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National Park bike marathon Aug 29

Hey,

I have somewhat rashly entered myself in the national park bike marathon on August 29th, happily sense prevailed and I'm only doing the section from Livigno to Scuol. All quite exciting as this is the first 'event' I've ever entered myself in - just hoping I can resisit the urge to pack a camera and to stop and take photos

Anyone done this before?

Anyone else doing it this time?

Also does anyone know of cheap places to stay in either Scuol or Livigno?


Finally, does anyone have any good advice on things that I ought to be taking with me - or some good ways to preapre - its just under 80kms long.

Patrick
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Old 10.08.2009, 14:40
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Re: National Park bike marathon Aug 29

Congratulations. Have fun....never heard of it before, can you provide a link. Oh,and taking pictures is fine....
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Old 10.08.2009, 14:50
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Re: National Park bike marathon Aug 29

Here's one. Although I clicked on English it sure looks like German to me!

Hey, you're an expert. Give them some advice like 'do a 50 km run twice a week for three months' or something.
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Re: National Park bike marathon Aug 29

I'm doing Fuldera Scuol (104km - 2870hm) with my 57 year old father!

I haven't done it before but have done similar things (including the Grand Raid last year and in 2 weeks!). My colleague has done it a couple of times and recommended the 104km since he says Fuldera-Livigno is the most scenic section with the best singletrack.

We're staying at Hotel Conrad in Scuol where we got a cheap deal a couple of months back.

I assume that you are not racing to win so I would just treat it as a normal ride. Carry your normal stuff but don't worry about carrying too much food and drink - you will be well served at the feed stations. A lot of people will be on hardtails (but not me!). Start slow, don't be afraid to take a breather and don't forget to eat and drink.

For training I would say as many hours in the saddle as possible, at altitude and including carrying/pushing the bike (theres a good push up to the top of Pass Chaschauna) i.e. your Scaletta Pass training will come in handy!
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Here's one. Although I clicked on English it sure looks like German to me!

Hey, you're an expert. Give them some advice like 'do a 50 km run twice a week for three months' or something.

Thanks, this is MTB, definitely not my specialty.....advice, put in a couple weeks of hard training, rest a little the last week and pray for good weather. Most important thing is have fun and enjoy it...
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Re: National Park bike marathon Aug 29

http://www.scuol.ch/de/navpage-Natio...thonSCUOL.html

This is the link I was using.

It is an MTB race.

I'm simply not ready for the 104km yet - that will be saved for next year! Good luck to you though
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Re: National Park bike marathon Aug 29

sounds exciting, I am in same boat as Dakman considering mountainbiking but its impressing me more than ever with the possibilities of reaching and viewing fantastic places. My question is that are the downhill section of this race highly technical or could someone with hardly any specific trail riding experience handle it with a full suspension mountain bike. I am prepared to walk several section I find too technical ( scary) to ride.
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sounds exciting, I am in same boat as Dakman considering mountainbiking but its impressing me more than ever with the possibilities of reaching and viewing fantastic places. My question is that are the downhill section of this race highly technical or could someone with hardly any specific trail riding experience handle it with a full suspension mountain bike. I am prepared to walk several section I find too technical ( scary) to ride.
Hi Rahul,

There are some techical sections but nothing too tough if you take your time. I would however strongly recommend that you get confident and build your skills on at MTB outside of a race before entering something like this. Being unsure on the bike offorad in the Alps can be very dangereous indeed (especially with the added pressure of hundreds of other racers around you)

If you don't have much trail riding experience then start small, ride locally (tomorrow night on the Uetliberg for example) and build up to a race like this next year.
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Re: National Park bike marathon Aug 29

Hi,

Did this last year, the full 140k loop. Really enjoyed it, it is the longest and most scenic race i've done so far. The section after livigno goes almost straight away up up up to the highest point in the race. Don't get too disheartened as you have to push/carry the bike for about an hour which may be disappointing after just starting. The first section on the other side is also very steep and for a beginner probably means more pushing downhill this time until you get to the flatter sections of the valley. After that it is pretty much gravel roads, nothing very technical.

Other good advice is start slow, going too fast too early can lead to servere cramps later, which i have learned through painful experience.
If someone is itching to pass on a downhill section don't feel obliged to go faster than you feel is safe, let them pass.
Practice some bike handling skills such as track stands, switchback turns, going over roots, dropping of small steps and steep terrain to help improve your balance on the bike. Tuesday nite uetiberg ride is good for this.

Accommodation: last year i borrowed a friend VW bus and slept in the car park near the place they issue the numbers. There is also a camping ground near by. There is a backpackers in schol as well and pensions and hotels to suit all classes of accommodation, though now booking may be an issue.

I will also try the long one again this year if the weather looks good. Nothing worse than MTB race in the pouring rain.

enjoy and good luck
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Old 10.08.2009, 19:18
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Re: National Park bike marathon Aug 29

This year there is also a relay. I'm not sure if one person is allowed to do more then one leg, but I might be interested in doing this if anyone else is game.

Essentially the marathon is broken into four legs. Each person does one leg.
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Re: National Park bike marathon Aug 29

Would have been interested in the relay, but already booked my place.

I have found a bed in a hostel, seems hotel rooms are on short supply unless you have lots of money! Going to pack the ear plugs though....

here's the link for the hostel http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldet.../S-chanf/34718

Now, lets hope it's sunny eh?
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