Alta to enter Erzberg lunacy with electric enduro bike

Hard enduro on an electric bike. Only the Americans would be so bold...

Alta to enter Erzberg lunacy with electric enduro bike

ALTA Motors will make two-wheel history as the first electric motorcycle factory race team to compete for the podium at the Erzberg Rodeo.

Ty Tremaine and Lyndon Poskitt will ride the next generation of Alta’s popular off-road Redshift to compete against gas-bike competitors. By entering the Erzberg Rodeo, Alta continues to prove that its electric motorcycles are capable of competing at the highest level.

Part of the Red Bull Hard Enduro Series, Erzberg Rodeo is a 35km race in the mountains of Austria where riders attempt to summit steep hillclimbs and daunting obstacles such as rock beds, boulder fields, and slick, wooded sections.

More than 2000 riders attempt to qualify for 500 starting slots in the main event. Only a small handful go on to finish the race within the four-hour time limit. In 2017, only 25 riders completed the race, and in 2016, only 9.

Erzberg will be Tremaine’s first time tackling Erzberg, but his experience as a two-time X Games Finals competitor signals he will be a force to be reckoned with on the “Iron Mountain.”

“Having the opportunity to make history by riding the first electric is an honor,” commented Tremaine. “After the past few months racing the Redshift, I am confident it will give me my best shot at conquering the Iron Mountain.”

Alta also secured  professional off-road racer, Dakar rally veteran, and producer of the popular off-road motorcycle travel series, Races to Places, Poskitt to race the Redshift at Erzberg. His extensive experience as a professional rider and previous participation at Erzberg will make him a serious contender at this year’s race.

“After challenging Erzberg on a rally bike last year, I’m eager to see what I can accomplish on a premium bike that is designed specifically for this environment,” said Poskitt.

“Partnering with Alta made sense because they’ve built a bike that delivers the control and power critical for this type of race—it just happens to be electric.”