In one of Europe’s toughest road rides, about 1,000 cyclists annually traverse 800 kilometers and 19 Alpine passes for a total elevation gain of 18,895 meters. The 2019 Tour starts in Innsbruck.
Now in its 17th year, the Tour Transalp has become an insanely popular endeavour that, in 2019, starts in Tirol: This outstandingly demanding stage race travels in seven days from Tirol’s capital Innsbruck across Brenner Pass, through Brixen and Caldaro by the lake in South Tyrol and via Bormio, Livigno and Aprica to Riva on the shores of Lake Garda. About 1,000 riders come from all over the world to compete in the 798K ride, which spans 19 major mountain passes and is designed to maximize altitude, steepness, remoteness and (apparently) hurtiness. On the first day of this seven-day event, the riders depart from Innsbruck in two-man teams and finally unclip their pedals in Brixen, in Italy’s South Tyrol.