Friday, August 21, 2009

Inferno Triathlon

Tomorrow August 22nd the Inferno Triathlon will take place in Mürren. The race is one of the most beautiful and spectacular events in the Swiss mountains. With its ascent of 5,500 metres, is one of the toughest in the world and already ranks as a classic. The unforgettable encounter with nature in the incomparable Alpine world of the Bernese Oberland and the easy-going atmosphere make the Inferno a most impressive challenge.
A triathlon is an endurance sports event consisting of swimming, cycling and running. First athletes must face the Swim leg (Thun - Oberhofen, 3.1 kilometres). Then the cycling stage, divided in two legs: Road Bike (Oberhofen - Grindelwald, 97 kilometres) and Mountain Bike (Grindelwald - Stechelberg, 30 kilometres). Finally the running stage (Stechelberg - Schilthorn, 25 kilometres) ending in the Schilthorn at 2,970 metres above sea level.
Mürren, located at 1,650 metres above sea level, is a marvellous car free mountain village, perched on a high, sunny terrace facing the famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. It nestles at the foot of the Schilthorn with its revolving Piz Gloria Restaurant, made world-famous by a James Bond film.