On September 26, 2020, it will finally start:
After the last hectic days of preparation, I’ll be standing on Munich’s Odeonsplatz at noon. It is cold and raining cats and dogs.
Nevertheless about 70-80 supporters have come and a group of cyclists who will accompany me for a while. Also my brother Siddy and our cameraman Markus Weinberg, who will ride along with me until Croatia, are there.
Out of Munich, into the foothills of the Alps, we want to cross the Grossglockner and I have to change the route for the first time. The Grossglockner is closed because of snowfall and Tyrol has been declared a Covid risk area today.
Instead we take the Tazzelwurmstrasse and the Tauernpass. On the Turracherhöhe there is 10 centimeters of fresh snow and only before the Loiblpass, over to Slovenia, it slowly gets a little warmer and we can dry our clothes at a hotel overnight.
We make a short visit to Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana and are already in the evening at the Croatian border.
Through the national park Risnjak we approach the Adria and arrive in Kalobag in the evening of the 6th day, where the change for the swimming course is prepared.