Friday, August 28, 2009

Ötztaler Radmarathon

Next Sunday August 30 at 6:30 am a new edition of the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon will take place in the Ötztal Valley (Tirol) with start and finish in Sölden. The event marks the highlight of the cycling season for hobby cyclists from all over the world. 4000 participants will take part in the race.
The Race covers a total distance of 238 kilometres. The cyclists, coming from 15 different countries, have to conquer no less than 5,500 meters of altitude gain. The unique route takes them from the high Alpine Ötztal glacier world to Tirol's lower mountain ranges and further on to the scenic South Tyrolean vineyards. 4 steep Alpine passes are a part of the challenging race: Sölden (1,377 m) - Längenfeld - Umhausen - Oetz (820 m) - Kühtai (2,020 m) - Kematen (610 m) - Völs - Innsbruck (600 m) - Sonnenburgerhof - Schönberg - Matrei am Brenner - Steinach am Brenner - Gries a. Brenner - Brenner pass (1,377 m) - Sterzing - Jaufen pass (2,090 m) - St. Leonhard im Passeiertal - Timmelsjoch pass (2,509 m) - Sölden (1,377 m).