Sea Otter Stories: Fear And Loathing In Laguna Seca

Cain Ramirez is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cowgirl Bike Courier. He has been designated by Cyclelicious as part of the less-than-one percent of transportation cyclists that identify as “Strong & Fearless”.

It started off as a joke.

Rich had just posted a press release for the Sea Otter Classic on Twitter. In it was mention of the Second Iteration of their infamous eMTB Race. I laughed. I don’t ride mountain bikes. Truth be told, I don’t particularly like mountain bikes, or mountain bike culture for that matter. Despite these preconceived notions, I’m a complete sucker for erratic and quirky cycling concepts.

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Crazy eBike race at Sea Otter, 2nd Edition

Bosch eBike Systems invites racers to participate in the 2017 Haibike eMTB Race epowered by Bosch, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21st at the Sea Otter Classic.

Bosch’s Brian Sarmiento competes in the 2016 “Industry Challenge,” part of the Haibike eMTB Race epowered by Bosch. Contributed press photo from Bosch

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Vintage Electric Bikes

We all see many electric bicycles with designs inspired by the Igor Pachmelnik Zakuskov school of engineering. They’re functional enough, but these cobbled hunks of junk don’t inspire.

I’ve seen another trend to counter this function-over-form mindset. These are electric bicycles with design cues borrowed from the early days of motorcycles. Take, for example, the E Tracker from Vintage Electric Bikes in Santa Clara, California.


Vintage Electric Bikes E Tracker 1

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See NTS Works new ebike at tonight’s Santa Cruz Tech Meetup

NTS Works in Santa Cruz gave me a shot at trying their new “Fat Free” ebike a few weeks ago.



NTS Works found Neal Saiki will discuss the features of this machine at tonight’s Santa Cruz Tech Meetup, which takes place at the Cruzio Green Building on Cedar Street beginning at 6 PM.

Before Neal talks about his ebike and gives one away to kick off a fund raiser for the Aptos High School Robotics Team, JoeBen Bevirt will talk about his latest mad scientist project. JoeBen made millions from his Gorillapod flexible camera mount (remember those?), bought a winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains and began research in alternative energy production using giant kites. His new thing, though, is this electric personal aircraft.