Who's riding? John Smit - 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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04 Jan Who’s riding? John Smit

He’s played for the Springboks in 111 tests, beat the British & Irish Lions in 2009 and won the Rugby World Cup in 2007. We are thrilled to welcome John Smit to the 2017 Snow Bike Festival. Here’s what John had to say:

The Snow Bike Festival

I’m expecting to freeze! Very nervous about what clothes to wear to keep the cold and wet out. My goal is the same as at every event, to finish!

Have you been biking on snow?

I’ve never ridden in the snow and am quite nervous about how it will go, as a South African we don’t know snow very well!


I only got into Mountain biking 3 years ago so learning as I go, over here Fat Bikes are popular on the dunes and in the deserts which is slightly different to snow.

Mountain Bike or Fatbike?

No idea, but imagine a Fat Bike is easier.


Never been so excited to experience it!

Training for the Snow Bike Festival

Currently we are in full swing for Cape Epic training so should be fit enough by then to get through.

Tips for the amateurs

Rubber side down!


Want to take on John Smit? Get signed up here: www.snowbikefestival.com/register-now/

Want to find out more about the 2017 Snow Bike Festival? Check out our Event Guide here: www.snowbikefestival.com/event-guide