A dream for many cyclists! We’ve explored the hype for ourselves and we’ll also let you in on the must-have gear that shouldn’t be missing from any Alpine crossing backpack.
Crossing the Alps on a gravel bike in 3 days
Our aim was to cycle to Lake Garda taking an Alpine route in three days, so we decided to travel the Via Claudia Augusta from Ehrwald to Riva del Garda on our gravel bikes. Having packed our bags and slipped into our GONSO bike shorts, we set off on the first leg of our journey from Ehrwald to Lake Reschen on Day 1, Crossing the Fernpass and passing Imst and Landeck, we steadily pedalled up towards the tripoint between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. After our ascent to Reschenpass, we had already accomplished our first 100 km and 1.4k of altitude.
Enjoyable to the Lake Garda
On Day 2, we left Lake Reschen behind and rolled down the Vinschgau Valley to Merano in cool weather and light rain. From there, we continued along the River Adige. The last few kilometres of the 130 km second leg led us up to Appiano and on to Lake Kaltern, where we called it a day.
On Day 3, we got to enjoy the typical sunny weather in South Tyrol. We cycled along the River Adige to Rovereto in the Trentino region, clocking a few more metres of altitude on our way up towards Riva del Garda. On the last few kilometres of our descent from Nago down to Torbole, we were rewarded with epic views of Lake Garda. Some 100 km later, we reached our destination!