E-Bike Racing is on at Over the Hump Tuesday August 14.
E-Bikes aren’t legal everywhere, and in OC Parks and Trails they currently have not been allowed for various reasons.
The conversation is ongoing, and we (the Mountain Bike Community) need to do our part to allow that process to go forward with the due course and not force the issue or break existing Park and legal guidelines.
ONLY RIDE AN EBIKE ON OPEN ROADS, OR DESIGNATED PARKS AND TRAILS IN YOUR AREA…WHERE IT IS LEGAL TO DO SO. It is currently illegal to ride on bike trails and parks in Orange County. Until it is legalized we will not ride E-bikes in the parks and support our friends at OC Parks and encourage riders to seek out places where E-Bikes are loved and encouraged. (see below suggestions).
Some of you are looking and have been asking for a legal place to ride, demo and race. So, as Pedal Assist Electric E-bikes are gaining traction in the marketplace and looking for legislation to support the movement the burden is on us. We need to help prove safety, responsible riding, establish safe operating protocol and educating riders to trail etiquette on an E-Bike where it is legal.
Oh and Revolution Bike Fest will have Ebike racing and demos to your heart’s content November 9-11 in Santa Clarita, CA
At Over the Hump we understand both sides, and we want to address the interest on the racer and industry side of the conversation, so we’ve introduced this exhibition race on Tuesday, August 14 before the large field race
While we all wait for the E-bike dust to settle locally, adoption in the United States is progressing to see the value of E-bikes, and allow them in some jurisdictions…Commuters to health challenged riders have been able to see the benefits of a standard pedal assist bike, where they may have struggled through motivation and fitness, and now seeing the benefits of a healthy outdoor activity.
Personally, I’ve seen friends start riding, and watched husbands and wives rediscover their love of bikes, as they enjoy the sport together in places where E-bikes are currently legal like Santa Clarita, CA trails and parks, and the dirt playground of Sky Park at Santa’s Village. Sky Park maintains amazing trails. Though there is no lift service at Sky Park you can ride your E-Bike to the top and skip all altitude induced lung implosion getting a bit of a boost to the top.
This Exhibition Race will be timed. Course will be approximately 10 minutes and incorporate 2 laps of 2-3 miles…short course, fun to watch, and a punchy sections that will challenge and show the E-bike Experience
Looking forward to Tuesday, come as you are…don’t hack!Register here