While we wait (impatiently) for racing to kick off, we've had a gander at the MTB World Series website and more specifically the schedules. Below are a couple of examples:
Maydena (25th and 26th of March 2023)
Maydena kicks off the EDR (Enduro World Cup) racing season and is also one of the 6 venues offering open amateur racing the day before the big race. The schedule looks tight with one day of practice and one day of racing, and we're not sure if there is still on-foot inspection the day before - nothing is listed in the schedule, and the 2023 EDR rulebook has yet to be published.
Leogang (15th to 18th of June 2023)
Here's what a loaded schedule looks like! 4 World Cups will be held here over a 4-day period (XCO, XCC, DHI, EDR). DH juniors will need to be getting up to speed quickly as their qualifying sessions come up on day 2 already (and we can imagine their teams will be watching how their first training session unfolds, as it will give the other team riders some valuable insights into how the lines are working already on day 1).
With the EDR on the same day as the DHI Training, we will not see any riders competing in both races in Leogang I guess. I find that a little sad, because a lot of pros did both the EWS and DH events in the past when the calendar allowed it.
How beautifully uci show in what deep regard they have for individual series. The deepest Enduro - race on Thursday - there are sure to be a lot of fans....
Not so deep they have DH - the final on Saturday. XC on Sunday. This arrangement we already know and even it was ok.
But the EWS on Thursday is quite an overkill.
I also agree that it will be a drama for the media to handle the weekend.
Yes, I still call EDR EWS because edr sounds like some kind of venereal disease and yet and these "geniuses" haven't even managed to explain either the meaning of the abbreviation or the reason for its change yet.
i know a lot of media peeps are stressed w/ EDR/DHI conflicts b/c they shoot both for a lot of teams. can't shoot both if they're...
i know a lot of media peeps are stressed w/ EDR/DHI conflicts b/c they shoot both for a lot of teams. can't shoot both if they're running at the same time.
Enduro was always gonna come off worst in this deal. Surprisingly enough seen as it's ESOs baby. Enduro may not even be a world cup discipline in five years.
Although ESO will want to keep the dollars from the public race entries/events.