Preparing for the Trans Alp Event
Words by Hannah Attenburrow
In 2012 I was inspired by the Olympics to try cross-country mountain bike racing. At the time I had no expectations of what I could achieve, I just wanted to get out and enjoy it. I was soon hooked and my life changed as cycling became a big focus. It was around this time I saw the Cape Epic (South African mountain bike stage race) and thought, “wow, one day I’d love to be able to line up at the start of a stage race”. Four years on and I’m two months away from doing just that!
The Trans Alp is a 7 day stage race from Imst in Austria, finishing at Lake Garda, Italy. The 700km journey will climb over 17,000m, twice the height of Everest. The terrain for the race will be really varied with lung busting climbs, fast single track, bike portages and some epic views!
I have never done anything like this before. I had never even ridden my bike hard for more than two consecutive days before entering, so this will be a huge challenge for me.
The Trans Alp is a pair’s race, and I am really excited about sharing this adventure with Michelle Reed, who I met when she got in touch with Pedal 2 Pedal (my coaching business) about women’s coaching weekends. At the time I did not have any booked in, so we agreed to meet up and go for a ride. We got chatting about racing and the Trans Alp came up as on our “dream race” lists, the rest is history. Michelle is 21 and from South Africa, but is over in the UK studying Nutritional Science.