Even the world's worst placed roadworks could not deter our hardy band of participants today as the Trial wound its way from Lienz to Seefeld.
The Brenner's characteristic steep inclines, hairpins and switchbacks were made all the more challenging by a group of dumb-struck workmen – placed on the crest of a near blind corner. With a dizzying drop one side and sheer rock the other, some expert manoeuvring was required to best the unexpected obstacle.
What was to come proved worth an exasperation. After dropping down to Innsbruck, an exhausting climb to the night's rest-stop in Seefeld rewarded all concerned with a breathtaking view of the Alps, a cool dip in the pool and a well-earned drop of the local brew.