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.
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.
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.
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.
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/