The Arlberg Eagle
Courage, strength and discipline - you’ll need all three of these qualities if you want to complete the ‘The Arlberg Eagle’ triathlon.
Thrill-seekers and sports enthusiasts won’t want to miss out on the exciting spectacle that is the Arlberg Eagle – a thrilling triathlon spread across three months, incorporating a ski race, half marathon and mountain bike marathon.
The event kicks off on 22 April with the cult ski race “Weisser Rausch”, otherwise known as “The White Thrill”. At 5pm, 555 skiers, snowboarders or telemark skiers assemble on the Valluga Ridge before setting off on the challenging 9km course with an 150km ascent nicknamed ‘Pain Mountain.’ The most competitive racers will aim to complete the course in 11-18 minutes but the record to beat is 7 minutes and 40.6 seconds, set in 2012 by Florian Holzinger from Germany.
Of course many people take part just for fun, often in fancy dress before celebrating their achievements at the after party. There is also a mini version of the White Thrill open to children aged 11-16 years.
The second event is the Jakobilauf Half Marathon, which takes place on the 22nd July. Athletes run 21.125km through picturesque alpine landscape with an overall altitude difference of 203m.
The event draws to a close on 19 August with the Arlberg Bike Marathon, over an undulating 38km course with 1622m difference in altitude.
Those who complete all three competitions in one year are awarded the much coveted Arlberg Eagle.