Ready, steady, good luck in the draw! From 01 February onwards, amateur athletes from all over the world have four weeks to register for the 39th edition of the ultimate Ötztaler Cycle Marathon during the online registration phase.
The deadline ends on 28 February. This year the mythic "Ötztaler" will take place on 01 September, and it is under the sign of the Marmot.
While winter still reigns in the northern Alps and also in Ötztal, thousands of cycling aficionados already count the days until the 1st of February.
Time flies as always and the curtain rises for 238 km and 5500 altitude meters waiting to be conquered. All those who want to be there in 2019, must decide until 28 February.
The question is: want to be there or have to be there? The online registration portal is available only until this deadline.
In the first half of March lots are drawn and some 4000 cyclists can look forward to it with a thrill of anticipation. Oliver Schwarz, Managing Director of Ötztal Tourismus, expects more than 15,000 registrations.