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 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 stage race will be held under Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) MTB rules and is open to both amateurs and professionals.
The 4-day stage race will feature a prologue on Thursday (Jan. 18th) and then three main stages (from Friday to Sunday, Jan. 19th to 21st). The prologue will be a short time trial course. The other stages will each be between 35km and 35km in length with 600m to 1000m of climbing. Riding times should range from 3 to 5 hours per stage. The scenery on these stages is stunning. Riders will be met by incredible views as they ride amongst one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world.