Zieleinfahrt. Fotografin: Kirstin Tödtling

© Zieleinfahrt. Fotografin: Kirstin Tödtling

The legendary ski race on the Arlberg

The White Ring – The Race

Together with 19 other skiers in a throng at the starting line, the silence is deafening. It’s 22 kilometres to the finish line. The starting signal rings through the air and you're right in the thick of the White Ring.

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The most famous race

The White Ring

The White Ring in Lech Zürs has international cult status. Ambitious skiers compete in the popular ski race, which captivates spectators along the course and at the finish line.

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The White Ring – The Race 2019

The White Ring – The Race 2019

The route 

The circuit comprises 5 downhill runs, 5 ropeways, an intensive ascent and a challenging backcountry ski run. The race starts on the Rüfikopf mountain. Every 100 seconds a group of 20 people dash around the Omeshorn mountain to Zug via the Schüttbodenlift, Trittalpbahn and Madloch ski runs. From there the chairlift takes racers up to the Balmengrat, from where the last section leads down to Lech. To thunderous applause, the 1000 participants are lauded at the grand finish line.

The White Ring - The Route

The White Ring-The Race, Panokarte West

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Program & procedure

9am – 7pm bib number issue (Lech Zürs Tourist Office, Lech)
Race packs issued (number with integrated timing chip, etc)


12pm – 3pm course inspection

The course for “The White Ring – The Race” will be fully marked with all gates and open for inspection from 12 – 3pm on Friday (the course is not finally marked before 12pm). After 3pm individual gates can be moved if the race organisers consider it necessary for reasons of safety. During the inspection the course is open to the general public. That means inter alia that inspection by skiing the course at racing pace (high speed) is not permitted and that the course will be used by third parties. Failure to observe the above rule will result in disqualification.

7am – 8am bib number issue (Lech Zürs Tourist Office, Lech)
Race packs issued (number with integrated timing chip, participants present etc)

From 7am
Rüfikopfbahn cable car open for ascent (the Rüfikopfbahn is only for race participants, spectators without skis, press, etc.).

From 8am
Participant’s briefing at the start area (Rüfikopf top station).

From 9am
Start of the 9th “The White Ring – The Race”. Participants will start in groups of 20 at an interval of 1min 40sec.

From 9:45am
First participants reach the finish (bib numbers inc. timing chips will be collected immediately and the chip deposit refunded).

Time limit for finishing the race
1 pm
In case of earlier arrival of the last racer the time limit will be brought forward

Prize-giving at the finish area (Schneggarei / Schlegelkopf base station)
approx. 20 minutes after arrival of the last racer (lates at 1:30pm)
Objection time: 15 minutes after time limit

Evening Programm
“The White Ring – The Night”. Several party venues will be joining in the fun and surprising you with drinks, snacks and themed parties associated with The White Ring Race.

Program & procedure

9am – 7pm bib number issue (Lech Zürs Tourist Office, Lech)
Race packs issued (number with integrated timing chip, etc)


12pm – 3pm course inspection

The course for “The White Ring – The Race” will be fully marked with all gates and open for inspection from 12 – 3pm on Friday (the course is not finally marked before 12pm). After 3pm individual gates can be moved if the race organisers consider it necessary for reasons of safety. During the inspection the course is open to the general public. That means inter alia that inspection by skiing the course at racing pace (high speed) is not permitted and that the course will be used by third parties. Failure to observe the above rule will result in disqualification.

7am – 8am bib number issue (Lech Zürs Tourist Office, Lech)
Race packs issued (number with integrated timing chip, participants present etc)

From 7am
Rüfikopfbahn cable car open for ascent (the Rüfikopfbahn is only for race participants, spectators without skis, press, etc.).

From 8am
Participant’s briefing at the start area (Rüfikopf top station).

From 9am
Start of the 9th “The White Ring – The Race”. Participants will start in groups of 20 at an interval of 1min 40sec.

From 9:45am
First participants reach the finish (bib numbers inc. timing chips will be collected immediately and the chip deposit refunded).

Time limit for finishing the race
1 pm
In case of earlier arrival of the last racer the time limit will be brought forward

Prize-giving at the finish area (Schneggarei / Schlegelkopf base station)
approx. 20 minutes after arrival of the last racer (lates at 1:30pm)
Objection time: 15 minutes after time limit

Evening Programm
“The White Ring – The Night”. Several party venues will be joining in the fun and surprising you with drinks, snacks and themed parties associated with The White Ring Race.

IMPORTANT:

For safety reasons, the OC has decided that the section “Madloch” (“Madlochbahn” mountain station to “Zugerbergbahn” valley station) will not be used for racing, therefore it will be neutralized and a fixed time for each runner of 22:22:22 min.

Track closure on race day

Due to the race “The White Ring – The Race” on Saturday 18 January 2020, the ski runs around the White Ring will be partially closed:

– The Rüfikopfbahn is closed for public skiing until about 10.30 am.
– The slopes from Rüfikopf to Zürs will be closed until about 11.00 hrs.
– The Madloch is closed until about 12.00 hrs.
– Also in the area Trittalp/Hexenboden and Kriegerhorn/Oberlech/Schlegelkopf not all ski runs are open during the race.
Without postponements all ski runs will be open again until about 12:30 hrs!

We ask for your understanding and would be pleased to welcome you as a spectator!

Speed provides security

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Partners & Supporters

The White Ring – The race! Such a unique and big event is only possible with the help of strong partners! These organisations are supporting us with enthusiasm and passion!

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Lech Zürs during The White Ring – The Race

In January, competitive skiers dream of winning “The White Ring Race” while spectators soak in the unique atmosphere. Watching the finish line and celebrating at the after party is a unique experience on the Arlberg. During The White Ring Night, DJs and live music make Lech Zürs pulsate and the stars of the winter sports scene party together. In the past, Josef Strobl, Harti Weirather, Tom Stiansen and Patrick Ortlieb have already taken part in the legendary ski race. Even Andreas Goldberger and David Coulthard have experienced the Arlberg from its wild side on skis. 

 

Every year, 1000 participants take part in the race around the White Ring with locals and guests answering the call from Lech Zürs in hopes of standing on the podium in different age group categories. As in other sports, the open classification receives the most attention. Riccardo Rädler proved himself more than capable in winning the last three races. Meanwhile, Alexandra Scheyer has been the reigning champion in the women’s singles since 2017. The team classification is dedicated to the founding father of the White Ring, Sepp Bildstein, whose dream was to install a lift at the Arlberg for skiing. It was his vision that planned this winter sports activity and under his leadership 15 ropeways were installed in Lech Zürs. So in his honour, the Bildstein Trophy is now the prize for the team that completes the 22 km course the fastest. Riccardo Rädler, as part of “Klimmer Wohnbau Racing” with Pepi Strobl, Mathias Gorbach and Paulina Wirth, won the team ranking in the 2017 race. Due to poor weather conditions the race had to be cancelled in 2018. 

 

Business Teams

The White Ring - The race is supported by probably the most sporty companies! Because it's even more fun together. These companies have secured themselves a fixed starting place in the team.

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