GO MOUN­TAIN BIK­ING ON SNOW!

Australian Mountain Bike - - Front Page - WORDS: MIKE BLEWITT PHO­TOS: WAYNE REICHE, MIKE BLEWITT

COME UP, SLOW DOWN

That’s the catch line for the Swiss re­sort vil­lage of Gs­taad, and as I sat on the train that tun­nelled up­wards through the moun­tains from the shores of Lac Le­man, I won­dered if that’s what I would be do­ing. Gs­taad is known around the world as an alpine play­ground of the rich and fa­mous, where lo­cals won’t bat an eye when a Hol­ly­wood star­let or New York City ty­coon joins them on the slopes or at a restau­rant. Hav­ing also vis­ited in sum­mer with a road bike and moun­tain bike, I know that the ter­rain and vil­lage lends it­self to cy­cling. As it was, my train trip from Geneva air­port was tak­ing me to a bike race in the alpine vil­lage. And not a me­an­der­ing so­journ in the snow-cov­ered hills, but a 4-day stage race in the snow, with a UCI S1 rank­ing, which at­tracts many top pro­fes­sion­als. Would this be the per­fect match to re­lax­ing in a great ho­tel, eating cheese, us­ing the sauna and drink­ing wine with new­found friends? As al­ways, there was only one way to find out.

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