Are you ready for a gravel adventure on the border of Austria and Italy? Come along for six days of the best off road passes (Jöchls), back roads, tarmac climbs and some hike-a-bike. Enjoy a week of adventure in the beautiful mountains and valleys between Innsbruck and Merano and discover the best of Tyrol with this self supported trip.
Note: We did the route with three loaded gravel bikes, most parts of the route are 'rideable'. We used 43mm tyres for this trip, a 1:1 gear ratio (or lighter) is a good idea. There will be sections that you will have to walk your bike on every day of this route. Sometimes you are not allowed to ride, sometimes it is just not possible to cycle. We stealth camped two of the five nights, officially this is not allowed. If you happen to do so, respect the land and the rules and leave nothing but footprints. Enjoy!
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Last updated: May 25, 2022
Starting in downtown Innsbruck, following a quiet road out of town. You'll pass some small villages and will ride parallel to the famous Brenner highway.
There will be steep gravel sections and the route takes you to the 'Grenzkamm' [border ridge]. An old military road with several buildings that offer…
Day 2 starts with some nice cycling roads but quickly you will get to the bottom of a long climb. This is actually a downhill section which is part of a summer toboggan run but you are allowed to ride there as well. There are even signs to warn for 'other' traffic. That part eventually takes you up to…
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Day 3 will take you to the halfway point of this trip. A long but rewarding climb takes you up to the Rinneralm, where there are several spots at the ski station that serve food and drinks.
After some amazing hike-a-bike parts you will end up at the tarmac of the Jaufenpass. The great road will take you…
Day 4 is all about two big climbs, the first one is a mix of tough hike-a-bike stretches and very rideable trails. You will end up at the Vöraner Alm via singletrack trails and treated to great views and a hut with awesome local food. From there it is a trail down to the valley and the sealed climb up…
Day 5 starts with a mix of trails and roads up the valley to one of the highlights of this trip: The Pfitscherjoch. From the south (were we came from) the gravel climb is challenging but rideable all the way to the summit where you will find the famous Pfitscher Haus/refugio. A must stop place to admire…
Day 6 will take you back to the comfort of Innsbruck, but there is one more highlight to scale: the Geiseljoch. The climb starts out with smooth tarmac but will change into double gravel tracks and eventually a singletrack to the actual pass. It is all rideable but challenging. The views and quiet sense…
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