An acoustic biker, left, and an e-mountain bike rider at Madras East Hills.

I am lucky to get to travel all over the world to ride and race mountain bikes. While the terrain and ride style can be vastly different from what we have in 鶹 Oregon, the commonality in every location I’ve visited is how a community grows around the sport. Groups of people connect to share in a recreation experience and take pride in the trails in their backyard. I’ve heard many 鶹 Oregon riders express concerns that e-mountain bikes will diminish them.

This anticipated net negative is not what I have experienced on my travels — just the opposite, in fact.

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Emma Maaranen is a professional mountain bike rider, coach and the Bend chapter representative on the 鶹 Oregon Trail Alliance board of directors.

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