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A lot of organization and coordination for the 4000 participants, the numerous helpers and assistants is required for a smoothly running event without incidents. The participants must keep to appointments prior to the race and follow certain guidelines. This is the only way this major event, which attracts thousands of people every year, can take place according to plan. The most important dates, deadlines and details for the participants are summarized here. We will do our best to organize a successful cycling event again this year.
The Ötztaler Cycle Marathon and all official "Side Events" are organized by (hereinafter referred to as "Organizer"):
In the event of an emergency, the following institutions and the following telephone numbers are available:
The Ötztaler Cycle Marathon (hereinafter referred to as "Event") is an annual, highly renowned and demanding cycle race for amateurs and at the same time a major cycling and tourism event.
In the course of the marathon event (before, during or after), the organizer also schedules countless "Side Events" (for example individual time trials, entertainment shows, bike expo, supporting program etc.)
The course of the "original" route with start and finish in Sölden covers 5500 altitude meters, leading through some high Alpine regions (up to 2474 m) in Tirol (Austria) and South Tyrol (Italy). 3.2 The race track runs past the following villages and is described in detail on the map below:
Sölden (1377 m) - Längenfeld - Umhausen - Oetz (820 m) - Kühtai (2020 m) - Kematen (610 m) - Völs - Innsbruck (600 m) - Sonnenburgerhof - Schönberg - Matrei am Brenner - Steinach am Brenner - Gries a. Brenner - Brenner (1377 m) - Sterzing - Jaufen Pass (2090 m) - St. Leonhard in Passeiertal - Timmelsjoch (2509 m) - Sölden (1377 m)
Detailed GPS data of the race track can be downloaded as GPX file from the official website of the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon.
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.
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 www.oetztaler-radmarathon.com and by taking part in the mandatory cyclists meeting that focuses on the marathon course, elevation profiles and, in particular, danger spots
The organizer reserves the right to change the event program on short notice and to change the race course or race sequence at any time .
|Registration:||from 01.11. to 30.11.2022|
|1st draw:||half of December 2022|
|Payment deadline, 1st draw:||Sunday, 15 January 2023|
|2nd draw:||half of February 2023|
|Payment period 2nd draw:||Sunday, 05 March 2023|
|Starting places can be passed on:||13.03. - 07.04.2023|
|Cancellation without cancellation insurance:||
The starter packages are available in Sölden the following times:
All participants will receive a written starting place confirmation and the personal starting number by e-mail until end of June. The signed start place confirmation must be presented at the pick-up point for the starter packages. The participants must read and agree to the registration and participation regulations and all rules in advance and sign the confirmation of starting place personally. Starter packages are handed out only upon presentation of the written starting place confirmation and a valid photo ID card.
Datasport AG is responsible for the event's timekeeping system.
Starting Block 1 (Group 1A, 1B and 1C) will start at 06:30 am. All participants of this starting block receive the same start time: 6:30 am. All other participants start according to the Real Timing System. Timekeeping starts as soon as they cross the start line.
There are eight more timekeeping points on the track, which have to be passed by each cyclist. If one of the timekeeping points is missing the participant will be disqualified. Each participant has to make sure that he passes the timekeeping lines correctly by controlling it him/herself.
The total time for the official result list is calculated as follows:
The clocks on numerous display boards (for example on race director, speaker and course closing cars) indicate the elapsed time from the official start. At start and finish the exact time is displayed.
The results are divided into the following classes for the individual starters (men and women separately, whereby only the year of birth is decisive for the classification):
|Class||Description||Year of birth|
|General class||up to 35 years||until 1988|
|Master class 1||up to 50 years||until 1973|
|Master class 2||up to 60 years||until 1963|
|Master class 3||over 60 years||from 1962|
In addition, there is a team ranking. Each team of 5 or more members automatically takes part in the team ranking, provided that the team name was entered exactly during the registration process. The five fastest members of each team are part of the ranking.
Official refreshment stations:
The organizer will provide the participants with several snack and drink stations (also called "refreshment stations") along the route for free, offering varied catering services:
All food and refreshment stations are at the sole disposal of participants wearing a bib number.
"Private" service or refreshment stations:
If clubs, associations or individual participants would like to set up their own service or catering station, they must register in advance at the organizing office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by announcing the name of a responsible person. The organization has the right to prohibit such private service or refreshment stations at its sole discretion.
If a club, association or individual participant installs a private service and/or refreshment station it is absolutely required to leave the area and the race course clean, including also the following kilometer. Therefore the entire club, the participants belonging to the club and the registered contact person are personally answerable. In case of complaints by the responsible road authorities all cycling participants of the respective club will be disqualified and suspended from the race also for the following 2 years. The extra costs for cleaning the track must be paid separately.
Service or refreshment stations along the marathon track may only be provided free of charge. Services against payment are strictly forbidden and can result in the disqualification of all participants belonging to the club. The organizer also reserves the right to take legal action against the provider of such services or refreshment stations against payment.
Medical assistance for all participants is provided by the Austrian Red Cross. The field of competitors will be accompanied by ambulances along the entire route. Rescue vehicles are also available on the mountain passes of Kühtai, Brenner, Jaufenpass and Timmelsjoch. Additionally, an emergency helicopter is available and three emergency doctors accompany the race. In case of an accident, first aid on site is under the sole responsibility of the rescue organization and it is free of charge for the participant. If the injured person is taken to a doctor or hospital the rescue organization will charge transport costs separately. Any further transport or treatment costs must be paid by the participant him/herself. Reference is made to the registration conditions and participation terms.
Participants who give up on the race track are strongly recommended to stay on the course and to wait for one of the countless "Broom Buses". The event organizer will also publish the exact broom car locations on several information boards on 07.07.2023. The broom bus stations can be found near inns and gas stations along the entire marathon course, and especially in areas where the cyclists have enough space to wait for the next broom bus. The organizer does not accept any responsibility for damaged bicycles in the broom buses, during the race, at the refreshment stations and in the Bike Park. Reference is made to the registration conditions and participation terms and participation terms. Bicycles and cyclists are taken back safely to Sölden but in separate cars.
The bicycles are brought to the Bike Park which can be found close to the finish area - at the music pavilion. You can pick up your bicycle on presentation of your starting number. The opening hours of the Bike Park will be announced on the information boards from Friday onwards.
All bicycles must be picked up on Sunday, 09.07.2023 by 9:00 pm. A later pick-up is only possible against a penalty of € 15,00. The pick-up location of the bicycles after the bike park opening hours will be announced on the information boards at 9:00 pm.
Along the marathon course, the organizer provides a number of repair services available for all cyclists. Service motorbikes can help with minor repairs only. But there are also fully equipped service cars guided by experts who can help almost in any situation. This service is free of charge but the repair material required must be paid separately.
In addition, all refreshment stations have a permanent service point. In most cases it can be found at the very end of the refreshment area and it is marked with a clearly visible "SERVICE FLAG". Certain repair works can be made on the spot. Here the service is free of charge, too, but the material must be paid separately.
All participants can take advantage of the transport service for personal things to special stations close to the refreshment areas, and they can as well leave things at the predefined stations along the course. There are separate bags (in 4 different colors) for all 4 deposit stations - Please note that each participant receives 1 bag on presentation of his voucher (can be found on the bib number) and that only this bag is accepted at the deposit station. Besides clothes you can leave also food in your bag. Important: drinking bottles must either be totally empty (NO liquids!) or can contain powder. Enough water is available at all refreshment stations. Furthermore, the organizer does not accept any liability for deposited items. Reference is made to the registration conditions and participation terms.
Opening times of deposit service stations:
Leave your personal things:
Friday, 07.07.2023 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday, 08.07.2023 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Pick-up your personal things:
Sunday, 09.07.2023 (pick-up available until 10:00 pm)
Monday, 10.07.2023 8:00 am to 12:00 noon
On the "original" race track the authorities have fixed the following checkpoints:
|Kühtai||8:00 am||9:30 am|
|Brenner||09:50 am||12:15 pm|
|Jaufenpass Labe||11:05 am||2:30 pm|
|St. Leonhard||11:30 am||3:30 pm|
|Moos||11:50 pm||4:00 pm|
|Schönau||12:20 pm||6:00 pm|
|Timmelsjoch||1:00 pm||7:30 pm|
The organizer reserves the right to fix additional or different checkpoints and time details. These will be communicated in advance and posted on the official information boards.
Participants who have not passed the respective checkpoint at the specified time (or if it is clear that they will not reach the next checkpoint in time) must leave the race without exception. These participants can travel back to Sölden in the broom car and will not receive a Finisher Jersey.
After expiry of the time specified for each checkpoint, no further security, catering or other services will be provided on the marathon course between the start and the respective checkpoint.
The organizer closely cooperates with the "NADA" (National Anti-Doping Agency Austria GmbH) to prevent, wherever possible, doping in popular sports during the event. All participants explicitly agree to the current anti-doping regulations. In particular, the World Anti-Doping Code and the Federal Law on the Fight against Doping in Sports (Federal Anti-Doping Law 2007 - ADBG 2007) apply.
In the course of the event, doping tests (tests during training units or tests during competitions) may be carried out without prior notice at any time (before, during and after the race).
If a cyclists is asked by NADA to participate in a doping control procedure, each participant must take part in the doping test. The premises required are provided by the organizer.
Violations of anti-doping rules or any failure to cooperate in doping control procedures result in the disqualification of the participant and probably also in the suspension for future events and blocked registrations - at the sole discretion of the organizer by taking into account also the official statement by NADA.
Complaints or objections must be sent in writing to the organizer to the following address within 24 hours after the start of the event: email@example.com All decisions made by the organizer (or the race director) are final and binding. Further objections are not possible. Any recourse to courts of law is excluded for official results which cannot be the subject of judicial procedures, arbitration or conciliation proceedings (etc.).
The participant acknowledges and accepts that the practice of race cycling sports in general and the participation in the event (including side events) in particular involve a variety of risks and dangers. The participant is aware of these dangers - which are listed below by way of example - which may have an effect on the physical integrity. The participant also accepts this risk consciously and therefore acts at his own risk and peril.
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. A threat to the physical integrity (and to the items the participant takes with him/her) could result, for example, due to the following reasons ...
All these dangers and risks can result in serious bodily harm, including death, pain, emotional stress, trauma, property damage, financial loss, etcetera. These damages can affect not only the participant him/herself but also other participants or relatives.
The participant acknowledges and accepts that 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. The participants themselves must stay informed about important race details in their own responsibility and keep to the respective rules at any time. If the organizer notices severe violations of the traffic regulations all personal data of the respective participant will be forwarded to the local police authorities.
For their own safety and the safety of all other participants and spectators, each participant undertakes to observe the applicable laws and regulations established by the organizer (for example obligatory helmets, no accompanying vehicles, etc.) as well as the instructions given by the police, road officials or organizing staff (incl. race director, race track officials, etc.). Violations can result in the disqualification and blocked registration of the participant who can be held liable according to the general rules and principles.
The participant confirms that he has checked his equipment accurately and that it is in a good, legally compliant and suitable condition for participating in the event.
By knowing all circumstances of the event and accepting all dangers and risks, the participant renounces - even in the name of his legal successors - any liability and responsibility of the organizer, its vicarious agents and its representatives and employees. This waiver of liability does not apply to culpable personal injury caused by the named persons, to grossly negligent or intentionally caused property damage or to damages to be compensated according to the general Product Liability Act.
Additionally, the participant shall indemnify and hold free and harmless the organizer from any third-party claims, including the persons named in the previous point regarding all actions, damages, claims or liabilities due to the participation in the event.
The organizer assumes no liability for accidents, thefts or other damages involving the participants or third parties before, during and after the event.
The organizer assumes no liability for any damage to bicycles or other items, "mix-up" of items or theft in the "broom buses", resulting from the racing scene (for example due to a crash), at the refreshment stations and in the Bike Park.
The organizer strongly recommends to all participants to take out an adequate accident and third-party liability insurance policy. Furthermore, the organizer points out that in some cases - depending on the insurance policy - participation in competitions (like the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon) is excluded from the insurance cover. The insurance cover for participating in such an event must be checked by each participant individually in advance and on own responsibility.
In the course of picking up the starter package, it is possible to take out an accident and liability insurance (ÖRV Marathon Card) provided by the Austrian Cycling Federation (address: Gadnergasse 69/Top 05, A-1110 Vienna). The organizer strongly recommends to conclude such an insurance. More detailed information on insured risks and insurance benefits are available in the insurance conditions (see www.radsportverband.at).
A gross violation of these terms and conditions of participation or the general rules and regulations may result - at the sole discretion of the organizer - in the cancellation of the registration, refusal to participate in the event, disqualification from the event and/or suspension for future events and blocked registrations. In all these cases the participant has no right to refund of the entry fee or any other reimbursement of costs/expenses.
The organizer also reserves the right, at its discretion, to exclude persons from the event provided that
The organizer is entitled to make sound and video recordings and to take photos of the event, and to use them afterwards. The organizer may use names, images, voice recordings and results for own purposes (for example advertising purposes, publications in magazines etc.). This material can be used - in the context of applicable legal regulations (for example GDPR) and the Ötztal Tourismus data privacy statement - in all media channels without any limit (time, place, content).
The participant authorizes the organizer to use, show, send, transmit, reproduce and/or make the material available to the public in all media channels (for example radio, television, cinema, events, data carriers, internet). The organizer is also entitled to make changes, cuts or other editing of the image/sound material and to use the changed material without restriction.