Crossing the Alps on a mountain bike might sound intense, but due to well-built infrastructure and beautiful trails, it might actually be easier than you think — at least for your first crossing. In fact, the ancient Romans are to thank for this, discovering a beautiful and easily traversable trail that goes from Augsburg to Lake Garda. This trail, the Via Claudia Augusta, is still there today, and it serves as the basis of this Collection. On it, you'll climb over 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) in elevation while you ride mostly well-asphalted paths through the mountains — making this Alp crossing the perfect one for beginners.
Now, while 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) of elevation might sound like a lot, the altitude is spread out over the duration of the ride. Just bear in mind that what comes up must come down — so you'll have a ton of awesome descents to enjoy while you ride. Be ready for sore fingers from all the braking, and sore calves from all the pedaling. But it'll be worth it in the end.
So, what are you waiting for? A whole lot of fun, a well-deserved ice cream and some of the best Italian food you've ever eaten is waiting for you in the mountains.
Although most of the Transalps start in Garmisch, so we cycle from Augsburg. Perfect to get your legs moving and just to see the whole Via Claudia Augusta from north to south. At the end of the first stage, we already see the Alps in the distance, our legs are already looking forward.
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It's going to be steep today. As many altitude meters as yesterday at a shorter distance. Rauf on the Fernpass, turn for sweeping and then first enjoy the descent. Shortly before Landeck it goes up a bit again, but the legs are already well warmed up, we can do that too.
We had a really good breakfast, because today it's going steadily uphill and at the end of the day, we'll have over 1000 meters in the legs. The great scenery around us keeps us happy as we struggle and sweat. First up in Nauders, we can hardly believe our luck - then you can be a bit proud of his performance!
Final! And one that has it all. It is over 100 kilometers to Lake Garda. We are already looking forward to the ice at the end of the day and start motivated. Most of the time it goes downhill, in between small hills, before finally going down to the blue lake. A glorious sight and all the efforts of the last days are forgotten. What remains is a great feeling of happiness and beautiful memories.