17KM | 1,100M+ · Tuesday 5th September
Brixen is a jewel of a Tyrolean village and should delight those who don’t know it. It’s an inspired choice to spend a couple of days and to ride the Time Trial.
The climb to Plancios (1,670m) is the major part of one of two alternative routes to the Passo delle Erbe (1,987m). It doesn’t have the mythical status of the Stelvio or Alpe d’Huez, but it will nevertheless provide a good test, representing 1,134m to climb over almost 20km. It’s a nice road, not too tough in terms of the gradient.
The average gradient is “only” 5.7%, but the climb is rather irregular so it won’t be easy to maintain a rhythm. You will find yourself constantly changing gear and pushing hard to maintain your momentum. Although you could ride a good part of it in the big ring, it would be easy to dig too deep on this climb and regret it the next day. As ever on the Haute Route, unless you are challenging for a place on the podium you would be wise to see the time trial as a rest day.
Stage description by Alpine Cols
Brixen (Bressanone) will host the Haute Route Dolomites 2017 from the 4th to the 6th of September