Every year, the most demanding cycling marathon in the Alps takes around 4,000 road cyclists on 238 kilometers and 5,500 vertical meters from Sölden over the 4 Alpine passes (Kühtaisattel, Brenner-, Jaufenpass and Timmelsjoch) to South Tyrol and back again.
For many athletes to master this challenge is a long-awaited dream that can only be accomplished with own muscle power, iron will and, indeed, a bit of luck. The number of participants is limited. Therefore, the lot among the thousands of applicants decides on those who receive the coveted and limited starting places.
The course of the "original" route leads with start and finish in Sölden over 5.500 vertical meters through partly high alpine (up to 2508 m) locations in Tyrol (Austria) and South Tyrol (Italy).
Start is 6:45 am in Sölden. It tends to go downhill to Oetz (800m) and from there up to Kühtai (2020m). The descent leads to Kematen and on to Innsbruck (600m). From there, the path continues to the Brenner Pass (1377m) and further down to Sterzing (960m). Here the cyclists turn right and drive up to the Jaufenpass (2090m) and carefully back down to St. Leonhard in the Passeiertal (700m). The big final leads to the Timmelsjoch (2509m) and finally to the finish Sölden (1377m).