The e-bike has become a popular solution for developing summer tourism in the mountains. It’s a fantastic opportunity for resorts aiming to promote year-round tourism. Organised in Verbier since 2019, the second edition of the Verbier E-Bike Festival opened its doors to the public in 2020 in the resort located in the Valais canton and has already proven the potential of this new sporting discipline. Numerous resortshave expressed their wish to organise similar events. This interest has made the E-Bike World Tour possible.
The organisers of the Freeride Word Tour imagined a format similar to that of their winter tour, meaning, a spot at the final in Verbier needs to be earned : competitors will have to earn their place on the E-Tour du Mont-Blanc that starts in Verbier. A qualification system will put into place for elite competitors on the first two stages taking place in Flachau and Tignes-Val d’Isère. Following the first two competitions and the already mythic Verbier event, an overall ranking will determine the winners of the E-Bike World Tour.
The Elite Race
At every stop of the Tour, the best e-mountain bikers in the world will battle it out on a legendary multi-day e-race; with the champions being crowned in final race of the Tour, the E-Tour du Mont-Blanc (ETMB).
E-mountain bikes meet their ultimate purpose when they allow you to ride trails that no other bike can. The original concept of the E-Tour du Mont-Blanc (ETMB) was born from that idea; riding hidden trails that no chair lift can take you to, the trails that cannot be reached without mechanical assistance. The trails that can only be connected through the combination of a very skilled rider and an e-bike.
The E-Bike World Tour was inspired by the same idea. Taking the same spirit of adventure to other destinations around the world. In 2021 we’re visiting, Tignes & Val d’Isère high up in the French Alps and returning to Verbier for the E-Tour du Mont-Blanc.
Riders race in teams of 2 (this might change) and by invitation only. The race is split into long-timed stages over 2-3 days with tech zones where battery exchange is available. This creates a unique format in e-mountain biking. A 3-day race will likely cover around 250km of single trails, in a mix of lush forests and high alpine scenery. To spice it up, a bit of portage here and there can be expected.
Battery management is kept to a minimum, but it will play a part in each teams’ strategy. Riders are self-supported during the day, followed only by the safety/rescue teams and a significant number of video-makers and photographers who will document every moment of the big adventure.
A series of international e-bike events aimed at developing e-bike practice for everyone through both a festival and elite race. From seasoned professionals to part-timers, from believers to sceptics, from young to old, the festival has plenty to offer for e-bikers of all level with 4 different activities:
E-Bike Test: The 100% E-Bike Test village will offer the chance to test all the new models on the market. It’s the perfect occasion to try and compare different types of E-Bikes and discuss with industry professionals.
Gourmet tour: A loop accessible to everyone offering the perfect opportunity to discover both the local culinary specialties and the region's charm.
Discovery trails: A selection of loops for all levels on extraordinary paths, able to be enjoyed independently or with a guide. This is the best way to experience e-bikes.
E-Challenges: challenges open to anyone for riders who want to discover their limits and push themselvesoutside of their comfort zone!
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