Challenge

The TORTOUR is the largest, multi-day non-stop ultracycling event in the world. The CHALLENGE is a shorter racing format as part of the TORTOUR. The start and finish line are in Zurich. The approx. 520 kilometers allow easier preparation, less effort and still a great competition. The individual riders and teams need 14 to 28 hours for this distance. The CHALLENGE is attractive for competitive athletes, amateur athletes as well as team athletes and companies. The race runs day and night – a big challenge for both riders and team staff. The CHALLENGE can also be ridden unaccompanied.

  • Solo riders, teams of 2 and 3
  • Men’s, Women’s and Mix Categories
  • Control or sp. Exchange posts (time stations) approx. every 50 kilometers
  • Within the teams, only one rider is in use at a time, the others drive in the accompanying vehicle and change at each time station (each after approx. 50 kilometers).
    Exception: The first and last stages are ridden by the whole team.

REGISTRATION

SOLO

Team of 2

Team of 3

Route

(provisional)


Note: The route is ridden in a clockwise direction.

Total
499 KM GPX- Download
8130 EG View map
Rider A Rider B Total
315 KM 271 KM 499 KM GPX-
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3790 EG 4790 EG 8130 EG View map
Rider A Rider B Rider C Total
247 KM 225 KM 201 KM 499 KM GPX-
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3570 EG 3550 EG 1910 EG 8130 EG View map
Stage 1: Sihlcity - Niederurnen

56 kilometres, 240 metres in altitude

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A, B A, B, C View map

 

2nd stage: Niederurnen - Chur

70 kilometres, 790 metres altitude difference

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Stage 3: Chur - Nufenen (village)

61 kilometres, 1240 metres altitude difference

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Stage 4: Nufenen (village) - Biasca

78 kilometres, 820 metres altitude difference

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Stage 5: Biasca - Erstfeld

90 kilometres, 2330 metres altitude difference

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Stage 6: Erstfeld - Niederurnen

80 kilometres, 1,730 metres altitude difference

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Stage 7: Niederurnen - Hütten

36 kilometres, 640 metres altitude difference

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Stage 8: Hütten - Sihlcity

36 kilometres, 210 metres in altitude

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EVENT INFORMATION

Categories Entry fee* Comments
Solo (with and without crew)
(1F) Women CHF 750.-
(1M) + (1M/Ü50) Men CHF 750.- (1M/Ü50) Participants born until August 18, 1971 or older
Teams of 2 with and without crew
(2F) Women CHF 1250.- 2-person teams without crew both ride the entire route
(2M) Men CHF 1250.- 2-person teams without crew both ride the entire route
(2F/M) Mixed CHF 1250.- 2-person teams without crew both ride the entire route
Teams of 3
(3) Open CHF 1750.-

* Add 2% administration fee on the entry fee.

 

INCLUDED IN THE ENTRY FEE ARE:

  • Event in Sihlcity, supporting programme, award ceremony
  • TORTOUR Ultracycling jersey, starter bag
  • reflective belts
  • Time measurement / GPS tracking (on loan)
  • Routebook, GPS route data
  • Bicycle and accompanying vehicle identification
  • Challenge Solo: catering at time stations, transport of personal items to two time stations

The organiser expressly reserves the right to reject registrations.

Cancellation or cancellation of the event for reasons of safety, force majeure or other important causes does not trigger a refund of the participant’s contribution or claims for damages in favour of the participants. No claims for damages can be made against Cycling Unlimited AG for hotel costs of caregivers or possible cancellation fees in the event of a short-term cancellation of the event. In case of cancellation of participation up to 6 weeks before the event, a deferral on the following event is possible. However, no starting fees will be refunded. Also not in the event of a cancellation with a medical certificate. The organizer recommends to sign an insurance against cancellation costs. This insurance is not offered by the organizer and is the responsibility of the participant.

Solo rider and team of 2

Participants with and without accompanying crew start in the same category. Riders without crew will receive one hour of time-crediting. This is granted by an earlier start time.
Participants who start in the category without an accompanying crew can fill two bags with food and/or clothing. These are brought by us to two pre-defined time stations.
Category Check Prolog Start Finish deadline
Challenge Solo Fri,
20.8.2021
11:00 – 13:00
Fri,
20.8.2021
14:00 – 16:00
Fri,
20.8.2021
from 17:00.
Sat,
21.8.2021
22:00
Team of 2 Fri,
20.8.2021
11:00 – 13:00
Fri,
20.8.2021
14:00 – 16:00
Fri,
20.8.2021
from 17:00
Sat,
21.8.2021
22:00
Challenge Team of 3 Fri,
20.8.2021
11:00 – 13:00
Fri,
20.8.2021
14:00 – 16:00
Fri,
20.8.2021
from 19:00
Sat,
21.8.2021
21:00

Opening hours

CHALLENGE From Until
Sihlcity Fr, 20.8 17:00 Fr, 20.8 19:30
Niederurnen Fr, 20.8 18:30 Fr, 20.8 22:00
Chur Fr, 20.8 20:30 Sa, 21.8 01:00
Nufenen (village) Fr, 20.8 23:15 Sa, 21.8 04:45
Biasca Sa, 21.8 01:45 Sa, 21.8 08:15
Amsteg Sa, 21.8 05:00 Sa, 21.8 13:30
Niederurnen Sa, 21.8 08:30 19:00 19:00
Hütten Sa, 21.8 09:15 Sa, 21.8 20:30
Sihlcity Sa, 21.8 10:00 Sa, 21.8 22:00

The CHALLENGE is a sporting challenge and needs good preparation. For simplicity, we have compiled a list of all the important information.

What do you need to participate in the CHALLENGE?

• Solo rider

  • 1 accompanying vehicle, not wider than 210 cm, not longer than 600 cm and not taller than 275 cm (excl. roof rack)
  • 3 helpers as crew (for steering and navigating the accompanying vehicle as well as for the care of the athlete)
  • 1 bike incl. Lighting (and spare batteries) for night trips (you can also use a road bike and a time trial bike alternately)
  • Clothing for all weather situations during the race (think of the mountains)
  • Meals for the athlete as well as for the crew (helpers)
  • 2 mobile phones per team
  • Reflective clothing for the athlete’s night rides and light vests for the crew
  • RECOMMENDED: Navigation device and simple radio between vehicle and cyclist

 

Team of 2

  • 1 accompanying vehicle, not wider than 210 cm, not longer than 600 cm and not taller than 275 cm (excl. roof rack)
  • 3 helpers as crew (for driving and navigating the escort vehicle as well as taking care of the athletes)
  • 2 bicycles incl. Lighting (and spare batteries) for night trips (a bicycle can theoretically also be used by several athletes, but at least one bike per athlete)
  • Clothing for all weather situations during the race (think of the mountains)
  • Meals for the athletes as well as the crew (helpers)
  • 2 mobile phones per team
  • Reflective clothing for the athlete’s night rides and light vests for the crew
  • RECOMMENDED: Navigation device and simple radio between vehicle and cyclist

 

• Team of 3

  • 2 accompanying vehicles, not wider than 210 cm, not longer than 600 cm and not taller than 275 cm (excl. roof racks)
  • 2 helpers by car as a crew (for steering and navigating the/per escort vehicle/it which can be supported by the paused athletes)
  • 3 bicycles incl. Lighting (and spare batteries) for night trips (the same bike can theoretically be used by several athletes, but at least one bike per athlete)
  • Clothing for all weather situations during the race (think of the mountains)
  • Meals for the athletes as well as the crew (helpers)
  • 2 mobile phones per team
  • Reflective clothing for the athlete’s night rides and light vests for the crew
  • RECOMMENDED: Navigation device and simple radio between vehicle and cyclist

 

What does each participating team receive from the organizer (before/after the race, at check-in)?

  • Starter Bag incl. Routebook, printout of the route incl. Route
  • On loan a tracking set
  • Start numbers for all athletes as well as accompanying vehicles (without reflectors for the wheel)
  • All prescribed stickers for registered escort vehicles
  • Admission to pasta party, brunch and award ceremony
  • TORTOUR Starter Shirt (Athletes)