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.
The Eliminator Night Race is NOT part of the stage race. Your time and position in the Eliminator Night Race will NOT count towards the overall classification.
The time taken to complete each stage (Prologue, Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3) is added together, and the rider with the least total time taken to complete all stages wins his/her respective category.
Registration will open on Thursday (January 19th) at 11am and remain open until mid-afternoon. Please allow adequate time to register before your prologue starting time. Prologue starting times will be communicated shortly before the event.
We suggest being in Gstaad, ready to register by 11am on Thursday (January 19th 2017). 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 stage. Once you complete Stage 3 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.
UCI Points are only available to UCI Pros, who register with their UCI number and present a valid UCI license upon registering at the event. The points available are as follow for both the Men Elite and Women Elite categories:
As per UCI regulations, prize money for the UCI categories is approximately CHF 7’000.
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.
As per UCI rules, anyone competing in the UCI category may NOT use tyres with spikes. Amateur riders are however allowed to use tyres with spikes.
Yes. You can swap bikes between stages. So you could use a normal mountain bike for the prologue and then use a fat bike or plus bike for Stage 1. Riders cannot swap bikes during a stage. It is the riders own responsibility to ensure they attach their number plate to the new 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 is technically far more challenging than using a plus bike or fat bike.
During the event, you can store your bike in the “Bike Park” at the Sportzentrum in Gstaad. This is a secure bike park facility and only accessible to riders. If you need to store your bike somewhere before or after the event, we suggest you do this at your hotel, as the bike park will be unavailable outside event dates.
Technical support is available at the Race Village. Riders will have to cover costs for any repairs that are done by local technical assistance teams.
There will be a bag transport available. You will be provided with a rider bag (with your rider number on it) which you can fill with fresh clothes, snacks, drinks. You can then drop this bag off at the start line and it will be ready for you to collect at the finish line.
Each stage is between 25km to 35km, with an altitude gain of 500m to 1000m. The prologue is a time trial and take place on a much shorter course. The Eliminator Night Race is a short sprint course.
Detailed route maps: www.snowbikefestival.com/routes
Stage 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.
Yes. This will be communicated at each rider briefing prior to the next stage.
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.
Stages 1, 2 and 3 will all begin at 10:30 am. Stage 1 takes place on Friday (January 20th), Stage 2 takes place on Saturday (January 21st), Stage 3 takes place on Sunday (January 22nd). The prologue takes place on Thursday (January 19th). The amateur riders prologue will begin from 13:30 onwards, whilst the UCI pro riders will begin from approx. 15:30 onwards. The Eliminator Night Race will take place on Saturday (January 21st) from 17:30 to 19:30.
Registration is now open.