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Sea Otter Classic gears up for 3rd annual eMTB race

Claus Fleischer

Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems, in hot pursuit of a podium position at last year’s race. Photo by Douglas Schwartz ELV Motors

Bosch eBike Systems and Haibike are inviting racers to participate in the 2018 Haibike eMTB Race epowered by Bosch, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at the Sea Otter Classic.

This year’s eMTB race looks to be the toughest yet, with a modified race course that will test the legs of even the best riders. Scheduled for four laps, each (approximate) 2.5-mile lap will feature roughly 500 feet of climbing, putting these eMTBs to the ultimate electric test.

The first climb takes riders on a grueling haul up the hill’s main face, while the second is a longer and more technical switchback climb running alongside the dual slalom course. The downhill singletrack sections will once again be fast and flowing with many obstacles along the way including two rock gardens and the “Gravel Speed Trap” – a gravel section designed to stop cars going more than 200mph.

“We keep learning and improving on this unique race to challenge both human and machine,” said Claudia Wasko, General Manager of Bosch eBike Systems Americas. “This year we’re expecting record turnout with both a redesigned course and a new purse for both pro men and women.”

The eMTB race is open to both men and women who will compete in six amateur age categories and a pro category. First place prize for pros (both men and women) is $750; second place prize is $500; and third place is $250 for a total purse of $3000.

To register for the race, please click here. After registering you can reserve an eMTB (if you don’t already own one) by clicking here (first come first serve, subject to availability).

Claus Fleischer

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