Alta Motors, the San Francisco based company, is ready to take on one of the most grueling off-road races of the world. It has officially announced that it is going to participate in the 2018 Erzberg Rodeo.

Alta Motors has been working tirelessly to improve its electric motorcycles, and it has come a long way. It is the first electric motorcycle OEM to participate in such a serious motorsport.

Representing Alta Motors will be two extremely talented and expert riders. The first one is Ty Tremaine. He has years of off-road riding experience and is currently racing with Alta in the 2018 AMA EnduroCross series. Giving him company will be Lyndon Poskitt. He has competed in a number of enduro events, including the Ezberg Rodeo. He has also finished the 2018 Dakar Rally riding solo.


Speaking about Alta Motors’ participation in Erzberg Rodeo, Derek Dorresteyn, Alta Motors CTO, and Co-Founder said, “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.”

He further added, “The race comes at a time when electric bikes are struggling for acceptance in international competition. We are grateful that 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.”

It is good to know that electric motorcycles are also given equal status and rights like the conventional two-wheelers. Considering the fact that most of the vehicles in the future are going to be electric, we should be allowing them to participate and ‘live’ just like regular vehicles.


Alta Motors’ entry in the 2018 Erzberg Rodeo is a big deal not only for the company itself but also for the entire electric motorcycle industry. Its treacherous course will test how capable the Redshifts are. Alta Motors will also benefit from all the data that it will gather to improve its motorcycles.

The other is at stake for Alta Motors is its reputation. If it completes the 2018 Erzberg Rodeo, then the world will applause and appreciate its guts and machines. But, in case, it fails, then it should be ready to take on all the negative comments and criticism. However, I think that’s also a plus point. It is the criticism that helps one to improve and learn. Whatever the outcome of the race will be, according to me, Alta Motors is going to benefit from it a lot. Best of luck, Alta!