6 - 7
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Into The Arena - The route leads straight into the immeasurable panorama theatre of the Dolomites.
From Plose, the local mountain of Brixen, you can take your first glimpse of the extraordinary mountain range with its striking jagged peaks.
The Geißler peaks rise above the Villnöß valley, the Peitlerkofel guards the Würzjoch, the highest pass of this stage.
On the way to Sankt Vigil, the massive Kreuzkofel gives an idea of the impressive nature - after all Unesco World Natural Heritage - that awaits the participants in the next few days.
Nevertheless, these panoramic views have to be worked for first.
From Brixen the route leads up to Kreuztal, the mountain station of the Plose gondola lift.
This is a long ascent of over 1400 metres in altitude, but it rises steadily and does not have any nasty ramps as a surprise.
Then comes the first reward.
The Jerry Line winds its way over more than four kilometres through the Brixen Bike Park, which only opened in summer 2018: A casual route with waves and steep bends, which is also real fun with a marathon bike.
At the end of the flow line, the route leads partly up the pass road to the Würzjoch, then rapidly down the sled run to Antermoia.
Then over an inconspicuous pass, the Col da Ermo, and a few easy trails to San Martino and finally the last kilometres on the road up to Sankt Vigil.