The third stage of the Alpine Cup 2023 began along the ancient Roman road in the Igls area, where the timed trials valid for the Trophy “City of Innsbruck”. The organization writes it. After returning to Italy, the competitors tackled the Time Trials of the Brenner Pass, passed the Valle Isarco and the splendid Val Pusteria, carried out the first Control Day stamp with panoramic view of the 3 Peaks of Lavaredo finally immersed in a completely snowy landscape.
Before the lunch stop, the crews challenged themselves in a block of Time Trials at the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Sorapiss and Monte Cristallo; to then reach Lake Misurina, with a glance of its frozen waters on which the mountains are reflected. The atmosphere of the arrival at the lake was made even more magical by a light sleet that greeted the competitors upon arrival. I got off theirs Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint from 1955Joseph and Margot Calabrese enthusiastically tell of having come from Los Angeles for their first regularity race: “It’s crazy that only yesterday we passed through four different countries – says Margot – we are having so much fun and the places are incredible”.
At the restart, the crews headed towards Cortina d’Ampezzo for a Stamp Check before the pass of some of the best known passes of the Dolomite peaks such as the Giau, along which a Average test in descentand the Valparola, on the top of which the competitors enjoyed a panoramic break.
After the succession of unique landscapes of Val Badia and Val Gardena, the route arrived in the Isarco Valley, where the last Timed Trials of the day took place in the Laion area. The third stage finally ended in the central square of Bressanone.