International Cycling

UCI points up for grabs in the snow!

2017-01-20 22:39
2017 Snow Bike Festival - Gstaad (Nick Muzik)

Cape Town - Recent snow falls and now colder weather and blue skies of Gstaad in Switzerland provided the perfect playground for the hosting of the third Snow Bike Festival.

Race directors Herman Coertze and Evert van Muyden are “extremely pleased to make history in the biking world by hosting the very first UCI race on snow. We are looking forward to seeing the UCI professionals compete on this surface for the very first time. We also believe this will be an exciting opportunity for amateur riders to test themselves against the top pros.”

Prologue + 3 Stages

Thursday saw riders lay down their markers in a short and sharp prologue of just 7km. Over the next three days, an adventurous field of pros and amateurs alike will ride three stages alongside rivers, up and down mountains, through forests, and all manner of snowy terrain you can imagine.

“A UCI race on snow! I never thought it would be possible, but thanks to the very great and professional organisation, plus Gstaad as the perfect host town it all came together. Probably the most special UCI points that you can win in Switzerland,” says Christoph Sauser (2008 MTB world champion & Olympic bronze medalist in Sydney 2000).

The introduction of the Snow Bike Festival into the UCI calendar will not only ensure riders can collect valuable UCI points, but also guarantees a total prize money in excess of CHF 7’000 (R100 000).

2017 Snow Bike Festival - Gstaad (Nick Muzik)

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