Friday, August 1, 2008

Ischgl Ironbike

Tomorrow August 2nd at 8:30 am, the Ironbike event will start in Ischgl (Tirol, Austria). Europe's most highly endowed mountain bike marathon, in the 2007 edition around 800 participants competed for the prize money of Euros 20,000, gathering fans from all over the world. Similar to the Mountain Bike World Championships, the Ischgl Ironbike is a UCI class 1 race. The absolutely perfect trails lead through the high alpine landscape - over rough and smooth. Rider and bike are at the limit practically all of the time and have to put all of their ability to the test.
The Ischgl Ironbike offers the perfect challenge for everyone, from beginners through to professional marathon racers at the peak of their form. Bikers can opt for one of three routes during the race.
Stage 1 (Short track 27,5 km): From Ischgl to Galtür via Lareinalmand back to Ischgl.
Stage 2 (Intermediate track 48 km): After the short track, the route heads steeply upwards to Idalpe and on to Vellillscharte. From there, riders speed down along the super trail designed by Hans Rey through the Vellil Valley and back to Ischgl.
Stage 3 (Long track 79 km, 3.820 m vertical climb): The route splits on the second track above Idalpe. A steep ascent heads up to the Greitspitze via Idjoch. From there riders must take Greitspitz and Salaaser trail and head down to Laret and Samnaun. From there, head back to Ischgl via Zeblasjoch, Palinkopf and Höllboden.
A detailed road book and GPS data for the Ischgl Ironbike are available from http://www.bike-gps.com/ for a small fee.
Ischgl is a mountain bike paradise with a total of over 1,000 kilometres of tracks and six cable cars for transportation. The Silvretta Bike Arena is considered to be one of the best mountain bike regions in the Alps. Ischgl does not only offer an impressive network of well marked mountain bike circuits for every level of fitness; you also can practice the correct riding techniques in the special riding-technique-park, "Ischgl Trailground".

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