The organisers of this unique winter sport event (Baden-Württembergische Schlittenhundeclub (the Baden-Württemberg Sled Dog Club)/Wintersportverein Unterjoch (Unterjoch Winter Sports Society) and the community of Bad Hindelang) are expecting, as in previous years, over 100 participants, well over 500 sled dogs as well as numerous spectators from near and far. The race programme begins at 10 a.m. and ends at around 3 p.m. on both days. The start and finish area is the tennis court in Unterjoch.
The route travels along existing cross-country ski trails from Unterjoch to Oberjoch, across the national border into the territory of the Austrian municipality of Schattwald, and back to the finish in Unterjoch. The race distances that make up the stages are between 6 and 18km, depending on the size of the team. The largest teams start with 10 or 12 dogs and have ganglines. Hats off to these sports stars, the route from Unterjoch is rated as the most challenging on the circuit.
A particular challenge for teams are the rapid descents in particular. What is more, the winding route requires a high level of technical skill. On the whole, top speeds of almost 45km/h are reached. The average racing speed for the top teams is approx. 30km/h. It is almost unimaginable that the dogs are controlled only by calls from their mushers. The route sections that can be viewed very easily by spectators and are particularly spectacular are those with descents close to the lifts on the sunny side of the slope and into the village towards Unterjoch.