The new mountain bike multi-stage race ‘Swiss Epic’ in Graubünden starts with a record: seven months before the race, all 300 starting places for two teams were sold out. ‘We’ve received registrations from all five continents,’ enthuses Felix Eichenberger, Managing Director Swiss Epic. ‘The rush to the grid positions for this premiere is far above our expectations. In order to ensure the quality for the participants, we had to limit the number of starters.’
‘We offer a race that Europe has never seen before. In the first year, the teams can expect 350 kilometres with 12,000 metres of altitude difference through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Alps,’ says Reto Branschi, CEO of the Destination Davos Klosters, satisfied. He has worked hard for over a year to get the race to Graubünden. The success proves him right: ‘The incredible rush to the starting places shows that Graubünden, with its six partner locations Arosa, Davos, Laax, Lenzerheide, Scuol and St.Moritz, has a very good reputation with bikers from all over the world.’ From 2019 to 2023, three of the six locations will be involved in the mountain bike race.
The ‘Swiss Epic’ in Graubünden is aimed at professionals and ambitious amateurs. Two-person teams of women or men as well as mixed teams can participate. The best among them qualify for the legendary ‘Absa Cape Epic’ in South Africa. Together with ‘The Pioneer’ in New Zealand, the two events form the new, worldwide ‘Epic Series’ – the most important multi-stage races in the world.A fitting companion: our magazine story
The tour starts and ends in Davos. On all stages there are alternatives to shorten the route with mountain railways, Postbus or the Rhaetian Railway. The Swiss Epic Route is available with four overnight stays and three daily stages or with six overnight stays and five daily stages - including luggage transport. In Davos you can choose between the Hotel Grischa as part of the premium offer with half board and the Hotel Panorama as a standard offer with room/breakfast. Happy riding!
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Longer training sessions, interval training and why a Blackroll and stretching exercises are indispensable: Severin and Fabian reveal in the third episode what their training for Swiss Epic in Graubünden looks like. Highlights: Severin's favourite mountain bike route in Davos Klosters and Fabian's regeneration tip after a long training day.
From spare parts to snacks: The fourth and last episode of our #RoadToSwissEpic video series shows what Severin is putting in his bag. By the way: We report live on our Instagram channel during the race and accompany our racing team around the clock at the Swiss Epic in Graubünden.