Tuesday, 3 March 2015
16 national & 3 world mountain bike champions will join 350 riders from 26 countries for Europe’s top MTB event
16 national and three world mountain bike (MTB) champions will join 350 riders from 26 countries for what is considered Europe’s MTB event for individual competitors. The Alpen Tour Trophy offers International Cycling Union (UCI) points, top prize money, tough climbs, fun single tracks and numerous steep downhill descents. This all takes place in the dramatic scenery of south-eastern Austria’s ski slopes at the foot of the majestic Dachstein glacier on June 11th to 14th.
The Alpen Tour Trophy ‘Elite men’ and ‘Elite women’s” Master 1-3 competition has attracted top international MTB stars (see list below) to Austria. While there is a major focus on professional riders and teams this four-day stage race is also a very popular with hobby riders. There are five additional classifications for amateur riders.
The Alpen Tour Trophy offers riders the opportunity accumulate valuable UCI points which effects their international ranking. Also there is a prize money pool of €15,000 and product prizes valued at €12,000. In addition competitors will ride in the beautiful alpine landscape of the Dachstein and Schladming area in the Austrian state of Styria famous for hosting the Ski World Cup.
There are four stages and a speed trial in the Alpen Tour Trophy over 208 km (nearly 130 miles) rising to 2,000m (over 6,500 ft.) altitude. There is no other mountain bike race that includes so many single-tracks, Alpine trails with the dramatic backdrop of Dachstein mountains. Uniquely all four stages starts and finish at the same place at Planai Stadium in Schladming. This means rider logistics and support are much easier to manage not least. The one exception to this will be the one-hour time trial, which will take place Schafalm - the popular ski lodge in the Schladming Dachstein region.
Each day’s race is easily reached by car or gondola so spectators, family and friends can get up close to the action.