The 2017 Enduro World Series calendar has been announced and includes three new venues as well as the return of some stone cold classics.
Tasmania is an island off the Southern Coast of Australia and the event will take place at Derby, which was recently featured in a video with Hans Rey and Tyler McCaul. A government backed initiative led to the Blue Derby trails built by mtb legend Glen Jacobs and now it’s a bustling hub for Tasmania’s mountain bikers with 60km of trails to explore.
The series will head to volcanic Madeira sat between Portugal and Africa in May. The EWS said: “From rocky singletrack down volcanoes to tight trails through native forests, riders will get to experience an incredible selection of both natural and purpose built trails.”
The final new stop will be the Natural Games at Millau in the south of France in July. Alongside a festival of other mountain sports, Millau will provide “rocky, natural, ancient and technical trails that typify the riding style of the region”.
Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, commented: “The series is always trying to push boundaries and discover new riding locations adding adventure into fantastic riding, great communities and brilliant organisers, and our fifth season celebrates this ethos. The three new venues will offer riders a new experience – the islands of Madeira and Tasmania are wild and remote and will prove the gateway to some unforgettable adventures. Then the Natural Games in Millau will be the first time the EWS has been part of a multi sport festival and I’m really looking forward to seeing enduro being included in this celebration of the outdoors. The venues we’re returning to are included in the calendar because they’re hard to beat; Ireland, Aspen, Finale and Rotorua are all incredible riding locations and I think 2017 is shaping up to be an amazingly exciting and fun year of racing.”
2017 Enduro World Series Full Calendar
#1 – March 25/26 – Rotorua, New Zealand
#2 – April 8/9 – Tasmania, Australia
#3 – May 13/14 – Madeira, Portugal
#4 – May 28 – Co Wicklow, Ireland
#5 – July 1/2 – Millau, France
#6 – July 29/30 – Aspen-Snowmass, USA
#7 – August 13 – Whistler, Canada
#8 – September 30/October 1 – Finale Ligure, Italy