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Day 1: Seefeld (AT) - Ratschings (IT)
After a short tour briefing, the participants in the various teams head out onto the track. Behind Seefeld, we first predal up the Möserer saddle, before we rush down over 600 m into the Inn valley to Telfs. The Inntal cycle path now takes us to the center of Innsbruck. A short detour through the city allows a first photo and coffee stop before we pedal the first real Alpine pass of the tour, the Brenner Pass. As soon as we have left the city, we start the challenging ascent of approx. 1000 m elevation. Behind the bobsleigh track we will follow the mountain flanks with constant ups and downs. At Matrei we meet the old Brenner road and ride now with a moderate ascent over 17 km to the Brenner Pass at 1374 m altitude. On the descent from the Brenner we reach Sterzing with its beautiful old town on a well-prepared cycle path. From here it is only a short but challenging stretch up to our hotel in the middle of an idyllic mountain valley.
Track 1 & 2 follow the same route today.
Day 2: Ratschings (IT) - St. Vigil (IT)
After breakfast we let it roll comfortably to the Isarco Valley. We follow the Isarco downstream to the beginning of the Pustertal, which we reach near Aicha. On the Pustertal cycle path we reach Bruneck. This beautiful town is ideal for a longer lunch stop. Along the mountain slopes we cycle around the Kronplatz on minor roads and after a short descent we reach our stage destination in St. Vigil.
Track 2 follows the Isarco Valley via Brixen to just before Chiusa. Here we turn east into the mountains. At St. Peter we turn onto the street to Würzjoch (Passo delle Erbe), which is quite narrow (!) and has multiple sections of very bad asphalt. Today's highlight is the crossing of the Würzjoch (1987 m) with a climb of 25 km. Via St. Martin in Thurn we head towards St. Vigil.
Day 3: St. Vigil (IT) - Cortina d'Ampezzo (IT)
Today we pedal through the Val Badia (unfortunately) on the main road to the south. For a total of almost 30 kilometers we steadily uphill finally to the Campolongo Pass, the lowest of the four passes of the Sella Ronda. After the descent we reach Arraba, which is a good place to take a break to gather strength for the second part of the day. We now climb up to the Falzarego Pass at 2105 m and after a long descent we reach today's stage destination shortly before Cortina d'Ampezzo.
For Track 2, today is the king's stage. Behind Corvara we start the 3/4 circumnavigation of the Sella Ronda and cross the Grödnerjoch (2121 m), the Sella Joch (2244 m) and finally the Passo Pordoi (2239 m), before we join track 1 again in Arraba. Almost 3000 meters of altitude will have to be mastered on this day!
Day 4: Cortina d'Ampezzo (IT) - Cavaso del Tomba (IT)
There are no mountains to tackle today, but the altitude difference is still in the small four-digit range, as we have to overcome numerous smaller hills. We start riding down into the valley to Cortina d'Ampezzo, before we ride for a long time on a railway bike route of the former Dolomite railway in the Cadore valley to Belluno. Along the mountain slopes of the southern Dolomites, we now head to our destination for the day, which is already outside the mountains. Since we mostly cycle down the valley, the only challenge today is the distance.
Track 1 & 2 follow the same route today.
Day 5: Cavaso del Tomba (IT) - Verona (IT)
The last day of cycling is not quite as challenging compared to the past few days. At the beginning we ride off the main road a little in the hills before we reach Bassano del Grappa. Halfway through the day we reach Vicenza with a beautiful city center that invites us to take a detour and have a lunch break. Now we head directly towards Verona. Unfortunately, we also have to pedal on some long, monotonous and busy main roads, which we leave in between whenever possible to get off the beaten track. The imposing arena and perhaps the house of Romeo and Juliet will certainly serve as a photo stop before heading to our final tour destination outside the city.
For track 2 there is another highlight today. At Bassano del Grappa we turn one last time into the mountains. Over 20 km there is another 1500 m difference in altitude to overcome up to the summit of Monte Grappa.
Day 6: Verona (IT) - Seefeld (AT)
After the breakfast the shuttle bus bring the participants back to the tour start location in Seefeld.
The tracks of the different stages differ in general regarding their length and the climb as well as the surface.
Recommended for all kinds of bikes including road bikes. Only paved roads on the track, if there is a need to use some (short) gravel sections, these are possible to cycle even with road bikes. In particular in the valleys it might be sometimes necessary to use some trafficed roads without separate cycling paths. If possible the track follows cycling paths.
Shorter and less challenging than track 2.
Recommended in particular for road bikes, but possible for all kinds of bikes. Only paved roads on the track, if there is a need to use some (short) gravel sections, these are possible to cycle even with road bikes. In particular in the valleys it might be sometimes necessary to use some trafficed roads without separate cycling paths. If possible the track follows cycling paths.
The distance is longer and more climb than on track 1.