The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge becomes the first major South African road race to officially allow e-bikes. – By Mike Finch
E-Bikes may be ridden only if the participant selects the E-bike category when entering online, organisers of the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge announced on their website.
The race defines e-bikes as pedal-assist, i.e. the motorised assistance that only engages when the rider is pedalling, cuts out once 25 km/h is reached (ie. no permanently powered bicycles), AND when the motor produces maximum continuous rated power of not more than 250 watts.
Organisers said that e-bike cyclists may not start, or attempt to start, before his/her designated start group. Any cyclist who does so will be disqualified. A cyclist may move down to a slower start group without being penalised, while e-bikes may not be ridden in any racing categories / qualify for any prize money.
“Should an E-bike participant change his entry to / from an E-bike category without properly applying for such a change through the Race Office, he / she will be disqualified. No protest will be entertained in this regard,” the website said.
The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge will take place on 18 November.
For more information, visit http://www.cyclechallenge.co.za/.