Europe's most popular road cycling stage race for amateurs is entering the 18th round in 2021 from June 20 to 26: The TOUR Transalp leads in seven spectacular stages across the Alps. For the first time, the race starts in Bruneck in South Tyrol and ends in Arco in Italy after 781 kilometres, 17,790 metres of altitude and 18 passes. In order to offer the maximum of adventure and at the same time safety for all participants in these uncertain times, there are new concepts, which are constantly adapted to the current development. In addition, the cancellation rules have been changed with regard to Covid-19, so a free cancellation is still possible up to the 1 May 2021.
In 2020, the TOUR Transalp had to pause due to Covid-19. At this point, the organizers are very confident that the popular stage race can take place in June 2021 with some adjustments. "We are all experiencing that regulations and rules concerning the pandemic can also change at relatively short notice," says Transalp project manager Jan Leschinski. "That's why we are constantly updating all measures in compliance with the legal requirements and in close coordination with the local authorities." The new cancellation rules offer participants more flexibility. A full refund of the entry fee is possible without giving reasons until May 1, 2021. Those who cannot participate at the race due to Covid-19 or the effects of the pandemic will also get their money back beyond this deadline.
Seven days of pushing your limits, cheering and suffering with other cycling enthusiasts from more than 30 nations –surrounded by the spectacular mountain scenery of the Alps: Up to 1,000 sportsmen and women embark on the TOUR Transalp adventure every year, in teams or as individual riders. New and picturesque stage locations, famous passes, but also less-known roads await the participants in 2021. Race director Marc Schneider has revised the route originally planned for 2020: "Those who go on a discovery tour in the Dolomites aside from the world-famous passes will be surprised by the varied and exciting routes, winding through the Alps."
From Bruneck in the South Tyrolean Pustertal Valley, the route goes to San Vigilio, continues via four new stage towns, San Martino di Castrozza, Possagno, Asolo and Lavarone, on to Kaltern am See and finally to Arco, north of Lake Garda.
From the start in Bruneck, the route climbs up to Tesselberg on a remote road high above the South Tyrolean town. There is also still something new to discover at Monte Grappa, because never before has the Transalp led up this new, panoramic side route. Also new is the climb to the large plateau between Monte Grappa and Trento in the Adige Valley, leading with magnificent panoramas from Primolano up to Foza. Exciting announced by the winding descent over the Scale di Primolano to the valley floor of the river Brenta, which here passes the narrowest point between Valsugana and Bassano del Grappa. The following crossing over the plateau and finally over the Passo Vezzena to Lavarone is also new and beautiful to ride. Despite the first TOUR Transalp crossing in 2016, the Passo San Boldo with its hairpin bends carved into the rock as tunnels remains an insider tip.
But of course, the TOUR Transalp doesn’t only run through the quiet corners of the Alps. Well-known alpine passes are also on the program: the steep Furkelpass, Dolomite panorama crackers like the Passo Valparola, Falzarego, Rolle and Valles, the unique Manghenpass as well as climbing highlights like the Forcella Aurine and the Passo Cereda south of the Pale di San Martino. A great mix of tough climbs, winding descents and passages where there is also time to enjoy the view.
The entry fee is 999 euros (riders under 23 years pay 799 euros) and includes a large service package: professional timekeeping, luggage service, rescue team, catering on the course and at the finish, chill-out area, technical bike service, finisher's jersey, medal and much more. 150 organizers and helpers ensure that the participants can feel like professional cyclists for seven days.
More details about the route, including all altitude profiles, can be found under: https://tour-transalp.de/en/
After a break in 2020, the BIKE Transalp will enter its 23rd round from July 4 to 10, 2021. The spectacular mountain bike stage race for everyone leads in seven stages from Nauders to Riva del Garda. The famous Alpine crossing covers 577 kilometres and 18,875 metres of climbing, to be mastered in teams or solo. In order to get the maximum of adventure and at the same time safety for all participants, there will be new concepts for 2021, which are constantly adapted to the current conditions of the pandemic. In addition, the cancellation rules have been changed with regard to Covid-19, so a free cancellation is possible until 15 May 2021.
At the BIKE Tansalp, up to 1000 mountain bikers from 35 nations experience an unforgettable adventure in a breathtaking mountain landscape. In order to ensure a safe and adventurous race for all participants and visitors as well as exhibitors, sponsors and helpers, the organizers are working on an extensive concept. "One thing is clear: We all experience that regulations and rules for dealing with the pandemic can change at short notice," emphasizes project manager Jan Leschinski. "That's why we are constantly updating all measures in compliance with the legal requirements and in close coordination with the local authorities." The new cancellation rules offer participants more flexibility. Until May 15, you can cancel free of charge without giving a reason. Those who cannot participate due to Covid-19 or pandemic effects can receive their entry fee back even beyond this deadline.
The first BIKE Transalp in 1998 was a discovery tour, a journey into the unknown. 23 years later, it is difficult to find less frequented routes - but not impossible. "The 2021 route is one of the wildest and most original in the BIKE Transalp history," announces race director Marc Schneider, who revised the route originally planned for 2020. The result: the route is even a little bit wilder. The new course shows how big the Alps are and how many little trodden paths can still be found. At the same time, it proves how many trails specially designed for bikers already exist in the mountains. Like in Nauders where the first day already takes you on the finest bike trails across to Italy. Also in Livigno, the mountain bike hotspot, the course leads again over freeride lines alongside downhill bikers,before it crawls into the wild country south of the Ortler and explores rough trails that were built long before there were freeride routes, let alone mountain bikes. In front of the scenery of mighty, glacier-covered mountain giants, the Transalp winds its way over remote passes like the Passo di Verva and adventurous crossings like the Forcella di Montozzo (2613 m).
From Bormio to Aprica, the third day takes a completely new route through the Valtellina. "5 Crazy Down" - under this name, the region promotes a handful of wild descents from both sides of the valley. These are mountain paths and cart tracks that have not been soothed meter by meter for bikers. This is where the original Transalp feeling comes in. And even when the route gets closer to the mountain bike Mecca around Lake Garda, there is still plenty to discover on the following stages via Peio, Molveno and Valle del Chiese. The connection from Val di Sole to Val di Non to Andalo and Molveno is just as wild and pristine as the trails that lead to Valle di Chiese on the shores of Lake Idro.
The last stage shows how close the known and the unknown are in the mountains. The crowning of the BIKE Transalp runs over the Lake Garda classic from Tremalzo over the Passo Rocchetta, Pregasina and the old Ponale road down to Riva. However, the equally fascinating route from behind, from Lake Idro to Tremalzo, hardly anyone knows. Marc Schneider: "The Transalp spirit of discovery is far from being dead, there are still so many untraveled paths."
The entry fee for the race, organized by the BIKE Magazine and Delius Klasing, is 899 euros. Professional timekeeping, rescue team, catering, luggage and bike service, finisher's jersey and much more are included in this starter package. U23-riders pay only 699 euros.
More information on the race and the route, including altitude profiles, is available at https://bike-transalp.de/.
80 exhibitors, five race formats, 1000 active participants and about 8000 visitors: At the BIKE Festival in Saalfelden Leogang there was only one topic: bikes, bikes, bikes. Especially popular: The brand new 2020er bikes that visitors could test at one of the many trails in the Bikepark. On the last festival day, people even queued before the expo opening to fetch one of the test bikes.
Plenty of adventure and fun was also guaranteed at several races. Besides the festival classics – the Rocky Mountain BIKE Marathon on Saturday and the Scott Enduro Series on Sunday – there was also a lot of action on the new Velosolutions Pumptrack.
After the successful – although rainy – premiere in 2018, this is the second edition of the Continental BIKE Festival in Leogang, and the weather on the first day couldn’t be better. From the beginning, it was quite busy at the expo arena. At each corner people gazed at technical novelties, chatted about the hottest 2020er trends over a coffee or tried out new bikes on the great trails in the Bikepark. Until Sunday, 60 exhibitors showcase around 100 brands and offer several specials and activities for the visitors.
Furthermore there is a full packed program of race action and side events. From the sporty side, the first day started with the Ghost Recon Ride, a fun orienteering ride with challenges such as paddling and sawing. This event is mostly about the fun, rather than racing for victory. More about competing are the race highlights of the following days. The queen discipline of the BIKE Festivals, the Rocky Mountain BIKE Marathon, takes place on Saturday.
From the 24 hours of one day you usually sit approximately nine in the office, then take care of the household, run some errands, maybe squeeze in an hour of workout and then go to bed. 24 hours, however, can also be spent differently: in the bicycle saddle. For years, this option has fascinated national and international cyclists at Rad am Ring.
Every year the 24h races on the Nürburgring attract more cycling enthusiasts who want to take the race track in the Eifel under their tires for a whole day and a whole night. Perhaps because the 24-hour races on asphalt and also as a mountain bike version off-road show cycling in a manner so pure, emotional and also so merciless as hardly any other competition. There are still a few starting places available for individual starters, for teams of 2, 4 and 8. If you decide very spontaneously, you can register on site.