This is my 5th trans alp crossing on a mountain bike, and the second after the 2007 trip that I did with Kai and Thomas.

This time, I bought a Garmin Oregon 300 navigator and downloaded maps and mountain bike tour data from www.gps-bike.com so that we can maximize our cycle time on single tracks and avoid as much asphalt as possible.

Garmin Oregon 300

Garmin Oregon 300

The track data from gps-bike.com was not as good as I hoped, and on one occasion we even had to cycle 25km tar road instead of the promised single track. The data is not as easily combined as they describe on their website, and the protected rich track data that they use a pain in the a** to load into Google Earth or modify on your GPS.

Also, Garmin charges quiet a bit for their maps, however I managed to extract plenty of Open Street Maps and used the Garmin software to load those downloaded maps onto the Garmin device.

Overall, we had a great trip from Tegernsee in Germany via Pfitscher Joch, Limojoch, Valparola and Falzarego Pass, then heading up to the Rifugio Averau and Rifugio Passo Pordoi. From there we went via Porta Vescovo and Rifugio Bec de Roces to Baita Huette and Groedner Joch and via St. Ulrich / Seissner Alm down to Waidbruck and to Bozen.

Overall about 400km with 10,000 height meters and awesome weather. The height profile can be found below, and the whole photo stream is shared on Facebook and Flickr.

Height Profile of Mountain Bike Trans Alp Trip

Height Profile of Mountain Bike Trans Alp Trip

Because of our dissatisfaction with the tour data, I decided to publish the GPS raw data (free of charge) for anyone to download from this blog – feel free to use it on your trip and to share any feedback with me via my Google Profile contact page.

Some of my favorite pictures:

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