With last weekend’s race in Monaco, the excitement of the World E-Bike Series 2021 started and the UCI World Cup dedicated to pedal-assisted mountain bike competitions in the traditional cross country format.
After the first day, the competition announced that the second appointment will take place in Bologna, Italy. With the opening of the tournament two years ago, the WES 2021 circuit has taken on a new format with two race days on the weekend: “Race 1” on Saturday and “Race 2” on Sunday.
The next test of the circuit will be WES Bologna-Appennino, presented by Suzuki Hybrid, on June 5 and 6 in the Bolognese municipality of Castiglione dei Pepoli, where the organizer formed an extremely technical ring that will also enter the territory of Camugnano, located in the Apennines.
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The E-Bike caravan of cyclists will move to Emilia Romagna with the aim of winning points that will allow access to the specialty world championships in August.
“In the off-road environment, WES has believed in e-bikes since its inception,” Marco Aurelio Fontana, a bronze medalist at the London 2012 Olympics, told the Italian press.
“Every year it gets more and more exciting, putting on a great show and excellent competition. After the two editions of 2019 and 2020, I am sure that we will see an even higher level, both from a competitive and organizational point of view”, he assured.
The Italian rider, with more than ten podiums between world and European events and the WES E-XC 2019 title, at the start of the WES Bologna Appennino, will meet the French E-XC specialist Jérôme Gilloux (E-Team Mustache), medalist silver in the 2020 UCI E-MTB World Championship and current leader of the men’s ranking.
Nathalie Schneitter (Trek), 2019 UCI E-MTB World Champion and winner of the WES Munich 2020 race, will also line up at the start, who will have to face the German leader of the current WES classification Sofia Wiedenroth (Specialized), the world champion in charge, Mélanie Pugin from France (BH E-Racing Team) and Kathrin Stirnemann from Switzerland (Thömus RN Swiss Bike Team).
The elite in Bologna
On the starting line of the WES Bologna Appennino, presented by Suzuki Hybrid, will be 30 international teams, including official teams and individual athletes, supported by the best manufacturers of electric bikes.
We will see more than 50 elite athletes between women and men and three athletes who have obtained Olympic medals.
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In addition, four athletes who have won world and national titles on several occasions will participate. A Dakar driver will also be on the grid. 30 affiliates and factory equipment, 19 bicycle manufacturers and six motor manufacturers
In accordance with the anti-COVID-19 regulations to be adopted in June, WES Bologna will establish an exhibition area that will be the center of the event, with a paddock to host all pre-race activities. There will be included the technical inspections, the demonstration area of electric bicycles and the logistics center with the direction of the race.
The headquarters of WES Bologna Appennino 2021 will be in the Freedom Square, in the medieval historical center, where the official award ceremony will take place. The race tracks will also be located in part on the Camugnano territory.
Written by I Jhonattan González