FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage to host E-Bikers in 2019 edition

E-Bikes are the fastest growing sector in cycling but events have been slow to allow them into races due to a number of restrictions. Luckily the FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage event is unbound by such limitations, so for 2019, E-Bikers are welcome!

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Photo credit: Greg Beadle.

 

To ensure the safety of their fellow riders all E-Bikers, and their non-pedal assisted partners, will start in the event’s final batch. But they will be able to ride the entire route and with a battery swap service (conditional to you bringing your own spare battery of course), the distance won’t be a concern.

 

With the added power of an electric motor helping them along, the E-Bikers will be able to take in the route like never before. They’ll be able to cruise up the Vergelegen Climb and conquer any obstacle the race throws at them. As long as, of course, their E-Bikes have the walk-assist function… pushing 20+kg bikes up the Gantouw Pass without that handy function might be a touch tricky. And you can be sure no rider on a one HP (human power in this case) mountain bike is going to lend a hand.

 

FNB W2W - Image 4_Greg Beadle.jpg
Photo credit: Greg Beadle.

 

“The rationale behind allowing E-Bikes to take part in the mid-week event is to make it more inclusive,” Sarah Harrop, Head of Marketing and Communications for FNB Wines2Whales explained. “We’re hoping to attract riders who would otherwise not be able to take part in an MTB stage event for reasons that could vary from disability, age, health issues or simply fitness. It also allows the opportunity for stronger partners to introduce friends, family members or youngsters to the sport without the “10 hours per week” training sacrifice. We will ensure that the inclusion of E-Bike riders will not interfere with the race itself.”

 

Charging E-Bikes can pose an issue in a race village, however AMPED has come to the rescue and will be ensuring that all E-Bikes are charged and ready to rumble each morning.






11 Comments

Pure Savage, Jul 09 2019 09:52

Waiting for the pitch forks...

Titleist, Jul 09 2019 10:57

They must start in the first batch, not the last.....

Hamstring, Jul 09 2019 11:06

Should be a qualifying for e bikes to ride iconic races like this, maybe do a hill climb up and down  Gantouw Pass twice. 

DieselnDust, Jul 09 2019 11:58

LOL quietly tucked away from the headline page ....

DieselnDust, Jul 09 2019 11:59

Waiting for the pitch forks...

 

Lyriks?

timwightman, Jul 10 2019 09:18

Great idea.  As long as ebikers aren't competing or getting in the way of other riders, there is no harm done.  Probably a sign of dwindling numbers of normal bike entries that ebikes are being invited, but it's clearly what the market wants, and it's only going to grow as luddites realise what they're missing out on. :) 

verandapanda, Jul 10 2019 12:59

Does this mean charging stations are going to be needed at the stops? 

Pure Savage, Jul 10 2019 01:51

Lyriks?

Ok, that was good, good chuckle.

Pure Savage, Jul 10 2019 01:52

Does this mean charging stations are going to be needed at the stops? 

No, there is a battery swap. You swap out dead one for charged one.

matthieup, Jul 11 2019 11:28

To me it takes away the sense of achievement. Can they then really say they rode W2W? without the “10 hours per week” training sacrifice... isn't that the point that not everyone can do it? eBikes in the Epic next? I'm not against ebikes but they need their own events

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Jul 11 2019 01:48

To me it takes away the sense of achievement. Can they then really say they rode W2W? without the “10 hours per week” training sacrifice... isn't that the point that not everyone can do it? eBikes in the Epic next? I'm not against ebikes but they need their own events

They do need their own events