What is the WES format?
The World e-Bike Series in 2019 will be composed of a Cross-Country, an Enduro and an open participation events for individuals. There is also a constructors championship, where the best-placed Male and Female riders in both Enduro and XC shall score points for the constructors whose bike they are riding.
Is WES the perfect format?
In Mountain biking there is no “perfect” race format, yet, you have as many different formats as there are styles of bike, all of which have grown from the diverse usage and terrain to which riders find themselves.e-MTB will be no different. It is not just another sub-category within Mountain biking, but its own entity.
In Mountain biking, there are those who prefer gravity events and those who prefer aerobic events. WES shall cater to the riders and their demands, by offering different formats to those who prefer gravity events and those who prefer aerobic events.
Is there a need for different e-Bike disciplines? E-Enduro, e-XC, e-…?
WES is the World e-Bike Series, not discipline specific. WES aim is to develop e-Bike racing and riding, to do so the Series need to listen to Athletes, Constructors, Governing bodies and Media. This is the start of the journey of a new sport with huge potential.
There’s a Cross-Country and an Enduro race on Saturdays followed by the Ride WES on Sundays, can I come for the Ride WES only?
Amateurs and Riders can attend the “Ride WES” only, as it is a non-competitive ride for everybody, with three different levels of difficulty available. Green is for beginners and those who just wish to discover e-Biking, Blue is for riders who enjoy one or two rides per month, Black is for experts who ride once per week or more.
The Sunday programme’s aim is to take every kind of rider closer to the e-Bike world, offering a high-level ride experience.
How many bikes are available to rent for the Ride WES?
As many as required. As this is a subscription service, WES Management has agreements with local providers to make sure to have enough bikes for each and every rider who wishes to hire one.
How many entries are allowed?
Each of the races has a limit of 50 riders, all of whom have to be part of an official team who shall participate in the whole series. The Ride WES on Sundays depends on the capacity of each venue, however, the number of registrations will be limited, as our goal is to organise a premium experience for riders and amateurs.
Will there be age or weight categories?
In 2019, WES shall be starting with solely male and female categories. As the concept and the series develops, the Series shall look at all the upcoming possibilities.
Will the Monaco race be in Monaco or France?
The event will be held in both areas, each having a specific role: Monaco will be the headquarter of the activity, the WES Village location and the connection between e-Bikes (and e-mobility in general) and the end users. On the other side, to guarantee some spectacular and challenging courses, the competition shall move to the very close border on the Commune of Peille, on the hills surrounding Monaco. Peille is renowned throughout the MTB world as the village that produced Nicolas Vouilloz, Fabien Barel, Yoann Barelli and Nicolas Filippi.
How many rounds in 2019 and where do they take place?
The 2019 Calendar sees 4 European Rounds so far: Monaco, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.Conversations are going on with other European candidate countries and the US.
- 1. Monaco (Monte Carlo and Peille) 13-14 April 2019
- 2. Switzerland (Ascona Locarno) 4-5 May 2019
- 3. Italy (Lake Maggiore) 14-15 September 2019
- 4. Spain (Barcelona) 5-6 October 2019
When can Riders and Teams apply for the Series?
WES, World e-Bike Series, is open to Athletes belonging to Elite Teams and Teams affiliated to WES.
WES Elite Team registration is from 1st November 2018 to the 31st January 2019.
WES Team registration is from 1st December to the 28th February 2019.
VISION AND MISSION
Which are the e-Bike brands involved?
WES is a series open to all brands and not a single brand championship. Therefore, WES is happy to welcome the world’s top factories, as well as smaller brands.
All industry and extra-industry affiliations and agreements shall be disclosed at a further date, likewise the teams’ participation confirmation.
Which are the industry brands and tech partners involved?
As for the e-Bikes, WES is open to collaborating with all the brands involved in satellite activities that aim to be protagonists of this great evolution phase of the sport.
What´s your vision? How will e-Bike-racing and your series look like in three or five years?
The leading e-Bike format on the world stage. Promoting all forms of e-Bike racing and riding. In the short-mid-term, WES’ goal is to gather the world’s top riders to compete in disciplines that can highlight the performance mix between the athlete and the machine. At the same time, WES format aims to be a gateway to the e-bike experience for every kind of cyclist, getting more and more people closer to this sport and to the e-bike as an everyday choice for sustainable mobility.
The racing formats themselves will evolve, as the bikes are pushed by the demands of racing and adapt to the different disciplines. WES is committed to developing the series and evolving formats when required to do so.
Who are WES races dedicated to? Professional Mountain bike Riders or all the sportive e-bikers out there?
WES events are for e-Bikers, Enduro for those who prefer using their e-Bikes for the most technical and engaging descents and Cross Country for those who revel in technical climbing and physical effort. The level of these competitions is aimed at the upper limits of what is possible with these fantastic machines. For the regular e-Biker WES’ offer includes these circuits and more in the mass participation event. Where you will be able to measure yourself to the very best riders, but also ride and interact with them.
Why is racing important for a new sport like e-Mountain biking? How will a big race-series affect the sport and/or industry?
Competition stimulates progression wherever you look. Whether it’s between companies or sportspersons, as soon as there is a competition you try to create something better than your last attempt and better than your rivals.
In the last five years, e-Bikes have evolved at an incredible pace. But by giving a race platform that will ensure media coverage and reward the best performers, WES is fostering an environment that will ensure the continuation of this progression.
An International race series for e-Bikes will help address the questions that the general public has about this technology and how it functions.
By pitching elite athletes against each other, WES shall be able to demonstrate that e-Bikes are not an easy option or cheating, but an evolution of a sport that at grassroots level allows more people to participate. The Series is committed to developing both grassroots participation and elite level sport.
Who are the people behind WES?
WES is an intuition of Slash, a Monaco-based company operating in global Sports Marketing with specific expertise in the Action Sports sponsoring and event management. With World Motorsports skills and enterprise vision, Slash aims to set the first international competition reserved to e-Bikes only. Slash is a branch of Cast Monaco, a media production company operating since from the early ’90s.
Are there any big names participating in the Series?
There is a great interest in the Series, both of those riders already connected to the e-Bike and of those who are still looking at it from the outside. Many of these disciplines celebrities (Olympic Medallists and multiple World Champions) have attended the WES International Press Presentation and for WES it is an honour to see such a huge interest of some of the most important names in this sport. The expectation is very high.
SPORTING & TECHNICAL ISSUES
How do bikes get checked? Is the limit 250W?
To participate in our events the competitors’ bikes must be certified EN15194 (25kph & 250w continuous) and provide a motor diagnostic of less than three months (presentation obligatory at sign-in).
Additional check on wheel size corresponding with certification & diagnostic.
WES shall have commissaries on trackside to check mid-race, and the top five finishers shall all be submitted to a full bike check.
Any bike that is found to be not conforming to manufacturer’s certificate or has an erroneous motor diagnostic shall be treated as the cycling community treats any mechanical doping offence. The UCI has given the lead on this with a 6-year ban and up to 20,000 chf fine.
There is no limit on battery size, but riders must present their bikes before the start with no more than 500Wh in their batteries. The circuits are currently designed around this quantity of energy.
Is the UCI involved? Who is the governing body? The national federation?
WES is affiliated with the Féderation Monegasque de Cyclisme and WES Management will be in touch with all the national federations of the hosting countries; however, the aim is to work together with the UCI to develop e-Bike racing to a World Cup level.
How will riders tackle battery transportation?
As the events are European based in 2019, the anticipation is that riders and teams will travel by road, so this isn’t an issue. As the series grows, WES shall see how things develop from an organisational and logistical point of view and face the needs of this evolution.
The International Air Transport Association currently insists on airline approval for 101wh-160wh batteries. Those over 300wh are classified as dangerous goods, and therefore banned on passenger flights. This is obviously an issue, at the moment, but WES already plans how to take on the challenge.
Traffic laws? E-Bikes must be 25kph in Europe? What about USA 30kph?
In 2019 WES is a European based circuit, so the controls are based on the EN15194. Any bike not conforming to this standard isn’t accepted on the start line of a WES event. With the recent UCI announcement of an official World Championships in 2019, WES will closely study their approach and work with them on the issue of varying standards at an international level.
How many batteries allowed during the race?
One battery per rider, per event. The circuits for 2019 shall be based upon the current industry benchmark of 500wh. For sure it penalises those with a 700wh battery for instance, as they will be obliged to reduce the charge to a percentage equivalent of 500wh. But this is no different to obliging a privateer to borrow or purchase a second battery to participate.
As constructors develop larger benchmark capacities then WES shall adapt formats accordingly.
How do WES integrate battery-management and tactical riding, especially considering the variety of different battery sizes?
For Enduro it is easier to manage, as WES circuits are built around the most common current battery size on the market 500Wh +/-. This evidently will change as battery sizes grow and the overall technology evolves. Enduro special stages are always contested with a high-power output, but the liaisons between stages should be ridden in a low to medium output. This in itself implicates battery-management and tactical riding to perform at an optimal level.
Cross-Country is a very different proposition. The size of battery reservoirs and the varying performance of the different assist modes makes things very complicated. WES aims to have race circuits that oblige the riders to use their bikes strategically, making the most of all the different modes to get to the finish line in the fastest time possible. To level the playing field, everybody that takes to the start line (for 2019), will only be allowed to take the start if they present their bike in the starting SAS with 500Wh life in their battery.
Motors are getting stronger and stronger every year. How can WES make sure that the bike/motor will not have a major impact on the results?
As long as the bikes and motors conform to the European Norm EN15194, then this competition can only help improve e-Bikes as a whole.
The torque of a motor on paper is not guaranteed to transfer to a higher performing bike on the ground. With higher torque comes a more complicated electronic management system to stop the motor spinning out the rear wheel and higher battery consumption. These issues can be addressed by the constructors, which results in better bikes for the end user.
As long as the competition results in better bikes for e-Bikers, WES should not penalise a certain manufacturer.
Practise of Enduro circuits.
Pre-riding the Enduro circuits is not allowed outside of official reconnaissance practice. Sufficient time shall be allotted before the event for the athletes to practice the circuits. WES shall communicate the official training slots to all teams and/or competitors.