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Dec. 8, 2021, 10:24 a.m. -  Pete Roggeman

Totally agree. There are some really interesting factors that come into play in that kind of racing, battery management over long distances and the strength-to-weight ratio of rider+machine. XCO racers are already phenomenally strong and fast for their size, adding a motor just changes the arena but I would think a challenging course and format would really favour smaller riders, not unlike jockeys. I had a conversation with an e-bike PM about just that - he had taken a friend's son on his first e-bike ride - IIRC the youth was 10 or 11 years old and a solid rider. The bike industry vet - a very fit and skilled rider - could not keep the young guy in his sight on the climbs despite his bag of 'old man tricks'. Interesting illustration of the way those factors can change. No, he wasn't intent on turning young people into e-bike riders, it was just an insight into how they're different.

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