SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA - APRICA
A lot of things are new on day three. Both places have never been the destination of a BIKE Transalp stage and therefore there are many new ways to discover. From Santa Caterina we take the narrow, panoramic road in the south of the mighty Ortler Group towards the Gavia Pass. But the road will not be crossed like it was in 2018. The cart track turns right from the road and soon leads to the Passo dell'Alpe, a real highlight of this Transalp, spiced up with short ramps. The landscape is big, the descent enormous. At the pass, the lonely trail starts in the high mountains down to the Valle di Rezzalo. When the route changes to a wider alpine path, the first huts mix into the picture and soon small hamlets and alpine pastures rush past the edge of the path. Later, the forest road finally descends into the Valtellina valley floor. From Le Prese to Grosio, the route remains in the valley and winds along forest and meadow paths at the edge further along the cycle path to Grosio at the bottom of the valley. This is where the 1100-metre climb up to one of the most famous passes in the region, the classic of the Giro d'Italia, begins: Up to Passo Mortirolo. But now there is no descent, just a small, little used road far away from civilization, which leads with great views into the glaciers of the Adamello group, to the sleepy mountain village of Trivigno. Now the descent to Aprica begins, first on a forest path and a piece of road until the final crisp descent on the "Alpini Trail" follows. This newly laid out bike trail in the forest is usually easy to ride, except for a very steep section in the middle, which requires both courage and riding skills. The trail is a little over the finish line, so that at the end a short sprint uphill to Aprica is due.