The World Stage 3: 2019 Enduro World Series Yearbook

The World Stage 3 chronicles the entire 2019 Enduro World Series race season, with the eight EWS races and the Trophy of Nations captured and recorded in the spectacular photography of Sven Martin, Boris Beyer and Sebastian Schieck and the reporting of a host of enduro’s keenest observers. The 228-page book is produced by Misspent Summers in the UK.

From the jungle of New Zealand to the razor peaks of Switzerland, The World Stage covers every drama of the 2019 Enduro World Series and showcases the fantastic destinations it visited.

  • 228 pages (22 advertising)
  • 300 gsm soft touch cover pages
  • 130 gsm inside pages
  • 245 x 190mm width/height
  • Hundreds of the best photographs of enduro racing
  • 9 x event reports
  • 7 x comment features
  • Key results and standings tables
  • Published by Misspent Summers
  • £15 plus postage and packaging

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Coming soon: The World Stage — Enduro World Series book 2019

If I told you how much work goes into making one of our yearbooks, you’d never believe me. Mainly because we only ever seem to share photos of badminton, bike rides and cake eating during the weeks when our production crew gets together to put words and photos to paper.

We have a lot of fun creating these things and, without wanting to sound cheesy, we cherish the time spent as a team at the design office in Wales. Tea is gulped, food guzzled, image choice debated, loose ends tied up, music listened to, ideas shared, tangents embarked upon… et cetera. We love a good tangent, but I won’t go on about that.

Our latest baby, The World Stage 3, which chronics the entire 2019 Enduro World Series season, is launching on Monday 9 Dec 2019. We can’t wait. As with any of our books, all the fun stuff mentioned above is a small part of the process — months of work goes into each yearbook.

Our photographers, Sven Martin, Boris Beyer and Sebastian Schieck, get out there and relentlessly follow the EWS series around the world to destinations as far-reaching as Rotorua, New Zealand, Zermatt, Switzerland, and Northstar, USA. They put in the hard work gathering some of the images that will seal the year’s racing into the history book (this book).

Then, our reporters get their writing heads on and put together the detailed race-by-race roundups as well as the side features that delve into the how and why of enduro mountain bike racing. All of this needs to be commissioned, gathered up, edited, proofed and proofed again (and we still miss plenty of glaring mistakes, damn it).

The design needs a refresh every year, building on the lessons learned with each book launch. Colours are tweaked, fonts refined, layout rejigged to make something progressively more pleasing to the eye.

Images must be selected from tens of thousands supplied by Sven, Boris and Sebastian. Attempting to tell all the biggest and most interesting stories of the year while choosing the most exciting and beautiful photos can become a conundrum: Action over story? Big name or unknown shredder? Do you need the winner of each round depicted, even if they have a shot in every other race too (because they won everything — bravo Isabeau Courdurier)? You’d think so, but space is limited. There are roughly 200 image spaces in the entire book. Around 20 per event. That’s a surprisingly small space in which to tell every key detail.

Liaising with brands, printers, banks, accountants, distributors, media outlets and the public is the behind-the-scenes work that makes these things financially and logistically feasible (just about). Keeping on top of websites, social media, marketing, customer support, events, merch store and coming up with new ideas to keep the wagon rolling is all extra work.

Am I saying it is a tough job? Certainly not, but someone has to do it, and thankfully that is us.

All of this to eventually congratulate ourselves on having finished another book. The World Stage 3 is, it is probably fair to say, a thing of beauty. We can’t wait for you to see it.

Here are some photos of the highly tense, stressful and deadly serious production week.

Thanks for joining me on this tangent. World Stage 3, out Monday.

— James

EWS Whistler 2019: Day One Results

EWS Whistler 2019: Day One Results

Results are in from the first day of racing in Whistler EWS 2019. Day one had just one stage of racing, but being ‘The Top of the World’ stage it makes up a large portion of the full race. The women’s racing is super tight so far, with just over 30 seconds separating the top five. In the men’s Richie Rude put in a serious margin into the rest of the field, and with new names mixing it up, tomorrows racing is going to be exciting. 

Women:
1st: Isabeau Courdurier
2nd: Noga Korem
3rd: Andreane Lanthier Nadeau
4th: Katy Winton
5th: Miranda Miller

Full Results.

Men:
1st: Richie Rude
2nd: Shawn Neer
3rd: Joshua Carlson
4th: Matthew Walker
5th: Sam Hill

Sven Martin – Downtime Podcast

Sven Martin - Downtime Podcast

Sven Martin is one of our photographers for Hurly Burly and The World Stage, but he’s more than just our photographer. Sven has been a staple in mountain biking for well over a decade, who’s helped progress the sport into new directions all the while capturing some of the most iconic images.

We’re lucky enough to work with Sven on our books, and this podcast gives you an insight his life, photography and mountain biking. Great stuff from Chris at The Downtime Podcast.

EWS Concussion Pocket Guide

EWS Concussion Pocket Guide

We spotted this simple and informative guide on the Enduro World Series website, something we recommend everyone printing out and sticking in your riding bag. Concussions are common place in our sport, but are a fairly invisible injury compared to a broken bone or an open wound, and ultimately often go ignored. Having the best advice and knowledge at your fingertips could be life changing. 

This guide offers, symptoms, red flags, a memory assessment, what to do and the best way to return to riding after.

We’d like to thank the EWS for making this guide. If you want to print of your own copy, you can find it here.

EWS 2020 Calendar Announced

EWS 2020 CALENDAR ANNOUNCED

The EWS have just announced their 2020 race calendar, which will be returning with seven rounds and the Trophy Of Nations finishing the season off in Finale Ligure.

Round 1 – 28th March: Manizales, Colombia
Round 2 – 4th April: Lo Barnechea, Chile
Round 3 – 23 May: Montagnes du Caroux (Orlargues), France
Round 4 – 4 July: Val Di Fassa, Italy
Round 5 – 11 July: Petzen/Jamnica, Slovenia
Round 6 – 8 August: Whistler, Canada
Round 7 – 29 August: Zermatt, Switzerland

Trophy of Nations – 26 September: Finale Ligure, Italy