Santa Caterina Valfurva hosted the opening day of the event.
Daybreak in the Italian Alps.
Out of the darkness and into the light, the bikes leave the garage to take on 60kms of Italy's finest.
The first day is not super hard to help the riders get into the swing of things. Nobody was complaining about the 1000metre gondola lift up to work towards PS1.
The top of PS1, 2774 meters above sea level.
Sam Foos from Bontrager was stoked on filling his lungs with fresh Italian air after the trip across the Atlantic from Wisconsin.
Simon Gegenheimer was the first rider off on stage one of the at the inaugural Trans-Rezia.
Tracy Moseley just loves riding her bike. Retiring from racing full-time wasn't going to let her miss out on six days of fine singletrack.
Wild wild terrain.
Rifugio Branca welcomed the riders for lunch before they hiked up below the Forni glacier.
Negotiating the wobbly bridge and traversing across glacial debris to PS3.
With backdrops and bedrock day one has been a classic
On the hoof navigation and blind technical riding challenged the riders around Santa Caterina in the Stelvio Park natural trail area for day one.
Rachel Walker from Hope Technology was just happy to be riding after a hairline fracture in her hip sustained ten weeks ago.
Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing) leads out the ladies but by the tightest of margins as Nathalie Schneitter (Rose/Vaujany fueled by UltraSports) is just 34 seconds behind in second. Meggie Bichard (Fuji Bike) sits in third spot.
With long stages and tight times the riders had to push hard all day. James Shirley from the Radon/Magura Factory Enduro team took the lead on day one from Davide Sottocornola (Cico Bikes DSB) with Simon Gegenheimer (Rose/Vaujany fueled by UltraSports) close behind in third.
After seven hours in the saddle the riders have clocked up just over 30 minutes of timed special stage action and there's plenty more for them tomorrow.