Wednesday, March 23, 2011

8th Glacier Bike Downhill Race in Saas-Fee

The 8th annual Glacier Downhill Bike Race will be held on March 26th, 2011 in Saas-Fee. This is no usual ride over hill and dale this race goes rather over ice and snow down to the glacier village. It’s a race without spikes and with high velocity of 144 km/h. This year there is prize money in the value of 5’000 Swiss Francs.
The mass start is on the Mittelallalin station at an altitude of 3500m, surrounded by a fantastic panorama and 13 fourthousand-metre-high peaks, and goes down over the snowy and icy slopes to the glacier village at 1800m. The riders have to manage 1700metres of altitude difference and 8 km of distance. First they ride on a narrow trail along the Fee glacier, which leads them to the panorama hill. For less experienced racers this is a real challenge. The hill is steep and has to be crossed at high speed. High velocities of about 144 h/km have been measured per GPS on that part of the trail.
Further down, the ride leads past the restaurant Morenia before entering the Valley run. This is going to be a very exciting part of the race with extremely steep passages, flat transits, narrow curves, and is a real assessment for the rider and his material. The last part of the ride, a very flat passage, needs strength to be managed. The decision who is going to be the winner is often taken during this part of the race. Shortly before the finish area at 1800 mthe route becomes a little steeper.
After reaching the desired end of the race, the award ceremony will take place, and in the evening the riders party will be at the Living Room.

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