Unlimited mountain bike fun – singletrack paradise in East Tyrol
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Nestled between Großglockner and the Dolomites, there is unlimited cycling fun to be had. Wild nature, 266 three-thousand-meter summits (peaks higher than 9,500 feet) and countless downhill trails, singletracks, and service parks welcome you to East Tyrol. Altogether, the high Alpine landscape and the quiet, lonely valleys of East Tyrol offer over 310 miles (500 kilometers) of mountain bike trails. With the Grossglockner and the Dolomites in view, the routes are perfect for both less experienced mountain bikers and true experts. In this Collection, we present seven brand new trails in the Bikepark Lienz and in the Bikepark Großglockner Resort, which are waiting to be discovered by you. We also show you the best classics of the region, which you shouldn't miss.
For a long time, East Tyrol has been considered an insider tip, known only to a selection of serious mountain bikers. But now, the region — which is characterized in the north by the Hohe Tauern National Park and in the south by the Lienz Dolomites — has joined the ensemble of top Tyrolean MTB destinations. With as many as 266 3,000-meter (9,500-feet) peaks, the region is perfect for hikers and bikers alike — and with a designated network of world-class singletracks, East Tyrol is the perfect playground for your next big mountain biking adventure. And not only that: the new Bikepark Hochstein above Lienz offers the best conditions for downhill fans with the flow "Lakata-Trail". If you prefer classic singletracks instead, however, don't miss the high Alpine Glockner trails in Kals.
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"Short and crisp" - that's the best way to describe this beautiful bike route through the middle of a high Alpine pasture. The trails here will inspire you, as well as the overwhelming alpine panorama: Again and again you have a clear view of more than 60 three-thousanders, including directly on the Grossglockner massif.Beginning at the Eagle Lounge, the route initially follows a gravel road downhill in slight hairpin bends, where you soon reach the picturesque Goldriedsee lake. Fancy a first, enjoyable break? Here is a good place for it.In the direction of Matreier Goldriedbergbahnen you will then reach a turnoff. On the right, the round continues over lush alpine meadows and ascends slightly to the Kals-Matreier-Törl-Haus, which invites you for a short rest. Near the crest the trail leads you back to the Adler Lounge.Tip: At the start of the short lap, you can best get on the cable car Kals. When you get back to the starting point, you can enjoy a breathtaking downhill to Kals via the Eagle Trail and the Tembler Trail.
The Gornerbergweg is brand new in the Bikepark Großglockner Resort and perfect for those who want to set off on their own muscle in the direction of trail fun. Although there are a lot of altitude in front of you, on well drivable gravel roads but with a bit of stamina and fitness is no problem. And if you prefer to come to the mountain in a relaxed mood: The trail starts directly at the valley station of the Kals cable car, so you always have the free choice.On your way up you will pass the Temblerhof, where you can take a short break. Here you can strengthen yourself and enjoy the beautiful Alpine landscape in peace. At the top of the Gorneralm you will be spoiled for choice: You can follow the path in the opposite direction and roll back down comfortably. Significantly more demanding is the descent on the Gornerwald Trail. Or you want to go high: In the middle station of the cable car Kals you can get in and take you up to over 2,400 meters, where, for example, the Eagle Trail begins.
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The Kals-Matreier-Törl Trail extends the Gornerbergweg up into the high alpine area up to about 2,400 meters altitude. So you can go on well-mobile trails completely from their own muscle power of Großdorf past the middle station of the gondola Kals up to the managed Kals-Matreier-Törl house.Of course, for such an increase, a certain endurance is necessary. The trails are - but sometimes quite steep - easy to navigate and if you take enough time and the numerous rest stops on the way einplanst, there is a wonderful mountain journey in front of you, rewarding you with their breathtaking views for every single altitude.The route is a so-called "shared trail". This means that you share it with hikers. The width of the path, however, is always measured at around 1.2 meters, so that hikers and bikers can find enough space next to each other with mutual consideration. Preferably, the path is driven uphill. For the descent, take the Eagle Trail, which starts at the Adler Lounge.
Matrei is a picturesque place in East Tyrol and worth a trip alone. All around is the impressive mountain world with Austria's highest mountain peaks. No matter where you look, panoramic views are guaranteed. This tour is still on top. Because you push yourself up from Matrei slowly but surely up to 2,200 meters - and the higher you come, the more impressive the view. Since you have to be careful that you do not stay up in the air with enthusiasm!By the time you reach the top, challenging 1,280 vertical meters are ahead of you. Of course this is not a cardboard handle: A dose of endurance can definitely not hurt for this tour. But it helps, if you just go it alone in peace and pushes you without any time pressure every single turn of the easy to drive gravel paths. Take a break more often, enjoy the great view or use one of the rustic huts that you pass by for a cozy break.At the top you have earned the 360 degree panorama! Now you have the choice: You can start the way back and look forward to a twelve-kilometer downhill ride to Matrei. If you do not have enough, you can extend your Alpine adventure a bit. At the top of this route, you can board the Cimaross Goldrieder and extend your ride by just over five kilometers of the finest single trails.
On this approximately 650 meters long track you can let it rip neatly. The track consists of various steep curves and many jumps. Since these have no gaps, even mountain bike beginners can have fun here. On the whole trail the speed determines the difficulty.If you need a break after the rapid descent, the Temblerhof invites you to stop by. The small farm offers delicious food and drinks in the restaurant. In the summer there is daily between 11 and 21 o'clock warm kitchen. Then you can roll over meadows and dirt roads to the valley and from there with the mountain railway Kals back up the mountain to enjoy all the fun again.A tip for advanced: The Temblerfelder Trail can be combined with the Eagle Trail super. This ends right at the entrance of the trail and starts at the top of Cimaross. The Adler Trail is technically much more demanding and only recommended for experienced mountain bikers.Here you can see a descent on the Temblerfelder trail:
A bike trail named after a racing bike world champion? What raises questions at first glance makes perfect sense. Because who knows Peter Sagan, who knows that he is a true all-rounder on the bike. Of course, his hobbyhorse is the road bike. However, the extroverted Tour de France star from Slovenia does not only like to accelerate on the Motocross motorcycle, but also lets it crash on the mountain bike. No wonder, then, that Bikepark Lienz has dedicated a single trail for him in one of his favorite training areas: the Peter Sagan Trail.The meanders from 1,500 meters up to the Moosalm, which lies at 1,000 meters. At 4.6 kilometers, everything is offered that makes the mountain biker's heart beat faster: Flowing curves, jumps and technically demanding passages take you down the mountain. The numerous steep curves, gaps, step ups and other elements will guarantee you a big smile on your face. In addition, this impressive view, where you take better care that it does not distract you too much from the track.The Peter Sagan Trail is part of the Bikepark Lienz and can be tightened even further with its track variation "Welcome to the Jungle". The additional 600 meters run in the upper part of the track almost parallel to the main trail and have it in itself. Especially advanced riders are happy about this alternative line.At the end of the trail, the Moosalm invites you to stop by: Here you can strengthen yourself and look forward to the onward journey. Because from here start even more trails of the bike park Lienz. The Lakata Trail can be super connected to the Peter Sagan Trail and leads you down to the outskirts of Lienz. The combination of the two trails makes a proud 7.1 kilometers trail. If you still have a run for it, you can pump out your remaining power on the pump track at the valley station.Here you can see Peter Sagan driving in the track himself:
Welcome to the Jungle is a "crisp" variation of the Peter Sagan Trail. On the way, the trail splits into two lines. The Jungle Variation of the Peter Sagan Trail has it all: 600 meters of black MTB piste lead you over tricky roots and stone fields. This section is only for advanced mountain bikers. After the crisp 600 meters, the trail leads back to the Peter Sagan Trail direction Moosalm.Both the Peter Sagan main trail and this variation belong to the Bikepark Lienz. This is completed by the Lakata Trail, which starts from the Moosalm, and by a pump track at the Lienz valley station. All tracks can be combined with each other, creating a fun descent of 7.1 kilometers in length.
The Lakata Trail is the new bike highlight at the gates of Lienz. The new Flowtrail, which you can easily reach with the Lienz Schlossbergbahn, opened at the end of 2017. At the top, 2.2 kilometers and 20 minutes of the finest driving fun are waiting for you!The Schlossbergbahn takes you comfortably up to the mountain station at 1,020 meters altitude. The well marked trail entrance directly at the Moosalm is not to be overlooked. Immediately after takeoff, a drop will instantly add a dose of adrenaline, but it's also fine to drive around. So the first section leads flowig through a sparse forest. Constant slope change, a variety of adjacent curves and a few small jumps provide variety. With an excellent view of East Tyrol's district capital Lienz you drive into the second part, and shortly afterwards dive among the dense trees. In countless curves, over perfectly built wooden bridges and some steeper passages, the trail meanders through the forest down to the valley. In the lower part it gets really fast again. It's a fast pace through light forest passages, across open meadows and last but not least via the Ski World Cup, before you reach the valley station of the Schlossbergbahn.Tip: Surrounded by idyllic alpine meadows and forests, the Moosalm's sun terrace offers a fantastic view of the impressive Lienz Dolomites and pampers guests with hearty meals.Information and prices for the mountain railway: goo.gl/C7h1HD
The Adler Trails is brand new, it was only completed in early 2018. The single trail starts at the mountain station of the Kals gondola lift at Cimaross. With views of more than 60 three-thousander, it's about 3.7 kilometers long on the extremely flowing singletrack 420 meters down. Endstation is the middle station of the gondola lift, which gladly brings you up again. Alternatively, you can continue with the subsequent "Gornerwald Trail Kals" the departure.
The natural Gornerwald Trail offers everything a successful freeride route needs. On the singletrack scale, the descent is graded in sections between S4 and S5. The start of the trail is the middle station of the GG-Resort Bergbahnen at 1,960 meters. The finish is at 1,260 meters in the district of Großdorf, the total length is 4.76 kilometers.Information and prices for the gondola lift Kals: goo.gl/q4vPKV
This tour climbs to the most beautiful viewing platforms and shifts from hut to hut, where you can spend the night. So you can control how long you drive and whether you want to be on the road for two, three or four days.The route revolves around the city of Lienz counterclockwise and climbs over the foothills of the Schober group, the Deferegger Alps and the Lienz Dolomites. From the kilometers you can make the tour in less than four days, but please remember that the climbs are usually very steep and cost corresponding force and time.
Start of this tour is in Hinterbichl, a small town in the Virgen, where the rivers Isel and Dorferbach unite. At 1329 meters you start amid the beautiful mountains of East Tyrol.Let's go to the Gasthof Islitzer and you cycle first on the driveway in the direction Groderhof. In the last left-hand bend you continue straight ahead and over the bridge to the Wiesenkreuz. There is a barrier here, but you can go through it. Continue on the Venedigerbrücke and in a steep curves you will discover the beautiful Gumpachkreuz. From here it goes with only slight incline past the Ochsnerhütte to your destination, the Johannishütte. At 2,100 meters altitude, cosiness awaits you here. And of course an incredibly beautiful mountain panorama. And best of all: After your leisurely break, it's only downhill to the finish.
At a starting altitude of 1,389 meters, this cycle tour begins in St. Jakob in the Defereggen Valley. The efforts of this difficult, more than 43 kilometers long route will be rewarded with the scenic beauty of the area, which is also called the "Tibet East Tyrol". After many a steep climb you will enjoy the magnificent viewpoints and sights. You manage 890 vertical meters and partly drive over gravel, partly over asphalt.The nature-cultural trail Oberhauser Zirbenwald with the largest contiguous pine tree population of the Eastern Alps offers a charming backdrop. Nine information boards provide information on the ecosystem of the Swiss stone pine forest, flora and fauna and life on the alpine pastures. The trail starts at the Alpengasthof Oberhaus. The Jagdhausalm, located at 2,009 meters, is one of the oldest alpine pastures in Austria and consists of 15 stone houses and a church.
Who wants to biking in peace in a naturally preserved mountain valley, is in the Villgratental on the "Mountain-Radl-Innervillgraten" really in good hands. Wide meadows and a magnificent, untouched mountain landscape make the valley a real paradise.Below is the delightful tour of the route in another direction: Directly in the village, starting at 1,402 meters, the cycle path initially moves north toward Taletalm. Far ahead, the forest path to the Berglet farms branches off to the left at 1,700 meters. From here you drive along the little-used road from the Hochberg to the snack station Unterstalleralm, and on to the picturesque Oberstalleralm.Afterwards the tour leads back over the Unterstalleralm along the Arntalweg to the "Klamme". After the Bodemair bridge, the path passes the Bodemair farms. Soon afterwards the Schönegghof offers almost the most beautiful view over the Villgraten valley.Now waiting for the last increase, which turns out to moderate but with 200 meters: along the Peststeig to the pilgrimage church Maria Schnee. Along Kalksteiner Bach and Schmugglersteig, the route leads downhill to the Alpengasthof Bad Kalkstein, before returning to the village center of Innervillgraten on the main road (about two kilometers) and on the Uferbegleitweg.
This tour will take you on historical paths with a colorful history that once started trading in wood. Obertilliach once delivered high-quality spruce wood to Venice, which established the prosperity of the region. The wood was transported at that time still with horse or ox car, why in the 19th century a fortified way was built up to the Tilliacher high. Less glorious were the times of the war, remnants of it you can still examine today on the edge of the route.The tour starts in Obertilliach. At the bus stop at the Hotel Weiler, a paved dirt track of about one kilometer leads down to the Mühlboden. From there it goes on a dirt road slightly uphill through the village valley, with flat and slightly steeper passages change. In the Pfaffenboden, at the crossroads, turn right over the bridge and reach the Klapfsee. From there it goes in some hairpin bends up to the Porzehütte (1,942 meters) or just before in steeper serpentines on the Tilliacher yoke. The return trip leads back to Obertilliach via the same route.