For their 10th anniversary of the Salzkammergut Trophy on the July 14th, the course designer have created something rather special – a new 209 km – 7000m change in altitude - one lap course for all the 24hr or 12hr solo riders out there. The first half of the extreme distance runs from Altaussee to Bad Ischl and back to Bad Goisern. It remains almost unchanged and is therefore identical with the UCI Marathon WM course of 2004.

However, instead of a second lap the course will continue again through Obertraun, Hallstatt und Gosau like in the years from 1998 until 2003. There will be also some totally new legs as for example the new build bikeway along the East bank of the Hallstätter lake as well as a new bike passage between the Hallstätter Salzberg and Rossalm towards Gosau so it's not necessary anymore to carry one's bikes. The course leads through the UNESCO World heritage region Hallstatt-Salzkammergut - one of the most unique and spectacular areas in Europe. Highlights of this course are the Dachstein Mountain ridge and the track through "the Ewige Wand" - the Eternal Wall.

The Trophy B-distance has been now completely relocated to the new course and is going to be about 110 km long. The well established 24km and 53km short courses remain unchanged.

Gary Fisher is coming

But that is not it – one of the many bike celebrity guest enjoying the ride and the beautiful setting of the Salzkammergut Trophy will be the ‘father of mountain biking’ Gary Fisher. Although Gary had broken his ankle beginning of October, he is still a red-hot favorite within the 'age group 4". However if he should miss a spot on the podium, Gary will be still on the stage presenting the trophies to the winners of the 110 km and 200 km courses!

Enter the Salzkammergut Trophy now

To enter the Salzkamemrgut round of the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon series please download an entry form from our entry page: http://www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/entry_forms/entry_forms.php fill it in and send it through to the ‘MJW Marketing Ltd’ address you will find on there. For further details on the event and on our superb package deal check out the Bad Goisern page: http://www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/events/bad_goisern.php.