The thrilling 2021 Enduro World Series came to a close in Tweed Valley, Scotland last weekend. The overall titles were still up for grabs in both the Elite Men and Women categories, which meant racers would be giving it their all until the very last stage.
Before the final EWS race took place, the last EWS-E event of the year brought the action early in the week. Tweed Valley was predicted to have rainy weather all week, and the EWS-E race was no exception. After delivering amazing results all year, Laura Charles (Orbea Fox) took second on the day and first overall in the series. This new form of racing is growing each year, and we look forward to seeing it evolve alongside the industry.
Next, the Pro Stage kicked off the normal EWS race on Saturday (10/2). Riders were pushing their limits in the wet, and Richie Rude (Yeti Fox) was charging hard to battle Jack Moir (Canyon Collective) for the overall title. Unfortunately, Rude made a mistake at the end of the Pro Stage by missing staked gates in the ground, ultimately leading to a DQ from the race. Jack Moir, Bex Baraona (Ibis Enduro Racing), Polly Henderson (Juliana Bicycles), and Jamie Edmondson (Rockshox Trek Race Team) all placed first in their respective categories on the Pro Stage – a clean sweep for Maxxis.
The final day of racing was here, and it sure was a slippery one. Athletes slid, crashed, and washed their way down the trails with the rain pouring down. Bex Baraona, Polly Henderson, and Jamie Edmondson all kept their first place positions from the previous day and ended the year on a win. Moir, unable to sleep after the news about Richie, had a few crashes but caught back up to fourth place on the day.
With the season over, it was time to crown the overall champions. Jack Moir had been on an absolute tear this year and rightfully claimed the Elite Men Overall Title. We all know what Richie is capable of, and even with a DQ in Tweed Valley, he still finished second overall after a great season. Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain Bicycles) should also not be overlooked with a fantastic third place overall in the world. The results don’t stop there – Jamie Edmondson took home the U21 Men Overall Title, Sophie Riva (Ancillotti Team) snagged the U21 Women Overall Title, and the Canyon Collective was victorious in the Team Overall.
Maxxis ended up with four overall titles – more than any other tire brand! We’re stoked for all of our athletes and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the EWS next year.