From mid-June, BORA – hansgrohe will prepare for the return of the season with its first training camp in Ötztal, Austria.
In order to ensure that the camp remains as safe as possible, a team-specific Corona Protocol has been specially devised, with the riders also being divided into groups.
“The basis of these concepts lies in infection prevention through hygiene and behavioural regulations, well thought-out control over work processes and contacts, and clearly regulated medical measures such as targeted Covid-19 testing,” said Team Doctor Jan- Niklas Droste.
The Ötztal region features numerous challenging climbs including the Timmelsjoch, which at 2,509 metres, is Austria’s highest road border crossing, the Rettenbachferner with its average gradient of 10.5% and a length of 13.5 kilometres, and the Ötztal Glacier Road, which climbs to 2,830 metres.
“First and foremost, we are all very happy that things are finally commencing again,” said Team Manager Ralph Denk. “This camp serves as a type of prelude to the return to everyday life for all of us. We have two months to prepare for our first races, so the training camp is ideal and everyone is very motivated.”
“Our partnership with Ötztal is really paying dividends, because they did everything they could to make this camp possible. We have perfect conditions, both at altitude and in the valley. Therefore we can offer tailored programs for our athletes, so that they’ll all be able to return to top form in August.”