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Two bikers on a rocky path with the Alps in the background [Swiss Epic]

Graubünden welcomes 300 Teams

By Epic Series, 08/16/19, 10:15AM HST


The dramatic trails of the Swiss Alps will form the backdrop to the 2019 edition of the Swiss Epic mountain bike race from 20 – 24 August

Two bikers on a rocky terrain with the Alps in the background

The dramatic trails of the Swiss Alps will form the backdrop to the 2019 edition of the Swiss Epic mountain bike race from 20 – 24 August. The race takes place in the picturesque Graubünden region with riders experiencing the best of Davos, St. Moritz and Lenzerheide over five days of intense riding.

This year’s edition features 300 teams from around the world with representation from every continent among the close to 600 participants who will traverse 347km of climbs and descents, including 11 950 metres of climbing, through Switzerland’s Graubünden region.

The Swiss Epic is fast becoming a race of choice for mountain bikers from across Europe and the world. Amongst the top five most represented countries, Switzerland leads the way forming the bulk of the field with 180 riders followed by South Africa – home to the famed Absa Cape Epic – with 62 riders. The United Kingdom gets the spot on the country podium with 39 riders, followed by Belgium and Sweden with 36 respectively 30 riders.

The Graubünden region offers a spectacular urban escape and this year’s route has been the topic of excited conversation in mountain biking circles since it was announced earlier this year.

Stage one begins in Davos featuring the legendary Davos Alps Epic Trail and Zügen Gorge before finishing in St. Moritz. Stage two takes riders around St. Moritz incorporating breathtaking panoramic views of Piz Palü, Piz Bernina and the Engadine. Riders will reach the Laj Alv natural reservoir before enjoying the flowing descent on the historic St. Moritz’s Ski World Cup racetrack.

Stage three, this year’s queen stage, transitions from St. Moritz to Lenzerheide and reaches the highest point of this stage early on, followed by parts of the 2018 World Championship XC track. Stage four is a looped course in the Lenzerheide region including two climbs on opposite sides of the valley, first to the Charmoin middle station, and later to the idyllic Alp Stätz. Stage four ends with a fast descent to the crystal-clear Heidsee.

The Grand Finale takes riders back into Davos featuring pristine single track through a spruce forest at the foot of the Lenzerhorn. Rocky terrain, mountain passes, turquoise mountain streams and amazing views ensue before a flowing trail into the Sertig Valley brings riders back towards Davos for their Swiss Epic finish.

“Thousands of hours have gone into the planning and preparation for this year’s event and we have no doubt that our riders will have an unforgettable experience, riding in one of the most beautiful parts of the world,” said Project Manager Corina Feuerstein. “We have designed this year’s race to provide the ideal combination of stunning destinations, breathtaking scenery and a formidable challenge with each stage providing something different for riders to think about and get excited for.”

“Riders will embark on a journey of self-discovery testing their physical and mental fortitude across varying terrain in a postcard perfect setting before savouring a well-earned finish in Davos. We wish every rider good luck look forward to an exciting five days of racing in the Graubünden region,” added Feuerstein.

The 2019 Swiss Epic takes place in the Graubünden region of Switzerland, from 20 – 24 August and is an Absa Cape Epic qualifier event as part of the Epic Series.