Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ischgl Ironbike

Next Saturday August 8th at 8:30 am, the Ironbike event will start in Ischgl (Tirol, Austria). Europe's most highly endowed mountain bike marathon, in the 2008 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, 755 m vertical climb): From Ischgl to Galtür via Lareinalmand back to Ischgl.
Stage 2 (Intermediate track 48 km, 2.057 m vertical climb): 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.
For a detailed road book and GPS data for the Ischgl Ironbike click here.
Ischgl organisational team offers all participants a comprehensive service: a signposted and marked route, altitude profile, professional timekeeping (Cyclip transponder around the ankle), pasta party the evening before (free for competitors), optional breakfast before the race (for a charge), free refreshments along the route, free showers and use of the outdoor pool after the race, massage service (for a charge) and a bike wash. Everyone who finishes the Ischgl Ironbike 2009 (short, intermediate or long track) will receive an Ironbike finisher shirt.