E-Mountain Bike world champions to be crowned at Mont-Sainte-Anne
New event will be part of UCI's big World Championship event this August
The E-MTB races will take place on Aug. 28, the opening day of competition in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. According to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the race will take place following the cross-country team relay that traditionally opens the UCI’s leading mountain bike event of the year.
The UCI announced last year that E-MTB had been integrated into the UCI regulations. The new format joins the Worlds programme for the first time this year alongside cross-country Olympic (XCO) and downhill (DHI).
The E-MTB competition will have two races on the programme: Men Elite and Women Elite.
In Mont-Saint-Anne the riders will tackle a 7.3-km cross-country course for a duration of approximately one-and-a-half to two hours.
According to the new regulations, an E-MTB is a bike operated by two energy sources: human pedal power and an electric engine. The engine must only provide assistance while the rider is pedaling, except for start-up assistance when a speed not exceeding six km/h is permitted.
The bike’s engine must produce a maximum of 250 watts, providing assistance of no more than 25 km/h. Additional batteries may not be carried during competition.
As in XCO races, riders may receive assistance in the dedicated feed/technical assistance zone on the course. However, bike and battery changes are not permitted.
Men and women on the E-MTB podium will receive identical prize money and a UCI jersey especially designed for E-MTB, which will be revealed at a later date by the UCI.
A total of 13 world titles will be awarded over the five days of racing at Mont-Sainte-Anne.
photo: Julien Absalon (FRA), five-time XCO UCI World Champion and double XCO Olympic Champion
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