Tour de Force. Vertical Up Tour Starts Saturday

The ultimate ski touring challenge gets under way this weekend taking in five resorts in the Alps before the end of March.

The goal is, to climb each track from bottom to top in the fastest possible way and it doesn't matter how. The choice of gear, line on the track is up to the racers, as long as no motorised help is included. The Speed class has to stick to the original World Cup track; the Hobby Racers can choose to go on easier detours. The winning concept will be a combination of endurance, technical skills and well-chosen gear.

The Tour Vertical Up tour kicks off this Saturday, 7th January in Hinterstoder on the Hannes Trinkl Word Cup race track . The course is a total of 3500 metres with gradients up to 60% with 750 vertical metres. The next race will take part on the 21st January on the Saslong World Cup race track in Val Gardena. The track is 3.446 m long with gradients up to 56,9% and 840 vertical metres.

The tour continues to Pinzolo – Madonna di Campiglio to Austria to  the legendary Streif in the town of Kitzbühel and, finally, Switzerland on the downhill race track of Lauberhorn in Wengen,