The Snow Bike Festival is Europe’s “Winter Festival of Snow Biking”.
The third edition of the innovative snow-bike event takes place at Gstaad, Switzerland: 4 days of thrilling snow-bike action. For the first time, the International Cycling Union UCI honours the race with a “Stage Race Class 2” accreditation.
The Snow Bike Festival is the first ever UCI race on snow!
The 4-day stage race comprises a prologue and 3 stages. The prologue was held as a short time trial race in the village centre of Gstaad. The first stage of the race, took riders down the valley towards Saanen. Temperatures headed downwards as well, as riders had to endure -18°C in the shade, before embarking on their first climb of the 2017 Snow Bike Festival.
UCI Category Result.Results_SBF17_Overall_Prologue_Stage1_UCI
NON-UCI Category Result.Results_SBF17_Overall_Prologue_Stage1_nonUCI
The long climb to Eggli is rewarded by incredibly scenic views at the summit. Katrin Leumann dominated the women’s race and added a stage victory to yesterday’s prologue win, thus defending her Qloom Leader Jersey. Cornelia Hug finished second and Süss in third. In the men’s race, Nicola Rohrbach presented a dominant display. Riding a normal bike, he came from behind in the final climb to secure a clear victory ahead of German Markus Bauer, who fought off a strong Florian Chenaux in the last meters of the race.
On stage 2 of the Snow Bike Festival 2017 the riders had once again to start on the promenade in Gstaad. The riders climbed a slope to reach Egli, from there on the athletes faced a challenging combination of downhill and uphill to Feutersoey and Gsteig followed by a little climb and then by a tricky downhill. Afterwards the riders headed back to Gstaad on a winter hiking trail. It was Florian Chenaux who won stage 2, just in front of Bauer Markus and Sascha Weber. The Eliminator Night Race was one of the action packed highlights of the entire festival. Riders faced-off against a small group of other riders under floodlights, a knock-out format determined the champion.Results_SBF17_Overall_UCI
The last and final stage 3 brought a scenic ride to the competitors. The route lead the riders into the idyllic Turbach valley. Once leaving the valley there was some time for recovery and enjoying the view into the valley of Leuenen. Nevertheless the riders faced afterwards the so called “Wall of Lauenen” – a tough challenge for the riders. Just after the village the climb to Lake Lauenen began. From there hiking trails, little roads and small single tracks brang the riders back to Gstaad.
It was Nicola Rhorbach who crossed the finish line first at stage 3. Chenaux secures second place, after a hard fight with Sascha Weber and Joris Ryf. Hielke Elferink ended up in first in the womens category, ehich was the biggest surprise at stage 3. In the GC Nicola Rohrbach and Katrin Leumann secure victories at the first UCI stage race on snow. Florian Chenaux and Markus Bauer finish 2nd and 3rd. The women’s podium is completed by Esther Süss (2nd) and Cornelia Hug (3rd).