There are many routes that take you across the Alps, though most require a serious amount of effort. The Marvin Route, however, taking you from Kochelsee to Lake Garda, is a little different: It offers all of the epic moments to be had on a true Alpine cross, without the persistent thigh-thumping inclines that can often prove too much of a challenge. That being said, the Marvin Route is also not one for the faint of heart, being more demanding than the beginner’s route via Claudia Augusta—you just don’t necessarily need to be a pro.
Staring in Germany, the Marvin Route takes you across to Austria and into Italy over a seven-stage, week long journey. And just like on the classic routes, many of this Tour’s Highlights will hit you unawares, such as the the Innsbrucker Almenweg, the Brenner Grenzkammstraße with the 1er Trail to Gossensass, the Rinner Sattel at the Jaufenpass, the "Rankipino" MTB Trail and a part of the Dolomiti Brenta Bike Trail. On the Marvin, however, you’ll be physically fit enough to enjoy them.
On this route, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the Alps and the surrounding nature to the fullest extent possible. Unlike many crossings, you’ll bypass many of the classic complaints cyclists voice whilst Touring, such as busy pass roads, overcrowded mountain huts and trails that are a little too popular. And, thanks to the lower altitude, the roads stay open from early in the year until well into autumn, being some of the last to receive a blanket of snow, yet the first to be cleared of it when it arrives.
Despite being less demanding that other crossings, however, you must remember that you’re still in the Alps—a certain amount of challenging terrain is to be expected; something you’ll underestimate at your peril. So, be sensible, arrive in shape and be prepared to test your cycling ability. If you master that simple equation, this route will reward you with some of the most incredible experiences you’ll ever have on two wheels.
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With the Rinnersattel you have today a rather unknown passport on the agenda. It is located in close proximity to the famous Jaufenpass. This would possibly be the bad weather alternative. Of course, the Rinner saddle is much more beautiful and interesting for a true mountain biker.Even a real trail highlight will be served today. The descent from the pass is done on a great singletrack, which in between always challenges your skills.
Lake Garda is close enough to touch, but you can reach the lake today via a rather untypical path for alpine crossers. Neither over the Passo del Ballino, nor through the Sarca Valley leads you this route.On the way up to Monte Casale you have to overcome another 1,000 meters. You will be rewarded with a fantastic all-round view that is second to none.