List of 2019 Enduro World Series Teams & 2019 Rulebook / Anti-Doping

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3/5/2019 3:22 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/5/2019 3:29 PM

this was originally posted in the team rumors thread (thanks Verbl Kint), but that's slightly old and long haha. see the full scoop w/ more info on the EWS site -

Cube Action Team
One of the most prominent teams on the EWS circuit, Cube know when they are on to a good thing and so are sticking with their 2018 line up of Greg Callaghan, Zakarias Blom Johansen and Gusti Wildhaber, but with the addition of their first ever female rider in the form of Sofia Wiedenroth. The former XC World Cup racer from Germany has competed in a handful of EWS races and it will be interesting to see if she can shake up the women’s competition this year.

Santa Cruz
Everyone's favourite party animal Iago Garay is flying the Santa Cruz flag again this season, alongside team mate Scotsman Mark Scott. These two both posted solid seasons in 2018 and we have a feeling this could be a breakout year for Scott - he finished 8th in the overall rankings last year and we wouldn't bet aginast seeing him finish even higher when the season concludes in Zermatt this September.

Specialized Racing Team
There’s some big changes in the Specialized camp as they add former Junior World Champion Killian Callaghan, Maxime Chapuis and U21 rider Francescu-Maria Camoin to the roster. This fresh young team will be looking to disrupt the men's competition. Jared Graves is still very much part of the team, but is unlikely to make an appearance as he continues his cancer treatment.

Canyon Factory Enduro Team
Last season’s Team Champions the Canyon Factory Enduro Team are back. Under the leadership of mountain biking legend Fabien Barel, riders Florian Nicolai, Dimitri Tordo and Ines Thoma complete the line up, with Joe Barnes moving on to pastures new. All three riders have a wealth of EWS success under their belts, and we wouldn't be surprised if they're planning to storm the team rankings again this year - they're a force to be reckoned with.

Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic
After such a successful 2018 there are unsuprisingly no changes to the Chain Reaction line up, with two times champ Sam Hill leading the charge. Last year’s U21 Champion Elliott Heap moves into the elite category, where he’ll join team mate Kelan Grant. Team Manager and legend of the sport Nigel Page will be racing in the Master’s category.

Ibis Cycles Enduro Team
Last year Ibis were second in the team rankings and so are sticking with their winning formula for 2019. Lewis Buchanan, Robin Wallner and Bex Baraona are staying put. Wallner scored a couple of podium places last season and is definitely a name to watch this year, and both Bex and Lewis are also very real podium contenders.

Pole Enduro Race Team
EWS newcomers Pole bring New Zealand's Joe Nation and the UK's Leigh Johnson to the party. Nation’s year got off to a blistering start when he won the final leg of the Asia Pacific Enduro Series In Christchurch, and the Kiwi will be looking for more of the same on home soil at round one in Rotorua. Managed by none other than Matti Lehikoinen, we’re excited to see what this new team can do in their debut season.

BBCL NZ Arapi Enduro Team
This New Zealand based team features six Kiwis; Rae Morrison, Sam Shaw, Cole Lucas, Charles Murray, John Richardson and Brendan Clark. Rae is it’s most recognisable rider and her season got off to a flying start when she took top honours at the final round of the Asia-Pacific Enduro series in Christchurch. Cole came third in the U21 category last year as well, and is a star of the future.

Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team
Commencal is of course home to the irrepressible Cecile Ravanel - reigning Champion and the rider who has more EWS wins to her name than anyone else. A nasty crash in the off-season means she’ll definitely miss out on the first races of the season at least, as well as husband Cedric who is recovering from a T5 fracture. With Yoann Barelli no longer on the team (but still riding for Commencal), it’s up to U21 rider and reigning French Junior Enduro Champion Antoine Vidal to fly the flag along with Theotim Trabac who moves up to the elite category.

Giant Factory Off-Road Team
The biggest change at Giant this season is the edition of French rider Youn Deniaud, who’s 10th place finish in the overall rankings last season saw his efforts recognised with the EWS Breakthrough of the Year Award. Australia’s Josh Carlson stays put, as does Mckay Vezina who will concentrate his efforts on the North America rounds this season. Rae Morrison has moved to the BBCL NZ Arapi Enduro team.

GT Factory Racing
After a pretty incredible 2018 which saw Martin Maes become the first person to win both a Downhill World Cup and and an EWS in the same season, it’s no surprise they’re sticking with that winning formula. He’ll be joined by Noga Korem and Wyn Masters, as he was last season. One of the few teams where every rider has a podium place finish to their name, they're a hot favourite in the overall team rankings for the season ahead.

Intense Mavic Collective
Another team with no changes to their roster, Intense Mavic Collective retain Isabeau Courdurier, Killian Bron and Cedric Carrez. Isabeau was on every podium of 2018 and with main competition Ravanel out with injury for at least the first few rounds, it’s very likely she’ll be on the top step this time around too.

Kona Factory Racing
Kona will make their EWS debut this season with none other than Miranda Miller and Rhys Verner taking on the full series. Rhys has an EWS win under his belt already after taking the U21 Category in Finale in 2017 and former downhill world champ Miller is bound to shake things up in the women’s competition. They’ll be joined at the first two rounds by Connor Fearon and Shelley Flood, with the USA’s Hannah Bergemann also at select rounds.

Team Lapierre
There’s no changes to the Lapierre line-up this season, with Adrian Dailly and Chloe Gallean on board. Dailly missed the last five EWS races last season after a broken elbow, but he’s back and will be keen to make his mark in the men’s competition as he has in the past with some outstanding wins - the first of which was in Tasmania in 2017.

Miranda Racing Team
Reigning Masters World Champion Karim Amour leads the Miranda team again, retaining Portugal’s Jose Borges and Alex Cure of France. Melanin Pugin leaves, and will race the series as a privateer. Karim won four of last year’s eight races - expect to see plenty of podiums from him again this year as he will undoutedbly try to defend his title.

Norco Twins Racing
Swiss sisters Anita and Caro Gehrig stick with Norco for 2019. The twins had a mixed bag of results last year, with both scoring top five finishes but also both struggling with injury and being forced to miss rounds. An ever present podium threat, these two are always at the sharp end of the women's competition and it's unlikey they'll be anywhere other than near the top of the leader board by the end of the season.

Orbea Enduro Team
The Orbea roster remains largely the same; Becky Cook, Thomas Lapeyrie and Gabriel Torralba, but for 2019 they also welcome Vid Persak to the team. Slovenian Vid took fifth place at the Petzen/Jamnica round last year and is a name to watch in the men’s category this season. T-Lap is recovering from an injury sustained in the Andes Pacifico earlier this year, but is the master of the comeback and is bound to come back fighting.

Pivot Factory Racing
Pivot make their 2019 EWS debut with a strong line up featuring Eddie Masters and Matt Walker. The two Kiwis both have a fair number of EWS races under their belt, and Eddie is no stranger to their podiums either - remember that forward roll in La Thuile?!

Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team
Sticking with their core team of Remi Gauvin, Jesse Melamed and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau are Rocky Mountain. Andreane will be looking for more podium finishes again this year, while Jesse Melamed will be looking to get back to his winning form of 2017 after an injury plagued season in 2018. Peter Ostroski will also join the team for select rounds this year.

Trek Factory Racing
There’s no Casey Brown this year, but the rest of the Trek roster remains the same with Katy Winton, Ruaridh Cunningham and Pedro Burns at the helm. Katy will be looking for more of the same after her top three finish last year, whilst Pedro will be coming into the season feeling confident after his Andes Pacifico win last month. Expect Cunningham to climb the rankings too - he's only completed one full EWS season, missed a round due to injury and still managed a very respectable 16th place finish in the overall rankings.

Unior Devinci Factory Racing
Damien Oton and Keegan Wright will continue to fly the flag for the team again this season. With a well earned reputation for consistency, Oton has finished the last few seasons in the top three in the overall rankings and there’s no reason to doubt he’ll do the same again this year. It was an up and down season for Wright in 2018, but with Oton as a mentor that could all change this season.

Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Team
Richie Rude and Duncan Nason of the USA stay with Yeti for the season ahead. A number of wins for Richie saw him climb the rankings last season, and two wins for Duncan in the U21 category last year means he’s a name to watch out for again this season.

E*thirteen Urge Bp Enduro Team
This French team features Clement Benoit, Baptiste Gaillot, Theo Daumas and Ulysse Francoglio. Gaillot was there top scoring rider last year, when he took 21st in Colombia at round 2.
Team Dorrong Enduro
The only Austrian team, the line up consists of Bernd Dorrong, Remy Allemann, Yana Dobnig, Max Fejer and Reinhard Mayrhofer. Keep an eye out for Yana especially, as she brought home two podium finishes in 2018 in the U21 Women’s category.

Team Fulgur Bike&Co Asd
This Italian team features six riders; Denir Adobati, Matteo Rota, Stefano Rota, Matteo Aondio, Ivan Gelmini and Manuel Compagnoni. Master racer Stefano hold’s the team’s best placed finish last season, when he came 11th in Finale at the last race of the year.

Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Devo Race Team
The team features a solid line-up of up and coming USA riders; Jubal Davis, Shawn Neer, Carson Eiswald, Lauren Bingham and Quinn Reece. The team will focus mainly on the North American rounds of the series - keep an eye out for Lauren Bingham in Northstar, she won her category last time she raced there with the California Enduro Series.


3/8/2019 9:55 AM

The EWS just announced 2019 rules and regs, includes doping info and Stage Champion awards

2019 Rulebook Released! Queen Stage, Series Points, Event Grading and more
The 2019 season is just around the corner and the excitement is palpable - we can't wait to see who tames the trails in Rotorua this year. However, before we get down to the serious business of racing, there's a bit of housekeeping to attend to. Each year the EWS updates and refines its Rulebook, and this year is no different - we've summarisd the big changes below, but if you're racing any of our events this year (including Qualifier and Continental level races) then we strongly suggest you read the full Rulebook before you take to the start line - it's the rider's responsibilty to make sure they're up to date on all the rules and regulations.

EWS80 & EWS100 Races
The main EWS races are now pre-qualification only - only riders that have earned enough points the previous season through Qualifier, Continental and EWS races qualify to race these. The EWS100 race will see riders tackle 100% of the course as the main EWS race, but you don't need to pre-qualify to enter. You need a lower level federation licence and you can choose your start time so you self-seed, avoiding traffic issues in the past in amateur categories. The EWS80 (previously known as the Challenger) offers up 80 per cent of the full EWS course, with the same rule format as the EWS100. Both the EWS80 and EWS100 take place on the same weekend as the main EWS race and are designed to make sure that as the pros get more pro, everyone can still get to race with the best on EWS weekend.

Trophy of Nations
The Trophy of Nations (TON) is back for 2019. The biggest team competition in mountain biking, the Nations will see teams of three compete for their nation rather than individual glory in the hope of winning the elusive UCI rainbow jersey. Privateers and Industry teams can also take part in different races for Privateer Team and Industry Team titles. Imagine racing an EWS in Finale, now imagine doing it with two of your closest buddies. This is set to be one of the biggest weekends of the year in mountainbiking. The full rules of the Nations are now published.

Series and Global Ranking Points
The points structure has been updated for this season, with the top three men and women now receiving equal ranking points. Following surveying and discussing different options regarding the balancing of the women's championship with the men's, we have now matched the top 3 positions in point across women and men. Simulations on previous seasons found this to provide the best balance of a tghtly contested championship with recognising the large difference in volume between male and female categories.

Anti-Doping and CADF
Following the start of the UCI and EWS partnership in January 2019, we are a registered partner of the Cycling Anti-Doping foundation. EWS will also follow and expects all athletes and teams to follow the UCI Anti-Doping rules (Part XIV). All information on Anti-Doping and CADF can be found on All rules (EWS, UCI, CADF), documents and links are hosted on the new page;

Queen Stage
Introduced this year, one Special Stage per EWS event will be nominated as the Queen Stage. The winner (per category) of the Queen Stage will be awarded bonus EWS series points. The points are as follows Men: 50 Point Bonus, Women: 50 Point Bonus U21/Master Men: 30 Point Bonus U21/Master Women: 15 Points Bonus.

The aim of the Queen stage is to provide a target for riders who need extra series points, and to provide an exciting focus on the longest, hardest or crux stage of every race. Expect some hard fought Queen Stage victories this season.

Stage Champion
Also new for this year is the Stage Champion. The winner of the most Special Stages (per category) in the EWS season will be awarded the Stage Champion title and trophy at the final round in Zermatt

Athlete Ethos
The Enduro World Series aims to run a series that pushes the level of athleticism, and sporting endeavour, while also firmly promoting the correct ethos for all. The newly published Athlete Ethos is designed to provide guidelines for the vallues that we believe to be close the soul of enduro racing.

Licensing and Federations
Following the work to align enduro racing with national fedrations the world over, the UCi and anti-doping procedures, we've had to instal the same licencing requirements globally. For racers who are used to racing in Finale every year, or France and Spain, nothing changes here, as you've always need a racing licence. Check out all the details in the rulebook.

Start Order
Start Order at EWS Events will be seeded in the following order (seeded highest rank last): -

Master Men 40+
U21 Women
Women (outside top 15)
Master Women 35+
U21 Men
Men (outside top 30)
Women – Top 15 plus Team Riders
Men Top 30 EWS ranked
Start Intervals - Start intervals between riders in the EWS must be a minimum of 30 seconds, except during EWS80 and EWS100 races.

Event Grading
New for 2019, in order to best signpost riders to the best event for their level, the EWS has developed a system for grading all enduro events the world over. The simple icons are an easy way to reference both the technicality and physicality of race, so it’s easy for riders to enter events suited to their ability. We urge all organisers, of all levels to adopt this system to help grow the sport from the bottom, while still pointing the most experienced racers to events that will challenge them at the very top. Full details on the new Event Grading page here;

Rules and Resources Page
As UCI registered events, EWS races follow the basic UCI General Rules ,UCI Mountain Bike Rules and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation. All rules (EWS, UCI, CADF), documents and links are hosted on - a list of Red and Yellow cards issued in the season will also be hosted on this page to add new levels of transparency to the penalty system.


3/8/2019 10:26 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/10/2019 3:23 PM

Alright, so when do we find out what's going on with Rude, Graves and the three other alleged dopers.


3/8/2019 12:54 PM

like the idea of stage champ. not so sure off the queen stage tho. reminds me of f1 double points scenario, but we shall see what happens.


3/8/2019 1:51 PM

Shawn_Trudell wrote:

Alright, so when do we find out what's going on with Rude, Graves and the three other alleged dopers.

I missed the news that Keene was allegedly doping.


3/8/2019 7:00 PM

Shawn_Trudell wrote:

Alright, so when do we find out what's going on with Rude, Graves and the three other alleged dopers.

austen.bickford wrote:

I missed the news that Keene was allegedly doping.

D'oh sorry, meant Graves!! Facepalm.


3/8/2019 8:45 PM

TomsiR wrote:

like the idea of stage champ. not so sure off the queen stage tho. reminds me of f1 double points scenario, but we shall see what happens.

"Longest and hardest stage" sounds like it awards doping.

Ethos should include event organizers too. Hold fast to rules to keep the soul of enduro alive.

I think Enduro died in 2014, we just didnt know it.



3/10/2019 3:17 PM

Shawn_Trudell wrote:

Alright, so when do we find out what's going on with Rude, Graves and the three other alleged dopers.

Fix your post man, Keene isnt on that list.