Are these the world's best enduro trails?
Bucket list trails
It's been a long year for the EWS with thousands of miles traveled and dozens of mountains conquered. The riders are treated to some truly exceptional trails put on by the event hosts so Chris Ball and his team decided to honour the very best ones around with a new award - The Trail of the Year Award presented by Specialized.
Here's to the builders:
Frankfurter – Riff Raff – Rocky Horror - Rotorua
Raw, rough, natural and a favourite from 2015 and 2017. If you want a taste of everything Rotorua has to offer, start here.
Detonate - Tasmania
The one trail that caught everyone's eye in Tasmania thanks to the foreboding granite slabs that seemed to have been split open like eggs by giants. This guy's gasp when he first sees them says it all.
Boca do Risco - Madeira
The "mouth of risk" is a repurposed ancient footpath that became too dangerous to walk on so was left to mountain bikers to make their own. It's steep, exposed and offers some truly stunning views that constantly grapple for your eyes' attention.
Full Gas - Wicklow
What a start to a race! Full Gas kicks off the Wicklow round of the EWS in style and it totally lives up to its name.
Stage 8 - Millau
Stage 8 in Millau was specifically designed for the EWS so has a bit of everything from flow at the top through to a slog through a river bed at the bottom. Watch out for the rock hop within sight of the finish line to catch riders out.
Trail 16 - Aspen
Aspen may not have been the most technical round of the EWS this year but Trail 16 certainly kept riders on their toes with miles of tight and twisty singletrack keeping riders on their toes.
Top of the World - Ride Don't Slide - Whistler
A proper top to bottom experience, Top of the World is now a mainstay in the EWS but the inclusion of Ride Don't Slide brought one of the world's most tech trails into the mix. How hard is it? Well the fact it used to be a moto trials trail is probably a good yardstick...
The winner will be announced after Finale.