No trail twice and no e-bike: True to these rules, the two amateur mountain bikers Christoph Fässler (1992) and Ralph Van Den Berg (1985) set a new world record on 20 July 2021. Within 16 hours, the two rode 20,845 metres of altitude downhill in Davos Klosters. No wonder: the Swiss biking destination is known for sheer endless single trails and its railway tour. The latter served as inspiration for this world record. "The Bahnentour with around 10,000 metres of depth is my favourite tour in Davos Klosters. I rode it several times beforehand as preparation," says Ralph Van Den Berg.
The two started at four in the morning. Without interruption, the two rode each descent on a new trail. The schedule was extremely tight. After more than 16 hours of trail and mountain riding, the GPS device showed the targeted 20845 metres of descent. Done! They thus beat the official single trail world record by 229 metres of descent.
Incidentally, the single trail world record has a long tradition and is primarily set by Swiss riders. Thomas Giger, together with René Wildhaber, set the first bar in 2010 at 12,555 metres of depth. Three years later, together with Thomas Frischknecht, he raised his own record to 13,572 depth metres. It was then the twins Caroline and Anita Gehrig who took over the title in Vinschgau. In 2014, they raised the record to 15,117 depth metres. A year later, Ken Imhasly and Alain Gwerder broke the 20,000 barrier in the Valais for the first time, until they were now officially replaced by Christoph Fässler and Ralph Van Den Berg in Davos Klosters.