The BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma 2016 is the toughest amateur mountain bike stage race across the Alps. In seven stages 600 teams-of-two ride challenging trails, steep up- and downhills along wonderful backgrounds and panoramas – you can find them only in the European Alps. 2016 the nineteenth edition of the BIKE Transalp starts already. The BIKE Transalp is characterized through a professional event structure, the sophisticated organization, years of experience, rising quality and the annual optimization of the roadway support system.
From July 17th to July 23rd, 2016 1.200 mountain bike fans start in teams-of-two to the BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma. Overall 519,03 kilometers and an altitude of 17.736 meters ensure pure adrenaline. The BIKE Transalp is THE mountain bike highlight and a „Must-Have“ of the international mountain bike scene. Bikers from more than 40 countries participate every year.
Also in 2016 the participants can once again look forward to a stage race with high standard, the trails are challenging and provoking. Overall almost 520 kilometers and 17.750 meters in altitude have to be managed. The BIKE Transalp is relatively a little bit shorter regarding the total distance, but the quality is higher in return. Brevity is the source of wit: less asphalt, more trails, steeper gradients, challenging downhill, more fun. The first stage leads from Imst to Nauders in Austria, an exciting and sporty circuit above the Inn Valley rocker along the famous Via Claudia. The next day, the second stage goes from Nauders further to Scuol. This short, but decidedly diversified stage leads through three countries: Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. The third from Scuol to Livigno is an absolute dream-stage in a bike territory, which counts to the best of the Alps. From Livigno the participants have to ride further to Bormio. This fourth stage has beautiful trails and crisp climbs to offer. From the Passo Alpisella the route leads further to the Umbrail Pass, here starts the single trail to Bocchetta di Forcola, the roof of the Transalp at an altitude of 2.768 meters with an incredibly all-round view. The royal stage is this time the fifth stage from Bormio to Mezzana – a sporting, technically peppered and ambitious scenic stage. The sixth stage leads from Mezzana over the Pass le Fraine to Trento, before the participants have to ride finally on the last stage to Arco at Lake Garda. The last stage is once again short and crispy.
The most important facts in the overview:
The BIKE Transalp is a „Must Have“ for every mountain bike fan. „Riding the BIKE Transalp once in a lifetime“ is for many an individual goal of life for which they must train and prepare themselves. Apart from the own sporty challenge, especially the fun, the fascination of the route and the team spirit are the main aspects.
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