2019 UCI E-MTB World Championships to be held at Mont-Saint-Anne
The first UCI eMTB World Championship Race will be held at Mont-Sainte-Anne
Who is the fastest and most skilled eMTB racer in the world? This question is set to be answered on the 28th August during the UCI World Champs.
For the first time ever, the UCI will host an eMTB World Championship even alongside the Cross Country and Downhill racing this in Canada.
The World Champs is a single race that top riders compete in to become the overall world champ for the following year. Winners then wear the UCI rainbow jersey at every round of the World Cup for 2020.
The UCI E-MTB World Championships will have categories for both men and women who will be able to race eMTB’s that meet the rules and regulations I.E and EU spec pedelec with a max output of 250W and assistance only to 25Km/h.
UCI World Champs racing is streamed live by Redbull TV and we hope that this first-ever eMTB event will also get the same coverage. Hopefully, the coverage will be as good as the live streaming of the Verbier E-Bike Festival this week.
The first ever UCI World Champions for E-Mountain Bike (E-MTB) will be crowned this year during the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes Benz.
The E-MTB races will take place on August 28th, the opening day of competition in Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada. They will be raced after the Cross-country Team Relay which traditionally opens the UCI’s leading mountain bike event of the year.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced last year that E-MTB had been integrated into the UCI Regulations. The new format joins the Worlds programme for the first time this year alongside cross-country Olympic (XCO) and downhill (DHI).
For its first year as part of the UCI World Championships, E-MTB will have two races on the programme: Men Elite and Women Elite. The races are open to athletes aged 19 and over who are registered with, and selected by, their National Federation.
In Mont-Saint-Anne the riders will tackle a 7.3km cross-country course for a duration of 1h30 to 2h.
Under the UCI Regulations, an E-MTB is a bike operated by two energy sources: human pedal power and an electric engine. The engine must only provide assistance while the rider is pedaling, except for start-up assistance when a speed not exceeding 6km/h is permitted.
The bike’s engine must produce a maximum of 250 watts, providing assistance of no more than 25km/h. Additional batteries may not be carried during competition.
As in XCO races, riders may receive assistance in the dedicated feed/technical assistance zone on the course. However, bike and battery changes are not permitted.
Men and women on the E-MTB podium will receive identical prize money and a UCI jersey especially designed for E-MTB, which will be revealed at a later date by the UCI.
The 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz will take place from August 28 to September 1. After the cross-country team relay and E-MTB on the opening day, racing will continue with individual XCO and DHI racing. A total of 13 world titles will be awarded over the five days of racing.