The Salzkammergut Mountain Bike Trophy is a grueling 211 km race that is Austria’s biggest MTB marathon celebration. With additional distances of 22, 37, 53, 76, and 119km almost no one is left out – especially when you add in the Unicycle Downhill, Unicycle Marathon and 60 km All Mountain Marathon. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising then that one of the newest disciplines for the mountain bike festival is the E-Bike Trophy.
That’s right. Just like the Sea Otter Classic, there will be a race specifically for E-Bikes. According to the Salzkammergut site, the race will take place on a separate 36 km route that will include 1,180 meters of climbing. Only three sections of the total distance will be timed with two climbs and a final section of technical singletrack making it almost like an E-Bike Enduro (E-nduro?). Race promoters envision it as a challenge of conserving battery life during the non timed sections, while demanding riding skill to go as quickly as possible during the three stages. Battery changes are not allowed and bikes will be limited to “commercial mountain bike pedalecs” (no throttle) with max 250 watts and limited assisted top speed of 25 km/h. Along with the E-Bike Trophy, there will be E-Bike demos and tours of the mountains of Bad Goisern during the festival weekend.