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Tuesday, 07 July 2015 16:18

Must go places in the Alps this summer - Jungfrau region

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Sitting in the shadow of the famous Eiger and boasting Europe's highest train station the Jungfrau region of Switzerland is a magnet for tourists all year round. In winter the villages take centre stage in the skiing World Cup calendar but in summer thet Jungfrau region plays host to some of the most spectacular and challenging trail and cycling events in Europe.

While the tourist take the unique cogwheel railway through the heart of possibly Europe's most notorious mountain to "The roof of Europe" the serious trail runner and cyclist has a choice of world class events in less than two months.

Eiger Ultra Trail

Grindelwald, 18-19 July 2015

The Eiger Ultra Trail is now part of the renowned Ultra-Trail World Tour Series. Three routes with varying degrees of difficulty (101km, 51km and 16km) provide a challenge for novices and professionals alike. The panoramic views along some of the staging locations are so vast and impressive that their energy alone will carry you along.

The trail E101 with 101 kilometers and 6700 meters in height will be a challenge to all competitors. Ueli Steck our local matador and Event-Ambassador is convinced: "Personally, I believe that the Eiger Ultra Trail will be tougher than the solo attempt of the Eiger North Face....." And this despite the possibility to stop over at the guest house on the Faulhorn at 2680 m and the Mountain Award that can be won there.

The trail E51 also leads to the Faulhorn and rewards you with the best panorama view of the surrounding mountains before continuing on towards the Schynige Platte. The 51 kilometers are for single athletes and couples likewise – no matter what combination.

The trail E16 is suitable for all new comers to trail running. It leads you through the forest and small gorges and over lush meadows. We warmly welcome you to the foot hills of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and to the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Nature Heritage.

Eiger Bike Challenge

Grindelwald, 16th August 2015

A mountain biking event in the shadow of the magnificent Eiger. Short, mid or long track routes, 22km, 55km and 88km respectively, starting and ending in the charming Alpine village of Grindelwald.

The challenge consists of an 88-km circuit, overcoming a difference of 3,900 altitude meters, or a 55-km trail with 2,500 altitude meters in the valley of Grindelwald at the feet of the Eiger and Wetterhorn. The Eigerbike Challenges takes place every year in mid-August and is one of Switzerland's five mountain bike events.

Inferno Triathlon

Jungfrau Region, 21st-22nd August 2015

Welcome to one of the most spectacular endurance events in the Swiss Alps. As well as the grueling route of the original Inferno Triathlon for solo athletes, there’s also a team trophy, half-marathon and fun triathlon. The latter three are more manageable challenges to take-on alone or with your friends.

The INFERNO Triathlon, with its ascent of 5500 metres, is one of the toughest in the world and already ranks as a classic. The unforgettable encounter with the incomparable Bernese Oberland and the easy-going atmosphere make the INFERNO a most impressive challenge.  It really is top sport in the world’s most scenic setting: in front of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau! Max.

The INFERNO Team Trophy is the fun competition for well-trained hobby athletes. Whether with friends, club colleagues or company team, the Team Trophy is all about taking part in superb natural surroundings. There must be at least one woman per team for teams of four. Each athlete competes in one of the four race sections. Teams organise themselves; one vehicle per team is permitted. A Couple-Team consists of a man and a women, two women (Women-Couple) or two men (Men-Couple). Both pass 2 of the 4 sections. The subdivion of the sections can be chosen by themself. Teams organise themselves; one vehicle per team is permitted.

Alpenbrevet (Road bike challenge)

Start/Finish in Meiringen, 29 August 2015

The ultimate cycling adventure over Swiss mountain passes.Hairpin curves, breathtaking views and fantastic downhill sections all combine to make the three Alpenbrevet routes an unforgettable experience. Each tour features highlights, whether it's the Furka Pass on the Silver Tour, the cobblestoned Tremola road on the world-famous Gotthard Pass on the Gold Tour, or a touch of the South as you cycle past palm trees in the Ticino on the Platinum Tour. 

Even the start from Meiringen is an experience in itself. The first thirty kilometers take you downhill on the ancient Grimsel Pass. The first reservoirs were built here more than 80 years ago, and to this day play a role in supplying electricity to Switzerland. 

Jungfrau Marathon

Jungfrau Region, 12 September 2015

Presenting the world’s most beautiful marathon course. Marvelous mountain scenery and impressive, constantly changing landscapes from the start in Interlaken to the finish on Kleine Scheidegg.

The difference in altitude of 1829 meter is a challenge for everybody. There is no Marathon in Europe with such great dimensions. Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau the most famous mountains peaks of the Alps loom majestically over the course!

 

 

 

Last modified on Sunday, 23 October 2016 11:55

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