dogman wrote:Sounds like if you want your time, you bring your own stopwatch. No biggie really.
Cool that ebikes were allowed. But clearly we aren't really invited.
I still think that the level that we have built our bikes to now, pikes peak may be not steep enough anymore. We need a race from Lake Valley to Silverton, or to the pass and back to Lake Valley. Where they take the 4x4 tours to. That road is serious.
dogman, I dream of ebike distance rallies, with the goal of improving the technology, energy management and riding strategy.
Alan B and I have talked about the MegaMonster. It's (comparatively) well organized and they are ebike friendly. I'm sure you're well familiar with that ride and the specs they set for ebikes - I just wanted to make sure the MM was mentioned since we're now brainstorming outside the Pike's Peak envelope.
I've not ridden competitively (yet
) but I have no patience for the wishy washy. The gassers don't want us and the lycras don't want us. Who cares. No one's saying we need them, we can break out on our own.
We could start by forming an association, a sanctioning body that would define and set classes, control events, measure and announce results. Guys (and gals), we're all working at ground zero of what's going to become a transportation explosion. ebikes are catching fire in Europe now - only a matter of time before it happens in the US. If we sit around on our hands, our European brothers and sisters will go ahead and form a sanctioning body without us. Nothing wrong with that, but I'd hate to be caught whining about lycras and gassers if our friends across the pond are quietly making it happen.
For myself, I'd like to see the day when one can routinely build an ebike that'll do 200 miles in 10 hours or less at 20-30mph average. I think a sanctioning body and rallies could get us to that point: a 200 mile ebike ride where everyone finishes in 8 hours or less and with no "support" like in regular bike rides: rest stops, food stops, sag wagons or vans from bicycle shops regularly running the route to help people who have fallen over, broken a bike or have a flat they can't repair...
Imagine if the "sag wagon" for a 200 mile ebike rally was itself an electric vehicle. Or better yet, a beefed-up, heavy duty long-range ebike with tools, food, etc bringing up the rear!