In one of Europe’s toughest road rides, about 1,000 cyclists annually traverse 865 kilometers and 19 Alpine passes for a total elevation gain of 18,195 meters. The second stage starts in Imst in Tirol.
Now in its 15th year, the Tour Transalp has become an insanely popular endeavour that, in 2017, stops in Tirol again: This outstandingly demanding stage race travels in seven days from Germany’s Sonthofen over Imst in Tirol (June 26), across Ötztal Valley to Italy’s Vinschgau and via Bormio and Aprica to Arco on the shores of Lake Garda. About 1,000 riders come from all over the world to compete in the 865K ride, which spans 19 major mountain passes and is designed to maximize altitude, steepness, remoteness and (apparently) hurtiness. On the second day of this seven-day event, the riders depart from Imst in two-man teams and finally unclip their pedals in Italy’s South Tyrol.