Monday, July 7, 2008

Jeantex Tour Transalp 2008

Yesterday July 5th at 10:00 AM the Jeantex Tour Transalp started in Oberammergau a Bavaria`s picturesque town nestled at the foothills of the Alps known for their elaborately decorated house fronts (Lüftlmalereien), wood carving, and the Passion plays taking place every 10 years.
The Jeantex Tour Transalp is the largest bikerace over the Alps (7 stages, 860 kilometres and 17,000 metres altitude difference):
Stage 1: Oberammergau - Sölden
Located in the Ötztal Valley (Tirol) Sölden is one of the most renowned Ski & Snowboard Resorts in the Alps and Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas.
Stage 2: Sölden - Brixen
The charming diocesan town of Brixen, located where Eisack and Rienz flow together is the main city of the Eisack Valley and the perfect place to know Südtirol's way of life, its traditions and customs.
Stage 3: Brixen - St.Vigil
St. Vigil in Enneberg is a tourist city in the heart of the Dolomites. St. Vigil today specializes in hiking, families, mountain biking, race biking, and nature lovers in the summer. Winter season belongs to the Kronplatz, one of the most modern and most attractive ski resorts in Europe.
Stage 4: St.Vigil - Sexten
Sexten/Sesto is a small mountain village in the Hochpuster/Alta Pusteria Valley, the eastern part of Südtirol. The Alta Pusteria ski resort is part of the Dolomiti Superski ski domain with a total of 450 lifts and 1,220 kilometres of slopes.
Stage 5: Sexten - Falcade
Falcade is located in the Biois valley, extending from the mountains of Passo San Pellegrino, and surrounded by renowned Dolomite summits: to the south, there is the massif of Pale di San Martino and Cime del Focobon; to the north, there are the rock faces of Mount Marmolada and Cime del Auta; to the east, there is Mount Civetta and, behind it, Monte Pelmo. Falcade is part of the Trevalli skiing resort in the Trentino region.
Stage 6: Falcade - Feltre
Feltre, located in the middle of a natural amphitheater of exquisite beauty at the foothills of the Alps, is one of the most impressive examples of a "fortified city" in Veneto.
Stage 7: Feltre - Bibione
Finally the bikers will arrive to Bibione a seaside resort on the Adriatic with 8 kilometers of sandy beaches encircled by beautiful pinewoods.