Which is the closest airport to the start location ?
The closest airport is Torino Caselle international airport
Which is the closest airport to the finish location ?
Torino Caselle international airport
For more infos visit the web site http://www.aeroportoditorino.it
How can I get from the airport to the start town?
Limone Piemonte can be reached by train via Torino and Cuneo. Take a bus from the airport to the Torino main station (Torino Porta Nuova) then a direct train to Limone Piemonte or a train to Cuneo where you find the connection to Limone. Info: www.trenitalia.com
I will come by car, where can I leave my car during the week?
The car can be parked in a dedicated parking in Sauze d'Oulx, arrival town, from there a free shuttle bus offered by the organization will drive you (your luggage and your bike) to Limone Piemonte, where Ironbike starts.
I will arrive in Sauze d'Oulx to leave may car the day before the race, where can I sleep?
Should you arrive the day before by car in Sauze d'Oulx you can either sleep in tent in the base camp (it will be indicated) or in a hotel to enjoy a last night in a bed before Ironbike! For information regarding hotels contact http://www.comune.sauzedoulx.to.it
I will arrive some days before in Limone Piemonte, where can I sleep?
The Ironbike base camp will be available from the night before the race start and usually some racers are already there. Should you arrive some days before you can either put up your tent in the only camping of Limone: Luis Matlas www.luismatlas.it or book a room in a hotel info: www.limonepiemonte.it/turistico
Will there be any mechanical support to fix my bike if I break something?
Yes. The mechanic will be at the end of each stage and in some crucial points along the race course. They will carry a range of spares, but you should bring your own spare parts for bits prone to breakage such as deraileurs or hydraulic brake cables.
How many food stops (refreshments points) do I find in each stage?
It depends on the difficulty and length of the stage (minimum two)
What kind of food is available for breakfast and dinner each day?
Breakfast: jam, chocolate, pasta, bread, fruit, coffee, milk, tea, house-made honey, and energy supplements and mineral salts supplements
Dinner (it changes every day): but always pasta!!! And meat (chicken, beef, pork), vegetables, soup, bread ...
And in the food stops?
Along the race course: bread,jam,chocolate,ham,cheese,fruit,coke,water,juice,energy supplements and mineral salts supplements and.....the famous scrambled eggs made by Zio!
Arrival refreshemt: pasta or rice,ham,cheese,salad,vegetables,sweets,water,energy drinks and mineral salt salt
I'm vegetarian or I suffer of a coeliac disease or allergic to some food, what can I do?
Please inform us when you send your registration.
Is there a road book?
Yes. The course is however well-marked with official signs and spray-painted marks (IB) on the ground, roads, trees, rocks, walls, snow.
Is a smaller extra bag needed for high altitude camps? If so where do we leave the big bag on the high altitude days?
Yes, for the high altitude camp the max. weight allowed is 20 kg. The other bag (maximum 30 kg) will be transferred by o.c. (see art. 11 of the race regulation for more details).
How long must the light/head lamp last? 3 hours? 6 hours?
You should consider a couple of hours even though until today 30 minutes are enough!
Will GPS data of the stages be available? No.
Where are the bicycles kept at night (I ask this because my bicycle was stolen in a race)?
We could arrange some security zone or security cables, but if you leave the bike there, it will given you only the morning after at the bags delivery time: no night working and no repairs!
Are the base camps in or near towns or villages?
Usually they are, except in the high camps
Art.10 the competitors are obliged to sleep in tent: is the tent supplied by the organizers?
Normally not, you must bring your own tent.
Are tents included in the total allowed weight of 30 kilos (20 kilos at high camps)? are sleeping pads?
Yes they are.
Companions can sleep in the town or village or in the base camp in a camper or van correct?
Yes, Companions can sleep where they prefer.
Competitors must sleep at base camp in tent during the whole race.
Would it be hard to get around only speaking english? I plan on learning some italian ...
It's not needed: you will find people speaking english and other languages like french, spanish, german etc.
How much mountain bike experience do I need?
You will need to have a reasonable level of experience, fitness and skill to complete the event safely and enjoy the experience. The experience necessary comes from regular off-road riding. Iron bike is not an event for the inexperienced. The physical challenge of Iron Bike should not be underestimated
How demanding is the event on the bike?
Iron bike will test your bike. There’s plenty of occasions to accelerate wear and tear, and plenty of sticks to take out a deraileur if you’re tired. Your shocks will also get a good work out. Many riders found the event a lot harder on gear than they had anticipated. Ensure you bring the gear necessary to help clean up your bike at the end of each day and keep it lubricate.
What do you mean by a "medical certificate"?
Sport medical certificate means a certificate made by a sport doctor or sports medicine centres testifying that the rider have been visited and declared able for competitive sports. It means that he/she has been submitted to a complete exercise tolerance test - stress ECG –
The judges of the Federation we are member of (UDACE) will check the medical certificate and issue a licence valid for one year. The cost of the licence is 37,00 Euro.
In Italy it is compulsory without licence you cannot get the race start number.
Is the licence for Triathlon, Alpine Sports, or other competitive sports valid?
No, the only valid licence is that for cyclism sport.
I don't understand what a “special stage” is.
The stages are usually composed by linking stages which are un-timed and special stages which are timed.
Is a "passage control" a check point to assure the racers stay on the proper course?
Will there be sent out (by email) any formal communication to the riders with all the required details or is all information posted on the website?
All details will be posted on the web site. Should you have any special question please let us know by mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Are all camps accessible by car? (so own support car can reach the camp).
Usually yes, ony the high camp may not be reached by all vehicles. Accredited support persons will bed informed before.