Cycling gold – road biking & Dolce Vita in South Tyrol
Maloja Pushbikers/Andreas Jakob
Finally the days are getting longer, the roads dry and the trees are green. The road bike season has started. In this collection you will find four tours and suitable hotels in South Tyrol for sunny tours and an extra portion of Dolce Vita. What are you waiting for?
You can reach South Tyrol easily by train, bus or with your own car and minimize your ecological footprint. South Tyrol is made for road cyclists. On the saddle of your road bike you can experience the unique cultural and natural landscape on the sunny side of the Alps — pure enjoyment without getting on a plane.
The BikeHotels South Tyrol are the ideal base camp for your racing bike week. Your bike is safely parked in the well-kept bike garage, your hosts can give you detailed information about the tours and you eat and drink the finest food and drinks. This collection — put together by the locals of the BikeHotels South Tyrol — should serve you as a source of inspiration for brilliant rides on your beloved road bike.
In the spring, nature wakes up and everything blossoms in new splendor. And we cyclists are slowly gaining momentum. After a cozy winter there is nothing better than to finally turn again with pleasant temperatures and sunshine on the road bike. But it is important to take it easy.Boris, the bike-loving boss at the Design Hotel Tyrol, knows that too. And because it's so important to tackle the first road bike kilometers in the year, he has put together the perfect lap for you. To get used to the saddle, the position on the bike and a quick kick, you do not need endless mountain passes and no exhausting challenge. Instead, you will cycle along the Adige River for the most part over the magnificent cycle path. You roll through orchards and enjoy again and again wonderful views of castles, mountains and cozy villages in South Tyrol. A few short but crisp climbs bring the circulation in between.Halfway there is a stop in Schlanders, the cozy capital of the Vinschgau. In the historic center, you're sure to find an inviting café where you can enjoy a delicious Italian espresso in peace. Back in the hotel you can fortify yourself and prepare your body for the next spring tour with a spa treatment. All offers of the Design Hotel Tyrol can be found here: tyrol-hotel.it.
This tour is just right to get going again in the spring! After the first quiet exits, it is time to increase the load slowly. On this lap, which starts at the Design Hotel Tyrol, a few climbs are waiting for you without overdoing it - 970 vertical meters on 64 kilometers bring the calves back to operating temperature.But apart from these "technical data", the round has a lot to offer. Honestly, we find that even more important than the kilometers and altitude. As soon as you sit on the bike, you know what we mean: the breathtaking views, the cozy restaurants and the castles along the route make this trip a real dream tour. This is how spring can begin. And after the work is done, enjoyment continues at the Design Hotel Tyrol. Here you can whet your appetite: tyrol-hotel.it/en/design-hotel-rabland/1-0.html.
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Nico Mausch is one of those cyclists who seemingly never get enough. Nico is known in the ultra-cycling scene as a colorful dog and for him a bike ride easily takes 500 kilometers and more. But do not worry, this tour is not about emulating Nico. It may well be that you meet the extreme cyclist here: Nico is a good friend of innkeeper Lukas, who runs his BikeHotel Terzer here in the South Tyrolean Unterland. He likes to come here to train and that alone is a kind of accolade for the hotel and the beautiful area here.This good 100-kilometer tour is perfect for kicking in the new season. After a rather flat warm-up in the picturesque Adige Valley, at Mezzocorona it bends north into the beautiful Non Valley, where you first pedal steeply uphill to Sporminore. Here you can treat yourself to a hot coffee and a small snack, then continue to the freshly fortified continue to Lake Santa Giustina. On a beautiful bike path you can now gently roll downhill until you are back in the Adige Valley, through which you come back relaxed to the hotel. There you can treat yourself to a delicious pizza in the in-house restaurant or relax in the sauna. Maybe Nico will cross your path here - if you ask him, he can give you tips for a few extra kilometers the next day.You can find all information about the hotel here: gasthof-terzer.it/en/hotel.html.
Lukas, host of the BikeHotel Terzer, knows: every racing cyclist knows the Mendel Pass. As a local and as a passionate cyclist but he has of course a variant in Petto, which is anything but standard: On this tour you leave the Gampenpass left and instead drive through the Nonstal. The result is a wonderfully quiet road bike tour, which is ideally suited to get used to longer distances and long climbs in the spring.The round starts beautifully. From the hotel, a beautiful cycling route takes you through orchards and vineyards to the idyllic Kalterer See lake. Although you have only a few kilometers in your legs, it is still worthwhile to take a break and enjoy the wonderful view of the lake and the mighty mountains around it. So you can collect your strength again, because it's the same for a while uphill. The Mendelpass is calling!Even if the calves are glowing on the road, you'll love this road: it's just amazing to drive on the narrow, rock-swept hairpin bends and enjoy the view all the way down to the valley. At 1.362 meters altitude, it is done: From now on, it is almost only downhill.Despite the pass, this tour is feasible almost all year round. The slope is long but discreet, the landscape experience is clearly enormous. And after the tour, the cozy ambience of BikeHotels Terzer awaits you: gasthof-terzer.it.