„One hell of a day“. The Ötztaler Marathon

 

„The longest race I`ve ever done in terms of hours spent in the saddle“

 

The Ötztaler Marathon was nothing that I could ever imagine, the amount of people at the convention the day before was crazy. There’s nothing like this in Australia, yes theres the national Grand Fondo and charity rides all throughout Australia – but nothing that anyone could come ride in and then do over 200km and 4 alpine passes.

As we lined up on the start line with over 4000 other riders at 6:30am ready to get this race started, only then did I realise this was going to be one hell of a day. We started the race with a slow countdown clap, then it was game on!

For the first 30km to the first climb, that was one of the scariest things I’ve been apart of, normally you race against 200 other riders trying to make it to the front of the race, not 4000 riders going at 60kph but we made it to the first climb with no hiccups.

 

 

„One of the scariest things I have ever been part of“

 

 

For the first 30km to the first climb, that was one of the scariest things I’ve been apart of, normally you race against 200 other riders trying to make it to the front of the race, not 4000 riders going at 60kph but we made it to the first climb with no hiccups.

It annoyed me that I started the day being a little under the weather, so I was unable to ride at 100% that I needed to, to keep up with the first group. For the first climb I was suffering and was definitely one of the hardest moments in the ride because it was only 40km into a 240km ride so had a long day ahead of me but once I had recovered from my earlier efforts, I could enjoy what was ahead of me, 20km climbs that took 2hrs to ride up, 20km decents that really put you and the machine underneath you to the limit, fans and spectators along every kilometre of the course, feed stations every 50km so that when I bonked I could sit down at the top of a alpine pass 2500m high in the sky with some lunch and a drink and enjoy looking out over all of Mother Earths glory.

 

 

After 9.5hrs of base riding, it may not have been the most perfect timing or ride to do for my training but when I’m always searching for more base kilometres underneath me, I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to ride something like the Ötztaler Marathon. I’m very grateful that I was able to be apart of this day, its definitely not everyday you get to experience something like that and of course I’ll be back to conquer the Ötztaler Marathon once again.

 

So, keep it going!

Yours

Josh

 

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Thanks to SQ Lab for doing this with us!
Photography: Andreas Jacob
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