A strong first stage

04.07.2022 - 12:30

Yesterday, for hundreds of motivated cyclists, the adventure of crossing the Alps began. From 3rd to 9th July, the athletes will have to give their best, both physically and mentally. The efforts will be rewarded with unforgettable panoramas, great emotions and a unique community experience. Already on the first day, the athletes had to face a demanding stage. The heat made conditions even more difficult.

Lienz: In 2005, the town was the stage location of the BIKE Transalp for the first time. In 2015, the route passed through for the last time. Today, however, a BIKE Transalp premiere was celebrated: for the first time, the eastern Austrian town was the starting point of the legendary mountain bike stage race across the Alps.

But the the first stage had even more to offer: For example, the participants were allowed to rush down the new trails named by prominent cycling pros - the Peter Sagan Trail and the Alban Lakata Trail - from high up to the city limits of Lienz. Along sunny meadow slopes of the Pustertal, the route continued westwards. From the mountainbike, this idyll was certainly less flattering, because in a varied ups and downs, a fair amount of altitude was already gained here. Before reaching the finish line in Sillian, the bikers climbed up to the highest viewing platform of the first stage: the alpine pasture between Fronstadlalm and Tessenberger Alm. Here, the unobstructed view over the Gailtal and Pustertal valleys, Lienz and Sesto Dolomites invites you to linger on any other day - but not today. As soon as they passed the top, the participants barrel down a fast descent on a forest path. Further on via Tessenberg and Heinfels, the finish in Sillian finally followed. This demanding first stage showed the bikers not only the beauty of East Tyrol, but also the challenges of a BIKE Transalp.

Click here to find all results of the MAXXIS BIKE Transalp 2022.