TransAlps Mountain Bike Route

Trace the classic Roman route
"Via Claudia Augusta"



The TransAlps Mountain Bike route rises in Southern Bavaria under the shadow of Neuschwantein Castle and heads south through Austria and Switzerlanduntil finally reaching the Northern Italian Lakes and Lake Garda.

Key Data

• 12 day Epic trail riding

• Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland and Italy

• Vertical Climb 14,800m; Distance 630Kms

• TransAlp and IronBike Marathon courses

Intro

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Taking every opportunity to explore the challenging terrain and the dramatic panoramas of the eastern Alps along the Via Claudia Augusta flanks - the challenging nature of this Mountain Bike Route is why it provides the setting for both the TransAlp Mountain Bike Marathon and the IronBike Race based out of Ischgl. With 14,000m of vertical climb, over 600km distance and traversing 4 Alpine states - this is truly a Classic.

The Route

The Transalps Mountain Bike kicks-off in southern Bavarian town of Füssen under “Mad” King Ludwig’s fairy tale castle - Neuschwanstein. The route quickly heads up into the mountains on demanding trails, past Lake Heiterwanger towards the high Alpine town of Ehwald. Mixed with the heaving lungs and burning leg muscles is the breath taking scenery, which will accompany you throughout this 12-day trek.

The next obstacle is the Fern Pass as you head towards the Austrian town of Tarrenz. Monumental scenery is the norm here as you cross over the Dirstrittenkreuz Col and drop down into the high alpine meadows and onto the comforts of the Austrian taverns for some refueling.

Austrian beer is a well known substitute for carbohydrate loading . . . . . and there are some excellent local brews to sample.

From Tarrenz you head back up into the peaks again through ,b>majestic countryside and dominating medieval castles. The route now zigzags through the Venet range en route to Ischgl and the venue of the annual IronBike Mountain Bike Route and on into Switzerland.

Tracing the “Via Claudia Augusta”, high alpine smugglers trails and World War 1 tunnels in the Val d’Uina gorge, Switzerland is quickly dispatched and the route enters Italy for the final stage.



Mountain-bike-route012 There is no let up now, the Madritsch Glacier tests your mountain biking skills before spitting you out over the Auerner Pass and onto the daunting rock fortress of the Grauner Col and down into the Val di Sole.

The Transalps Mountain Bike Route comes to a close as the route runs the gauntlet of the Brenta Dolomites before dropping down to the shores of Lake Garda.

Mountain Bike TransAlps Highlights

• 12 day Epic trail riding

• Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland and Italy

• Vertical Climb 14,800m; Distance 630Kms

• TransAlp and IronBike Marathon courses