The countdown is on! The ultimate action sports relay race, Dainese Peak to Creek, kicks off in less than some days. The competition invites spectators and fans to follow the showdown of the year, as Olympic gold medalists, world champions and top athletes from around the world compete in 8 disciplines in a race from top of Rettenbacher glacier down to the Ötztaler Ache river.

This year, a total of 42 athletes will conquer the 90km course, while competing in the disciplines of ski mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking, mountain running, climbing, cycling and kayaking. It’s the strongest line-up in Peak to Creek history – making this year’s event the most exciting yet.

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Among the participants are some of the world’s most exceptional athletes, including World Cup skiers Manfred Mölgg (ITA), Werner Heel (ITA), Christoph Nösig (AUT), Florian Scheiber (AUT), former world champion Frank Wörndl (GER) and Germany’s Downhill and Super-G star Thomas Dreßen (GER).

The battle between the mountain bike pros Daniel Gathof (GER), Tobias Woggon (GER) and Dainese rider Alex Stock (GBR) promises to be just as exciting.

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Previous years have shown how important the road cycling stage of Dainese Peak to Creek can be. This year, former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck (LUX), Austrian cycling stars Gerhard Trampusch (AUT) and Thomas Rohregger (AUT) as well as Olympic champion Jan Ullrich (GER) will go head to head and fight for every second on the Haiminger Sattele.

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Says kayak world champion and Olympic medalist Vavřinec Hradilek (CZE):

“I am super excited to be part of the event this year. Kayaking is an individual sport and I am looking forward to competing as a team – it reminds me of the Olympic Games. As I have never paddled this route before, it will definitely be demanding.”

Competitors will each carry a Garmin fēnix GPS tracking watch, acting as a relay baton to be passed on from one athlete to the next at every handover point.

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Dainese Peak to Creek is a relay race where international athletes compete against each other in the disciplines of ski mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking, mountain running, climbing, road cycling, kayaking and rafting. This year’s event will take place on April 25 in the Ötztal, Tyrol, and will lead the athletes down a 90km route from the top of the Rettenbach Glacier down to the Ötztaler Ache river. More information about the event and the route can be found at www.peaktocreek.at.