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Oetzaler Radmarathon 2017


By brian_perry - Posted on 12 September 2017

Oetzaler Radmarathon 2017

Picture:Nick climbing Timmeljoch pass at Oetzaler Radmarathon 2017

Nick Treston write:
A glimpse of the Timmelsjoch pass from the Oetzaler Radmarathon which I rode on Sunday the 27th. Its a tough event - 238km and 5500 metres of climbing over four passes. It starts in Solden, Austria and winds through beautiful valleys down to Oetz before a tough early morning climb up to Kuhtai followed by a fast decent into Innsbruck.
From Innsbruck there is a long 39km drag up the Brenner Pass and into Italy. Then onto the Jaufenpass and down into St Leonhard before the massive 30km climb up the Timmelsjoch to get back into Austria.
I was doing fine up to St Leonhard but after 180km in the legs, the climb up Timmelsjoch was really tough and averaging 9.4km/hour was all I could manage. Overall though I was pleased to finish in 11h11 averaging a steady 20.3km/hour. A big thanks to Trevor, Malc and Sue for all those "steady rides" which proved invaluable backup on this type of event. Perhaps now I might have the legs to keep up with Steve Ferry on those massive rides he does so easily!.
Logistically it's difficult to get to Solden. There are not frequent flights to Innsbruck so I flew via Munich and drove up to Solden. On the Friday before the sportive,the Pro teams raced this route for the first time as a recognised UCI event. Perhaps it will catch on as a mainstream event but with only 23 UK entrants on the Sunday, it is still very much a local German/Italian event.
Here's to a Steady ride on Sunday.