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Snow Bike Festival

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Event type:
MTB Stage
Event dates:
14 Jan 2021 - 4 day event
Event has happened for this year
Race Organiser:
Snow Bike Festival
Race Director:
Maximilian Wussler


Snow Bike Festival

The Snow Bike Festival is a 4-day mountain biking stage race that takes place in the snow covered Swiss alps. The event has seen competitors from across the globe congregate in the stunning region of GSTAAD (Switzerland), creating a genuinely international atmosphere. The world’s first UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) race on snow sees professional mountain bikers and aspiring amateurs from around the world head to the trails and slopes around GSTAAD, to compete in one of the most unique mountain biking environments in the world. The next edition of the Snow Bike Festival will take place in GSTAAD from January 18th to 21st 2018.

Riders can choose from a range of bikes to ride with; a normal mountain bike, a plusbike or a fatbike. The choice is yours! The option for riders to swap bikes between stages, adds an additional thrilling dimension to the racing, as (especially the professional riders) will not only battle it out physically on the course, but will also have to choose the best tactic, in terms of bike selection. Exciting racing is guaranteed.

The Snow Bike Festival will be run under UCI rules (for MTB stage races). The routes for the 2018 Snow Bike Festival will be published in fall 2017.

Over the 4 days, riders take on a prologue and 3 stages. In the process they will tackle 100km of snow covered trails and 2’500m of climbing.

Furthermore, riders will have the chance to compete in the thrilling Eliminator Night Race (not part of the UCI Stage Race). Small groups of riders will compete on a short specially prepared track, eliminating each other to determine the ultimate winner and it all happens under lights!

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The UCI has held its very first bike race on snow at Gstaad in Switzerland.
Last year the event attracted a few hundred people but this year, with the surprise endorsement by the UCI as a level 2 stage race event and it’s associated UCI XC ranking points on offer, the field suddenly gained attraction with a reasonable number of pro riders. Maybe it was the location – maybe it was the opportunity to race on snow, or maybe it was the chance to grab some UCI points while no one else was looking. Whatever the reasons there was a a grand turnout.
Commonly known as a wintery celebrity hang-out, regularly hosting and being praised by the likes of Madonna, Roger Moore and Kofi Annan, this high-scale ski resort in Switzerland looks to be changing up their image with the 2017 Snow Bike Festival. After an excited response from participants after last year’s event, the Snow Bike Festival announced a long-term partnership with GSTAAD to host in the postcard worthy region until at least 2019. This year’s accreditation by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) will also make it the very first UCI race taking place on snow.
Each year thousands of Brits flock to winter wonderland mountains for fresh powdery snow to carve up with their skis, sledges and snowboards. However, if you’re not into that sort of winter action, then why not try snow-biking?
Wer eine neue Erfahrung auf dem Mountainbike sucht, egal ob Profi oder Amateur, der sollte sich den 18.-21. Januar 2018 im Kalender anstreichen. Das Snow Bike Festival ist definitiv eine Reise wert und verspricht vier Action-reiche, super geplante Tage mit schönstem Alpenpanorama. Ein Top-Event zum Saisonstart – in meinen Augen.

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