There was great news today for Irish off-road fans as it was announced that Wicklow would be included as one of the venues for the 2016 Enduro World Series. It follows on from a very successful first running of the event this year.
The 2016 calendar will feature eight rounds across three continents, including four completely new venues in Chile, Argentina, France and the USA. The series starts off with two rounds in Patagonia, firstly in Valdivia, Chile before moving onto Bariloche in Argentina.
The third round then takes place in Wicklow. This year’s Emerald Enduro took place on Carrick Mountain, near Wicklow Town and was also the 3rd Round of the series. The riders had to complete seven timed technical downhill stages, in a rally style format called ‘Enduro’. Local rider Greg Callaghan ended up taking the victory in front of an incredibly enthusiastic crowd.
The organisers said of the round in Wicklow: “Ireland may not be home to the biggest mountains in Europe, but what it lacks in height it more than makes up for in character. Home to some of the craziest fans the series has ever seen, it’s safe to say riders will be pleased to see Carrick Mountain back on the calendar after this year’s incredible event. Fun will be high on the agenda at this one day race with a laid back vibe.”
The 2016 Calendar is as follows:
Round 1 – March 26/27 – Valdivia, Chile
Round 2 – April 2/3 – Bariloche, Argentina
Round 3 – May 15 – County Wicklow, Ireland
Round 4 – July 16/17 – La Thuile, Italy
Round 5 – July 30/31 – Aspen Snowmass, USA
Round 6 – August 14 – Whistler, Canada
Round 7 – September 17 – Valberg-Guillaumes, France
Round 8 – October 1/2 – Finale Ligure, Italy
About the Enduro World Series
The Enduro World Series (EWS) was created in October 2012 with the aim of uniting the world’s mountain bike enduro racing community. The Enduro World Series links the largest mountain bike enduro events in the world with the best trails possible and exists to deliver the best racing, most relaxed atmosphere and rider-focused organization possible.