The EMS Shimano Enduro Tour is back in 2019 and is due to kick off in 2 weeks time in Western Australia. This year sees the tour head to two new locations with the inclusion of arguably one of the best ride locations in Australia, Derby Tasmania. With locations spread far and wide across the country it looks like there’s an event for all riders, wherever you hail from. All three races will be EWS Qualifier events and contribute to overall Enduro World Series global ranking.
Round 1: Western Australia, October 12-13
Round one of the series heads to Evedon Park Lakeside Resort in Western Australia, approximately 1.5 hours drive South East of Perth. This new venue is on private property and can only be ridden during the event. The course will consist of 7 stages, with natural single track and technical trails features, the course map will be released the Monday before the event and can be found here. Accommodation facilities are available and can be booked online at www.evedon.com.au using the code word WAGRAVITYENDURO, there’s limited camping, camper trailer and apartments available.
Round 2: Queensland, November 2-3
Round two of the series heads over to the East Coast where Tamrookum MTB Park hosts the event, just 1.5hrs South West of Brisbane. The privately owned property has emerged over the last few years in Queensland and hosted two rounds of the Queensland Enduro Series. Known for it’s rocky, loose and technical trails, Tamrookum has no shortage of gnar and will test even the most experienced riders.
Friday 1st November will be a shuttle day that is organiser ran and will cost $60 for the day’s shuttles, this will allow riders to practice the course without the necessity of pedal power. Saturday morning from 7am until 2pm is official practice and all trails will be bunted and ready to race. This race forms part of the Tamrookum Enduro Festival and there will be no shortage of fun on and off the trails. For full details click here.
Round 3: Tasmania, November 16-17
Establishing itself as one of the best mountain biking destinations in Australia, Derby plays host to yet another epic enduro event. After a successful round of the Shimano Enduro Series last year, Derby again will serve up some of the most technical, fun and well-built trails it has to offer. Home to two rounds of the Enduro World Series and likely set for many more in the future, the success of Derby is no secret world-wide.
This round will be the perfect round to finish out the series and no doubt will bring some big name riders to the event. With trails like ‘Detonate‘, ‘Shear pin‘ and ‘Air ya Garn’ on offer, the crowd will be there in numbers and rowdy as always. If you are going to go to just one round of the series then this is it! This race also is part of the Continental EWS series and looks set to be a blockbuster event.
The EMS Shimano Australian Tour is in it’s second year and it looks like there is a race location for everyone with some amazing venues set for 2019. There is sure to be some big name entrants strapping race plates to their bikes for another series with Wyn Masters and Sam Hill among the riders of last year’s series.