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Again top times at Ötztaler Radmarathon

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Monday, August 29 2016. Once again René Michel has managed to finish in a top time in the Ötztaler Radmarathon in Sölden (Austria). This year, René finished the tour of 238km with 5500 vertical meters in a time of 8 hours and 32 minutes. René ended at the 376th place in the men category and was the 8th Dutchman. Thierry Sollie ended his first Ötztaler Radmarathon in a good time of 11 hours and 18 minutes.

The Ötztaler Radmaraton is a very tough event where cyclists have to ride 238km containing four Alpine giants with 5500 altimeters. The day starts with the Kühtai, an 18,5Km long climb with a maximum gradient of 18%. Then the Brenner, a climb of 39Km with a maximum gradient of 12%. The third climb of the day is the Jaufenpass, 15,5 km long with a maximum gradient of 12%, and finally the Timmelsjoch with a length of 28,7Km and a maximum gradient of 14%.

For René this was his fourth participation in the Ötztaler Radmarathon. His objective was a time under 9 hours. In 2014, René improved his time from 2013 with more than one hour. Due to the poor conditions he knew a time under 9 hours would be possible.

Exercise tests showed that his condition had improved, however in 2015 the weather made it very hard. The temperature was well over 30°C and René didn’t succeed to come near his performance of 2014. In 2016 he wanted to try it one more time. This resulted in a time of 8 hours and 32 minutes. An improvement of 37 minutes relative to his top time from 2014.

Thierry Sollie participated in his first Ötztaler Radmarathon. His goal was to finish the event. He succeeded in a great time of 11 hours and 18 minutes.

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