Not so long ago, the 2014 edition of the Craft BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma wrapped up at Lake Garda. And while several participants still believe to have sour legs, Race Director Marc Schneider is already gearing up for the 2015 routing which will feature an old acquaintance.
A lot of Transalp participants will remember the second day of the 2014 edition for sure as the most of them struggled in a true rain battle from Imst to Nauders.
The 18th edition of the Craft BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma will take place from July 19 thru 25, 2015. A max of 600 pairs of two will once again accept the challenge of crossing the Alps within seven days. While Race Organisers are currently preparing the new routing, we are already looking forward to your participation next summer!
The date for the start of the online registration will be communicated soon, too.
As of now, all participant shots and impressions taken by Sportograf over the course of the seven-day stage race are online and available for download. Take your chance and purchase some unique memories of the 2014 Transalp. Click HERE to search for images.
A total of 425 teams of two plus 55 so-called individual finishers and as a result 905 of the 1,034 racers who started eight days ago in Oberammergau completed the total distance of 587.06 km and 19,147 metres of altitude to Riva de Garda.
Alban Lakata (AUT) and Kristian Hynek (CZE) of Topeak Ergon Racing have won the last stage of the Craft BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma wrapping up their so far disappointing stage race with a pleasing result. The title went to Markus Kaufmann (GER) and Jochen Käß (GER) of Centurion Vaude 1 (overall time 25:32:29.9) who secured the first successful Transalp title defence since 2008 (Platt/Sahm) as third best team today (+1:03).
Other than the previous years, the final stage of the Craft BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma isn't that easy anymore. 62.74 km and 2,325 metres of altitude have to be mastered from Trento to Riva del Garda.
Leading racers of the 17th Craft BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma Markus Kaufmann (GER) and Jochen Käß (GER) have clinched the sixth stage from Kaltern to Trento today.
Like last year Race Organisers have once again hired a band for the final pasta party at Lake Garda.
On leg #6 the participants write Transalp history over 98.25 km and 2,894 metres of altitude from Kaltern to Trento as they reach deeply into regions, where no Transalp mountain biker has been before.
Yesterday's third ranked Italian national team members Franz Hofer and Daniele Mensi have clinched the fifth stage of the 17th Craft BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma which led from Sarnthein to Kaltern today.