The bikes were limited to 400 watts and assist to 20
mph with no throttles allowed. This kept the equipment fair.
Inspections were held before the race, and from what we saw,
everyone seemed to have stayed within the rules.
The race was sent off in age-group waves, blasting off
from the ;at start. It was a format that worked well, and
there were no bottlenecks. Although there were some serious
competitors, like former mountain bike world champion (and
Specialized ringer) Christoph Sauser, there were others who
dressed up in costumes to help keep the event from taking on
too serious of an air.
Some riders had their own bikes, but the majority were
provided by the manufacturers in attendance. Several were
even seen racing with ;at tires but just kept riding on the
rim, with one rider remarking, “Hey, it’s a rental!” The bikes
may have power to do that for a while, but nobody ;nished
the race that way. There were bikes from many different
manufacturers, including Specialized, Cannondale and
even Giant, but it looked like most of the ;eld were aboard
It was a grueling 45-minute race, with hard climbs and
all that technical stuff, as well as a good wind and a lot of
Race sponsor Bosch put up $5000 to the charity of the Industry
Challenge winner’s choice. Mike Kluge won, and the money went
to the Monterey Off-Road Cycling Association.
Bike companies, component companies, sports drinks and more
bring their newest bike stuff. There’s free stuff, test rides and
more. It’s busy on the ;rst two weekdays and ;lled wall-to-wall
with people on the weekend.