If there’s an emotional home to the birth of the MarathonMTB.com website it is the Engadin Valley. After travelling to St Moritz from Verbier after the 2010 Grand Raid, but before the National Park Bike Marathon, it was clear that St Moritz and the Upper Engadine Valley in general was a training haven.
Further trips in later years for training and holidays proved it. The trails had lots of variety, from flat cycle paths, to Swiss National Routes, an IMBA Epic Ride and of course the Flow Trails. Hidden in plain sight were all the hiking trails, ancient routes trodden by centuries of walkers, hikers and smugglers making the trip up from Italy. All these trails are open for mountain biking too, if you can handle them.
And now, the valley has a stage race, a 3 day event running in early summer. Sitting at around 1800m, the race is high, but not as high as something like the Breck Epic. It’s also close to some other great things to do, like riding the Bernina Express, taking a visit to Livigno (by bike, car or bus), or descending way down through the Maloja Pass and travelling to Lake Como.