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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

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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:

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