Crossing the Alps with a mountain bike sounds rather intense. But hold your horses, you can take it easy during your first time. The ancient Romans knew a smart path over the mountain range, from Augsburg to Lake Garda, which is existing to this day. The transalp on the Via Claudia Augusta with just over 4000 meters of altitude to climb leads over asphalt roads for a third of the route and is therefore perfect for novices.
More than 4000 meters uphill? Yes, exactly. But they are spreading out quite well over the whole distance. And don't forget, what goes up, must come down. Meaning not only your calves will be burning from going uphill, but also your fingers, from breaking while going downhill. And you will love it, promise. A transalp is fun. You will see a lot, you will travel far and the well-deserved ice cream (or beer) and the gorgeous Italian food waiting on the other side will surely boost your motivation to get over these mountains. A great adventure. By the way, the way back is a bit easier, you can simply hop on a bus or train back home.