The Great Alpine Journey has arrived in Austria

After the restart Time Control following lunch and leaving behind the splendid view of the Plan de Corones and the Alps of the Zillertal valley of Castello di Ripa, the crews challenged each other in an Average Trial at Lasta di Dentro and a series of Time Trials in the Terento area, before reaching the third Country of the Great Journey, Austria. The skies, which this morning showed a slight glimmer of sun, are now cloudy but for the rain still hasn’t arrived.

Once across the Brenner Pass, first there was an Average Trial near Pfons and then a Time Trial in Innsbruck, Austria’s fifth largest city and leader of the Tyrolean Clean Alpine Region project, active in the development and application of innovative and clean technologies.

After the trials along the Klosterstrasse, the second leg ended in Seefeld, site of the first environmentally friendly hydroelectric plant producing energy from waste water. The Ginesi-Rohr and Decremer-Mertens crews were confirmed in first and second position, with Albert and Ute Schrader in their 1976 Porsche 911 Targa advancing from fifth to third position.

Connections between mountain agriculture and tourism will be discussed over dinner. Hosts Elias Walser, Seefeld Tourism Office and Lisa Krenkel, Tourismverband Seefeld.