The Pfitscherjoch has been a much frequented transit point for thousands of years. One of the best known and most popular bike Transalp routes runs over it. For many mountain bike enthusiasts, this is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed. Many people can be seen on this route and you cannot say if there are more hikers with their poles, hats and rucksacks or bikers who pedal hard to reach the border crossing. However, one thing is clear: everybody just gets along fine.
Cycling holidays on the Way of Saint James
One day I was standing at the Pfitscherjoch and had to do it. What exactly? Cross the Transalp tour by bike and combine it with a holiday. So I started to plan my project. I deliberately chose to do the tour on my own, I wanted to spend time by myself and be alone with my thoughts. Master the Way of Saint James by bike. Many people say that you meet lots of people when travelling alone. Well, I thought, let’s try and see.
From Mittenwald over the Zillertal and continuing to Lake Garda
The actual route leads from Mittenwald via the Zillertal valley to Lake Garda. Since I am in the fortunate position to live in the Zillertal valley, my starting point is Mayrhofen. I set off, equipped with a medium-sized bike backpack, my bike and the very important GPS device.
The Transalp route
On the first day, I cross the main alpine divide over the Pfitscherjoch. It’s a long asphalt ascent from Mayrhofen which changes into a gravel road at the Schlegeis reservoir. For three years the pass at a height of 2,248 metres has been accessible by this road. After reaching the pass, I enjoy the downhill ride on the asphalt road to Sterzing (Italy) and follow the cycling path through the Eisack valley in direction St. Vigil, leading to Fanestal valley. After the Dolomites I reach the mountain range Catena di Larorei which shines in red-green, and the road ascends with much less elevation to Malga Toniola. In the Val Sugana I look forward to Lake Garda and tackle a final ascent with 1,000 metres elevation gain (Kaiserjägerweg). After a challenging trail descent I turn into the cycling path to Lake Garda in Rovereto.
If you want to cross the Alps by mountain bike, you should use high-quality bicycle accessories and bicycle parts. Since the weather in the mountains can change very quickly, durable and high-quality bicycle clothes are essential for crossing the Alps.