A busy weekend lies in front of the Concierge. Finally, he is back in his element. In compliance with the safety rules for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic all the guests staying at the hotel this weekend are professional athletes or otherwise involved with the upcoming bike race in Nals.
All participants and accompanying personnel have to undergo regular tests.
The Concierge is keeping busy. Expensive bikes have to be safely stored and athletes need tending to, so that they may prepare for the upcoming race.
Mainly young cyclists are staying at the hotel but also some more experienced riders. The race itself is divided into various groups:
Women - rookies and juniors
Beginners 1 & 2
Cadets 1 & 2
Even while the athletes rest, the Concierge’s efforts continue. Vans loaded with mountain bikes are pulling into the parking lot. The van drivers are asking for a garden hose, which the Concierge of course provides. He wonders: will 50 meters suffice? And, what for exactly?
Quite boringly, the hose is used to clean the bikes. But the bikes are far from boring, professional mountain bikes, the Concierge couldn’t even guess how much one of these would go for… He watches with interest as they are washed, checked and adjusted. The parking lot is transformed into an improvised bicycle workshop. The bikes flashing clean in the sunlight. For now at least, mountain bikes don’t tend to stay clean for long.
Not only participants of the race stay at the hotel. On one hand the Concierge welcomes the teams with their athletes, mechanics, van drivers, a sports doctor and the athletes parents, and on the other hand a group of race technicians, commentators, journalists and photographers are staying the weekend.
A big thank you to Michele Mondini, who is not also one of the event’s photographers, but also the organizer behind the race.
Congratulations to the winners and all other participants of this year’s edition.
One of the winners spent the night here at the hotel. Of course, the Concierge asked for a picture.
© Michele Mondini
From Munich to Vilpian by bike: 270km, a 16-hour ride, 2500 meters of altitude difference. Starting at 4:00 in the morning, passing Bad Tölz, the Sylvenstein dam, Lake Achen, riding through the Inn valley, up the Brenner and then along the cycle path from the Italian border exactly 100km to the Sparerhof. Could it be a coincidence that the Sparerhof is exactly 100km away from both Reschen and Brenner?
A group of ambitious bikers settled down at the Sparerhof for the night, after having completed their first days’ worth of cycling from Malles to Merano and finally to the Sparerhof. Here they relaxed mind and muscles and prepared themselves for the further journey.
At arrival they performed a Jodel, that could be heard from one end of the village to the other. However, some claim their talents where aided by the great tasting beer they granted themselves after an exhausting day on their bikes.
After a light dinner, rich in carbohydrates, they decided to rest, but of course not before having a delightful conversation with the concierge.
In the morning after treating themselves to a breakfast with various homemade jams, cakes, yogurt, typical south Tyrolean whole grain bread, they took a goodbye picture for the concierge before the went on their way down the cycling path along the Adige to Trento.
By tomorrow, they should arrive at the lake.
Breaking news: We received word the group has arrived at the lake and even sent a picture of their refreshing bath in the Lago di Garda.
Terlano - The asparagus hosts of Terlan, Vilpian and Siebeneich, recently invited to an incredible culinary bike tour through the asparagus triangle. The "Radlsonntag", organised every year, to celebrate the asparagus season, continued to attract a lot of people. At various stands, the eight partaking restaurants offered asparagus dishes, with ham from the butchers Nigg and Mair, asparagus wine from the winery Terlan aswell as the sparkling apple-winefrom the Sandwiesenhof. The mayor of the surrounding communes enjoyed the creative dishes, made from the Margarete asparagus. Dr. Schär and the bakery Mein Beck, supplied the cyclists with a sweet treat. "The organisation of this event was financially supported by the Raiffeisenkasse Terlan, and wants to help bring guests and locals into contact with the asparagus farmers and hosts.
From the left: Armin Gorfer, mayor of Gargazon, Roland Danay, mayor of Andrian, Edmund Lanziner, President of the association of communes Überetsch-Unterland, Klaus Runer, mayor of Terlan, and Georg Eyrl, head-chairman of the Terlan winery.
Photo Marion Lafogler
picts © K. Brugger
2000 years Via Claudia Augusta, 700 kilometers from Donauwörth to Quarto Altino; and Algund lies exactly in the center: a reason to celebrate.
Therefore, the Raiffeisen Amateur Sports Club Algund invited to a seven-day bike ride; supported by the municipality and the tourism office Algund, 26 participants have made their way.
The first application came promptly from the mayor himself, Ulrich Gamper. He then invited the mayors along the connection from the Roman period to accompany the group for a day; Algund to Salurn. The invitation was accepted among others by Member of Parliament Oswald Schiefer, the mayor of Truden Edmund Lanziner and Mayor Monika Delvai from Montan.
For a surprise on the bike path the pit stop in Vilpian was elected. HGV local chairman Andreas Sparer and the President of the Tourism Agency Terlan Lisi Visintainer wanted to make sure to spoil the cyclists in person in the name of asparagus hosts and the tourist office: with Asparagus Wine from the Terlan winery, Speck from Mair butcher, Margarete asparagus and juices. Strengthened, the group again made good things on the way to reach the milestone Salurn.