Perfect training for the BIKE Transalp 2021

20.08.2020 - 09:31

Actually, the guys of the KTM Pro Team from Austria wanted to rock the BIKE Transalp once again, but when the race was cancelled due to the corona pandemic, they arranged an alternative program and found a suitable challenge by crossing Austria and participating in the BIKE Transalp Local Trails Edition at the same time.

The TransAustria started in Mörbisch at Lake Neusiedl and led to Bregenz at Lake Constance. 1,100 kilometres and over 30,000 metres of altitude in eight days. 

"Especially the very long stages were very demanding and we had to pay special attention to our energy intake, we used between 7,000 and 10,000 kcal daily. So it was crucial to refill our energy reserves for the next day in the best possible way," reports KTM rider Manuel Pliem.

This way, the athlets could try out some things that are not so easy to do in normal training. "We hope to be able to use these new experiences during  the BIKE Transalp 2021. In any case, the route is already causing great anticipation", says Manuel.

Crossing seven federal states

The quintet crossed no less than seven federal states with many well-known places and mountain passes during the challenge. A highlight of the route was the Stoneman Taurista region with the famous ski and venue of the Bike Night Flachau. The new section of the Stoneman Taurista route rewards you with a fantastic 360 degree panorama of the Tauern mountains.

On stage five, the KTM Pro Team followed the tracks of the legendary KitzAlpBike up the Wildkogel and its bike arena. After more than half the distance, the Tuxerjoch (2700 m) was awaiting the athletes. This section of the route has also been part of the BIKE Transalp 2019 and was therefore well known to the riders.

"Overwhelmed by the countless impressions"

A short side trip to Samnaun in Switzerland to the Palinkopf was also not to be missed to master the challenge of the enormously difficult ascent and the equally breakneck descent into the valley. On the last day the riders had to cross the Furkajoch to finally arrive at their destination, Lake Constance.

Manuel Pliem, Moritz Bscherer and David Schöggl from the KTM Pro Team as well as Thomas Garber and Martin Kürbisch from the KTM RAD.SPORT.SZENE team were at the start. All of them were enthusiastic about the tour, the unforgettable experiences and "overwhelmed by the countless impressions we experienced this week as a team". The next BIKE Transalp may come!

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