Entries open for inov-8 Descent Race+

The fearsome Streif slope, with an 80% gradient, awaits brave runners as the new format will now see teams going both down and up

Inov-8 Descent (credit: Michael Werlberger)

by Trail Running |

The inov-8 Descent Race will return to Kitzbühel, Austria, in October but this time as a pairs event, with one from each duo having to run up the insanely steep 80% gradient hill.

The Streif slope on the Hahnenkamm mountain is regarded as the toughest on the World Cup ski circuit.

For the last three years, daring runners have hauled themselves down the breathtaking descent, with the winner being the fastest to the bottom over two runs.

However, this year, entries will be teams of two, with one going down the hill before the other heads back up to the top.

Times recorded by the downhill runners will be placed onto a leaderboard and determine when their team-mates set off. The more seconds the downhill runner can gain, the greater advantage they will give their team-mates, ahead of what is set to be a frantic scramble back up to the finish line.

The course for the newly named inov-8 Descent Race+ will be a total of 700m in total distance (350m down and 350m back up) and follow a slalom style route marked by ski flags.

Inov-8 COO Michael Price said: “Previous years have seen hundreds of spectators line the legendary slope and watch on as runners got to grips with the demanding downhill drop. This year we’re expecting even bigger crowds and more fiercely competitive fun with the addition of the uphill finish.

“To tame the Hahnenkamm, runners going downhill or uphill will need total commitment and lots of underfoot traction. Our Graphene-enhanced running shoes, like the MUDCLAW G 260 V2, offer the world’s toughest grip for those racing the on the world’s toughest slope.”

Entries to inov-8 Descent Race+ open today (July 1st) here: www.ueberall.cc/de/descent-race-kitzbuehel.html

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