Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Events

A rider’s report from the Transalps 2008 mountain bike race.

Drew Geer and Mark Gouge are racing the Jeantex Bike Transalp 2008 powered by Nissan, an eight-stage epic mountain bike stage race, from Füssen, Germany, to Riva del Garda, Italy, passing through Austria and Switzerland. The two are racing for the Chipotle-Titus-VeloNews team and are providing daily journals and photos. The following report from Geer is about stage 4, from Scuol, Switzerland, to Livigno, Italy: 77 km with an elevation gain of 2621m (8600 feet) "I will just never be able to pronounce 'Chipotle' it is just too hard," the finish announcer at Tranalps said.

Don't miss a moment from Paris-Roubaix and Unbound Gravel, to the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España, and everything in between when you join Outside+.

By Drew Geer

Drew Geer and Mark Gouge are racing the Jeantex Bike Transalp 2008 powered by Nissan, an eight-stage epic mountain bike stage race, from Füssen, Germany, to Riva del Garda, Italy, passing through Austria and Switzerland. The two are racing for the Chipotle-Titus-VeloNews team and are providing daily journals and photos. The following report from Geer is about stage 4, from Scuol, Switzerland, to Livigno, Italy: 77 km with an elevation gain of 2621m (8600 feet)

“I will just never be able to pronounce ‘Chipotle’ it is just too hard,” the finish announcer at Tranalps said.

We have developed a small following here. Riders come up and say “hi, burrito guys.”

Overcast again with new snow in the alps, but not raining on us at the start. We are queued up for stage 4. There is absolutely no warm-up today with an immediate 22k climb. This has been hurting Mark Gouge as he requires a warmup to get going. The climb is much more “Coloradoan” — less steep but longer.

The valley, as always, is spectacular and also as the pattern goes it starts to snow near the top. Just where else can you race in the snow on July 22?

We have some perfect single track today. Many k of very fast downhill, some rocky, much is very smooth and twisty. There are some deadly dropoffs if you make a mistake. Mark leads me very fast through this in a small group. We pick up dozens of places due to his skills. There is one bridge will wooden walls that is just as wide as my handlebars — and I cut them off. I have no idea how someone with wide bars could make it though walking or otherwise.

One section runs along a 300-foot cliff on a 5-foot wide path. This is very easy but at 20 mph one mistake is fatal. As usual we tend to descend technical sections better but the euros climb like mountain goats. They also descend fire road (called “war road” here) very fast.

We are riding this all blind, of course, which make it a bit tough. The courses are routed through tiny mountain villages — sometimes through yards and once through a café courtyard. There are people in every village with cowbells cheering every rider. It is exciting zipping through cobbled and
grass alleys very fast with the crowd cheering. There is immense support here for the event.

Stage 4 Results (.pdf)

Results

Stage 4 Results (.pdf)