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40. Ötztal Cycle Marathon

Canceled - Ötztaler Cycle Marathon

Dear participants in the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon,
Unfortunately, measures against Covid 19 force us to our knees and with a heavy heart we have to cancel the Ötztal Cycle Marathon planned for 30 August 2020.
Large events with crowds of people are prohibited throughout Austria until 31 August 2020. But also due to the current uncertainty for the subsequent weeks, we are forced to make this far-reaching decision.
Therefore we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon together with you on 29 August 2021.
We offer all participants, who have already submitted the entry fee or who still have to pay it by 28 April, to transfer their starting place automatically to next year.
If you are not interested in this offer, the starting place can be canceled free of charge until 28.02.2021 and the full entry fee will be refunded.
 All those participants who have booked a starting place through our "Package Deals" will be informed in detail at the beginning of next week.
We kindly ask all participants who have reserved their starting place via the Preparatory Camps to contact their accommodation provider directly.
Please contact your host directly about the room reservation so that you can find a solution together.
Thank you for working together, we hope that all of our dreams will come true on Sunday, 29 August 2021.
Stay healthy and use the remaining time for perfect preparation and training.

the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon Team


We are not the only ones preparing intensively for the #ÖtztalerRadmarathon2020 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

#14 "Just 238 kilometers."

Sometimes it's very helpful to be good at math. This is not only an advantage when it comes to easy or more complicated arithmetic tasks, but also when you sugarcoat your situation...


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#13 "Training deficit."

Indoors or out in the open? That's the question. Am I allowed or rather not? Should I or rather not? Only one thing is for sure: I must. Oh my god, it's incredibly complicated this year...


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#12 "I still have to lose many kilos."

Eh? Why so many kilos at once? They weren't there last summer. In the past few months, my stomach has grown almost out of nothing. Nearly overnight...


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#11 "Get ready for the training camp."

I have a dream. No. I have two dreams. And a great wish. I am dreaming of the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon and I am dreaming of a training camp...


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#10 "Training starts tomorrow."

Enough for now. It's getting serious. Training will start tomorrow. Yes, because tomorrow is early enough. It's still 23 weeks until the big day...


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#9 "Honey, I have a starting place."

No? For real? Really? I have a starting place? No joke? No kidding! The coveted e-mail was finally sent by the organization. I feel like hugging everyone...


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#8 "It's all Ötzi. The new summer planning."

I cannot wait any longer. It's all Ötzi. I'm planning my summer now. Although I didn't made my pile yet. Because I'm still sitting on the ergometer with vain hopes...


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Ötztaler Cycle Marathon 2020.

2020 makes 40! A truly perfect anniversary.

We start counting days again and they will fly by. It's still a long wait for the 40th edition of the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon but the registration portal on www.oetztaler-radmarathon.com will be accessible already on 01 February. Who will conquer 238 km and 5500 altitude meters to secure the unrivaled "Ötztaler" finisher jersey in 2020? Cycling enthusiasts can register during four entire weeks until 29 February, followed by some waiting and trusting fate. Oliver Schwarz, Managing Director of Ötztal Tourismus: "Out of more than 15000 registrations, only 4000 will be on the start at Dorfstraße in Sölden."

Strong and clever as a Golden Eagle.
The 40th edition of the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon is under the sign of the Golden Eagle. Ibex and marmot are a thing of the past. The "anniversary" animal is the undisputed king of the skies in the Alps. Extremely strong and very skilled. "The bird's majestic appearance is very similar to the image of a racing cyclist. The golden eagle - despite of its huge size - usually looks very light and elegant high up in the sky, and the amateur cyclists climb the four passes of the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon just as lightly and elegantly before they feel like an eagle on its prey, speeding down the switch-backing road towards the finish line." André Stadler, director of Innsbruck's Alpine Zoo, hits the nail on the head with his statement. "Golden eagles love the challenge and regularly prey animals that are considerably heavier than themselves. A must-have characteristic also for the participants in the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon. Their prey is not heavy to carry but very hard to hunt." Surely we are talking about the Sportful finisher jersey which is reserved to "real" finishers.

2020 makes 40!
The wheel continues to turn and there will be a few small but not insignificant changes in 2020. OC head Dominic Kuen: "We have to keep up with the times and make some adaptions. As one of the Alps' biggest cycling events we are also a role model and trailblazer. Some things are our duty and also the participants made a lot of helpful suggestions. These little adaptations will affect the regulations and conditions of participation as well as the fringe program." The Ötztaler "fashion" never goes offline in Sölden. All year round. After the Ötztaler 2019 is before the Ötztaler 2020.

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