Last weeks big announcement concerning the launch of all the official Enduro World Series and EWS-E teams made for very interesting reading with some big names shifting pit spaces under the radar. It also had some notable additions in terms of teams and with no fewer than 39 official squads listed, stands as the biggest entry list in EWS history.
In amongst those debut teams was the inclusion of Husqvarna E-Bicycles Racing. With the company’s roots tracable back to musket production in 1689, they became perhaps most famous for the motorcycles that they’ve been producing since 1903. The brand name became synonymous with off-road racing and have secured no fewer than 70 world titles in that realm. Now, they’re branching into e-bikes and have targeted the EWS-E championship as the perfect domain in which to compete, learn and improve their products in a similar fashion as to how their petrol-powered namesakes have evolved.
They’ve enlisted an experience name to spearhead the campaign too. Alexandre Fayolle is set to join the shark tank of already extremely fast French riders who populate the enduro MTB scene with a historic win at the 2017 UCI World Cup downhill race in Lourdes already amidst his palmares. He has also competed at one of the most extreme mountain bike races in the world at Red Bull Hardline.
“I’m really excited to share the news that I’ll race the EWS-E with Husqvarna E-Bicycles,” Alex said.
“I’ve been bursting to tell everyone for a while now, so it’s cool to make it official. This move to enduro, on an eMTB, is just what I need. I’ve found something again that I’d lost with downhill, that’s having fun on my bike. Now I just want to get out there to ride and race and enjoy it all. Everything about this move is new for me, but I’m ready to give my best. I actually owned a Husqvarna e-bike last year as a training bike but jumping on the new Mountain Cross 7 is impressive. With the mullet wheel size it surprises me every time I ride - it’s fast for sure. For EWS-E, I feel like I’ve got a great team behind me. We’re a small, but tight, crew and in racing that’s what works best. Of course, enduro is a new world for me - I know there will be a lot to learn - but I think enduro is more of what I’m looking for in my future. I can’t wait to get started with Husqvarna E-Bicycles Racing, we’re going to have a lot of fun.”
The Husqvarna E-Bicycles Mountain Cross 7 looks to be a lot more complete than a stickered-up test mule as well. With Shimano’s latest generation EP8 drive unit at it’s heart it promises to deliver 630Wh whilst being backed up by drivetrain and brakes also sourced from the iconic Japanese brand. The bike is mixed wheel size and is running 150mm of suspension travel via Fox Racing Shox suspension.
“This is a big milestone for Husqvarna E-Bicycles, so we’re really excited to go racing with Husqvarna E-Bicycles Racing and Alexandre Fayolle,” said Mr. Hubert Trunkenpolz from the Executive Board, PIERER Mobility AG
“The EWS-E has shown itself as a championship we need to be a part of and 2021 is the right time for us to go racing. We’ve worked hard to develop our e-bikes and we’re looking forward to testing them at the highest level possible. Alexandre is an incredibly talented rider and it will be exciting to see what he can do with our Mountain Cross 7 on the world stage.”
To find out more about the Husqvarna E-Bicycles racing set up and all of the latest team and tech news from around the world of the Enduro World Series and EWS-E then listen and subscribe to The Enduro World Series Podcast.