For almost two decades, hundreds of road cyclists have taken up the challenge of the TOUR Transalp – the legendary multi-day race across the Alps. Seven stages have to be mastered by the road bike: This year, that’s a total of 609 kilometers and 15,860 meters of altitude that the athletes have to cover between the start at Reschensee and the finish in Arco at Lake Garda. This means an enormous feat of strength, which is rewarded by unique panoramas and tremendous emotions.
For two years, the racing bike scene had to forgo the popular stage race due to the pandemic. But the wait will be over soon: in 17 days the starting signal for the 18th edition of the TOUR Transalp will be given at Reschensee. Here the first visual highlight is offered to the athletes already: the church tower rising out of the lake in front of the mighty backdrop of the Ortler mountain range.
The list of highlights is long. But for these unforgettable experiences, physical and mental efforts are necessary. Thus, on the 2nd stage, the thighs will burn and the weaker self has to overcome, while the 48 hairpin bends up to the notorious Stelvio will be pedaled off. At the same time, there is the purest Mecca for the eyes and the soul: seeing the spectacular views, which gain a whole new appeal with every bend, you will never get over a sense of wonder. But not only the popular alpine passes offer unforgettable impressions. The TOUR Transalp 2022 also takes little-known mountain roads and so the less high, but no less spectacular Passo Vivione promises not only a fabulous backdrop, but also new territory. Because the region between Lake Iseo and Bergamo has never been visited by the TOUR Transalp. Here, with Castione della Presolana, the premiere of a completely new stage destination will be celebrated in 2022. Every year, the organizers looking for exciting innovations that shape each TOUR Transalp into a unique event. “I am pleased to be able to present routes in 2022 that have never been part of the TOUR Transalp. This edition is an exciting experience even for old hands,” promises Marc Schneider, Head of Events Cycling at Delius Klasing Verlag.
After the long pause the mood of celebration will be high on every day of the TOUR Transalp 2022. Not only the participants are happy to finally be part of the seven-day road cycling event again. The organizers, too, can hardly contain their joy. “Every TOUR Transalp is something very special that I always look forward to. But after two cancellations due to pandemic, the euphoria, of course, is this year extremely high”, explains project manager Jan Leschinski joyfully. “The fact that all the preparations and the cooperation with the stage locations are also going so well further increases the anticipation.”
The mood is growing, the days are already being counted. So, it can be hoped for a great event with exuberant mood and unforgettable experiences.
All information about the route with detailed descriptions as well as the altitude profiles can be found at: https://tour-transalp.de/en/.
The entry fee for the stage race organized by TOUR Magazine and Delius Klasing Verlag is 1,049 euros. Professional timekeeping, course security, rescue team, catering, luggage and bike service, finisher’s jersey and much more are included in this starter package. U23 riders pay only 799 euros.