Legendary Alpine Crossing Will Take A New Route And Solo Riders
The starting shot for the 22nd BIKE Transalp will be fired on 14 July 2019 in Tux, in Austria’s Zillertal region. But the starting point of the Transalp will not be the only site celebrating its premiere in 2019 during the mother of worldwide mountain bike stage races: for the first time in Transalp history, the new location of Molveno in Trentino-South Tyrol, where up to 1,000 mountain bikers will arrive on 20 July, will also replace Riva del Garda as a destination town.
There will also be an individual classification for the first time in the coming year, in addition to the traditional team classification. The 2019 Transalp route will include seven stages and a total distance of 550 kilometres as well as 18,500 metres of elevation.
The Transalp is considered the first mountain bike stage race in the Alps and enjoys a superb reputation in the international cycling world. Next year’s race will be the 22nd BIKE Transalp (14th to 20th of July 2019). BIKE is Europe’s leading mountain bike magazine and is the namesake and organizer of the legendary alpine classic. Several thousand mountain bikers have experienced the mythical Transalp since its inception – with many racing repeatedly, and up to now, always in teams of two cyclists. That will change in 2019, when among the 1,000 starting places, there will be a limited number of 200 individual competitors in the five categories: men, women, men’s masters from 40 years of age, men’s grand masters from 60 years of age, and the under 23 classification.
The entry fee for team and individual cyclists is 899 euros per person. U23 cyclists obtain a spot on the starting line for 699 euros.
The route with the three new stage locations in Tux, Welschnofen in South Tyrol, and Molveno was meticulously designed by race and track manager Marc Schneider and is sprinkled with numerous trail passages which have not yet been ridden in any Transalp race. A very special highlight awaits the international field of participants at the finish line for the race on the shores of Lago di Molveno with its impressive mountain scenery.
“The Transalp includes everything the Alps have to offer mountain bikers: completely new panoramic trails in the high mountains like the new path from the Tuxer Joch to the Schirntal, fun tracks like the flowing ‘Jerry Line’ in the Brixen Bikepark and the Carezza Trail in Welschnofen,” says Marc Schneider, describing some of the new sections in the coming year.
“The Transalp leads through the heart of the Dolomites, along paths in the midst of the panoramic scenery in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. And Trentino offers yet more trail treasures beyond the Dolomites,” Marc Schneider enthuses, describing the 2019 route for the BIKE Transalp.
All additional information and details about the individual stages, the regulations and the registration procedures can be found at www.bike-transalp.de.