Rando Imperator — a race bike dream with gravel

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At the beginning of May, the Rando Imperator takes place: a brevet from Munich to Ferrara along the Via Claudia Augusta. The route takes you off road whenever possible, along bike paths and on good gravel roads. And while you might lead you to call this Tour a "gravel ride", it's possible to finish it on a classic racing bike.

The roughly 660 km (440 mile) is a track that those participating in the Rando Imperator will attempt to tackle in one go. So you can enjoy the way, however, we have divided the course into 6 easy-to-ride sections that offer a relatively relaxed transalpine experience. Therefore, if you’re looking to avoid traffic while crossing the Alps and are not afraid of gravel, you will find pure joy on this route. Now, all that’s left for you to do is to go, pull on the 28 mm ‘wide’ tires and conquer the Alps!

To get an idea what it feels like to do all stages in one go, read Christopher's story on our blog: blog.komoot.de/en/rando-imperator-a-long-distance-self-experiment/10817

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    71.0 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,925 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    You start relaxed on this Transalp: From Tierpark in Munich you roll south on the Isarradweg. Today it is always only slightly uphill, the 900 meters of this stage accumulate so gradually, without a "real" increase. But you always have the Alps well in mind, so as not to forget where it goes. Especially along the Loisach a great alpine panorama opens up again and again. Today's destination Ehrwald lies in the middle of the Tyrolean Zugspitzarena - so you can "warm-watch" for the mountain stage on the Zugspitze.

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  • Difficult
    67.9 mi
    6.9 mph
    5,625 ft
    4,425 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today is the king's stage - it goes over the Alps! Two passes are conquered today: first the Fernpass, which we conquer for the most part on the gravel of the original Via Claudia Augusta in order to avoid motorized traffic. Careful, here lurks the most technical part of the whole Transalp: if you do not want to drive a single trail (this is short but steep, mobile but challenging), avoid the pass on the main road and take the exit to Nassereith on asphalt under the wheels.Then it's relaxed for a while through the Inn Valley, before after a short trip to Switzerland on the second pass of the day: You climb the Norbertshöhe to Nauders, today's destination. From here you can almost see the south side of the Alps.

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  • Difficult
    74.7 mi
    14.3 mph
    1,350 ft
    4,975 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The topic today is: downhill. From Nauders there are only a few meters up to the Reschenpass, so you have reached the roof of the tour, you are in Italy and have crossed the Alps. After the Reschensee it goes down rapidly along the Etschtalradweg. You follow the river all day long, always slightly downhill until you reach the end of today's stage in Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol.

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  • Intermediate
    41.0 mi
    13.9 mph
    325 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Today is a half rest day on the program: after a relaxed short tour that runs again completely on the perfectly developed Etschtalradweg, you have the rest of the day to explore Trento: Best Italian gelato and cappuccino, pasta & pizza and maybe a Bath in the fountain beckon ...If you absolutely do not have enough and do not need a rest day, so we recommend a driveway on the Monte Bondone: Since it is 1400 vertical meters to 20km uphill, you will be rewarded with a great view over the Adige Valley.

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  • Difficult
    89.1 mi
    12.9 mph
    1,925 ft
    2,450 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The tour from Trento to Mantua is the longest leg of this Transalp. The first 70km run relaxed again along the Adige, which is now called Italian Adige. Then you have to climb a few meters through the vineyards to get to the shores of Lake Garda. Here there is a short stretch of busy road to Peschiera del Garda that unfortunately can not be avoided. Peschiera lends itself to a lunch break, perhaps with a view of the lake, before returning to Mantua, Italy's cultural capital of 2017 - and the place where Shakespeare Romeo once banished.

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  • Difficult
    66.4 mi
    12.8 mph
    575 ft
    600 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On to the final spurt: Today it goes almost the entire time flat along the Po, slopes there are no more. You will pass lonely farmhouses and poplar plantations and it would not be surprising if Asterix and Obelix appeared and chased a troop of Roman legionnaires ...After 675km you arrive in the historic center of Ferrara - congratulations, you are a Transalpler!

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    410 mi
  • Duration
    40:08 h
  • Elevation
    12,725 ft14,425 ft

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