That there was ebike racing

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whoof
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That there was ebike racing

Postby whoof » 2 Sep 2019, 8:17pm

At this year's world mountain bike championship there was a cross country ebike category.
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Re: That there was ebike racing

Postby iandriver » 2 Sep 2019, 8:21pm

Not surprised given their popularity. I've not ridden one, but in the hands of a fit and skilled rider, I'm sure they can take you places you could only dream of on a regular bike.
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Re: That there was ebike racing

Postby MarcusT » 3 Sep 2019, 5:08am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMxLI6DbjL8
This race impressed the heck out of me.
I average about 900 m of climbing when I go out on my Emtb, these guys do a lot more than that.
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Re: That there was ebike racing

Postby Cugel » 3 Sep 2019, 8:50am

When is there going to be a motor car racing arrangement in which the participants have to pedal or otherwise manually propel their vehicle - no fearsum enjins? I used to do this as a small boy although we urchins had to make our own "boogeys" out of old crates and pram wheels.

Is it possible to motorise a golf club as well as the hole-to-hole transport? How about a tennis racquet?

Motorised leg callipers for fell-running. All the Monroes in an afternoon!

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Re: That there was ebike racing

Postby pjclinch » 3 Sep 2019, 10:18am

I have seen someone arguing downhill MTB wasn't Proper Cycling because most of the power came from gravity... but so what? If people want to race things then they will. If not interested in whatever permutation, concentrate on the things that appeal to you.

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Re: That there was ebike racing

Postby mattheus » 3 Sep 2019, 10:38am

pjclinch wrote:I have seen someone arguing downhill MTB wasn't Proper Cycling because most of the power came from gravity... but so what? If people want to race things then they will. If not interested in whatever permutation, concentrate on the things that appeal to you.

Indeedy. Each to his own, they're not impinging on my activities.

If you ruled out gravity-assist from sport, the Winter Olympics would be in a sorry state!

*personally* I don't find motor-assist racing of interest, but I'll note how popular moto-paced races were back in Tommy Simpson's day. 100s of miles on the road - presumably the attraction was the "spectacle" of higher speeds, but I don't see the appeal.

n.b. track Kierin racing is a different ball-game - the real race is all about leg-power, and it's usually good fun!