Challenge yourself on your MTB – The Paznaun Challenge

Mountain Biking Collection by Paznaun-Ischgl

Unfortunately, the Ischgl Ironbike cannot take place this year due to current regulations. But don't worry, we have come up with something else. You can still go on an epic ride as part of the Paznaun Challenge. The Ironbike Ischgl is known as the hardest MTB event in the Tyrolean Alps in Austria. We’ve come up with an alternative to the race, so that you can ride the routes for fun and still compete against others, with great chances of winning! You can take on the Ischgl Ironbike Light & Medium routes on your own, track your time using the Paznaun Challenge App and compete virtually against other riders from 8th July to 30th September.

If you want to take part in the Challenge, you can choose between two tracks. The ‘Light’ route takes you 18 miles (29 km) and includes 2,755 feet (840 m) of climbing, guaranteeing you break into a sweat. With 7,119 feet (2,170 m) of climbing, the 30-mile (49 km) ‘Medium’ route is a real challenge. If you track your ride with the app, you will be included in the rankings and entered into weekly prize draws. You can win some great prizes such as entrance to the Ischgl Ironbike 2021.

Our tip for e-bikers: The e-bike World Championship Route for Everyone has also been developed into a new challenge. Track your ride with the corresponding app and off you go. You can find more information about the route and the challenge in this Collection.

Choose your favourites and get pedalling on your MTB!

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    02:52
    17.9 mi
    6.2 mph
    2,775 ft
    2,725 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Ischgl Ironbike is one of the toughest mountain bike marathons in Europe and attracts numerous bike racers to the beautiful mountains around Ischgl every year. But even without racing pressure, the trails and paths here are fantastically beautiful and there is nothing to be said against it if you go on the trail of the iron bike alone or with a few friends. You are spoiled for choice because you can follow two routes: the "Light route" and the "Medium route".This tour describes the "Light" version and, as the name suggests, it is a defused variant with less than 30 kilometers in length and a manageable number of meters in altitude. It is perfect if you want to sniff a little “racing air” and discover the wonderful mountain world without going to remote, high-alpine locations and without exhausting yourself.The tour starts at the Silvrettaplatz at the Silvretta cable car in Ischgl. From here you first drive comfortably through the village towards the Hotel Kristall, then cross the federal road to the hamlet of Paznaun on the bike path that leads you along the banks of the Trisanna to Mathon.A longer climb up to beautiful Larein begins here. If you want, you can extend the tour a bit and continue to the Lareinalm. Through the corn forest it goes to Tschaffein and there on the bike path to Mathon. Before you can ride the beautiful single-trail loop, you have to take a few more meters towards Friedrichshafener Hütte: riding on narrow paths and rough root carpets is great fun. The last piece back to Ischgl leads you relaxed at the end on the same bike path that you got to know at the beginning of the tour.Through the corn forest it goes back to the banks of the Trisanna and Mathon. There is still a nice single-track loop waiting for you: Driving on narrow paths and rough root carpets is great fun. The last piece back to Ischgl leads you relaxed at the end on the same bike path that you got to know at the beginning of the tour.Tip: If you feel like a little racing feeling, you can take part in the Paznaun Challenge. Simply download the "Paznaun Challenge" app, choose one of the two routes, track your journey and upload it at the end. You will already find your name on a ranking list and even have the chance of great prizes.

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    Difficult
    05:34
    28.9 mi
    5.2 mph
    6,575 ft
    6,525 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Ischgl Ironbike is one of the toughest mountain bike marathons in Europe and attracts numerous bike racers to the beautiful mountains around Ischgl every year. But even without racing pressure, the trails and paths here are fantastically beautiful and there is nothing to be said against it if you go on the trail of the iron bike alone or with a few friends. You are spoiled for choice because you can follow two routes: the "Light route" and the "Medium route".This tour describes the "Medium" version, on which you can really exercise. It is almost 50 kilometers long and with around 2,000 meters of altitude spreads you into a sweat over several short and a really demanding uphill. The cool thing is: the start of this tour is identical to the "Light" route. Back in the center of Ischgl, but only begins the demanding part of the medium route.The climb towards Idalp and Velillscharte is imminent and that means a demanding climb of around ten kilometers and more than 1,200 vertical meters in one go. Once at the top, the Velillscharte offers a beautiful backdrop for a rest and a wonderful view towards the Velilltrail and Madlein on the other side of the valley. Then a breathtakingly beautiful descent awaits you. You go downhill on flowing trails to the Prennerhang and finally back to Silvrettaplatz.Tip: If you feel like a little racing feeling, you can take part in the Paznaun Challenge. Simply download the "Paznaun Challenge" app, choose one of the two routes, track your journey and upload it at the end. You will already find your name on a ranking list and even have the chance of great prizes.

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  • Intermediate
    01:59
    17.0 mi
    8.6 mph
    2,550 ft
    2,525 ft
    Intermediate e-mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    It doesn't have to be the Ischgl Ironbike: If you like to ride an e-bike and still want to get a little bit of marathon air, the E-Bike World Cup offers everyone a great opportunity.The route runs in a wide loop from Ischgl over the Lareinalm via Galtür to Mathon and back again and covers about 28 kilometers with around 800 meters of altitude. The route offers great views and cozy resting places for everyone - so the whole family gets their money's worth on the e-bike route. You can find out how to participate and even win great prizes here: ischgl.com/de/Events/Sommer-Highlights/Paznaun-Challenge/E-Bike-WMIt starts at the Silvretta cable car in Ischgl, from where you cycle relaxed through the village. Then you follow the bike path to Mathon, where a longer climb into Larein begins. If you want, you can extend the tour a bit and continue to the Lareinalm.Then you drive downhill and after a short counter climb through the Maißwald to Galtür and back to Mathon. On the other side of the valley, easy-to-cycle and alpine paths await you with wonderful views before you follow the last part of the cycle path to Ischgl.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    63.8 mi
  • Duration
    10:24 h
  • Elevation
    11,875 ft

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