UCI Launches 5-Round eMTB World Cup XC Series

Feb 18, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Jean Pierre Bruni Loic s father rallies his eMTB in the masters class.

The UCI has today announced a 5 round XC World Cup for e-MTB racing to be run in conjunction with the WES (World E-Bike Series Management).

Unlike the e-MTB World Championships at Mont Sainte Anne last year, this World Cup series looks like it will be run at separate venues to the regular World Cups with 4 of the 5 locations already announced.

Second place for France s eMtb National Champ Jerome Gilloux.

2020 UCI E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup Calendar:

6-7 March: Monaco
17-18 April: Ascona-Locarno (Switzerland)
5-6 June: Bologna (Italy)
11-12 September: tbc
2-3 October: Barcelona (Spain)

bigquotesIt gives me great pleasure to launch the inaugural UCI E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup, and I am thrilled that the UCI can bank on the recognised expertise of World E-Bike Series for its organisation. The discipline now has a World Cup to go with the UCI World Championships, and I have every confidence in the development of E-MTB at the elite level and among amateur and recreational riders.David Lappartient, UCI President

bigquotesWe are delighted to unveil the first ever UCI E-MTB XC World Cup after much hard work in collaboration with the UCI over the last couple of years. We hope this prestigious competition will encourage both well-known and young athletes to put themselves to the test in this fascinating discipline.Francesco Di Biase,WES CEO and founder

The competition will be run according to the UCI ebike regulations, which were first introduced in 2018. The proposed dates do not clash with the recently announced EWS-E series, so e-MTB specialists could double up if they wanted.


Press Release: UCI

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is delighted to announce the launch, in partnership with the World E-Bike Series Management (WES), of the first UCI E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup.

Comprising five rounds, the new competition will kick off on 6-7 March in Monaco and finish seven months later in Barcelona, Spain, on 2-3 October.

The UCI included E-MTB in its regulations in 2018. The following year it added the events in the World E-Bike Series to its International Mountain Bike Calendar and, on 28 August 2019, it successfully staged the first UCI E-Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada.

The launch of the UCI E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup is an important step in the development of the discipline, not least in terms of technical advances – achieved in collaboration with manufacturers – and the promotion of an activity with a bright future.

A growing number of E-MTB events are now being included on the UCI International Calendar, with some high-profile mountain bike cross-country athletes taking part, such as two-time Olympic Champion and five-time UCI World Champion Julien Absalon, three-time UCI World Championships medallist and former Junior UCI World Champion Nathalie Schneitter, and Olympic bronze medallist and seven-time UCI World Championships medallist Marco Aurelio Fontana. Thanks to electrically assisted mountain bikes, MTB is also opening up to new audiences, providing yet another activity with much to offer for tourist resorts.

E-mountain bikes make use of two energy sources: leg power and an electric motor that offers assistance while the rider turns the pedals. The motor has a maximum continuous rated power output of 250 watts and stops providing assistance at a speed of 25 km/h.




234 Comments

  • 221 3
 Honestly, just making it an XC race with ebikes is a missed opportunity. I'd like to see an ebike race with technical climbing and enduro caliber descents. That fully maximizes the ebike capabilities, while also producing exciting racing. Oh well.
  • 37 0
 My thoughts exactly. Super technical and steep climbs and descents, just going up and down the hill.
  • 125 43
 Plus throw a bit of cyclocross in so the racers actually have to lift their bikes over obstacles. Otherwise we might as well just be watching moto.
  • 16 1
 Fully agree, I think this (combining techy climbs & enduro level descents) is the only opportunity for excitement.
  • 117 0
 Industry: Makes ebikes with 160-200mm travel.

UCI: We know the perfect format.
  • 37 0
 @roma258:
Completely agree. I believe it should be a E-bike style Romaniacs Hard Enduro event.
  • 41 0
 @roma258 LOL you want UCI to do something for MTB that makes sense. They'd much rather enforce sock heights in road racing.
  • 14 1
 So the point of this is to increase ebike sales. I think the following format would showcase the technology perfectly:

The riders have to use the same bike/components/battery (no charging!) for all events, like enduro. There are multiple stages per race day, like enduro. The day starts with an XC race, just to get the battery discharged a bit and show off the manufacturers capacity. Then there is a hillclimb event, like reverse four cross, with technical climbing up a 30 second track. Maybe some CX stuff thrown in there to show that an ebike is different/lighter than a gas moto. Finish off the day with a light DH/enduro track for the excitement factor.

I'd watch that all day.
  • 12 0
 So basically E-downcountry?
  • 16 31
flag epideme (Feb 18, 2020 at 8:54) (Below Threshold)
 @hamncheez: got sure it is gayer than a moto! It seems that MTBiking is hitting new low ever week...
  • 9 1
 yes... i've thought ebikes may get mtb finally close to some format like Hard Enduro... long duration and difficult courses that tax the battery and require fitness, technical ability, and some strategy for battery conservation...
  • 5 0
 Totally agree. Make it something that punches the limits of the ebike. Otherwise it’s boring.

I have an ebike and I don’t care about watching an ebike race. I don’t own a downhill bike and love watching DH races. So just because some people are into ebikes doesn’t mean we want to watch people race them.
  • 5 6
 @NorCalNomad: to be fair- the idea is that socks should be socks, not aerodynamic fairings for the body that cost $100 each and make it even harder for riders from poorer countries to compete in international competitions that are national team based like worlds or olympics... especially on the track...
  • 3 2
 @NorCalNomad: if they didn't enforce it, the teams would make riders wear socks that would go right up their legs, hug their torso and then right down their arms and be made of the most aero friendly material. Laws like this exist in every sport. Hey I'm a hockey goalie, try and score past my enormous pads....
  • 8 1
 Climbs may only be up WC DH trails
  • 6 0
 They will be in Monaco, for the first race, it will be raced in Peille, where they will find all what you asked. Plus the stones. Minus the flat land.
  • 1 0
 @eriksaun:
Grew up road racing but don't know the answer to this. Is it illegal to wear long sleeves and tights when it is above a certain temp?
  • 2 0
 @deepcovedave: Perfect - another person made a comment about horse jockeys getting into this for Power to Weight. That would stop that in its tracks.........
  • 2 0
 @iadesp06: That would be great if it is.
  • 2 0
 @MeloBikeCO: ha... no... but there needs to be a rule about how much leg oil you can use when its cold... there are rules about the fit of the clothing to eliminate wing suits (which they used to do) and then also to eliminate aero coatings (which they used to do- JT did it in DH famously) and then the specs of the weaves of the fabric to eliminate micro surfaces integrated into the fabrics (which they used to do)... its especially tough when a company can patent these "inventions" that create clear advantages of tens of watts at a given effort... which translates into like 20-30sec over 25 miles... that is very significant... in the end, like DH, half the regs are to make cycling look a certain way, and then half are to limit the equipment arms race from getting way out of hand... which we even have seen in running lately with Nike's carbon running shoes...
  • 2 0
 That is what the EWS format is. I look forward to seeing that championship!
  • 2 0
 @eriksaun: "its especially tough when a company can patent these "inventions" that create clear advantages of tens of watts at a given effort"

Do you have any links for this? I'm legit interested. I've seen the wing suit jerseys before, it it was my understanding that except for TT, riding in the peloton and drafting makes these types of clothing ineffective.
  • 3 2
 Yeah! Make the course so long that they run out of battery than we can see who can pedal longer in a DH weighted bike.
  • 2 0
 @fracasnoxteam: Battery could be swapped in the same way Romaniacs get fuel stops at 70k etc. Technically challenging but also a test of efficiency & speed. Just less gnarly as Romaniacs due to obvious power deficiencies of the E-bike.
  • 4 3
 @Dropthedebt: this underpowered mopped... Let's put 4 batteries and a throttle damnit, and it'll be fun to watch
  • 4 1
 @Dropthedebt: Haha I imagine pit guys running alongside the bike with a backpack full of batteries, changing it on the fly
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: I can see image in Taj Sunday cartoon now... lol
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: you dont always draft... or say if you put 6 guys on the front with aero wheels and aero bikes and aero helmets and aero suits and aero socks you can make the pace go real high with no extra cost in your effort... sux for you to be out in front by 2 minutes losing watts to all that drag from your bad socks with these guys motoring you down... even so, everyone has to hit the front at some point if you want to win a race, and then it counts to have all these aero bits...

a ton of patents exist for aero stuff from all companies, it has been reported that castelli has patents on some of it's shapes for clothing, as do others... i havent gone to the length to research the patents on my own though... i am just trusting the reporting...
  • 2 7
flag NorCalNomad (Feb 18, 2020 at 12:17) (Below Threshold)
 @eriksaun: no one cares about aero faffery here. chill boomer
  • 5 0
 @Alasdair-S: More like e-upduro, to be fair.

Also, whoah actual discussion of potential for ebike racing instead of unrelenting trolling. Has pinkbike gone soft?
  • 1 0
 @roma258: that's a bit boder to be fair, not very far from trolling
  • 4 3
 @NorCalNomad: How do you make sense out of something, that makes no sense fundamentally? E-bike racing? Really? Whats next, assisted running or row?
  • 5 1
 @roma258: There is no denying that E-bikes are here to stay and people are going to want to race them, so, at least make the event more that an assisted XC race. XC is in a great place at the moment with top riders and exciting racing. Trail/Enduro ready E-bikes need to find their own style of "cycle" racing and a "Romaniacs" style of event could be the way to do that.
At the same time development of the tech would improve & benefit a lower carbon transport option too a wider range of people. 2 cents
  • 4 0
 @Dropthedebt: Oh don't get me wrong, I am don't mind ebikes. I own one as a commuter and would love an eMTB, though in the US, there are not a ton of places to ride them. Just poking fun at the general state of the pinkbike comments section any time an ebike topic comes up.
  • 4 0
 @roma258: To be honest, I've shocked myself that I'm thinking of ways to make E-bike racing an exciting format. Facepalm
  • 1 0
 @NorCalNomad: i'll be by later to criticise your work ethic and question the logic of how you spend your money...
  • 1 1
 Man, imagine teams adjusting their LVCs to run the batteries harder! Every race or two you'd see batteries exploding and catching fire! Motors overheating and smoking out! The more I think about it, the more exciting ebike racing gets!
  • 3 1
 Race one of the Maxxis ESC E-Bike events, we agree with you and that's what we offer. When we have ebike events
  • 1 4
 Its kind of like NBA vs WNBA........................
  • 2 0
 I feel like this would be perfect for mixed gender and transgender racing.
Test people for watt power output over an hour, and use motors to bring everyone to equal total power output (muscle + motor). During the race, monitor power output, and use this to normalize for the next race.
  • 1 0
 @Eastern-States-Cup: Bah, that sounds so rad! I did some MASS enduros last year, gonna hit up Glenn Park in May, can't wait.
  • 1 0
 @epideme: English much?
  • 1 0
 @NorCalNomad: Wonder if can level the playing field of mechanical doping?
Or would this be just be an other class with manufacturers with most money & technology advancements winning?
  • 1 0
 Yes agreed, needs to be a techy XC track to make it worth watching. I am sure over time the race tracks will become more tech challenging. I still think the best format for eMTBs is 3 timed climbs and 3 timed downhills.
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: Yes but with UCI involved, they some how would even make Romaniancs lame?
  • 1 0
 @roma258 ^^ Yeah, have them climb the enduro tracks. XD (CrossDuro) class e-bike races, where they follow the Enduro WC races, and climb the tracks the following weekend.
  • 1 0
 @deepcovedave: Great idea . Also needs a trials course section.
  • 2 0
 Race 'em UPHILL UCI-DH Tracks! That'd be a whole new ballgame!
  • 63 2
 Because sales.
  • 9 1
 @ShredKC: Agreed. UCI and all these top brands communicate and agree to some mutually beneficial arrangements to push sales and increase attendance. It's all business, after all.
  • 21 1
 @ChrisNJ: it's only business when we decide to buy
  • 1 0
 I was coming here to type the same thing.
  • 20 13
 I would answer simply because racing on anykind of bike is entertaining !
And maybe even more with e-bikes and the strategy involved with the battery power management and the 25 km/h limitation.I will try to have a look at the first race before judging.
  • 50 9
 It's like motorcycle racing, but minus the excitement.
  • 6 1
 @Groscreux: a sensible comment but you will get hammered lol
  • 25 2
 I would love to watch an E-Xc race! Just make it long enough that everyone's batteries will eventually die and they'll have to pedal the last few laps or hour with a totally dead bike. That would be pure entertainment.
  • 3 0
 @lRaphl: that was hilarious, the guy who won was deregged and not even pretending to pedal!
  • 3 1
 @Groscreux: false the FIM ebike races was embarrassing, not entertaining.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: Ahaha agree on that one !
  • 19 8
 @hamncheez: all ebikes are embarrassing...
  • 6 0
 @lRaphl: o ya that one.

Ebike haters "they are mx bike just buy a ktm!!"

Then they put them on a mx track and race them.

Ya not really.
  • 2 2
 “Bank” is the key word in the first quote—- this E-bike shit is getting out of hand
  • 1 2
 This says it all - and its the same answer as usual when the big governing bodies and their corporate friends get involved. "Thanks to electrically assisted mountain bikes, MTB is also opening up to new audiences, providing yet another activity with much to offer for tourist resorts."
  • 1 0
 @chriskneeland: E-bikes are plenty fun to ride, so the excitement will happen if tracks are good!
  • 73 5
 UCI please make the tracks suuuper long. That way the batteries will die mid-race and then it’ll get interesting.
  • 19 1
 I would love to see this. Everyone is maxxed out and then they have to pedal a 50lb bike around for the last few laps.
  • 1 0
 @bikekrieg: Bet they'd all do negative split.
  • 2 0
 ah ah doing XC in 2020 with an demo 9 from back the day!!
  • 3 0
 Oh man that would be interesting to design a course with one of the main factors of it being long enough to where the batteries would for sure die if ridden to max wattage output. This way riders have to incorporate strategy by managing effort levels on the bike on various sections of the course
  • 1 0
 I just hope UCI doesn't F!-it up, if the tracks are built right, could be vary fun to watch.
  • 1 0
 @mr-epic-3: yes even ir your definition of fun may vary.
  • 1 0
 @JackStephen: Have U ever seen an eMTB race? There is a lot of elbow banging going on thru the corners and the pace of the race is much faster then traditional XC racing. You are right the definition of fun to watch is different for everyone, some people think golf and tennis is fun to watch.
  • 55 2
 okay okay, we had a good laugh. NOW GIVE US DUAL SLALOM BACK DAMNIT!
  • 9 1
 Can't overprop this sentiment. Some 50 year olds want to race/ride an eBike (its the bad knees...cough), while others want to race Dual Slalom on their trail bikes. Bring Back Dual Slalom!
  • 1 1
 E slalom bikes with dropper posts so you wouldn't have to hike back up to the start.
  • 36 1
 OMG - In the face of the dramatic rise of gravel riding - what does the UCI do?

Policing this is going to be a gong show. Please piss in a cup and turn your bike in for a diagnostic....
  • 7 1
 Agreed. They need to limit peak power. I could argue that my 750W peak motor is 250W continuous. It can do 750W for about 15-20 minutes when its 40C outside.. long enough for a big climb, then it's cooled back down after the descent, and it can do 750W again... Continuous power is never measured the same way by the manufacturers. It's super easy to fudge the number. Most 250W ebikes are capable of much higher continuous power, not to mention peak.
  • 4 1
 @djpaulyd: The uci only just got to grips with mixed wheel sizes, I doubt they understand the complex electronics, motor control circuits and software. This is gonna be rife with cheating. Its incredibly difficult to scrutinise this sort of thing, even if they provide standard electronics to each team.
  • 1 0
 @piersgritten: Very true. Perhaps if there was a simple current monitoring/logging device that fit between the battery and controller of each bike. Although this would be difficult to inspect for tampering because all of the wires are inside the frame.
A decade or so ago, the DIY ebike crowd wanted to hold races, and the only fool proof method proposed was to enforce a bike weight limit. You could have all the power you want, but if you couldn't carry enough battery (weight) to sustain that power for a race, it's not going to help you.
  • 5 1
 If the UCI treats e-bike inspections the same way they did at MSA world's last year, there will be huge opportunity for cheating. UCI are in over their heads on technical side of sport.
  • 1 0
 @Jamminator: Maybe it is like the old tours - no rules
  • 1 1
 @dldewar: What if some one makes an E-bike with a nuclear reactor as a battery?
  • 31 6
 Remember back in the day when bikes were human powered? And if you wanted to go faster you had to get better? And if you wanted to ride farther, you had to train? And if you wanted to make it up that brutal climb, you had to practice instead of upping your “boost” level or whatever? Good times....
  • 4 12
flag BeerGuzlinFool (Feb 18, 2020 at 14:34) (Below Threshold)
 You really need to try an e-bike. Going uphill on technical terrain is what I love about it . It's a different kind of challenge.
  • 8 8
 @TypicalCanadian : two years ago, this would have had 300upvotes.
Now it has 10.
In two years you will get -300 for it.
In ten years you will get a ban.

It's interesting how the industry has brainwashed many of us so fast.
  • 2 2
 @zede: him 17 up you 3 down?
  • 23 1
 I'll watch if they include jumping through hoops of fire and alligator moat crossings. Maybe a little Indiana Jones Temple of Doom obstacle course action. Red Bull, you listening?
  • 25 4
 Seriously this is the dumbest thing I’ve had in a long time. It even trumps the $20k Levo. Even though there is a clear connection between them two...
What’s next, Segway marathon?
  • 17 0
 Segway Marthon? You have any copyrights to that yet?
  • 4 0
 Well, Segway is making eBikes now: www.segway.com/dirt-ebike
  • 1 1
 Now you have my attention
  • 17 1
 So many XCO racers coming out of retirement for this. It’s going to be thrilling!
  • 11 4
 That’s sarcasm, right?
  • 7 4
 It will be all 2nd tire racers that weren't good enough for real XCO racing. You too can be "World Champion" without having to race against guys like Nino.
  • 1 1
 You nailed it... Absalon, Näf, Hermida, etc...they're all chasing that money. Two of the three I mentioned have been racing ebikes for over a year already.
  • 16 1
 This is just the first step towards fully autonomous electric mountain bike racing.
  • 6 1
 Whoever programs the most adaptive algorithm...
  • 3 0
 That actually sounds entertaining. They should weaponize them as well, like battle bots.
  • 2 1
 Tesla makes an e-bike with auto pilot. You can snooze
  • 10 1
 I remember when paintball guns switched over from mechanical to electronic firing mechanisms. People soon figured out how to make the electronics add shots (ramping) and people where out there competing with guns easily shooting 25 balls per second. It was crazy!!

The high level paintball tournament promoters eventually went to great lengths to try and combat the "cheater guns." Won't be too hard for tech savvy people to supercharge their e-bikes to gain advantage in the races. Maybe a little extra boost on the climbs. I suppose battery life will be the limiting factor.
  • 1 2
 Nascar has already solved this with pre and post race checks of cars.
  • 6 0
 @cole-inman: The question would be are they going to be able to check the firmware of the bikes?

In paintball, the guns could be programmed to ramp only after a special sequence was entered by the user and the "cheater" mode could be set to time out or shut off by the time the gun could be inspected by the officials. Very hard to catch.
  • 2 1
 How is this any different than checking people for performance enhancing drugs? No matter what the format, people are going to try and cheat.
  • 2 0
 @billbrasky: thats ridiculous. It never ceases to amaze me the things humans will do to “win”
  • 2 9
flag piersgritten (Feb 18, 2020 at 14:14) (Below Threshold)
 @cole-inman: a nascar is built by a redneck with a half inch spanner. Different ball park to electronic motor control units and the software which goes along with it. Its much harder to scrutineer something you can't see.
  • 3 1
 @piersgritten: stereotype much?
  • 7 0
 @piersgritten: I am not a NASCAR fan, but have you ever been to a professional NASCAR team garage? Operating room clean, extremely professional and on point. Just because the cars are full of carbon and electronics like F1 doesn't mean the machines are junk and the mechanics /engineers incompetent. Ignorant comment.
  • 5 1
 @piersgritten: Oof dude, oof. I'll confidently throw out a contrasting statement: NASCAR is scrutineered stricter than any other (motor)sport. You should look it up. Might blow your mind
  • 4 0
 Give them control batteries with all the same watt hours and resistance, then it's power consumption management. Go as fast as you like but pay later when you pedal a heavy bike with no power left.
  • 1 2
 @bman33: lazy stereotype maybe, but my point still stands. mechanical devices are easy to scrutineer. Electrical ones are not.
  • 2 0
 @combee: Nascar is also not electronic. They have a cable throttle and a carburetor. F1 requires cars all use the same ECU.
  • 2 1
 @piersgritten: You're still just making an assumption here. Again, you should look up how they scrutineer in Nascar. They have an entire digital scanning bay to detect minor differences in allowed body dimensions. Electrical components, while possibly more complex than a mechanical counterpart, can be easily diagnosed if the software is open to the scrutineers. Which it is. Truth is, both mechanical and electrical cheating can be very hard to detect.
  • 2 1
 @dthomp325: Well yes obviously a F1 car is far more complex. But cheating with something that is mechanically fairly simple is also hard, and hard to detect. That's why nascar scrutineering is so crazy. They have to look for the smallest of the smallest detail, while in F1 you can hook a laptop to a standardized ecu and have all the data laid out before you. That's why 'cheating' in F1 also happens with mechanical stuff. A little wing here, using combustion blowby as octane booster... Nifty stuff, but not necessarily electrical so both nascar and F1 scrutineering is hard and strict.
  • 2 1
 @combee: as someone who has designed and built formula style cars using both internal combustion and electric powertrains, I am not making any assumptions and I know that electronics is much harder to scrutineer than mechanical systems. Yes it may be difficult to tell if a nascar body panel is 5mm too high or whatever, but that has nothing to do with ebikes, which, as I think you may have noticed, are electrically powered, and hence, this is where most of the performance gains will occur. It is very difficult to scrutineer this stuff. Although, I don't know why I bother explaining to you for the third time, if you didn't understand on the first two attempts. Stop banging on about nascar please, as it is utterly irrelevant to this thread.
  • 17 7
 i dont get the hype... motorcycle racing has already been happening for a while now.
  • 2 0
 ebikes during Supercross like they do with the ktm kiddos! so sick
  • 4 8
flag WAKIdesigns (Feb 18, 2020 at 13:50) (Below Threshold)
 Really? So E-bike is a motorcycle again? Please show up with E-bike to an MX race or moto gp. I will be eating grapes and drinking Porto wine watching your little brain being more and more splashed with each lap.
  • 5 3
 @WAKIdesigns: motorcycle implies it has a "motor". Which last time I checked, all "motors" are electric. An engine runs on a fuel.
  • 6 6
 @FlounderPounder: Nobody really cares how smart you think you are by rationalizing it this way to support your dislike to E-bikes. 99.9999999% of humans in the world can tell a Motorcycle from an E-bike so stop calling them motorbikes or motorcycles. They are not moppeds either. They are e-bikes. A bicycle with electric motor. E doesn’t stand for electronics so don’t call a bicycle without motor assist, with watt meter, electronic shifting or damping control (like live valve) an E-bike either. Language, inter human communication is not that complicated
  • 3 1
 @FlounderPounder: also can you show me an Enginecycle? Get off the weed for a while bro.
  • 3 3
 @WAKIdesigns: 99.9999999% of people can tell the difference between a sports bike and a dirt bike. There’s more than one class of motorcycle. Take a sport bike to an MX track and it’ll do about as well as an ebike. Horses for courses. You can play all the semantics you like, but ebikes are motorcycles. Even so I still think they are pretty neat contraptions and have enjoyed riding them (even though I’ve describe them as “piss-weak motorcycles with the throttle in a different spot” in the past.)
  • 5 2
 @riderseventy7: So, you go out on the street, there's a few two wheelers lined up outside: Yamaha R1, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki KX250, BMW R1200, Piaggio, Enduro 29 and a Haibike... and you have a nerve to tell me I am playing semantics... Jesus Christ... you know what it is called? having a head in your bum. A side effect of ideological, dogmatic way of looking at the world in black and white. Please, where are those Enginecycles?
  • 3 2
 @WAKIdesigns: You’re suggesting that a bike that uses a motor for propulsion isn’t a motorbike. Dude, your head is so far up your bum it’s once again residing above your shoulders, giving you the illusion your thinking is straight.

It’s got 2 wheels, a set of handlebars and is fun as shit. It also has a motor, and all sorts of motors have been in all sorts of bikes for over 100 years, this is just a new iteration or evolution. Why so hell bent on them not being called what they are, do you have something agains motorcycles or motorcyclists? Seems very irrational...
  • 2 1
 @WAKIdesigns: There’s plenty of grey in the world, splashes of red, blue and yellow too. But with this, it’s as obvious as the nose on your face.
  • 4 4
 @riderseventy7: i have nothing against motorcycles, but I have friends who ride motorcycles and they laugh at the idea of ebike being one because the idea of what motorcycle is is quite Well defined in collective human psyche. Yamaha E-SX is an evolution of a motorcycle, not a Haibike. In general a motorcycle is something that uses hand operated throttle and doesn’t have pedals... honestly it is easier to explain physics of expansion of the universe to my 6yr old...

You are fully entitled to call them motorcycles so yeah I’m sorry. Whatever you want actually. But I reserve myself a right to call Yamaha R1 an enginecycle and you kind of have to agree with me then... motorsports is also a highly flawed name. We are both very woke as you see, let’s celebrate it.

Now please go to Piston Heads or Jalopnik forums and tell them Ebikes are motorbikes. Please post a link to the thread later... you confronted me on the subject, now confront motorcyclists - just saying Smile
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: maybe you should live in a city in which many people ride ebikes. From what I see here, it seems that altering the e-assistance is easy and very common because everyday I see delivery food by e-moped and ebikes and they go at the same speed. And so do people commuting to work on e-bikes. The whole "electric assistance only" + "only until 25kmph" is complete bs. So yes they aren't completely motorcycles when sold but it doesn't take much to transform them in a moped. The current ebikes are faster than a solex.
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: You “have friends who ride motorcycles”, that’s nice. *I’ve ridden all sorts of motorcycles for almost half my life (I was a late starter), but mainly sports bikes and dirt bikes. Go to any motorcycle forum and you’re bound to find those elitists that say Honda Groms aren’t real motorcycles either.

It’s all just ego stroking.

*Its actually why I took up mountain biking, to get fitter for track days.
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: So a motorcycle is defined by the location of the throttle, not by the motor.... you so funny.

But do go ahead and call your ebike whatever you want and your friends R1 an enginecycle if you like. None of it really matters. It only really seems to be important to those that are self conscious about what others think.
  • 13 6
 The only way this could potentially be a legit race is to make the course technically challenging, climbing and descending, so that rider skill becomes a factor. Otherwise, what’s the point if all the ebikes go the same speed?
  • 16 5
 not sure you understand how ebikes work....
  • 4 3
 @RadBartTaylor: fine, make it a drag race so it showcases the ebike top speed.
  • 5 1
 @sriracha: re-read last paragraph
  • 7 2
 @RadBartTaylor: that’s why I said the track needs to be technical. If all the ebikes have the same power limitation, the lightest rider will win. There needs to be technical skill involved to separate the pack. My comment about drag racing was a sarcastic suggestion.
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flag cole-inman (Feb 18, 2020 at 9:23) (Below Threshold)
 Battery strategy will make the race super exciting.
  • 2 2
 Is someone gonna slow pitch it for this guy what "stop assisting power at 25km/h" means.
  • 5 0
 @cole-inman: I think you need to get out more.
  • 1 2
 @sriracha: your missing that the riders still apply power, the motor adds up to 250w of additional power. I do think it benefits lighter riders, at least on climbs, assuming same w/kg....big benefit to heavier riders on flats and finish sprints, again assuming w/kg is static.

Its complicated and totally changes the dynamic of racing....but my hunch is the strongest riders will still win.
  • 10 1
 I see all (so far) the races of the 'World' series are in Europe. Are the bikes too heavy to fly any further?
  • 9 0
 Airplanes are sketched out by lithium fires.
  • 7 0
 Where’s the E-roadbike World Cup?!? After all, that’s where the majority e-buyer and money is...
  • 5 0
 I’d like to see Enduro EBike racing with tech climbs and tech DH and make the course long enough to really see how long these bikes can go
  • 7 1
 They need to allow any and all PEDs in addition to no limit electric motors.
  • 4 1
 I love e-bikes but XCon them makes no sense. The UCI is totally missing the mark here. The ONLY way for it to be a fair contest ( due to performance variances in the bikes etc) is "cough" enduro.....Super hard epic climbs accessing very remote downhill trails to race on that don't require the bike input.

Timing uphill segments on an e-bike is just dumb.
  • 3 0
 Your answer is the correct one, but UCI wants to sell broadcast rights and your model does not fit. It is the same reason Chris Ball left UCI to create the EWS. UCI wouldn't listen that there was a market so he left and built it. Now UCI wants a piece of it.
  • 6 0
 I thought this was an April fools joke, until I looked at the calendar....
  • 8 0
 I don't get it
  • 3 0
 I know nothing about E Bike racing, mostly because I have no interest, but I'm curious what sort of natural push there has been for this? Does anyone know? Are there so many people so passionate about their E Bike racing that they need to have a World Cup series in order to finally have a champion?

Again, I know nothing of the sport so this is all baseless opinion, but this feels incredibly manufactured and not at all like Enduro where the racing led the way and the UCI was caught with their pants down scrambling to catch up (aka make money off it).
  • 6 3
 Perhaps they’re pushing for validation that these are real bikes, rather than the pedal throttle control mopeds that they really are.
  • 3 4
 @TypicalCanadian: pedal throttle control mopeds... you spend too much time thinking about this topic probably
  • 6 1
 @pargolf8: it actually takes about 3 seconds to realize it’s a moped, where the pedals act as a throttle, increasing the amount of assistance you get. Not complex for many of us sorry.
  • 3 1
 Very valid question. I've been lying awake puzzling about the same thing last night.
I haven't seen or heard of a local ebike race pop up anywhere. But that happens in every sport people are passionate about. But there have been WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS last year in EBike racing sport, where 4 people finished in the women's class!!!!?????
I very much doubt the natural demand of it and I'd really like to know the opinion of an industry insider.
  • 7 2
 Can't wait to see the teams hire on new mechanics (I mean hackers) to tune their bikes.
  • 1 0
 You ain't cheatin' you ain't tryin'.
  • 7 1
 This looks less thrilling to watch than a vaccuum repair DVD
  • 2 0
 Am I missing something here?? The E-bike market segment is aimed squarely at trail riding & enduro, and the big names marketing the bikes for the manufacturers are all DH or enduro riders (and recently Danny McG)! And E-bike make sense in this format (assisted “uplift”, and race down when the weight isn’t such an issue). Now why,WHY, are the UCI pushing an XC format for something that is not primarily marketed or used for XC???
  • 5 0
 It’s my knees .... cough lol
  • 11 7
 This is the government cheese of bike racing.
  • 8 4
 We get to watch as bike riders start to resemble horse jockeys.
  • 5 1
 Cheating would be to easy
  • 3 0
 I wonder if they'll even bother with drug testing
  • 3 0
 They should let them go as fast as the manufacturers can make them but have a super technical course
  • 3 2
 There’s definitely mechanical doping there! How can they even enforce the power of each motorcycle? Do they check every motorcycle have same batt capacity and motor size at the start line?
  • 3 3
 E-bikes.. not motorcycles. When's the last time you saw motorbikes race at 25 km's an hour?
  • 1 1
 @BeerGuzlinFool: when was the last time you saw an ebike that wasn't unlimited?
  • 2 0
 @zede: Everytime I look at my Levo.
  • 7 3
 Keep this shit in Europe. That last venue better not be on US soil.
  • 6 3
 You’re gonna show up and fight everyone?
  • 4 5
 @pargolf8: No hell just tire his thumbs out bitchin on the internet.
  • 4 1
 Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
  • 4 1
 This is great, fat lazy people should also be able to experience the thrill of competition.
  • 1 1
 All the "why XC ebikes are for enduro" and "make the courses really long so they have to go without batteries" comments are missing the point. The ebike market you see on pink bike might be 180mm enduro gnarpoons but its not where the market the manufacturers see is. They see a market where they sell hundreds if not thousands of Walmart bikes for every time someone looks at a new heckler.

No Walmart aren't selling UCI xc ebikes but, the people who are buying, if they have any idea of competition at all, couldn't tell you the difference between pedersen, schurter or bruni's so it's all good.

In terms of development and payback for a manufacturer lighter motors, better batteries, more efficient drive trains, regenerative breaking and smaller (more aero) bikes will pay biggest dividend in xc but they'll all sell better across the board.
XCe might not make the most exciting race format but it will make the biggest difference to ebikes in the shortest time.
  • 1 0
 um why not just watch moto? I get where e bikes have a spot in the market but racing? I mean they are really just lazy mtb and shitty moto right? Or am I wrong like I honestly dont get why this is a thing
  • 1 0
 "stops providing assistance at a speed of 25 km/h", are they nutz, they already average 25k/h on regular XC MTB, what's the purpose?
  • 3 0
 Hahahaha I come here just for a laugh , some real banter
  • 6 2
 Lame
  • 6 2
 FCK UCI
  • 1 0
 No... FCK C remember it's a CLLCTV FCK C
  • 3 1
 Instead of steroids or performance enhancing drugs it will be fasting and malnutrition
  • 6 3
 *readies popcorn*
  • 7 5
 Hahahaha, racing batteries!
  • 7 5
 They should expand it to motorcycles too
  • 6 3
 Oh, it´s already April?
  • 3 1
 It's a shame "Boost" and "Superboost" are already used...
  • 4 2
 Open window to mechanical doping and tunes
  • 2 1
 I thought the FIM already had this covered when they do support races at supercross events? lol
  • 2 0
 Is UCI ever gonna get it right?
  • 3 1
 Hope their batteries die
  • 4 1
 shakes head
  • 2 2
 Soooooooo there making it so you don't have to be fit or have endurance to do good at xc anymore... sorta defeats the point of xc
  • 2 0
 Why is this a thing? I hope they don’t hand out a rainbow jersey.
  • 2 0
 Just here for the comments.
  • 2 0
 Hoping they have to ride thru rivers, really, really deep ones.
  • 2 0
 Didn't even read the article, straight to the comment section on this one.
  • 1 0
 Only reason i would ever ride an e-bike is when my local hill cuts the Lift access and im full on riding DH.
  • 4 2
 *General Outrage*
  • 1 0
 So instead of flats will people have to jump batteries mid race?
  • 2 2
 What we really want to see:

eEnduro World Series.
Go up then down, on the same course.

Make this dentist work for it.
  • 2 1
 Ebike xc race?its not April the 1st yet is it?
  • 2 0
 Gonna be a snoozer.
  • 1 0
 UCI better make them do a mandatory pitstop to change the battery
  • 1 1
 Never had a much of interest other than looking but I must say E-bike Hard Enduro sounds like it would be pretty cool.
  • 3 2
 **Checks calendar** Oh sweet Jesus, it's not April 1.
  • 3 2
 must be handicapped to enter.
  • 1 2
 Blindness maybe..?
:Cool :
  • 2 1
 Sponsored by hostess and coors. Everyone gets a medal :-()
  • 2 0
 What a nonsense...
  • 1 0
 i don't get the point of this
  • 1 0
 1 battery charge per season :-)
  • 7 6
 No means No.
  • 1 0
 Neat
  • 1 2
 Will it be real ebike like the levo sl or these stupid underpowered mopped?
  • 2 2
 Motocross meets shuffle board
  • 3 3
 How much is UCI banking for this obvious ebike promotion?
  • 2 2
 Possible retired horse jockey influx
  • 1 1
 Best place to start an E-XC race series is definitely Monaco.
  • 2 2
 Forget about E-bike racing! What a waste of time.
  • 1 1
 ssssshhhhiiiittttttt...........
  • 1 1
 Moped racing. Wow awsome.
  • 2 1
 This sounds like UNfun.
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