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Industry all-stars compete in first ever electric mountain bike race at Kamikaze Bike Games

Mammoth Lakes, Calif. – On Saturday September 17th near the base of California’s Mammoth Mountain ski resort, the legendary Kamikaze Bike Games held its first ever electric mountain bike race, the TLD Boogaloo epowered by Bosch. 32 riders competed in this inaugural invite-only race, presented by Troy Lee Designs and Bosch eBike Systems, including legends from the cycling, motocross, and action sports worlds like Nat Ross, Jeff Ward, Mike Metzger, and Victor Sheldon, to name a few.

Victor Sheldon, a decorated athlete in both personal watercraft and cycle racing, clinched first place on a Bosch Performance Line CX equipped eMTB. In a show of bike industry solidarity, Sheldon donated the $2,000 Boogaloo Grand Prize from Troy Lee Designs and Bosch to support BMX Olympic athlete Sam Willoughby’s recovery from a recent serious injury (#strengthfor91).

“I want to extend a big thanks to all the racers for coming out and all the support,” said Troy Lee, Owner of Troy Lee Designs. “We planted a seed for sure and hope we can make it two times bigger next year.”

“Bosch was super stoked to work with Troy Lee Designs, Mammoth Mountain, and Transworld to pull off the first eMTB invitational at the historic Kamikaze Games,” said Claudia Wasko, General Manager of Bosch eBike Systems Americas. “Back in the ‘80s, Kamikaze changed bike racing as we know it, and now with the addition of electric mountain biking, they’re proving they’re still on the cutting edge.”

The race featured only Class 1 eMTBs from Trek, Specialized, Bulls, Haibike, and KTM, which have top assisted speed of 20 mph and are pedal-assist only (no throttle). Racers competed in four heats of eight, with the top four in each heat advancing to the finals.

About Bosch eBike Systems
A new generation of bikes is taking town and country by storm and is already a part of everyday life. eBikes are a modern means of transport for modern people: people in a hurry and people who prefer to take it easy, the fit and the comfort lovers, commuters and pleasure cyclists and, of course, young and old. The tailwind of eBikes made by over 29 leading brands in North America is powered by components that Bosch is developing to perfection. The Bosch portfolio ranges from the highly efficient drive unit (motor and gearbox) and high-quality batteries to a smart on-board and cycle computer that can be used intuitively. Perfect coordination of components holds the key to typical Bosch performance, comfort, and efficiency.

Like other Bosch products, the eBike systems benefit from the Bosch Group’s technology and production know-how. From conception and engineering to manufacturing, marketing and after-sales service, Bosch eBike Systems constantly set new standards for the eBike industry. The Bosch Group’s experience in the areas of electric motors, sensor technology, displays and lithium-ion batteries ensures that Bosch eBike systems use technology that is invented for life and that eBike users have their fun.

For more information please visit www.bosch-ebike.com

About Bosch
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, twitter.com/BoschPresse

First Ever e-MTB Race at Kamikaze Bike Games - September 2016

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