There are numerous cycling marathons. And there is the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon. Almost 4000 hobby cyclists put all their months of preparation into practice on 30 August 2020 – on occasion of the 40th marathon edition leading through Ötztal, Sellraintal, Inntal, Wipptal, Jaufental and Passeiertal. Every year there are more than 15,000 registrations for the toughest cycling challenge covering 238 km, 5500 altitude meters and four Alpine passes. Kühtai, Brenner, Jaufenpass and Timmelsjoch. An enormous challenge for everyone. Participants, organizers, helpers and volunteers.
For an entire month, from 01 to 29 February, female and male racing cyclists from all over the world have the opportunity to register for one of the coveted and limited starting places. In mid-March, the official draw will take place for individual cyclists and teams. In order to meet all requirements and to maintain equal opportunity, a sophisticated mathematical model is used. The lucky starters are then personally contacted by e-mail and asked to pay the registration fee in time. If the deadline is expired also the starting permission expires and the free place will be drawn again in the second round – which makes those on the waiting list quite nervous and then very happy. In the end they are all there. Ready in the starting grid. Those who really dare the adventure of taking part in the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon.
Training units 365 days a year. Discussions 365 days a year.
There are cycling marathons. And there is the ultimate Ötztaler Cycle Marathon. No other race is so controversial. Once and never again. Until next time. Fighting for another finisher jersey. Rookies meet returners. For this race you prepare 365 days a year and you also talk about it 365 days a year. Forecasts, opinions, experiences and stories. Ranging from personally experienced highs and lows to recounted stories. All this makes the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon a true myth. A race like no other.