After a much reduced 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Enduro World Series (EWS) is preparing for more racing than ever in 2021. With new schedules, a new format, new rule book and some brand new venues to look forward to, the new season promises to deliver the very best racing the EWS has to offer.
The Christchurch Adventure Park (CAP) looks forward to playing its part in that by hosting the popular Phoenix Enduro event on 23 October.
"Our first two years of hosting the Phoenix Enduro have been awesome, so we can't wait to step it up another gear next year and showcase some of the best enduro racing in the world, right here in Christchurch," CAP Events Manager Cameron Hill said.
There are some big changes to the EWS racing format for 2021, with the introduction of the new Pro Stage that will see the EWS racers take to a short, fast stage in the evening ahead of the rest of the stages the following day. The Pro Stage will offer up extra points to the top five finishers in the Pro men’s and women’s field and the top three in the U21 and Master categories.
Ruaridh Cunningham, EWS Sport Coordinator, said; “The Pro stage will provide a fast and exhilarating start to an EWS weekend. It will use a specially designed, high speed stage aimed at creating close racing and excitement for spectators, as well as offering up extra points for the racers.”
The new season will also see the introduction of Gold Qualifiers - large scale regional races that will provide more points than regular Qualifiers and maintain a strong and clear pathway to the top for riders and amateurs around the world.
"We are excited to announce that the Phoenix Enduro will be one of the 2021 season's Gold Qualifiers, which is testament to the awesome trails and conditions we have here," Cameron Hill said.