30 eSC riders will race around a purpose-built track in the heart of the picturesque Swiss city, thrilling thousands of spectators and an international TV audience as well as spreading the message of micromobility. The event will be part of the International Transition Festival being held in Sion from 24-29 May which celebrates the move towards a more sustainable society, focusing on a variety of themes from daily life including mobility and transportation. The Festival is the ideal backdrop for an eSC event, with educational workshops, displays and presentations about ways to achieve greener, safer cities.
Sion is now the second city to be announced by eSC, with further locations in France, Italy, Spain and the USA soon to be released. As with all the cities to be announced, eSC aims to bring together micromobility stakeholders to collaborate on promoting smarter, safer and more sustainable mobility choices for all.
Hrag Sarkissian, eSkootr Championship™ Co-founder and CEO, said:
“We’re delighted to announce Sion as an eSC host city partner, providing a fantastic destination for one of the very first rounds of our brand-new sport. Both the city and the Canton of Valais have a deep commitment to pursuing better, more sustainable solutions for their citizens, and an appreciation for the real-world relevance eSC brings as they seek to address the implications of a rapidly changing mobility landscape.
Our vision is for events that are an inner-city festival of racing and entertainment, so the combination of this breathtaking location and the wider context of the International Transition Festival will provide the perfect backdrop for inspiring a new movement for safer, greener and more liveable cities here in Switzerland, and globally.”
Philippe Varone, President of the City of Sion, said:
“With its autonomous shuttles, the City of Sion has been a pioneer in the field of electric mobility. This international festival and its e-scooter world championship are in line with this commitment and will be a great showcase for popularising electromobility with the public."
Frédéric Favre, President of the Cantonal Government
“This carbon-neutral festival and competition is a plus for an innovative Valais! This is an excellent example of what we can and must do in terms of sustainable development. This event is fully in line with the vision of my department and that of the Agenda 2030 of the State of Valais aimed at limiting greenhouse gases as much as possible.”
Christophe Darbellay, State Councillor in charge of the economy and training
”The eSkootr Championship is an opportunity to highlight a sport combining micromobility, sustainable development and technology. Valais and Sion are the ideal place to host the first edition: sport, innovation, tourism and dynamism will be on the program. Carbon neutral, 100% pleasure!”