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The vision of the Thömus maxon Swiss Mountain Bike Racing Team is based on the premise that a team can only be successful in the long term through the comprehensive promotion of young talent. From this vision, the Thömus Akros YoungStars were born. Under the leadership of Marcel Kuratli, twelve ambitious young athletes between the ages of 15 and 21 will compete in national and international mountain bike races this season.

The step-by-step approach to top-level sport and the transfer of knowledge with the Thömus maxon Swiss Mountain Bike Racing Team will create a long-term partnership and a broad-based project for young mountain bikers.

The Team

Chiara Mettier, 2002, Thurgau

The young woman from Thurgau is looking forward to her first season with the Youngstars. She won her first race with the team straight away and became Swiss Cyclocross Champion in Meilen in the junior category. We are excited to see what successes Chiara will celebrate on the mountain bike.

Lara Liehner, 2006, Ottikon ZH

The upbeat 16-year-old from Zurich still goes to school. You can often find her in nature in her free time and she likes to go jogging.

Loris Hättenschwiler, 2005, Uerkheim AG

The humorous Loris Hättenschwiler is doing his apprenticeship as a polymechanic. He also spends a lot of time “on the air” with teammates on his enduro bike, and when he doesn’t have two wheels under him, he takes pictures of animals.

Sirin Städler, 2006, Hinterforst SG

The cheerful 16-year-old Sirin is currently still in school. In the summer, she will start an apprenticeship as a businesswoman. She likes to be outside with her teammates and spend time with her family in her free time. She is looking forward to her first year as a rider with the Thömus Akros Youngstars Team.

Monique Halter, 2004, Herisau AR

The young girl from Herisau is doing an apprenticeship as an automation technician. When she’s not on her bike, she’s cross-country skiing or baking something delicious in the kitchen.

Romano Püntener, 2004, Schaan FL

The friendly 18-year-old from Liechtenstein is currently training to become a bicycle mechanic. He is interested in everything to do with bikes: in every spare minute, he takes care of his material or polishes his excellent technique. Romano is very helpful and always ready to have fun.

Chiara Solèr, 2005, Lumbrein GR

She gives everything for the sport. On the racecourse, she is often mistaken for Sirin Städler, but as soon as you hear her talking, her dialect is unmistakable. She loves the trails around Lumbrein and speaks Romansh!


DatumVeranstaltung / RennserieOrtLandKat.
16. + 17.03Swiss CupGränichen AGCHC1
23. + 24.03Swiss CupRiveraCHHC + Junior Series
06.04Sunshine CupNalsITHC + Junior Series
06. - 13.04TrainingslagerSüdtirolITTL
27. + 28.04BundesligaHeubachDEHC + Junior Series
04. + 05.05ÖKK Bike RevolutionChurCHHC + Junior Series
11. + 12.05EuropameisterschaftPolenPOEM
23. - 26.05WeltcupNove MestoCZEWC + Junior Series
01. + 02.06ÖKK Bike RevolutionEngelbergCHHC
13. - 16.06WeltcupVal di SoleITWC
20. - 23.06WeltcupGrans. MontanaCHWC
29. + 30.06ÖKK Bike RevolutionDavosCHHC
04. - 07.07WeltcupLes GetsFRWC
12. - 14.07SchweizermeisterschaftEchallensCHSM
24. - 25.08Swiss CupMuttenzCHHC + Junior Series
27. - 01.09WeltmeisterschaftenVallnordANDWM
07. + 08.09ÖKK Bike RevolutionGruyéreCHC1
14. + 15.09ÖKK Bike RevolutionHuttwilCHHC
23. - 29.09WeltcupLake PlacidUSAWC
30. - 08.10WeltcupMont Saint AnneCANWC

Management Marcel Kuratli

As a teenager, Marcel raced BMX. Today, he is the team manager of the Thömus RN Young Stars, proving that successful cycling careers can also look like this. With a lot of heart, soul, and endless commitment, he founded the team in 2019 and was already able to reflect on many successful hours with his protégés after the first season. Marcel has been a promoter of young talent from the very beginning. He is a stroke of luck for the Thömus RN Young Stars athletes.

Physiotherapy Lea Mettler

As a former ski racer, Lea knows what top-class sport is all about.

In the middle of her training, she accompanies us to the World Cups and, in addition to the athletes, also takes care of the shopping, cooking and so much more…

Photos and Social Media Jean-Luc Haller

Jean-Luc provides the fascinating images at the Swiss races

As managing director of the social media agency media91 GmbH – Social Media Agency from Herisau. Media91 takes care of the social media of the Thömus Akros – Youngstars Team.

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Biketeam Youngstars GmbH
Marcel Kuratli
Oberaustrasse 20
6383 Dallenwil


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