Hi there. I think I have something nice to show and tell you! I did something really really cool last weekend. Racing the Snow Bike Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland. What? ;-) A 3 day stage-race on a fatbike, in winterwonderland. And it was soooo nice. You can imagine this is something totally different compared to normal mountainbiking, but it was a pleasant and super fun break from the regular wintertraining in preparation for the first big goal this season, the Cape Epic.
Gstaad is a beautiful small authentic Swiss Town in Berner Oberland. Amazing mountains and typical wooden chalets all around you. It totally felt like I was on a ski trip. But then without ski’s J
The fatbike, as you can see on the picture, has fat tires. You can ride on snow with it very well. Because of the big volume and low pressure you have a lot of traction and grip. Still it is very hard and tough riding the bike uphill. But.. it is super cool! Especially in the downhills.
In stage 1 I was pretty nervous. Felt like doing my first race ever. The day before I tried my fatbike for the first time, for 1 hour! At the start it was pretty cold. Minus 10 degrees C. So we were all freezing. After we went into a valley and back we had a long climb, going up to 1800 m. The climb warmed me up pretty quickly. The higher we got, the better the view. Clear sky, fresh air, super nice mountains all around you, it could not get better I thought… but then.. the downhill. On a skislope. No words! Smiling all the time J . The snow was good which made it possible to drift in the corners and to really let the bike slide a little bit.
Pictures made by Zoon Cronje, www.zooncronje.com.
Stage 2 and 4 had the same kind of elements. Climbs, flats, ski slopes, super nice views, good company. Just great! Stage3 was at night, it was an eliminator sprint race. Just as fun, but short and super explosive. Nice was that I could win the stages and the general classification. But in this race it was not so much about winning. It was just super fun to do! Also it was great to start the season for my new team ans sponsors like this. Rocky Mountain also was involved in the event, which was now good for me of course.
Now it is back to the strict training regimeJ. Next week I leave for a two week trainingcamp at Gran Canaria. All in preparation for a good Cape Epic in March. See you next time! Groetjes Hielke