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 it 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 journey, 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, put on the 28mm ‘wide’ tires and conquer the Alps!
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Last updated: December 16, 2021
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…
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…
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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…
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 ...
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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 ...
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