2021 Swiss Epic Route Revealed

Set in the breath-taking mountains and valleys of Switzerland’s Eastern Graubünden canton it takes in 347 kilometres of world-class mountain biking. What makes this year’s edition so unique though is that the 11 800 metres of accumulated ascent are exceeded by the race’s total descent. In 12 700 metres of downhill natural singletracks and fast […]

Winter Dreams from Graubünden

With Graubünden’s mountain bike trails covered in a deep layer of pristine snow, there’s not much riding happening on the Swiss Epic route right now. Except for on fat bikes, of course. There is, however, still a great deal of fun to be had on the slopes; as skiers and snowboarders play in the powder. […]


After being announced towards the end of 2020, the new Andorra Multisport Festival now kicks into gear: dates have been set and courses have been scouted. The festival will comprise of five unique events, two triathlons, one road cycling stage race, one mountain bike stage race and one trail running event, starting on March 19, […]

Legends in Waiting, Last Lions and Survivors Prepare for 2021 Swiss Epic

The 2021 Swiss Epic in Graubünden is sold out. Among the field are a fascinating group of riders set to battle through the Swiss Alps in search of Epic Legend status or to overcome personal challenges. When the 2021 Swiss Epic gets underway in Graubünden on the 17th of August there will be more than […]

We are Legends

At the 2020 Swiss Epic, the first international mass participation mountain bike event to happen since the COVID-19 pandemic swept the planet, 13 riders claimed Epic Legend status. The Epic Series is a global portfolio of best-in-class mountain bike stage races where the unforgettable welcome of inspiring destinations ushers you into a world of premium […]

BULLS E-Bikes charged and ready to capture Alpine action at 2020 Swiss Epic

At the 2020 Swiss Epic, BULLS Bikes will act as the official media bike partner. Stefan Sahm will pilot BULLS Bikes’ latest e-bike as cameraman and will follow the riders as they traverse the Alpine trails of Graubünden. It has been proven, on numerous occasions, at the Absa Cape Epic, and various other prestigious races […]

Langvad and Batten Sensational on Stage 1 of the Swiss Epic

The Queen of mountain bike stage racing, Annika Langvad once again showed her class as she and Haley Batten stormed to victory on the opening stage of the 2020 Swiss Epic. The Specialized – Racing pair controlled throughout, capitalising on a fall by Sina Frei to build-up an 8-minute advantage on the 60-kilometre stage, which […]

Schurter and Forster Win the Opening Stage of the 2020 Swiss Epic

Graubünden resident, Nino Schurter and his SCOTT-SRAM teammate Lars Forster rode to a dominant stage victory on the opening stage of the 2020 Swiss Epic. The 60-kilometre route, which started and finished in Laax, provided ample technical trails for the Swiss pair to exert their dominance on.  The 2020 Swiss Epic got underway in Laax […]

Graubünden Ready to Show-Off During the 2020 Swiss Epic

The 2020 Swiss Epic is set to start in Laax tomorrow; Tuesday, 18 August. Now in its seventh edition, the race covers 320 scintillating alpine kilometres through Graubünden. It also boasts its best ever elite field, spearheaded by multiple World Champion – Nino Schurter – and the Queen of mountain bike stage racing – Annika […]

Hynek Headlines Future Cycling Northwave Team

One of the true gentlemen of mountain biking, Kristian Hynek will be racing the 2020 Swiss Epic with his Future Cycling Northwave partner Martin Stošek. The Czech outfit are aiming for the podium in Graubünden. Having been back racing since June there can be no doubt that the Czech pair of Kristian Hynek and Martin […]

Kulhavý and Andreassen Team-Up for Swiss Epic

Despite both having been members of the Specialized Racing team for years, Jaroslav Kulhavý and Simon Andreassen have never raced as a team before. The pair will be making their debut as a squad, in Graubünden, at the Swiss Epic. The battles between Jaroslav Kulhavý and Nino Schurter are stuff of legend. In 2012, the […]

CST Post.NL Bafang: The Ultimate Swiss Epic Dark Horses?

It may be unfair to characterise two such talented riders as dark horses for the Swiss Epic title. Their cross-country pedigree suggests they will be fast, but their infrequent stage racing experience leaves question marks as to just how high up the overall general classification Mārtiņš Blūms and Sebastian Fini could finish. Based on raw […]

Annika Langvad set to race the Swiss Epic with Haley Batten

The UCI women’s race at the 2020 Swiss Epic, in Graubünden, is sure to draw attention; especially as it is headlined by Annika Langvad and Haley Batten. Specialized – Racing’s Annika Langvad is arguably the most dominant marathon and stage racer of her generation. No man or woman, of her era, comes close to matching […]

New Alpine Inspired Trophies for the Swiss Epic

For 2020, the Swiss Epic’s overall and category winners will be rewarded with new trophies. Designed and built by Remo Brülhart, who is based in Davos, the trophies are constructed from locally sourced Swiss Stone Pine and Larch wood. Crafted into an alpine-inspired design, the trophies represent a celebration of all things Graubünden, tying together […]

Centurions in the Alps

A former Swiss Epic winner returns to Graubünden with a young partner to take on the 2020 race. While the Centurion Vaude-Radon women’s team combines one of 2019’s podium finishers and the reigning German cross-country champion. Daniel Geismayr is among the world’s most accomplished mountain bike stage racers. The multiple Austrian Marathon Champion has a […]

2020 Swiss Epic Elite Men’s Field attracts more stars

With the 2020 Swiss Epic just a few weeks away, the Elite Men’s field continues to swell with names of the world’s best mountain bikers. The battle on the trails of Graubünden is sure to be fierce as BMC Fischer and BUFF SCOTT are added to the fray. BMC Fischer’s Casey South and Noah Blöchlinger […]

Riding with Bulls

Team Bulls return to the Swiss Epic, en masse, for the first time since 2014 when Karl Platt and Urs Huber placed fifth. With three teams in the 2020 race through Graubünden, the German outfit will be aiming to place multiple teams in the top ten. Despite being one of the dominant teams in the […]

Legend returns for 6th Swiss Epic

One of the winners of the inaugural Swiss Epic, Ariane Lüthi, will be returning to the race for the 6th time. This time racing alongside Belgium’s Alice Pirard. Ariane Lüthi and Alice Pirard are among the most experienced teams in the 2020 Swiss Epic’s elite field. The Team Andermatt Spur combination have five and four […]

Champions return to Graubünden

Trek Pirelli, racing as Trek Selle San Marco at the time, won the 2019 Swiss Epic after a flawless team performance. Michele Casagrande and Fabian Rabensteiner were aided to the title by Samuele Porro and Damiano Ferraro. In 2020 the quartet return with a third support team in tow, ready to defend their crown. Michele […]

Swiss Superstars to race the Swiss Epic

Graubünden native, Nino Schurter and his SCOTT-SRAM squad will line up at the 2020 Swiss Epic; when it starts in Laax on the 18th of August. Multiple World Champion and Graubünden resident, Nino Schurter is set to headline an all-star SCOTT-SRAM team at the 2020 Swiss Epic. The reigning cross-country World Champion will line up […]

Alpine action awaits at the 2020 Swiss Epic

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year to date and good news has been far between; with this in mind, we are excited to share that the 2020 Swiss Epic, which is hosted in the breathtaking Graubünden canton of Switzerland, is set to go ahead as planned, in accordance with the Swiss government’s regulations. “We […]

EVENT UPDATE: The Pioneer, fuelled by Nutri-Grain

Dear Pioneers, the last few months have been a continuous uphill climb for the events industry and, unfortunately, we are still nowhere near reaching the top. When we postponed The Pioneer fuelled by Nutri-Grain 2020 from its original November date to 18 – 23 April 2021, we felt very confident about being able to deliver […]


It was multiple back to back success stories at The Pioneer, fuelled by Nutri-Grain, with Michal Vink and Tim Rush (Onya Bike North Otago), Kate McIlroy and Amy Hollamby (Stonewood Homes) and Josie Wilcox and Joe Skerman (JoJo) taking out the open men’s, open women’s and mixed categories for 2019, as the race wound up with one of the event’s toughest stages in its history today.


The Pioneer, fuelled by Nutri-Grain, is officially headed to the Central North Island in 2020, starting and finishing in the Mountain Bike Mecca of Rotorua, with The IRONMAN Group Oceania announcing details of the new location on the final day of the 2019 race in Central Otago. 2020 will see the Epic Series event celebrate […]