Growing Trails in Graubünden

Graubünden has rapidly established itself as one of the world’s mountain biking meccas. Usually, singletrack hotspots focus on mountain bike trail parks, but in Switzerland’s biggest canton – much like in South Africa’s Western Cape – the trails extend far beyond any bike park boundary. Bike parks are incredible. They are fantastic places to ride […]

A look back at the Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees

From 30 June – 3 July 2021, over 100 teams took to the mountains of Andorra in the inaugural Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees. Ahead of them lay 158 kilometres of racing with 5 060 metres of climbing, all at altitude. Here’s a look back at the action of the four stages in the Principality of Andorra. […]

Preparing for Your First Stage Race

The Epic Series prides itself on hosting best-in-class mountain bike stage races. These attract the world’s best elite racers and seasoned mountain bikers. But they also serve as goals for would-be first-time stage racers. If you are in the latter category this is what you need to know. Riding your first stage race is about […]

Last Ibex and the Swiss Epic Finisher’s Club

The ibex is not only the icon of the Alps but also of the Swiss Epic. Depicted standing on a rocky outcrop, surveying the trails far below, the Swiss Epic’s ibex is a lone animal. Which makes it the ideal symbol for the final rider to have finished every edition of the Swiss Epic, in […]

Wales is calling! The Epic Series Presents the Cymru MTB Classic.

Set in a region famed for its myths and legends, defended by strikingly rugged landscapes, and proud of its longstanding culture, the Cymru MTB Classic, in Wales, is a race for riders with a pure love of mountain biking. From 17 to 19 June 2022, this Epic Series race held in Southern Snowdonia, is set […]

Langvad: Retirement, Racing and Returning to Graubünden

One-half of the 2020 Swiss Epic women’s champions has subsequently retired from professional mountain biking. She is Annika Langvad, one of the most decorated mountain bikers of her generation. The undisputed queen of marathon and stage racing. In an elite career spanning a decade, Annika Langvad won the UCI Cross-Country World Championships (2016), the UCI […]

Riding for Good at the 2021 Swiss Epic

Thanks to the Epic Series’ partnership with GivenGain it is now easier than ever to ride for a good cause at the Swiss Epic. Riders can choose to support one of the official charities – Pump for Peace and the Anna Foundation – or use the race to raise funds for the charity of their […]

Legends Report Back on the Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees

Belgians, Sébastien Carabin and Jurgen de Witte are the only Epic Legends who took part in the inaugural Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees. The pair have 9 Pinnacle and Legend edition race finishes between them. Plus, after the conclusion of the third and final stage in Andorra, a pair of Classic edition Epic Series races. It takes […]

JBG2 CryoSpace and RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Team Crowned Queen Stage Champions

JBG2 CryoSpace climbed to the top step of the podium on Stage 2 of the Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees and, in so doing, jumped to second overall, behind Team BULLS. In the women’s race, RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Team continued their charge to race victory, with their third successive stage win. Stage 2 of the 2021 […]

BULLS and RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Double Up in Andorra

Stage 1 of the 2021 Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees was won by Team BULLS and RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Team; in La Massana on Thursday, 1 July; both the men’s and women’s stage winners had won the Prologue, the day before. The results mean that Martin Frey and Simon Schneller lead the men’s race by just […]

Langvad: Retirement, Racing and Returning to Graubünden

One-half of the 2020 Swiss Epic women’s champions has subsequently retired from professional mountain biking. She is Annika Langvad, one of the most decorated mountain bikers of her generation. The undisputed queen of marathon and stage racing. In an elite career spanning a decade, Annika Langvad won the UCI Cross-Country World Championships (2016), the UCI […]

Amazing Andorra

Nestled high in the Pyrenees, the principality of Andorra is a haven for cyclists, both on- and off-road. As participants in the inaugural Andorra Multisport Festival and the Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees have discovered, there is far more to do in the mountain kingdom, too. One of the world’s smallest countries, Andorra measures just 468 square […]

Race Report: Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees Prologue

Team BULLS and the RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Team got their Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees campaigns off to winning starts in the 7-kilometre-long Prologue. Martin Frey and Simon Schneller were 8 seconds faster than the evenly matched BUFF Scott MTB and Wilier 7C Force 1 teams. In the women’s race, Sandra Mairhofer and Costanza Fasolis will […]

Titanic Battle Anticipated in Andorran MTB Classic-Pyrenees Women’s Race

Despite the small field of Elite teams, the fact that the top three teams are evenly matched should ensure a fierce battle for the inaugural Andorran MTB Classic-Pyrenees Women’s title. Which of Orbea Factory Racing, MTB Pro Merchandising and RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Team will emerge victorious come the 3rd of July? Predicting how a […]

Contenders Excited by Andorran Racing Challenges

The contenders for the inaugural Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees’ Elite men’s title are looking forward to the racing conditions in the mountain Principality. Here is a look at who to watch from 30 June to 3 July 2021. The first edition of the Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees and its promise of spectacular trails, challenging climbs and highly […]

BUFF SCOTT head for the Pyrenees

BUFF SCOTT mountain biking team are among the favourites for the inaugural Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees. The Spanish squad are sending two teams to the race, with Hans Becking and Francesc Guerra leading the charge. They will be supported by Jose Mari Sanchez and Guillem Cassú. The Spanish, BUFF SCOTT, teams are among the most competitive […]

The Sun [Also] Rises on Team Bulls’ Andorran Adventure

Team Bulls is set to take part in the inaugural Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees, with 2 of the 5 top-ranked UCI Cross-Country Marathon riders in the world, right now. Simon Schneller (4th) and Martin Frey (5th) are the highest-ranked riders in the race and, as such, will have the honour of racing with numbers 1-1 and […]

Altitude Adaptations for Epic Series

The Epic Series’ European races – the Swiss Epic, in Graubünden, and the Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees – both take place at altitude. While that may be fine for the local mountain goats, for riders travelling to the Alps or the Pyrenees from oxygen rich lower elevations, the prospect is a daunting one. To help you […]

Legends Take up the Classic Challenge

The Epic Legends can class themselves among the toughest mountain bikers in the world. They may not, necessarily, be racing for podium positions; but they have completed three of the most challenging events in global mountain biking, the Absa Cape Epic, the Swiss Epic in Graubünden and The Pioneer fuelled by Nutri-Grain. Now, two of […]

Orbea Onslaught in Andorra

Orbea Factory Team ascend to Andorra in force, as they bring three teams to the inaugural Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees. The squads are set to contest for the men’s, women’s and mixed category titles thanks to their line-up of Aleix Espargaró and Oliver Avilés; Ariane Lüthi and Sandra Jordá; and Joaquim Purito Rodriguez and Virginia Cancellieri. […]

By Plane and By Train – Travel Tips for Mountain Bikers

Flying and travelling with your bike can be a stressful business. We’ve navigated an airport or three and a train or two, lugging bike boxes, so we know the anxiety. To help reduce the stress we asked Liv Cycling’s Elizabeth Walker for her travel tips, both for navigating transit and travelling in the age of […]

Athletic Andorra

Located high in the Pyrenees Mountains, Andorra boasts unrivalled natural beauty and a landscape perfect for mountain biking. The principality is set to thrill participants in the inaugural Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees, in 2021. But that’s far from all the nation has to offer in Andorra Multisport Festival… The Catalan principality of Andorra is the sixteenth […]

Scouting Trails Through Graubünden to Build the Swiss Epic Route

Plotting the 2021 Swiss Epic route required far more than drawing lines on Google Earth. Trail Scout, Stefan Wolfisberg and, Race Director, Corina Feuerstein spent long months pouring over maps, riding trails and negotiating access. As the snow melts on the high mountains of Graubünden, their work is far from over. Switzerland’s largest canton, Graubünden, […]