Saturday, August 23, 2008

St. Anton Mountain Bike Marathon

Today the Mountain Bike Marathon will take place in the Tirolean holiday resort of St. Anton am Arlberg known worldwide in winter as a ski destination. Situated at 1,304 m above sea level St. Anton lies on the Rosanna River and belongs to the district of Landeck. St. Anton is a truly unique recreation paradise for the whole family. The cozy little town with 2,500 inhabitants has still maintained its genuine ambiance and charming atmosphere.The Arlberger Mountain Bike Marathon is the third and final stage of the alpine triathlon "Arlberg Eagle". The overall winner must work on their physical fitness throughout the year to be ahead of the field in the ski race (Der Weisse Rausch celebrated in April 19th), in the half marathon (July 26th) and in the mountain-bike marathon (August 23rd). After the Bike race the heroes of the triathlon are celebrated duly on August 23rd and the 2008 winner receives the Eagle trophy for being the best in all three disciplines.
The Arlberger Mountain Bike Marathon is the highlight and at the same time the end of the St. Antoner "bike week". A pre marathon party and live music on Friday evening put the guests and participant in the mood for the demanding race.