Saturday, July 19, 2008

Jeantex Bike Transalp

The Transalp Challenge will take place from July 19th till 26th 2008. More than 600 kilometers and a vertical gain of 19,5000 metres are to accomplish on the way from Füssen in Germany to Riva del Garda in Italy. 550 teams of two participants each will take part on the race in five categories: Women, Men, Mixed, Master Men and Grand Master Men.
The Jeantex Bike Transalp route leads through the most beautiful mountain ranges of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy:
Stage 1: Füssen - Imst
The race starts in the german town of Füssen, known as the romantic soul of Bavaria. Located on the edge of the Alps the Füssen’s medieval town center rises high above the banks of the River Lech. The race will finish this day in Imst in the heart of Tirol in the River Inn Valley.
Stage 2: Imst - Ischgl
Ischgl is a small village in the Paznaun Valley in Tirol. The Silvretta Bike Arena is considered to be one of the best mountain bike regions in the Alps offering an impressive network of well marked mountain bike circuits for every level of fitness.
Stage 3: Ischgl - Scoul
Bikers will arrive to Scuol a beautiful village at the foot of the Piz Champatsch (2780 m). The Lower Engadine is a landscape dominated by the only Swiss National Park, it is a culturally rich area, and this is evident in the architecture of the old Engadine Villages, the romantic Castle in Tarasp, and the Roman-Irish Spa (the first in Switzerland).
Stage 4: Scoul - Livigno
Livigno, in the heart of the Alps, belongs to the province of Sondrio, in the region of Lombardy. 100 km of bike tracks, also running through the National Parks allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the countryside on two wheels and follow the same route taken by the "Pedaleda", the mountain bike cross country marathon that opens the summer season every year.
Stage 5: Livigno - Naturns
Naturns is a charming little market town in Südtirol and the perfect place for mountain bike and racing bike fans. The European Cycle Path follows along the old Roman Claudia Augusta trading route and there are over 1,500 kilometres of mountain bike paths and tracks for racing cyclists with a whole series of challenging bends as well as Trans Alpine Classic routes.
Stage 6: Naturns - Kaltern am See
On Thursday 24th July the Transalp has the finish in Kaltern am See, also known as Caldaro al Lago, a tourist village in the province of Bolzano, in the Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol famous for its lake and wine.
Stage 7: Kaltern am See- Andalo
Andalo is a comune in the autonomous province of Trento. The town lies on the slopes of Mount Paganella and in the heart of the Dolomiti di Brenta and its territory is part of the Adamello-Brenta natural park. Close to Andalo is the Lake Molveno.
Stage 8: Andalo - Riva del Garda
Finally the race will arrive to Riva del Garda, at the edge of the Brenta Dolomites in the shores of the lake Garda. The resort offers its tourists the opportunity to practise all sports according to the taste: sailing, surfing, sports angling, walking, bowls, cycling, tennis, climbing, canoeing, etc.