Ultra

TORTOUR Ultra is the largest multi-day non-stop ultracycling event in the world. The race, which starts and finishes in Zurich, demands everything from cyclists and their crew: a 1000-kilometer non-stop race over several Alpine passes around Switzerland can be conquered in just two days – day and night, solo or in a team. The hard, sweaty adventure promises unforgettable emotions and a unique cycling experience. The official Swiss Ultracycling Championships are held in this format every year.

The format TORTOUR Ultra leads over about 1000 kilometers . The individual riders and teams need between 26 and 52 hours for this distance.

The TORTOUR combines the best ideas from all existing long distance races. This makes it attractive for competitive athletes, amateur athletes as well as team athletes and companies. The race runs day and night – a great challenge for both riders and team.

  • Solo, 2-person and 4-person teams as well as the Open category (5-8 athletes)
  • Men, women and mixed categories
  • Control or changing posts (timestations) approx. Every 50 kilometers
  • There is only one rider riding at a time, the others ride in the support vehicle and change at the timestations. Exception: The whole team rides together on the first stage, in the middle of the race, and the last stage.

Registration

SOLO

TEAM OF TWO

TEAM OF 4

OPEN

ROUTE

(PROVISORY)

Note: The route is ridden clockwise.

At the TORTOUR Ultra, participants cover 1,021 kilometers and 12,380 meters of altitude within 48 hours – non-stop.
Teams: Who will change at which timestations, can beNEW freely chosen.

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Stage 1: Sihlcity - Galgenen
50 kilometers, 630 meters of altitude
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Stage 2: Galgenen - Turbenthal

68 kilometers, 740 meters of altitude
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Stage 3: Turbenthal - Romanshorn

50 Kilometer, 430 meters altitude
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Stage 4: Romanshorn - Buchs SG

72 Kilometer, 330 meters of altitude
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Stage 5: Buchs SG - Chur

44 Kilometer, 310 meters of altitude
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Stage 6: Chur - Nufenen (village)

59 kilometers, 1400 meters of altitude
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Stage 7: Nufenen (village) - Pollegio

82 kilometers, 850 meters of altitude
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Stage 8: Pollegio - Andermatt

62 kilometers, 1940 meters of altitude
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Stage 9: Andermatt - Oberried

82 kilometers, 1570 meters of altitude
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Stage 10: Oberried - Jaun

73 kilometers, 1400 meters of altitude
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Stage 11: Jaun - Rivaz

59 kilometers, 470 meters of altitude
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Stage 12: Rivaz - Nyon

52 kilometers, 330 meters of altitude
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Stage 13: Nyon - Yverdon-l.-B.

67 kilometers, 710 meters of altitude
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Stage 14: Yverdon-l.-B. - Biel

73 kilometers, 540 meters of altitude
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Stage 15: Biel - Aarau

76 kilometers, 380 meters of altitude
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Stage 16: Aarau - Sihlcity

58 kilometers, 540 meters of altitude
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EVENT INFORMATION

Categories Price accompanied / unaccompanied Remarks SM (yes/no)
solo
(1F) Women CHF 980.- accompanies yes
(1M) Men CHF 980.- accompanies yes
(1M/OVER50) Men CHF 980.- accompanies (1M/over50) Participants born until 17 August 1972 or older yes
Teams of 2
(2F) Women CHF 1’580.- accompanies yes
(2M) Men CHF 1’580.- accompanies yes
(2M/F) Mixed CHF 1’580.- accompanies yes
4
(4F) Women CHF 2’680.- accompanies yes
(4M) Men CHF 2’680.- accompanies yes
(4F / M) Mixed CHF 2’680.- accompanies at least 2 women yes
Open (5-8 riders)
(5-8F/M) Women/Men/Mixed CHF 3’980.- accompanies Team composition freely selectable no


SWISS CHAMPIONSHIPS ATTHE TORTOUR
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At the TORTOUR, the title “Ultra Cycling Swiss Champion” will be awarded among the finishers in the categories TORTOUR Solo (Women, Men, Master) and the teams of 2 and 4 (Women, Men, Mixed).

In order for a title to be awarded, at least one person must have achieved the goal in the solo category, at least three of the teams who meet the eligibility requirements for the Swiss championship title. If fewer than three teams reach the goal, no Swiss champions can be chosen.

Participation in the Ultracycling Swiss Championships is reserved exclusively for people of Swiss nationality who are in possession of a valid license. A Swiss Cycling membership can here can be acquired. The free “Cycling for all” license (Other valid UCI athlete licenses are also accepted). The license will be sent as soon as the membership fee has been received by Swiss Cycling.

THE ENTRY FEE INCLUDES:

  • Event in Sihlcity, supporting program, award ceremony
  • TORTOUR ultracycling jersey, starter bag
  • Light belt and foot straps
  • Time measurement / GPS tracking (on loan)
  • Routebook, GPS route data
  • Identification of bicycles and accompanying vehicles

* Plus 2% administration fee on the entry fee.

The organizer expressly reserves the right to reject registrations.

A cancellation or interruption of the event for reasons of security, force majeure or other important causes does not trigger a reimbursement of the participation fee or claims for damages in favor of the participants. No claims for compensation can be made against Cycling Unlimited AG for hotel costs for supervisors or possible cancellation fees in the event that the event is canceled at short notice. If participation is canceled up to 6 weeks before the event, it can be transferred to the next event. Entry fees, however, will not be refunded. Not even in the case of a cancellation with a medical certificate. The organizer recommends taking out cancellation insurance. This is not offered by the organizer and is the responsibility of the participant.

Schedule for 2022 not yet known and will be updated on an ongoing basis. The 2021 schedule is an example.

Category Check in Prolog Start Finish line
Ultra solo Do,
19.8.2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Do,
19.8.2021
2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Do,
19.8.2021
from 7:00 p.m.
Sa,
21.8.2021
Midnight
Ultra 2 series Do,
19.8.2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Do,
19.8.2021
2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fri
20.8.2021
from 3:00 a.m.
Sa,
21.8.2021
Midnight
Ultra 4 series Do,
19.8.2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Do,
19.8.2021
2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fri
20.8.2021
from 5:00 a.m.
Sa,
21.8.2021
Midnight
Ultra 6 series Do,
19.8.2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Do,
19.8.2021
2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fri
20.8.2021
from 5:00 a.m.
Sa,
21.8.2021
Midnight

Opening hours 2022

The timestations are defined control posts at which the participants have to register. Timestations are located directly on the route and are also the places in the race for teams where riders can be changed.

ULTRA From Until
Sihlcity Thu, 18.8 19:00 Fri, 19.8 08:00
Galgenen Thu, 18.8 21:15 Fri, 19.8 09:45
Turbenthal Fri, 19.8 00:00 Fri, 19.8 12:00
Romanshorn Fri, 19.8 02:00 Fri, 19.8 14:45
Buchs SG Fri, 19.8 04:30 Fri, 19.8 17:45
Chur Fri, 19.8 06:15 Fri, 19.8 21:45
Nufenen (place) Fri, 19.8 09:00 Sat, 20.8 00:45
Pollegio Fri, 19.8 11:45 Sat, 20.8 03:00
Andermatt Fri, 19.8 14:30 Sat, 20.8 04:30
Oberried Fri, 19.8 18:00 Sat, 20.8 06:45
Jaun Fri, 19.8 21:15 Sat, 20.8 09:15
Rivaz Fri, 19.8 23:00 Sat, 20.8 11:45
Nyon Sat, 20.8 00:30 Sat, 20.8 13:30
Yverdon.-l-B. Sat, 20.8 02:45 Sat, 20.8 15:30
Biel Sat, 20.8 05:00 Sat, 20.8 19:00
Aarau Sat, 20.8 07:15 Sat, 20.8 20:30
Sihlcity Sat, 20.8 09:15 Sat, 20.8 22:45

The TORTOUR is a great sporting challenge and also requires good preparation. We have been asked repeatedly what it takes to take part in the TORTOUR. In addition to a lot of stamina and a little technique, you need some equipment. The regulations contain all important information about the course of the race and the technical requirements. For everything else we have put together a list for you, which should help you with the preparations.

What do you need to take part in the TORTOUR?

► Single rider

  • 1 support vehicle, no wider than 210 cm, no longer than 600 cm and no higher than 275 cm (excluding roof rack)
  • 3 helpers as a crew (to steer and navigate the support vehicle and to look after the athlete)
  • 1 bike incl. Lighting (and spare batteries) for night rides (you can also use a mountain bike and a “time trial bike” alternately)
  • Clothing for all weather situations during the race (think of the mountains)
  • Food for the athlete and the crew (helpers)
  • 2 cell phones per team
  • Light vests for the crew (night use)
  • RECOMMENDATION: Navigation device and simple radio device between vehicle and cyclist

► Team of 2

  • 1 support vehicle, no wider than 210 cm, no longer than 600 cm and no higher than 275 cm (excluding roof rack)
  • 3 helpers as a crew (to steer and navigate the / each support vehicle / es as well as to look after the athletes).
  • 2 bicycles incl. Lighting (and spare batteries) for night rides (one bike 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)
  • Food for the athletes and the crew (helpers)
  • 2 cell phones per team
  • Light vests for the crew (night operation) or team members who are on duty as a crew
  • RECOMMENDATION: Navigation device and simple radio device between vehicle and cyclist

 

► Team of 4

  • 2 escort vehicles, no wider than 210 cm, no longer than 600 cm and no higher than 275 cm (excluding roof rack)
  • 4 helpers as a crew (to steer and navigate the / each support vehicle / es – pausing athletes can support)
  • 4 bicycles incl. Lighting (and spare batteries) for night rides (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)
  • Food for the athletes and the crew (helpers)
  • 2 cell phones per team
  • Light vests for the crew (night operation) or team members who are on duty as a crew
  • RECOMMENDATION: Navigation device and simple radio device between vehicle and cyclist

 

► Team of 6

  • 2 escort vehicles, no wider than 210 cm, no longer than 600 cm and no higher than 275 cm (excluding roof rack).
    An additional mobile home (without size limit) is permitted for teams of 6.
  • 4 helpers as a crew (to steer and navigate the / each support vehicle / es – pausing athletes can support)
  • 6 bicycles incl. Lighting (and spare batteries) for night rides (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)
  • Food for the athletes and the crew (helpers)
  • 2 cell phones per team
  • Light vests for the crew (night operation) or team members who are on duty as a crew
  • RECOMMENDATION: Navigation device and simple radio device between vehicle and cyclist