20 Jan Stage 2 – Leumann (SUI) & Ryf (SUI) race to victories in perfect conditions, both retaining their overall lead.
The second stage of the Snow Bike Festival took the riders on a scenic ride via the Turbachtal to the Lauenensee. From the start in the Promenade of Gstaad the route lead riders into the idyllic Turbach valley. Once back out of the Turbach valley, there was little time to recover as upmost concentration was required of the riders on a thrilling downhill past Wasserngrat. Fresh snowfall overnight and cold temperatures ensured perfect conditions on today’s stage. Shortly after the village of Lauenen, the climb to the Lauenensee (Lake Lauenen) began. 3.5km of freshly groomed trails and 150m of climbing led riders to this stunning little nature paradise. From there, hiking trails, narrow roads and single tracks brought the riders back to the finish line in Gstaad.
In the UCI men’s race, Rohrbach (SUI) and Ryf (SUI) broke away from their competitors right after the start of the Land Rover Mountain Prize. Rohrbach managed to beat Ryf to the line at the top of the climb. In the women’s race, Rieder (GER) showed a solid performance on the climb to secure the prize. On the downhill Leumann (SUI) and Elferink (SUI) broke away and raced towards Lauenen. In the end it was Katrin Leumann (SUI) who secured her second stage victory with a time of 1:45:50, ahead of Ramona Kupferschmied (SUI) and Hielke Elferink (NED). In the UCI men’s race it was Joris Ryf (SUI) who claimed the stage win with a time of 1:22:19, finishing ahead of Rohrbach (SUI) and Saravalle (ITA). With both current leaders winning the stage, the Qloom leader jersey will stay in the same hands going into tomorrow’s final stage.
28.6km and 889m of climbing stand between the riders and the finish line of the 2018 Snow Bike Festival. Tomorrow’s final climb up to Eggli and the following thrilling downhill to the finish have the potential to shake up the entire GC ranking! An exciting final day is guaranteed.