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.”
+ 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
2017 Snow Bike Festival - Gstaad (Nick Muzik)