For the past 20 years, the multi-stage Trans Alp event has firmly cemented itself as a legendary race amongst off-road riders. The marathon event covers a wide range of the Alps in just 7 days.
You may be reaching a point in your riding where the local trails just aren't doing it for you. Or you want to set yourself a worthy challenge to really push your training and skill. While we all wish we could get up and do a bike tour, we're often put off by the effort and organisation involved. However Bike Trans Alp is back for it's 20th year, and they take care of everything.
For 2017, the Trans Alp event will be celebrating it's 20th anniversary next July with incredible riding, a buzzing atmosphere and of course, stunning scenery. Teams of two will set off from Mayrhofen, Austria to travel over 550km to the finish line in Riva del Garda, Italy.
The anniversary stages have been announced for 2017, are they are as follows:
- Stage 1 (July 16): Mayrhofen – Brixen
- Stage 2 (July 17): Brixen – St. Vigil
- Stage 3 (July 18): St. Vigil – St. Christina
- Stage 4 (July 19): St. Christina – Kaltern
- Stage 5 (July 20): Kaltern – Trento
- Stage 6 (July 21): Trento – Lavarone
- Stage 7 (July 22): Lavarone – Riva del Garda
Race Director, Marc Schneider, is in charge of the route design and has been for the past 6 years. He says: “The 2017 route merits a notable anniversary as almost all stage towns have been part of the Transalp before. Already in the 20th year of Transalp racing, we were once again able to find new paths which make fun: it will be mountain biking at its best on the most exciting single tracks of the Alps."
If you fancy signing up with a friend and giving it a go, registration opens next Tuesday October 11th. For more information, head over to their website here.
Contributing writer, Hannah Attenburrow, rode the Trans Alp earlier this year. Read her full event report here.