Sugarloaf Set For Enduro World Series This Weekend
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – Sugarloaf is finalizing preparations for the Enduro World Series (EWS), which will visit the resort this weekend, August 19-22, 2022. The event is one of 11 EWS races spanning the globe, including stops in Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Slovenia, Canada, and more.
The Enduro World Series is the highest level of enduro mountain bike racing on the planet, featuring the most physically and technically challenging trails in the world. The 2022 series marks the first time in the event’s history that it will feature back-to-back stops in the United States. Burke Mountain in Vermont hosted the tour last weekend.
Enduro racing is a physically demanding type of mountain bike racing featuring timed downhill stages, and mandatory, untimed uphill stages. Enduro combines the technical skills required of downhill racing with the physical fitness required of cross-country racing.
Sugarloaf has worked throughout the past year to develop the EWS race course, with the guidance of former Olympic mountain bike racer Adam Craig, who leads mountain bike initiatives at Sugarloaf.
Hundreds of the world’s top enduro racers will compete at Sugarloaf this weekend, including 1-year-old Mainer Kale Cushman, who won the women’s pro-division of the Maxxis Eastern States Cup at Sugarloaf in June, and EWS qualifier.
“We’re extremely excited to welcome the Enduro World Series to Sugarloaf in 2022,” Sugarloaf General Manager Karl Strand said. “Carrabassett Valley is home to the best mountain biking in the state of Maine, and we’re looking forward to showing it off to the best riders on the planet.”
In February of 2020 Sugarloaf announced plans for a new downhill mountain bike park as part of its Sugarloaf 2030 Development Plan. Designing and planning for the park are currently underway, with construction expected to begin in summer 2023.
Event Website: https://www.sugarloaf.com/events-calendar/enduro-world-series
About Sugarloaf – Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is one of the largest ski areas in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.