Urban e-bike brand Ampler has come a long way since its founders—a professional motocross racer, an engineer and a bicycle designer—built the first prototype in their home garage.
Following a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2016, Ampler now has three stylish lightweight urban e-bikes to its name (the Curt, Stout and Stellar).
For a second year running, the modest Estonian company is giving away one of its models for free to a cyclist who is willing to take it on a 1,000 km test ride.
Last year Dutch cyclist Alain Buffing took on the first-ever Ampler Challenge, riding an Ampler e-bike on an 800 km trip from Amsterdam to Berlin in six days.
Buffing managed the trip without any prior preparations which Ampler believes helps “showcase that electric bikes take away both physical and mental barriers from cycling—and that anyone can do it.”
The challenge has been organised by Ampler to show people how e-bikes can break down potential barriers presented by cycling and how it can help the environment. In the same light, the French government has also offered its citizens a financial incentive for purchasing an e-bike.
As the brand points out in its press release, “riding an electric bike results in a 12x reduction in CO2 emissions per kilometre compared to a passenger car (22 g/km vs. 271 g/km),” while also aiding with steep hills and long distances thanks to the concealed motor.
The challenge is open to anybody as long as you submit your application before 26th May. In order to apply, each applicant will have to plan a route up to 1,000 km on either Komoot, Strava or Google Maps that is entirely in Europe, providing a link to Ampler.
Then, you will need to write a short overview about yourself and why you want to take on the challenge while also picking the Ampler bike that you would like to use for the journey.
Ampler will then pick the lucky applicants, providing them with a bike to take on the ride. Even better, the brand will also provide you with accommodation along the route and support.
When the challenge is complete, if you like the bike, Ampler will then let you keep the bike for free. So, if you’re in the market for an electric commuter and would like to take it for a quick 1,000 km spin around the block then visit the Ampler website for more details here.