TransAlp 2018 / Etappe 5 / Bivio - Comer See
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Mountain Biking Highlight
Roy Mai Bodensee went mountain biking.
August 7, 2018
TransAlp 2018 / Stage 5 / Bivio - Lake ComoThe finale - the queen stageFor the first time we had a weather forecast with rain - during the night. It rained. And at the start there were still damp clouds hanging on the mountain, which could not drive out the sun right away. Early on we set off to conquer the 2.300m high Septimer Pass. With a starting altitude of 1,770m, we only had to negotiate 540m difference in elevation and seven kilometers to the pass. The trail climbs moderately steeply behind Bivio with 5-10%. On the first two kilometers are still a few alpine pastures. Then comes the first steep ramp with about 15% - no problem in the smallest gear. Light drizzle set in and we decided to stop and change to rain, although not much could come - but in the mountains this is always difficult to gauge. After the ramp we overtake two young men in T-shirt and short pants without backpacks. They will not want to do the whole route.The rest of the way to the pass is lonely, good on gravel road, sometimes a bit rough.The drizzle had stopped again when we reached the pass. Toward Italy it became much brighter. About a kilometer we drive slightly downhill past some cows that stood stubbornly in the middle of the way. Then it got steeper and the way worse and immediately turned into a single track with egg-sized stones. We knew that by research in advance and thus the time had come for us to push!Impassable?No, for experts easily mobile, but in places very gruff, I would say before the switchback rather S1 with S2-places and the later zigzag way down mostly S2 with some S3 places.First, we are not experts and a bit older.Second, it would be too high a risk. A risk that I've taken on home trails more often, but a fall here, an injury, and the TransAlp is over. Out. The End. The following week we go with the children on a beach holiday, the following week we all drive together a TransAlp Slovenia. That would all be over for everyone. It does not work!Third, in our starting week, three acquaintances crashed into the MTB, a thigh-neck fracture (I was there two days before the start), a shoulder fracture on the starting day, and a heel fracture. If all goes well, the fun can be over for a long time or forever.So reasonable, dismount, and about 400 meters to go sliding. This was hardly harmless, because the road is in many parts an old Roman road, paved, but with 5-20cm height differences in the pavement. There you have to think over every step, so that you do not bend over (in the low cycling shoes).The (careful) descent took about an hour. At the crossing of the pass we did not see anyone except the two walkers at the beginning, only a few cows. When we reached the bottom, like three young men, trial riders and real experts, we were able to watch the zig-zag walk with 15 turns and 300 meters in 5-10 minutes.Directly below the zig-zag path begins again a mobile gravel road at a pasture.Through the forest you reach Casaccia. On the way there is recommended by sign, to use a short emergency route because on the main path a few years ago rockfall had gone down.Instead of following the pass road, we take the first few kilometers towards the Italian border on forest roads back, but we go several times, change the route because of difficult roads and then come back to the pass road. Little traffic. So we roll down to just before Chiavenna 1,500 meters and about 30km down. The last kilometers before Chiavenna starts at the height of the waterfalls left a very nice bike and footpath, which should not be missed. Nine years ago we were in Chiavenna and had mixed memories. This time it was very nice, the bike path leads through the historic center.After lunch we continue to a waterfall with lake, where we only stay for a short time. The approximately 25km from Chiavenna to Lake Como were surprisingly beautiful trails, much in the shade, always slightly downhill.The fiasco:About 5km before our destination in Colico you have to drive a bit on the road, this can be shortened by driving along a stream path, suggested the Navi. OK. The brook becomes stagnant, the area more and more swamp, at some point the stinging nettles are chest-high. Turning back. Searched and found another way. 50 vertical meters over a jungle-like hill on Trmapelpfad, more carrying as pushing on rather high heels, everywhere mosquitoes. Still 1.37km to the final destination indicates the Navi. This is just unreal! Nobody hears us cursing. We spent half an hour in this jungle. We and the wheels are completely eingesaut. I am bleeding at certain five places on the shins. When we arrive at the harbor five minutes later and roll across the promenade, everyone gazes at us as if we were knights returning from the battle! When I place my backpack on the carpet at the hotel reception, the dirt falls off and I leave behind a huge stain. The lady looks a little appalled. No matter. Take a shower now. Tour finished. Ten minutes later we drank the minibar empty, all confused, five drinks. We go to the promenade for dinner and celebrate our success!5th and last stage, 77km, about 700 meters uphill and just under 2,200 meters downhill!Destination in Colico on Lake Como.Return home the next day by train Colico-Monza-Zurich (through the new tunnel - I overslept) - Romanshorn-Friedrichshafen-Deggenhausertal.
August 11, 2018
💪Cool great experience 👍
August 12, 2018
Better pushing than lying in the emergency roomEven pushing will not have been easy, just because of the weight of the E-MTBs. Great scenery and good that you did it
Absolutely great. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
Cool! Great photos! 😎👍
Super great performance and class shots 👍👍👍
Big props for that performance. Were there no adjustment problems due to the height differences on your tour?
Adjustment problems?Between 250 and 2,300 meters, where we moved, not.Only in the valley was it sauheiß😜😉😂
Grand Tour 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👌🏻
Super Tour 💪🏽 with great photos 👌🏽 and a great report on it. Absolutely great !!! 👍🏽
Very nicely described your stage.
@RoyMai:Hello Roy, I have now looked at all 5 stages. The photos and the descriptions of the entire tour are just SUPER. You can imagine it very well and drive your tour in thoughts.You are really lucky with your wife. Nicht Such an adventure (and that was it) are not many women with. Thank you both for this tour. 🚴🚴👍🏼
August 13, 2018