I may or may not have helped sponsor an e-bike at this past weekend's Winter Short Track Race.
For those that don't understand the difference between a regular bike and an e-bike other than the letter "e," here you go:
Now that we're all on the same page...
The bike was there and the rider was willing and the rules... well, there aren't any against racing on an e-bike.
It only lasted a few laps. He was noticed about ten minutes in, called out, asked to stop... went one more lap and then returned to rejoice in the fact that he went from a regular old beginner class rider to getting one step away from a podium in the Super Sport class with plenty of time left on the clock to keep moving up.
"that guy" doesn't exist.
I know exactly how Dr Ian Malcolm feels about that.
If I get into my later years and this is the only "how" that I can get around in the woods still... sure. Or maybe if some other health condition sets in that limits my abilities to do the one thing that floats my boat or finds my lost remote... dunno.
But what is interesting is that everything I've heard about local encounters with e-bikes (outside of interfering in a certain bike race) has been nothing less than positive. No tales of e-bikers tearing up trails or bombing single track and barreling other users over. Nobody looking to terrorize STRAVA (not that I would care if they did). Just people having a good time in the woods instead of watching TV or playing fantasy sports balls.
Such a gray area, this whole e-bike thing. I don't even know where I stand or if I even need to... or who even does?
Except mebbe racing. I'd like to see some rules there... because some might say that common sense should keep the e-bikes out, but we all know there's nothing common about common sense.