Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ischgl Ironbike

Next Saturday August 6th at 8:30 am, a new edition of the Ironbike event will start in Ischgl (Tirol, Austria). Europe's most highly endowed mountain bike marathon, in the last 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 via the Lareinalm to Galtür and back to Ischgl. Charming landscapes and varied terrain; trails not difficult.
Stage 2 (Intermediate track 48 km, 2.057 m vertical climb): Following a short circuit, steep climb up to the Idalpe and on to the Vellillscharte. From here, along the super trail designed by Hans Rey and a fast descent through the Velliltal valley back to Ischgl. Pure biking fun, also suitable for less technically experienced bikers.
Stage 3 (Long track 79 km, 3.820 m vertical climb): Track splits into second circuit above the Idalpe (see altitude profile), steep climb via the Idjoch to the Greitspitze. Single trails and panoramic views accompany the Greitspitze and Salaaser trails down to Laret and Samnaun and from here via the Zeblasjoch, Palinkopf and Höllboden back to Ischgl. Steep, challenging and mountainous – it’s not without good reason that this is called the Ischgl Ironbike!
Participants do not have to opt for a distance in advance – at the Ischgl Ironbike, you can decide which route you want to take during the race.
Every biker follows the short route to Galtür and back to Ischgl. Shortly before the destination, participants can decide whether they wish to continue on the medium or long route or return directly to the destination and thereby be assessed on the short route only.
The route split for the medium or long loop is located below the Vellilscharte (above the Idalp). Here, participants can decide whether they wish to complete the medium trail and pass through the Velliltal valley or continue on the long route to Samnaun.

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