It’s a big year for the Canadian National Enduro Series (CNES) with the series undergoing major changes from last year. Change is a good thing, though, as CNES expands the number of Eastern Canada stops, adds Enduro World Series qualifier event status to three CNES rounds and moves Canadian National Enduro Championships to Panorama, B.C. for 2018.
The big news is that CNES and BC Enduro Series (BCES) will be separate series for 2018. Fully separating the two series allows CNES to focus on the elite end of enduro racing going forward, which organizer Ted Morton promises will mean bigger days and rowdier tracks reflective of the high level of enduro racing in Canada. The move should help any racers aspiring to race the Enduro World Series by giving them the opportunity to race tracks closer to the level of an EWS track at events closer to home. With three CNES rounds designated as EWS qualifier events, including Canada’s only EWS qualifier in eastern Canada at Blue Mountain, Ont., there’s not only intention to prepare racers for the world stage but also the opportunity to qualify for access to that higher level of racing. In addition to Blue Mountain, Fraser Valley, B.C. and Panorama Canadian National Enduro Championships are 2018 EWS qualifier events.
With the series six events split evenly between Western Canada and Eastern Canada, CNES has a geographic balance going into 2018 reflective of a truly national series. B.C. still has half of the events, but Quebec will host two and Ontario one. In addition to being a EWS qualifier round, Panorama will also be 2018 Canadian National Enduro Championships. The single day event will be designed to challenge the countries best riders, with six stages covering everything from open alpine singletrack to a former Canadian downhill track, and a total elevation gain nearing 2,500m.
BCES will continue to exist going forward, but it will be separate from CNES. The regional series will shift towards putting on more community focused events. While still races, events will aim to develop an enduro community instead of providing elite level racing. Canmore, Alta, is the only date on the BCES calendar so far, but a full announcement is in the works. Head to their website for more information on the future of BCES events.
Registration for all CNES and events opens January 15, 2018 at canadianenduro.com
For a full list of CNES event rules, category information, volunteer information, and the range of possible entry discounts (which are relevant to returning and new riders), hit their website.
For more information, get in touch with CNES at:
• Athlete Inquires & Volunteer Information | Will Cadham firstname.lastname@example.org
• All other inquiries | email@example.com (Event Director)