Supported by Trek
Bosch eMTB challenge
The new season of the Bosch eMTB Challenge supported by Trek is getting underway. In 2023, the eMTB Challenge organised by Bosch eBike Systems and supported by Trek Bikes is visiting four European countries. In Germany, the Challenge will form part of the Willingen Bike Festival. The additional stops include Italy, England and Switzerland.
The Bosch eMTB Challenge supported by Trek will again be held at the Riva del Garda on Lake Garda in Italy this year. At the Garda Trentino BIKE Festival, in addition to the dolce vita, the trails around Lake Garda will be a main focus.
26.05. – 29.05.2023
The eMTB Challenge will be stopping at the largest German bike festival for the fifth time. Gorgeous natural scenery expects the participants in the middle of Hochsauerland region.
eMountain bikers can look forward to varied trails against an impressive scenic backdrop. On average, the riders will have to cover some 35 kilometres and ascend around 1,000 metres. Riding technique will count just as much as orientation, fitness and intelligent battery management. The stages, which offer a mix of uphill and downhill sections, are ridden against the clock without any prior training runs. In the transfer stages, the emphasis is on good orientation rather than just speed.
The various types of stages and their special features are explained below:
As well as fitness and motor performance, the uphill stages mainly test eBike riding skills. Obstacles and small steps challenge the riders just as much as tight corners. A ‘No Feet Zone’ after the start must be completed without touching the ground, otherwise a time penalty is applied. Afterwards, riders can choose between a difficult route and a easy route on several sections of the trail.
Downhill sections are an important part of the Bosch eMTB Challenge. The downhill stages lead down into the valley over bumps, stones, roots and steps. Here, a hard or an easy route can be selected depending on experience and performance level.
There is no time measurement in the transfer stages, but the riders’ coordination skills are tested as these stages are completed according to a map. Riders have to find various orientation points close to the track. For every missing point a time penalty will be added to the time recorded on the Uphill and Downhill stages.
From this season onwards, the eMountain bikers will start in two competition categories: In the "Amateur" category, the technical difficulty is somewhat lower so that hobby riders with some MTB experience can participate. The “Advanced” category is mainly intended for experienced mountain bikers who will be tasked with an additional, more demanding stage. They will also be required to ride a larger loop – a test of both their fitness and technical skills, where smart battery management will also be essential.
Coveted starting positions
Demand for entries at the eMTB Challenge will again be high this year. “Meeting with like-minded people, exploring fantastic trails on an eMTB, rising to the challenge and having a great time – these are the reasons why we organised the series”, says Claus Fleischer. “The racing format was extremely well received among eMountain bikers of all abilities”. Starting places have again been limited to 150 per event this year.
Riders can look forward to varied trails against an impressive scenic backdrop in all four countries.