Timmelsjoch Pass at 2474 m above sea level is one of the highest passes in the Alps. The continuously ascending asphalt road is as well perfectly suitable for racing bicycles. But mountain bikers have some more advantages due to a more favorable gear transmission. At the same time Timmelsjoch Pass is the highest point of the renowned, yearly held Ötztaler Cycle Marathon which leads across 4 Alpine passes.
"Passo del Rombo", the Italian name of Timmelsjoch, signs the border between Austria and Italy – giving access to the South Tyrolean town of Merano. The winding road amid the high Alpine Ötztal Alps has an average gradient of 5%. Leaving behind the turn-off to Hochgurgl, you reach the toll station of Timmelsjoch's pass road, followed by a vertical descent of some 100 meters. You will remember this section on your return ride!
Of course cyclists do not pay a road toll. Now mountain bikers face the most difficult part of the tour: follow the winding and steeply climbing road along Timmelstal valley until you finally reach the pass where a mountain inn awaits you.