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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: difficult ultra-marathon
Distance: 50 kilometres
Elevation gain: 3320 metres
Start: 07:00 am, May 25th 2024 (Bran Castle)
Time limit: 15 hours
Fastest/ slowest time: 5h51/ 18h18
Entry limit: 700 competitors
Check points: 6
T1 - food/ drinks
T4 - food/ drinks
T5 - food/ drinks
T7 - food/ drinks
2. elevation profile
3. race details
The 50 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 and having an altitude gain of over 3300 m. The race, in short, follows the route of below:
Bran Castle (departure) - Poarta village (2 km of asphalt to the Opris Bridge) - Saua Tiganesti (via Clincea, marking with red tape) - Cabana Malaiesti (white marking with yellow tape) - Hornurile Malaiesti (white marking with blue tape) - Omu Peak - Refugiul Batrana (red tape marking) - Salvamont Pestera (red triangle marking) - Padina - Saua Strunga (red tape marking) – Poiana Gutanu (red tape marking) Poiana Gaura (blue triangle marking) – Poarta village barrier (marked with red cross) - Bran Castle (arrival) - (on Muchia Grajdului, unmarked, clear path)
The 50 km race starts from the courtyard of Bran Castle and after 2 km of asphalt through the village of Poarta, at the Opris Bridge, turns left and follows 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 an altitude gain of 1100 m. From the Tiganesti refuge, the route leaves the marking with the red lane and go down to the left towards the Malaiesti cottage on the yellow lane marking, via Lacul Tiganesti and Padina Crucii - approximately 3.5 km, with a difference in level 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). From the exit from Hornurile Malaiesti, there is an easy climb through the alpine gap to the Omu Peak control point (2505 m), the highest point of the route. From here to the Batrana refuge, there is a very good stretch of running, about 5 km through the alpine gap, also passing through the jnepenis (marked with red tape). From the Batrana refuge it descends quite steeply - 5 km with a difference in level of 600m - to Salvamont Pestera, through Valea Doamnele, marked with a red triangle. At the control point at Salvamont Pestera, competitors can revitalize themselves with a hot soup. This is also where the 50 km separates from the 100 km and 80 km races, the 50 km heading towards Saua Strunga, via Padina. Between Pestera and Padina - approximately 2.5 km - you will run on a forest road, and starting from the Padina cabin, there is a relatively easy ascent on a grassy path of approximately 3 km with a difference in level of 400 m to Saua Strunga (1909 m), marked with a red tape. From here to Poiana Gutanu there is a section of easy descent, only good for running, about 4 km with a 400 m difference in level, marked with a red tape. From Poiana Gutanu, the route turns right and follows the marking with a blue triangle, slightly climbing a section and then descending to the control point in Poiana Gaura (1520 m), about 3 km. 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), 10 km with a difference in level of 1450 m;
- the steep descent from Padina Crucii to the Malaiesti cabin;
- the ascent of the last 350 m from Hornurile Malaiesti;
- the descent from the Batrana refuge to Salvamont Pestera;
- the long descents that follow the ascents are very difficult for the muscles and joints.
- Cabana Malaiesti (km 13) - food, fruit, water, energy drinks;
- Varful Omu cabin (km 17) - control;
- Batrana Refuge (km 22) - control;
- Salvamont Pestera (km 27) - soup, food, fruit, water, energy drinks;
- Poiana Gutanu (km 38) - food, fruit, water, energy drinks;
- Poarta (km 44) - control.
4. time charts
5. race description
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