VIA CLAUDIO AUGUSTA - STAGE 2
Fusson a small German border town was our gateway into the spectacular and chocolate box pretty Austrian Tyrol. It also has an amazing fountain which uses hydraulics to spin squares of stone perched atop stone plinths. And it has some real friendly cyclists- one complete stranger invited us for lunch when he heard how far we'd travelled.
The Fern pass is one of the lowest crossing points of the Alps so the Romans chose one of the best routes for a cyclist to chug up and through the surrounding spikey peaks. The Via Claudia is a gravel climb here before a balls out early evening tarmac descent to the mighty Inn river flowing to Innsbruck.
Constantly riding alongside fast flowing rivers the next day gave us the sensation we were white water mountain biking- this is spectacular riding on perfectly engineering and signed cycle paths although with a sting in the tail- a 1500m climb up the Reschenpass to the Italian border. But first a funky section of trail which loops into Switzerland for 10k before tackling a steep and technical climb up to the pretty Austrian ski town of Nauders so best prepare with the meal of athletes- a monster Strudel and cream!