Snow Bike Festival, Gstaad – stage 3
Jan24

Snow Bike Festival, Gstaad – stage 3

Weather is what it is on race day and the alpine weather was certainly doing its best to challenge us! After the previous stage’s sub zero temperatures and firm snow, a warm overnight front turned snow to rain up to the higher reaches of the Gstaad valley. The organisers had no choice but to reduce the 29km of racing and 786m of climbing to just over 17km in order to keep the route flowing and avoid the snow turned slush that now...

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Snow Bike Festival, Gstaad – Stage 2
Jan22

Snow Bike Festival, Gstaad – Stage 2

What a difference 24 hours makes in the mountains weather wise. With overnight snow and sub zero temperatures, the riding conditions had changed dramatically, the snowpack becoming harder and infinitely more rideable, up and down. It was one of those riding days where you actually look forward to heading out for a few hours in the cold. And today didn’t disappoint. Within 300m we were heading upwards, a 6km climb to wake up the legs...

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Snow Bike Festival, Gstaad – Stage 1
Jan21

Snow Bike Festival, Gstaad – Stage 1

As with any outdoor event in the mountains, expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather and come prepared! Stage 1 of the Snow Bike Festival had every type of snow to challenge the riding ability of even the most skilled riders. Quite how the UCI riders made it through on their skinny tyres, I’m not sure, maybe just by sheer speed and strength! It was certainly a day of contrast from the valley trails to higher passes, but no...

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Snow Bike Festival, Gstaad – Prologue
Jan20

Snow Bike Festival, Gstaad – Prologue

Snow’s snow right? Well, that’s what I thought before I started winter fatbiking, not just for fun, but a necessity as the only way to keep pedaling during the snowy winter months here in the mountains. The variation in conditions from ‘warm’ 4-5 degrees to persistent sub zero temperatures to wet, heavy snow make a real difference to whether it is going to be a fast ride or a bit of slog with plenty of hike-a-bike where even the...

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