South Africa’s own Alan Hatherly inked his name into the history books yesterday by winning the first-ever E-Mountain Bike World Championship held at Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada.
The E-Mountain Bike (E-MTB) event forms part of the annual UCI Mountain Bike World Championships which is currently taking place. Hatherly, representing South Africa, lined up for the race alongside some of the biggest names of the sport like Julien Absalon, Miguel Martinez, Christoph Sauser, Jaroslav Kulhavy and Marco Fontana.
The E-MTB World Championships is a lap racing format on a 7.3km course which lasted a little over an hour. It was a 4 lap race. There were two categories, Elite Men and Elite Women which were open to athletes aged 19 and over who are registered with and selected by their National Federation.
Bike power was limited to 250 watts and motors stopped assisting racers at 25kph. Battery changes or charges were not permitted.
Alan Hatherly, who refined his bike skills by racing DH as a youth, then turned to
The racing ends on 1 September and a total of 13 world titles will be awarded over the five days of racing. Stay tuned for more highlights.
“I have been riding an E-Bike for just over a month now. It was by far one of the hardest races I have done in a long time. I think, um, everyone thinks it’s just an E-Bike but I was putting out the same power I do in a XC race. It was just full gas the whole way and I think I had an average heart rate of like 184bpm which is just completely on the limit. I had the best bike for the job and it was just a matter of keeping it safe all the way to the finish. I am stoked to have done it today. I am very happy to be the first-ever E-MTB World Champion.” – Alan Hatherly
Photo Epic of Alan’s Win | by Sven Martin
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