Later, in the mountains, it becomes harder to feed the athletes on course. The roads are quite narrow and partly also quite full. However, at the latest on the passes, there are plenty of possibilities to park. Depending on the weather, you should also take the time to put on something else, because the downhill can get very cold. ”
During the run, Alex accompanies Julia with a MTB or trekking bike. As it is partly over unpaved paths, one does not get far with a road bike here. Whoever wants to accompany his athlete by bike should not underestimate it. “With all the food, you will be carrying a lot and some climbs also hurt on the bike.”
“From Grindelwald on, you run with your athlete. But running is exaggerated: From here it goes only uphill, and partially so steep, that almost all athletes just hike. And there are also always couples, where the supporter slackens, that should not happen, of course ;-). The last part is like chewing-gum. Even if you see the finish line at some point, it takes a good 2 hours until you finally get there. This can be very gruelling. ”
After the finish line, Alex recommends that the athlete changes quickly. “Then you can enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains. During the race, as a supporter you have no eye for it, unfortunately. ”
To ease the changing after the finish, you will now, with the starting documents, get a transition bag each for athletes and supporters for your warm clothes after the finish line. This innovation has been discussed controversially, but the growing number of big suitcases has almost overwhelmed our resources and possibilities last year.