Little Things You Hate

fatboyonabike

Eats Squid
so if someone turns up at an XC race on a 3kg bike, are they cheating because everybody else is riding bikes 2 or 3 times that weight?
or a DH racer that turns up with 1 ft of travel at each end, the rider still has to ride the damn thing!
its horses for courses..those that want to push the technology will be rewarded by podium places, and that is what bike companies wan to see!
the sport is still in its infancy, and they have a lot of things to still work out, but I for one are waiting with baited breath for proper Eracing to be one day a televised event...a fine blend of XC climbs at speed, Enduro obstacles and DH gravity blasting
 

bear the bear

Is a real bear
so if someone turns up at an XC race on a 3kg bike, are they cheating because everybody else is riding bikes 2 or 3 times that weight?
or a DH racer that turns up with 1 ft of travel at each end, the rider still has to ride the damn thing!
its horses for courses..those that want to push the technology will be rewarded by podium places, and that is what bike companies wan to see!
the sport is still in its infancy, and they have a lot of things to still work out, but I for one are waiting with baited breath for proper Eracing to be one day a televised event...a fine blend of XC climbs at speed, Enduro obstacles and DH gravity blasting
XC bikes are still governed by the UCI's weight limit of 6.8kg...
 

SummitFever

Likes Bikes and Dirt
... I for one are waiting with baited breath for proper Eracing to be one day a televised event...a fine blend of XC climbs at speed, Enduro obstacles and DH gravity blasting...
It'll be boring. DH is exciting to watch as well as the DH bits of Enduro. XC is exciting because of the fitness and finess involved to ride an XC bike.

eBike racing is like selecting all of the lame bits from moto and cycling and putting them together as one big snore fest. ie. much slower than a moto on the way up and slower than proper DH on the way down. To make it exciting, speeds would have to be moto-like, so why not just watch moto racing? Indeed, moto enduro racing offers exactly what you're talking about but the viewing numbers are low. Even than is too lame to get a big audience. What does get the eyeballs? Hard enduro, trials and MX. All mind-blowing compared to some peanut riding up an XC climb at 25km/h.
 

fatboyonabike

Eats Squid
It'll be boring. DH is exciting to watch as well as the DH bits of Enduro. XC is exciting because of the fitness and finess involved to ride an XC bike.

eBike racing is like selecting all of the lame bits from moto and cycling and putting them together as one big snore fest. ie. much slower than a moto on the way up and slower than proper DH on the way down. To make it exciting, speeds would have to be moto-like, so why not just watch moto racing? Indeed, moto enduro racing offers exactly what you're talking about but the viewing numbers are low. Even than is too lame to get a big audience. What does get the eyeballs? Hard enduro, trials and MX. All mind-blowing compared to some peanut riding up an XC climb at 25km/h.
people watch road racing by the 10's of 1000's!...
 

fatboyonabike

Eats Squid
Doesn’t mean it isn’t boring
exactly...just a target audience, I don't really like road cyclists attitude and self righteousness, but I will watch the TDF from time to time.
the likelyhood of a hardcore XC racer watching a DH race or vice versa is also remote..you like what you like
 

SummitFever

Likes Bikes and Dirt
People watch road racing because its the fastest human powered sport, involving staggering feats of speed and endurance. Now imagine that with motors. It would be the world's slowest motor sport (although it might still be faster than offroad ebike racing).

Once you put a motor on it its a motor sport. The fact that you still have to pedal just makes it the dumbest motor sport.
 

pink poodle

Our man in Japan
Seems a good time to watch that video of the E-bike race on a motor cross style course.. can't believe that didn't end the E initiative.
 

pink poodle

Our man in Japan
People watch TDF because they think they’re supposed to. You know, it makes them cultured and shit.
I love the TDF. But fucked if I want to watch much of it. I usually don't even bother finding out how wins and when I do I usually dont know them anyway. It's just a great idea for a race and the images from it look real nice. Maybe I love the Instagram version of TDF, TDF lite...
 

Oddjob

Wheel size expert
People watch road racing because its the fastest human powered sport, involving staggering feats of speed and endurance. Now imagine that with motors. It would be the world's slowest motor sport (although it might still be faster than offroad ebike racing).

Once you put a motor on it its a motor sport. The fact that you still have to pedal just makes it the dumbest motor sport.
Until you've ridden some of those roads in the Alps and Pyrenees you can't really appreciate how batshit crazy it is that someone can ride up a 10% gradient hill at close to 20km/h.

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tubby74

Likes Dirt
how batshit crazy it is that someone can ride up a 10% gradient hill at close to 20km/h.

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On a hill that goes on further than i go for my holidays.
I get a kkck out of cyclocross races. No drafting or packs, just flat out all the time. Then just go get you out of any rhythm a hill of nud to run up or steps to get you off the bike. Kind of like the contrasts in biathlon, just seems made to be cruel.
 

gippyz

Likes Dirt
Until you've ridden some of those roads in the Alps and Pyrenees you can't really appreciate how batshit crazy it is that someone can ride up a 10% gradient hill at close to 20km/h.

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I have ridden some of those hills. Yes they're shit crazy long and (some) crazy steep. Took my fit self (back then) over 2 hours (or maybe more?) to finish them. These guys are charging up these mamooth mountains in like minutes??

I still watch TdF and other road race just for the scenery. Whether you are into road riding or not, you are crazy if you don't think those european alps are very pretty.
 

Daniel Hale

Likes Bikes and Dirt
Stupid Q time. Short Ebike races, and races where they allow battery swap....is everyone just running Boost mode all the time?
couple of the xc races i’ve seen, i spoke to one guy who roughly knew how long his battery lasted, it was a 3hr, he had it in middle setting. he planned it to get him to the end, i presume at xco nationals - you run in full boost, cos it’s only 1 hr event..i tried some reading. no regulation about power settings yet it seems
 
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