In addition to the usual risks belonging to cycling sports, the organizer points out special dangers arising from such a race by way of example as well as special dangers caused by the participation in the event. The following examples could be a threat to physical integrity (and to all items carried along).
How to master danger spots
Safety comes first - Keep an eye on the course
Of course, the race also has potential risks and dangers that cyclists should be aware of. The marathon loop track will not be completely closed to public traffic during the event, therefore the general traffic regulations apply - and special caution is required. Also the weather conditions, unattended grazing cattle and livestock, the road condition or other participants can lead to dangerous situations. The most important thing is always: your own safety! Here you can read more about the crucial danger spots of the marathon and how the cyclists should prepare themselves.
Due to the influence of slippery asphalt - because of the high Alpine altitude - and sometimes poor road conditions on the driving behavior of the participants.
Due to the impossibility of securing all dangerous spots (in particular natural and artificial obstacles) on the roadside and along the entire race track.
Due to the impossibility of securing all possible crash sites and danger of falling spots in connection with the natural structure of the course (mountain passes up to 2508 m).
Due the fact that there are extreme (Alpine) weather conditions (rain, snow, fog, etc.).
Due to the route traveling in part through wildlife and grazing areas, where you must always watch out for unattended grazing cattle (for example cows, horses or sheep) as well as wild animals or unleashed pets standing on the road all of a sudden - they may also leave dirt there unexpectedly.
The roads along the marathon track are not entirely closed to public traffic for the duration of the cycling event. Applicable traffic regulations apply! At any time you must watch out for overtaking vehicles, crossing cars or pedestrians, oncoming traffic and emergency or rescue vehicles (especially on the downhill stretch from Timmelsjoch Pass).
Dangerous downhill stretch!
Considerate cycling towards all other participants! It's not allowed to overtake the race director's car! Neutral starting phase!
Attention - Dangerous downhill stretches!
Many road dividers and roundabouts!
Längenfeld: 2 roundabouts, 3 traffic islands
Umhausen: 4 traffic islands
Habichen: 2 traffic islands
Oetz: 1 roundabout
Cattle grids and unattended grazing cattle.
Length: 12.5 km from the height of the pass
Attention - oncoming traffic! Considerate cycling required!
The road is divided by road cones! Only the right half of the road may be used by the cyclists! Additionally, there are 4 roundabouts on this stretch, which can only be bypassed on the right!
Dangerous left turn shortly before you reach Gossensass - watch out for SLOW signs!
Length: 19.5 km from the height of the pass
ATTENTION: special caution!
Reduce speed and keep the road in sight!
Damaged road tracks and grooves.
Road and redevelopment works on the entire stretch.
Length: 23.5 km from the height of the pass
SLOW - Unattended grazing cattle!
Attention: probably very strong winds!
KM 3.0-3.1 B 186 Ötztal Federal Road bumby asphalt surface due to rockfall (in front of Gehörde tunnel)
KM 9.0-9.5 B 186 Ötztal Federal Road rough asphalt surface due to mudslide (bend at MS Design)
KM 27.7-28.0 B 186 Ötztal Federal Road bumpy asphalt surface due to construction site - lane change due to construction site (construction site at power plant)
KM 49.5.0-49.7 L 13 Kühtai Road shortly after Kühtai Pass refreshment station, unpaved surface due to construction works
KM 52.0-54.0 L 13 Sellraintal Road from the exit of the last gallery extremely bumpy asphalt surface due to frost damage; dirty road due to construction works on the road bank. From KM 50.0, Kühtai exit - reduce speed and cycle carefully when approaching the danger spot
KM 125.5-116.5 SS 12 Brenner Federal Road - lane change due to construction site (to Brenner refreshment station)
KM 131.0-132.7 SS 12 Brenner Federal Road construction site at the end of Gossensass; narrowing to only one lane and changing to the left lane; asphalt road surface (shortly after Gossensass)
KM 135.7-135.8 SS 12 Brenner Federal Road near Sterzing bridge construction site; lane changes and short concrete ramps as access and exit to the bridge (shortly before Sterzing’s traffic lights)
KM 154.7-155.0 SS44 Jaufen Pass Road bumpy asphalt surface due to construction site because of mudslide - narrowing of the lane and change of lane due to construction site (shortly after the pass)
KM 217.0-217.2 B 186 Ötztal Federal Road (Leck Gallery) bumpy asphalt surface due to mudslide - narrowing of the lane and change of lane due to construction site (Leck Gallery towards Gurgl)