Steep Alpine passes surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views, well developed bikeways through plantations and vineyards in lush valleys, easy temperatures in Spring and Fall and of course the Alpine-Mediterranean style wine taverns along the way call for your next race bike adventure in South Tyrol. Curvy roads and undisturbed wilderness way beyond 2000 meters of altitude make the Timmelsjoch, the Penserjoch, the Mendelpass, the Jaufenpass, the Sellajoch, the Stilfserjoch and the Staller Sattel prime destinations for race biking. In lower spheres, underneath the windblown mountain passes, you will find perfectly paved bikeways in the Vinschgau, Eisacktal, Burggrafenamt and the Pustertal - designed for you to go fast on them. High standard also expects you off the road as Tyrol offers you hefty local snacks and a prize-winning haute cuisine.
The classic bike region: The ascent on the Mendel Pass is rewarded with a fantastic view of the Dolomites. Then the route leads to neighboring Trentino, and from there in a comfortable climb over the Gampenpass back to South Tyrol. With views of Meran and Etschtal it goes downhill, before the tour leads with a 200 -meter increase back to the starting point.
From Bolzano, turn right at the branch to Merano, and shortly thereafter across the Adige bridge towards Kaltern. Always follow the cycle path until you reach Lavasontal on the left. Now always downhill and left past the Kalterersee. Around the Mitterberg and on the Etschtalradweg back north to Bolzano.
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Along the Etschradroute Via Claudia Augusta, the ancient cultural and trade route of the Roman Empire comes to life again. A highlight for all cycling and culture enthusiasts. 2000 years ago, the Romans built the only imperial road across the Alps: the "Via Claudia Augusta". It reached from Altinum near Venice or Ostiglia on the Po over the Reschen and Fernpass to Donauwörth in Bavaria. Today, the road is a 700 km long cycle route, of which 80 km lead through the Vinschgau. From the Reschenpass the Via Claudia Augusta runs through the Adige Valley to the south of South Tyrol to Salurn. From medium to light, from paved to gravel, through wonderful forests, meadows and orchards in the lower Vinschgau, the Etschrad route offers a cultural experience between gardens and architecture. Countless sights, cultural sites, barbecues and rest stops to enjoy a refreshing stop along the Etschradroute.
The Pustertal Cycle Route connects the two villages Innichen and Franzensfeste in the Val Pusteria over a length of 69 km. The cycle route starts in Innichen and runs via Welsberg - Ober-, Mitter-, Niederolang to Bruneck. Here also starts the second stage of the bike tour. The signposted cycle route leads along partly paved, partly well-prepared gravel paths past the villages of St. Lorenzen, Ehrenburg, Kiens, Vintl and finally to the destination in Mühlbach.
The tour starts in Merano, leads through the relatively flat Passeier valley (past the villages Riffian, St. Martin, St. Leonhard and Moos) to then reach the Timmelsjoch via an endless climb. For racing cyclists and mountain bikers with appropriate condition a dream tour with more than 2300 meters in one piece.
The drive from Prad to the Stelvio Pass is considered a classic in the
Road racing scene. Particularly appealing are not only the 25 km and about 1,800 vertical meters, which must be covered. These are also the 48 switchbacks, which, starting from Prad via Gomagoi, Trafoi and the Franzenshöhe, raise the second highest paved mountain pass in Europe.Close to Trafoi, the cyclist has an unrestricted view of the glacier and rock formations of the Ortler group, which will not let them go to the top of the pass.
The Brenner bike route starts at Brenner and leads along the former railway line slightly descending to Sterzing. On the marked bike path it goes partly flat and slightly uphill through picturesque villages, small hamlets to the fortress Franzensfeste, past Lake Vahrner over the Kastanienweg to the traditional monastery Neustift and from there to Bressanone. On the section from Brixen to Bolzano then brisk ride through the valley of the Eisacktal with a stopover in the artists' town of Klausen with its impressive monastery hill Säben. Continue on the Brenner bike route to the provincial capital Bolzano. Overall, the Brenner Radroute has a length of 96 kilometers, from Brenner to Bolzano.Part 2 of the bike tour Brenner-Bozen is the section of the Eisacktal between Bressanone and Bolzano.