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Organizers plan special course for Sea Otter e-MTB race

Published April 7, 2017
New route will include a 24 percent grade hill and a gravel speed trap.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Organizers of the second annual e-MTB race at the Sea Otter Classic have created a course designed to challenge the electric bikes and their riders. The route for the Haibike eMTB Race ePowered by Bosch will include a hill with a max grade of 24 percent, two technical "rock garden" sections and a gravel speed trap that was designed to slow down errant race cars. 

Bosch eBike Systems is one of the event's sponsors.

"Last year we had over 110 riders participate in the race, which was an unbelievable turnout for the first year," said Claudia Wasko, general manager of Bosch eBike Systems Americas. "This year we look to eclipse those numbers on a new race course that will challenge even the best e-MTB riders."

The e-MTB race is open to both men and women who will compete in six age categories and a Bosch-sponsored Industry Challenge to benefit the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. The Bosch Industry Challenge for NICA is open to anyone who currently works in the cycling industry. The fastest racer will win a $2,500 purse to donate to one of the 19 NICA leagues operating across America at the winner's choice. Bosch will contribute another $2,500 toward NICA's efforts to expand interscholastic cycling.

Race registrants can reserve a Bosch-powered e-MTB on a first-come, first-serve basis.

More information: Course mapRace registration page | e-MTB reservation form



Bosch’s Brian Sarmiento competes in the 2016 Industry Challenge.
Topics associated with this article: Electric bike, Racing & Sponsorship, Sea Otter Classic

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