First E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup to start in Monaco
The UCI, cycling’s international governing body, has unveiled plans for the first E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup in 2020.
The series involving electric mountain bikes will comprise five rounds starting in Monaco on 6 and 7 March, and ending in Barcelona on 2 and 3 October.
Other events are planned for Ascona-Lacarno in Switzerland in April and Bologna in Italy in June, with the other host in September to be confirmed.
The series is being organised in partnership with World E-Bike Series Management, which was established in Monaco last year to promote an international electric-only mountain bike competition.
The UCI introduced E-MTB in its regulations in 2018 and last year included events in the World E-Bike Series in the international mountain bike calendar, and staged a first UCI E-Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada.
Welcoming the new series, UCI president David Lapparient said: “It gives me great pleasure to launch the inaugural UCI E-Mountain Bike Cross-country World Cup, and I am thrilled that the UCI can bank on the recognised expertise of World E-Bike Series for its organisation. The discipline now has a World Cup to go with the UCI World Championships, and I have every confidence in the development of E-MTB at the elite level and among amateur and recreational riders.”