Ötztal: Biker’s paradise?

Ötztal: Biker’s paradise?

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Lifestyle: About 90 minutes from Innsbruck, right in the heart of Austria lies the beautiful Oetztal. Many of you might now the region from your winter holidays (Sölden might ring a bell), but few know about the countless possibilities to ride your bike there during spring and summer.

The alpine valley in Tyrol is 65km long and one of the biggest wintersport regions in the Alpes. However, in recent years, the region put a lot of effort into making the area more attractive for us cyclists looking for places to spend our next bike holiday. No matter whether you’re looking for climbs that you can tackle on your roadbike, trails to shred on your enduro or cycling paths just to have a good time and enjoy the view – there’s something for every cyclist in the Oetztal.

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Road Cycling

The area offers many climbs of various heights and gradients that will surely push you to your limit on the roadbike. The region even has its own marathon: The so called Ötztaler Radmarathon has been around for a very long time and has since attracted thousands of cyclists from all over the globe to enjoy some of the most beautiful roads in the alpes. Around 20.000 cyclists apply for the event every year, but only 4.000 of them will be at the starting line at the end of August. You can find out more about the Ötztaler Radmarathon on the official website: www.oetztaler-radmarathon.com

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A sign of the rising popularity of the region among cyclists is the Tour de Suisse’s premiere in the Ötztal. For the first time in its history, one-week-race will visit the aera and the peloton will have to tackle the infamous Rettenbachgletscher.

Trailriding and Enduro

In the past two or three years, mountainbiking in general and enduro in particular have witnessed a massive increase in popularity. If you are looking for some new trails to shred, you should definitely check out the newly built trail in Sölden. It starts at the middle station of the Gaislachkogelbahn and goes all the way down to Sölden. It’s a classic flowtrail, never hard and never steep, but always fun to ride. It’s still under construction and will be open to ride from June 20th.

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Apart from that, you will find more than 40 trails dedicated to Mountainbikers and over 900km of tracks and trails in the Ötztal. There’s another surprise in the town center of Sölden – at the end of 2014, one of the biggest pumptracks of Austria has been opened.

Bike travel and E-Bike

For those of you who are just looking for a nice time on your bikes and enjoy the breathtaking views in the Alpes, there’s also something special: E-Hiking. It’s a new concept and a mixture of E-Biking and hiking. You can get one of many E-Bikes for rent down at the station, take it up to one of the many lodges, store it there safely and go for a hike. When you’ve had enough of walking, you can go back to your lodge, get your bike and take it back down. For more information on E-Hiking, check out: www.oetztal.com/ebiken-im-oetztal

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About The Author

Michael Faiß

Michael Faiß hat in München Englisch und Geschichte studiert. Nach einem einjährigen Aufenthalt in England arbeitete er als Übersetzer unter anderem für das Magazin Procycling und das Degen Mediahouse. Außerdem ist er seit der Kindheit passionierter Radfahrer und –schrauber und fühlt sich vor allem abseits der asphaltierten Wege zuhause.

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