From Germany the organizers of the Bike Transalp have revealed the characteristics of the 2022 edition of the stage race that once started from the Bavarian Alps but from the latest editions always starts from Tyrol and always ends in Italy. It will run from 3 to 9 July 2021 and will see bikers pedaling for 566 kilometers, facing an altitude difference of 18,400 meters.
The departure for the first time in twenty-four editions of the Bike Transalp will be scheduled from East Tyrol, to be precise from Lienz the city where Alban Lakata lives. On the second day, Monday 4 July, through a 72 kilometer long stage, passing through Dobbiaco and after having climbed Plan de Corones (Kronplatz) it will descend towards the finish line located in Brunico. On Tuesday the race will remain in the area, in fact from Brunico it will return to the top of Plan de Corones and then through the Furkelpass it will descend to San Vigilio di Marebbe.
Short fraction, only 38 km but almost two thousand meters in altitude. Wednesday 6 July 2022 the Bike Transalp will head through the wine route, ending the fraction at what we Italians call Caldaro and while for the German-speaking South Tyrolean inhabitants it is Kaltern.
The next day we will leave Alto Adige to enter Trentino for the first time, after passing through the Val di Fiemme the stage race will go up to Baita Segantini and passing through the Rolle pass will arrive in the Primiero Valley at the finish line of San Martino di Castrozza which will be reached after cycling for 94 kilometers.
The penultimate day is scheduled for the stage, what the British call Queen Stage, in 104 kilometers and facing a positive altitude difference of 3,121 meters passing through the Calaita lake, the Brocon pass, Pieve Tesino and Mount Tablat you will reach Lavarone. The last effort will be that of Saturday 9 July when the Bike Transalp will descend towards Rovereto, then ascend towards Monte Faè and Maso Naranch to descend towards the finish line of Riva del Garda which will be reached after 79 kilometers. Except for the second stage, the percentage of the route with passages on paved roads will be on average 20%.
03/07/2022 Lienz > Sillian | 64,9 km | D+ 3.076 mt
04/07/2022 Sillian > Brunico | 72 km | D+ 2.513 mt
05/07/2022 Brunico> San Vigilio di Marebbe | 38.20 km | D + 1.918 mt
06/07/2022 San Vigilio di Marebbe> Caldaro | 90.32 km | D + 3.232 mt
07/07/2022 Caldaro> San Martino di Castrozza | 93.63 | D + 2,543 mt
08/07/2022 San Martino di Castrozza> Lavarone | 109.97 km | D + 3.121 mt
09/07/2022 Lavarone – Riva del Garda | 79.12 km | D + 2.117 mt
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