Claudio Caluori Aims to Take On Nino Schurter in a 'Neverresting' Challenge for Pump for Peace

Oct 4, 2021
by Velosolutions Global  

Press Release: Velosolutions


The downhiller's loudmouth challenges the 9 times cross country world champion in an epic e-bike race on the World Cup Downhill track in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, to raise funds for Pump for Peace.

The ultimate e-bike race between Nino Schurter and Claudio Caluori is set to take place on 9 October 2021 with the aim to raise 1 Million Euro for Pump for Peace projects in countries all over the world, making cycling accessible to everyone.

The concept

- Taking e-bike racing to a new level in a never seen format
- Over 10’000 vertical meters of climbing and redescending
- 25 climbs of 403 vertical meters to the top
- 25 downhill runs on the World Cup track in the Bike Kingdom in Lenzerheide
- Nino’s and Claudio’s sponsors joining the effort for the fundraising
- Spectators and fans participating in the fundraiser on pumpforpeace.com

The rules

- Whoever finishes the 25 laps first, wins the race. 
- Riders are allowed to swap bikes similar to cyclocross racing in order to change/charge batteries.


What is Pump for Peace?

Pump for Peace, is a global initiative by Velosolutions introducing kids to a healthy, respectful and tolerant lifestyle. Velosolutions Pump Tracks are social hubs and a great platform for communities to develop a sense of togetherness. At Pump for Peace, we collaborate with governments, local organisations and private companies to bring pump tracks to underprivileged or disadvantaged areas.

How did this get started? 

Nino and Claudio went for a ride together in their home town just after Claudio came back from a crazy Pump for Peace project in Israel during the conflict in May. Claudio must have still been buzzing from that experience when he thought he could challenge the World’s greatest Mountain Bike Cross Country racer in a competition that could take all day long. 

What was Claudio thinking?



The answer to that is very clear: He wants to get all of those projects up and running, that are waiting to be built in South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, Palestine, Iran, Tobago, Navajo Reservation, Armenia, and many more.

Nino has been one of the “Guardians”, which is a team of Pump for Peace ambassadors, for quite a while and he knew, it was time for him to act. So, despite a totally crazy busy season, including the Olympic Games, he committed to take the challenge and help make cycling accessible to people all around the World.

 Immediately, SRAM, Scott, Vittoria, PeakPunk and GoPro confirmed to join our efforts to make this happen, which we’re very grateful for! The money from the partners and sponsors go to Pump for Peace just like the donations from the fans and spectators.

How can you help, participate, donate?

- Please spread the word and visit pumpforpeace.com/neverresting to make a donation to help us reach our goal of 1 million Euro for projects in Africa, Central/South America, Asia, Middle East.
- Come to the event in Lenzerheide on 9th October
- Join us at the concert in the Kurhaus after the race

Watch

Follow the live stream on Pinkbike or pumpforpeace.com  


Nino and Claudio say thank you to all who contribute to this insane project.


33 Comments

  • 48 0
 Schurter on an ebike uphill? Claudio is going to need a Honda 250 to beat him. It should be great fun to watch though.
  • 4 0
 Claudio needs to find 25 limiter-removed, high assist to effort ratio modified e-bikes (if thats even a thing) and just grab a new one every lap.
  • 21 0
 No matter who loses; everyone wins
  • 9 0
 Novel idea, but I feel like there's no way Claudio can gain enough seconds going downhill to offset Nino's climbs. In fact, Nino's endurance and conditioning is probably enough that he can start winning the descents once Claudio starts getting heavy legs.
  • 7 0
 Is Claudio even faster on the DH to start with? I know he used to be a DH racer, but he's retired and Nino is a really really fast xc descender from what I've seen?
  • 17 0
 at first I thought that Nino was going to compete with a bike and Claudio with an ebike
  • 2 1
 @medievalbiking: I wouldn’t bet on Claudio downhill against Nino.
  • 4 0
 @medievalbiking: There was a video a while ago where Claudio went for a ride with Nino, Claudio on a kenevo and Nino on his fixed post spark. They seemed pretty evenly matched, so I think on equivalent bikes, Ninos gonna be a fair bit quicker downhill.
  • 1 0
 So Nino is probably quicker downhill and definitely significantly quicker uphill... they gonna give him an ebike lite or what?
  • 10 0
 I will proof your articles for free if staffing is the issue.
  • 2 0
 I'll proof them for money... cause if it's free it's probably not worth it.
  • 1 0
 @cgreaseman: The point of it being free is a comment on them not being able to afford it as the explanation for it not being done.
  • 3 0
 I'll do it for deals on parts.
  • 1 0
 @Darwin66: Free to pinkside+, passing on the deals. I heard Praxis carbon cranks are on sale too.
  • 5 0
 and how is this a competition? More like a few hours of torture for Claudio even with the aid of an e-bike. This should be good to watch! haha
  • 3 0
 How can there not be a pumptrack race included. That's the bit I'd want to see. Nino against Claudio in a pumptrack race. On a mid-motor e-bike if they want as long as the chain is removed.
  • 1 0
 The point of it being free is a comment on them not being able to afford it as the explanation for it not being done.
  • 2 0
 Weird. IDK how this posted in two places, sorry!
  • 2 0
 After a period of initial cynicism, I'm now sold on this - a charity gets money, MTB fans get to watch Nino curb-stomp Claudio going up and (most likely) going down, and some Swiss people get an excuse for a concert and some beers before getting snowed in for the winter.
  • 3 0
 This should be 25 head2head nonstop laps on the pump track, first to dab is out.
  • 1 0
 looking forward to the 9 hour bla bla video of claudio ripping his legs off, hehe

want to donate, but no credit card and no paypal option. bummer. good luck nino and claudio, enjoy Lenzerheide Smile
  • 3 0
 Winner builds a pump track in Palestine.
  • 1 0
 Ive complete faith in you Claudio but i've just whacked the house on skybet for Nino to win.
  • 1 0
 I know e-bikes need more and more sells, but wouldn´t pumptrack chase make more sense?
  • 2 0
 I’m amped
  • 1 0
 Is this like Make Love Not War, but solo?
  • 4 3
 Why has Claudio not been on the World Cup Broadcasts? He was way better.
  • 1 0
 Thought he was doing the broadcasts still, just not in Engrish?
  • 1 0
 #E-veresting
  • 1 0
 wait..what?
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