Three Peaks Bike Race is an unsupported bike packing race across the Dolomites and the Alps.
The race Starts in Vienna at Schönbrunn Palace on 9th of June at 4pm.
Finish is in Nice - France!
The ultra cyclist veterans Vincent Mühlethaler and Michael Wacker designed a new race format for your racecalender. From their experience in The Transcontinental Race and the Trans Am Bike Race they developed the concept of a short bike packing race as an addition to the bigger races. Not everybody seems ready, so better test yourself first!
This race is designed for riders who wanna start into self supported bike racing or for experienced racers who wanna test themselfs in race conditions before their main event in the season kicks off.
Distance of the Race is around 1600km which makes it possible to finish it in under a week.
Also important was the concept of a compact route layout and locations which are easy to go to and easy to leave from.
The route concept is that you have to plan your own one along the 3Peaks, but we are aware of the fact that newcomers maybe need advise in routeplanning. If so, please get in touch!
1. Riders must complete the full course from start to finish on a self planed route with in between 3 mountain Peaks.
2. Riders must be fully self-supported.
3. No Drafting at any time.
4. Riders must follow the local laws at any time.
5. All bikes have to pass a check up before the start.
6. Riders are required to use a provided GPS Tracker if they want to be ranked in the general classification.
7. No prize money.
Three Peaks Bike Race 2018 leads you across the most beautiful landscape in Europe.
At the same time its maybe the most challenging terrain too.
Ride to the next Peak of the Race over another big mountain or take the longer flat way around.
It`s all up to you!
Start is at 9th of June 2018 in Vienna - Schönbrunn Palace.
You have to ride on a self planed cyclingroute along three high Mountain Peaks all the way to the finish in Nice.
We had the initial plan to staffed Peak2 and provide a
brass band to cheer you up!
Unfortunately, it will be practically difficult to organise. Instead, we have decided to patrol the road, trying to meet you along the way and take some pictures of you cursing us climbing up a steep pass!
We will try to stay on the road to make sure the Peaks are still there waiting for you. More so that the road leading to them are not blocked. Having said that we will try to spend a bit of time at each Peak and the time we can stay will depend on how fast the first riders go.
Start - Vienna
Located on the Eastern Edge of the Alps its the perfect spot to start our adventure. The airport, the main train station and the amount of hotels within the city makes it logistical easy for the riders to make it to the startline.
Schönbrunn Palace will be the startpoint of the race. It is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. Since the mid-1950s it has been a major tourist attraction. Its location on the Eastside will be good to leave without too much traffic for the riders.
Peak 1 - Passo di Giau in Italy
The Passo Giau is situated in Veneto. This climb belongs to the Dolomites. Starting from Selva di Cadore, the Passo Giau ascent is 10.12 km long. Over this distance, you climb 922 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 9.1%.
Peak 2 - Furkapass in Switzerland
Furka Pass (French: le col de la Furka), with an elevation of 2,429 metres, is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting Gletsch, Valais with Realp, Uri.
The Furka Pass was used as a location in the James Bond film Goldfinger.
Its also famous for the legendary Hotel Belvédère located close to the summit and its glacier which moves 30-40 metres each year.
Peak 3 - Col du Galibier in France
The Col du Galibier (el. 2,645 metres) is a mountain pass in the southern region of the French Dauphiné Alps near Grenoble.
It is the ninth highest paved road in the Alps and the sixth highest mountain pass.
It is often the highest point of the Tour de France.
Finish - Nice
Your adventure ends in Nice at the Promenade des Anglais. Its a good spot to relax or even keep on travelling if you want this. And of course you can also find Gelato everywhere.
And if you just want to go home its infrastructure and location will allow that really fast.
Regardless of your route you are going to be crossing many passes, being in the dolomites or the alps, the highest ones above 2500m. So there is a few things you need to be prepared for:
Weather can be changing very quickly and temperatures dropping down to single digit in a couple of hours. Exhaustion can amplify the cold factor, especially when riding at night. Pack additional clothing as appropriate (warm gear, muff, leggings, gloves, wind-stopper gilet, waterproof windbreaker…)
Sun at those altitudes can be scorching hot. Make sure to pack a cap and sun cream.
Above 2000m it is not unusual to feel more fatigued due to relative hypoxia and muscle exhaustion. Always listen to you body.
Behind every pass and climb there is a descent. Riding fast downhill in the wilderness might bring extra danger, such as fallen rocks, animals.
Always be prepared for the unexpected and remember to also enjoy the landscape you will be ‘cruising’ through.