The mountain bike fun race MONDRAKER ENDURO TEAM in the Grisons destination Davos Klosters will take place already for the sixth time from 1 to 3 September 2022 and has established itself accordingly: Within a few hours the event was completely sold out, 70 teams are still on the waiting list. It is one of the rare Enduro races for teams in Europe and is accordingly well received in the international mountain bike scene. For the 450 lucky participants, the focus lies on the first-class trails of the Davos Klosters region as well as the collegiality. For the new, unique Team Enduro Race for children from 8 to 15 years, which will premiere on the last day of the event, there are still a few starting places available.
Last year it still took a few days – this time all categories were sold out within a few hours: The classic teams of two, the FUN TEAMs of 3 to 6 people that were successfully introduced two years ago, and also the e-bike category, planned as a test run for 2022 in response to repeated demand – the E-Teams. 450 riders in over 200 teams will start at MONDRAKER ENDURO TEAM in Davos Klosters from 1 to 3 September 2022. About a quarter of them are FUN TEAMS, the others teams of two in the categories MEN, WOMEN, MIXED, 77+ and E-Teams.
More than 30 children at ENDRUO TEAM for Kids – registration still possible
A novelty this year is the absolutely unique team enduro race for children, which will celebrate its premiere on 3 September 2022, the last day of the event, and will take place under the patronage of the MTB Club Davos. "Promoting young talents is a matter close to our hearts. That's why we are very happy that there are already more than 30 kids on the start list of the first edition of ENDRUO TEAM for Kids!", says organizer Britta Wild from Bike Academy Davos. "In contrast to the adult race, there are still free starting places in the junior’s race. Kids from 8 to 15 years with an advanced bike level can still register in teams of two for the premiere!" Moreover, Endura is an extremely attractive partner as a sponsor for ENDURO TEAM for Kids: "All young riders will receive a high-quality goodie from Endura. In addition, all winning teams will benefit from other great prizes from the collection," adds Britta Wild. www.enduro-team.ch/en/kidsrace
120 kilometers and 11 stages on tempting trails
In the three days of MONDREAKER ENDURO TEAM, the adult participants ride, as in a classic enduro race, several stages, i.e. measured sections that mainly lead downhill and last a few minutes each. This year, 11 of them are on the schedule, the race this time comprises 120 kilometers, almost 10,000 meters downhill and a good 2000 meters of climbing. "Since the second section of the Jakobshorn cable car is not running this season due to renovation work, this time some more uphill meters must be pedaled than in previous years," explains race director Michi Wild of the Bike Academy Davos. "The routing is thus also a challenge for us – and this year's test run with the newly created e-bike category will be all the more exciting. Thanks to the almost countless number of trails in the Davos Klosters region, however, we will once again be able to create a tempting race for everyone." The grand finale will once again lead directly to the finish area at the Bolgen Plaza, for both the adults and the kids. So, a good atmosphere is guaranteed!
Defending champions at the start – exciting races expected
Although MONDRAKER ENDURO TEAM focuses on the fun, there are again names with racing ambitions on the start list. In the MENs category, there are Mirco Widmer and Stefan Peter from Zug, the defending champions from last year. But also Mike Schuler from Alpthal, Jonas Bernet from Beinwil or Silvan Marfurt from Küttigen have often proven that they are fast. In the women's race, the Bernese sisters Ramona and Jennifer Kupferschmied, the winners of 2021, will also be back. They are likely to have an exciting duel with the downhillers Carina Cappellari from Walenstadt and Lea Rutz from Grabs. It will also be exciting in the 77+ category: The legendary Tanner Twins from Eriswil are back and are sure to have a close race with podium finishers from previous years such as Fredy Rohrer and Iwan Arnold from Oberdorf or Marco Odermatt and Philipp Buchs from Adligenswil. And although in the fun teams the focus is even more on fun, there are also a few very fast teams at the start here. The race development in the test category E-Teams will also be interesting, especially with the extra uphill meters this year.
Camaraderie across nations and generations
The trails at MONDRAKER ENDURO TEAM are varied and attractive – but sometimes also technically demanding, since they are almost exclusively natural paths and not men-made flow trails. "Our goal is to show experienced mountain bikers the most beautiful trails of the Davos Klosters destination in the best company," says Britta Wild of the extremely small organizing committee. Between the thrilling descents, the participants cover various transfer stages without time measurement, often supported by mountain railways. This leaves time to enjoy the impressive alpine scenery of the Grisons mountains as well as the international camaraderie among the mountain bikers – the core idea of the event, next to the first-class trails. A total of 19 nations is on the start list, mainly from Europe, but occasionally even from overseas. The age range of the participants goes from 15 to 57 years and connects generations. Raffi Eggmann from Münchwilen will be 16 in November and is the youngest participant ever to take part in MONDRAKER ENDURO TEAM: "I'm lucky that they count by year – so I can already take part this time," says the youngster. "It will be my first enduro race and I'm really looking forward to it. My team partner is almost three times my age and has done tens of races – I hope to benefit a lot from his experience! It's also cool that my younger brother can now participate in the Kids Race!" Read the longer interview with Raffi Eggmann online: https://enduro-team.ch/en/juengster-teilnehmer-eh-und-je-interview-mit-raffi-eggmann/
Small OC – valuable partnerships
This year, Mondraker is the title sponsor for the fourth time already. The small organizing committee is also supported by the Davos Klosters Mountain Railways and the tourism organization. "Without these partners, we would definitely not be able to manage the event," says Britta Wild. But also the work of the Trail Crew Davos, which keeps the trails of the destination in good shape, is indispensable. "Furthermore, we are supported by Graubünden Sport and maintain partnerships with various recognized bike hotels in town," Britta Wild explains further.
Spectators are also welcome at the mountain bike race. "The event area is located at the Bolgen in Davos Platz, next to the valley station of the Jakobshorn cable car", explains Britta Wild. "From 8 AM onwards you can watch the race’s start, and from mid-afternoon the riders will cross the finish line. There is food and drinks as well." Spectators can also watch the race on the course from a little distance. Which trail sections will be used at what times will be posted shortly before the race at the mountain railways.
The start list of the 2022 teams can be found here: https://timing.sportident.com/meldung/entries.php?wkid=20220903200328&sprache=en&melder=