Eastern Alps to Test World’s Top Long Distance Athletes

Eastern Alps to Test World’s Top Long Distance Athletes

By Masa Takaya on 10/06/10 at 11:54 pm

The world’s toughest long-distance triathlon is only seven weeks away. 2010 Immenstadt ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships (4k swim, 130k bike and 30k run) is set to take place on 1 August in the vibrant resort area of Immenstadt-Oberstaufen (Allgäu, Germany).

With the location in the rugged Allgäu Alps, the cycling course from Immenstadt to Oberstaufen and back is sure to be one of the most difficult bike courses in the world. On the 130 kilometre ride, athletes will be forced to ride up inclines of up to 18 percent. The bike course has over 2,000 metres of vertical gain.

“Whoever is able to handle this cycle course best will be crowned world champion. In the past we have often seen race favorites overexerting themselves on the bike and thus running out of steam on the last kilometres of the run,” says German Altenried, President of the organising committee.

Since 1983, Immenstadt has been the venue of the world famous Allgau Triathlon. This year, the race will take place during the triathlon weekend in Immenstadt-Oberstaufen on 30 July - one day prior to the Long Distance World Championships.

Triathlon fans from all over the world and the triathlon-crazy population of the Oberallgäu region will provide a perfect setting for the title race. The organisers estimate that on each of the two days about 20,000 to 25,000 visitors will come to cheer on the world’s best athletes with their cowbells, air horns and applause.

Important information to participants

The competition venue, Immenstadt-Oberstaufen, is located about 150 km south-west of Munich and about 20 km from Oberstdorf, the world-famous winter sports resort.

The closest international airport is Memmingen (FMM, transfer time: 40 minutes), other international airports are Munich (MUC, 2 hours), Stuttgart (STG, 1.45 hours) and Zurich (ZHR, 2 hours).

Due to the limited number of rooms, athletes and spectators are kindly advised to book their accommodations as soon as possible. Hotel booking is available via phone: +49 1805/987800 (daily 08:00 a.m. – 09:00 p.m. including Saturdays and Sundays) or at Tourist Information Immenstadt (phone: +49 8323/914-176). There are some accommodations reserved specifically for athletes. For further information, visit: http://www.triathlon-wm2010.com/events/english/service-accomodation.php

Invitation & Course Layout:
You will find the invitation to the World Championships, all race courses and the altitude profile on our official homepage for the World Championships at: www.triathlon-wm2010.com

Further information:
Organising Committee Triathlon-WM 2010
Triathlon WM GmbH
Hofgartenstr. 1
D-87509 Immenstadt
Phone: +49 8323/986290
Fax: +49 8323/986221
E-mail: info@triathlon-wm2010.com
Website: www.triathlon-wm2010.com

Media contact:
Ingo Jensen, Press Office Triathlon-WM 2010, c/o Jensen media GmbH, Hemmerlestraße 4, D-87700 Memmingen, Phone: +49 8331/99188-0, Fax: +49 8331/99188-10, E-mail: presse@triathlon-wm2010.com, Internet: www.jensen-media.de


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