Hot on the heels of the UCI including an E-Bike category into the 2019 MTB World Championships event in Mont Sainte-Anne Canada, South Africa gets it’s first E-bike series.
Forming part of the successful Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series the E-Bike racers will start their half-marathon distanced event in their own batch before the marathon riders depart. The E-Bike category is open to anybody and with prize money on the line the race organizers are expecting some top athletes to enter.
Using the same rad, scenic trails as the conventional race, yet starting earlier in the day, the E-Bike race will be an action packed affair. The separate start time is crucial and will ensure very little or no influence on the other categories at the event.
“Advendurance’s events are always at the forefront of innovation and up to date with the latest trends in the industry. We’re excited to launch this new race category as part of the series and grow the sport in South Africa. The goal is to get more people involved in the sport and this is a fun way to introduce them to mountain biking. We’ve even introduced prize money for this category, to boost the competitive angle and get everyone racing.”Race Director, Francois Theron.
The Trailseeker E-Bike series will adhere to all the UCI rules and guidelines which are as follows:
- E-Bike events must be organised in accordance with the following bike standards: engine of maximum power of 250watts, assistance up to 25km/h with pedal assistance only. Although a start up assistance not exceeding 6km/h without pedaling is allowed
2. An E-Bike is a bike operated with two energy sources, human pedal power and an electric engine, which only provides assistance when the rider is pedaling.
3. E-Bike events are open to all riders aged 19 and over and must include Masters categories. An E-Mountain Bike is a bike operated with two energy sources, human pedal power and an electric engine, which only provides assistance when the rider is pedaling.
4. No separate results must be submitted for the Under 23, Elite or Masters categories.
5. E-Bike events will be organised in the cross-country and Enduro formats only and will be registered as Class 3 events.
6. No UCI points will be awarded for E-Bike events.
7. The characteristics and format of each event will be determined in the technical guide for each event.
8. The rider’s registration procedure is handled by each organiser of an E-Mountain Bike event.
9. Riders can only use the battery in place on their bike and cannot carry an additional battery during the competition.
Entries are officially open for the 2019 Series which kicks off in May and runs through to November. Learn more: www.mtb.trailseekerseries.co.za
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