Okay, they are not being used directly in a competitive sport, but one is being used in the track cycling keirin event to set the pace for the competitive track cyclists.
The pace cycle (usually a gas powered moped or motorcycle) sets a pace for the racing cyclists and gradually increases from 25 to 50 km/h for 5 1/2 laps when they pull to the side and let the racing track cyclists duke it out for the remaining 2 1/2 laps.
It can be a very exciting style of bike racing with high speed crashes on the steep embankments of the track!
Here is a video of the eBike on the track. This particular eBike looks like it does not have pedals:
Bosch sees a bright future in the electric bike industry. They believe that in the future 30% to 40% of all bicycles sold will be electric bikes! Learn more about what this industry powerhouse thinks about the future of the industry.
“The E-Bike Boom”
Speaking of industry optimism, Tern Bicycles put together this interesting set of infographics about the current and future E-Bike Boom.
Checkout the new Tern Elektron folding eBike with the Bosch Active line mid drive system.
Baltimore Bike & eBike Share
Baltimore is rolling out a new bike share program that includes electric bikes.
Domino’s Pizza in New Zealand will soon be delivering by eBike! “Domino’s will use electric bikes for all pizza deliveries from Auckland stores in Ponsonby and Kingsland later this year, before rolling the bikes out through the rest of the country. The pizza franchise, which made a record profit of A$92 million (NZ$98m) for the year to June 30, already has e-bikes in more than 600 Australian stores.”
Front Loader Cargo Kit
Want to carry more cargo? Checkout this cargo bike kit from LIFT that creates a front loader cargo bike using your existing eBike.