Komoot Supports Female Adventure Cycling Community with Swiss ‘gravELLE x komoot Women’s Weekender' Event
- First komoot women’s-only adventure cycling event in Switzerland
- The ‘Marmot's Land Edition’ saw 20 women from a range of backgrounds and cycling experience take part
Potsdam, 22nd August 2022 – Following the sell-out success of the Komoot Women’s Torino-Nice Rally and the Komoot Women’s Montañas Vacías, komoot is expanding its calendar of community events that invite women, trans and non-binary riders to local editions in Switzerland and Germany.
The first adventure cycling event took place this past weekend in Switzerland in collaboration with the Swiss gravELLE Club. 20 women followed a route of 210 kilometres with 5700 metres of elevation gain through the Swiss National Park, the so-called ‘land of marmots’. The route can be seen here on komoot.
The goal behind such events is to connect female adventure cyclists with each other. In Switzerland, given its diverse cultures, languages and geography - an open invitation to all women to join the adventure, regardless of their level of experience, skill-sets and equipment, is what counts the most.
The success of the past komoot Women’s Rally's showed the great potential of these events. However, with the mission to make adventure accessible to everyone, we felt the need and responsibility to create shorter, bikepacking-beginner-friendly and local versions. The whole point of these events is to bring women together to support each other, learn from each other and to foster a sense of community and connection in the long-term. Komoot is a huge supporter of access and diversity within adventure cycling, we see a large proportion of female riders logging adventure cycling Tours on komoot and we want to support them where we can!Isabel Riffel, DACH Community-Managerin
Riders started in Zernez, the door to the Swiss Nationalpark, and rode over gravel paths through stunning alpine scenery and pine forests. Since these events are unsupported, it was entirely up to each rider whether they preferred to camp or stay in a guesthouse or hotel. Since camping is forbidden in der Schweizer Nationalpark, anyone choosing to camp was forced to do so at the official campsites in Scuol, Livigno and Zernez. Riders could also go at their own pace and choose to ride alone or in a group.
The Collection of the route on komoot: https://www.komoot.de/collection/1597958/gravelle-x-komoot-women-s-bikepacking-weekender-marmot-s-land
The route consists mainly of a loop south of the Inn River, which rises in the Engadine before flowing into the Danube five hundred kilometres later in Passau. The start and finish of the route is Zernez. Zernez is also known as the gateway to the Swiss National Park, has good transport connections and offers everything you could wish for before and after such an adventure, from a nice campsite to a delicious pizzeria.Sara Bukies, komoot Ambassador
I had an amazing time at the graveELLE and komoot Women’s Weekender in Switzerland. The spirit of the group was great and everyone was being so nice. The route seemed quite challenging to me and I wasn’t sure I would be able to make it. But having the support of the group and the possibility for pre-planned shortcut options, I decided to just go for it. It turned out, I didn’t actually need any of the shortcuts in the end!Gabriella Antal, Switzerland
Event photos (photo credits: Fiona Stappmanns, @mountainsandtheocean) and komoot map of the tour: https://newsroom.komoot.com/media_kits/229362
Here you'll find how to embed a komoot tour online: https://www.komoot.com/b2b/embed