We've had 9 fantastic stages of racing here at the Specialized EWS-E Round 1 in Crans-Montana Switzerland. With 8 action-packed special stages and one of the most challenging Power Stages we've had the pleasure of tackling, we're kicking off the short 2021 E-MTB race season with a banger.— Electric Mountain Bike Network
After having a friend let me confiscate his kenevo for a week this summer, it was such a eye opener into what new challenges come with riding e bikes. It made me look at trails completely different. Growing up riding moto I always found the steep and gnarly climbs to be the most fun. I found e bikes can definitely have that same level of fun factor on climbing routes I wouldn’t even think of attempting on a normal trail bike.
Also - it’s funny reading the comments coming from people that have never ridden e bikes and their only motive is to maintain the “core riders” perspective to slander them. Pretty childish
Loved the visual overview with the satellite map and course outline, to see just what kind of terrain these riders are tackling, with an athlete's sound bite to match. 23 km 1000m (1-2 hr in unforgiving alpine terrain) and some intense race stages sounds enough for 1 outing (for me). Epic to imagine riding 3 of these loops, giving my 100% for over 25 minutes total over 9 intense stages, in a day! My jaw dropped when I saw the mountain they had to climb for the 3rd loop. Props to the girl who finished that day unassisted!
Fascinating to see the terrain at ground level too. Was kind of disappointed that the action footage was mostly on grass turns for the first loop, but the later footage helped share the story of the exciting battle for women's gold. I at least got an idea of how agility was tested. I'm liking this theme of mountain biking, with a stronger emphasis on *mountain*.
I was trying to visualize handling/guiding my bike with my hips/legs to sort of imagine how the racers were coping. Inspired me to try giving my 100% up something like a power stage. Lapierre riders demonstrating how to ride emtbs can fly like normal bikes despite the extra 7kg! Love seeing what can be done on a bike. I wanna see if there's any rider POVs of this now, but at the same time I wanna try riding something similar to this kind of terrain.
Props to EMBN for great work on the vid! That one slow-mo clip at 8:34... so good! +1 on the overlay graphics too.
It's not an argument against them. It's a statement of how they're used, and how that usage differs from how they're used in an EWS race.
More than 50% of the time in the spring and fall because its wet rooty time and either melting snow in the spring or new snow in the fall. It sucks in the fall with a regular bike. With the eeb its super fun tech riding. The last 4 weeks of last year i saw 6 other riders in those 4 weeks. Any rider was on green trails or ez blues because new snow. In the spring its wet tech up and down to bang off the early season rust. Super tech , because its wet,with low consequence(you mess up you just put a foot down)until the steep tech opens after spring melt. Great way to bang off the rust, boost the fitness and comfort on the bike safely in the early season
do they have to complete everything on 1 battery or how does it work?
- The course will be 3 loops (minimum of 2 different loops) with 2-4 Special Stages in each loop. Each
loop will take 1hr - 2hr to complete and with an estimated 1000m climbing.
- Each loop will be split with a 30 minute rest in the paddock (for battery change and/or charging,
mechanical assistance and athlete recovery).
- Maximum of 3500m elevation climbed in a one-day event (+10% in agreed circumstances)
- All Special Stages are timed and count towards the final time and therefore race result.
- Minimum of 25 minutes total competition time for the fastest rider in the General Classification