendars for the 2020 Pro Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT) and National Downhill Series (formerly called the Pro GRT). Downhill and cross-country mountain bikers will have the chance to compete in these internationally and domestic ranked races spanning coast-to-coast. The Pro XCT and the National DH Series are comprised of the top mountain bike events in the U.S. and track the standings for elite riders in their respective fields. Most events will also carry amateur categories providing an environment for amateurs to watch their heroes race the same tracks and courses. Individual elite series champions are crowned at the conclusion of the calendar. This year, the Pro Gravity Tour (GRT) has been renamed the National DH Series and is comprised of five competitions beginning March 6, 2020 with the Tennessee National in Oak Ridge, Tenn and concluding in October with the FOX US Open of Mountain Biking in Big Bear Lake, Calif., “2020 marks the first year the Fox US Open will be included in the National Series and as the season finale we are eager to add our brand of US racing heritage to the other great events on the calendar”, says Clay Harper, US Open co-founder. Although the look of the series will be different, the races will continue to be high caliber events in which riders can expect great competition and exciting tracks. Reigning Pro Men’s Downhill National Champion Neko Mullaly (Pisgah Forest, N.C.; Intense Factory Racing) is looking forward to this year’s racing, “I’m excited to see the US National Downhill Series include five big races for 2020. I think we have a diverse range of races spaced out nicely through the season. Things are going in the right direction.” The 2020 Pro XCT will kick off at Vail Lake on March 15, 2020 with the U.S. Cup and then will remain in California through April 19 for the second week of the U.S. Cup and the Sea Otter Classic. Racing will conclude with a Wild West bang in Missoula, Mont. The Pro XCT includes a new stop in Fall River, Wisc. at the Englewood Open for fast and bumpy elite and junior racing. “We’re excited to implement the National DH Series this year, showcasing amateur racing as well as the Pro athletes. We are looking forward to continued excellent competition throughout all the Pro XCT and National DH races. We’re seeing internationally renowned athletes such as Loic Bruni, Neko Mulally, Jill Kintner, Caroline Washam, Kate Courtney, Annika Langvad, Christopher Blevins, and more competing in these series. Many of these races will provide our athletes with the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2020 World Championships in Germany and Austria,” said Tara McCarthy, USA Cycling Director of National Events. 2020 Pro XCT Calendar: Date Event Location Classification March 15, 2020 US Cup-Vail Lake National & Junior Series Temecula, Calif. XCO HC & XCO Jr HC March 21, 2020 US Cup – Bonelli Park XCO & Junior Series San Dimas, Calif. XCO Elite HC & XCO Jr HC April 16, 2020 Sea Otter Classic p/b Continental Monterey, Calif. XCO Elite HC April 18, 2020 Sea Otter Classic p/b Continental – XCC Monterey, Calif. XCC Elite C3 April 19, 2020 Sea Otter Classic p/b Continental – XCO Monterey, Calif. XCO Elite C3 May 2, 2020 Englewood Open Fall River, Wisc. USAC June 6, 2020 Missoula XCO & Junior Series Missoula, Mont. XCO C2 & XCO Jr 2020 National DH Series Calendar: Date Event Location Classification March 6-8, 2020 Tennessee National Oak Ridge, Tenn. DHI Elite 1 April 10-12, 2020 NW Cup #1 Dry Hill National Port Angeles, Wash. DHI Elite 2 May 22-24, 2020 Mountain Creek Spring National Vernon, N.J. DHI Elite 3 June 12-14, 2020 NW Cup Tamarack National Donnelly, Idaho USAC October 1-4, 2020 The Fox US Open of Mountain Biking Big Bear Lake, Calif. USAC The 2019 National DH champions were Neko Mulally for the Pro Men and Caroline Washam (Mooresville, N.C.) for the Pro Women. The 2019 Pro XCT individual champions were Keegan Swenson (Heber City, Utah) for the Elite Men and while Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo.) and Sofia Gome-Villafane (Heber City, Utah) tied for first in the Elite Women’s category. USA Cycling works with race directors from across the country to create various calendars and series that feature bike racing across several disciplines and ability levels. These calendars often include event support, rankings tabulation and additional promotion. For a full schedule of events and updated standings throughout the season, click here. Visit USACycling.org for more information on the athletes, events and membership programs, and follow @USACycling across all channels for the latest on Team USA.