Over 1,000 athletes from over 20 nations battle it out for the title of the World Games Champion between 05. to 08 September. Five marathon distances between 21 km and 80 km demand every effort from the athletes while pushing them to their limits. New: The Cross Country discipline celebrates its comeback in 2019.
There is a choice of five distance once again this year at the World Games of Mountainbiking. Marathon newcomers can try out the Marathon 21 with 891 metres altitude difference, while experienced marathon riders can pedal between 1,160 and 2,920 metres of altitude difference on distances 31, 42 and 58 over the grass mountains of Saalbach Hinterglemm. If you have underestimated your energy levels and would spontaneously like to attempt a longer distance, you have the option to do this at each junction during the race.
The absolute heroes and heroines of the World Games of Mountainbiking are those who despite burning calves complete the 80 km marathon distance. 3,678 metres of altitude difference has to be tackled. The best time is 4:17:14.8. However, the title of “Mountain Hero” is awarded for a result combination of the Marathon 80 and Mountain Attack which takes place in January.
Comeback: Cross Country
The Cross country discipline celebrates its comeback in 2019! For those who want to challenge themselves along with their competitors the day before the marathon and still have sufficient power to participate the next day, can prove who the best all-rounder is.
A chance to participate in a mountain bike race just like the grown-ups. Ride over the same finish line as the professionals, being cheered on by countless jubilant spectators. Take in the race atmosphere – this is not only fun for the kids, but also the parents and spectators. The day before the marathon, the start/finish area is the place to be for all kids up to the age of 13. The race for both boys and girls takes place on the 500 or 900 m long circuit of varying difficulty, and there are six age groups.
Biking for a good cause
Once again this year, as part of the World Games of Mountainbiking, a charitable organisation will be supported. If you sponsor a competitor, you donate one Euro per kilometre to the Debra Austria association for the benefit of butterfly children. Emotions are high when at the end of the event the amount of money raised is declared. The “Biking 4 Butterfly children” association has raised and donated to DEBRA Austria around € 10,000 per year since the World Games of Mountainbiking have been taking place.
About biking in Saalbach Hinterglemm
Are you looking for an easy-going tour, enjoyable eBike route and flowing trails? Or would you prefer a more challenging marathon route? No matter which mountain bike discipline you fancy: Saalbach Hinterglemm offers an abundant mix of 400 km paths, routes and trails to suit every taste. Adrenaline junkies will simply love the numerous single trails and downhill tracks. Four operating lifts with bike transport and neighbouring Leogang Bike Park, the region invites you to enjoy mountain biking both before and after the competition.