The results are in from the 2021 eMTB XC World Championships in Val di Sole. In the Elite Women's race, Nicole Goeldi came out on top after a close battle with second-placed Laura Charles. Coming across the line just over 40 seconds back in third was Sofia Wiedenroth. Closing out the top five was a tight finish between Harriet Harnden and Melanie Pugin. Jerome Gilloux bested the Elite Men's field with a 13 second lead over Hugo Pigeon to take the rainbow stripes. Coming off his XCC Short Track win yesterday, Christopher Blevins finished in third, taking home another medal from Val di Sole.
Check out the full results below.
1st. Jerome Gilloux: 51:44
2nd. Hugo Pigeon: +18
3rd. Christopher Blevins: +1:11
4th. Joris Ryf: +1:15
5th. Theo Charmes: +2:01
1st. Nicole Goeldi: 49:24
2nd. Laura Charles: +13
3rd. Sofia Wiedenroth: +43
4th. Harriet Harnden: +51
5th. Melanie Pugin: +52
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I just mean the atmosphere.
I'm by no means against people riding e-bikes. I just still don't get how it contributes to a race like this. Which still isn't a judgement but I'm looking for those answers.
Unsurprisingly, I went further on the Rail (20km) than the Top Fuel (15km), but what I didn't expect was that my average heart rate was identical when riding each bike.
Overall, I think either bike can give you a good cardio workout, depending on how hard you choose to work, but the non eMTB gives a better strength workout.
Also yeah, ebike races, if we just have to have them, should be totally nuts and cool. Ride up stuff nobody could do without the motor, enduro format with crazy fast transfer times, no speed cutoff, etc. Normal XC seems silly at best since anyone fit can pin the bike at the speed cutoff on any normal XC climb. At that point it's just a sort of lame enduro anyway.
It is also what allows us mortals to get trickle down tech, shiny new to us stuff, and keep the circle of $ going.
XC is a showcase of physical endurance, what’s the point of adding a motor? It’s laughable. Let’s start letting Olympic swimmers get towed by a boat as they swim, we will call it e-swimming. Oh wait, that would just be stupid....
I hope they don’t start adding motors to the TDF, then we will know we hit peak stupidity.
ebike race - why?
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