A rainy second stage

04.07.2022 - 18:30

The second stage of the MAXXIS BIKE Transalp 2022 led the participants from Sillian to Bruneck. In contrast to yesterday's heat, today's conditions on the last high-altitude section of the route were made more difficult by heavy rain, which for some ended the stage early. A total of 2,510 metres in altitude and 72 kilometres were on the programme today for those who made it to the finish before the bad weather set in.

On the route profile, today resembled an oscillation, which slowly built up and reached its peak at the end with a long climb up to the Kronplatz. So the athletes could at least breathe a little on the first, still dry roller passages after yesterday's demanding stage. However, this "gentle pace" did not last long. Not only did most of the altitude metres have to be mastered on the last section, but at the end of the stage it started raining so hard that the organisers decided to cancel today's race in the interest of the athletes.

About the route: From Sillian, the athletes first rolled over the Italian border to Versciaco, in order to climb the first hills from here via San Candido to Dobbiaco. In the shade of the southern side of Alta Pusteria, more "gentle" altitude metres were then collected. Up to here, the riders were spared the bad weather. Behind Olang, however, the time had come: the valley cut to the south initiated the long climb up to the Furkelpass, which, however, was only the intermediate goal before another 500 metres of altitude had to be covered up to the Kronplatz. Those who did not arrive in time were inevitably caught by the onset of heavy rain. As the weather conditions worsened, the organisers decided to stop the race at the second aid station. So the 360-degree panorama with the Dolomites in the south or the Riesenferner group in the north, which is offered by the extensive crest of the Kronplatz, remained hidden from most - just like the challenging and varied Herrnsteig.

We hope everyone has warmed up again by now and is looking forward to tomorrow's stage from Bruneck to St. Vigil.