Distance 43.3 km, uphill 2154 vertical metres, downhill 2014 vertical metres
Stage 1 leads the runners up and down along the most beautiful trails around the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, all the way over the Austrian border to Ehrwald and on to Biberwier, where they take on the Knappensteig trail up to the Marienbergjoch ridge (1789m). Here, at the highest point of the stage, fabulous views of the Ötztal Mountains await. After a short descent to feed station 3 at the Marienbergalm hut, runners continue through the Marienbergtal Valley to Aschland. By the time they reach the Adlerhorst viewing platform they will already be able to see the finish. All that remains is a steep descent with a number of technical sections before they enter open pastures taking them down to the finish line.