Electric bikes got their own event at this year’s Sea Otter Classic on the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, USA.
Ninety-five percent of the competitors in the e-bike race were on borrowed, professional bikes.
“You still have to handle the bike,” said Jeff Lindenthal of Salinas. “You still need to know how to get through the rock gardens, how to approach the hills and obstacles on the course.”
Sea Otter Classic president Frank Yohannan says that electric mountain bike racing has become one of the hottest new cycling events in the world, with Haibike and Bosch fully behind the push.
“These bikes aren’t just for racing,” Lindenthal said. “A lot people will use them to commute to work. You can ride 10 miles leisurely and not break a sweat.”