WES presents the first-ever UCI E-MOUNTAIN BIKE CROSS-COUNTRY WORLD CUP
The mountain bike series strictly reserved for electric bikes, launched in 2019, steps up onto the world stage thanks to a long-term agreement.
Monaco (P.ty) 18 February 2020 – The World E-Bike Series Management (WES) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) are pleased to announce that the first UCI World Cup in the history of E-mountain bike cross-country will be held in 2020.
Global organiser WES has been working closely with the world governing body of cycling to develop E-mountain bike racing and support the improvement and promotion of this modern mountain bike format.
The UCI World Cup will also provide an ideal platform to help achieve two major aims of the WES-UCI partnership: to continue working on the technology applied to bike controls and to involve the industry in supporting the sport’s evolution.
WES CEO and Founder, Francesco Di Biase: “We are delighted to unveil the first-ever UCI E-MTB XC WORLD CUP as a result of the hard work done in collaboration with the UCI over the last couple of years. We hope that this prestigious title will encourage both well-known and young athletes to challenge themselves in this fascinating discipline”.
UCI President David Lappartient: “It gives me great pleasure to launch the inaugural UCI E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup, and I am thrilled that the UCI can bank on the recognised expertise of World E-Bike Series for its organisation. The discipline now has a World Cup to go with the UCI World Championships, and I have every confidence in the development of E-MTB at the elite level and among amateur and recreational riders.”
The practice of E-mountain bike is rapidly expanding worldwide and represents the latest frontier of a sport which is for everyone.
E-mountain bikes make use of two energy sources: leg power and an electric motor that offers assistance while the rider turns the pedals. The motor has a maximum continuous rated power output of 250 watts and stops providing assistance at a speed of 25 km/h.
The WES format will this year see top-level competition which will be the perfect scenario for amateurs to get closer to this sport and have the chance to ride the UCI E-MTB XC WORLD CUP trails.
The 2020 UCI E-MOUNTAIN BIKE CROSS-COUNTRY WORLD CUP Calendar follows the WES World E-Bike Series Calendar previously announced:
Monaco (P.ty) 6-7 March
Switzerland, Ascona-Locarno 17-18 April
Italy, Bologna 5-6 June
TBA, 11-12 September
Spain, Barcelona 2-3 October
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About WES Management SARL (WES)
WES Management SARL is a Monegasque company founded in 2019 to organise and promote the first mountain bike World Cup reserved solely for electric bikes. The WES concept was born to go beyond the sport, to offer the cycling industry and the field of sports marketing an exciting format within the sustainable mobility area. WES promotes E-biking as an entertaining, sustainable choice for athletes and amateurs and mountain bike tourism as a catalyst for the hosting venues’ visibility. WES is what electric is all about.
About the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
Founded in 1900, in Paris (France), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling. It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms, for all people as a competitive sport, as a healthy recreational activity, as a means of transport, and also just for fun. The UCI manages and promotes the eight cycling disciplines: road, track, mountain bike, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, cyclo-cross, trials and indoor cycling. More information on www.uci.org.