Once you arrive at the top, your heart races, your breathing spikes, and your chin hangs low as you suck in as much air as you can. You made it to the top of the world — there's nowhere higher for you now. As you gaze around, you take in the truly breathtaking view you worked hard to earn. The 6,500-feet-high (2,000 meters) mountain on which you stand is surrounded by mountain peaks that are at least as high and just as beautiful. You are right in the middle of the wonderful Alps, a rough, tough and fascinating mountain world.
Before you head here, just bear one thing in mind: The Alps have become a synonym for serious cycling for a reason. You won't cross them over a long weekend. Instead, some preparation is in order: The mountain world is beautiful but also really rough — over long distances you are far away from civilization and on your own. If you experience a mechanical error, you have to repair it yourself. If you hurt yourself, you need to know what to do. If you're physically finished for the day, you need a plan B.
An Alpine cross is always an adventure and a challenge — and no two rides are ever the same. You can expect passages that you can classify as rather "easy" and sometimes lead for a while along small mountain roads or wide gravel roads. But also expect narrow, exposed hiking trails, on which you have to push or carry your bike — which is simply part of it here. Especially the real mountain stages of this Alpine crossing, such as the Pfunderer Joch, Astjoch and Würzjoch, are really tough, while the start and finish stages are much easier to do.
But if you appropriately prepare, you will experience something special: The bikepacking experience of a lifetime.
Tips for a successful Alpine cross adventure
Check your bike thoroughly before departure. Something that's especially important and oft-forgotten are the brake pads. If they are already worn out, replace them in advance and take a replacement with you. Check the tires, too, including all screws (for example brake discs but also the spoke tension) and simply make sure that your bike starts the Tour mechanically flawlessly. Regarding the type of bike you should take, this is less important. Take a hardtail or full-suspension to keep comfortable throughout the ride — whichever you feel most confident on.
As every gram counts, only take as much with you as you need. We recommend the following items of clothing: Functional underwear, a normal summer outfit, a lightweight, wind-proof jacket, a functional rain jacket, long winter gloves, a cap or a buff, and changeable clothes for after the rides (warm fleece clothing if you are staying up in a hut).
Here we have good news for you: As you go, you'll pass numerous huts serving delicious Alpine fare. Just make sure you pack some energy bars for emergencies and be sure to carry enough water.
Less is more! After a short time you will hate a backpack that is too heavy or a full-bodied bikepacking bag. But it won't work without it. High-quality (and light) functional clothing saves a lot of weight. Also, instead of taking your SLR camera, maybe your smartphone will suffice.J Just remember: The lighter your luggage, the more pleasant the ride will be.
From Riva del Garda there is a bus service to Rovereto. From here you can get back to Mayrhofen in just over four hours. The trip includes an EC-connection, don’t forget to register your bike in advance.
Very important: Don't overdo it! Especially at the beginning of your ride and in the thin air of the 2000s you should slow down a bit. You also want to give your bike some air: Don't push it too hard here and cause a mechanical fault somewhere. Also, pushing is not something to be ashamed of here. If you think you can't pedal anymore — don't! Due to changing weather conditions in the mountains, the best time to go is between July and September. As ever, check in advance.
As mentioned at the beginning, crossing the Alps is a real adventure that requires a little preparation. But with our tips, maps and GPS routes, you'll be well prepared. Have fun on your unforgettable Alpine adventure!
Stage two of our Alpine crossing starts in the cozy village of St. Jakob and leads you first across the road, later on a single trail slightly downhill along the Pfitscher Bach. So you can enter for the first few kilometers, before the Alps call for the next challenge.This listens to the name Pfunderer Joch and lures to over 2,500 meters altitude with magnificent views and thin air. If you get warmed up on the climb, you can probably cool yourself up in the snow at the top. Until then, you are busy with the approximately eight-kilometer trail, which is sometimes really steep. He has parts to offer with 20 percent increase and more - there is no shame in pushing a piece. On the contrary: Then you finally have time to marvel at the beautiful mountains in peace.
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From the Puster Valley the route takes you today in the Dolomites. It goes from Ehrenburg directly to the point: The first eleven kilometers lead you partly steeply uphill to Astjoch at 2,200 meters altitude. You drive mainly on beautiful singletrack with a wonderful mountain panorama. It's about 1,300 meters to overcome - so take it easy and if it gets too steep, just push. Many have already done that!Just before the summit you reach the Walder Alm, which is perfect for a short break. Here you will find delicious food and drinks, so that you have enough power for the last few meters that lead you to the Astjoch, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. The thickest chunks you have done: The rest of this stage runs without long ascents or descents at an altitude of around 2,000 meters.