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An eMTB Challenge series for all abilities

Green light for fourth season of the popular Bosch eMTB Challenge supported by Trek

  • Challenging trails now with even more flow factor
  • Gender and category team rankings for the first time
  • New series rankings over all five events
Tamara Winograd

Tamara Winograd >

Stuttgart/Reutlingen – The new season of the Bosch eMTB Challenge supported by Trek is getting underway. In 2020, the successful eBike racing series, organised by Bosch eBike Systems and the bicycle manufacturer Trek, is touring through five European countries. In Germany, the Challenge will form part of the Willingen Bike Festival – the further stations are Italy, Scotland, Austria and Switzerland. "The Bosch eMTB Challenge promises maximum fun for riders from all age and ability categories," says Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems. This season the stages – a mix of uphill and downhill sections – are longer so that the riders can enjoy even more flow on the selected challenge trails.

Two categories

From this season onwards, the eMountain bikers will start in two competition categories: In the "Amateur" category, the technical difficulty is somewhat lower so that hobby riders with some MTB experience can participate. The “Advanced” category is mainly intended for experienced mountain bikers who will be tasked with an additional, more demanding stage. They will also be required to ride a larger loop – a test of both their fitness and technical skills, in which an essential factor will also be intelligent battery management.

Varied trails for everyone

The eMountain bikers can look forward to varied trails against an impressive scenic backdrop. On average, the riders will have to cover some 35 kilometres and ascend 1,000 metres. Riding technique will count just as much as orientation, fitness and battery management skills. In the race, the stages are ridden against the clock without prior training runs. In the transfer stages, the emphasis is then on good orientation rather than speed: The route has to be found with the help of a map as well as fixed, defined orientation points. Any rider that misses an orientation point will receive a 10-second time penalty. The same applies to those who put a foot on the ground in a ‘No Feet Zone’.

Emphasis on team spirit and series rankings

The rider who completes all the stages of a race in the fastest overall time is the winner. In addition to the individual rankings, there will be series rankings with a point system covering all five events from this season onwards. In each category, the rider who obtains the most points will be declared the series winner. Furthermore, there will be a team ranking element – new for the 2020 season. A team can comprise of between three and six members from the “Amateur” and “Advanced” categories. The three fastest stage times for each team will then count in the overall rankings. A further special feature will be the Eddie Current Stage, sponsored by Schwalbe: Here, riders can complete optional tasks within a stage in order to win a prize.

Coveted starting places and social wall

Demand for entries at the eMTB Challenge has increased year after year. “Meeting with like-minded people, exploring fantastic trails on an eMTB, rising to the challenge and having a great time – these are the reasons why we organised the series,” says Claus Fleischer. “The racing format is really well received by eMountain bikers of all performance levels.”
After each event, photographs will be available in the gallery on the Bosch eBike Systems website and Instagram images from the event’s participants will be posted on our social walls. Photos and videos of the race can also be downloaded from the website.

The kick-off will be at the beginning of May at the BIKE Festival in Riva del Garda (IT). This will be followed by events in Willingen (D), Peebles (UK), Salzkammergut (AUT) and Verbier (CH).

For more information on the Bosch eMTB Challenge, visit:

Click on the following link to view the teaser film for the Bosch eMTB Challenge supported by Trek:

The Bosch eMTB Challenge 2020
More information on the individual events and registration can be found here:

About Bosch eBike Systems

A new generation of bikes is taking town and country by storm and is already a part of everyday life. eBikes are a modern means of transport for modern people: people in a hurry and people who prefer to take it easy, the fit and the comfort lovers, commuters and pleasure cyclists and, of course, young and old. The tailwind of technology-leading eBikes made by what are already more than 70 leading brands in Europe is powered by components that Bosch is developing to perfection. The Bosch portfolio ranges from the highly efficient drive unit (motor and gearbox) and high-quality batteries to a smart on-board and cycle computer that can be used intuitively. Perfect coordination of components holds the key to typical Bosch performance in terms of both comfort and efficiency.
Like other Bosch products, the eBike systems benefit from the Bosch Group’s technology and production know-how. From conception and engineering to manufacturing, marketing and after-sales service, Bosch eBike Systems constantly set new standards for the eBike industry. The Bosch Group’s experience in the areas of electric motors, sensor technology, displays and lithium-ion batteries ensures that Bosch eBike systems use technology that is invented for life and that eBike users have their fun.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 129 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 34,000 are software engineers.

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