Lavarone – Kaltern am See
The sixth stage is also convincing with a surprising mix of impressions and wild changes of the scenery. However, the plateau, which had had a decisive influence on the character of the route the day before, is quickly abandoned on this day. After a short lap around Lavarone, the summit of the Kaiserjägerweg and therefore the first pass crossing of this stage is reached after about 13 kilometres. The old path from the imperial era now meanders spectacularly down the steep slope 800 metres into Valsugana, which is crossed at Levico Terme. Soon the road rises again on the northern slopes of this wide valley. But only after a short descent, in which one loses about 200 metres of altitude, does the road finally branch off completely from the valley and lead into the world of Lagorai, the mountain range that separates Valsugana from Val di Fiemme. 1400 meters of altitude difference have to be conquered on the way up to one of the most beautiful passes of this year's Transalp.
Especially spectacular are the last, narrow curves up to the summit. The descent to Val di Fiemme is winding and requires full concentration because the road is very narrow, especially at the top after the pass. Finally, in Molina di Fiemme, at the bottom of the valley, the roads become wider again. On the main roads, it now continues over the small Passo San Lugano down into the wide Adige Valley. On the way to Lago Caldaro, vines soon line the road, an unmistakable sign that the destination, one of the most renowned South Tyrolean wine villages, will soon be reached. But be careful! The 300-metre final ascent from Lago Caldaro up to the finish line at St. Anton sports centre should not be underestimated.
Mountain passes: Kaiserjägerweg, Manghenpass, Passo di San Lugano