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The problem with the cycling world, according to Fabian Cancellara The problem with the cycling world, according to Fabian Cancellara The problem with the cycling world, according to Fabian Cancellara
The Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara retired in 2016 after winning a gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Now he’s launched his own cycling series for amateurs and tells Sarah Chiarello how the UCI, cycling’s governing body, needs to better regulate the sport. The first thing? Stop fighting for money.
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Matt Leighton
No skis are too old in the traditional Kandahar ski race
Back in 1893, a pair of Swiss-made skis cost a mere 20 Swiss francs, the equivalent of a few nights in a fine hotel at the time. Find out how the passionate members of the Kandahar-Club Hirsegg are keeping old traditions alive.
Matt Leighton
Running up the Lauberhorn for fun
They’re starting at the finish line and finishing at the starting line. Athletes are racing up—that’s right, up!—the legendary Lauberhorn ski run for fun, and for the chance to win 1,000 Swiss francs.
Matt Leighton
The world’s largest 24-hour cross-country ski race
The cross-country ski race in Les Mosses showcases more than 900 athletes in a grueling 24-hour, nonstop race. Matt Leighton talks about its budget and audience for the competition’s 8th year running.
Matt Leighton
SkiMo in Villars is a success despite tricky conditions
Countries around the world have sent their strongest skiers to navigate the complex and difficult course in Villars for the SkiMo World Championships.
Matt Leighton
Everything you need to know about Nendaz Freeride
Well into its thirteenth edition, the Nendaz Freeride competition is one of the world’s leading events of the sport with 400 riders in the running over 10 days.
Matt Leighton
The road ahead for Switzerland at the Special Olympics
The Special Olympics are about to begin in Abu Dhabi, and it’s an opportunity for 94 Swiss athletes to experience the trials and tribulations of international competition. Matt Leighton talks strategy, medal potential, and what it takes to get the athletes ready.
Matt Leighton
Is the future of Swiss bobsleigh in safe hands?
Switzerland has a glorious past with the Olympic bobsleigh, but here we look at the next generation. Will Swiss sliding find a female athlete to compete in the inaugural monobob at the 2022 Beijing Olympics?
Matt Leighton
Switzerland makes its mark at the 2019 Winter Universiade
A team of 100 Swiss students have descended on Krasnoyarsk, Russia, for the Universiade. Though the Russian team has dominated the multisport event, the Swiss team has certainly made its mark, as Matt Leighton explains.
Matt Leighton
Is there money to be made in the Swiss ice hockey playoffs?
After a thrilling regular season in Swiss ice hockey that drew two million fans, the second-best ever, it’s officially playoff time. And as always, that means plenty of tension, excitement, and a really nice payday for some, as Matt Leighton explains.
Matt Leighton
Could Switzerland become a rugby powerhouse?
Rugby is no longer just a game for expats, says Veronika Muehlhofer, CEO of Swiss Rugby Union. There are now 5,000 registered players in Switzerland. So could there be a Swiss rugby team in Paris for the 2024 Olympic games? “It’s a dream, but not an unrealistic one,” she says.
Matt Leighton
Is electric car racing on frozen lakes a hot prospect?
The first edition of the Eco-Trophée des Neiges took place at Champex-Lac in Valais. Electric cars on a frozen lake, was it a success? Organizer and entrepreneur Simon Tournay believes it was and has plans to expand in 2020.
Matt Leighton
Swiss cricket season warms up in St. Moritz with a tournament on ice
Switzerland’s cricket season kicks off on April 1, but for fans in need of a warm-up there was plenty of action in February as St. Moritz Cricket hosted a tournament on a frozen lake. So what’s the outlook for the sport both on and off the ice?
Matt Leighton
How does Swiss Air-Rescue Rega keep on course financially?
The not-for-profit private organization Rega has a fleet of helicopters and airplanes at the service of air rescues. How is it funded, how much does it cost to run, and what are the future challenges?
Matt Leighton
After a tough start, the Freestyleshow Sörenberg is thriving
The Freestyleshow in Sörenberg began modestly with a group of friends who shared a vision and has since grown into an event with 2,500 fans and counting—all in just eight years. Matt Leighton gives us a glimpse into the thriving sports show in the canton of Lucerne.
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