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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

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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