Fifty days prior to the start of the 5th CRAFT BIKE TRANS GERMANY powered by NISSAN, the routing of the mountain bike scene’s biggest single starter stage race has been fixed. Other than last year, the marathon highlight from June 1st till 4th, 2011, not only comes up with a change of course as well as an associated routing in the reverse direction but also with a stage design which is completely revised in some extent.
En route from Sonthofen (GER) via Pfronten (GER), Lermoos (AUT) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) to Maurach/Achensee (AUT), especially the first two modified Allgau stages and the final leg, which wraps up the four days lasting event, carry weight.
While in 2010, at the debut of the routing along the Alpine foothills, the field had to pedal mainly on paved valley paths into Pfronten, the 1,200 participants can expect the best possible change this time. With that said, the route will lead over and not past the mountains. Except of the Breitenberg, all local mountains of Pfronten have been taken into account thus offering intense climbs and swift downhill passages.
The final day brings a brand new leg due to the debut of Maurach as stage town. According to this, the “Tour de France for mountain bikers” concludes with a postcard picture stage featuring three Alpine lakes. The 2011 participants will pass the Walchensee and pedal along the Sylvenstein-Speichersee before finishing things off at the Achensee.
This panorama stretch rounds out the 324 km long Trans Germany, which is peppered with 8,463 vertical metres this year, so the race calendar’s constant offers a special mix of stunning nature and demanding mountain bike trails.
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