The countdown is on – the entry list for the 3rd VAUDE Engadin Bike Giro from 29th June to 1st July 2018 will be presented, even before the final registration deadline on 23.06., with a top starter field. Thus, in the imposing Engadine mountain scenery around St. Moritz and Silvaplana the complete last year’s podium of the men will be at the start line.
A strong field of riders meets the winner 2017, Jochen Käß of Team Centurion Vaude, who has been in the habit of keeping his posture at the start of the season after his broken calf. But also last year’s second and Vice European Champion of 2015, Sascha Weber (Craft Rocky Mountain) and the Swiss cyclist Nicola Rohrbach, who has classified third in the second edition of the VAUDE Engadin Bike Giro, should not let the competition out of their sight. Team Bulls starts with Simon Stiebjahn, who is always looking for “gold” and also with Karl Platt, the five-time champ of the South African marathon stage race Cape Epic. Among the title aspirants is this year’s Cape Epic winner Howard Grotts, who arrives as multiple American champion and Olympic rider in the Rio 2016 US team in Switzerland. And also the elite second there, the Czech Kristian Hynek, is on the VAUDE Engadin Bike Giro start list. Also reported by Lukas Flückinger, the cross country heroe from Switzerland.
First place in the Engadine will also be strong contested among the women. Here, Germany’s most successful mountain biker, Sabine Spitz from Murg-Niederhof, wants to move up to the front after a “sporty intermediate low”. The Olympic champion of 2008 expressed her anticipation of the start on Facebook: “I look forward to the next challenge in the Engadin at the end of the month. First start at this event and the trails are just great around St. Moritz and Silvaplana “. With the newly won German Champion title in Kirchzarten, Spitz travels to the Engadin with a lot of tailwind. Also a big number is Ester Süß, the World Champion 2010 and two times European Champion (2008/2010) from Switzerland.
“The registration list of professionals and non-professional riders is almost complete. Currently, 360 bikers from 24 nations, including Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Russia and New Zealand have registered. By the deadline, it will probably be over 400, “reports Race Director Rik Sauser, from the organizing Sauser Event GmbH. The registration for the 3rd VAUDE Engadin Bike Giro on the technically sparkling stage course, including the track over the original piste of the Olympic bobsleigh run of Celerina, is still open until Saturday, 23rd June 2018.