GENERAL QUERIES

HOW IS THE OVERALL CLASSIFICATION FOR THE RACE COMPILED?

The time taken to complete each day is added together, and the rider with the least total time taken to complete all races wins his/her respective category.

DO I NEED A UCI LICENSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SNOW BIKE FESTIVAL?

No, absolutely not. Anyone can participate in the Snow Bike Festival. You only need a UCI license if you want to compete in the Men Elite or Women Elite category. Amateur riders (without a UCI License) will be able to compete in the standard Men’s & Women’s categories.

FROM WHEN TO WHEN DO I HAVE TO BE IN GSTAAD?

We suggest being in Gstaad, ready to register by 11am the Thursday before the race. Until when you need to be in Gstaad on Sunday depends on you as a rider and how long it takes you to complete the final day. Once you complete last dat of the event, you’ll receive your finishers medal and are then free to go. The final prize giving ceremonies will take place in the early afternoon on Sunday.

HOW MANY UCI POINTS ARE AVAILABLE?

UCI Points are only available to UCI Pros with a valid UCI number, the UCI must be shown to the race commissaire at event registration. The points available are based on the UCI event grading.

WHAT IS THE PRIZE MONEY?

This information wil be concluded closer to the commencement of the event.

HOW MUCH DOES THE ENTRY PACKAGE COST?
  • 3-Day Race: CHF 225 (19km Afternoon Race, 60km/39km Marathon & 36km Downhill Endurance Race)
  • 60km Marathon: CHF 105 (UCI & Amateur)
  • 39km Half Marathon: CHF 85

36km Downhill Endurance Race: CHF 95 for early bird entries. If you live in Canton Berne, you are eligible for a special discounted entry. Please get in touch with us via info@snowbikefestival.com.

More details: www.snowbikefestival.com/entries/entry-packages

IS ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED IN THE ENTRY PACKAGE?

Accommodation is not included in the entry packages. 

I HAVE NEVER CYCLED ON SNOW, HOW DO I PREPARE?

We’ve got some handy tips from Pro-Rider Hielke Elferink, that should help you prepare for the event. Check them out by clicking on the following link: Tips From The Pro

REGISTRATION

FROM WHEN CAN I REGISTER AT THE EVENT?

Registration will open on Thursday (January 18th 2020) morning (time to be confirmed). Please allow adequate time to register before your prologue starting time. Prologue starting times will be communicated shortly before the event.

I CAN NO LONGER PARTICIPATE. CAN I GET A REFUND?

Entry packages are non-refundable. However, you can transfer your entry to someone else. Please get in touch with us via registration@snowbikefestival.com

CAN I TRANSFER MY ENTRY TO SOMEONE ELSE?

Yes. Please get in touch with us via registration@snowbikefestival.com

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION OPEN?

Registration is now open.

EQUIPMENT QUERIES

WHAT TYPES OF BIKES ARE ALLOWED?

Riders can use Mountain bikes, Plus bikes or Fat bikes. There are no restrictions on tyres width. However, riders must use the same wheels in front and back of their bike.

ARE TYRES WITH SPIKES ALLOWED?

As per UCI rules, anyone competing in the UCI category may not use tyres with spikes. However, amateur riders are allowed to use tyres with spikes.

CAN I BRING MORE THAN ONE BIKE AND SWOP BETWEEN RACES?

Yes, you may swap bikes between races, but not during. It is the riders own responsibility to ensure they attach their number plate to the new bike.

CAN I USE MY NORMAL MOUNTAIN BIKE?

Yes, absolutely. We ensure that our routes are prepared in a way that allows riders to race with a normal mountain bike. However, you should be aware that riding a normal mountain bike on snow can be more challenging than using a plus bike or fat bike.

CAN I RENT A BIKE?

Yes, there are numerous bike shops in the area to choose from. Visit our Bike Rental page for more info.

WHERE CAN I STORE MY BIKE?

We suggest that you arrange with our hotel or accommodation.

IS THERE TECHNICAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT?

Yes, technical support will be available at the Race Village, however the rider will have to cover any costs of repair work done by local technical assistance.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Some handy tips from Pro-Rider, Hielke Elferink and everything you need to know about layering, shoes and gloves.

CAN I STORE MY CLOTHES SOMEWHERE WHILE RACING?

There will be a bag transport available. You will be provided with a bag with your rider number on it, which you can fill with fresh clothes, snacks and drinks. You can then drop your  bag off at the start line and it will be ready for collection at the finish line.

Are there any specifications for E-Bikes?

An E-Mountain Bike is a bike operated with two energy sources, human pedal power and an electric engine, which only provides assistance when the rider is pedaling. E-Mountain bike events must be organised in accordance with the following bike standards:
– Engine of maximum 250watts
– Engine assistance up to 25km/h
– Pedaling assistance only, although a start up assistance not exceeding 6km/h without pedaling is allowed.

 

Riders can only use the battery in place on their bike and cannot carry an additional battery during the competition

ROUTES

HOW LONG ARE THE RACES?

Each race is between 25km to 35km, with an altitude gain of 500m to 1,000m. The prologue is a time trial and take place on a much shorter course. The Eliminator Night Race is a short sprint course. Race lengths for the 2020 event will be published in fall 2019.

WHERE DO THE RACES START AND FINISH?

Race 1, 2 and 3 all start in the Promenade in Gstaad and finish at the “Land Rover Finish Village” by the Eggli Ski lift. The prologue and Eliminator Night Race all take place directly at the “Land Rover Finish Village” by the Eggli Ski lift.

IS THERE A MAXIMUM RACE TIME?

Yes. This will be communicated at each rider briefing prior to the next race.

ARE THERE WATER POINTS ALONG THE ROUTE?

Yes. There will be waterpoints along each of the routes (apart from the prologue and Eliminator Night Race), where riders will be able to collect drinks and snacks.

WHEN DO THE VARIOUS RACES START?

Stage start times will be published in fall 2019.

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