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In unstable weather conditions, more than 800 athletes from 20 nations competed at the 23rd World Games of Mountainbiking in Saalbach Hinterglemm from 8 to 11 September. In the disciplines Cross Country, Marathon and the new E-Marathon numerous winners were crowned.
Marathon World Champions
This year the participants could again look forward to a wide choice of five different distances. 31 km, 42 km, 58 km or 80 km had to be conquered, whereby the athletes could spontaneously decide on a longer or shorter distance depending on their endurance and condition during the race.
Bianca Somavilla and Andreas Schrottenbaum won the discipline by covering an unbelievable 80 km and 3,788 metres in altitude in 5:30:04h and 4:32:34h respectively. In the women's category, Julia Gierlinger (58 km), Birgitt Wittmann (42 km), Lea Krempl (31 km) and Manuela Hartl (21 km) were the day's best in their respective distances. In the men's category, Martin Ludwiczek (58 km), Dominik Schwaiger (42 km), Günther Flatscher (31 km) and Michael Führmann (21 km) dominated.
New E-Marathon was well received
An absolute novelty this year was the World Games of Mountainbiking E-Marathon. Half an hour before the start of the marathon, the participants showed their skills over a distance of 33 kilometres and almost 1,450 metres of altitude difference. Uli Hauenstein and Jacqueline Mariacher won this new discipline. A team from Hinterglemmer Bergbahnen also took on the new E-marathon and achieved sensational placings.
Trail discipline Cross Country
Only the fittest dared to start the cross country competition the day before the marathon, despite bad weather. Antonia Daubermann proved her stamina and bite and managed the distance in 52:26. Andreas Schrottenbaum proved his skills in both fast ascents and rapid descents with a time of 42:09.
Winners of the hearts
But the real winners of hearts at the World Games of Mountainbiking were, as every year, the participants of the Junior Trophy. Every year, when the little ones fight their way on their bikes over the circuit through the centre of Hinterglemm, you see beaming faces all around - be it among the spectators, junior racers or the accompanying parents. Who knows what successes these youngsters will celebrate one day, because even downhill world champion Vali Höll got her first taste of racing air at the Junior Trophy in Saalbach Hinterglemm.
Cycling for a good cause
Like every year, this year too people were busy pedalling for a good cause. As a result, a total of €10,000 was raised this year. The sum goes to Debra - Help for Butterfly Children. We would like to thank all sponsors for their donation.
"The 23rd World Games of Mountainbiking in Saalbach Hinterglemm were again a great success! Almost 1000 athletes from 20 countries had a great race. The E-Marathon, which took place for the first time, was also very well received and we are already looking forward to next year!", says Wolfgang Breitfuß, Director of the Saalbach Hinterglemm Tourism Board.
Save the Date!
The 24th World Games of Mountainbiking in Saalbach Hinterglemm will take place from 7 to 10 September 2023.
The complete list of results can be found here: time2win.at/event/274/results
Further information at saalbach.com/worldgames
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