It is almost summer in Europe, and the trails scouts for the Perskindol Swiss Epic have had access to many trails in the warm spring weather. So much of the route has been set, and is ready to be confirmed.
More details on each stage will follow in the coming weeks. The 2017 Perskindol Swiss Epic also offers the exclusive opportunity to ride considerable parts of the Marathon World Championships route in advance of the 2019 event to take place in Grächen, and to do so in a racing environment – the ultimate practice run!
Overview of the 2017 Perskindol Swiss Epic
Prologue: Monday, 11.9.2017: Grächen
Epic and Flow: 20km, 650m climbing, 1200m downhill
Stage 1: Tuesday, 12.9.2017: Grächen – Leukerbad
Epic: 92km, 3100m climbing; Flow: 62km, 1400m climbing, 4000m downhill
Stage 2: Wednesday, 13.9.2017: Leukerbad – Leukerbad
Epic: 74km, 2500m climbing; Flow: 59km, 1500m climbing, 3100m downhill
Stage 3: Thursday, 14.9.2017: Leukerbad – Leukerbad
Flow day! Epic and Flow: 46km, 1500m climbing, 2500m downhill
Stage 4: Friday, 15.9.2017: Leukerbad – Zermatt
Epic: 85km, 2800m; Flow: 53km, 1100m climbing, 2000m of climbing
Stage 5: Saturday, 16.9.2017: Zermatt – Zermatt
Epic: 45km, 1900m climbing; Flow: 35km, 850m climbing, 1800m downhill
The official registration deadline is 31 July 2017. However – starting places are limited and the motto is, first come, first served! So if you definitely want to take part, it’s best to register now and book your desired all-inclusive package for the alpine singletrack experience from 11 to 16 September 2017.
Why should you race the Perskindol Swiss Epic?
This can be summarised into three words: trails, experience, service.
The Perskindol Swiss Epic trumps pretty much every other stage race our team has competed in for all those three areas. The trails in Switzerland are sublime. You won’t be subjected to technical singletrack for every kilometre, instead it mixes ancient trails with new flow trails, bike path with trails only open just for the race, and high alpine singletrack that riders travel the world to ride.
The experience of riding, and racing, that in a pair is beyond compare. You start and finish in established alpine towns with all the services you need – most of them part of the race entry: bike wash, massage, meals, mechanic service, secure bike storage and of course your accommodation. The service at the Swiss Epic beats any other race.