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Demanding passes and rapid descents — Road cycling in Kufsteinerland

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Kufsteinerland

There are many ingredients for the perfect road biking holiday: demanding passes that make your calves burn, rapid descents that pump adrenaline through your veins, smooth roads to pick up your speed. And, of course, relaxation and enjoyment are essential. Kufsteinerland offers you all of these ingredients (and a few more). We’ve created an irresistible racing menu with the seven routes in this collection and you will want to keep going back for seconds.

Since the summer of 2018, Kufstein has been a hotspot for racing cycling. As part of the UCI Road Cycling World Championship, four exciting races took place in the city center of the town. It’s also no coincidence that the World Cycling Federation awarded this region the contract for the most important event of the year. There are few places that offer such variety and the perfect combination of urban flair with idyllic river valleys, mountain lakes, and remote mountains far away from the hustle and bustle of city life - in Kufstein, you can discover all of this on a racing bike. Nothing beats cycling through the region’s Bavarian foothills of the Alps with their moderate climbs and challenging passes and seeing the magnificent Kitzbüheler Horn or the Zillertaler Höhenstraße with your own eyes. On days when you want to take it easy, you can cycle through the Inn Valley and enjoy the magnificent Alpine scenery from lower down.

The enjoyment continues even after you have finished cycling for the day: the delicious Tyrolean and Bavarian cuisine is part of every stay in Kuftsteinerland. Enjoy regional dishes made with love from local produce and spoil yourself in one of the cozy cafes with homemade cakes and hot coffee. At the end of an amazing day cycling, you can make yourself at home in your accommodation. Many hosts understand cyclists’ needs, so you don't have to worry about anything.

Spring tours are possible in Kufsteinerland from April onwards. You can also enjoy exciting events throughout the year which attract racing cyclists from all over the world:

23 April 2019 - Tour of the Alps
7th to 8th September 2019 - Kufsteinerland Bike Marathon season finale race
5th to 8th September 2019 - Road cycling camp in preparation for the Kufsteinerland Cycling Marathon

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    07:01
    92.7 mi
    13.2 mph
    4,500 ft
    4,500 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    2018 was a very special year for Tyrol, especially for Innsbruck and Kufstein. Because 2018 took place here the UCI wheel WM, which with the street race of the elite gentlemen climaxed. The racetrack led the riders from Kufstein to Innsbruck, where some demanding "loops" awaited them before they had to drive back to Kufstein. A whopping 258 kilometers and 4,670 meters of altitude were needed for the pros to master. With this tour, you will follow in the footsteps of racers. However, on a clearly defused route, which still has 149 kilometers in length but still in itself. Between Kufstein and Hall, it largely corresponds to the route that the professionals also raced last summer.You start at the Kufsteiner city square and can probably imagine only vaguely what was going on here, as the peloton slowly began to move under the cheers of the audience. Instead, you can enjoy the tranquility and the magnificent Alpine panorama and soon reach the first climb to the sun plateau, on which the first racers could already set off from the field. The descent after that is steep and has it all. Along quiet roads you then pass the Reintaler lakes, climb the high plateau Gnadenwald on a long climb and head for Hall, where a visit to the beautiful old town is worthwhile. Here at the turning point of the round you deserve a long break.On the way back, you can enjoy the dead straight roads along the Inn and look forward to some nice highlights along the way. How about a trip to the pilgrimage chapel Mariastein or to the smallest old town in Tyrol, Rattenberg? Shortly before the goal of the tour, one last small climb awaits you, which brings you to the plateau of Angerberg, before you reach your destination in Kufstein exhausted but satisfied.

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  • Difficult
    05:48
    77.6 mi
    13.4 mph
    4,425 ft
    4,425 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This demanding day tour takes you from Kufstein north to Aschau and Chiemsee. From there you drive in a large arc over Ruhpolding back through the eastern Chiemgau Alps. On the way you will pass impressive rock faces, enjoy breathtaking views and picturesque alpine roads.The tour starts quite comfortably along the Inn - a picturesque warmup program, but do not let that fool you into believing that this tour has it all. No sooner are you up to operating temperature than the most demanding climb of the day awaits you on the Niederndorferberg. He'll take you up to almost 1,000 meters and bring you the first 500 vertical meters of the day in one go. The fantastic views along the low-traffic mountain road, however, make up for every bead of sweat - the track is not in vain part of the "Great Rides" in Tyrol, which stand for the finest racing bike enjoyment.Direction Aschau it goes steadily downhill and while you roll in front of you, you can look forward to the Chiemsee. The picturesque Hohenaschau Castle or the impressive Kampenwand contribute to the unique panorama of this section of the route. In Bernau, you can make a detour to the Chiemsee - after about a third of the distance you have earned a little break on the lake.However, you can enjoy the view of the lake in the further course of the tour extensively. The hilly route along the foothills of the Alps offers you always beautiful views, before you leave the lake and start from Ruhpolding along the German Alpine Road on the way back. Past the Walchsee and Hochmoor Schwemm, two real scenic gems await you at the end of the tour. Shortly before the finish in Kufstein we can recommend a last break in the cozy Café Bär in Niederndorf.

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  • Difficult
    03:09
    35.1 mi
    11.1 mph
    4,000 ft
    4,000 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This approximately 56 kilometer long road bike tour is just right to get going again in the spring, or to get used to the beautiful, but sometimes demanding environment of the Kufsteinerland on holiday. For the round bundles everything that makes up a really good road bike tour, on relatively narrow distance: You drive on quiet country roads, most crunchy climbs, enjoy wonderful views and fast downhills. Rustic rest stops or a stop on the idyllic Thiersee complete the racing bike experience.After the start in Kufstein you will be directly pleasantly warm, if you take the road up to the Thiersee. Here it is simply beautiful: The nature and retreat Thierseetal is the perfect backdrop for a road bike tour. Passing Bayrischzell you head for the main rise of the round, the Sudelfeld Pass - a true classic that links Bayrisch Zell with the Inn Valley. A little below the pass, the stop in the inn offers.Now the enjoyable part of the tour is waiting for you: From now on it is almost only downhill. Over the finest asphalt you drive with the best view through small villages and past picturesque farms back to the Inn Valley. The last kilometers along the Inn you can roll it out until you come back to Kufstein.

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  • Difficult
    04:20
    45.3 mi
    10.5 mph
    5,250 ft
    5,225 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From Kufstein, this 72-kilometer tour starts gently through the Inn Valley, before the long climb to Horler Stiegl begins: the climb is around 15 kilometers long, with some 15 percent incline. The steep mountain road is demanding, but at the same time beautiful. It rewards you with wonderful peace and wonderful views of the Tyrolean mountains.At the top you have the choice: At the end of the asphalted track, you can take a well-earned break and enjoy the great view. If you still want to gain a few meters in altitude, a well-paved dirt road will take you around 500 meters to the Kaseralm / Holzalm, where you can reward yourself with a rustic snack.The descent back to the valley is pure enjoyment afterwards. You drive over the quiet streets in the Wildschönau and relaxed across the sunny plateau with Bad Häring and Schwoich back to Kufstein.

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  • Difficult
    07:26
    95.1 mi
    12.8 mph
    6,350 ft
    6,375 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Achensee is undoubtedly the main protagonist of this 153-kilometer road bike tour through the Kufsteinerland. Driving along the shores of Tyrol's largest lake is simply wonderful - and in summer the lake offers plenty of opportunities for a cool refreshment. But that's not all: The Reintaler lakes, the Tegernsee and the Spitzingsee complete the "Tiroler Meer" to an idyllically beautiful lake quartet. This round is challenging, but at the same time pure enjoyment!You start in Kuftstein and roll to warm up for a while through the Inn Valley. After leaving the Reintaler Lakes to the left, the first climb waits for you. It will take you across a fairly busy road up to the Achensee, but it's worth it: the relaxed journey along the lake alone and surrounded by the impressive mountain scenery is worth every effort.Then it goes gently downhill to Tegernsee. Here it is worth a short detour for a relaxing break on the lake. Fill your bottles and your energy storage and look forward to the rest of the tour. Because then you drive on a picturesque, low-traffic road through the natural jewel Valepp. On the way is the Albert Link hut: A stop is actually a must - here you will find the most delicious Kaiserschmarren far and wide.Past the Spitzingsee you continue to Bayrischzell and the last lake of the round, the Thiersee. The picturesque natural lake again offers a really idyllic opportunity to cool off. Pedal once more, then a glorious descent awaits you, which will transport you directly back to Kufstein.

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  • Difficult
    06:51
    81.1 mi
    11.8 mph
    6,600 ft
    6,600 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Kitzbüheler Horn is a true classic and a "must" on the bucket list of every racing cyclist. Not for nothing is the challenging climb part of the Tour of Austria with mountain arrival at the Alpenhaus. The actual increase is around ten kilometers long and with an average gradient of 12.5 percent, sometimes up to 22 percent, a real challenge. It is the highlight of this approximately 130-kilometer tour that starts from Kufstein.The round starts flat and leads you through the picturesque Schwemm moorland, past the Walchsee and through the beautiful valley of the Großache to St. Johann in Tirol. Shortly thereafter, the Tourcharakter changes - now it goes steeply uphill for about ten kilometers, until you finally reach the Kitzbüheler Horn at 1,970 meters altitude. Past the Alpenhaus (where the climb ends for the pros), you follow the last part of the road, which is closed to traffic and takes you to the top - to the breathtaking view in all directions.The subsequent descent is a dream - racing pleasure par excellence. The return journey is via a quiet road that leads you through Kohlental to Schwend. On the way you can strengthen yourself in the "wild cheese". If you later feel like a "spiritual refreshment", a stop in the beautiful St. Nikolaikirche in Ebbs offers. From there, there are only about eight flat kilometers back to Kufstein.

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  • Difficult
    06:47
    78.5 mi
    11.6 mph
    7,000 ft
    7,000 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Burning thighs and hot asphalt, crisp climbs and fantastic descents - and all this in front of the beautiful scenery of the Kufsteinerland. The Kufsteinerland cycle marathon leads through the wonderfully gentle hilly landscape and pays you off for the effort on the 125 kilometer long route with fantastic views and comfortable rest stops.The Kufsteinerland Radmaraton will take place from 7 to 8 September 2019 for the fourth time. You can choose between three routes of different lengths - in this tour we will describe the longest route of the event, which you can follow at any time on your own.The route takes you first through the Thierseetal and begins with a crisp climb up to Hinterthirsee. Next you rush through the Inn valley, past the Reintaler lakes. The climb to Brandenberg is exhausting, the view above and the subsequent descent, however, are just breathtakingly beautiful.The way back takes you through the Inn valley and over the sun plateau near Bad Häring and Schwoich. Shortly before the destination worth the stop in the cozy Café Schönwetter in Bad Häring - you have absolutely earned! Strengthened and satisfied, the last kilometers to Kufstein are child's play.All information about the event can be found here: bit.ly/RadmarathonKufsteinerland

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    505 mi
  • Duration
    41:22 h
  • Elevation
    38,125 ft

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