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1st finisher 2021: Christoph Fuhrbach

3 days and 14 hours needed Christoph Fuhrbach for the 1300km Swiss-BikeAdventure route with almost 30’000vm. That’s a total average speed of 14.59km/h, total unsuported. He arrived 29.06.2021 / 21:01 at Andermatt.

Congratulations Christoph!

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Unusual heave rains and thunderstorms

The weather in the east and north of Switzerland make this hard challenge even harder. Unusual heave rains and thunderstorms force riders again and again to stop. Irena pushed forward in the night. She made only 35km in 2.5 hours in a generally easy terrain. Fallen trees in the road slowed her down.
Christoph is still in lead and he and Michele cycled Albulapass and Flüelapass last night. He is now in the south of Switzerland in Ticino and has the last two big climbs in front, Nufenenpass and Furkapass. The two will likely finish today at Andermatt.Photo: Christoph last night at Albulapass.

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Cycling in sandals and on big mtb flat pedals seems to be the secret.

17 hours after the start, leading Christoph cycled more then 330km and 8000vm. And Christoph is not stopping. Cycling in sandals and on big mtb flat pedals seems to be the secret.
Michele is about 20km behind in second position, followed by Kai with another 20km cap and Sylvan. Maria and Irena stopped before Saanen. While Pavel, Marcel and Carsten stopped at Col du Pillon and Les Diablerets, Urs who had some issues with his bike and a bad stomach, continued and could now overtake them. Nora made it till Oey today.

Follow the challenge on https://swiss-bikeadventure.com/tracking-2021

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To who belongs these shoes?

The Swiss-BikeAdventure is on. At 7:00 this morning 10 riders started for the 1300km long route with almost 30’000vm around Switzerland. They have already 2 big climbs with a total of 3000vm behind, the Sustenpass that just opened the last top section when the first rider arrived at the barrier and the Grosse Scheidegg.

After 100km Michele Miani ist leading before Kai Edel and Christoph Fuhrbach. The 3 leaders have an incredible average speed of 20km/h and are already about 70km in front of the following riders.

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Urs an experienced long distance rider

Urs Arnold Kutschera is an experienced long distance rider and bike traveller from Switzerland. Finisher of TCR, PBP, NCT, HOPE, TPBR…
Urs sent his Cannondale bike for retirement and he will join the grand depard on his new Crema steel bike that he found on the second hand market.

In how many days do you plan to finish the Swiss-BikeAdventure Urs?

Photos: from the NorthCape-Tarifa bicycle adventure 2018.

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Michele Miani

Michele Miani the 2nd finisher of Iberica Traversa 2020, only 5h55min. behind Aleksander Olek Pachulski. Michele never stayed in a hotel room, carried no sleeping gear and stopped only for quick power naps. What a character.

Michele is a winner of NC4K 2019 and finisher of TABR 2017.

How much will weight his bike at the Swiss Bike Adventure?

Welcome to the Swiss-BikeAdventure Michele! See you soon at the start in Andermatt.

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Kai Edel is coming back

Kai Edel is coming back to accomplished his Swiss-BikeAdventure. Last year Kai struggled with flat tyres and run out of time. From Andermatt he cycled In the rain over Furkapass-Grimselpass and Brünigpass to Luzern to make it back to his work on time.

Kai is well known to self supported ultra cycling scene. Trans Am Bike Race 2016, Indian Pacific Wheel Race 2017, NorthCape-Tarifa 2018 (2nd finisher and still 2nd fastest time), Tour Divide 2019, Hope1000 2020 and Swiss Bike Adventure 2020.

We are happy to see Kai Edel again in one of our events. Welcome back Kai, looking forward to see you soon in Andermatt!

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Chasseral

The Jura, mostly underrated, is not less hard as the passes in the Alps. The small, empty roads are a paradise for cycling in Switzerland. The highest point on this section is with 1607m the Chasseral.

Photos: Jura and the Chasseral.

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Furkapass

The Furkapass is for the second time part of the route. This year you will climb it from the west side. You get breathtaking views to the Grimselpass road and the Bernese Alps. For those who start at the Grand Depard June 26th, it’s the last climb and a great downhill brings you down to the finish at Andermatt.

The registration will close in 2 days.

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New for the 2021 edition

New for this edition of Swiss Bike Adventure route:

Coming down from San Bernardino pass, the route follows the Ticino river to it’s source at the top of Nufenenpass.Nufenen Pass is with 2478m the highest mountain pass with a paved road within Switzerland and the 10th highest paved road in the Alps. It was the last mountain pass road paved in Switzerland and opened September 1969. From the top you get spectacular views of the Bernese Alps, including the Finsteraarhorn and the Gries Glacier to the south.photos: Views from the top of Nufenenpass.

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