The tour plan is complete, though there will be some minor route adjustments to the original plan form 2020 not announced here. 
Last updated on: November 4, 2021

The tour will start in Rosenheim on May 22 and finish in Rosenheim exactly 21 days later. See the full route in the map above.
Daily legs will cover about 150 km, sometimes more, quite a few times less, depending on terrain and availability of accommodation. The route described below is a rough sketch; the distance is about 2.900 km – the ride itself may have a few km more, depending on the final tracks.

As the graph shows, daily distances vary significantly. Counting in day 0 and the two rest days with their low numbers (which are also optional), then the average daily distance is only 132 km, with an average daily climbing of 820 meters.

This page has the structure of the ride. All days have been planned in greater detail, and destinations have been fixed, campgrounds are identified, reservations will be made in the spring of 2020. Eventually, riders will get a .gpx-file with the track for the day, sometimes with one or two extra files for alternative route options.
Click on the underlined travel information to get more information about each day. 

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The route will lead south for one week, and head west and north for the second and third. At the end of week one we should have reached Rome, crossing the Alps, the Po river valley, and the Adriatic coast. Here is the route for Week One; it has 1132 km and 13511 m of climbing:

Towards the end of the first week the tour will take us into and across the Abruzzi Apennines. Around Aquila, heavily damaged by earth quakes some years ago, we stay for the night, riding to Rome the next day, where we will enjoy the first rest day.

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Week Two, as shown in the map below, has only 800 km (not least because of two rest days) and 10082 m of climbing. It will explore the west coast and Tuscany mountains with lots of scenic landscape and towns (usually located high up on hilltops). All that will keep us busy exploring, so that we will be ready for another Apennine crossing by the end of week 2, from Levanto in the Cinque Terre region.

The third week will see the tour crossing the Apennin mountains and heading north, first up to Lake Como and into the Swiss Alps. From there we will cross over to the upper Inn valley and follow the river downstream before turning off again for some more climbing and scenic northern Alps countryside. As scheduled we will be back at Rosenheim on the Saturday of week 3 at 3 pm. Week Three, as shown below, has 877 km with 14343 m of climbing.

We will have a support vehicle riding behind the tour as a back-up in case of accident, illness or a serious mechanical problem, which does not allow the rider to continue the ride for the day. The vehicle will be able to store 2-3 velomobiles. Please note that this is back-up and should only be used in case of real need.

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The support van will also be able to transport our luggage, except for all items riders will need outside of camp! However, all riders will calculate and pack their belongings in such a way that they could be carried along within the velomobiles. For transport in the van, riders should pack their items in one larger bag – this will make loading (done by riders leaving the campground last) and unloading (done by riders arriving at the campground first) much easier.

All accommodations will be on campgrounds. The description of each day has information on the campground, its facilities and services, resp. a link to the website. Reservations will be made for the group.

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© Josef Janning 2021