Results of Trans Alp 2021
Video from the stage 7 downhill to lake Garda:
Live reporting below:
Stage 7 - final stage
Result: 9th place
The stage had two long climbs. The second one was really long climbing all of 1000hm so I decided to go easy on the first to have energy left for the second one.
First climb started of nicely on paved roads but turned really bad for the last kilometer to the top: It was so steep that everyone got off and pushed their bikes. At the top of the mountain there were some tricky trails with lots of wet roots and stones. Also we were all bunched up so when one rider got off to walk over some tricky obstacle everyone had to get off. I realized at this point that going easy up the first climb perhaps wasn't the best of ideas as it meant I was a bit further back in the field with riders who couldn't handle this technical stuff. I managed to overtake a few bottle necks and going downhill again I had a clear run. This downhill was really nice with singletrack and lots of adrenaline inducing sheer drop offs.
This took me to the second climb which was the long one: Again it started on asphalt but after the feed station moved to gravel roads. Up this climb I was able to take advantage of the fact that I went easy up the first climb and I was able to overtake a lot of riders.
The final long downhill to lake Garda was amazing: It started of on these loose gravel roads with swithcbacks and tunnels and then, lower down the mountain, became hiking trails with lots of drops and obstacles. It was all really exciting and I was overtaking riders all the way down. I felt very confident at this point and had a good flow in my descending.
Crossing the finish line I saw that I had come in ninth place on the stage. A bit further back than I had expected but I think it was due to the congestion on top of that first mountain.
Stage 4 - The King (Queen?) Stage:
|Photo from today's stage (not me in the picture)|
Before the race
I arrived in Nauders, Austria, today (Saturday 3rd of July). I drove straight here from Croatia and Krk where I've been vacationing and biking for the past two weeks. Trans Alp, a 7 stage mountain bike race, starts tomorrow.
This is my first time participating in the race. It's quite a hard one as you can see by the stages below. First stage is tomorrow Sunday, and then the seventh and last one finishes on Saturday next week.
Nauders has some nice views: