3119_539b17fae06The Alpen Tour is 4 day stage race taking part in the Austrian Alps surrounding the world famous ski town of Schladming. It’s the largest UCI sanctioned race for solo riders outside of the Crocodile Trophy in Australia and attracts a load of top guns looking for World ranking points and $. Last year Team Kona came here with 4 of us riders and we were welcomed to the European climbing insanity with a mix of rain, sleet, snow and eventually a cancelled last stage. It was memorable in a weird frozen type of way as we battled hard for our 21st-35 overall positions in the very deep field. This year the field was a little smaller at around 300 riders versus 350, but the depth up front was insane with 13 National Champions. Fields like this are rarely seen anywhere outside of World cups or Championship races. Read more on Cory’s blog