Mountain biking with the tailwind of power assistance
Fun and thrills are the order of the day in the Bosch eMTB Challenge. Designed and attuned to different performance levels, the new racing format is aimed at the entire spectrum of mountain bikers. The starting gun for the Bosch eMTB Challenge will be heard on 28 April at the BIKE Festival in Riva del Garda.
Racing format for beginners and professionals alike
Both trained professional athletes, as well as interested hobby bikers or outdoor enthusiasts can take part in the eMTB Challenge. What counts is not just fitness and engine performance, but above all riding technique and orientation. The fun of eMountain biking also gives rise to the desire to improve performance and compete with fellow bikers. This is precisely the point of the new racing format, while at the same time acting as an important building block in making this comparatively recent discipline better known. The aim is to bring together eMountain bikers with different performance levels and different skills in one single event.
In search of flow
In order to offer all riders the best possible flow experience, the trails are designed for various levels of difficulty: While beginners will have the opportunity to adapt slowly to challenging trails and fast bends, advanced bikers can prove themselves on shorter, but technically challenging track sections. Participants are not allowed to check out the stages in advance, but instead start the challenge ‘blind’ - so that anticipatory riding and spontaneous reaction to the trails is vital. Times are only recorded on the individual stages and the individual sections are added together to get a total time at the end. The transfer stages between the stages completed according to a map and without timing, so that the teams can enjoy the ride together and prepare for the next stage.
On different stages - a varied mix of uphill, downhill and orientation trails - the riders' abilities are tested on various levels, so that the most versatile eMTB rider wins.
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.
Experience the fascination of eMountain biking
Riders must cover more than 30 kilometres and negotiate an altitude differential of around 1,000 metres, while the different disciplines tested provide variety and maximum riding enjoyment. What makes the Bosch eMTB Challenge so special is the element of experience and adventure. It is all about experiencing eMountain biking in all its aspects, transcending personal boundaries and sharing the passion for sport with family and friends.
The Bosch eMTB Challenge on tour
The new racing concept will make its debut on April 30, 2017 at the BIKE Festival in Riva del Garda, the traditional season opener of the MTB scene. Surrounded by the breath-taking backdrop of Lake Garda, mountain bikers will experience a varied race with challenging climbs and rapid descents. The second stop on this year's Bosch eMTB Challenge is the BIKE Festival in Willingen.