Date 15.-21.7.2018

Stage Preview: Lavarone - Riva del Garda

Distance: 79.12 km

Metres of climbing: 2,117 m

Saddles: Passo Coé (1,610 m), Monte Faé (932 m)

Difficulty: ¤ ¤ ¤ ¤

The final stage of the 2017 BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma is an insider tip and leads the participants some 100 years back in time as the first part of the leg follows the tracks of the famous '100KM dei Forti', a marathon classic which passes several fortresses of World War I.

And it's those old military paths on which the field will collect around 1,000 metres of climbing before arriving in Dosso del Sommo from where a steep descent brings everyone down to the Etsch Valley passing Serrada.

Then it's time to recharge batteries on the bike path to Rovereto in order to be fit enough to master the final challenge of the anniversary tour through the Alps.

The saddle at Monte Faé might not be that high with only 932 metres above sea level but with already six days of hard work in the legs, things will get pretty demanding again as the climb features gradients up to 17 degrees.

The final descent will take place on a true gem called Naranch Trail before the 20th edition of this legendary mountain bike classic concludes at La Rocca, the old harbour of Riva del Garda – and not in front of Palazzo dei Congressi like in the years before.