From 5th until 08th September 2013 there will be once again a Mountainbike Race where already for the 15 time the WorldGames Champion is determined in the class of Marathon (4 distances), Cross Country & Downhill.
Mountainbikers from twenty nations unite in Saalbach Hinterglemm for the 15th World Games of Mountainbiking.
Around thousand bikers determine the Amateur WorldGames Champion in the disciplines Marathon, Cross Country & Downhill. The Topography of the Pinzgauer Grass Mountains offers altitudes between 1,000 and 2,000 metres - an ideal setup for Marathonists. A total round of 80.44 Kilometres and an altitude of 3,678 metres which will challenge the strength and endurance of the Marathon participants. On the other hand "only" 42.77 Kilometres and height of 1,980 metres have to be tackled in the Half Marathon. Perfect for Marathon Novices is the shorter round with 31 Kilometres and an altitude of 1,160 metres.
As of 2013 there will be a fourt discipline - the Marathon 58 with 58,40 km and 2.920 hm
The Spectators cheer on their heroes not only at the Finish line, but also on the highest points of the route, such as on the Zwölferkogel and on the Schattberg, where you will be entertained with Music. The Zwölferkogel and Schattberg are also easily reachable by the gondola lift for spectators and companions.
Pure Suspense by Cross Country! Alternating Up and Downhills and challenging Single trails throughout the 2,200Metre long circular course call for skill and endurance. Only who is fit enough to make the final sprint into the pedestrian area crossing the finishing line first is a well deserved World Games Champion!
With Full-Speed to the podium! The varied Downhill course is 1,9 kilometers long and rises to an altitude of 498 meters through varied and, in some cases, quite demanding terrain on natural single trails, root and rock sections, jumps and hairpin bends back down to the centre of Hinterglemm.
KIDS Downhill: Also for the smaller ones there is a Downhill Race.
The track goes over part of the Downhill track for the "big ones", where many spectators will be cheering on the Downhillers of tomorrow! All children between the ages of 10 and 15 that are plucky enough can participate on the Downhill track in the qualifications to fight for a place in the Final.
A highlight for Kids: the Junior Trophy! For once a Mountainbike Race just like the adult's race. Riding over the same finishing terrain as the Professionals. Cheered on by countless enthusiastic spectators. Get into the race atmosphere, it's not only great fun for the Kids but also for the Parents and Spectators. Always on the day before the marathon it gets serious in the start/finish area for all 2 – 15 year olds. On the 0.5 – 1.3 kilometre long round course with various difficulty grades the races will take place for girls and boys in 5 different age categories.
The World Games Party in the Marquee on Saturday evening is legendary. With Live Band "Gerry & Gary" - they will wow the crowd with their performance and after a couple of minutes everyone will be dancing on their seats.
This event has been an Institution for a long time for Mountain-Bikers and the Race Calender would not be the same without it. The Marathon Route is signposted the whole year through – perfect for Training for the World Games of Mountainbiking.
As of 2013 , the WorldGames of Mountainbiking will no longer be a ‚hobby‘ Championships, but a „WorldGames for ALL Mountainbikers“.
Participants under the age of 18, will need a signed form of consent from their parents in order for them to participate. For your own safety, the wearing of a helmet is compulsory.
Downhill & Kids Downhill: Due to the fact that it is ‚downhill‘, the following protection equipment is required: full helmet (with visor), back protector, elbow, knee and shin protectors, gloves.