Freezing cold met the riders at the start of the Snow Bike Festival in the middle of the picturesque Promenade in Gstaad. After the opening prologue, the first stage of the race took riders down the valley towards Saanen. Temperatures headed downwards as well, as riders had to endure -18°C in the shade, before embarking […]
On 27th February, Justin Morris is starting the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge – it’s an epic route across the Simpson Desert, where riders are sponsored to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This isn’t just an event you choose to do on a whim, it takes some calculated planning, fundraising, and getting the right […]
The Simpson Desert Bike Challenge is unofficially the world’s oldest mountain bike stage race. It has been running annually since 1987 when a group of hardy cyclists attempted to race from one end of Australia’s largest desert to the other on rather rudimentary 26inch mountain bikes. Today the race takes on a slightly different appearance […]
With the veritable explosion of fatbikes, it was only a matter of time until ski resorts adopted fatbikes, and the Snow Bike Festival in Gstaad is an excellent example. Why not cater for another user group? There’s no need for it to feel like a snowboard invasion all over again. The first edition of the […]
‘Fat bikes’, have long been relatively unheard of in my home country of Australia. However, this year I have found myself living in the truly arctic conditions of a town named Traverse City, Michigan. For 5 months of the year here the temperature struggles to rise above 0C! One would imagine this would be no destination […]
After Friday’s gruelling climbs and rapid descents, the riders faced their final challenge, a 300m ascent to Gerschnialp. Spain’s Ibon Zugasti again proved his strength on the climb, as he moved up the rankings and secured the final race victory of the first Snow Epic. Following closely was Switzerland’s Silvio Büsser, who beat Tomi Misser […]
The final day of the Snow Epic! We have some photos first up, results, video and a report to follow.
The inaugural Snow Epic changed tack sharply on its second day on Friday, introducing the more than 120 fat bikers to the steep slopes above Engelberg and testing both their climbing legs and their downhill skills. After Race 1’s cross country-type course with few long climbs, on Friday the riders took on the Brunni making […]
The Snow Epic has already started in Engelberg, Switzerland. And yesterday, we had a small gallery of the racing. Big names from the mountain bike world are racing, including Esther Süss and even Bart Brentjens. Esther Süss from Switzerland, a two time Absa Cape Epic winner, took home first place in the women’s race with a […]
The first fat bike specific stage race, the Snow Epic, has started in Engelberg, Switzlerand, overnight. We will have a report and video up soon, but here are a few photos courteousy of Sportzpics.