Alta Motors, the California-based electric motorcycle manufacturer, has announced Ty Tremaine and Lyndon Poskitt will race the Erzberg Rodeo in the Austrian mountains later this month. Tremaine and Poskitt will ride the next generation of Alta’s popular off-road Redshift and in doing so, Alta will make two-wheeled history as the first electric motorcycle factory race team to compete at the famed event, which began in 1995
Part of the Red Bull Hard Enduro Series, the Erzberg Rodeo is a 21-mile extreme enduro race where competitors face some of the most difficult terrain imaginable. More than 2,000 riders attempt to qualify for 500 starting slots in the main event, and only a small handful go on to finish the race within the four-hour time limit. In 2017, only 25 riders completed the race, 16 more than 2016.
This year’s Erzberg event will be Tremaine’s first time racing it, but his experience of being the 2015 SuperEnduro Junior World Champion and a three-time EnduroCross Junior champion will undoubtedly serve him well in the difficult conditions.
“Having the opportunity to make history by riding the first electric bike is an honor,” Tremaine said. “After the past few months racing the Redshift, I am confident it will give me my best shot at conquering the Iron Mountain.”
As a professional off-road racer, Dakar rally veteran, and producer of the popular off-road motorcycle travel series, Races to Places, Poskitt has a background, especially his having raced Erzberg before, that should also help him in 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,” Poskitt said. “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.”
Derek Dorresteyn, Alta Motors’ Chief Technical Officer and co-founder, is pleased to have the Redshift compete in another type of competition such as Erzberg, as the bike was raced in Red Bull Straight Rhythm this past year and will be piloted by Tremaine in this year’s EnduroCross series as well.
“We built the Redshift to compete head to head with the best gas bikes in the most brutal environments in the world. The Erzberg extreme enduro is the place to demonstrate that,” Dorresteyn said. “The race comes at a time when electric bikes are struggling for acceptance in international competition. We are grateful the Erzberg organizers share our belief that competition should be about advancing technology—not restricting it—and that they are providing a platform to demonstrate that electrics should have the right to compete.”