With almost 14,800 feet (4,500 meters) of altitude difference over 80 miles (129 km), the Stoneman Taurista is a breathtaking mountain bike experience in the Salzburger Land high alpine world. Rugged rocks, green pastures, rustic mountain huts, spectacular views and, of course, incredible trails are guaranteed on this adventure.
You have the freedom to ride this route exactly the way it suits you best, whether you prefer to complete it in one go or in a week. In this Collection, I have divided the Stoneman Taurista into three stages that are challenging, but relaxed enough for you to fully enjoy the impressive mountain scenery.
Stoneman tours have become a permanent institution in the mountain bike world and are offered in four regions: the Dolomites, the Valais, the Erzgebirge and now also the Salzburger Land. The philosophy is the same everywhere: it's a sporting challenge in a unique landscape, but without the pressure of an organized race event. A great starter package and stamping stations along the route provide a touch of the "race feeling", while bike-orientated accommodation with a bike wash, garage and tool room, that are used to hosting tired cyclists, helps guarantee a feel-good atmosphere.
You can choose to start the Stoneman tour from any of the stage towns. After all, it is a round trip and you will return to your starting point sooner or later. To make the most of the alpine terrain, I recommend riding a full-suspension, all-mountain or enduro bike. If you want to ride the round in three days, you should have a certain amount of basic fitness, because the stages are quite demanding due to the many meters of altitude difference.
Remember that you are sometimes far out in the mountains and pack everything you need in your bike backpack to help you in case of a breakdown or injury: a few spare parts, tools, a first aid kit and warm or waterproof clothing in case the weather changes. With a little preparation, the Stoneman Taurista is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. You can find further information and get your starter package, here: stoneman-taurista.com.
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The first stage of the Stoneman Taurista is a tough one: Over 2,200 vertical meters you have to overcome and that over a distance of around 58 kilometers. Yes, there is a lot of climbing today!It starts in Flachau with the first “treat” of the day: the ascent to the Grießenkar, where your stamina is put to the test for the first time. Take it easy, because the long climb is exhausting. Fortunately, it is worth stopping briefly almost everywhere and enjoying the beautiful mountains. Instead of carrot and stick, there are burning calves and astonished looks today! Once at the top you really deserve a break in the Kogelalm.The subsequent descent is a dream: a rooty, but still flowing trail leads you down to Wagrain and uses the routes of the bike park of the same name. Singletrack bullets at their finest. And if that gets too violent for you, you still have the option to roll down the forest path. The checkpoint at the Edelweiß Alm is a great opportunity to shake your arms and replenish your energy stores.Now follows a more relaxed passage that takes you to the Enns Valley. The calm before the storm, the second prank called Rossbrand. Hold on, grit your teeth and push a bit - it's worth it! On the 1,768 meter high Rosssbrand you are compensated by a breathtaking view of the more than 150 Alpine peaks all around for every drop of sweat.Now it's time to enjoy. Finally, a flowing trail winds mostly downhill to Mandling. On the Mandlberggut you can stop at the cozy snack station or book one of the quaint self-catering houses to stay.If you run out of strength on the way, I suggest two options for a Plan-B: If you notice in time that this stage is a little too demanding, just drive all the way to Wagrain. You can find accommodation here, ride the rest of the day in the bike park and just stop when you feel like it. If you have already driven on, you can skip the second climb up to the Rossbrand and instead cycle quite relaxed over the Enns cycle path to the stage goal.
After a relaxed night's rest in Mandling, the second stage of the Stoneman Taurista is waiting for you. It is significantly shorter than stage 1 and today there is only one “right” mountain on your agenda. So if you were busy a little longer last night letting the treats and home-made spirits on the Mandlberggut work on you, take it easy today.Back on the bike, you head for the cozy holiday village of Forstau before the climb begins. Today, it is only a mountain that has to be climbed. To be honest, there is something about it and is described by one or the other biker and many a biker as excruciatingly long. However, the landscape here is simply beautiful and various places to stop for refreshments offer you opportunities to rest and recharge your batteries for the onward journey. For example, the Vögeialm or the Oberhütte with an alpine view are ideal for a long break before the highlight of the day awaits you with the high-alpine trail section to the Seekarscharte.From up here you can already see the goal of this stage. At the foot of the numerous ski slopes is the winter sports resort of Obertauern, which of course also offers you all kinds of places to stop and spend the night. At almost 1,700 meters, you can even enjoy the Alpine air while you sleep.
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The third stage of the Stoneman Taurista begins with pure enjoyment: You head for one of the highlights of the entire tour via relaxed forest paths, quiet side streets and a few trails. After only about six kilometers you will reach the impressive Johannesfall, which roars down the rock with a loud roar around 70 meters deep. You can even go behind the waterfall, but you have to leave your bike for a while. The small waterfall path can only be reached via a steep staircase. Since there is also a stamping point of the Stoneman circuit nearby, it is a good idea to take a short break and take this huge natural spectacle with you.With these unforgettable pictures in your head you will continue and it is not bad that the trails are getting fewer and fewer: The following section takes you back to the valley. It runs parallel to the Tauernstraße mainly on small side streets or on the Taurach cycle path towards Radstadt. If you like, a trip to the "old town in the mountains" with its mighty, historic city wall is worthwhile. My special tip for bike fans: A break in the "Radstadt Radgarten", in which ten crazy creations by the cult bike designer Dieter "Didi" Senft (known as "El Diablo" of the Tour de France) are on display.Then the last crisp climb of the Stoneman lap is waiting for you. Over the Koppen you have your sights set on the final sprint of the tour. Once at the top, the Gasthof Sattelbauer invites you to stop. It is considered one of the most beautiful inns in the Salzburg region and offers you a truly breathtaking view of the Grießenkar and the Dachstein massif. With a little melancholy, but above all with unforgettable memories, you can look back up here at the Stoneman Taurista circuit and look forward to the last descent back to the starting point in Flachau.