Many passionate mountain bikers dream of crossing the Alps from north to south on a mountain bike – just as the first daredevils took on this adventure decades ago. A lot has happened since the pioneering days of the Alpine cross. Many regions have developed trails and improved the infrastructure for bikers. This means there are great variations that were unknown to the pioneers of their steel hardtails with no suspension.
I would like to show you a Transalp that deviates from the classic routes. It starts at the foot of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, and ends at Lake Como after seven stages. You experience a route that integrates some classic alpine cross routes and also combines them with numerous exciting variations and spectacular trails. In total 475 kilometres (295 miles) and around 11,600 metres (38,000 feet) of elevation gain lie ahead of you.
The Wetterstein massif and its 2,962-metre (9,717 feet) Zugspitze, the highest peak in the mountain group, characterises the first stage. It offers only a few trails but has ample impressive views. This changes on the second morning after hopping on your saddle from a mountain hut. You ride along the famous Blindsee Trail to the Fern Pass and further into the Inn Valley. Varied trails lead you to the town of Ischgl in Paznaun Valley where the high alpine trail adventure really begins.
Over the following days, you discover lonely paths and dreamlike landscapes with views over the Stilfser Joch National Park and the Swiss National Park. The endless trails will both challenge you and fill you with excitement whilst the steep climbs may make you curse.
From the Scuol holiday area in the Engadine Alpine valley in Switzerland, you ride to the town of Livigno in the Italian Alps and on to the snow-capped glaciers of the Bernina massif and its 4,049-metre (13,284 feet) Piz Bernina, the only 4,000-metre (13,123 feet) peak in the Eastern Alps.
At the Upper Engadine lakes near St. Moritz, a Swiss high Alpine resort town, phenomenal trails await – the type that grace the covers of mountain bike magazines.
After the Maloja Pass in Bergell on the southern side of the Alps, the picture changes completely. With its deep green chestnut forests and rugged granite rock faces, simplicity and originality characterise the imposing valley. Chiavenna is the first town in Italy that welcomes you with a Mediterranean climate. Shortly before you reach your destination, the route takes another turn and brings you to a small mountain village situated in a remote, lonely valley without any road connections – like no other place in Europe. The way there is even more fascinating and unique. 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) long, the Tracciolino Trail leads through 22 tunnels that are up to 400 metres (1,312 feet) long, situated 700 metres (2,296 feet) above the valley. With a view of Lake Como, this trail leads you to the village of Codera. The final day brings you to Lake Como with almost no ascents.
I recommend this route if you want to experience a Transalp with as many trails as possible, without taking mountain lifts. As you can see from the route data, you need to be in very good physical condition.
On the suggested routes you mainly follow single trails, unpaved roads, gravel roads and side roads with little traffic. The high alpine terrain requires appropriate riding skills. However, you don't have to be an enduro pro. The most difficult trail sections are rated S2 on the single trail scale (up to S3 in exceptional cases). As a rule, however, the requirements are much lower and there is a lot of flow feeling. Basic equipment including knee and elbow pads are recommended. On some sections, you’ll have to push or carry your bike. You can find more information about this in the Tour descriptions.
The Tour is designed for self-catering cyclists who are travelling with a rucksack or bike-packing equipment. The latter is of course only recommended if you can handle it on challenging trails. You will find accommodation in the stage towns or in the recommended huts en route.
The best time to travel is in summer. The passes are usually snow-free between mid-June and the end of September.
In August, almost all of Italy is on holiday. If you don’t plan to sleep in the outdoors, I recommend booking your accommodation in advance regardless of when you travel and especially in the Italian regions (Livigno and Colico) in August.
How to get there
Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald are easy to reach by public transport. with direct train connections to Germany and Austria. There are also long-distance bus lines to both towns.
The return journey from Lake Como is not quite so easy. The return journey by train is awkward with many changes and a journey time of more than 10 hours. It is easier to book a shuttle, for example: bikeshuttle.at/de/alp (information in German language).
An alpine cross is a great sporting and mental challenge. For this reason, the first stage begins for you with a lot of panorama and scenic highlights. The adrenaline output is still limited and you can acclimatise super.Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a perfect starting point for many classic Transalp tours. The transport connection is good and there are several ways to get back to the starting point of your Alpencross stress-free.As soon as you have left the historic Olympic Stadium with the Garmisch ski jump behind you, you will have a fantastic view of the Zugspitze. The highest mountain in Germany at 2,962 meters will dominate the panorama during your first stage.At the picturesque Eibsee you have already completed a third of the first ascent. It continues uphill, over the border to Tyrol and on a beautiful panoramic descent on the Tyrolean side of the Zugspitze to Ehrwald. To your right is the Loisach valley. Behind it rise the Ammergau Alps with the Daniel as the highest peak. You cross the idyllic Ehrwald valley basin to Lermoos, where your last ascent awaits you. The higher you crank towards Grubigstein, the better the view of the Zugspitze massif, the Ehrwalder Alm and the Mieminger chain, which is dominated by the striking Sonnenspitze (2,417 m).Your destination for today is the Wolfratshauser Hut. Information on accommodation and reservations can be found here: wolfratshauserhuette.eatbu.com/?lang=deIf you want to save your energy for the next few days today, there is the option of using the Grubigsteinbahn in Lermoos. From the Grubig II mountain station you can ski down to the hut.If the hut is fully booked, you will find plenty of alternative overnight accommodations in Lermoos, Ehrwald or Biberwier.
Similar to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald is also a classic among the Transalp starting locations. The Bike Transalp Challenge has even started here several times.Mittenwald is a little quieter and more manageable than Garmisch. Bikers with alpine cross experience often know the routes on the west side of the Zugspitze, which is why you will find a nice alternative with this opening variant. Compared to the other variant, there are significantly more cozy huts and refreshment stops on this route.Only a few kilometers after leaving Mittenwald behind you, you leave the valley of the young Isar and find yourself in Tyrol. You can expect a rise of about 900 meters in altitude on almost 40 kilometers. You are on paths that are known from the popular Wetterstein circumnavigation. Incidentally, the Zugspitze is the highest peak in the Wetterstein massif.In the beautiful Leutasch Valley you follow the river along a bike path before the ascent through the picturesque Gaistal, which is lined by the imposing rock massifs of the Mieminger chain and Wetterstein, becomes a little more demanding. Numerous alpine pastures and rustic huts await hungry and thirsty guests. The panorama is stunning and increases to the Ehrwalder Alm at the foot of the Zugspitze, the highest point of the long uphill.At Igelsee, I've built a little detour to Seebensee for you. That's about 120 meters in altitude and seven kilometers that you could save yourself - but shouldn't - unless the weather is really bad. The lake lies as if draped at the front end of a basin, which is enclosed by the rugged rock walls of the sun peak and the dragon's head. This is really big cinema. Especially when the Zugspitze is reflected in the crystal clear water.A steep but not technical descent leads from the Ehrwalder Alm down into the valley.You cross the idyllic Ehrwald valley basin to Lermoos, where your last ascent awaits you. The higher you crank towards Grubigstein, the better the view of the Zugspitze massif, the Ehrwalder Alm and the Mieminger chain, which is dominated by the striking Sonnenspitze (2,417 m).As already mentioned in stage 1 A, the Wolfratshauser Hütte is your destination for today. Information on accommodation and reservations can be found here: wolfratshauserhuette.eatbu.com/?lang=deIf the hut is fully booked, you will find numerous other overnight accommodations in Lermoos, Ehrwald or Biberwier.
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Today starts with a highlight that has filled numerous pages in mountain bike magazines for years.The Blindsee Trail offers a fantastic panorama of the eponymous deep blue lake at the end of the descent. If you want to enjoy the panorama, take the time to stand still. The trail demands your full concentration. For mountain bikers with solid riding technique, it is a pleasure.At the end of the descent, the motto is “close your eyes and through”. For about 500 meters you follow the busy Fernpass road to the top of the pass, before you follow the beautiful old Roman path, the Via Claudia Augusta, to the Inn Valley.Along the Inn, the route leads you with a beautiful panorama away from the typical bike paths along the wooded slopes. You get to Landeck on forest roads and a few nice trails. You can also cover this section between Imst and Landeck on the cycle route of the Inntal cycle path to save energy.The longest ascent of the day begins in Landeck. The route to Tobadill and on to the remote hamlet of Hintergiggl climbs around 600 meters in altitude and ten kilometers. The road is quiet and you have a great panorama of the Lechtal Alps in the north, the Verwall with the glaciers on the Hohen Riffler (3,167 m) in the west and the Samnaun group in the south. Here the valley divides. In front of you is the Paznaun with its famous winter sports resort Ischgl. There is no place to stop on the way. Either you take care of yourself before the ascent in Landeck or afterwards in See, the first place in Paznaun.A short but exciting single trail awaits you between Hintergiggl and See. From See to the stage destination Ischgl you follow the Paznauner Talweg. The valley is extremely narrow and the steep flanks offer little space for settlements and agriculture. The valley path offers a beautiful and impressive view of the original Paznaun on varied trails, forest roads and small streets that lead through numerous remote hamlets.Today's stage destination Ischgl offers great overnight stays at bargain prices in summer that you would dream of in winter. On top of that there is a guest card, which has a number of advantages. The Silvretta Card allows you free use of the mountain railways, including your mountain bike. You will take advantage of that on your third stage.
With the third stage you are right in the middle of a high alpine mountain bike adventure. You start the day with a lift ride to the Ischgl border ridge. Try to start as early as possible. The day's stage will demand a lot from you despite the clear route data.The Silvrettabahn first takes you to the Idalp. There you climb into the chairlift of the Flimjochbahn and get to the border ridge on the Outer Viderjoch at 2,752 meters. The route now runs along the border between Switzerland and Austria to the Engadin, the Swiss part of the Upper Inn Valley.But first you have to breathe deeply and with cold limbs overcome the two steep ramps to the Greitspitz (2,872 m). This is where the famous Smuggler Trail begins, which partly follows the border line on the mountain ridge. That is very spectacular. But it gets even better. On lonely high alpine trails you first reach Fuorcla da Val Gronda (2,752 m) and finally to the Fimber Pass (2,608 m). You will partially push or carry your bike (around 45 minutes on Val Gronda, another 30 minutes on the Fimber Pass). The trail on the Fimber Pass is legendary. But this is not the end of today's trail stage. As soon as you have reached the small hamlet of Griosch, the trail plunges into a wonderful forest and follows a wild mountain stream, which you will cross twice over suspension bridges. From the old Kurhaus Val Sinestra, where it is supposed to be haunted, your adrenaline level can slowly return to normal.You reach Scuol on a very beautiful panoramic path above the Inn Valley. The health resort is the largest municipality in the Engadine and a great starting point for numerous mountain bike tours. Some of the local fountains are unique. There, in addition to normal mountain spring water, naturally occurring mineral water with dissolved carbonic acid flows. Perfect to quench your thirst and refuel for the last few kilometers to the destination S-charl.At the end of the day you should still have reserves for about 12 kilometers and 700 meters in altitude. You can reach S-charl through the spectacular Clemgia Gorge. The small, remote mountain village on the edge of the Swiss National Park has its origins in mining. After storms it can happen that the road into the village is no longer passable. The traces of such events in the form of immense debris cannot be overlooked in the gorge.You should definitely reserve the accommodation in S-charl. There are only two hotels and a small guest house. You can find alternative overnight accommodations (including cheaper ones) in Scuol.If the power is no longer sufficient at the end of the stage, there is a Postbus line. However, the price for a trip, including a bike, is similar to that of a DB Sparpreis ticket from Munich to Hamburg. You can find information here: postauto.ch/de/ausflugstipps/scuol-val-s-charl-linie
The high alpine adventure continues. The day begins with a ride uphill through the kitschy beautiful landscape of the Val S-charl. The rushing brook flows next to you and cows graze in the lush green alpine meadows. Woods of fragrant Swiss stone pines - called here in the Engadin in Romansh stone pines - line the path. That's really kitschy. The valley basin opens at Alpe Astras. To your left is the God Tamangur. The Swiss stone pines, some of which are hundreds of years old, grow up to 2,300 meters and form the highest contiguous Swiss stone pine forest in the Alps.You can fortify yourself briefly at the rustic Alp Astras. Up to the Fuorcla Funtauna da S-charl you will partly push or carry your bike. The path climbs a total of 400 meters to reach the descent. A fantastically beautiful high alpine single trail into the lonely Valbella and the Ofen Pass awaits you. You are on the border to the Swiss National Park. The narrow path is partially exposed and should be used with appropriate caution.At the Ofen Pass, a beautiful, laid-out flow trail continues. This ends at Alp Buffalora. You can fill up your water reserves at the Alp. At a small hut, you can get fresh milk and other drinks for a few francs in the trusted cash register. The short ascent to the wonderful plateau of the Jufplaun is mega steep. Only a few bikers can do that. At the top, you will again find a picture-book landscape and whistling marmots.At the Alp del Gallo you cross the border from Switzerland to Italy. A wonderful single trail first leads you to the steep bank of Lake Livigno, which is surrounded by mountain walls in a deep blue, like a Scandinavian fjord in front of you. The path continues to the Laghi di Cancano reservoirs.On the shores of the first lake, Lago di San Giacomo di Fraele, you can rest on a flat stretch. The last pass of the day takes you over the Alp Trela to Livigno. Not far from the branch in the side valley is a beautiful hut with good regional Italian food and a view of the lake. If you still have enough energy, you can overcome the steep driveway to Alp Trela and take a well-deserved break there at the hut. Over 1.8 kilometers you will conquer 220 meters in altitude to the Alp. You have just seen yourself confronted with a rock face, and then you find yourself back in a wonderful valley basin. You should be there by 4 p.m. if you still want to be entertained. Afterwards, the landlords devote themselves to their original occupation: driving in and milking cows in order to be able to make butter and cheese.The single trail begins at the hut and climbs another 130 meters up to the pass height of 2,295 meters at Passo di Val Trela. The quality of the uphill path reflects the quality of the trail as far as Livigno. A wonderful flow trail of almost seven kilometers awaits you, starting from the top of the pass and right on the banks of Lake Livigno.The first building on the way to the village is the Latteria di Livigno. In addition to really good cheese, they also produce delicious ice cream here. That is also the reason why there is such a crowd here. While you are enjoying the delicious ice cream, you can dip your feet in the stream and regenerate your legs for the next day's stage.It is only a stone's throw from the Latteria to the village. It is best to use the bike path in the direction of the village center past the Mottolino lift. There is so much going on in the town's pedestrian zone, especially in the high season in August, that you can only get through by bike at walking pace or pushing. If you are planning a trip to Livigno at this time, I definitely recommend that you reserve accommodation in advance.
The high alpine highlights of your alpine cross line up again today, like the links of your bicycle chain.A varied mix of bike paths and single trails leads you to Passo Forcola di Livigno. The morning temperatures of Livigno, which is 1,800 meters above sea level, are often very cool, which is why you will surely be happy about the short intervals on the Talweg single trail. The mountain bike route climbs steadily up to the pass until it ends in a last steep 80-meter switchback passage. This is mobile, but borderline. The numerous marmots whistle applause. On the pass, the hip bar “Foresteria 2315” has delicious coffee and tasty snacks. It'll be too early for lunch, won't it? In the (duty-free) shop you can stock up on regional delicacies for a later picnic.The border with Switzerland is at the pass. The single trail over the Fuorcla Minor to the Bernina Pass begins immediately after the customs guard. This is really, really big cinema. It starts with a small photogenic lake and a glacier panorama in the background, then follows a long flowing section across the slope before the path climbs in a few curves to the pass. Over the last few years the path has been expanded so that it is completely drivable apart from a few passages - in both directions. The glacier panorama with Piz Bernina (4,048 m) and Piz Palü (3,899 m) is overwhelming.Wonderful trails lead you to Lago Bianco and further on the Bernina Express Trails to the foot of Morteratsch. A hidden trail leads you to fashionable Pontresina.After you have crossed the valley of the young Inn near Samedan, the climb to the Panorama Trails of St. Moritz follows. Well-developed flow trails offer you an amazing panorama of the Upper Engadine lakes and the mighty glaciers and peaks of the Bernina massif. The end of the day is the combination of the World Championship Trail and Foppetta's Flow Trail. After this, the grin is likely to be impossible to get out of your face. The last few kilometers you roll on the banks of the Champfèrersee (Lej da Champfèr) to Silvaplana.In Silvaplana, Surlej and Sils Maria you will find numerous accommodations in different categories at local prices. There is a cheap youth hostel in St.Moritz.
Üblicherweise enden Transalp Touren nach der Abfahrt vom Malojapass durchs Bergell noch am gleichen Tag am Ufer des Comer Sees. Das könntest du natürlich tun. Ab Verceia am Lago di Mezzola würdest du, wie in der siebten und letzten Etappe beschrieben, der Radroute nach Colico folgen. Viel besser ist jedoch mein Vorschlag für einen absolut einzigartigen Abschluss deiner Transalp. Die Einzelheiten dazu erkläre ich dir auf den letzten Zeilen.Zunächst startest du am Morgen an den Oberengadiner Seen. Wie schon am Vortag wird dir auffallen, dass es recht kühl ist auf 1.800 Metern über Meereshöhe. Im Oberengadin kommt es nicht selten zu einem ganz besonderen Wetterphänomen. Es nennt sich mystischerweise “Maloja-Schlange”. Die steilen Felswände des Bergells im Süden werden bereits früh von der aufgehenden Sonne aufgewärmt. Die Warme Luft steigt über den kalten Luftschichten im schattigen Tal zum Malojapass auf und kühlt sich ab. Der teils heftige Malojawind ist die Folge. Für Kiter am Silvaplanersee ein Traum. Beim Abkühlen wird die Luft gesättigt und es entstehen Wolken, die über die Seen streichen und langsam nach Norden ins Engadin abfallen. Die Form der entstehenden Wolkenschwaden erinnert an eine riesige Schlange. Im Tal hast du das Gefühl der Himmel wäre bedeckt. Doch die Höhe der Wolke ist nicht stark. Oft reichen zweihundert Höhenmeter oder weniger, um auf die Wolke zu schauen und den absolut blauen Himmel mit dem herrlichen Bergpanorama darüber genießen zu können. Sobald die Sonne hoch genug steht, schwächt der Wind ab und auch die Wolken verschwinden mit den steigenden Temperaturen.
Wenn du früh startest, kannst du das Phänomen hautnah erleben. Der Abstecher ins malerische Val Fex bietet dir einen sensationellen Blick auf die Seen und das umliegende Bergpanorama – und die Maloja-Schlange, wenn das Wetter die Bedingungen dafür bietet. Nette Trails führen dich schließlich zum Malojapass, wo das Engadin in Richtung Bergell verlässt. Der Malojapass am Alpenhauptkamm ist Übergang von Nord nach Süd, Wettergrenze und Wasserscheide. Der Inn, der nur wenige Kilometer oberhalb des Passes entspringt, fließt über die Donau ins Schwarze Meer, während das Flüsschen Maira zunächst als zweitgrößter Zufluss den Comer See speist und schließlich vereinigt im Fluss Adda (Quelle am Lago di San Giacomo di Fraele – erinnerst du dich?) weiter in den Po und in die Adria fließt.Ein kurzer Abfahrtsrausch auf der Malojapassstraße ist unausweichlich. Ehrlich gesagt sogar eine riesige Gaudi – obwohl es eine Straße ist. Ernsthafte, fahrbare Alternativen zu den zahlreichen Serpentinen gibt es ohnehin nicht. Sobald du den Talboden erreicht hast, zweigt eine Nebenroute ab und du folgst durch das ganze Bergell einer wunderschönen abwechslungsreichen Route mit Trails und Radwegen. Es geht stetig bergab. Die urigen Ortschaften des Bergell lassen dich eine Zeitreise antreten. Uralte Häuser, Kastanienwälder die verlassene Höfe überwuchern und die schroff aufragenden Granitwände der flankierenden Berge bieten eine faszinierende Kulisse. Je weiter du das Tal verlässt und je tiefer du gelangst, umso wärmer wird es. Eine Brandung aus warmer Luft strömt dir entgegen.In Castasegna überquerst du die Grenze nach Italien und erreichst bald Chiavenna mit seiner schönen historischen Innenstadt. In den Gassen der Fußgängerzone lässt sich ein entspannter Stopp zu Pizza, Eis und Espresso einlegen, bevor es auf Radwegen dem Fluss Maira folgend weiter dem Comer See entgegen geht. Die Passage zwischen Chiavenna und dem Lago di Mezzola ist, abgesehen von der tollen Bergkulisse ringsum, wenig reizvoll. Bist du mit Freunden unterwegs, lohnt es sich im “Belgischen Kreisel” die Strecke zu überbrücken. Am Lago di Mezzola, wie bereits eingangs erwähnt, hast du die Wahl zwischen schnellem Ende oder spektakulärer Kür. Die Kür beginnt mit einem Anstieg von etwa 700 Höhenmetern. Die schmale Bergstraße ist eine Sackgasse, die auf Asphalt beginnt und nach etwa der Hälfte in groben Schotter übergeht. Zwar liegen weite Teile der Strecke im Kastanienwald, doch ist der Schatten der Bäume in der Mitte des Tages, wenn die Sonne im Zenit steht, eher vernachlässigbar. Am Morgen noch in hochalpinen Gefilden, treiben dir nun die ungewohnt mediterranen Temperaturen den Schweiß auf die Stirn. Fülle dir vor dem Anstieg deine Wasserreserven auf. Zwar gibt es am Weg ein paar Quellen und Brunnen, doch sind sie unscheinbar und werden leicht übersehen. Am Rastplatz San Sciucc auf etwa 820 Metern befindet sich der letzte Brunnen vor der Bergankunft. Die Bergankunft endet überraschend an einer Eisenbahnlinie. Diese wurde einst für den Bau von zwei Wasserkraftwerken im Valle dei Ratti und Val Codera errichtet. Der Strang in Richtung Codera ist nur noch auf wenigen hundert Metern in Betrieb. Manchmal steht da sogar noch der kleine Triebwagen der Schmalspurbahn. Hier beginnt der Tracciolino Trail. Auf zwölf Kilometern schlängelt sich der Weg fast komplett eben auf einer Höhe von etwa 910 Metern an der Felswand entlang. Dabei durchquert er 22 bis zu 400 Meter lange Tunnels. Der Weg ist eine Sensation. Der Blick auf den Comer See, den Lago di Mezzola und die Flussebene der Maira (ital.: Mera), dem Piano di Chiavenna, absolut traumhaft. Der Weg ist einfach zu befahren. Ein Licht solltest du vorsichtshalber dabei haben, auch wenn die Tunnels in der Regel beleuchtet sind. Hin und wieder spinnt die Technik, die am Berg das ganze Jahr hindurch widrigsten Witterungsbedingungen ausgesetzt ist. Bis nach dem ersten langen Tunnel (Lichtschalter rechts) enden die alten Gleise und du kannst die volle Wegebreite ausnutzen. Der ausgesetzte Weg ist mit hohen Metallzäunen gesichert. Bitte beachte, dass hier auch Fußgänger unterwegs sind. Vor allem in den engen Tunnels ist Rücksicht geboten. Für die Bewohner von Codera ist dieser Weg der einfachste Weg zu ihrem Dorf, da sie das Auto am Ende der Auffahrt abstellen können, die auch du genutzt hast.Kurz vor Codera endet der Weg. Entweder du schließt dein Bike hier ab und läufst bis ins Dorf oder du nimmst die schöne aber technische Abfahrt mit und schiebst oder trägst dein Rad nach Codera, wo du ein paar sehr schöne und einfache Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten findest. Codera ist außergewöhnlich für eine Westeuropäische Siedlung. Es gibt keinen Straßenanschluss und keine Autos. Nur Pfade führen in das abgelegene Bergdorf mit seinem einmaligen Ambiente. Informationen zur Übernachtung und Reservierung findets du hier:
Noch abgelegener ist das Rifugio Bresciadega auf 1.224 Metern. Es befindet sich weiter hinten im Val Codera in einem offenen Talkessel und kann über einen fahrbaren, jedoch teils steilen Weg erreicht werden.Hinweis: Im Höhenprofil werden für den Abschnitt des Tracciolino Trail einige Höhenmeter angegeben (circa 400), die aufgrund der Tunnel falsch angezeigt werden. Die Strecke des Tracciolino ist vom Anschluss an die Schotterstraße von Verceia bis zur Talquerung bei Codera beinahe eben. Die Höhenmeter können auf diesem Abschnitt vernachlässigt werden.
The day begins as spectacularly as it ended. You leave the Val Codera the same way as you reached it the day before. The Tracciolino Trail brings you back to the access road to Verceia with a completely new perspective. There you have the choice between the old Mulatteria or the mountain road known from the day before. In the upper part you can test whether the trail is suitable for you. He returns to the streets several times. The old donkey path meanders beautifully through the chestnut forests and past partly dilapidated farms, but it is tough. The feeling of flow is likely only experienced by experienced enduro riders. High steps, hairpin bends and loose scree are the yardstick of the very exciting and long trail, which demands a high level of driving skills. From a height of about 500 meters you can no longer go back to the road for the next 250 meters. This section is also the most difficult part of the descent.When you have reached Verceia on Lake Mezzola, the final stage to Lake Como begins. I recommend that you jump into the crystal clear waters at Lake Mezzola and cool off. The north shore of Lake Como is often a bit disappointing cloudy. Highlights on the way to the goal are rare. You drive almost completely flat on the bike path through the alluvial plain between the two large lakes, which were once separated into two parts by the sediments of the tributaries. Please stay on the given cycle path, even if it looks like a detour at first glance. The alternative over the street is extremely daring. The main road is very busy and quite narrow. You will feel this briefly when crossing the bridge over the Adda, which is a bottleneck through which everyone on the route has to go. Perhaps one day a bridge will be built for the cyclists or the existing one will be expanded.On the beach of Colico you can reach Lake Como. Time to swim and toast. There is a beach bar with cool drinks right by the first sunbathing area. If you follow the route to the end you will reach Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi. Here is another nice view over the lake. A few nice restaurants, bars and ice cream parlors invite you to celebrate your successful crossing of the Alps.Note: In the altitude profile, some altitude meters are specified for the section of the Tracciolino Trail (approx. 400), which are displayed incorrectly due to the tunnel. The route of the Tracciolino is almost flat from the connection to the gravel road from Verceia to the valley crossing at Codera. The altitude difference can be neglected on this section.