Tour of the Alps’ final showdown overlooking the Worlds
The Tour of the Alps - the Euroregional cycling event to be held from April 16th to 20th - is poised to end with an amazing showdown with to the exciting fifth stage - 164 Km from Rattenberg to Innsbruck - highlighted by two laps on the upcoming UCI Road World Championships’ circuit.
With around 5 months to the huge event, Innsbruck and Tyrol will experience the atmosphere of top class cycling. On Friday, April 20th, the last stage will move from Rattenberg, the Austrian smallest historical city and starting location of the time trials at the UCI Road World Championships, disclosing an intriguing and difficult course.
The first 55 km run along the Inn until Brixless, where the road starts rising to the Alpbachtal, toward the first categorized climb of the day in Alpbach, "the most beautiful floreal village in Europe”, after 64,1 km; on the 8,3 km uphill at a 6,4% average gradient many riders will start to drop out.
After a long downhill back to the valley, another ascent will start in Gnadenwald. This section will be a preview of the opening part of the Elite UCI Road World Championships’ course, before reaching the circuit in Innsbruck. At this point, the riders will face another descent in Hall in Tirol before climbing back to Aldrans, entering in the rainbow circuit with the first passage on the Olympiaclimb and the fast descent until the outskirts of Innsbruck at the entrance of the Olympiastrasse. From there (km 127,5) onwards, the riders will make two laps of a restricted portion of the rainbow circuit, 13,8 km long. The second time atop the climb (6,7 km at 6%) will award KOM points at km 135,5. At the third and last time over the tophill only 12,3 km will be left, 6 of which on descent, and the others in the heart of Innsbruck following the World Championship circuit’s finale.
Innsbruck and bike look in perfect feeling more and more indeed. “Pleasant bike rides, tough climbs, wonderful trails: the Innsbruck Region is perfect for bike lovers (road and Mountain Bike), that want to ride between alpine landscapes with an urban style - Innsbruck Tourism Office’s Event Manager Julia Zraunig explained. - The Innsbruck Bikepark, that will host a new edition of the Crankworx, the most important Mountain Bike Gravity Festival in the World - offers a lot for all cyclists. The zone around Innsbruck offers beautiful and demanding routes. In fact, from the Inn valley, cyclists can reach the altitude, like in Kühtai (2020 meters), in a matter of a few kilometers, enjoying all the beauty of incredible landscapes.”.