Electric motorcycles from Zero will play an important role in this year’s Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race. They will be used as part of the race’s motorized support fleet during the men’s Big Bear Lake Time Trial stage. Zero electric motorcycles are especially well suited for supporting bicycle racing since there is no exhaust or noxious fumes for the athletes to inhale. Because they make almost no sound, the athletes will be able to hear clearly any team instructions given by radio.
This will be the first time an electric motorcycle has been used in the eleven year history of the Amgen Tour of California, the most prestigious international cycling event in North America. Together, the seven day men’s and the four day women’s events attract world champions, Olympic medalists, and Tour de France stage winners from around the world. They will compete on one of the most scenic and challenging courses on the international racing calendar.
Starting in Sacramento and finishing in Pasadena, the men’s race will be contested by 16 teams along 575 miles of coastlines, highways and mountain roads. The 16 women’s teams will compete across 257 miles through South Lake Tahoe, Elk Grove and Sacramento. This year’s event will feature top UCI WorldTour teams with some of the world’s best riders.
“The Amgen Tour of California is proud to partner with best-in-category companies, and Zero Motorcycles will be a valuable addition to the Big Bear Time Trial stage this year, while also furthering our sustainability efforts for the race overall,” said Kristin Klein, Amgen Tour of California president and executive vice president of AEG Sports.
The Big Bear Lake Time Trial is 14.2 miles long and has 400 feet of elevation change. The cyclists depart the starting line one by one in a race against the clock. The short distance course allows cyclists to “drain their tanks” with one, huge effort, with most riders averaging speeds of about 30 miles per hour. mph. If only gasoline powered support vehicles were used, the race would have a significant carbon footprint. Using electric vehicles instead will dramatically shrink that footprint and permit the athletes to perform at the highest levels.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the Amgen Tour of California in bringing electric motorcycles to this prestigious race,” said Todd Andersen, vice president of marketing, sales and aftersales at Zero Motorcycles. “Our powertrain’s relative silence and zero emissions are particularly well suited to the needs of elite athletes in competition. We’re excited at the prospect of growing our relationship to expand the use of Zeros across even more stages of the Amgen TOC in the coming years.”
Source: TransWorld Motocross Photo credit: Amgen Tour of California