The Enduro World Series has extended its partnership with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to include ebike enduro racing starting with the 2020 race season.
The Enduro World Series-E (EWS-E) will consist of three rounds in France, Switzerland, and Italy, with the overall winners crowned the Enduro World Series-E Champions.
"The EWS first held an ebike test event in Finale Ligure in Italy in 2018, but delayed launching a full series until both the format of racing could be fine-tuned, and a solution to the monitoring of motor assistance could be answered. Two years later the EWS now believe it is time to bring this new format to the highest level, beginning in Europe," the Enduro World Series stated in a press release.
The new electric races will be held on separate course from EWS’s traditional enduro races, with a mix of technical climbing and downhill stages. “This combination will push both the rider’s physical and bike handling limits to the max in a multi-loop and intense course, driving forward the development of ebike technology and ebike trail management and design,” EWS stated.
For two years EWS has also been developing technology to monitor ebike power output and ensure fair competition. More information about the system will be available early next year, EWS stated.
The EWS-E schedule for 2020 is:
July 17–19, Valberg, France, a stand-alone ebike enduro event.
Aug. 29–30, Zermatt, Switzerland, with the ebike enduro presented alongside the EWS enduro finals.
Sept. 25–26, Finale Ligure, Italy, alongside the Trophy of Nations event.
The EWS board of directors stated: “We have always aimed to innovate within the EWS and so we are delighted to begin an exciting journey in the development of an ebike enduro format that will push riders and technology and create a whole new form of exciting enduro-format racing.
“We are motivated to help drive technological development, including the launch of electronic monitoring of ebike motors for fair sport and work to make sure trail access and important developments for the future of this discipline are carefully managed. Starting in central Europe in 2020, we will work to expand the EWS-E to new countries when the time is right,” the board added.
UCI president David Lappartient said: “The UCI is looking forward to the introduction of an electric-powered version of enduro with the launch of the EWS-E from 2020. Based on the experience and know-how of the Enduro World Series, this innovative format of competition will offer spectacular racing while ensuring the highest standard of sporting integrity. This new series confirms the current status of eMTB as a fast-moving cycling discipline.”
Rules and regulations for the EWS-E series will be released early next year, EWS said.