The highest pass road in Austria, the highest point that can be reached by racing bike or the steepest bike mountain in the Alpine Republic - in Tyrol, superlatives come to mind as soon as it comes to cycling. With its 3,800 kilometers of excellently developed racing bike routes, around 6,000 kilometers of officially approved MTB routes, around 130 single trails and more than 1,000 kilometers of bike hiking trails, Tyrol rightly calls itself the "Number 1 Veloland of the Alps".
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Ten world champion racing bike tours
Even away from the top sports, Tyrol offers great routes for racing bike riders. Beginners choose from numerous tours in the valleys and build up their condition there. Ambitious riders look for challenging mountain roads and are rewarded with views of the mountain world. Exemplary for the many routes in Tyrol are the "Great Rides" - ten racing bike tours that have it all. They all have three things in common: many meters of altitude, great views and rapid descents. St. Anton am Arlberg is the ideal starting point for great racing bike tours. Two-wheel fans have numerous options to the east and west, such as the Hahntennjoch, the Pitztal with the Piller Saddle or the challenging climb to the Kaunertal Glacier.
The 5 best single trails in Tyrol
Le VTT orienté vers la descente est une branche du cyclisme qui connaît un essor particulier dans les Alpes. D'année en année, de plus en One branch of cycling that is particularly booming in the Alps is downhill-oriented mountain biking. From year to year, more officially approved single trails are being created in Tyrol. Five of them, including the Plamort Trail and the Fleckalm Trail, have even earned the title "Great Trail". They are exemplary for around 130 single trails in Tyrol, which let bikers dream of adventure on narrow paths. If no obstacle is too big for you, you can let off steam in one of the numerous bike parks in Tyrol. In the bike park, what counts most is the fun of riding downhill. You don't have to pedal, because the transport is usually taken over by a lift. The Bikepark Innsbruck is internationally known as the venue of the Crankworx Festival.
E-mountain bikes are an exciting alternative to conventional mountain bikes, as the extra portion of energy also makes long tours possible. An end to the trend towards e-bikes is not in sight, which is why the infrastructure in Tyrol is also being expanded more and more. In many places you can now rent an e-mountain bike and more and more mountain huts have facilities for recharging the batteries. E-mountain bikes also offer undreamed-of possibilities for hikers and climbers. If the way to the summit or the approach to the wall is too far, e-mobility comes into play: first you swing onto the bike and then you walk to the summit. Lake Achensee with its villages is particularly suitable for extensive e-bike tours. Due to the perfect topographical conditions, Lake Achensee also offers a variety of possibilities for those cyclists who want to explore nature with pleasure. Along the lakeshore or in one of the romantically situated side valleys, gentle paths lead, which are also particularly suitable for family excursions. If the goal is the summit or the hut, you will be rewarded with particularly beautiful views at Lake Achensee. Almost always you have a breathtaking view of the lake and the surrounding mountain scenery.
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Cycling in Tyrol
Only a few meters of altitude have to be overcome by pleasure cyclists and families. Along the rivers and valleys in Tyrol run some of the most beautiful long-distance bike trails in the Alps, such as the Drau or Innradweg. The Via Claudia Augusta is an insider tip for all those who are also looking for culinary delights, with numerous Tyrolean inns directly along the route. The Tyrolean cycle paths for pleasure cyclists cover a total of around 1,000 kilometers. Bike-friendly accommodations, rental stations for e-bikes, bike shuttles and repair services round out the bike-specific offerings. If you decide to take the Innradweg or Zillertal Radweg, you should definitely make a stop in Alpbachtal. The mountain bike tours in the Kitzbühel Alps in Alpbachtal are characterized above all by their charming alpine ambience. Along the routes, you will be tempted by rustic places to stop for a bite to eat, and as a treat, you will be treated to impressive views. On the other side of the valley, there are rewarding and challenging routes in the direction of the Rofan mountains, such as the bike tour from Münster or Kramsach to the Bayreuther Hütte.
Gravelbiking in Tyrol
Gravel biking, which is becoming increasingly popular, is a combination of mountain biking and racing biking. You can ride both on and off the road, as long as it's fun. The outdoor region Imst offers for passionate gravel bikers from summer 2022 for the first time four certified gravel bike routes that lead over asphalt and gravel to some scenic highlights of the region. The Gurgltal - Fernsteinsee circuit through the Gurgltal valley in the direction of the Fernpass to the Fernsteinsee lake, make a detour into the Inntal valley on the Tschirgant circuit, a crisp gravel tour around Imst, or the challenging tour around the Venet massif - there is something for every gravel biker!
The Tirol offers inspiration for bike trips of all kinds - visit the Tirol booth at the Cycle Week in the Europaallee on Gustav Gull Platz and find new ideas for your next bike trip.