The route planning 2017 follows an idea: seven days of high-percentage mountain bike experiences including numerous panorama views, which made us think about an extra rule, that every participate should at least bring two souvenir photos to the finish line. Otherwise, they will be disqualified. But joke aside: here is our first update. Check out what to look forward to at the 20th BIKE Transalp.
The anniversary edition kicks off things in Mayrhofen and will lead over the famous Pfitscherjoch, a Transalp classic which was part of the inaugural Transalp race back in 1998, to Sterzing and further on to Brixen. Right now, we are examining if we can replace the long bike path part in the Eisack valley with a sweet ride across the Valser Joechl. It's still not clear if things turn out how we want them to be – but if we succeed, the first stage will definitely become the queen's stage.
From Brixen the field will pedal across Plose to St. Vigil, just like in 2013, when participants were flashed by VIP trails and a 16:9 wide screen view on Peitlerkofel and Geislerspitzen.
Then the Transalp route enters the heart of the Dolomites meandering the massive Sellastock towards the so-called 'Steinernen Stadt' (city of stones) just below the Langkofel. The Sellaronda descent to St. Christina will wrap up day three before we will leave Val Gardena to Kaltern passing Seiser Alm, Schlern and the Etsch valley the day after.
The fifth stage from Kaltern to Trento follows the 2014 routing with its numerous hidden paths. The penultimate stage leads to Lavarone, the sole new stage town of the 2017 BIKE Transalp. From Trento the participants will climb straight up to Rifugio Maranza, follow some flow trails to Vigolo Vattaro and ascend Passo della Fricca again before turning into the route of the 100 KM DEI FORTI, the famous marathon race staged on military tracks dating back to World War I, to make it to the high plains of Alpe Cimbra. The last stage to Riva del Garda will be a promising route for all Mountain bikers.
We will provide more details of the route by the middle of November.