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Now in its 37th year, the Ötztal Cycling Marathon competes for the title of Tirol’s Toughest Race. This extreme feat of human endurance traverses glorious mountain scenery in the Heart of the Alps.
The Ötztal Cycling Marathon is, quite simply, one of Tirol’s premier – and most challenging – road bike races. Some 4,000 cycling enthusiasts from all corners of the world will come together in Sölden on August 27, 2017. Thousands of spectators will cheer up contestants along the course in this 238-kilometer race, which includes 5,500 meters of elevation gain. Noted for being one of the world’s premier amateur road races, the Ötztal Cycling Marathon gains some extra lustre this year as the new “Pro Ötztaler 5,500” event becomes a UCI qualifier: One day earlier, August 26, 2017, the world’s best professional road cyclists compete for their chance at glory on the same course.
Starting in Sölden, this terrific road cycling race heads north across Ötztal Valley to Kühtai, down to Tirol’s capital Innsbruck and via Brenner Pass to Italy’s South Tirol. Cyclists then tackle Jaufen Pass and take off through Passeiertal Valley before conquering the grueling, final climb across Timmelsjoch. This 2,509-meter high saddle brings competitors back to Sölden in Tirol’s Ötztal Valley. Entrants need 7 to 14 hours to finish the course