The Austrian town of Weerberg has been confirmed as the final host town of the 14th Craft Bike Transalp powered by Nissan.
Last year, organisers of the event announced eight of the nine towns that will host competitors along the record 670km route of the race. Weerberg will host the finish of the second stage on July 17, much to the relief of event coordinators.
“The search for a new stage town didn’t give us any peace. Now, after long negotiations, we are happy to present our ideal candidate Weerberg, who have impressed us with their top infrastructure and warmth,” said Anika Stephan, project manager at Plan B, the event company responsible for the race.
The stages between Mittenwald, Mayrhofen and now Weerberg had been a concern for organisers, with few options available for a rest stop for the 1100 riders who will make up the event’s 2011 field.
But with Weerberg locked-in, riders will be able to recuperate before continuing their journey through Austria and onwards to Italy, where the race is scheduled to finish at Riva del Garda on July 23.
The stages through Austria this year will also mark a return to the roots of Transalp. The Silberregion Karwendel area was part of the first two Transalp editions in 1998 and 1999 and the event will return there when it stops in Mayrhofen at the end of stage one.
The Craft Bike Transalp powered by Nissan will lead competitors over 670.25 kilometres and 21,504 metres in altitude. The full list of host towns includes: Mittenwald (Germany – start), Weerberg and Mayrhofen (Austria), and Brixen, St. Vigil, Alleghe, San Martino di Castrozza, Trento and Riva del Garda (Italy).