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Mountain Biking

4% of Tirol summer visitors enjoy a mountain biking trip once during their vacation; 8% explore the diverse mountain biking tracks of the ‘Heart of the Alps’ several times.

 

With over 6,000 kilometers of designated mountain bike tracks and 300 kilometers of singletrack trails, there’s no better way to see the Heart of the Alps’ majesty than on two wheels by mountain bike. The tremendous network of mountain bike trails suits all riding abilities, from beginner to expert.

Epitomizing the best that this sport has to offer, the “Bike Trail Tirol” is the longest mountain bike trail of the Alps and forms a loop around Tirol. The 1,000-kilometer long trail has a total elevation gain of 27,000 meters and allows mountain bikers to experience Tirol’s pristine natural beauty on 32 stages.

Avid bikers can as well discover Tirol’s awe-inspiring landscapes on the lift assisted “Tirol Mountain Bike Safari”, a long-distance route crisscrossing the Heart of the Alps on over 780 kilometers of twisty, fun mountain bike trails. The route has over 32,000 meters of elevation gain; 15,000 meters of which are served by 21 gondolas and chair lifts.

A panel of experts has selected five outstanding "Great Trails" that represent the best of Tirol's trails. An update of the selected single trails is planned for 2022. For this purpose, a new jury of experts has been formed, which will consult in the coming weeks. As soon as this is done, the contents of the linked pages will be updated. 

“Tirol’s Best Places for Mountain Biking”, eleven top mountain biking destinations all across the country, have everything your clients need to start their adventure on two wheels: Achensee, Kitzbühel Alps (Tourist Boards of Hohe Salve, Brixental, St. Johann), Innsbruck, Paznaun-Ischgl, Ötztal Valley, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Nauders/Tirol Oberland, Tirol Zugspitz Arena, Zillertal Valley, Alpbachtal Seenland and East Tyrol. The inclusion of another region among the MTB specialists is planned for 2022. For the time being, the Seefeld Olympic region meets all the criteria. 

More than 260 quality approved hotels and guesthouses provide biker-friendly “Accommodation for Cyclists”. Guests looking for less pedalling and more downhill fun can opt for a lift-accessed downhill bike park: The two Tirol Bike Parks in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and in Wipptal Valley offer adrenaline fuelled mountain biking for freeriders and downhillers of all abilities. Meanwhile, more bike parks are listed on tirol.at: Bikepark Lienz, Bike Republic Sölden, 3-Country Enduro Trails, Bikepark Großglockner Resort, Bikepark Oberndorf 

Or, your clients can take a leisurely scenic ride with a high-end Electric-Assist Bike that will have them exploring breathtaking trails with ease. Find Tirol’s best electric cycling tours here.

All eyes in the mountain bike world will turn to Tirol (30.09.-4.10.2020), as Crankworx, the world’s biggest gravity-fuelled mountain bike festival, descends on Innsbruck again. Crankworx has been held in Innsbruck for several years now (2017). In 2022, no date has been fixed yet, it is usually always in mid-June, but it will be the 6th Innsbruck edition of the event. 

Austria's first Mountainbike School in Kirchberg in Tirol offers professional mountain bike skills coaching, guided tours and bike camps in the Kitzbühel Alps. Nowadays there are several bike camps and mountain bike schools in Tirol that teach important skills in both theory and practice. Meanwhile, bike schools are no longer only relevant for aspiring trail bikers and downhillers. Even e-MTB beginners can benefit massively from a basic beginner's course for their safety and riding enjoyment. 

Key statistics “Mountain bike holidays in Tirol”

•    11% of guests ride a mountain bike during their Tirolean holiday
•   Mountain biking is enjoyed as a main and secondary activity
•   Above average proportion of mountain bikers from Italy and Switzerland
•    At 47, the mountain biker is significantly younger than the average Tirol guest
•    Above-average level of education and income
•    Families with children/young people form the largest percentage of guests
•    High proportion of regular guests
•    Mountain bikers become aware of the region mainly through the Internet and recommendations from friends
•    Most cyclists book their accommodation direct
•    The majority of overnight stays are in hotels / B&Bs
•    Sporting activities in addition to mountain biking: hiking, mountaineering, cycling, e-bike, adventure sports and climbing; bathing/swimming is of fundamental importance from a relaxation aspect
•    Additional activities: food and drink, walks, visits to places of interest, excursions and visits to natural attractions and national parks

Source: Tirol Werbung, T-Mona Summer 2019