FIM announces inaugural FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup

The FIM announces details of inaugural FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup to take place June 2019 in France. 

 

The FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup will take place at over two days, June 1-2, 2019, as part of the Trophee de France E-VTT Enduro at Privas, France in collaboration with the FFM (French Motorcycle Federation).

Running two classes and clearly encouraging the younger generation of riders with age limits for the classes as low as 15 years old. Classes are also split between power output of the motors, much like those we already run in enduro. 

The event held in June will run over two days with the first day’s action in the street of Privas before a second day out on a traditional enduro course with three, 25km laps designed to test the rider and the technological capabilities of the bikes. 

We know from experience that battery life will be an issue as much as rider ability in these events – just as it is at the Trial-E World Championship and TT Zero races in the Isle of Man and equally as it proved for the ultimately ill-fated Alta Motors competing the ErzbergRodeo in 2018. 

 

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The 2019 FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup categories: 

Enduro1 (E1): E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum rated continuous power of more than 250W and whose assistance can exceed 25 km/h without exceeding 45 km/h. Minimum age of riders - 15 years old.

Enduro2 (E2): E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum continuous rated power of 250W and whose assistance does not exceed 25 km/h. Minimum age of riders - 14 years old.

 

A statement from the FIM explains more…

The main race is planned to include three laps of approximately 25km per lap – comprising of the liaison route that will link the three special tests, that will vary in length. These will be located in a nearby forest and will incorporate the local rocky terrain that will present its own technical challenges. Overall the course will look to test the E-Bikes’ technology plus physical condition and skills of the riders. 

All riders wishing to participate in the 2019 FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup will require an FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup Licence and therefore should contact their National Motorcycle Federation for more details.

Jorge Viegas - FIM President said: “I am particularly proud to announce the launch of our first E-Bike competition. We are convinced that E-Bike competitions have great potential and will allow young riders to participate in exciting new races. Also, we will soon announce another E-Bike competition to take place later this year.”

Jacques Bolle - FFM President added: “It will be a true honour for the FFM to host the first ever FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup on French soil. Privas will be a great location for this competition and has the perfect terrain to showcase the development in E-Bike technology, and the growing interest and involvement of the more traditional motorcycle manufacturers. 

“We hope this will mark the beginning of an important new opportunity for the FIM and one that will engage and attract with younger riders who will potentially give rise to a new era of FIM World Champions.”

 

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Jon Pearson
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