Carrying it up
After the handover at the Dolomiten Stadium, the mountain bikers need to overcome an uphill course with an altitude gain of 1,400 metres. You need some power in the legs for that, for certain, and in the arms too – as the uphill passages contain many sections where you need to carry your bike, despite even that looking impossible at some points along the way, as you head up towards the Hochsteinkreuz. After passing the cross on the summit, you need to pluck up your courage to take on a downhill route with an average gradient of 26 percent, including the H2000 former World Cup downhill route. Then you just need to stay in the saddle and reach the point where you pass over to the kayakers in Leisach.
After taking over from the paragliders, the course goes through the town towards the ‘Ladies’ Start’. Form the ‘Ladies’ Start’, the cyclists go over the ski piste in the direction of Moosalm. From Moosalm, the course leads straight to the Moosalm reservoir, then to the right onto the ‘Stadtweg’. At the junction of Sternalm and Taxer Gassl is the first drinks station. The course then continues along the direction indicated to the Hochsteinhütte viewing point. The second drinks station is at Glanzeralm. The route then follows a forest path to Hochsteinhütte. Just before path reaches the Hochsteinkreuz it finishes and bikes need to be carried again. Upon reaching the ridge, the course continues (in a truncated way) around the Gamperlehütte and back to the Hochsteinhütte. This is where the downhill section to Leisach starts. Ski gates show the way to the bikers. Going past the Sternalm, Moosalm and Gribelehof, the course races over forest paths, ski slopes and gravel roads to the finish in Leisach. A detailed route description will follow as soon as everything has been agreed with the landowners!