Frequently Asked Questions - Snow Bike Festival | 4-Day MTB Stage Race
The Snow Bike Festival is a 4-day MTB stage race, which takes place in the wonderful region of Gstaad, Switzerland.
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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve collected some of the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Check them out below. If you’ve still got further unanswered questions, please get in touch with us via


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.

Is the Eliminator Night Race part of the stage race?

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.

How is the overall classification compiled?

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.

From when can I register at the event?

Registration will open on Thursday (January 18th 2018) 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.

From when to when do I have to be in Gstaad?

We suggest being in Gstaad, ready to register by 11am on Thursday (January 18th 2018). 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 Category

How many UCI points are available?

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:

What is the prize money?

As per UCI regulations, prize money for the UCI categories is approximately CHF 11’000.


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. Amateur riders are however allowed to use tyres with spikes.

Can I bring more than one bike and swap between stages?

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.

Can I use my normal mountainbike?

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 technically more challenging than using a plus bike or fat bike.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can! You can rent a bike from any of the numerous bike shops in the area around Gstaad. Click >>here<< for more information about where to rent.

Where can I store my bike?

We suggest that you store your bike at your hotel/accommodation at which you will be staying during the event.

Is there technical support available at the event?

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.

What should I wear?

We’ve got some handy tips from Hielke Elferink (pro rider). Click on the headings below to check them out.

What to wear: Layering

What to wear: Shoes

What to wear: Gloves

Can I store my clothes somewhere whilst I ride? Get warm clothes at the finish line?

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.

I have never ridden on snow. How do I prepare?

We’ve got some handy tips from Hielke Elferink (pro rider), that should help you prepare for the event. Check them out by clicking on the following link.

Tips from the pro (Training)


How long are the stages?

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. Stage lengths for the 2018 event will be published in fall 2017.

Detailed route maps:

Where do the stages start and finish?

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.

Is there a maximum stage time?

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

Are there waterpoints 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 stages start?

Stage start times will be published in fall 2017.

Entry Packages

How much does the entry package cost?

Entry packages are available for CHF 690 CHF 590 (earlybird price). If you live in Canton Berne, you are eligible for a special discounted entry. Please get in touch with us via

More details:

Is accommodation included in the entry package?

Accommodation is NOT included in the entry packages. You can find available hotels here:

Where can I book accommodation?

You can find available hotels here:

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

Can I transfer my entry to someone else? Name change?

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I entered incorrect details during the registration process. What should I do now?

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When does registration open?

Registration is now open.