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Demanding passes and rapid descents — Road cycling in Kufsteinerland

Road Cycling Collection by 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

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    07:02
    92.6 mi
    13.2 mph
    4,525 ft
    4,525 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 northwards to Aschau and Chiemsee. From there you drive back in a large arc via Ruhpolding through the eastern Chiemgau Alps. On the way you will pass impressive rock walls, enjoy breathtaking views and picturesque alpine roads.The tour starts off very comfortably along the Inn - a picturesque warm-up program, but you shouldn't be fooled by the fact that this tour has it all. Hardly that you are at operating temperature, the most demanding climb of the day to Niederndorferberg awaits you. It takes you up to almost 1,000 meters and gives you the first 500 meters of the day in a row. However, the fantastic views along the low-traffic mountain road compensate you for every sweat bead - it is not for nothing that the route is part of the “Great Rides” in Tyrol, which stand for the finest racing bike enjoyment.In the direction of Aschau it goes downhill slightly and while you roll in front of you, you can look forward to Lake Chiemsee. The picturesque Hohenaschau Castle or the impressive Kampenwand contribute to the unique panorama of this section of the route. In Bernau there is a side trip to Lake Chiemsee - after about a third of the distance you have earned a little break on the lake shore.However, you can still enjoy the view of the lake extensively as the tour continues. The hilly course along the foothills of the Alps always offers you a wonderful view before you turn your back on the lake and start your way back from Ruhpolding along the German Alpine Road. Passing the Walchsee and through the Schwemm moor, two real scenic gems await you towards the end of the tour. Shortly before your destination 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 real classic and a “must” on the bucket list of every racing cyclist. It is not for nothing that the demanding ascent is part of the tour of Austria with a mountain arrival at the Alpenhaus. The actual climb 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 moor area Schwemm, past the Walchsee and through the beautiful valley of the Großache to St. Johann in Tirol. Shortly afterwards, the tour character changes - now it goes steeply uphill for around ten kilometers until you finally reach the Kitzbüheler Horn at 1,970 meters. Passing the Alpenhaus (where the ascent ends for the pros) you follow the last part of the road that is closed to traffic and that takes you to the top - for a breathtaking view in all directions.The subsequent descent is a dream - racing bike enjoyment par excellence. The return trip takes you along a quiet road that leads you through the Kohlental to Schwend. On the way you can fortify yourself in the “Wild Cheese”. If you later feel like a "spiritual refreshment", a stop in the beautiful St. Nikolaus church in Ebbs is recommended. From there it is 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, crunchy climbs and fantastic descents - all against the beautiful backdrop of the Kufsteinerland. The Kufsteinerland bike marathon leads through the wonderfully gentle hilly landscape and rewards you for the effort on the 125-kilometer route with fantastic views and cozy places to stop.The Kufsteinerland Radmaraton will take place for the fifth time from September 4th to 6th, 2020. You can choose between three routes of different lengths - in this tour we describe the longest route of the event, which you can follow alone at any time.The route first takes you through the Thiersee valley 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, on the other hand, are simply breathtakingly beautiful.The way back takes you through the Inn Valley and over the sun plateau near Bad Häring and Schwoich. Shortly before your destination, a stop at the cozy Café Schönwetter in Bad Häring is worth it - you absolutely deserve it! Strengthened and satisfied, the last few 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
    41:23 h
  • Elevation
    38,100 ft

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