CAKE Worlds Brings Innovative Format to Cycle Racing
18 Aug, 2021
CAKE, a leading manufacturer of premium, lightweight, electric motorcycles, announces the inaugural CAKE Worlds, a unique motocross race that will pit 16 riders, both male and female, against each other in a 4X round robin format. All riders will compete aboard the same bike: the CAKE Kalk OR Race.
The CAKE World’s represents the rare occasion where men and women will toe the starting line together in a motocross race. As no rider will have either a physical (the Kalk OR weighs a scant 165 pounds) or mechanical advantage, it will be a true test of the drivers’ skill.
The CAKE Worlds is set to take place on August 20th and 21st, 2021 on the grounds of the famed Gotland Ring in Sweden. The purpose-built track, designed by Swedish Enduro rider – and CAKE World’s competitor – Robert Kvarnström, was created specifically for the lightweight agility and performance of CAKE electric motorcycles.
The powerful drivetrain on the featherweight Kalk OR Race delivers 280Nm of torque at the rear wheel, so it can get up to full speed faster than most of its gas-powered counterparts. CAKE founder Stefan Ytterborn believes that’s a game changer for the future of sustainable motocross racing. Less room needed to accelerate means tracks can be built in smaller areas, leading to a more spectator-friendly venue. And because electric motorcycles are virtually silent, polluting with neither sound nor emissions, tracks and racing can be brought into suburban environments, making the sport more accessible to fans and participants alike.
“Gotland is the spiritual home of CAKE, and I’m excited to host the motocross world on a unique track in a location that’s very special to us. I’m also proud of the work we’re doing to not only push the world towards reducing its carbon footprint but also to promote gender equality in motor sports” commented Ytterborn.
The concept was dreamed up by Ytterborn, but the task of making it reality fell on Race Director J.P. Barolo. While some elements, like round robin seeding and practice sessions were easy to adapt from regular motocross racing, the CAKE World’s presented some unique challenges since only eight bikes will be shared between the field of 16 riders. “We had to pay very careful attention to the amount of time each bike will be ridden, the number of spare batteries we will need, how much down time we need to recharge those batteries, and how best to spread out the heats so each rider gets enough time to learn the bike and the track” said Barolo.
The Austrian division of the Red Bull Media House will be producing coverage of the event. CAKE World’s sponsors include Goal Zero, Öhlins, Alpinestars, Northvolts, In&Motion, SunRoof, Barebells, Guide Gloves, and Polestar electric cars.
CAKE produces several models of its high-performance bike, the Kalk, for off-road racers and freeriders, as well as street legal versions. The brand has two models of the versatile and utilitarian commuter bike called the Ösa. CAKE’s product lineup also boasts the Kalk AP, a street-legal off-road bike designed in partnership with the Southern Africa Wildlife College to help in the fight against poaching in Africa’s National Parks. These lightweight bikes weigh less than 200 pounds and depending on model and riding style can deliver up to three hours or over 50 miles of fun unadulterated by the noise of an internal combustion engine. And because they weight several hundred pounds less than their fossil fuel-