Thursday, January 14, 2010

Der Weisse Ring Race (Lech-Zürs am Arlberg)

Next Saturday, January 16th the 5th edition of the longest ski race in the world will take place again in Lech-Zürs. Skiing is celebrated on The White Ring in Lech Zürs for more than 50 years. For the 50th anniversary of this unique ski circuit in the Alpine region, the first White Ring race, the longest ski race all over the world, was held in the season 2005/2006. When Olympic Champion and World Champion Patrick Ortlieb was inaugurating the first White Ring race on 15th January 2006 and was marking the course record that still holds, nobody knew how this race would develop to such a cult event.
The succesful story of the White Ring starts in the 40's with the first operation of the skilift Zürsersee in winter 1940/41. After that the single chairlift from Zürsersee to Madloch was built and during the season 1956/57 the skilift from the "Milchloch" to the Trittalpe was put into operation as the third link. With the fourth installation, the cable car Rüfikopf I, the White Ring was also completed in the direction Lech-Zürs. The most essential ideas and original lifts come from Dipl.-Ing. Sepp Bildstein. In his honour the Bildstein-Trophy (group classification) was initiated for the White Ring-Race.