Currently we are working hard to design the most suitable route for you. The given routes, locations and distances show the current planning and are subject to change in the coming months. The final tracks will be available approx. 6 weeks prior to the tour start
Day 1: Salzburg (AT) - Bruck (AT)
After the official opening the teams start their tour individually. We cycle into the city of Salzburg and cross the river at the lovely Mozartsteg before we pass the huge rock with the castle Hohensalzburg. Now we will cross the southeastern part of Germany and reach the city of Bad Reichenhall. We follow the river Saalach for a long time as well as the Tauern cycle path via Lofer and Saalfelden to Zell am See. After exploring the whole western shore of Lake Zell it is just a short distance to our destination in Bruck.
Track 2 turns behind Bad Reichenhall towards Ramsau and climbs the Hirschbichl mountain pass at the Austrian boarder before joining track 1 again.
Day 2: Bruck (AT) - Lienz (AT)
The queens stage is waiting for us on the second day. We will climb the epic Großglockner high alpine road! Until Fuschl it is relatively flat, but then the long climb up to 2500 m, served with several hairpin curves, is waiting for us. The following long and challenging descent to Lienz is very demanding and requires perfect brakes and a good feeling for the curves. Before we reach our hotel there is another climb of approx. 300 m at Winklern, just a couple of kilometers from Lienz.
There is no separate track 2 today!
Day 3: Lienz (AT) - Klausen (IT)
Today we follow the river Drau while cycling all the way through the Puster valley into the Italian region of Alto Adige. We cross Toblach and Bruneck and later we meet the Eisack valley and do not leave it until we reach our destination in Klausen. The whole day we cycle in valleys, thus we should not expect too much challenging climbs, but there are still long climbs and descents.
Track 2 skips the city of Bruneck and rather cycles around the Kronplatz mountain with climbing the Furkel pass.
Day 4: Klausen (IT) - Auer (IT)
In the morning we cycle down the river Eisack and detour later into the lovely mountain area of the Seiser Alm. Here another spectacular mountain scenery is waiting for us. Half way of todays distance we descend back to the valley and soon we reach the city of Bozen, that is perfect for a coffee or lunch break as the stage is quite short and the most challenging part is already done. The rest of the day we cycle on the well paved cycle path along the river Adige, that might be very trafficked by bicycles.
Track 2 is again heading for some really challenging mountain adventures today. We cycle through Val Gardena and along the Sella mountain and up the Sella Pass. From here we descent to the Fassa valley and pass through Val di Fiemme before we see Auer down in the Adige Valley.
Day 5: Auer (IT) - Torbole (IT)
The last day is less challenging then the days before, therefore we can enjoy the mountain scenery on both sides of the cycle track that follows the river Adige to the south. The city of Trento halfway of todays track offers good opportunities for a stop for some sightseeing or having a lunch break. At Mori we leave the river and it is not too far to our final destination in Torbole. We can see the shiny lake from a distance before we start for the last descent of the tour that brings you directly to the lake shore.
Track 2 detours at Mezzocorona for a last time into the hilly backland. The track winds high up into the mountains and passes the Lago di Molveno before we reach the river Sarca that guides us finally to Torbole.
Day 6: Torbole (IT) - Salzburg (AT)
After the breakfast the shuttle bus bring the participants back to the tour start location in Salzburg.
The tracks of the different stages differ in general regarding their length and the climb as well as the surface.
Recommended for all kinds of bikes including road bikes. Only paved roads on the track, if there is a need to use some (short) gravel sections, these are possible to cycle even with road bikes. In particular in the valleys it might be sometimes necessary to use some trafficed roads without separate cycling paths. If possible the track follows cycling paths.
Shorter and less challenging than track 2.
Recommended in particular for road bikes, but possible for all kinds of bikes. Only paved roads on the track, if there is a need to use some (short) gravel sections, these are possible to cycle even with road bikes. In particular in the valleys it might be sometimes necessary to use some trafficed roads without separate cycling paths. If possible the track follows cycling paths.
The distance is longer and more climb than on track 1.