Road racing marathon in the Oetztal Valley
Only the very best make it!
The road racing marathon takes place every year in Soelden on Europe's highest glacier road. 238 km and 5.500 m altitude have to be surmounted – a challenge which attracts numerous athletes to Tyrol each year.
The cyclists display staggering physical strength as they set out to tackle the marathon. This sports event in Soelden has a long-standing tradition as one of the most difficult road racing events in Austria. Thousands of athletes are desirous to take part in the marathon each year but only 4000 are admitted to the starting line.
Road racing fever grips the Oetztal
In addition to the several thousand participants, the race also attracts numerous locals and guests. The athletes are cheered on by the spectators as they try to accomplish this superhuman feat. The route to the Timmelsjoch alone requires plenty of strength and stamina. All cyclists who complete the 238 km through the Oetztal Mountains and cross the finishing line can truly be considered winners.
The race track
The starting point is in Soelden from where the track first runs uphill, then downhill from Kühtai to Innsbruck and Steinach am Brenner, up to the Jaufen pass and on to the Timmelsjoch at 2,509 m altitude before leading back down to Soelden. The temperature difference between the mountains and valley presents a big challenge to the athletes.