The Bosch eMTB Challenge supported by Trek has announced it is to expand into the UK for the first time.
For its third season, the Bosch eBike Systems challenge series is touring six European countries, including an inaugural Scottish event in June, hosted at the TweedLove Transcend Bike Festival just 29 miles south of Edinburgh.
The challenge is aimed at eMountain bikers from different age and performance classes.
Participants must cover around 35 kilometres and negotiate around 1,000 metres of climbing. The stages, with a mix of uphill and downhill sections, are ridden against the clock without any prior practise.
There are also transfer stages, in which the emphasis is on good orientation rather than just speed.
A number of orientation points have to be found along the route – missing them results in time penalties. The eMountain bikers with the fastest overall times are the winners of each category.
“We are so excited to now be hosting the best eBike event in Europe as part of our festival," said TweedLove Director Neil Dalgleish.
“Transcend is about riding bikes for everyone; from the top mountain bike athletes to beginners and young children – it’s all about having fun on your bike.
“We’ve been hoping to introduce an eBike event so including the Bosch eMTB Challenge is fantastic.”
“The race format attracts a variety of rider types and performance levels in the area of eMountain biking”, said Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems.