Ischgl Ironbike Festival 2017
The legendary 23rd Ischgl Ironbike will be held from 3rd to 6th August 2017, for the second time as part of a multi-day Mountainbike Festival. Attractive race-formats and varied events for the whole family included. New: The fox hunt gives e-mountain bikers the opportunity to pursue a real mountain bike pro.
Ischgl Ironbike will inspire mountain bikers in 2017 too with a multi-day festival programme. The highlight of the MTB festivals is the Ischgl Ironbike Marathon on 5th August 2017, over three different distances. The Queen's stage leads across 79 kilometres and 3,820 metres elevation gain, making it one of the toughest and most challenging mountain bike races in Europe. A special atmosphere is promised by the night-time Ischgl Alpenhaus Trophy, a hill climb of just over 1,000 metres elevation gain on an illuminated route. New for e-mountain bikers: In 2017, the hill climb becomes an exciting fox hunt. The hunted is Mountainbike-Pro and last year's Alpenhaus Trophy winner Daniel Geismayr, who will be given a slight headstart on his classic mountain bike. Anyone who can overtake him, gets a share of the 3,000 Euro prize money. A true show event is the Ischgl Palio - City Sprint, at which the pros demonstrate their spectacular race form, head-to-head on a short circuit in the village centre. There are events for pros, leisure riders and up-and-coming riders too - at the Ironbike Kids- and Juniors Trophy kids aged between five and twelve get a taste for racing and the Easy Ironbike has been designed as a tour to suit families and beginners from the age of 13. With prize money and prizes worth over 40,000 Euro the Ironbike Festival 2017 will be breaking all records and all participants, young and old, professional or leisure-oriented rider, can look forward to attractive prizes. Between the individual race formats, Ischgl office visitors and interesting supporting programme related to all things mountainbiking. Savings tip: mountain bikers who register by 31st May 2017 will pay a discounted entry fee of 45 Euros. All the information and registration is available at www.ischglironbike.com.
New: E-bike Fox Hunt powered by BH: E-bikers hunt mountain bike pro
On 3 August, e-mountain bikers will duel for the first time with a real pro during the fox hunt. Part of the e-bike mass start race is the fox hunt, which can indeed be taken literally. 13 minutes before the e-bike pack gets moving, the "Fox" in the person of pro mountain biker and last year's Alpenhaus Trophy winner Daniel Geismayr, sets off on his classic mountain bike at 20:00. And so the hunt is on. 7.33 kilometres and 921 metres elevation gain from the start Start in Ischgl to the Idalp remain for the hunters to catch up with the "fox". As an incentive for all participants and the "fox", prize money of 3,000 Euro is offered. Anyone who manages to overtake the "fox" gets to share the prize money with him. If no one does, Daniel Geismayr gets to keep the entire fee. The fox hunt is subject to the rules of the ÖRV (Austrian Cycling Federation), the e-bikes will be checked accordingly by race management. The entry fee is 35 Euros. All information and registration: www.ischglironbike.com.
Challenge individual mountain time trial: A spectacle by night
921 metres in altitude over 7.33 kilometres: Parallel to the fox hunt on 3 August, the famous hill climb for classic mountain bikers starts on the same route up to the Alpenhaus (2,320m). The winner of this race will be selected as a worthy successor of Daniel Geismayr and crowned King of the Alpenhaus Trophy 2017. At the finish on the Idalp, all participants will be served food and drinks and can enjoy a live act. The entry fee is also 35 Euros. All information and registration: www.ischglironbike.com.
Spectacular show event: Ischgl Palio - City Sprint
A sprint race to share in the thrills with – on 4th August, the evening before the Ischgl Ironbike from 6:00 p.m. the der Ischgl Palio - City Sprint will be run. This year the challenging circuit through Ischgl town centre will be solely for riders who hold licences. Spectators can cheer on their favourite riders during the spectacular head-to-head deciding sprint race.
Hard, harder, Ischgl Ironbike
Hard, medium, small: Professionals and leisure-oriented riders will find their own personal challenge at the 23rd Ischgl Ironbike on 5th August 2017, on one of the three Ironbike routes. For those who really are ‘iron’, there is the ‘king’ discipline – the legendary Ironbike ‘Hard’ route. With its 79.05 kilometres and 3820 metres altitude, heading right into Swiss Samnaun, it is quite rightly one of the hardest mountain bike routes in Europe. Thighs burning on the steep climbs up to 2800 metres altitude and the ultimate adrenaline kicks on spectacular single trails are included. Up until 31st May 2017 early-bookers will pay 45 Euros for the entry fee, while up until the 31st July it is 55 Euros. Registering on site from 3rd August 2017 can be done up to an hour before the start for 65 Euros. Registration is possible at www.ischglironbike.com.
Ironbike ‘Small’ and ‘Medium’ for the performance-oriented leisure rider
The ‘Small’ Ironbike circuit proceeds across Larein Alpe to Friedrichshafener Hut and Mathon, spanning 27.5 kilometres in length and covering 755 metres altitude, which is manageable for every ambitious leisure rider. For those who want a bit more there is the ‘Medium’ route covering 48.06 kilometres and 2057 metres altitude. This route really gets down to it – the climb to the Idalp is steep and energy-sapping and the additional ascent to the Vellilscharte demands everything, even from very well trained riders. Those who manage to get here are rewarded with the descent via the Velill trail, designed by mountain bike legend Hans Rey, and which provides 1200 metres altitude of pure fun descending, down to the finish in Ischgl, helping you forget all the efforts of the climb.
Mountain bike fun for families - Easy Ironbike and Ironbike Kids- and Juniors Trophy
6th August 2017 is all about family – Sunday starts at 10 a.m. with the ‘Easy’ Ironbike. Over 13 kilometres this family tour covers 270 metres altitude from Ischgl to Mathon and back again; teens from the age of 13 can tackle the route with their parents. Younger kids between the ages of 5 and 12 can get a taste of the racing air from 1 p.m. and show their skills at the Ironbike Kids- and Juniors Trophy. Participation in the Easy Ironbike costs 15 Euros per person, while the entry fee for the Ironbike Kids- and Juniors Trophy is 6 Euros per child.
Silvretta MTB King and Queen 2017
Anyone who wants to be the Silvretta MTB King or Silvretta MTB Queen in 2017, will be at the start of the Montafon MTB Marathon on 29th July 2017 and on 5th August 2017 at the Ischgl Ironbike event. The collective scores will be done for the M³ Extreme and Ironbike Hard routes and the M² Challenging and Ironbike Medium routes. The fastest man and woman will be crowned winner and rewarded with regal prizes.
All information and registration at www.ischgl.com/en and www.ischglironbike.com.