The Austrian resort of Ischgl wants to ensure that everyone can take place in two big summer racing events in August.
First up is the Ironrun event on August 7, the second event is the mountainbike challenge on August 14.
But that’s not all. The Paznaun Valley also offers a wealth of other activities and attractions to holidaymakers, including the first Ischgl Hot Air Balloon Festival in August.
Amongst other activities, there are guided walks on mountain paths that take in the pilgrims’ route of Jakobsweg. And food is never far behind, where the Austrians are concerned.
Up in Jakobsweg, the mountain huts offer traditional Tirolean dishes with a modern twist. These have been devised by top Michelin-starred chefs from around Europe, including Ischgl’s very own Michelin chef, Martin Sieberer.
Ironrun Event in Ischgl, August 7
Runners will take pride of place on the mountain when the first Ischgl Ironrun is held on August 7.
The run is open to anyone from beginner to competitive mountain runner, and the course has been tailored to suit different levels of ability.
The entry fee is 15 euros, and online registration needs to be made by August 5. An entry form can be found here:
Ironbike Event in Ischgl, August 14
On August 14, Ischgl will run the toughest ironbike event in Europe.
This unique mountain bike event – with the biggest prize money – puts novices and stars together at the start, but allows novices to complete a shorter course so that everyone has a fair chance to finish the race.
The leading entrants will push themselves to the limit in Ischgl’s mountain bike highlight of the season as they set off on a 79-kilometre course, with 3,820 metres of altitude to conquer. This includes a trip across the border to Samnaun in Switzerland.
Altogether, more than 1,000 riders of all standards are expected to take part, chasing a total in prize money of 20,000 euros, and the cachet of being the toughest rider of the year.
Once started, less advanced riders can choose to do either the full course, or one of two shorter routes. The ‘newcomers’ route’ is 27 kilometres long, with a 750-metre altitude difference. The medium route is 48 kilometres long, with 2,050 metres of altitude.
The entrance fee is 32 euros, and includes free food stations along the route, a photo, a bike wash service, and a pasta party afterwards.
More details here.