Results: eMTB - Mont-Sainte-Anne World Champs 2019

Aug 28, 2019
by Sarah Moore  
Alan Hatherly from South Africa takes the gold for the men.
Today's eMTB winner Alan Hatherly took the U23 XC World Championships last year in Lenzerheide as well.


Men Elite
1. HATHERLY Alan RSA 1:04:53
2. GILLOUX Jerome FRA +1:10 1:06:03
3. ABSALON Julien FRA +1:29 1:06:22
4. MULLINS Charlie USA +1:41 1:06:34
5. KULHAVY Jaroslav CZE +2:09 1:07:02
6. FONTANA Marco Aurelio ITA +2:23 1:07:16
7. MARTINEZ Miguel FRA +2:31 1:07:24
8. van den BOOGERT Kjell NED +3:01 1:07:54
9. LONGPRE Felix CAN +3:20 1:08:13
10. SAUSER Christoph SUI +3:21 1:08:14
Women Elite
1. SCHNEITTER Nathalie SUI 1:11:38
2. ROCHETTE Maghalie CAN +0:05 1:11:43
3. BEERTEN Anneke NED +3:31 1:15:09
4. SAPIN Nadine FRA +4:33 1:16:11
5. MANI Caroline FRA +8:18 1:19:56
6. WUNDERLIN Alba SUI +17:10 1:28:48





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213 Comments

  • 292 100
 F*ck this.
F*ck the greedy industry.
F*ck the UCI for indulging the fall of a pillar of it's own foudation and bending over to the industry.
Never in my 30 years I was against any form of bike racing, segment or type of riding.

I am against E-MTB racing.
Drown me with your neg props.
  • 34 31
 Why are you against it?
  • 147 11
 I upvoted you to make your suffering even more meaningless.
  • 40 24
 Cheers to that. Go build your own trails for your lame ass scooters.
  • 38 26
 Ah if only your opinion mattered...
  • 8 6
 I found a really interesting article on the whole racing scene and what all is involved here: bit.ly/1iNavzT
  • 12 13
 Maybe we can only allow people who are 70+ years old to compete in e-bike races? Could be slightly entertaining
  • 22 18
 Fake cycling = fake news.
  • 67 49
 To all those not interested in emtbs, please block it on the new setting that pikebike has put on, so the rest of us can enjoy it without reading your narrow minded shit!
  • 22 23
 Fake outrage ! Get a life !
  • 15 24
flag knarf1 (Aug 28, 2019 at 15:43) (Below Threshold)
 Yup f-u , later hater
  • 39 9
 Get a grip on your emotions. Why do let things you have no control over and that have no affect on you upset you so much? There are so many sports I don't enjoy so I just choose to ignore them.
  • 16 12
 Im guessing you ski, not snowboard
  • 4 2
 @WAKIdesigns: funniest comment yet!
  • 10 5
 @H3RESQ: When someone asks if you mountain bike: No, I ebike.
  • 35 27
 @BetterRide: Because regular bikes could be better and cheaper if it wasn't all the resources spent on developing, promoting, lobying e-bikes.
Because bicycle racing should be a human powered sport.
I fall right on the potencial e-bike buyer category: Middle aged, two big injuries making me slower, racing days mostly over, tired, little time to ride.
Yet, I had that crap. Never buying one, or acepting it's place on this sport.
I ride slower, but it's me doing it all,as it always been. No crutches.
  • 1 0
 Bicycle racing is serious business!
  • 9 9
 @nozes: go get some fresh air outside man
  • 2 9
flag bholton (Aug 28, 2019 at 16:48) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes: reply of the day!
  • 12 15
 Yes mate, can never understand why people who hate the sport make time to read the articles and then comment on them. I think they actually love it but just don’t want to admit it @finbox:
  • 5 8
 I would love you to say that to Wyn masters who Is going to take part in the Ebike worlds...
  • 7 0
 @enduroNZ: uh, these are the ebike worlds results. Master's placed 27th.
  • 2 0
 @lpat1717: I clicked with much trepidation expecting to be Rick-Rolled. This was an original surprise...
  • 25 30
flag scott-townes (Aug 28, 2019 at 17:19) (Below Threshold)
 @nozes: "Breaking News: Old Man Against New Things"

Let me ask you... are you against freehubs? How about hubs with more points of engagement with ceramic bearings? What about a dropper post? What about better gear ratios and carbon fiber making your bike incredibly lighter? Or maybe adjustable suspension travel?

A lot of e-bikes will not move unless you pedal. They just make climbing easier like all the tech. I mentioned. You're just another hypocrite trying to find a pointless issue to attach yourself to in order to add value to your otherwise worthless existence. For an old man, you have a lot of growing up to do.
  • 41 15
 I for one welcome the downfall of mountain biking.

I'm really looking forward to the day when mountain bikes as we know them (the non-motorized variety) are as hard to find as new 26" bikes and tires. I really can't wait until PinkBike devotes more and more resources to this bullshit so that I don't have to read articles on proper bikes anymore.

What I'm especially looking forward to is when e-bikes get a little more development, so that they become as fast as shitty motorcycles, and we all get banned from trails because everyone else has a reasonable fear for their safety. Also, as e-bikes get more power the tires will need to get bigger (like dirtbikes rear tires) and it will destroy the trails. That's going to be awesome.

Lazy mother f*ckers. If you don't want to pedal then get a motorcycle and have fun going 5x as fast for 1/2 the price.
  • 10 20
flag bonfire (Aug 28, 2019 at 17:34) (Below Threshold)
 @nozes: I’m always amazed at the hate on how people recreate. Hope you have a great ride, letting all the hate flow through you maybe you’ll eventually enjoy yourself.

Bikes are so goddamn cheap these days for what you get. What are you even talking about you goof?

In other news goddamn ebikes are fun, and I’m amazed how big the time spread is. Also the rider list is pretty cool, lot of big names came out.
  • 20 24
flag bonfire (Aug 28, 2019 at 17:39) (Below Threshold)
 @slashnasty: it’s stunning the amount of inaccuracy you’ve managed to spout.

Rider numbers are up, federal governments are spending federal money on trail development. Rider numbers are up, bike shops are actually able to make money again, to retain and train useful staff instead of the typical minimum wage bullshit. Manufacturing numbers are up, meaning production time is down.

E-bikes produce less trail erosion as they have constant torque to the wheel, unlike when people hammer and spin their tires on climbs. What damages trails? Endless web edits of people slapping berms, roosting every corner their find, and making strava lines.

Bet you do a lot for the sport, crying onto your canti-braked rigid 26” bike.

Swallow some pride, go ride a levo or something. Tell me you didn’t enjoy it, bet you would ride more if you had one.
  • 21 7
 @scott-townes: Damn, that's a long list of false equivalencies to serve as your premise to shit on a guy. He may have been a bit over the top with his disdain for a pointless race format, but that makes his existence worthless? Whatever...

But back to your ridiculous comparisons, all of those advances have one giant thing in common, the still kept the bicycle as a human powered vehicle. Ebikes add a motor and completely change the contraption. And before you chime in with "oh, but ebikes require you to pedal to work" bs, the amount of pedaling required to tap into the motor is trivial. You can charge up a 5000 foot climb at world cup xc speeds while soft pedaling like you're on a beach cruiser on the boardwalk. The pedal assist part of it is just a contrivance so people can tell themselves their still riding a bike.

Yeah, people are into what they're into. But some things deserve to be ridiculed-- just like rollerblading.
  • 6 7
 if there good enough for johnny t there good enough for me #fkallthehaters
  • 3 1
 It's a strong opinion but at least is on topic: e-mtb RACING, NOT e-mtb riding. Every opinion can be interesting, debates are good but folks... please stay on topic. Cheers
  • 12 10
 Dude, just unfollow e-bikes, Pinkbike even included a feature to do JUST that. You may not like them, but there are people that do, and your voice is just noise at this point.
  • 7 8
 @enduroNZ: Wyn and Bernard are doing what their sponsors pay them to do, you’re naive if you think it’s anything else.
  • 12 3
 If the sport is all about pedaling, why are so many people getting shuttled nowadays?
  • 5 11
flag MrDiamondDave (Aug 28, 2019 at 19:05) (Below Threshold)
 @nozes: You do realize that you have to pedal and you get the same workout. You might want to educate yourself a bit more on the subject of Ebikes. Class 1 and Class 2 is what we are talking about. NOT Class 3, which are throttle powered and not a real "Ebike"

* Also a test ride will change your mind, fun as hell!
  • 5 4
 @nozes: I give you two years and you ride one
  • 4 1
 @nozes: you really think the cost of regular bikes us related to e bike development? Since when have mountain bikes been cheap? There is actually more well priced bikes now that han ever.
  • 7 5
 @Rucker10: i’ve Got over 300,000’ vert shuttling this year and over 50hrs trail work. I’m getting an ebike so I can get to the work easier. I will send you the trail location, please never ride here, tell your friends too.
  • 3 2
 @MrDiamondDave: I’m not normally one to call people out on the internet. But... you ain’t quite right.

Class one is what nearly all Emtbs are - 20 mph, no throttle.

Class 2 is the exact same as 1 but has throttle. (There’s some argument over how the law is written whether 20mph applies to pedals or throttle here) so some will have pedal assist up to 28mph while the throttle stops at 20.

Class 3 is pedal assist only (no throttle) up to 28 mph and must be built for street riding only.

All are true Ebikes. In USA, if the machine is capable of exceeding 30mph by its own power, It is considered a motor vehicle and thereby subject to all laws and regulations of the road. Anything under that threshold does not require license or any other certificate and falls into its own category.
  • 5 9
flag Yaan (Aug 28, 2019 at 20:27) (Below Threshold)
 @tjallen: stick a heart rate monitor on and pound out a lap on your favourite line. The numbers speak for themselves. I did 2.5 hrs in an ebike with a heart rate that was pretty high for my age. Can’t argue with the numbers.
  • 1 1
 @HurricaneCycles: sorry I had split beer on my keyboard good sir!
  • 4 4
 @Yaan: Calm down old timer. Don’t want your heart rate to hit those crazy Ebike numbers.
  • 4 10
flag scott-townes (Aug 28, 2019 at 20:59) (Below Threshold)
 @tjallen:

"You can charge up a 5000 foot climb at world cup xc speeds while soft pedaling like you're on a beach cruiser on the boardwalk"

So don't use false equivalencies but use absurd exaggerations? Got it.
  • 5 5
 @Linkpin: Because they are silly and people say all kinds of crap to justify them, but they bring more problems to our sport, especially in America. To me they belong at a ski resort as a "fun tourist toy". Point being here, bike racing is human powered, this is an embarrassing attempt to legitimize it. Fun fact - did you know the UCI is in a fight with Federation of International Motorcycling over e-bike racing? Look it up - so if FIM is wanting in on e-bike racing, then you know they these are motor-cycles.
  • 4 4
 Mechanical dopers everywhere rejoiced. Brought into the fold by the very UCI that had previously scanned their bikes they were now accepted as legitimate members of society for the first time. Sales of ebikes and batteries soared
  • 6 2
 @nozes: "Because regular bikes could be better and cheaper if it wasn't all the resources spent on developing, promoting, lobying e-bikes"

Your logic is flawed and painful to read. You could use that same logic for road bikes, gravel bikes, hardtail XC bikes, kids bikes, fat bikes, etc. Bike companies don't exist to make stuff cheaper. They exist to make bikes. Go ahead. Ask them. Of course you won't. The reality is it's a new profitable niche for bike companies like SUV's and Crossovers for car companies. It's called reality.

If you really want to be pissed at something, try human sex trafficking, the Yemeni, civil war starving millions of people, not some bullshit about bloody ebike racing, FFS.
  • 5 1
 @CaptainSnappy: some people believe it is possible that battery malfunction during charging of a Haibike started fire in Amazon.
  • 1 0
 @enduroNZ: yeah he seem to of enjoyed it. www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVgdIroTO_o (not music but MTB)
  • 4 3
 @scott-townes: Please... the arrogance, ignorance, conceit, general rudeness... make like a fish processing plant and can it, thanks. As @tjallen pointed out, none of those marginal component changes are comparable with motorized vehicles.
  • 2 2
 @chriskneeland: most mtbers don’t ride up mountains lol
  • 1 0
 @SlodownU: Bernard’s team manager , I’m sure he has a say in what he rides !
  • 1 0
 Loud noises!!!
  • 2 1
 @artistformlyknowasdan: gaaaarn! Gaaaaaaaaarn!
  • 2 5
 @mtbikeaddict: Conceit definition: Pride in oneself. You're right, nozes is showing a lot of pride by stating he's a "true" MTBer by never using an E-bike.

Ignorance definition: Lack of knowledge. You're correct, tjallen is showing a lack of knowledge about e-bikes by making absurd statements about how effortless riding an e-bike is.

Arrogance definition: Exaggerating one's self-importance. You're right, nozes is showing plenty of arrogance by stating e-bikes is the only racing format he's hated in 30 years, like that's somehow increases his ignorant opinion.

As for general rudeness? Yeah you're right, you're all being incredibly rude for hating on yet another technological development in MTBing and looking down on anyone that takes advantage of it.

Seeing as how you've only been riding for a couple of years, I can excuse your ignorance and general rudeness. Nice job, buddy.
  • 6 3
 @scott-townes: Damn, you'll make up anything to suit your narrative, eh? Exactly how is my statement absurd? You put a 100W into the pedals (a minimal amount of effort) and all of a sudden your climbing with world class endurance athlete wattage (350w). There's really no exaggerating there.

And people are not hating on a technological development in mountain biking. They're put off by a technological development in motorized vehicles being lumped in with cycling. There's a difference between the two. Not to say there's not a place for ebikes. Just take them where motorized vehicles are permitted and keep off non-motorized trails.
  • 3 5
 @tjallen: "Damn, you'll make up anything to suit your narrative, eh?"

You're from Washington, not Canada, eh.

Show me any proof to your original absurd statements. While you're at it, show me your mind reading tech that allows you to speak for others who you've never talked to before. I'll wait.

You initially responded to me using baseless comments. I didn't make up anything to suit a certain narrative you clearly have and are desperate to "prove". LOL
  • 3 1
 @scott-townes: I genuinely enjoy arguing with you BECAUSE you have no narrative. Your a contrarian troll for the fun of it. I dig it.
  • 1 0
 @MrDiamondDave: Why does everyone assume that people who don't like ebikes haven't ridden one? Like yea it's fun to get to 30mph with damn near zero effort, but I have no desire to take it out to a trail over my acoustic bike.
  • 1 0
 @LukeBurgie: Just an easy way to say, "You don't get it." I guess. I think I get it though. They'd rather ride a bicycle with a motor on it. I'd rather do the work myself. Two types of people in this world I'd say.
  • 1 0
 @Rucker10: I found both fun AF - soo 3 types by that logic
  • 52 9
 It's great to see that all the people who don't care about eBikes still care enough to take the time to comment here.
  • 18 1
 Keep your friends close and your enemies closer :-)
  • 7 12
flag reverend27 (Aug 28, 2019 at 14:12) (Below Threshold)
 Yep and same tone I heard for decades from those opposed to medical or legal marijuana.
  • 3 0
 I can only imagine they have NOS button too. It's like Toretto saying: "Too Soon..."
  • 8 3
 We "care". That's way different from "like". We care that they go away and don't endanger/damage safety/trails/land access!
  • 36 8
 So this is the serious version of that circus video we saw last week with weak electric motocross bikes running around a mud pit?
  • 13 64
flag Dustfarter (Aug 28, 2019 at 13:06) (Below Threshold)
 No numbnuts. Clearly just by looking at the pic in the article it's not the same as that FIM embarrassment. Just filter out and quit trolling.
  • 5 4
 Yaeh, there was another e-bike race on legit trails before that circus vid as well. Its definitely a lot more exciting.
  • 12 0
 @Dustfarter: Maybe he's just "Taking the piss and you should lighten up," as it were.
  • 2 0
 @Rucker10: Indeed, thank you. Someone didn’t have his coffee this morning.

I was amused that we saw two articles about e-bikes in the same week and that they were so different. The circus show last week was a joke and is a stain on the sport. I’ve ridden e-bikes and am actually a cautious fan. My concern is that cheap models will flood the market—models without proper governors and with throttles. I’ve seen them and they have the potential to ruin the prospect of e-bikes for everyone.
  • 39 13
 My Pinkbike Ebike filter seems to be broken. Why am I still seeing this shit.
  • 4 12
flag onemind123 (Aug 28, 2019 at 13:09) (Below Threshold)
 Send an email to techsupport@pinkbike.com
  • 29 6
 I guess this is where the no-longer competitive XC racers go to make a living before full retirement
  • 8 0
 Enduro 5 years ago : I guess this is where the no-longer competitive DH racers go to make a living before full retirement.

Enduro now : People are pissed because its more exciting to follow than DH, but lacks live coverage.
  • 4 2
 Old/retired riders against u23 riders.

Sounds a bit like kids visiting the old farts in the retirement home where a tricycles vs wheelchair event would be organized ;-)
  • 3 1
 @opignonlibre: it’s a bit like watching a speed walking race.
  • 1 0
 @kuna26: haha yes
  • 19 3
 Not really surprised a XC rider won... they are the skinniest out of them all. Power to weight obviously matters and with the same power throughout weight becomes a disadvantage. To make it fairer I guess one should divide the race into weight classes like boxing.
  • 23 1
 Or make it super technical were skills matter more than legs
  • 70 2
 Or have four legs. That's my solution.
  • 13 6
 @IamTheDogEzra: I have three.

Wink
  • 5 0
 @patricioescobar: Trials E mtb racing lol
  • 54 8
 Or just ditch the whole pointless pile of crap.
  • 19 4
 how about racing with empty batteries so the strongest cyclists have a fair chance?
  • 1 1
 Long legged jockeys!
  • 7 8
 @michibretz: there are sex toys with more than 250W - strongest still wins.
  • 5 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I need that kind of grunt at my age
  • 16 2
 Not surprising at all, since it is just an xc race where everybody has a 250w boost. Seems rather pointless other than as a showcase for ebike manufacturers. It doesn't really introduce any new skill sets that aren't already encompassed by any other biking discipline, just adds an arbitrary amount of extra power. I think for this to really be interesting and an actual different race format, it would need to be some kind of unlimited mod class thing. But then I suppose that would just shatter the illusion people are trying to maintain that keeping these things to 250w or less means they are still bicycles and not motorized vehicles.
  • 3 1
 @IamTheDogEzra: woof woof woof. woof woof howl woof sneeze. woof woof. Batman
  • 5 0
 5kW ebikes or GFTO. I wanna see some mayhem!
  • 1 1
 4th place is a good that races GNCC and enduro motorcycles.
  • 7 2
 I'll print the results and use it as toilet paper
  • 4 3
 @jclnv: Demo one. For real. Not just around a parking lot. Take it to the trails. I won’t go so far as to say I’m a believer but I had loads of fun, rode my usual trails, respected and yielded to those without motors, and rode farther and faster AND got a better workout than I would have normally.
  • 4 2
 @dbendixen: I had two days in Rotorua last year. That not usually enough to see even a fraction of the Redwoods trails but I rented an ebike both days and saw five times the number of trails I would have done on a regular bike.

That’s where they come into their own, I think. That and when you only have two hours to ride but want to get all your favourite local trails in.
  • 2 2
 @Linkpin: That’s what the forests and MTB needs. Time crunched twats on eBikes mashing around at triple the speed they’re naturally capable of. Sounds awesome.
  • 3 1
 @jclnv: yeah cuz whiny, self righteous elitists are making the berms grow and loam rain from the sky. You have a poor memory, remember being on the wrong side of the fence with 29ers? You lazy basterd making things easier for yourself?
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: A 29” doesn’t turn an average rider into Nino Schurter on the climbs/flat. I can’t think of anything worse than a beginner on an eBike. A forest full of them? I’d give up.
  • 3 1
 @jclnv: then prepare yourself mentally for quitting. There’s thousands of them in Europe.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I’m getting old and looking at other sports. Won’t be the end of the world for me but I feel sorry for the next generation.
  • 1 2
 @jclnv: I may be wrong but I really don’t think the next generation gives a flying damn what we think about them so you may as well fee sorry for yourself. While hipsters roll around my town on their expensive fixies on their way to drink craft beer, thinking they are the shit, 14yr olds ride on electric kick bikes having the time of their life. Have you seen those electric running bikes, basically motorized hotwalks? They are fricking cool!
  • 2 1
 @jclnv: I think I saw about five other riders in the whole time I was there, so it wasn’t exactly at bursting point. They all told they wished they had ebikes as well.

“I can’t think of anything worse than a beginner on an ebike.”

Mountain biking isn’t full and it hasn’t closed its doors to new arrivals - the more people on bikes the healthier and happier the world will be. The sport doesn’t belong to the Pinkbike elite I’m afraid.
  • 2 0
 @Linkpin: So true. I’m afraid the proud anti-e-bikers will be seen as Luddites in the near future. I’m not convinced we’re ready for them and I think other states need to follow Utah’s model legislation for e-bikes (no throttles and limited to 18mph on off road trails). That said, they allow an experienced rider to climb as fast or almost as fast as a pro and cover more terrain in the process. All things equal, in the same amount of time people will go farther and see more of nature. Not a bad thing.

Speaking of Luddites... I LOL’d inside thinking about this comment thread when I saw the DOI passed an order allowing eMTBs on National Park trails.
  • 18 5
 E-Bikes championship included in the MTB worldchamps is, in my own opinion, dumb.
I am 100% against it. I mean, come on.
I also don't get comments that says that people that are against the inclusions of motor in cycling sports are ''narrow minded''
What? please explain how not appreciating having motorized sports competitions in the same venues as cycling is narrow minded? THE POINT OF CYCLING SPORTS IS: HUMAN POWER.
  • 3 3
 Someone had better tell all the downhillers who are clearly flaunting that rule and using gravity as well.
  • 3 2
 Obviously you haven't ridden one, it still takes human power to move. Obviously why an XC athlete won this event, it's still very much about fitness... Ignorance.
  • 1 0
 THE POINT OF CYCLING SPORTS IS: HUMAN POWER >> sums it all up brother!
  • 1 0
 @matiewz: you'll be human powering your ebike in due time Smile
  • 23 9
 If you win the E-Bike world champs, do you tell anyone? I get doing it for your sponsors, but I cant imagine anyone actually caring. Might even say it's a little embarrassing
  • 8 2
 u just say the "E" really quietly when u brag about it.
  • 5 1
 Haven't you heard, e-sports are the hip, new thing.
  • 2 0
 @SacAssassin: funny thing is I'm not even against E-bikes
  • 10 0
 The only way I can see this being interesting is if they make the courses really hard. The climbs should be pretty much impossible without the pedal assist and the course should be long enough so riders need to consider how much they use their batteries. Otherwise, I just don't get the point..
  • 2 0
 This person is making some sense.
  • 13 0
 Up next: The eTour De France
  • 5 0
 "E-bike doping with extra batteries is the newest scandal!"
  • 1 0
 you laugh, but the spec sponsored teams rode their new $20,000 S-works road bike this year during the rest days...it coming...they're just laying the groundwork now
  • 1 0
 @ross005: wasn’t it team Ineos that used an Ebike as a pacer in practice for the team time trial this year? It allowed them to practice at a faster pace than could be accomplished under normal practice scenario if I remember right.
  • 1 0
 @ross005: it's quite sad that these bikes are costing the same as a new vehicle
  • 1 1
 @monkeybizz: The S-Works Turbo Creo is “only” $13.5k. Show me a decent brand new vehicle that costs that much. A vehicle you’d rather drive than this new road bike. Smile
  • 2 0
 @dbendixen: I wouldn't know since I would be roadkill after being driven over by a car
  • 26 17
 We have officially reached the point where people who complain about eMTB have become more annoying than those who partake in it. What a bunch of oversensitive, weirdly entitled, gatekeeping dickheads.
  • 8 0
 I am not against e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards e-whatever. I'm sure they are a lot of fun. But make a race format out of it clearly doesn't work.

It deserves our full vitriol, mirth and ridicule!!

UCI, if you want to run an e-doping MTB category you may as well admit you have failed to regulate road cycling and reclassify it as "Doping Road Racing"*

* From a BBC article on asthma in cycling: "Research suggests that around 35-40% of British Olympic cyclists use an inhaler, compared with 21% of the Olympic team as a whole and 9% of the general population."
www.bbc.com/sport/cycling/42335916
  • 1 0
 Taken a bit out of context. Right above that:

“When the air is cold and dry, this can trigger asthma-related symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest, also known as exercise-induced asthma.”
  • 1 0
 @dbendixen: yes, I've also heard them blaming it on all the pollution they breathe when they're training, but then they all say they've had it since childhood. They are all just lame excuses. "Froome, who has suffered with asthma since childhood..." It's all BS excuses.

PS The winters in England are not cold and dry!
  • 10 0
 In the photo is looks like the top two riders are on normal bikes?? Anyone have any more info or images of this race?
  • 1 3
 They may have used a lightweight setup hidden in the downtube?
Here’s a video from back in the day, incl analysis of Cancellara’s riding when he supposedly used it in Flanders and Paris-Roubaix: m.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nd13ARuvVE
  • 1 0
 Hopefully the answer is "no" and any evidence of such occasion remains in a vacuum
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure that picture was from his u21 win last year. That would make sense with the caption.
  • 9 1
 VIDEO!!! WE NEED A VIDEO DANG IT!!!
  • 6 2
 Given the advantages of an ebike why not put on an event that focuses on what an ebike can do that a bike can't? Maybe timed super technical hill climbs? It was mentioned by someone else but ebike trials might be cool, the added power at the cranks could lead to new stunts?
  • 6 1
 I love my E-Bike, but I don't really see the point in racing it. The only way it could be a good idea is for ultra technical uphill riding/extreme terrain that you could not do on a normal mtb.
  • 16 11
 jesus christ! if you dont like them - dont ride them, if you dont want to read about them , use the handy filter supplied .if you just want to sound like a bunch of whiney dicks, carry on!
  • 5 5
 Listen to yourself. You're defending motor sports being constantly posted on a CYCLING website that people have been reading for decades. An extremely lame motorsport at that. Different demographic entirely. Cycling is bigger than ever, so it doesn't make sense to have this unrelated trash on here.
  • 4 0
 Unless the ebikes are put onto a dyno, I'm curious how they can verify what the true max wattage limit is of every bike, and that no one has a modded bike. Seems like cheating would be pretty easy on an ebike. Also curious how you define fairness of watts/kilo of everyone has same power limits regardless of size.
  • 5 1
 The real reason that the ebike haters hate is that they don't like getting passed on the trail by people who they consider slower then them. Or ride less than them, or are less skilled than them. It's as simple as that. They try to explain it away with phony excuses, but it's all about their ego.
  • 3 0
 And the pros started first so they were on the course when the amateurs ( us) started. It seemed like a pretty gnarly course to my newbie to racing eyes and the pros ...well they were amazing. I'm not sure what other hurdles the naysayers require but it basically was an all out effort with some serious sections. I'm thinking that adversion to e bike s while understandable is unwarranted as long as e bike riders don't and I mean never use their added power to intimidate or otherwise hassle pure human power on any trail.
  • 6 1
 There are moto sports and there are human powered sports. Biking is a human powered sport and there are no moto powered sports in the olympics....
  • 1 0
 And now there are moto assisted human powered sports. The world isn't black and white only, and nor is it fixed with
a single viewpoint. Don't be scared :-)
  • 1 0
 Also, where does sailing, downhill skiing, horsejumping, etc. sit in your classification of Olymplic sports? :-)
  • 7 1
 Every time I see an adult on an e-bicycle, I despair for the future of the human race. -H. G. Wells
  • 1 0
 How do you feel about adults on chairlifts?
  • 8 2
 Way to go Charlie "Hotrod" Mullins. Moto dudes represent!!
  • 3 0
 E-bikes are Definitely not new to him! GNCC boys!
  • 2 0
 These bikes are on a fairly low speed limit right? The strongest rider would prob still win since it takes considerable effort to go over the assisted limit. It only ups the average speed, maybe shifting the balance to the more technically capable riders.

I say delimit them and watch the shit show. I think it could be incredible head to head racing.
  • 3 0
 Their slogan should be "ebike racing: at least it's not a triathlon" and the motors should be unlimited, but racers have to drink a beer for each 50watts of power before the race starts.
  • 4 0
 The full results don't show the manufacturer?? I'm more interested in the manufacturer than the rider for these type of races.
  • 1 1
 Rider will be obsolete soon, what's the point when the bike pedals itself.
  • 2 0
 I would like to see this too.
  • 2 0
 E bikes, twice as much fun,equals,twice as much wear on the tracks!
Will end up being banned at some tracks,as the maintenance can’t keep up with the amount of wear.
Not against E bikes but maybe certain tracks should be designated for E bikes.
  • 1 0
 Unless the riders are using spec bikes provided by the UCI I wonder how they can enforce rules. Obviously these e-mtbs have chips it would be really easy for the manufacturers to build a system that act normally during inspection then gets some boost during the race by activating a cheat mode remotely from the pits.

Additionnaly I'm not against e-MTB in general and enjoyed renting one a few times, but do we really have to create a competition of everything? Can't an activity be simply recreationnal?
  • 3 1
 I can't wait until I come across my first injured ebike rider who is on a trail they otherwise would not be able to ride. I'll let them know they got themselves into this mess, now figure out a way out of it!
  • 3 2
 Trust Pinkbike keyboard warriors to ditch E-Bikes with no evidence to support their dislike to them. E-Bikes is a skill in itself, climbing hills you are more weary of your pedal stroke, you stop far less so you're on the move far longer. you cover greater distance, and instead of doing 2 or 3 runs down a mountain, it's now 7 or 8. Since riding my e-bike occasionally, I have found my skills improve while descending, it's also an awesome way to get tools around the mountain for maintenance. You still end up a bucket of sweat with your heart rate beeping, and you still have to use skill to descend.
  • 1 0
 If this applies to you, then this applies to you....

You're hating hating on a post about eMTBs that is enttled "eMTB World Champs Results" because you hate eMTBs, yeah?

Yet you've not yet actually tried riding an eMTB and you CHOSE to click on this article!!

You come across just quite alot ignorant and stupid!
  • 1 0
 I think it’s democratic vote , 99 % of pinkbike readers want it to remain pure unaided cycling and by venting their dissatisfaction in the editors content.
It’s just anarchy of the masses I am afraid.
It’s also an age thing , if you can’t ride up it’s a way of saying I am passed it , which nobody wants to admit , more people enjoy the downs if they ve earned it .
  • 1 0
 Anyone know if it was the same course? Likely, and assume this. Looking only at the ewinner, first lap of 15:12. That puts him 22nd the very first lap on the non-e's. Four elaps completed in 1:04:53 then for the ewinner. Nino comes in four laps at 50:23. That puts the ewinner, well, if I am reading this right, behind the entire field, and likely, pulled?
  • 1 0
 Not the same course but there was some overlap. Both did the Beatriche line.

eMTBs did 4 laps of 7.3 kms while XCO did 7 laps of 4 kms plus a one km prelude lap. Nino averaged 20 km/h while Alan averaged 26 km/h.
  • 6 3
 I want the greatest competitive rider in history, Anne Caro to comeback and dominate this event!
  • 3 1
 Julien is 39 years old (retired from pro racing), Jérôme is 25, and Alan is 23 (12 on the UCI XC ranking)… yep it makes total sense.
  • 14 11
 Pinkeebike sister website At least GMBN have the good grace to have a whole separate ebike channel you can just avoid.
  • 3 2
 Why are the best ideas on this site always getting down voted?
  • 10 8
 What’s more embarrassing, telling people that you raced an ebike race or that you didn’t win despite having a motor on your bike?
  • 1 0
 Have a look at some short videos on the UCI twitter feed - they look slower than non-assisted XC racers. I guess a 20+kg bike that is limited above 25kph is a bit hard to pedal...
  • 9 9
 Pinkbike,we understand you gotta pay the bills by promoting ebikes and their manufacturers that are a part of your advertising income but stop.Just stop. Your reader base may hate climbing and long lift lines but they hate ebikes x10 more and you're going to see less and less page views as your ebike content rises. We shouldn't have to have to use a filter to remove ebike content on a site for bicycles.
  • 4 3
 Pinkbike is trash now
  • 2 1
 @casman86: that happened when XC became pinkbike's priority. This ebike thing is just the last slap in the face to true mountain bikers.
  • 3 1
 As soon as they made the 2nd ebike, people were racing them. Lighten the F up. If they’re riding on trails where it’s legal to ride them why do you care?
  • 1 0
 I'm not 70 buy almost 69. I ride both my e-bike and my now ancient tallboyltc and looking at a ripmo. And I raced and won my "age division" is over 60 at sea otter. The pros did five laps 2.5 miles 500 vertical
  • 4 1
 Next EMTB race should start at the bottom of Whistler and you have to climb all the way up before coming all the way down.
  • 3 0
 As a South African, my heart says congrats to Alan for the win! ... But then there's this ebike thing...
  • 2 0
 Hey Guys, at least he is a South Africa and already an U23 XC World Champion, as for our other DH World Champion, Minnaar needs no ebike... Go win it for us you GOAT!
  • 2 1
 "My nose hurts?... Then take your finger out of it Johnny." Same goes here. If you don't like it... TURN ON THE FILTER! Imagine if people showed as much passion for issues that actually mattered in the world?
  • 5 4
 Total race time of an hour - how long can most ebikes last on full beans turbo mega power? Must be about an hour mustnt it - pointless.
  • 1 0
 Have a race of 2 halves , the rider has to pick which half of the race to use the ebike assist , would make good tv pedalling a 20 kg bike up a hill .
  • 2 0
 I can’t decide if this is a cool mountain bike race or just a really slow dirt bike race.
  • 2 1
 Definitely not a cool or mtb race.
  • 3 2
 Some more info & bit of footage of the ebike race, riders seem to enjoy it.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVgdIroTO_o (Fox dialed)
  • 2 0
 What's the next filter, XC women's racing or non gender riders? Take a stand one way or the other!
  • 3 1
 BOOST mode is going to make for some exciting racing and passing.
  • 13 11
 This is such a weird thing, can't believe it's real.
  • 16 6
 Really? Ya, people racing things is so weird.
  • 12 9
 The Apocalypse is near.
  • 3 1
 Good try Wyn Masters, but the XC guys are better suited for this
  • 3 2
 how about using drones for rider that are remotely controlled. I mean are we not talking about e-bikes?
  • 8 6
 Don't care. Forget E-bike racing. Don't want to see it.
  • 4 3
 Maybe you should start ePinkbike.com? You know, split the two, since they are completely two different demographics.
  • 5 4
 E bikes are the future of MTB. Just like 29R carbon fiber and dropper post. In 5 years most people will be riding E Bike.
  • 1 2
 Electric motorcycles will evolve exactly like the gas motorcycle and lose the pedals at some point. 5 years time these will not really exist.
  • 3 1
 Gold for SA. Well done AH!
  • 4 2
 Everyone lost with this "competition"!
  • 2 1
 Proven here is the idea that non emtb riders are a bunch of fun hatin, negative tight wad's.
  • 12 11
 Dumbest event in cycling history.
  • 3 2
 Any way to watch this race on video?
  • 6 2
 pretty sure the camera got destroyed just like in Raiders of the lost ark. No footage of that should ever survive
  • 6 5
 ebikes races should be reserved for the Special Olympics.
  • 2 1
 Congrats Alan hatherly ????
  • 2 0
 Agreed, well done Alan!
  • 2 1
 Can we please have some footage of it!!!
  • 1 0
 Why isn't it pay per view?
  • 1 0
 You know what also starts with an E? E-bola
  • 8 10
 Next time, I just won't bother opening the post. Don't get me wrong, I think ebikes got their place. But I am just not interesting to hear about their races.
  • 1 2
 E-Bikes The new F-1 of MTB!!
  • 10 11
 WTF
  • 6 9
 WDF cares?
  • 4 7
 What a bunch of losers
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