The Vinschgau Valley is one of the many popular MTB regions in South Tyrol, but it manages to stay uniquely special. The connection from the shuttle, to the lift and riding feels more intuitive here than anywhere else. It’s not surprising that crowds of bikers make the pilgrimage to the Vinschgau Valley every year from early summer to autumn, to get their own piece of paradise.
We headed there too, fully loaded with several FOCUS bikes, in search of the holy grail of biking. We were not disappointed. From the shuttle trail to the Vinschgauer Triples to the absolute overkill of the Madritscher Joch and the relaxed lift day at the Tarscher Alm – we were totally overwhelmed by the variety of trails, the South Tyrolean landscape and the perfect infrastructure.
Leaving part of our souls on the trails, we returned to Germany as converted Vinschgau disciples. We will definitely be back.
You can reach the Vinschgau Valley by car or conveniently take the train. A long-distance train runs to Bozen where you can buy a South Tyrol ticket which gets you to any station in the Vinschgau Valley.
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Martin - Brand Manager:
“We drove this tour with a shuttle. We still planned the transfer pieces and the uphills for you, should you feel like coping with some of them yourself. We were definitely downhill oriented and also wanted to see the Vinschgau flow triple (Holy Hansen, Tschilli, Propain).It starts with the Holy Hansen Trail, an absolute must-do for all enduro bikers and those who want to become one. With a crisp S2 on the single-track scale, your bike can carry you over technically-blocked rock passages, while it is of course always quite steep and narrow in the forest. Otherwise there is always the flow - wonderful! Then you reach the also flowing Aigen Trail (S1-S2), which brings you back down to the valley.Your shuttle will pick you up in the valley and take you to the start of the Tschilli Trail (S1). Again, if God would be a mountain biker, he would ride in the Vinschgau. The Tschilli Trail is almost eight kilometers long and runs down the valley in perfect flow - and you with it.To complete the Holy Trinity, all that's missing is the Propain Trail. Here too, pure flow awaits you with an enchanting mountain backdrop.We would love to do the whole tour again, but after almost 2800 meters of depth, even the toughest shooting machine is slowly dropping. So the only thing left for us to do is stop off at the next café. ”
Martin - Brand Manager:
“This tour is actually not a real circular tour: we were on the chair lift at the Tarscher Alm and took a closer look at three of the best-known trails in the Vinschgau Valley. If you still want to pedal some of the uphills, we have also entered the uphills for you here.The tour starts at the top station of the chair lift. You can get to the valley station by bike. From there you first turn west to the 4-in-a-row trail, a fun-packed S2 descent full of technical sophistication, steep sections and lots of rocks that spit you out back down in the valley.If you have cycled the first uphill yourself, it is worthwhile to stop at the Latscher Alm, which is on the way to the 4-in-a-row trail.Then it goes up to the lift and from there on the Barbarossa Trail, which is smooth and flowing (S1), but also has a few delicacies for technicians.At the end of the trail you can decide: Another round of lift or continue on the very technical Roatbrunn Trail (S2-S3)? It also ends in the valley and is definitely worth more than a lap - you now know where the lift is. ”
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Martin - Brand Manager:
“This nice tour is a great introduction to the Vinschgau Valley without a lift. In addition to the crisp uphill through the delightful Göflaner marble quarry, you can also look forward to pure downhill fun on the popular Holy Hansen Trail.It starts in Göflan, where you first follow the river westwards. After a few kilometers you turn towards the mountain. Now the uphill begins really: Slowly and leisurely the beautiful mountain landscape passes you while you work your way up over the next 13 kilometers.Once at the top, there is only a small, fine S2 single trail to Göflanalm, where you can rest your tired legs and enjoy the view. Then it goes downhill except for a really small counter climb.As a grand finale, the Holy Hansen Trail is waiting for you. It's technically really nice here: steep, rocky, narrow, as it should be in the Alps. Therefore, it also reaches an S2 on the single-track scale and the corners of your mouth are likely to reach a clean crescent. ”
Marco - Managing Director:
“The first time I drove this 80 km trip was in 2004. Or maybe 2005? It was definitely early June because the scenery was a mix of green valleys with pleasant temperatures and white snow peaks in the mountains. It was a day that offered everything that mountain biking has to offer: great views, single trails, great mountain huts and a little pushing. Standing at 3,100m is a great reward, especially when you know that downhill fun is still to come. ”The Madritschjoch is an absolute MTB classic, although not a small thing: almost 3000 vertical meters have to be overcome over 80 kilometers. Fortunately, with an overnight stay at the spectacularly located Schaubachhütte, it is no problem to split the distance over at least two days. You still have to master the majority of the vertical meters in one go. Due to the extreme conditions, we recommend riding either a hardtail or an e-mountain bike.On the first 25 kilometers from Latsch to Prad, everything is initially easy, beautiful in terms of landscape and undemanding in terms of gradient. With the start of the driveway (by the way, this is also the legendary Stelvio Pass) you are already warmed up.Now the endurance test follows: The next 15-20 kilometers are uphill, in the end with extreme gradients up to 30 percent. You probably won't be able to drive everything (plan with as little luggage as possible!). But on the Madritschjoch there is an unprecedented view of the high Alps, which will quickly make you forget all the hardships.Now the pleasure part of the tour begins. From now on it is almost only downhill on a mixture of trails and gravel roads. Only at Morterer Leger there are a few counter-climbs, which are not worth mentioning in comparison to the Madritschjoch. At the end of the tour you can really congratulate yourself - anyone who survives this tour (whether on a day or two) is a real bike machine.Incidentally, the distance can be shortened easily if you let yourself be driven from Latsch to Prad in the morning. So it is only 55 kilometers and a few meters less.