Between start and finish...
On the 238 kilometer long Ötztaler Cycle Marathon there is one thing for sure: it takes the cyclists right to the heart of the mountains. There is no other challenge that comprises four Alpine passes and 5500 altitude meters! The original route with start and finish in Sölden leads racing cyclists past idyllic villages and along the Kühtai saddle to the province's capital of Innsbruck, and further on across the Brenner Pass to South Tyrol. In some high Alpine areas, which culminate at Jaufen Pass and Timmelsjoch at 2509 meters above sea level, the athletes also fight against quickly changing weather conditions. Especially challenging are the steep climbs with a gradient of up to 18%, followed by speedy downhill stretches. The track profile definitely shows one thing - boredom is literally unknown thanks to these demanding prospects.
The marathon course along the "original" route with start and finish in Sölden covers 5500 altitude meters, leading through high Alpine areas (up to 2508 m) in Tirol (Austria) and South Tyrol (Italy).
Start in Sölden. Rather downhill towards Oetz (800 m). Then uphill to Kühtai (2020 m). Downhill stretch to Kematen and further on towards Innsbruck (600 m). Take a deep breath before you cycle up to Brenner Pass (1377 m). Downhill to Sterzing (960 m). Keep to the right, cycling uphill constantly to Jaufen Pass (2090 m). Take care on the downhill section to St. Leonhard in Passeier (700 m), followed by the big final climb to Timmelsjoch Pass (2509). The undisputed dream destination: Sölden (1377 m).
The organizer or the race director may decide a change of the race track or the race schedule at any time. In this case, the organizer or race management select either the following alternative route or any other route that appears suitable for a safe event.
If the "original" race track is not available, for whatever reason, the alternative route leads through the following villages:
Sölden (1377 m), Oetz (820 m), Kühtai (2020 m – refreshment station at km 51), Kematen (600 m), Inzing (600 m), Hatting (600 m), Pfaffenhofen (600 m), Rietz (700m), Stams (700m – refreshment station at km 100), Silz (650 m), Haiming (670 m), Höpperg (1024 m), Sattele (1676 m – refreshment station at km 119), Ochsengarten (1500 m), Oetz (800 m), Östen (1000 m – refreshment station at km 137 m), Längenfeld (1.200 m), Sölden (1377 m)
PLEASE NOTE: The roads along the marathon track are not entirely closed to public traffic for the duration of the cycling event. Applicable traffic regulations apply here! 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 section from Timmelsjoch Pass).
The participants themselves must stay informed about important race details in their own responsibility and in good time by visiting the official website and by taking part in the mandatory cyclists meeting that focuses on marathon course details, elevation profiles and, in particular, danger spots.