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I have a dream

40th Ötztal Cycle Marathon

29.08.2021 | Sölden

The epic Ötztaler. Every year some 4000 racing cyclists have a dream: to conquer the Alps' probably most demanding cycle marathon in the Alps. The race course covers 238 kilometers, leading from Sölden over 4 Alpine passes (Kühtai saddle, Brenner pass, Jaufen pass and Timmelsjoch) to South Tyrol and back again. The participants master incredible 5500 altitude meters, the fastest cyclists reach the finish line in a record time of just over seven hours. Do you have this dream, too?

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Dear Ötztaler Cycle Marathon community,

the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon 2021 will definitely take place - if the official regulations will allow it, the starting gun for the 40th anniversary edition of the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon will be fired on 29 August 2021.

The Ötztaler organizational team has made a clear decision. A decision in favor of optimism, belief in what is feasible and great trust. These are precisely the values in which the Ötztaler Myth is deeply rooted.

Of course, we are far from being able to announce all the details today. A great many of the conditions will only be made public by the authorities and public bodies in the coming weeks and months. However, we can already guarantee one thing: we will be ready as soon as we get the go-ahead. We will set up a worthy 40th Ötztaler in compliance with all regulations.

The scheduled edition of the 2020 Ötztaler was postponed to the year 2021 together with all starting places already paid and registrations made.

Holders of the starting place who do not want to start in August 2021 can cancel their starting place free of charge until 28 February 2021 - we will refund the entire entry fee. Please send us an e-mail to: radmarathon@oetztal.com

The subsequent drawing of vacant starting places will take place in March 2021. All registrations made in 2020 will take part automatically.

Important dates and deadlines at a glance:

Drawing of remaining starting places: 04 March 2021
Payment deadline for this drawing: 22 April 2021
Transfer of the starting place: 01 – 30 June 2021
Cancellation without cancellation insurance: 09 July 2021

We truly hope that our ultimate dream will come true on Sunday, 29 August 2021.

Stay healthy and use the training period to prepare perfectly.

Yours, the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon Team


We are not the only ones preparing intensively for the #ÖtztalerRadmarathon2021 but you are as well already in the middle of preparation programs.

Should I register at all? Do I really have enough time for training, job & family? In the course of the next 40 weeks we will take a closer look at the world of thoughts of an Ötztaler participant! #ÖRMDIARY

#40 "See you next year."

Signed, sealed and delivered. I have a guaranteed starting place in the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon 2021. Earlier than ever...


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#39 "The question of meaning."

I don't even ask myself if it makes sense. That would complicate matters even more. Because what's the point of starting everything all over again?


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#38 "Heroic Stories."

The first snowflakes have already fallen on the glacier slopes high above Sölden. Now it is the turn of "the others". Now Ötztal belongs to them...


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#37 "Weak points analysis."

My father always said: "Recognizing a problem is already solving half the problem." Right. But my father wasn't a road racing cyclist...


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#36 "Certainly never again."

Surely never again? I've thought and said that so many times. But I never did it. Certainly never again is always an emotional statement. Mostly you say it without thinking...


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#35 "Pride."

I have no idea how big pride can get. Is there probably a physiological limit? I'm just saying. Before your chest might burst or break apart. I've never heard of such a case...


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#34 "Finisher jersey."

If it says "Finisher", there has to be a finisher inside. That's the real finisher spirit. Because only who crosses the finish line is a true finisher...


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#33 "Race weekend."

The very last stress-free weekend is over. It's the racing weekend. The countdown is already on and the maximum heart rate will be reached soon. What a fabulous feeling. Full attention to the weather forecast now...


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