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Swiss Cycling establishes new Gravity commission

Roger Rinderknecht (Gt Bicycles)

Roger Rinderknecht (Gt Bicycles) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/

Following up on the first meeting of Swiss gravity racing stakeholders in December 2009, a new Swiss Cycling federation Technical Committee (FAKO) has been incorporated to continue to serve the downhill, four cross and freeride community.

The new commission, which includes a mix of commissioners, team managers, athletes and promoters, will take into account the demands and trends in gravity racing. Its first official meeting, focusing on event planning for the Swiss Championships and racing in the European Championships, will be held on March 2 at Ittigen.

Future topics may include preparing the next generation of young riders. The Commission cites the example of the desgination of an Under 17 category for endurance sports, which has seen a recent rise in popularity like the increase in participation in gravity racing. Most downhill races recognize elite and Under 19 categories. The commission will take on the ongoing task of working toward getting the UCI to update its regulations, too.

For more information, contact Technical Director Roland Richner at

FAKO - Swiss gravity Commission
Ingo Hofer (Commissioner)
Rachel Seydoux (Four cross athlete)
Nathalie Däppen (Downhill athlete)
Albert Iten (National coach)
Claudio Caluori (Team manager and Track builder)
Jan Gehringer (Coordinator iXS Cup Downhill)
Roger Rinderknecht (Four cross athlete) and Pascal Seydoux (Four cross athlete) - common representation
Raphael Walter (representing Switzerland)
Rene Wildhaber (Freeride athlete)
Marcel Waldmann (Downhill athlete)
Rene Schauff (Team manager)

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.