TEAM CENTURION VAUDE WINS PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC 2017

Today’s final stage of the PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC again proved hard and challenging. However, it was nothing Daniel Geismayr and Jochen Käss of the CENTURION VAUDE team hadn’t seen before as they romped home to clinch a thoroughly deserved victory at their fourth attempt. Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag of Team Meerendal CBC took the prized PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC championship belt in the women’s race. With Saturday’s award ceremony, the fourth edition of the six-day mountain bike stage race from Grächen to Zermatt via Leukerbad came to a successful close, with participants having covered a total of 350 km in distance and 12,000 m of ascent. Read more

STAGE 4 : CENTURION VAUDE AGAIN WITH SOLO RUN

The weather was beautiful again today, but the cold temperatures around zero degrees made the 4th stage of PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC from Leukerbad to Zermatt particularly hard. However, the Austrian Daniel Geismayr and the German Jochen Käss from Team CENTURION VAUDE had an impressive solo run again today and with a stage time of 4h 03min further extended their lead in the overall ranking. Read more

STAGE 3 : CENTURION VAUDE EXTENDS THEIR LEAD

Despite the spontaneous adjustment of the route, the athletes had to pedal mainly in the rain today. Team CENTURION VAUDE rode the wet but short stage perfectly: The Austrian Daniel Geismayr and the German Jochen Käss arrived at the finish line after only 2h 09min and extended their lead in the overall ranking by almost five minutes.

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STAGE 3 : WEATHER-RELATED CHANGES OF ROUTE FOR THURSDAY, 14.9.2017

Due to expected heavy rainfall and snow in upper areas tomorrow afternoon, the OC of PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC has decided to adjust the routes for tomorrow. With the intention to give all riders the possibility to arrive at the finish line before the heavy rain starts, there will be no individual starts on the mountain at the Rinderhütte. The race will be started in three blocks on the event area in Leukerbad, at 8.00, 8.15 and 8.30 a.m. First riders are expected to cross the finish line from about 9:50 a.m., until about 1:00 p.m.

STAGE 2 : TEAM CENTURION VAUDE NEW LEADER

Crossing the bungee swinging bridge at Niouc with a 200 metres high view of the canyon floor was today’s highlight for most riders – and for some, the biggest challenge of the day. No problem for the top teams tough. The German Jochen Käss from the CENTURION VAUDE team was able to mainly overcome the low he had yesterday and, together with his Austrian team partner Daniel Geismayr, took the stage win in 3h 30min by having a lot of fun. The gap also became big enough for them to regain the leader jersey.

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STAGE 1 : LOOSER/ZURBRÜGG TAKE THE LEAD

In rather rainy weather the men’s field in the EPIC format was disarranged pretty much today. The Swiss BiXS Pro Team with Konny Looser and Oliver Zurbrügg won the stage with a time of 4h 31min and took the lead rather surprisingly, despite a flat tire. Read more

PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC OFF TO A SUCCESSFUL START

The fourth edition of PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC kicked off on Monday 11 September 2017 with the prologue in Grächen. The first day’s champions in the men’s category was the Team CENTURION VAUDE with Daniel Geismayr and Jochen Käss, who completed the 18 km track in the fast time of 52 minutes and 20 seconds. For the women, it was the team Spur – Wallonie with Ariane Lüthi and Alice Pirard who came out on top with a time of 1 hour and 05 minutes. The prologue marks the beginning of the six-day mountain bike stage race through the Valais. Tomorrow, participants will set off on the race, which leads via Leukerbad to Zermatt in five stages. Read more

WORLD-CLASS ATHLETES AT PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC 2017

Despite the mountain bike World Championships in Australia the week before, there are still various world class athletes from the international mountain bike scene attending the PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC 2017. We can all look forward to an exciting competitive race again in this year’s edition. Read more

ROUTE PROFILES ONLINE

You want to prepare for the long ascents and look forward to the spectacular downhills? Have a look at the route profiles of SWISS EPIC and SWISS EPIC FLOW! The prologue and stage 3 follow the same route for both race formats. Find the highlights of each stage on our website.

GEHRIG-TWINS RIDING IN THE SWISS EPIC FLOW

The Swiss enduro pros Anita and Carolin Gehrig from the Ibis Cycles Enduro Team, known as the “Gehrig-Twins” within the bike scene, will join the PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC 2017 in the FLOW format. The 30 years old twin sisters from Falera and Flims will be riding a race as a team for the first time. Read more