Riders require a high level of fitness and stamina, with several hours in the saddle each day. Expect to be climbing 1500-3000m per day with some single climbs totalling 1500m in one stretch, on a combination of tar, singletrack and gravel roads. During each stage and throughout the week, pacing is essential.
Also essential is keeping a fresh mind all through the ride. The singletrack sections are primarily flow trails, but due to the nature of the terrain, there are some steep technical sections – competent bike handling skills are essential, so get in some good practice.
Your riding partner is your most important asset, and knowing one another’s strengths and weaknesses is important. Be sure to communicate, often! Agree upfront on a strategy and set goals, and remember, you are only as strong as your weakest link.
To enjoy the Perskindol Swiss Epic race to its fullest, so the right type of mountain bike is essential. We recommend a marathon/XC style, lightweight, full suspension mountain bike with 100-120mm of front and rear travel and all-weather tyres (minimum 2.2” width) converted to tubeless. Dropper seat posts are also recommended to dramatically raise the fun factor on the superb downhill, flowy and technical descents. If you’re buying new, buy early and don’t make any changes after June. Have yourself measured and the bike professionally set up and ensure you schedule a full bike service at least three weeks before the race.
While mostly moderate weather conditions are expected in September, it is vital to be prepared for a variety of temperatures, ranging between -3° to +25° Celsius. Pack rain and cold gear accordingly, as the weather can change quickly and dramatically in the Alps. A helmet and gloves are compulsory. Non-slip shoes are required for walking passages where you have to carry your bike.