Inventing a dream – the Heckmair Transalp

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot
7-14 days
3-6 h / day
256 mi
46,025 ft
48,450 ft

Today, there are countless ways to cross the Alps by bike. Back in 1989, however, when Andi Heckmair and his friends decided to conquer the epic range, they did so on mountain bikes — and became the first to do so in the process. The route they took, starting in Oberstdorf and ending in Riva del Garda, is still crossable today, and it has remained a true mtb classic since their first crossing all those years ago. Now, as many parts of the ride might require you to dismount and push, don't expect to enter a world of mountain bike flow as you cross the mountains. The landscapes you'll conquer as you ride, however — as well as the technically demanding inclines you'll be forced to contend with — will make this experience one that will stay with you forever. And it'll reveal to you the extraordinary character of the pioneers before you who dared to dream that dream.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    05:44
    30.9 mi
    5.4 mph
    6,075 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    07:02
    35.4 mi
    5.0 mph
    7,575 ft
    10,025 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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  • Difficult
    05:33
    28.0 mi
    5.0 mph
    5,575 ft
    4,025 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
    Difficult
    06:08
    34.4 mi
    5.6 mph
    5,600 ft
    7,025 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Probably the most scenic stage. Only I would stay in St. Katarina at the foot of the Gavias instead of in Bormio.

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    Difficult
    04:55
    37.8 mi
    7.7 mph
    4,950 ft
    6,725 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    Difficult
    06:43
    39.3 mi
    5.8 mph
    7,400 ft
    7,900 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The absolute highlight for all Transalpler - who has never driven the Campo, has not really made a transaction 😉

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    Difficult
    07:59
    50.0 mi
    6.3 mph
    8,850 ft
    10,375 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Do it twice already, just the best route

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    256 mi
  • Duration
    44:04 h
  • Elevation
    46,025 ft48,450 ft