Cycling Ireland Offroad Commission have confirmed that e-bikes will be permitted to compete in Irish Enduro mountain bike competition.
Introducing an e-bike class was discussed at the 2018 AGM and after talks between Cycling Ireland and insurance providers, they have been approved for the 2019 season.
Inline with UCI regulations, competitors must be of a minimum age of 19 years old and will be limited to a single category – e-bikes.
Riders can only use the battery in place on their bike and cannot carry an additional battery during the competition.
2019 UCI E-Bike Rules
For those seeking more info on e-bikes in mountain bike competition, here is the UCI ruling on it, as per January 1st 2019…
Chapter VIII E-MOUNTAIN BIKE (chapter introduced on 1.01.19)
§ 1 General
4.8.001: An E-Mountain Bike is a bike operated with two energy sources, human pedal power and an electric engine, which only provides assistance when the rider is pedaling.
E-Mountain bike events must be organised in accordance with the following bike standards:
Engine of maximum 250watts
Engine assistance up to 25km/h
Pedaling assistance only, although a start-up assistance not exceeding 6km/h without pedaling is allowed
4.8.002: E-Mountain Bike events are open to all riders aged 19 and over and include Masters categories. No separate results must be submitted for the Under 23, Elite or Masters categories.
Events format and characteristics
4.8.003: E-Mountain Bike events will be organised in the cross-country and Enduro formats only and will be registered as Class 3 events. No UCI points will be awarded for E-Mountain Bike events.
The characteristics and format of each event will be determined in the technical guide for each event.
4.8.004: The rider’s registration procedure is handled by each organiser of an E-Mountain Bike event.
4.8.005: Riders can only use the battery in place on their bike and cannot carry an additional battery during the competition.
For the most part we really enjoyed our time on the e-bike, especially for open-mountain adventure-style spins, but under the current enduro event format struggle to see how they will fit in.
With interest we’re keen to see how this class is introduced into either series because without amendments competing on an e-bike simply takes the endurance out of enduro. And that’s not a good thing.