3 Competitors Removed from World Championships eMTB Start List After Bikes Fail UCI Checks

Oct 6, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Go time in Austria.

Three Hungarian riders have been removed from the eMTB XC World Championships start list after it was found that their motors did not comply with UCI regulations.

Gabor Cser, Andras Szatmary and Regina Schmidel were all using bikes with motors from EPowers and it's these motors that have caused their disqualification.

The UCI said: "Following the E-MTB bike checks that took place today in accordance with section 13.2 of the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Competition Guide, the President of the Commissaires’ Panel found that the "EPowers" bicycles did not comply with the requirements of the UCI Regulations."

The section 13.2 regulation states that bikes must comply with the EN15194-2017 norm that ensures e-MTB motors provide pedal assistance up to 25 km/h and a maximum continuous rated power of 250W. To check that the bikes are compliant, every competitor's bike was tested this morning using engine diagnostics, a tuning kit search and a rear wheel rollout measurement. The UCI allows a 5% tolerance is allowed either way on the EU standard but it seems the EPowers motors fell outside this.

The regulations also provide a list of approved manufacturers and EPowers was one of these until the ruling today, when the UCI removed them from the list. We spoke to Regina Schmidel today and she told us that the motor they were using had previously been approved by the UCI and travelled to the World Championships expecting to be able to race without any issue.


EPowers' founder, Stefano Varjas, was the inventor of a hidden motor and magnetic wheels that were suspected to have been used in major professional races. He claims he has never knowingly sold his technology to a professional rider, but acknowledges his motor may have been purchased through intermediaries. That motor is not a pedelec motor, which provides differing power output based on the input of the rider, but a regular motor that is connected to the cranks and provides a constant power of up to 240 Watts. EPowers currently sells a range of carbon road bikes for non-competitive riders that come with the motor fitted but no mountain bikes. Varjas developed a version of this system specifically for the World Championships this year and believed it had been cleared by the UCI for racing but it was rejected by the Comissaire's Panel on the eve of the race.

The EPowers bike Schmidel was supposed to use for the World Championships. She says she hadn't seen the bike until she arrived in Leogang.

Every other bike passed the pre-race checks and the UCI will now perform random engine diagnostic checks on the start line in tomorrow's race and the top 5 riders of each category as well as some random bikes will be taken directly to the testing control after the finish.

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206 Comments

  • 319 9
 Trying to cheat in an ebike race?
  • 109 5
 The nerve ! What a black eye for cycling.
  • 52 12
 @racecase: Honestly, it was such a pure sport of human powered....wait no human assisted with power cycling. For an athlete to get more watts and a better pedal assistance from their sponsor, unconscionable.

Let them just go hog wild on the e-bike thing, why limit it? We have XC which is based on the most athletic and race savey. If you have a sport that is inherently assisted then just go out there and see how far you can push the bike. I may limit weight, say one battery per race, and provide some horrendously rough tracks just to test the machines but that is for selfish reasons. When I get injured or are too old for analog I want to benefit from these e-bikes.
  • 31 1
 At least there was no drugs involved ! Hehe
  • 34 3
 @Matt115lamb: It definitely was by the person who invented e-bike racing.
  • 3 2
 @monsieurgage: with you on this!
  • 6 4
 @Mattin: LOL!! are they still using a Moto race track, or is it actually worth watching yet? I get it that sports have to evolve... but a mountain is usually involved with a MTB race... keen to see what it looks like these days...
  • 9 0
 @ovadebarz: that was the FIM ebike races. Uci uses trails, not a track, if I remember correctly.
  • 4 0
 @ovadebarz: it's not FIM race but uci here.
  • 47 7
 @ovadebarz: The ebike races should be in their natural habitats: bike paths, the sides of regional highways, and dirt roads near mountain town tourist hubs. Bonus points for side mirrors, bluetooth speakers, and really pumped up fatbike tires!
  • 5 3
 @Matt115lamb: Motors are the new doping!!!
  • 12 17
flag stumphumper92 (Oct 6, 2020 at 12:43) (Below Threshold)
 @VtVolk: Or, you know, ebikers can ride wherever they want as long as they're abiding by trailhead policies..
  • 22 1
 I’m waiting for the ultimate DQ trifecta: failed motor check, actual steroid doping and rejoining the course in the wrong spot because you overcooked an uphill corner and went off-track...
  • 3 2
 @monsieurgage: for real, this. Make them climb things a normal person on a normal bike would barely get up. I see e-bikers taking all sorts of brutal shortcuts, so why not make the pros do it.
  • 4 0
 @monsieurgage: that`s actually not a bad idea. The "see what you can do class".Applys to both manufacturers and course designers. Only limit - wheight class. smaller riders probably would benefit from this, but then again, if you have rowdy singletrack in it...
  • 9 4
 @monsieurgage: but then they would be motorbikes! Oh.... Wait.....
  • 7 0
 @styriabeef @SalamandrD: EWS includes this in their eBike races. One of the best things about an eBike is the crazy tech climbs you can do.
  • 2 3
 @VtVolk: Love it! But you forgot about rail trails, and the requirement that they follow the Australian habit of having cable ties attached all over their helmets
  • 4 11
flag Yaan (Oct 6, 2020 at 15:47) (Below Threshold)
 Can't take the cheating out of the roadies. Now they are trying to pollute the mountain bike industry.
  • 2 0
 @VtVolk: so much!
  • 3 2
 @ovadebarz: Have a look at the power stages on this year's e-EWS rounds on Youtube. The events took place at the same time as the EWS in Finale.
  • 3 0
 @g123: I want this more than I should.
  • 3 0
 E-doping
  • 6 1
 @monsieurgage: I actually am a race director and have different classes for ebikes. Besides the Class 1 PAS, Class 2, Class 3, I also have a higher powered DIY bike Open Class where everyone can test their designs against other higher powered bikes. By doing so, it eliminates all kinds of issues and it allows DIY/inventors to come out a push the limits of technology and the human performance. So, you are on the right track...
  • 8 0
 @monsieurgage: I think there is a place reserved in hell,for the person who invented the term "analog bikes". There is bikes,and ebikes.
  • 1 0
 I think the real issue is that EPowers bike appears to have no motor?! Oh the bloody shame of it etc etc etc...
  • 1 1
 Probably literally the best comment I've ever read. OMFG!!! It's like telling a lie, and then creating your own five hour seminar about how great your questionable material is, after someone calls you on it. Basically; your joke, is a joke, on top of a joke, or a compound joke. A first of it's kind for me.
  • 182 5
 This is a fatal blow to the integrity of competitive motor-assisted pedal cycling. I don't think it can recover from this.
  • 5 4
 I can't figure out if this is toungue-in-cheek or not.
  • 2 1
 @SJP: errr... knowing the audience.. yep, well tongue in cheek! Wink
  • 24 8
 The motocross community is devastated
  • 22 0
 Having your ebike motor disqualified is a great move. This has gotten them more attention than participating normally.

The interest in this motor by (and sales to) non-racing my-motor-is-bigger-than-yours bros will surely go up a lot.
  • 4 0
 @mi-bike: that is actually a brilliant observation.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: Wonder if motors for the professional riders have to ride same motors as standard e-bikes or can use prototypes?
  • 1 2
 ..
  • 64 1
 Crikey, if people say that e-bikes are cheating... ...cheating at e-bikes really going to cause some upset.
  • 27 1
 But double negative becomes positive?
  • 6 4
 Most people riding ebikes aren't racing. There's cheating in every sport. Emtb is no different. People can ride what they want. People should be just as disappointed as they are when they find out their favorite enduro cyclist was cheating.
  • 1 0
 @Mattin: but in 2020 positive is a negative.
  • 1 0
 @vandall: But that's a negative perception, so four times negative is positive again Smile
  • 1 3
 @stumphumper92: Well if everyone was not interested in performance, we would still be riding 26" wheels
Is it only cheating because UCI say it is?
If you could cover your chain to keep it clean & be more efficient, would that be cheating too??????????
  • 2 0
 @aljoburr: The difference is that with one you're minimizing drag (wether it's weight, aero, rolling/bearing resistance, etc.), but you're still doing all the efforts yourself. While with the other one you are given extra power / Watt output and you're not doing all the work yourself anymore.

But I agree there will always be unfairness, unless everyone would ride exactly the same bike in exactly the same outfit. But that would take the fun out of nerding around for the perfect set ups for the circumstances and it would cause bike companies to not care about constantly improving their bikes anymore.

And like you said, in the end cheating is indeed defined by the rules of the competition.
If I would organize a fixed gear race, then riding a geared road bike with brakes would indeed be cheating.
  • 62 2
 After the Volkswagen scandal, everybody saw how easy it is to have software behave in a specific way for testing conditions. I fail to see how this power limit could be enforced in competitions (what's to prevent a rider from toggling a cheat mode during a race?).
  • 28 2
 Great point. Ebikes are here to stay, and are a great option for many people. I just don't see them working well as a competitive sport, partially for these reasons.
  • 7 1
 Yup, just have a bluetooth capable mapping dealeo bobber
  • 6 0
 Plenty of hardware tricks as well, see the Brabham BT49C. Thermal should be a big question mark, presumably these bikes being tested in the pits are cold, I can imagine a lot of tricks with output can be accomplished once higher temps are reached in race conditions.
  • 1 3
 @hamncheez: At least not "serious" racing. I would love to race my ebike but I understand the issues involved. I guess that is why they have certain brands allowed because those motors are harder to usurp, but any of them could be unlocked. However the software can tell if they've been messed with. I am heavily involved in DIY e-bike motor programming stuff.
Still really interesting they are trying. I had no idea e-mtb racing was even a thing!
  • 56 0
 Up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right....
  • 3 0
 @timmay604: massively underrated comment here.
  • 1 0
 @timmay604: Just giving away cheat codes now?! Lol!
  • 4 0
 Every other motorsport with a governing body follows some type of technical regulation and they seem to figure it out. It's a constant evolution for the governing body to be able to enforce the regulations and competitors trying to find ways around them.
  • 2 0
 @up-left-down-right: ugh. Ok here it is:
Username checks out!
  • 2 2
 Well, Ferrari was cheating in F1 and they made a deal with the FIA to further develop things hahahaha. That´s why the car was so fast in straight line last 3 years or so.
Till my knowledge most common cheat is in the speed sensor,the bike never reach 25,it is hilarious how fast you can ride. Not very useful in real life,maybe if you ride alone in the shadows. They people always want something more.
Cheating in this case is ridiculous,like the hole race series. You can´t measure anything serious to have a winner there...
  • 1 1
 @jrocksdh: I wonder what the German word for dealeo bobber is. Probably 19 letters long.
  • 4 0
 Have a magnet implanted in the riders rectum and a sensor in the seat. When the tester is on the bike, he/she hopefully won't trip the sensor...
  • 54 3
 I can't say I'm shocked about this
  • 75 1
 Watts the big deal?
  • 47 1
 things that make u go ohm...
  • 9 1
 ohm my gosh
  • 28 1
 Power corrupts
  • 10 0
 @SpaceKing: Ohm, you can't tell me there wouldn't be potential resistance to E bike racing with the current political landscape.
  • 13 4
 This Current scandal has the Potential to really embarass the UCI. Reminds me of the Volts-wagon incident for sure. I'll be ex-Static if this doesn't result in other ebike racers getting Grounded.
  • 3 1
 Is this frequently an impedance?
  • 2 1
 I wonder WADA the penalty is for being charged with mechanical doping.
  • 3 2
 here comes the puns.. the first is usually the best Smile
  • 2 1
 @ovadebarz: I did have the first comment...
  • 7 1
 Their capacity for cheating really Hertz the competition
  • 4 1
 We must provide Resistance to the Current trend of Ebikes, Ohm I right?
  • 3 1
 You don't even need to be that plugged into the eBike racing world to have seen this coming
  • 6 1
 This will make eBike resistors more board with the competitive circuit.
  • 4 1
 @acali: dang, I didn’t see your comment. Please don’t sue me for over copyright infringement.
  • 3 1
 @Pcurt27: All good. You and I are just wired the same.
  • 4 1
 Are they going to be charged?
  • 2 0
 Everyone just chill. You can't blame these guys. They were just hungary for the win.
  • 1 0
 How about, electrified?
  • 30 2
 A 5 percent tolerance?? Don't pro xc racers have a less than 5% difference in their human powers?? So is the outcome of the race completely determined by cheating the 5% output tolerance as closely as possible??!
  • 14 1
 I suspect everyone is at the top of that 5%...
  • 13 2
 Yes, this is just an idiotic way of writing the rules. They should just say pedal assist can happen up to 26.25 km/hr and continuous power output can be up to 262.5 W. Of course, then people will start playing games with exactly what "continuous" means. This is the game played in all motorsports.
  • 4 2
 @SJP: they just need to do spec racing where everyone gets the same damn bike from the same brand with the same parts. Even then they'd still find a way to cheat
  • 3 1
 @Dogl0rd: Sure. Please pull the curtains closed in the pit tent while I liquid-nitrogen-cool your motor coils right before staging. Is there a rule against that?
  • 5 2
 @SJP: don't believe there is, you're hired!!
  • 8 3
 What did you expect? It is an e-Bike race. Predicated on the power delivery of the bike being maxed out. The rider is secondary in this equation.
This is literally one step away from Moto Cross.
  • 2 0
 Double post : /
  • 2 0
 @SJP: you summed it up perfectly: motorsports. The ebike adds a dimension that you just don’t think about with human powered. Can the motor make a difference or are they all somewhat comparable? Formula ebike?
  • 4 1
 @Poulsbojohnny: Think what you like about ebikes but I'm fairly sure that if Jeffery Herlings rode a YZ125 and I was on his current 450 he'd leave me for dust two corners in. Not sure the rider really can be secondary in what is still very much a skilled sport, whether it be motocross or ebike racing.
  • 2 1
 It's a 5% tolerance either way of the limit, so could be a 10% difference. Am I the only one who noticed that or does everyone assume that no one would have less than the limit?
  • 1 0
 @djm35: I would assume almost no one is less than the limit. I would rather be DQ'd for being +6% than -6%. 5% is quite a bit, i dont know the consistency of the motor outputs, but i would be aiming for +0-1% while tuning, i definitely wouldn't go -2% to be safe.

You dont see alot of fighters getting DQs at weigh ins for being too light. Experience will tell you no competitor is going to come in handicapping themselves.
  • 23 4
 To drive e- bike technology forward they should just limit weight, not power. And obviously no battery swaps or charging allowed during the race.
If someone can build a powerful/ fast/ long lasting 45# e-bike this should be encouraged.
  • 8 1
 I think the reason behind this is regulations. At least here in the Netherlands, an e-bike is only considered a bicycle by law if it only supports your pedaling effort (so it doesn't function on its own) and when the support goes off at 25km/h.

Else it will become a moped / motorcycle by law, meaning you will need a drivers license, registration, license plate, insurance, helmet (not mandatory here on bicycles) and in Amsterdam it means you are not allowed to ride on bike lanes, only on the road between cars.

So the moment they start pushing the boundaries, it might not be a bicycle race by law anymore.
  • 8 6
 @Mattin: Well, one thing is for sure, regardless of output, they aren't bicycles anyway...
  • 3 0
 @Mattin: You could still use the weight limit concept. While the speed limit cannot be worked around, acceleration can. There are current E-bikes on the market with monster motors and batteries and insane torque numbers that rival a small car. But they stop assisting at the same speed the rest of them do. They weigh a ton tho. If that level of power could be engineered down to a 45 pound package then we could have some serious racing.

It makes sense to have consistency in terms of motor output for the general market but it doesn't really work for a racing stand point. Let the manufacturers come up with new solutions!
  • 5 0
 i think they should do at least one battery swap. as well as a front and rear tire change like all other Motor Sports
  • 3 1
 @shwinn8: I like it.

Maybe borrow from road cycling and do a blood swap in the rider too! If we can provide assist to the tool, why not the rider?!

Let's see how fast we can man and machine to crush that course!
  • 3 2
 @Poulsbojohnny: thanks for letting us know that.
  • 1 0
 @HurricaneCycles: Looking at regulations, I would personally rather use a power limit concept, where the power is limited to whatever is legal, and the engines become lighter and lighter. Because in the end the biggest downside of e-bikes is all the added weight (making the bike more sluggish) when you're descending.
  • 1 0
 @Mattin: The problem with power regulation is that this requires the promoter to monitor power, search for cheats (and the opportunities to cheat are endless with electronics), and so on.
With a weight limit it's super easy to monitor compliance.
  • 25 5
 Engine diagnostics checks isn't a term that should be used for a bicycle race.
  • 6 3
 what Dave said
  • 23 6
 Why regulate power? If a wheelsize or tire tread suits a particular track, you get to run that wheelsize or tire to maximize your performance. Let's see what these mopeds are really capable of.
  • 9 3
 Don't forget bike racing is largely organized as a way to sell bikes, and for the time being at least, brands have convinced ebike consumers that they're still doing something athletic. As much fun as a super fast ebike would undoubtedly be, the whole "still a workout" and "it's you only faster" strawman argument would have to go out the window
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: if you believe that then you Havnt ridden an ebike. Ridding an ebike can actually be way dang harder if you shut the motor off.
  • 11 0
 Cheating has been a mainstay of pro cycling for decades so cheating at eBike racing is no different than any other discipline.

eBike racers are all subject to the same dishonesty as in all other form of bicycle racing and sport so what's the difference?Everybody accepts these terms. Carry on. Nothing to see here.
  • 1 0
 It doesn't sound like they were cheating in this case. The manufacturer was pushing the limit of the regulations and either had poor tolerances or just went past it. Either way, e-bike racing is kinda dumb.
  • 11 1
 This is the problem with ebike racing. In moto, you just have displacement rules and the engineers can tune their motors to their hearts content, pushing the boundaries of engineering and therefore the sport. Maybe there is a low cap on the watt/hours of the battery, and each team can go nuts on whatever wattage output they want.
  • 21 9
 TBH why not just let them do whatever? It's ebiking fercrissake. Make those things as crazy as possible. Honour and dignity is already gone, let's have some fun.
  • 8 3
 "...Honour and dignity are already gone,.." Hahahaahah
  • 13 1
 Fitting that a company borne out of cheating has been removed for not complying with the guidelines
  • 9 0
 "Danger Powers?"

"No. It's Electric Danger Powers. Danger is my.............................middle name..."
  • 12 4
 ....... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
(Deep breath)

........HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • 5 0
 E-bike racing is in this weird spot between classic bike racing and Motorsports. In Motorsports it's completely normal that not everyone's car/bike is equally fast and it's more a battle of engineers against each other than drivers. Something we are not used to in cycling as we expect the cyclist to be the single determining factor.
  • 3 0
 Except...... Formula E.
  • 6 1
 So within a year of starting ebike racing we are already into the grey areas of how much power is too much power. It’s all a bit laughable really. Can you imagine Honda being band from a race because they had developed a better engine
  • 1 0
 Mercury Outboard did this back in the day. Their engines regularly outperformed the competition due to superior design. They would take many different displacement sizes and stack them up to the competition in class races. only they were putting out 10, 20 and even 50 percent more power by displacement. You can read all about it in Iron Fist. Quite an interesting industrial history lesson.
  • 1 0
 You mean like in 2018 when the FIA implemented a new way to measure it's fuel flow restriction in Formula 1 because Ferrari was suspected by other teams of working around the previous method?
  • 1 0
 Like the Superbird?
  • 6 2
 E-Bike doping... saw this coming from a mile away. Also would be very easy to have a special switch or even remotely operated (bluetooth) option to 'sup up' the motor after it has passed testing. This type of racing will be riddled with cheating. Also, as someone else said, 5% variance is massive if you're talking about an "XC" e-bike race.
  • 7 0
 I'm disappointed that none of them were removed from the start list after being put on an assault and battery charge.
  • 4 1
 If only we had an internationally recognized pro athlete who could lend legitimacy to e-bike racing say a seven time “winner “ of the Tour de France. Someone who has never failed a drug test. Someone with an inspirational back story, that is what e-bike racing needs.
  • 4 1
 Who cares what you think about e-bike racing, gutted for the affected racers.

Giving the racers the benefit of the doubt, they are the ones that got burned. Go buy a bike, or accept one with a component that is listed as approved (assuming it meets certain criteria) and get DQ’d because the manufacturer is doing shady things - that’s brutal no matter how you feel about the sport.

The manufacturer got DQ’d. The riders got f*cked.
  • 1 0
 Totally. But I'm interested in the reason - this system works in a different way to the usual torque-sensor motors, and was UCI pre-approved - it just supplies a constant 240W from stop to start. It was approved and used in the EPowers bikes by the same Hungarian ebike team that won last year's Giro E. I am more concerned that pressure may have been applied by UCI stakeholders &/or sponsors on the commissaires to make an ad-hoc ruling. Either way, there's some f*cking going down...
  • 11 8
 Interesting that all I ever here is that E-Bikes are not motorized.... yet they tested them with "engine diagnostics." These seem to be the same tests used on motorcycles. Ironic......
  • 11 5
 Ebike is cheating already
  • 6 4
 Not even sure why there's an event to put e-bikes for racing. It's like allowing athletes to compete when they're all doped up with drugs and steroids by setting limits on the amount of doping. I think racing with any modifications of the basics is just ludicrous.
  • 3 5
 So, they should remove suspension.... gearing... anything other than the "basics"?
  • 3 3
 @cgjeff: A while back when full suspension came into play, my friend told me that a full suspension bike would be far more beneficial to an athlete than one without. I kind of question that at first since a full suspension bike would be heavier, but over the long haul, a person on a full suspension bike would have an advantage of less fatigue vs a person with a hardtail or even a full rigid bike. So, any hardware (and now electronic/software) manipulation performance that can lead to performance gain outside of athleticism is unfair advantage, just like chemical enhancers. With all things being equal, other than the abilities of the athletes, this is what competition is about, IMHO. Races nowadays are more like advertisements and marketing for companies than anything. Having e-bike races are such a joke since there are so much variance from each company in addition to other factors on the bike!
  • 2 0
 I can predict e-bike cheating is an uphill battle. These kind of racing based on power output or max speed is dommed from the get go. Weight would be a better constraints
Without auditing every bike and making sure they are all using the same firmware, there is just too many ways to go over these power restrictions, it's much easier in real mechanical sports because there is still physical considerations thru a prepared 450 is way more powerfull than a stock one even while they share a similar package/volume.
I think we need to have restricitions based on weight with no assistance on track and let people go wild. I think we would see some pretty wild e-rocket, these bikes would probably look more like ultra light dirtbikes...

There would also be a benefit for the society in engineers grinding to stuff as much power in a small package to develop the future of e-mobility.
  • 7 2
 I like to go fast i know where my moneys going for my next bike.
  • 4 6
 If you like going fast in the dirt, buy a motorcycle.
  • 8 3
 Saiyng that this is pathetic would be an euphemism
  • 6 1
 Bike Doping. The struggle is real to get that trophy..
  • 9 3
 literally, who cares.
  • 5 2
 Can we start putting EMPs on the ebikes? Turn it into mario cart, any rider gets close to you, you can just shut down their bike!
  • 4 2
 I think they should implement it on trails, TBH. I know it isn't realistic, but it would keep people off of human powered bicycles only trails. Here in WA, you can ride e-bikes to your hearts content - on fire roads. Can you imagine any of the many riders who thumb their nose at the law taking a 5 foot cruise past one of these things. Then suddenly coming to an abrupt stop.
  • 2 0
 @Poulsbojohnny: I don't get why there are restrictions on trails against ebikes. I don't even have an ebike and it makes no sense to me.
  • 2 1
 At 15.5mph you are riding a 40lb, give or take, bicycle that more than likely has some pedal drag due to reduction gearing. I'd say that's about 2mph short at least of level ground speed and dh who cares except for handling? All motors listed won't hold even the cutoff speed up any sort of hill but that is the only place an eBike might have the advantage. It would be interesting for a fit rider to join in to an e race to see what would happen. I predict you'll see more local events with e classes. Who needs the UCI anyway?

I'm an older guy on a hardtail eBike and trail ride mostly with younger riders on FS bikes. I still can't keep up with them on the dh's but catch back up on the uphills and it helps ride flow and they all like kicking an eBikes ass. Not as much the case with my eRoad bike. On pavement and gravel e is faster in both modes with the right setup.
  • 3 0
 Why not have an open class where you can ride what you want ? 4000000000w with 1500hp, would be unreal to watch

Yeeeeeeeeeehhhhaaaaawwwwwwwww !!
  • 4 0
 I really couldn't give a f##k.

Does anyone know or care who won the previous races?
  • 2 0
 I was thinking they should just cancel the race from this.
  • 1 0
 This EPowers system results in a bike is not strictly a pedelec, or pedal-assisted bicycle, which gradually increases power as the cyclist applies more force, using sensors. This particular type of engine adds a power of 240 watts as soon as the cyclist starts pedaling.

Unless there was a problem with the 25km/h cut-off, the power rating would not have been the reason for the Commissaire's rejection; the 5% difference tolerance isn't "either way" as this article suggests - only over, according to the regs. If anything, a continuous fixed-240W motor is more 'honest' than any of the others allowed to race on the list, some of which can put out peak power around 800W.

This Hungarian team won the GC in last year's Giro E - yes, it's a thing - where eBike teams race the last 75-105km of each Giro d'Italia stage. Perhaps there was a quiet word to the UCI (having pre-approved the EPowers unit) from the big motor companies possibly worried about being shown up again?
  • 9 6
 Strange no one is pointing out the obvious fact that the bike itself was powered by an electric motor!
  • 8 4
 I raced a Honda 250 on Strava and got all the KOMs. Woohoo!!
  • 4 1
 Yeah, but it was a 500 with 250 decals on it cheater. Foe fun I should claim every KOM on my commute with my 1550w ebike.Big Grin
  • 3 3
 Show me a professional sport that doesn't try to cheat or push the envelope. Performance enhancing drugs, hidden mechanical advantages, when money is on the line, teams and individuals look for just about anything to help them win.
  • 1 1
 So I guess its ok to cheat then? Everyone else is doing it, what do you need integrity for?
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: Didn't say it was OK, I just find it funny that everyone seems surprised...
  • 2 0
 @cgjeff: nobody is surprised, just as usual annoyed by cheaters.
  • 2 1
 What if ebike race results incorporated both lap speed AND environmental impact (however you might be able to measure that)
So ebike development would become faster and cleaner
  • 1 0
 For all of the MTBer/Bikers out there, cheating has away been a part of racing, its fact.

If you haven't see this, watch it. www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-investigates-hidden-motors-and-pro-cycling
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the link, that was fascinating and depressing to watch.
  • 2 0
 I'm surprised they even hold race events still for non ebikes.
Something for those stuck in the past and poor people to enter I guess?
  • 2 0
 iN 4 yEaRs EvErYonE wIlL be RiDInG eBiKeS!
  • 8 6
 This was bound to happen. Honestly not even surprised by the shit show that is E-Bike racing.
  • 3 0
 What are those "magnetic wheels"?
  • 7 4
 Is e-bike racing not just watered down enduro motorcycle racing?
  • 5 2
 Enduro motorcycle racing is extremely impressive sport - the competition is very interesting, stages are colorful, crowds are huge. Tons of people who do not even own a motorcycle can watch it from time to time and be amazed about things which can be done on a motorbike. On the contrary, from what I had seen, the e-bike races are very dulll there is nothing eye-catching or distinguishing in them.
  • 3 2
 @milkdrop: that was my point. Both require a level of fitness, but e-bike racing is just on slower vehicles over less extreme terrain. Fully aware of how impressive enduro motorcycle racing is
  • 6 3
 People so butthurt in this comment section
  • 3 3
 I never understand the idiots that say E-Bikes are cheating when there are no rules unless you enter a race with rules anyway. Here we have a example of some people that have cheated the rules who entered a race.
  • 2 2
 I still can't believe that UCI even regulates this. If its going to be a thing, open it up and let the technology be unlimited. Still though, shouldn't be a UCI regulated event.
  • 4 0
 This is stupid
  • 1 0
 Bring in Bernie Eccelstone to insure that no team is dominant and can find a way around the rules.....oh wait. It's impossible. LOL
  • 4 2
 LMAO how meta is it to cheat in an e-bike race? Hilarious
  • 4 0
 Depends if they were on a Commencal
  • 5 3
 There’s E bike races?.....wow, ha
  • 6 7
 This e-bike crap is ridiculous. This sport was built on earning it, the hard way. But, I guess in 2020 everyone just wants everything as easy as possible. No wonder country after country is becoming fatter and fatter...
  • 3 3
 Isn't it the first e-mtb world champ? I mean, if it's the first race and they are already cheating... Well, seriously, they didn't need this.
  • 2 0
 Forgot to ask VW for their trick, eh
  • 1 1
 they should be required to swap out batteries at least once for a mandatory pit stop (and change tires like other Motor Sports)
  • 3 3
 I rode a chipped ebike tbe other day. Omg, I want one of them. Haha.

Let's see how fast these bikes can go. Smile

The unofficial de restricted ebike world champs please.
  • 3 1
 Please get rid of the whole category.
  • 1 0
 The opposite will happen, e bikes will take over racing.
  • 2 0
 e-doping in e-MTB ... who would have thought ...............
  • 1 0
 Most motors give more than 250W continuous power. How is the UCI measuring that?
  • 2 0
 Surprised they aren't claiming to have borrowed a friend's battery...
  • 1 0
 Nice one
  • 2 1
 A lot of the local series are adding them to the races also. I hate it and some places are even putting them in the overall.
  • 2 1
 If they want any viewers, they better remove all limitations and make it as crazy as possible.
  • 5 4
 Once a cheat always a cheat. A leopard does not change its spots.
  • 4 2
 L. O. L.
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 Mechanical Doping.
  • 4 3
 Does this mean eBikes are dope?
  • 4 2
 still no
  • 2 1
 Just add a Yeti or GT water bottle and you are unstoppable.
  • 9 8
 Who cares? E-bikes race is as boring as baseball!
  • 4 2
 Strongly disagree. At least in baseball there are no e-bats. Still baseball is pretty boring.
  • 4 2
 lol.
  • 2 1
 EPowers the Ferrari of E-Bike racing.
  • 4 2
 So dumb.
  • 4 2
 motor doping
  • 5 4
 Honestly though e-bike racing was a joke when I first heard about it......
  • 2 1
 LOL, "ebike" "racing" "championships"!
  • 1 1
 E-bikes are the new F-1 of the mtb sport! Just like in NASCAR if your not cheating your not trying!!!!
  • 2 0
 They're not trying either way.
  • 1 0
 Cyclists cheating???? This must be a typo
  • 1 0
 If you aren't cheating, you aren't trying
  • 1 1
 no flex capacitors allowed!
  • 6 5
 LMAO
  • 2 2
 Imagine, taking drugs and making your motor faster = Terminator on a bike.
  • 2 1
 Electrifying news!
  • 2 2
 Doped motor... 5 year suspension
  • 3 3
 Where's the eBike Fantasy League.
  • 1 0
 How revolting!
  • 1 0
 Moped word champs
  • 1 1
 KEKW

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