Kaltern – Trento
The fifth stage has been part of the 2014 Transalp but is laid out quite shorter this time – without leaving out the 2014 highlights which can be found in the small town of Gfrill which nestles as last outpost of South Tyrol right at the border to Trentino which the field approaches on a downhill to Lavis situated in the Etsch valley.
Racers can look forward to a ride rich in variety in an untamed countryside, on many small forest paths, single tracks and old cart paths on which the mountain bike pairs also collect more than 500 metres in altitude.
From Lavis, the route follows the famous Strada della Flora, a beautiful name for an even more beautiful track, up to Monte Calisio. The following single tracks down to Trento are small and hidden paths in a larch wood, not broader than a towel. They have been a personal tip back in 2014 and they surely still are.
However and best for last, the stage town of Trentino is definitely different compared to all other stage towns with its historic downtown and bars and cafes at every corner. Rating: pretty laid-back.