SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA - LAVARONE
This stage competes with the third for the title of the king stage. Maybe day 3 takes more energy, but this one has the most altitude on paper. So we crown the sixth stage with tam-tam and fanfare. She certainly deserves it. This is a long enchanted trip through Trentino on paths off the beaten track, full of surprises. This route is also proof that it pays to look behind the scenes of the much-travelled bike stages. For example, there is Lago di Calaita right at the beginning - a jewel. Its crystal-clear waters reflect the Pale and thus the Dolomites for the last time. It's time to say goodbye to the Dolomites. But it's not worth shedding a tear, because the super trail from this lake through the forest to Canal San Bovo makes the farewell bearable. The descent from Passo Brocon to Castello Tesino is also one of the most beautiful of this Transalp, because the mystical paths in no man's land, some of them carved into the rocks, offer a great contrast to the panoramic paths of the Dolomites - and it is really fun to ride on them. However, the descent from Passo Brocon down into Valsugana is interrupted. From Castello Tesino it is almost 15 kilometres of ups and downs on very different paths until you finally reach the bottom of the valley - including cultural impressions in the historic alleys of Pieve Tesino. Once you reach the bottom, it's time to move on and the route leads along the cycle path into the valley. Then the famous Kaiserjägerweg, an old military road, winds its way up to the high plateau of Folgaria, Lavarone and Luserna. And in the meantime it offers a sublime view over the two lakes, Lago di Caldonazzo and Lago di Levico. At the edge of the plateau, the Kaiserjägerweg leads over an inconspicuous pass into the plateau, the Transalp route branches off here into the forest and the whistle is blown for the finale. What follows now are seven fun mountain bike kilometres with the finish on the freeride trail of the Bikepark Lavarone. Which, after a visual rollercoaster ride through changing landscapes, now adds a real one on top.