Snow Epic: Race 1 Results and Pictures

The inaugural Snow Epic got underway yesterday in Engelberg, Switzerland. The opening Race saw riders completing a 30km Furenalp loop with 600m of climbing.
In the men's race Spaniard Tomi Misser look the win (1:05.29) ahead of Bart Brentjens (1:07.29). While Esther Süss claimed victory in the ladies event in 1:16.50.

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Photo by: Stephan Boegli / Snow Epic / SPORTZPICS

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Stage 1 Winner Tomas Misser during race one of the first Snow Epic around the Furenalp Loop near Engelberg, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Switzerland on the 15th January 2015
Photo by: Marc Gasch / Snow Epic / SPORTZPICS


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South African rider Jakes Jakobsen getting his rubber bands to count the loops on the lower valley during race one of the first Snow Epic around the Furenalp Loop near Engelberg, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Switzerland on the 15th January 2015
Photo by: Marc Gasch / Snow Epic / SPORTZPICS


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Mario Färberböck leads the group during race one of the first Snow Epic around the Furenalp Loop near Engelberg, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Switzerland on the 15th January 2015
Photo by: Nick Muzik / Snow Epic / SPORTZPICS


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Photo by: Nick Muzik / Snow Epic / SPORTZPICS

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Stephen Kotze of England enjoys the scenery during race one of the first Snow Epic around the Furenalp Loop near Engelberg, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Switzerland on the 15th January 2015
Photo by: Nick Muzik / Snow Epic / SPORTZPICS


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Josef Ajram during race one of the first Snow Epic around the Furenalp Loop near Engelberg, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Switzerland on the 15th January 2015
Photo by: Marc Gasch / Snow Epic / SPORTZPICS


Friday's programme in this unique event format features three separate races:
  • Race 2 & 3: Brunni (+/- 30km and 900m climbing & descending with a warm up & meal break in the middle)
  • Race 4: Dual Slalom Night Race





18 Comments

BenGraham, Jan 16 2015 03:46

Um. Do I have to be the first to point out that none of those fat bikes appear to be on soft snow, that looks like the snow equivalent of hard pack dirt. Pretty sure you could ride that sort of thing with a set of ice tyres like the schwalbe ice spikers and a normal bike. Show me some terrain that actually requires one of those absurd machines and then I'll pay attention. To be fair though I don't know the first thing about fat biking and riding in the snow. It looks like a beautiful place but if I spent all that money getting there I'd be a bit bummed if I didn't at least try and go skiing or snowboarding. *flamesuit on*

SwissVan, Jan 16 2015 04:10

Um. Do I have to be the first to point out that none of those fat bikes appear to be on soft snow, that looks like the snow equivalent of hard pack dirt. Pretty sure you could ride that sort of thing with a set of ice tyres like the schwalbe ice spikers and a normal bike. Show me some terrain that actually requires one of those absurd machines and then I'll pay attention. To be fair though I don't know the first thing about fat biking and riding in the snow. It looks like a beautiful place but if I spent all that money getting there I'd be a bit bummed if I didn't at least try and go skiing or snowboarding. *flamesuit on*

 

They have had a lot less snow than normal for this time of the year, not much they can do about that.

 

It should change tonight, some snow forecasted tonight and tomorrow

 

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nonky, Jan 16 2015 04:59

"Stephen Kotze of England"....

stringbean, Jan 16 2015 05:52

Go fellow hubber Jakes 9.9

notmyname, Jan 16 2015 06:06

Those pink tyres are so awesome!

Iwan Kemp, Jan 16 2015 06:11

Dual Slalom Night Race... They're doing it right. 

Evans_Cuddles, Jan 16 2015 06:35

I don't think this is EPIC at all, more like a sunday stroll.bike iditiarod is where it's at

rock, Jan 16 2015 07:44

cool, tomi misser, haven't heard that name for ages....

 

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Flowta, Jan 17 2015 08:09

I don't think this is EPIC at all, more like a sunday stroll.bike iditiarod is where it's at

 

Agreed!!!

camelman, Jan 17 2015 08:35

Is that because on the snow Epic you require some technical skills and the Cape Epic not?
Dunno what it is with Saffas, myself included. If you don't throw up or ride till you fall off your bike it's not really riding, we should learn to enjoy riding and not make everything a race or a " KAMP STAALDRAAD". The snow Epic and fatbikes for that matter to me is about having fun on your bike.
And BTW if event was held 2 weeks ago when it was -5 to -10 with half a meter of powder snow it would have been tough.

Ossie NL, Jan 17 2015 11:58

"Stephen Kotze of England"....


Must be right as he is either the only hardman or madmad without gloves

Odinson, Jan 17 2015 02:17

I think the general consensus is "meh".

Track, Jan 17 2015 02:30

Is that because on the snow Epic you require some technical skills and the Cape Epic not?
Dunno what it is with Saffas, myself included. If you don't throw up or ride till you fall off your bike it's not really riding, we should learn to enjoy riding and not make everything a race or a " KAMP STAALDRAAD". The snow Epic and fatbikes for that matter to me is about having fun on your bike.
And BTW if event was held 2 weeks ago when it was -5 to -10 with half a meter of powder snow it would have been tough.

I agree 100%. I have just bought one of these 'stupid' bikes and I am having the time of my life on it.

TALUS, Jan 17 2015 06:31

I am sure it is hard to get a camera to all the dodgy spots.

'Dale, Jan 17 2015 08:46

Rolling in those temps are not easy hey The body takes quite a beating Nice pic of Jakes'

SwissVan, Jan 17 2015 09:41

Is that because on the snow Epic you require some technical skills and the Cape Epic not?
Dunno what it is with Saffas, myself included. If you don't throw up or ride till you fall off your bike it's not really riding, we should learn to enjoy riding and not make everything a race or a " KAMP STAALDRAAD". The snow Epic and fatbikes for that matter to me is about having fun on your bike.
And BTW if event was held 2 weeks ago when it was -5 to -10 with half a meter of powder snow it would have been tough.

 

Exactly, if they make the snow epic similar to the CE people will die, and then what would they call the CE?

Gino B, Jan 18 2015 08:29

Awesome, this is a MTB revolution. The riding in Switzerland now is even better than in the summer!

On Track, Jan 19 2015 08:32

Looks extremely awesome would so like to be riding with a fat bike in the snow! The clean air and beautiful mountains makes my heart race.....