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Transtirol Challenge - This is a tremendous start and a long ride – feels like crossing through the whole of Tirol.
For the first time the BIKE Transalp 2019 starts in Tux, at the foot of the famous Hintertux Glacier.
This is possible because the route from the Tuxer Joch to the Schmirntal has been extended as a brand new bike trail.
Completion was in October 2018 and it will open in summer 2019, just in time.
The Tuxer Joch is now finally a real mountain bike pass, a panoramic passage at the foot of the Zillertal glaciers with decent ramps uphill and tricky hairpin bends downhill.
After that, only a third of the long journey has been completed.
A few relaxed kilometres on asphalt are made over the Brenner Pass, then the route - dotted with short, steep climbs in the forest - leads past Sterzing.
The second half of the planned route follows the track of the TOUR Transalp 2017.
Via the Valser Jöchl, the route leads along partly hidden paths in the forest into the heart of Brixen - to the Domplatz with casual cafés where you can enjoy a fragrant espresso.
After two official mountains and more than 100 kilometres, it's really deserved.