Hard, harder - Ischgl Ironbike
On the 25th of july, for the 21st time, Ischgl will play host to one of the toughest mountain bike marathons in Europe. Top, international pros and ambitious leisure-oriented riders will do battle for a total of 21,140 Euro in prize money. This makes Ischgl Ironbike the highest prize money of any mountain bike marathon in Europe.
The routes for Ischgl Ironbike will inspire all riders. Participants can choose from three different route lengths, even while the race is underway. The short circuit covering 27.5 kilometres and 755 metres altitude, which was re-designed for 2012, is intended for ambitious leisure riders who want to get a taste of the competitive atmosphere.
Things get more challenging from the middle distance event. The climb to the Idalpe is indeed on asphalt, but it is steep and really saps your strength. The climb continues via a gravel track up to Vellilscharte and presents a genuine challenge to very fit riders. In total, there some 1200 non-stop metres altitude uphill has to be negotiated. The subsequent descent through the Velliltal Valley on the super trail designed by mountain bike legend Hans Rey and constructed by the Vert Riders, will help you forget the efforts of the climb - 1200 metres altitude of pure descending fun down to the finish in Ischgl. The middle distance event is 48 kilometres in length and covers some 2050 metres altitude.
Ischgl Ironbike provides an even longer circuit for those of you for whom this is still not enough. From the route split above the Idalpe, the ‘king’ distance proceeds to the Idjoch, continuing up to the Greitspitze. At an altitude of over 2800 metres the Greitspitz trail begins; this is a demanding single trail with a stunning Alpine panorama. After this the Salaaser Trail provides the ultimate riding fun. The route continues down to Samnaun and a long ascent across the Zeblasjoch to Palinkopf, again at around 2800 metres. The descent to Ischgl is once again interrupted by two short, but tough, climbs. After covering a total of 79 kilometres and 3800 metres altitude the heroes of Ischgl Ironbike cross the finish line, exhausted.