Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide & COVID-19

 

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Update as of 8 June, 10.15 a.m. [replaces all previous information].

The Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide will take place on 13 June as planned. A total of 1000 participants are admitted.

We have learned to be flexible in the past months and we were aware that it will be a challenge to become a "pilot" for future big events. But we accept this challenge.

After extensive consultations with the canton of Graubünden, vaccinated and recovered participants will start at the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide without further COVID-19 testing. In addition, PCR and antigen tests will also be accepted under clearly defined conditions, which you can take at home or on arrival. We expressly welcome this decision and strongly recommend that you arrive at Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide already tested! Antigen tests are free of charge for you in any case, regardless of your place of residence and nationality in Switzerland.

Participants who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested are permitted to take part in the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide. Participants who have received their second vaccination before or by 6 June 2021 and can prove this are exempt from testing. Also exempt from testing are participants who have contracted COVID-19 on or after 12 December 2020 and can provide proof of this.

All other participants can only start after presenting a test. Antigen and PCR tests are permitted, but no self-tests. The negative antigen test must be from 10 June or later, a negative PCR test from 9 June or later.

Participants with a negative test result from the "company test" Graubünden of tests from 9 June or later will also be admitted.

All registered participants will have received information on Tuesday, 8 June, at 10.15 a.m. and are urged to inform us of their COVID 19 status so that the test centre can plan accordingly. We will only use this data for statistical purposes and will only share this statistical data with the canton of Graubünden. After the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide this data will be deleted.

 

The option to deregister from the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide thus only exists for participants who are awaiting an officially ordered quarantine when entering or returning from Switzerland. The place of residence stated at the time of registration applies. Participants who cannot start due to illness or a quarantine due to illness in their environment, please contact their travel cancellation insurance or make use of the entry fee insurance that they were able to take out with their registration for Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide.

 

 

Entering and leaving Switzerland

Please understand that due to the constantly changing conditions and the different handling by the various countries, we cannot provide any information on the regulations for entering and returning to Switzerland. Please note that these also differ depending on the means of transport. Please use the relevant information provided by your government - for example by the Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Foreign Office for Germany - and the websites of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG). You are solely responsible for complying with the rules that apply to you at all times.

We did it: Alpen Challenge will take place!

 

We did it: The Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide will take place! "Europe's most beautiful cycling marathon" will lead over Graubünden's passes on 13 June as planned! Thank you for your patience and trust - and thank you also to the Canton of Graubünden for the open and constructive cooperation and the equally great trust in us and you!

As the Canton of Graubünden has just informed us, Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide is one of the pilot projects selected to gain experience for the future handling of large events. We can't tell you how happy and proud we are. And as a huge icing on the cake, we are even allowed to start with 1000 participants instead of a maximum of 600 as last planned! Now it's time.

Pilot project: We'll race

 

The Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide will take place as planned on 13 June. This was confirmed by the canton of Graubünden this morning. The cycling classic with start and finish in the "Roland Arena" (Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide) in Lantsch is one of the pilot events selected by the Canton of Graubünden to gain experience in dealing with major events. "We can't tell you how happy and relieved we are. So patience and perseverance are now paying off," says Stefan Schwenke, organisational manager of the race. "It's been a tough few weeks for everyone and we are grateful for the good and trusting contact with the canton of Graubünden - and not least for the patience of the participants who have continued to trust us that there is a realistic chance of racing Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide."

 

"This also gives us tailwind and motivation for the planning of the coming events this summer and autumn," says Marc Schlüssel, Head of Marketing, Communication and Events Support in Lenzerheide, who is also happy about the news from Chur. "Compliments to the organisers for not giving up - and thanks to the authorities for their cooperation."

After online registration had to be stopped weeks ago because the upper limit set for potential pilot events was 600 people, there is another bonus in addition to final planning security as of 13 June: Now even 1000 participants are allowed to start. "This means we can now even release starting places for the long waiting list we have in the meantime," says Schwenke.

 

In addition to further regular preparations for the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide, which must now be worked through in record time, a comprehensive protection concept is still being developed around the cycling marathon. A central part of the measures, for which experience will also be gathered for future major events, is a test system with clear, forgery-proof personal identification. All participants, the organisation and the volunteers will be tested for Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide. At the same time, the corresponding requirements of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) will continue to apply. The Canton of Graubünden, which is one of the first cantons to implement corresponding pilot projects, has already used the "Covent" test system at two community meetings. More information on the implementation of the tests, which are free of charge for participants, will follow in the coming days.

 

The Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide, which has been running over Albula, Julier, Maloja and Splügen since 2015 with a new organisation and a new route, is considered one of the top events in the Swiss cycling marathon scene. Normally, around 1300 participants from all over Europe start over the two race distances. Recently, rockfalls and storms had already affected the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide, when the route over the Splügen Pass was impassable in 2018 and 2019. "All the more reason for us to look forward to a 'real' Alpen Challenge, even though things will certainly be different this year," says Schwenke. "We have been working on all fronts even without final certainty - but a lot of things we can only implement now after all."

The online registration for Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide will now be opened at short notice for the newly available starting places. "In the first step, participants on the waiting list will still have the chance to register. If there are still starting places, we will open the online registration again regularly," explains Schwenke.

Hot for mountains?

Hungry for mountain passes?
Looking forward to Graubünden!

Register now!

 

It was one of our last rides of the year on the great passes of the Alps Challenge, where these pictures were taken. The classic Albula with its spectacular north side, the Maloja and the descent into Bergell and the Splpügen a few days before the turnpikes were closed for the winter closure. Simply fantastic and unforgettable - especially and also in autumn. Now we live off these trips and experiences and count the days until the passes are open again. You too?

 

Don't forget: The online registration for the Alpen Challenge is open. On June 13th we will rock Graubünden's most beautiful passes. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Hot for mountains? Hungry for mountain passes? Looking forward to Graubünden! Register now!

Cancelation:

No Alpen Challenge on June 14th, 2020

We have hesitated long, yet as of today we do not see a realistic chance to have the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide take place on June 14th, as we had planned. We have to cancel the bike marathon covering the most astonishing Alpine passes in Graubünden because you need certainty. How small can the chance be that things will happen as they were intended until we need to let go anyways? The strict policy against the spread of the virus appear to be successful and of course we are optimistic that sports events will be possible again soon, however it is unimaginable to stick to the original date in Mid June.

We would like to thank everyone for their trust, some of you handing in their registration until recently. We will come back to you with the exact way to either transfer your ticket to the 2021 edition on June 13th or claim a refund. 

Just as all the other organization committees of the holiday region Lenzerheide who need to cancel their events in June, we are deeply disappointed and remain hoping for your understanding.

On current occasion: update 2020

On current occasion: We are still working flat out to prepare the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide. Since the bike marathon will take place on June 14th in just under three months, we still have hope that we can start as planned. Should anything change in this status, we will communicate this immediately and on all channels.

We are in contact with the authorities in Switzerland and Italy and are monitoring the situation. A rejection today would mean that we are smarter than the Federal Council. This is no more serious than it is currently promising that the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide will take place 100 percent this year.

The “exceptional situation” currently applies to Switzerland until April 19 and in Graubünden until April 30. As soon as changes arise here, we will respond quickly if necessary and also communicate this. Until then, we will continue to work with great motivation to offer you an unforgettable race through Graubünden on June 14th.

Keep your distance and stay healthy!

Next in early summer: The 21st edition of Alpen Challenge will start on June 14

We remain faithful to our appointment: Next year, the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide will take place in mid-June. This makes the race in 2020 especially for a short break in Graubünden. Perfect for a few leisurely passes and a really relaxed preparation for the Alpen Challenge. So get out the calendar, note the date and enjoy anticipation. The online registration will open shortly.

The preparation begins now:

Alpen Challenge on June 16th, 2019

 

Are you up for a new challenge? On June 16th, the Graubünden mountains are awaiting you with the road bike highlight of the summer. The new date guarantees for even more riding pleasure, however as to the benchmarks of the race, we stick to proven concepts. The start and finish for both the 116 and the 190 kilometer route will again be located in the biathlon arena.

Whether you are capable of riding the Maloja and Splügen pass after the Albula and the Julier you may decide even during the race. The registration is open now.

 

You are looking for the perfect accomodation for your race? Our partner Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide, PRIVÀ Alpine Lodge and Revier Mountain Lodge Lenzerheide offer special packages for all riders.

 

The tourist and cycling region Lenzerheide is able to offer hotels, apartments, campsites and group accommodation of all budget categories. Please find further information on our booking site.

For additional enquiries, please refer to the information office of Lenzerheide:

Voa principala 37
CH-7078 Lenzerheide

Tel. +41 81 385 57 00

info@lenzerheide.com

Short or long? You decide on the go!

 

Which version are you into? Fast and exciting 119 kilometers on the short version or go full throttle on the long, 194 kilometers route? In case you could not decide yet, you may do this even after the start of the race. The Alpen Challenge is the bicycle marathon where you can decide even during the event, which version you want to go for. As we need to plan the event, we ask you for a decision beforehand, however you may change your mind all the way until the crossing of the short version in Silvaplana at the bottom of the Julier Pass. The timing of your ride will be adapted automatically; it goes without saying that this service is for free. It is for this reason that you do not need to alter your booking in advance in case you want to change the route. There is one thing to be aware of, though: there will be a deadline in Silvaplana after which you will not be allowed on the longer version. This deadline might be adapted depending on the weather conditions. mountain roads in a single race. Further highlights include the ride along the Oberengadiner lakes, the descent down from the Maloja Pass, a most intriguing combination of curves down from the Splügen and – eventually – the Viamala canyon.

More room for cyclists - support vehicles are to stay at home

 

We want to guarantee the same conditions for every rider. The Alpen Challenge is a bike race, which is why cyclists should have as much room on the road as possible. With an impressive team, we will put a lot of effort into providing you with a perfectly secured route. This is why we want to keep any unnecessary traffic of the route and thus dearly ask the participant not to be accompanied by private support vehicles.


Program and Schedule


Sat, June 15th, 2019

2 – 7 pm: Exposition with catering and entertainment program in the finish area, Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide
2 – 7 pm: Start documents are available, Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide
2 – 7 pm: Late registration, Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide
2 – 5.30 pm: Pasta Party
6 pm: Opening and Participant Briefing in the finish area, Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide


Sun, June 16th, 2019

6 – 6:45 am: Start documents are available at the start, Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide
6 – 6:45 am: Late registration at the start, Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide
7 am: Start of the 19th edition of the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide
9:30 am –  6 pm: Exposition and moderation of the event in the finish area, Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide
10:55 am: Approximate finish of the winner (men) of the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide (short version)
11:30 am: Approximate finish of the winner (women) of the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide (short version)
12 am: Award Ceremony (short version)
1:15 pm: Approximate finish of the winner (men) of the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide (long version)
1:55 pm: Approximate finish of the winner (women) of the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide (long version)
2 pm: Latest possible finish for the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide (short version)
2:45 pm: Flower Ceremony (long version)
5:30 pm: Latest possible finish for the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide (long version)

Some riders are climbing the hardest part of the epic Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide in the ascent to Splügen Pass. Photo: Henning Angerer

Routes


The short version of the Alpen Challenge is based upon the well-known and proven route of the last decade. The Albula and the Julier are considered two of the most beautiful Alpine passes that result in a 117.9 kilometers challenge with some 2698 meters of climbing combined with an astonishing experience of the scenery. The short version is demanding and not to be underestimated, yet experienced riders will be able to handle the 115 km distance and the climb up to the Julier Pass. The southern part of it is considered the relatively easier one. Nonetheless, the finale, right before the climb to Lantsch/ Lenz, is spiced up with a demanding extra loop to Salouf.

The long version of the Alpen Challenge sets standards within the biggest and most thrilling cycling marathons in the world, both in terms of sports and as to the landscape it located in.

After a short descent – together with the participants of the short version – that follows the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage railroad “Räthische Bahn” and the romantic Albula valley, the first challenge is right ahead. Even the descent from the Albula Pass is short, yet spectacular. What follows is a series of magnificent cycling highlights: the high mountain valley of the Engadin is followed by riding through the classy village of St. Moritz. The Engadin lakes will be passed just before the next mountain highlight is to come, the Maloja Pass. Having descended from the Bergell and having passed the impressive granite walls of the southern valley there, the route even crosses the Italian border. Whether the participants have some power left will be put to test at the Splügen. After these sports highlights, a veracious symphony of landscape highlights is to follow: after the curves down from the Swiss boarder, the route passes the village of Splügen, the spectacular Viamala canyon towards Thusis and, towards the end, leads the riders to the final climb back to Lantsch/ Lenz. 192.4 kilometers – the Alps at their very best – with impressive 4215 meters of climbing. This makes the route a tough and challenging one indeed, yet not extreme.

Note: All riders that choose the long version will need to have passed the crossing towards the Julier Pass in Silvaplana by 11 am (new time). For safety reasons, the road towards the Maloja Pass will be closed thereafter. Riders who have not passed the checkpoint by then will automatically be lead on the shorter version and eventually will also be classified there.

 

Short version of Alpen Challenge at outdooractive

Long version of Alpen Challenge at outdooractive

Award ceremony of the Alpen Challenge with Laila Orennos (left), two times winner of Ötztaler Radmarathon, coming in 2nd. Photo: Henning Angerer

Registration


The registration for the Alpen Challenge is provided online by our partner Datasport and will be available now. The early bird catches the worm: early registration will certainly receive the chance to participate in the summer’s cycling highlight and will profit from an early registration discount on top. The discount is available until December 15th. The online registration closes on Friday, June 14th. Late registrations will be possible until Saturday 15th in Lantsch/ Lenz directly as well as on race day from 6 to 6:45 am. The start documents for registered riders will be available during the same time periods.

Registration fees

 

  • CHF 72:    Early registration until December 15th 2018
  • CHF 85:    Regular registration until May 15th 2019
  • CHF 96:    Late registration online until June 9th 2019
  • CHF 115:    Latest online-registration online until June 14th 2018, 12pm
  • CHF 115:    Late registration in Lantsch/ Lenz on June 15th and 16th


The registration fees for the 115 and the 192 version are the same. The registration is for the short or the long version, yet changing the route is possible on race day and even during the event. The latest possibility for this is in Silvaplana.

The registration places are given away following the date of registration. Places are limited. Registration will not be possible after the limit has been reached.

Service

 

  • Electronic timing with transponder technology
  • Result list
  • Flower ceremony
  • Start classification based upon the performance of the previous year
  • Text message service
  • Personal participation certification (available online)
  • Personal bib number
  • Team classification
  • Refreshment stations all along the route and in the finish area
  • Voucher for the pasta party
  • Medical support along the route and in the finish area
  • Signposted and secured route – the route is not closed entirely!
  • Organization members accompany the race
  • Bike service in the finish area
  • Participation present

Starting list

 

Riders during the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide in the epic climb to Splügen Pass. Photo: Henning Angerer

Refreshments


There will be refreshment stations to perfectly support you on all mountain passes of the route. Even though there is no actual mountain pass on the long version, we decided to position one on the Maloja Pass. This way, you do not have to tackle the longest climb of the day – the Splügen – with a full stomach. For the first time, refreshments will be available on the Albula, too. A further station will be just before the long descent on top of the Julier. On the long version, there will be refreshments on the Albula, the Maloja and eventually on the Splügen.

Arrival

 


Car

The tourist and cycling destination Lenzerheide is easy to reach. Coming from Germany or Zürich, you stay on highway A13 until Chur Süd (Exit 17). You will reach your destination no more than 20 minutes later already.

Coming from the South, Lenzerheide is reachable easily via Lugano and via the tunnel of San Bernardino. You follow the highway until Chur Süd (Exit 17). Some 20 mintutes later, you will have found us already. Coming from the South, you may also come via Tiefencastel.


Train and Bus

Travelling with public transportation, you may rely on the busses of Postauto Graubünden from Chur or from Tiefencastel. Both will directly bring you to Lenzerheide. Chur is connected with the SBB railroad and thus reachable from different international origins. The same counts for the network of the Rhätische Bahn RhB. Tiefencastle can be reached via the RhB railroad Chur - St. Moritz.


Airplane

The closest airport to Lenzerheide is located in Zürich. From there, you can easily get to Lenzerheide with the SBB until Chur and with a bus to Lenzerheide thereafter. Apart from this, “Graubünden Express” offers convenient and direct shuttles from the airports of Zürich, Friedrichshafen and Memmingen.

Swiss Cycling Top Tour


The Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide is part of the Swiss Cycling Top Tour, a pool of the best and biggest cycling marathons and cycling tours. The label of Swiss Cycling guarantees for approved quality of the organization as well as outstanding, exciting routes. Take part in four out of eight events and receive the official jersey of the series for free.

Participations and Regulations


Every person that is 16 years or older is allowed to start in the short version of the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide. Participants of the long version need to be 18 years or older. Participants need to be healthy and sufficiently trained to face the challenge of a cycling marathon in the Alps. Participants assure that they have gone through medical scrutiny. Participants also assure that they do not use performance enhancing substances (also refer to www.antidoping.ch), that the rider’s age is correct and that the rider starts the event with their own number.

Participants are registered only once they have accepted the participation regulations of the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide during the online registration or via signing it. Also, the registration fee has to be paid. Extra charges as a result of late registrations or charge back fees are to be covered by the participants. Participants can not claim refunds except for in case the organization is responsible for the cancellation.

The organization of Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide is not responsible for accidents of any kind and unpredictable incidents during the event. Participants are responsible for a sufficient assurance coverage themselves; by accepting the participation regulations, they declare that they are liable (TPL) for any damages or harms caused in Switzerland and in Italy. Participants can not claim indemnification from the organization in case the event has to be changed in any way or cancelled as a result of force majeure incidents, as a result of administrative ordinances or as a result of safety concerns. The organization of Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide is not liable or responsible for any damages or harms caused by themselves, by its statutory agents or any henchman.

The route of the Alpen Challenge is not closed for public traffic. Participants must meet road traffic regulations at all times. Participants must ride on the right hand side of the road. For additional safety reasons, motorbikes and cars will accompany the participants of the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide. Participants must follow the instructions of organization staff members and the police at all times. In case of breaking official traffic regulations in Switzerland or Italy, the organization is allowed to hand out the participants’ personal data to the police. There are two railroad crossings in the Alpen Challenge, one in Surava and one in La Punt. Crossing it despite a red stop sign inevitably leads to the direct disqualification of the participant.

Unsportsmanlike behavior or behavior endangering other participants directly lead to disqualification. The organization may disqualify participants who do not reach checkpoints in time or who obviously can not reach the finish within the event’s schedule. Participants are aware of the fact that they will be disqualified in case they leave the official route, in case they use a shortcut during the event or in case they use cars or rely on other technical assistive equipment respectively.

The bib number can be handed out only in Lantsch/ Lenz directly providing a photo ID or a written authority. The numbers (handlebar number, bib number) must be readable at all times and must be mounted as indicated by the organization. Participants are aware of the fact that they will be disqualified in case the numbers are changed (such as removing or covering the advertisement) or in case they are accompanied by persons that are not registered in the Alpen Challenge themselves.

The timing of the race is possible only with the help of a transponder that is to be mounted according to the organization’s instructions. The transponder is to be carried along during the entire event. The transponder is to be handed back after the event. In case the transponder is not handed back, participants may send it to the organization via airmail at their own costs. If the transponder gets lost or is not handed back within the time limit, the organization will charge participants with a fee of CHF 50,-.

The start of the Alpen Challenge can be organized in different starting blocks. For safety reasons, the race can be neutralized for some kilometers. Overtaking is not allowed during this part of the race. The riders will be accompanied by motorbikes. Participants are to remain in their initial starting blocks. Starting in a different starting block will lead to a disqualification of the rider. Changing the starting block is possible only after reaffirmation with the organization (info@alpenchallengelenzerheide.ch).

Except for riders in block A, that will be timed right of the start, all other riders (starting blocks B to H) will be timed only after they have crossed the starting line. Top 10 finishers (men and women) must have been started in Block A.

 

There is a team classification for both route options. Teams will be acknowledged as such independent from the participants’ gender. Their team or club name is to be identical according to the registration; the participants are responsible themselves for the correct and identical spelling. A team consists of at least three riders. The classification will be the addition of the individual times needed for the route. A team or club may enter a route with no more than one team, no matter how many riders are in it. A separate registration for the team classification is not necessary. The teams registered will be announced in the week prior to the Alpen Challenge. Altering the team or team name after the start is not possible.
 
Starting with the number or with the transponder of another rider leads to the disqualification. Being accompanied by cars or motorbikes during the event is not allowed and will lead to the disqualification of the participant.

Waste disposal of any kind on the route or next to the route leads to the disqualification of the participant. There are designated disposal areas close to the refreshment areas.

In case of bad weather conditions or unpredictable force majeure incidents, the organization may change or shorten the route or adapt the time limits. For the riders’ safety, the organization may cancel the event.

Participants can not claim indemnification or the refund of the registration fee from the organization in case the event has to be changed in any way or cancelled as a result of force majeure incidents. The same counts in case riders cancel their participation themselves. The registration can not be transferred to another rider. The registration for the Alpen Challenge Lenzerheide is organized online via the official website or the event’s timekeeper.

With the registration, participants declare their agreement with the organization using their personal data for organization purposes. With the registration, participants also declare their agreement with the organization using photos of the event, footage or interviews for radio broadcasts, for TV shows, advertisement as well as for any type of print or online media including social networks. Participants may not claim indemnification for this.  

With the registration, participants declare their agreement with the organization – or any third party – publishing (online and/or printed) their names, their year of birth and their place of residence on the official start and result lists. This agreement is a precondition for the participation.

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