Swiss Epic in Graubünden

New mountain bike multi-stage race

‘We offer a bike race that Europe has never seen before’

The premiere of the first ‘Swiss Epic’ in Graubünden is sold out. 600 mountain bikers ride single trails from 20 to 24 August from Davos via St. Moritz and Lenzerheide to Davos. Here's a glimpse.

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.’

  • Swiss Epic in Graubünden: Premiere of the multi-stage bike race
  • Swiss Epic in Graubünden: Premiere of the multi-stage bike race
Swiss Epic in Graubünden: The premiere of the mountain bike multi-stage race will take place from 20 to 24 August 2019.
Five days, 350 kilometres, 12,000 metres of altitude difference

‘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.

Part of the new Epic Series

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

Supporting programme: Saturday, 24 August 2019 from 10 a.m. in the Kurpark

An attractive supporting programme awaits guests, locals and bike fans in Davos Platz, the newly designed spa garden, to match the athletes' arrival at the finish line.

The legendary Herbert gondola with photo box is part of the attractive supporting programme at the Kurpark.
What
  • Food & Drinks
  • Kids course with running wheels
  • Pumptrack Race
  • Bouncy castles and free popcorn for children
  • Herbert gondola with photo box
  • Music & Speakers
Details
  • From 10.15 h: first finishes possible
  • 11 to 13 h: Mascot
  • 13 to 15 h: Pump track qualification
  • 12.30 h: Like-a-Bike-Race (registration from 10 to 12.15 p.m. possible). Attention: only limited number of wheels available)
  • 14.15 to 15 h: Official award ceremony Swiss Epic in Graubünden incl. flag swinging show
  • 15.30 h: Pump Track Final
  • 18 h: End of the event

Bookable mountain bike offer: Swiss Epic Route

With the Swiss Epic Route you follow the original routes of the bike race, but you decide yourself which sections you want to ride. It's very convenient: without racing pressure and including luggage transport.

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!

Swiss Epic Routes: Ride the original race tracks without being in race mode.
Benefits
  • Epic trail days for ambitious mountain bikers
  • Four or six overnight stays in selected, certified graubündenBIKE hotels
  • Breakfast suitable for athletes
  • Luggage transport during the entire journey
  • Detailed tour description incl. maps and GPS data
Validity
  • 01.07.2019 until 20.10.2019
  • Subject to change without notice depending on weather and snow conditions.
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A look behind the scenes: #RoadToSwissEpic

A team of two and one mission: We accompanied the mountain bikers Severin Disch and Fabian Giger on their way to the Swiss Epic 2019 in Graubünden. The two athletes reveal how they eat, how they train and, last but not least, what they pack up for the bike race.

Severin Disch

Severin lives in Davos and works as a mountain guide. He started biking as a teenager. In the village he had a bicycle club with which he was on the road every Wednesday afternoon. His coaches motivated him to start with mountain bike racing.

Fun Fact
  • Severin is 184 cm tall.
  • His favorite movie is Dawn Wall with Tommy Caldwell.
  • He asked his wife to marry him on a 4000m high peak.
Fabian Giger

Fabian has been mountain biking for over 20 years, ten of them as a professional. This year he is completing the Swiss Epic in Graubünden together with Severin Disch. For him a special moment, because the two of them are for once no opponents, but a team.

Fun Facts
  • Fabian is on the road for his sport about 200 days a year.
  • He is eleven centimetres smaller than his team mate Severin.
  • He often eats Swiss chocolate, but not cheese.
#RoadToSwissEpic
Episode 1: Team introduction
Severin's Power Smoothie

In order to recover quickly after a hard workout, Severin has its own recipe: a Power Smoothie.

  • 200 g Leafy green vegetables, preferably spinach
  • Various fruits: 1/2 banana, 1/2 apple, 1 orange
  • 200 ml coconut or rice milk
  • Vegetable protein & different types of algae
  • 500 ml water
  • Mix everything and enjoy immediately or store covered in the fridge
Fabian's sports salad with quinoa

This recipe is fast, tasty and has everything you need to recharge your batteries after a training session.

  • Pour mixed salad into a bowl.
  • Add tomatoes, mozzarella, avocado, corn and boiled eggs.
  • Mix with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season to taste.
  • Cook quinoa for 20 minutes and add as a side dish.
  • Cut a chicken breast into strips, fry them and garnish the salad with them.
#RoadToSwissEpic
Episode 2: Nutrition
This is how our two athletes train

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.

 

Find Severin's favourite tour here.

#RoadToSwissEpic
Episode 3: Training tips
Suitcase packing for Swiss Epic in Graubünden

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.

#RoadToSwissEpic: Episode 4
Packing the suitcase
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