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1. race map
The Bucegi Mountain range - rising spectacularly from the Prahova Valley in the east, and the Bran Valley in the west - is the stage for the Transylvania 100 races.
Our maps are produced by the excellent Romanian mapping specialists Muntii Nostri - their detailed and informative maps will be posted on the event page. All runners will be issued with a full-colour race map, along with descriptions of the various permanent trail markings to be followed along the route. In sections traversed at night, luminous markers will be used, along with glowsticks to define the route across open ground.
A written description of the route will also be provided, plus a GPS download of each route.
1. RACE MAP
2. ELEVATION PROFILE
3. RACE DETAILS
4. TIME CHARTS
5. RACE DESCRIPTION
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Category: very difficult sky running race
Distance: 30 kilometres
Elevation gain: 2365 metres
Start: 09:00 am, May 27th 2023 (Bran Castle)
Time limit: 12 hours
Fastest/ slowest time: 3h47/ 15h30
Entry limit: 500 competitors
Check points: 3
T1 - food/ drinks
T2 - food/ drinks
T3 - drinks
T4 - food/ drinks
2. elevation profile
3. race details
4. time charts
The 30 km route belongs to the category of self-sufficient races, the profile being particularly difficult, with steep ascents and descents on all types of road and paths, including rocky sections with chains and having a difference in level of over 2360 m. The race, in short, follow the route below:
Bran Castle (departure) - Poarta village (2 km of asphalt to the Opris Bridge) - Saua Tiganesti (via Clincea, marked with red tape) - Malaiesti Cabin (marked with yellow tape) - Hornurile Malaiesti (marked with blue tape) - Poiana Gaura (via Gaura Valley, red cross marking) - Poarta village barrier (red cross marking) - Bran Castle - arrival (on Muchia Grajdului, unmarked, clear path).
The 30 km race starts from the courtyard of Bran Castle and after 2 km of asphalt through the village of Poarta, at the Opris Bridge, turn left and follow a steep country road until the edge of the forest. From here, there is a gentle climb to the base of the route to Saua Tiganesti, through Clincea. With the marking with the red tape, a sustained climb through the forest and then through the alpine gap begins, until the Tiganesti refuge (2195 m), about 5 km, with a difference in level of 1100 m. From the Tiganesti refuge, the route leaves the marking with the red tape and go down to the left towards the Malaiesti cabin on the yellow tape marking, via Lacul Tiganesti and Padina Crucii - approximately 3.5 km, with a descent of 500m. From the Malaiesti cabin check point (1720 m) the route continues with a steep ascent on a stone path and in places grassy, through the Malaiesti Valley - approximately 2 km, with an altitude gain of over 600 m, marked with blue tape - ending at the exit from Hornurile Malaiesti (2378 m) - the highest point of the race. Also here, the 30 km race separates from the 50 km, 80 km and 100 km races, which continue towards Omu Peak. Immediately after exiting Hornul Malaiesti, a steep and difficult descent begins through Valea Gaura, of approximately 3.5 km, with a difference in level of 800 m, marked with red cross. In the second part of this descent, there are two difficult sections, where the competitors will have to use the installed chains to move on safely. at the end of the descent, competitors will be able to refresh their batteries at the check point in Poiana Gaura (1520 m). From here, the route follows a gradual descent until the arrival, except for the short climbs to Saua Polite and Muchia Grajdului. Thus, the route will follow the red cross marking through the forest (7 km) and a section of forest road. From here, for the last 4.5 km, to avoid the traffic on Valea Poarta, the race continues, turning left and going up a path from Muchia Grajdului, where you reach the Sports Hall. The last 200 m are parallel to DN 73, the arrival being in the courtyard of the Bran Castle with the entrance to the right through the Bran Customs.
- first ascent: Bran Castle (750 m) - Saua Tiganesti (2195 m), 9 km with an altitude gain of 1450 m;
- the steep descent from Padina Crucii to the Malaiesti cabin;
- the ascent of the last 350 m from Hornurile Malaiesti;
- descent on chains in Valea Gaura - 2 sections, 20 m and 40 m, respectively;
- the long descents that follow the ascents are very difficult for the muscles and joints.
- Cabana Malaiesti (km 13) - food, fruit, water, energy drinks;
- Poiana Gaura (km 19) - food, fruit, water, energy drinks;
- Porta (km 24) - water, energy drinks.
5. race description
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