E-Enduro Race Series, Varazze

Oct 9, 2017 at 1:50
by Alex Boyce  
With e-bikes becoming a major part of bike company turnover in Europe for 2017, it seems natural although possibly controversial in some for there to be a race series to compliment this increased presence of e-bikes on the trails. For 2017 an experimental race series has been taking place in Italy the E-Enduro Specialized.

Climbs are a part of the race trails.

E-Enduro Race Series Varazze

With four races taking place in established Enduro racing locations, the last round of the season is upon us in Varazze, close to Finale Ligure on the Rivera coast of Italy. Racing taking place on the 15th of October.

Franco Moncherio organiser and Enduro race pioneer.

Race director Franco Monchiero was up the mountin this afternoon to check the race course and taping.

Organised by Franco Monchiero, one of the founders of the Superenduro Race Series and arguably one of the founders of Enduro racing, again the series has proved a popular sideshow for those early adopters of e-bikes who are looking to experiment with racing them. The race series has had a variety of entries over the last rounds including some professional Enduro riders experimenting with the category.

Denny Lupato Races the E-Enduro Series

Vittorio Gamberasio races the E-Enduro Series

Racing takes place in the same format as Enduro with special stages and transfers. Mid-race there is a time check where riders are also allowed to recharge their batteries for 45 minutes before heading out back on course.

Mid race recharge.

Aerial view of the Ligurian Coast between Varazze and Cogoleto

Varazze is a typical Italian Enduro location, which also hosts the Italian national Enduro Series, the course will take in five race stages 1400m of altitude changes and 40 km of distance. Race information, entry information and results can be found at e-enduro.it/

MENTIONS: @fssphotography


  • 10 0
 If they really want to make any e-bike race, do it in a renewable way. Batteries can only be charged from solar panels that afterwards will be left to the town hosting the race. Then at least it would make sense for the environment!
  • 5 0
 I have a better idea : have the batteries from human power on home trainers! Smile
  • 11 1
 This KTM E-bike on the 4th picture looks pretty cool.
  • 3 8
flag mcozzy (Oct 10, 2017 at 1:20) (Below Threshold)
 Has a petrol engine, so not an ebike. I know its confusing for some..
  • 7 0
 Comment has sarcasm in it, so not to be taken seriously. I know its confusing for some..
  • 4 0
 2nd image from the bottom... Health & Safety Executive must be having kittens over that fire hazard?
  • 5 0
 Getting the popcorn ready.....
  • 6 2
 The guy on the crosser has the right idea. You want a bike with an engine, there you go........
  • 4 1
 "the guy on the crosser"..Franco Monchiero..the guy that pretty much started the enduro race format
  • 5 4
 I did 2 rounds of those races this year, in addition to regular enduro and gravel races. They were by a long way the most relaxed and chill atmosphere races of the year. Love the concept of having dedicated stages for e-bikes. I usually use my e-bike on training days when I need to keep my HR low so I can do more descends, but you can still push yourself quite hard on technical uphills.
  • 6 1
 Just no
  • 3 3
 last time they did an e-moped race in italy, was within a real enduro race.
the moped riders times were higher than women.
they probably figured that is not good advertising, so now they have their own events.

No doubt organized by specialized.

if i was a (not retired yet) pro, i would ask for much more money to ride one of these things.
think how wyn master had to humble himself making the gt video.
  • 5 1
 Doesn't seem to be a problem for arguably the greatest rider ever. Nico Vouilloz has been with Lapierre long enough and continues to promote ebikes, I'm sure a man of his talent could have moved brands long ago if he was unhappy with it.

  • 1 1
 @thepodge: please.
At your workplace, do you always do what you like or sometimes do you have to do what you are told to do?
Nico has to ride the moped for promotional videos if he wants to keep a job.
Same will be with Steve Peat and all of them.
May want to ask yourself if they do ride these mopeds off-camera, and the answer is NO.
  • 2 1
 @RedRedRe: When I don't like what I'm doing I move job. I'm sure Nico could pick up a new job with an number of other brands if he didn't like what he was doing.
  • 1 1
 @RedRedRe: Nico mostly rides ebikes at home.
  • 1 0
 @mattwragg: really? lol
He rides then so much he does not even bother to set up the handlebars his way?
He may be developing them, which means he is paid to ride them.
On his free time he wont touch one. As i have heard directly.
  • 4 1
  • 3 1
 Loading all those batteries, good for the environment........
  • 2 0
 just waiting for road bike race report here..
  • 1 0
 Question is... are they faster DH?
  • 1 1
 you all wiil become olser

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