The 20th edition of the BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma goes straight to the nitty gritty. There is no time to warm up. The anniversary event kicks off with the queen's stage and 104.79 km as well as 3,119 metres of climbing from Mayrhofen to Brixen.
As a result, the field tackles a stage which has been part of the route in a similar way before already – especially as the Pfitscherjoch was already one of the climbs mountain bikers had to conquer in the inaugural event back in 1998.
1,700 metres of climbing have to be mastered right from the start passing Schlegeisspeicher. But compared to the years before, the last 200 metres of climbing have not to be walked any more with the bikes being pushed up to the summit but can be ridden on a newly located path.
While the first part of the opening stage has been part of the show several times already such as back in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, the second part has undergone some changes as a second climb has been fit into the stage profile right after Sterzing.
The Valser Joechl adds some 800 metres to the well-known former Mayrhofen – Brixen route.
That might be painful but it's also a good sum up for what to expect over the course of the seven-day stage race which is once again the perfect mix of Transalp history and brand new mountain bike experiences.