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New Bosch eMTB-Challenge season gets underway

  • Successful debut of the new Bosch eMountain bike racing format
  • Concept offers riding enjoyment and Uphill Flow off-road
  • In 2018 the eMTB-Challenge will take place in five countries
Tamara Winograd

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Following its successful debut last year, the Bosch eMTB-Challenge is being held for the second time. 2018 will see Bosch eBike Systems events, supported by bicycle manufacturer Trek, take place at five European locations. The racing format is aimed at eMountain bikers of all ages and abilities, with a focus on shared riding enjoyment on the trails rather than on competition.

eMountain bike racing format gets off to a successful start

The eMTB-Challenge was debuted at the BIKE Festivals in Riva and Willingen last year, and the success of these events demonstrates the increasing popularity of eMountain biking. "A lot of cyclists were impressed by our new racing format. Just look at the numbers: Around 182 eMountain bikers took part in the two races. Now, in the second season, we hope to get even more people interested in the new sport of eMountain biking," explains Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems. One of the keys to the success of the format is its broad focus: "The eMTB-Challenge offers maximum fun for everyone. The trails are easy enough for experienced hobby bikers to ride while still challenging for professionals," says Fleischer.

Varied trails for every preference

The eMTB-Challenge offers impressive versatility. The riders must cover around 35 kilometres and negotiate an altitude differential of 1,000 metres. Riding technique and orientation are important, as are fitness and smart battery management. The stages offer a mix of uphill and downhill sections. The only enemy is time itself: The races are ridden against the clock without any prior training. In the transfer stages, the emphasis is on good orientation rather than just speed. Various orientation points have to be found along the route – missing one will earn the biker a 10-second time penalty. The rider with the fastest overall time is the winner.

New category especially for the first try

A new feature aimed particularly at those who are new to eMountain biking is the addition of an "Explorer" category along with the existing "Amateur" and "Advanced" categories. Riders in this category take part in the eMTB-Challenge without a time trial. They are still allowed to bypass all stages, but must instead of racing against time pass a number of additional orientation points. Families, partners or groups with varying performance levels can therefore sign up for the eMTB-Challenge together and enjoy the unique racing atmosphere, regardless of individual experience with eMTB.

eMTB-Challenge kicks off the racing season

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France: Those are the countries that are part of the eMTB-Challenge 2018. In all countries on the European Tour, riders can look forward to breathtaking scenery along the trails, each with a unique character and offering a fun, yet challenging ride. The racing format will make its first appearance at the end of April at the BIKE Festival in Riva del Garda. This will be followed by events in Solothurn (CH), Willingen (D), Bad Goisern (Salzkammergut, AT) and Hohlandsbourg (F).

More information about the Bosch eMTB-Challenge can be found here:

The Bosch eMTB-Challenge 2018

More detailed information regarding the individual events and registration can be found here:

  • 28.04. – 01.05.2018: BIKE Festival Garda Trentino in Riva del Garda, Italy
  • 04. – 06.05.2018: Bike Days in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • 19. – 21.05.2018: BIKE Festival in Willingen, Germany
  • 13. – 15.07.2018: Salzkammergut Trophy in Bad Goisern, Austria
  • 22. – 23.09.2018: 5 Châteaux Bike challenge in Hohlandsbourg, France

Contact for press enquiries:

Robert Bosch GmbH

Dennis Christmann

Manager Public Relations Bosch eBike Systems

Tel.: +49 (0)7121 35-184 91

Bosch eBike Systems is shaping the future of eBike mobility with innovative products and digital services ranging from highly efficient drive systems to the first production-ready ABS for eBikes and Connected Biking solutions. On the daily routes through the city, on leisurely rides through the countryside or for sporting adventures in the mountains: Bosch eBike Systems offers eBikers the right drive system (drive unit, battery, display, and app) for every requirement and every area of use, ensuring a unique riding sensation. Today, more than 100 of the world's leading bicycle brands trust the perfectly coordinated, modular product portfolio. As an independent division within the Bosch Group, Bosch eBike Systems also makes use of the Group's technology and manufacturing expertise. For healthy, safe and sustainable mobility that is fun.

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