Davos Klosters and La Punt are the partner locations of the “Spar Swiss Epic” in 2024, 2025 and 2026, meaning that the successful event will remain in Graubünden for another three years. The races each consist of five daily stages, which together are more than 300 kilometres long. They lead over single trails, roads and mountain passes and involve a total of up to 12,000 metres of altitude. Teams of two start the race together and are only classified if they both arrive. Overnight stays and meals in local hotels and well-rehearsed luggage logistics are just as much a part of the race as the professional mechanic service for all, the medical care and the daily bike cleaning at the stage finish with its racing atmosphere.
Added value for Graubünden
The “Spar Swiss Epic” generates around 10,000 overnight stays in the canton of Graubünden every year: together with the 300 two-man teams, relatives, helpers and media representatives also travel from place to place, so that the entire competition entourage comprises around 1,000 people. “As a destination with numerous major events, we are used to accommodating and looking after so many people for a race,” says Reto Branschi, CEO/Director of Destination Davos Klosters. He once brought “Spar Swiss Epic” to Graubünden and is very pleased that Destination Davos Klosters will remain a partner of the event for another three years: “Mountain biking is part of summer in Davos Klosters; we are a single trail paradise for all strengths and age groups. The 'Spar Swiss Epic' is our highlight of the season.” La Punt and the Upper Engadine have also made a name for themselves as a first-class biking destination for many years. “Our range of trails, mountain railways, pass roads, hotels, and holiday flats is unique and attracts thousands of cycling enthusiasts to our valley year after year,” says Urs Niederegger, municipal clerk of La Punt. La Punt is particularly proud of its Albula Trail: “It runs for almost nine kilometres from the Albula Pass to La Punt. It is as varied as the biking offer of our region.”
Next event: 21 to 24 August 2024
“The 'Spar Swiss Epic' is a success story, because Graubünden is a true Eldorado for mountain bikers,” says Felix Eichenberger, CEO of Ironman Switzerland AG, which organizes the race. “Over the past five years, together with our stage towns, we have been able to develop a unique mix of competitive sport, nature, and hospitality that goes down enormously well with the participants. They will be thrilled that we can hold the 'Spar Swiss Epic' in Graubünden for another three years.” The next edition will again offer starting places for 300 two-person teams. In 2024, the multi-stage race will take place from 21 to 24 August.