Mont-Sainte-Anne to host in August-September 2019
UCI have revealed that Mont-Sainte-Anne is to host the first ever e-MTB World Championships in August-September 2019.
UCI press release quotes
“Turning to new specialities, the e-mountain bike, snow bike and pump track have been integrated into the UCI Mountain Bike Regulations.”
“The first edition will take place during UCI mountain bike world championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne.”
“I also welcome the integration of new specialities into the UCI Mountain Bike Regulations. These show that cycling is a dynamic sport that continues to evolve. The UCI encourages these evolutions to grow cycling globally” – UCI President David Lappartient.
There’s not yet any info as to what the format of the event will be. We don’t yet know the distance or even the basic format of the e-MTB World Champs; will it just be a pedal-assist version of the XC? Or will take the multi-discipline format that’s be used in other ebike competitions and involve assessed climbs, descending stages and even things like trials? Yep, kinda like the old do-everything-on-the-one-bike concept of UK weekend events in the 90s!
There’s no confirmation on the restrictions or regulations on the e-bikes themselves either but it’s highly likely that it will be limited to 25kph-max-speed pedal-assist e-bikes that are already the norm and what most people think of when we say ‘e-bike’.
We’ll update this page when we know more.