Lets Go E-Bikes!
15th August 2022
Last modified on August 17th, 2022
PlanetSKI’s Alf Alderson reports from the Tignes – Val d’Isere E-Bike Festival. Here are his thoughts on the event…NEW
I’m not even going to get into the increasingly pointless arguments about e-bikes v ‘real’ bikes.
Suffice to say if you still think that’s an argument worth having, it isn’t.
You need to get yourself to an event like the recent E-Bike Festival in Tignes/Val d’Isere.
Well, there are several reasons.
You may wish to see competitors in the E-Bike World Tour duking it out on the 85-km E-Tour de Haute Tarentaise.
It also involved 6,100m of climbing.
Easy with an e-bike you say?
Ha! You try it.
Victories for French riders Hugo Pigeon and Laura Charles.
You may want to compete yourself in the Bosch E-MTB Challenge.
It gathered together more than 100 novice and expert e-bikers to test their orienteering, riding and battery management skills.
All over a choice of Red or Black routes featuring 35km of undulating trails with 1,000m of climbing.
And, thank you very much, a well-stocked food station.
Or you might prefer the more relaxed options of hanging out in the festival villages in each resort.
You could try everything from fine-dining ‘Gourmet Tours’ by e-bike.
Then discovering the joy of e-road riding on the mythical Col de l’Iseran.
Let me tell you, ‘joy’ is the last word you’d use to describe riding up this beast on a ‘regular’ bike.
Or just spend hours testing the latest e-bike models from leading e-bike manufacturers.
Being a bit of a lazy bones I went for the e-bike testing and hooning around on the excellent trails in each resort.
I found that what really makes this event so much fun is the inclusivity.
E-bikes, for obvious reasons, appeal to all ages, sizes and shapes of rider.
As such there’s an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere about the event, with lots of smiles and general bonhomie.
As far as I’m concerned that is what riding a bike should be all about – electrified or otherwise.
They talk about the ‘e-bike smile’ and it’s readily apparent all weekend at an event like the Tignes – Val d’Isere E-Bike Festival.
But be warned.
If you don’t already have an e-mountain bike when you go to an event like this, you’ll either come away with one or find that an e-mtb has suddenly gone to the top of your Christmas pressie list.
Even if you have to buy said pressie for yourself.