Sea Otter Classic Announces eMTB Race Details
11 Apr, 2019
Bosch eBike Systems (www.bosch-ebike.us) and Bulls Bikes USA (www.bullsbikesusa.com) invite racers to participate in the 2019 Bulls eMTB Race epowered by Bosch, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12th at the Sea Otter Classic.
This year’s eMTB race looks to be the toughest yet, with an improved race course that will test the legs and lungs of even the best riders. Scheduled for four laps, each 2.5-mile lap features 500 feet of climbing.
The first climb takes riders on a grueling haul up the hill’s main face, while the second is a longer and more technical switch back climb—running alongside the Dual Slalom Course. The downhill singletrack sections will once again be fast and flowing with many obstacles along the way including two rock gardens and the “Gravel Speed Trap”—a gravel section designed to stop race cars going more than 200mph.
“We’re looking forward to this being the most challenging and competitive eMTB race yet in our inaugural year as Sea Otter’s Electric Bike sponsor,” said Adam Anderson, Marketing Manager at Bulls Bikes USA. “It’s great to see racers of all ages and skill levels race alongside the world’s best as Team BULLS brings 3 of its pros from Germany to join forces with Christian Husband, BULLS Bikes USA’s first North America-based pro.”
“Class 1 eMTB racing at Sea Otter Classic gets better each year,” said Claudia Wasko, Vice President & General Manager of Bosch eBike Systems Americas. “With the addition of Bulls as title sponsor, a new timing system, and more fantastic eMTB models on the market with improved geometry, bigger suspension, and integrated batteries, this year’s race is looking to be our best yet.”
The eMTB race is open to both men and women who will compete in six amateur age categories and a pro category. First place prize for pros (both men and women) is $750; second place prize is $500; and third place is $250 for a total purse of $3000. Winners in all categories will receive power tools. New in 2019, Sea Otter will be adding chipped timing to the race.
eMTBs that use certified Class 1 eBike systems from Bosch, Brose, Yamaha, or Shimano will be welcome to compete in the race. Racers who don’t own their own e-bike equipped with those systems are welcome to borrow one from Bulls, Bosch, or the many other brands at Sea Otter demo’ing eMTBs, on a first come first serve basis.