Alpenx or in German Alpencross is the modern name for what already the kartagian commander Hannibal did approx. 2k years with far greater effort made, namely a crossing of the Alps. Unlike him, nowadays fit and young, sometimes fit or young people do it by bike and in 5-7 days. Departure points are cities in Bavaria such as Garmisch, Mittenwald or Oberstdorf, the destination is usually Lake Garda, also because of the action.
This is how we did it. We that are "duke", "sailor", "Udo", "Angler" and I, the gem. § 10 paragraph 3 MDStV responsible for the content of this website, here called "the left one" because of the funny fork.
We packed our backpacks, pumped up our bikes, went to the ATM again (because of the Euros) and off we went with two cars to Mittenwald. There we have discussed in the evening with the Schnitzel in the Jägerhof everything again. Then it went on the next day immediately.
I usually keep it that way, warming up a few kilometers. Here 700 meters had to be enough, because there came already the first ascent, so that the noble rain clothes steamed up already after few minutes from the inside and had to be taken off. Udo it went the same, only the angler and I have briefly plucked the arm and leg warmers and have gone on. The first ascent was already a tough one and a second one was added, which hardly wanted to end. Who would like it still more detailed, clicks the KMZ files, then one can retrace the routes exactly.
If you are interested in the tour, I will gladly send you the gpx-tracks for your Garmin.
Day 0: Arrival by car to Bavaria. Overnight stay in the Jägerhof for 42 Eur, small Prösterchen.
Day 1: Mittenwald – Weerberg, 81km, starting altitude was 900 meters above sea level. We drove a slightly different route on the first day because of the weather, but after the first pass we also passed Hinterriß where we finished the soup of the day in the Gasthaus Post and reduced the cake buffet. That we were there already on the Austrian side, no one has noticed. We passed the border exactly at the point where we had to go barefoot through the ford. After Hinterriß we soon came back to the route that was originally planned and we rolled slightly uphill to the junction "Plumsjoch here on the right". After this pass we rolled downhill, stopped again at the Alpengasthof Gern Alm, waited for a short shower and then rolled downhill, past the Achensee, a bit through the Inntal to Weerberg. We went up 2225m and down 2227 m so that we slept in Weerberg 2 meters lower than the day before. We have spent the night at the Schwannerwirt for 32 euros per person and night. We could park the bike in the lockable cellar.
Day 2: Weerberg – Gries am Brenner, 66 km but 2792 m up and 2465 m down. From Weerberg, after breakfast, we went slightly uphill to the entrance to the Geiseljoch. Up to the Weidener hut the way was to some extent drivable, afterwards also something had to be pushed, but that was still nix against the descent of the Tuxer yoke. Because after the Geiseljoch and the departure to Lanersbach where we could dry the wet things in the heating cellar in the Cafe Platzl we went in the direction of Tux, where unathletic people the sog. Gletscherbus have built, a cable car that leads to just below the Tuxer Joch and of course tired bikers in Vesuchung. But the angler and I have ridden of course nicely the west of the cable car running bikeroute, where also had to be pushed several times. In the top station we met there again duke and Udo. Sailor went on this day immediately with the wheel over the road to Gries, he had given it to himself on the first day too strongly and was something struck. So after the invigoration on the mountain station, which by the way reminds of a large canteen of a company with 5000 employees, we drove or rather stopped at the Fonteklaus. We pushed over the Joch and were amazed then not badly. To ride was not to think, over rocks and with cycling shoes it went 600 meters of altitude down, until the Klickis engaged the first time again. It was good that it drizzled lightly from time to time, so at least cooling was provided. After the ascent we rolled out of the Valsertal until we saw a sign: Brenner left, Innsbruck right. We turned left. Searched us in Gries a hut. We spent the night in the Pension Alpina in Gries, for 28 Eur. The bicycles stood in the garage, the boss put me even the water hose out, so that I could hose down the wheels after the mud battle from the Vals valley.
Gries am Brenner – St.Ulrich, 86 km but 1588 m up and 1542 down. It went without warming up high over the old Brenner road to the pass, then followed a long descent over the road to Brixen. There Udo had to let check his bike in the Bikeshop. We drove already before over Chiusa (Klausen) up the mountain. We stopped at the Fonteklaus, a very nice place by the way. Then we went on via Lajen, where we turned to the east and saw the Dolomites. Then a few not further worth mentioning Auf-. Descents we reached St. Ulrich. We spent the night in the Pension Pichler for 54 EUR including half board and the dear friends was very tasty. The boss washed our sweaty clothes which was urgently necessary because we had not seen any marmots until then and that was obviously due to the stronger smell of the clothes.
Day 4: St. Ulrich – Cembra, 96 km, up 1643 m and down 2104 m. The patron told us in the morning still the most important tricks for the ascent to the Alpe di Siusi. He still rides his bike daily to the Alpe di Siusi. Respect!
This all worked out easy and after the ascent and stop there we entered Italian territory shortly after noon. Afterwards it went predominantly downhill and we passed places, with which I could remember the names no longer so well. We came to Cembra and stayed at the Hotel Europa for 26 EUR!
Day 5: Cembra – Riva: almost 100 km, 2030 m high and 2593 m towards the center of the earth. To warm up we rode a few climbs. A great descent into the valley to San Michele all'Adige. After crossing the valley came the next climb to Spormaggiore, more climbs followed. Passing the Lago di Molveno in the drizzle we drove with great expectations the first signs towards "riva d/g " after. Passing Tenno Castle we reached Riva around 16:30 and were finally at our destination. Overnight we have in Torbole in the hotel caminetto for 45 EUR per notte and that was also ok. The rooms have air conditioning. This was very important. Who knows me, knows why.
Day 6 Long slept, pasta in Pregasina, Garmin at home forgotten, therefore gibts no track
Day 7 Torbole – Rovereto. 21 km, 281 m up, 177 down, bought tickets, had stress with Austrians in the train. Tickets are bought at the ticket machine and cost from Rovereto to Brenner 13,50 EUR (10 plus 3,50) and from Innsbruck to Mittenwald 10 EUR (7,10 plus 2,90) From Brenner to Innbruck no tickets were sold.
Total450 km and 10,5 km of altitude. No flat tire, but with two wheels something problems with the Magura Louise, but they could be clarified on the way. Super tour group! I would make smooth again, evtl. Two weeks later.
And here a few more photos:
River crossing on foot with shoes and socks off, a kind of Kneipp tour.
Departure from Plumsjoch. It was still great to drive!
View from Weerberg to the Inn valley.
On the second day we went up to Geiseljoch.
But first pass the Weidener hut. Delicious Donauwellenkuchen was there.
Before the Weidener hut the bicycles were parked.
Ascent to the Geiseljoch. Sometimes pushing was the order of the day, like here on the picture. That must be Udo in the middle of the picture.
The angler was mostly in front. He always parried my attacks.
On the Geiseljoch
Sliding passage from Tuxjoch. 600m vertical had to be overcome downhill by pushing and carrying. We have and but the time with the absingen of hiking songs passed.
Up to the scree had to be pushed.
Departure on the old Brenner road at the beginning of the third day.
First view of the Dolomites.
My bike takes a break while I take pictures.
High on the Seiseralm
Plattkofel in front, Langkofel behind.
Departure to Riva
Castle in Tenno.
Finale. Now find the shortest way to the ice cream parlor.
On the day off we went up to Pregasina for penne with tuna. Training camp classic!
Right the lago di garda, left the descent.
The rock to the west of Torbole looks like a huge disk rising diagonally from the earth.
The caves in the rock
This was already on the way back, the ski jump (by the way trampolino in Italian) in Innsbruck. So much for my quick overview. A few photos of the Alpencross. If you still have photos, send them to me, then I upload them.