Tips and suggestions for your cycling holiday
Bike specialists' favourite routes
Kurt Exenberger - Manager and Guide at Bike Academy in Kirchberg
By far the favourite route of Kurt Exenberger, Manager of the Bike Academy in Kirchberg, is the newly built Gaisberg Trail, opened on 8 June 2013. The "Gaisberg Trail", when compared to the Lisi Osl Trail also on Gaisberg mountain, is more challenging. The 2 km long trail winds its way along the lift terrace. Then it crosses the steep slope, from where it leads downhill along the edge of the slope until the finish. The trail is challenging in terms of riding skills and has some jumps and drops incorporated for downhill riders. Rookies will find chickenways if they want to avoid the most challenging sections.
Anouk - Guide at Bikeguiding Alpin in Hopfgarten
To the "Rigi" Alpine Inn This wonderful circuit on the sunny side of the Hohe Salve starts at the Hopfgarten info office. An insider tip for all those who want to shorten the long ascent: using the 1st section of the gondola lift will save you a good hour going up. Right by the lower terminus follow the Lindrainweg to the right uphill and from now on always follow the signage "Rigi, Hohe Salve" (MTB Route 269). Past the Sunnseithüttn hut, the intermediate stations and the Tenn Inn you'll come to a crossroads and follow the road to the left, from where after a short descent by a farm you'll get to a steep gravel path. Follow this steeply uphill at first, before after a few meters of descent you'll come upon another forest road which leads uphill to the Rigi in a few hairpin bends, at 1533 metres (connecting route No. 268) and the highest point of our tour.
Eduard Bichler - joint organiser of the Angerl Alm Trophy
Somewhat challenging but leading uphill under nice, shaded greenery! Branching off the cycle path Erpfendorf - Waidring ijn the parish Erpfendorf Wald to the Griessbachweg, from here after about one kilometre off to the right to the Taxenbodenweg in direction of Huberalm. At the Huberalm fork continue straight on and down a steep slope into the rift. From here across the cattle grid on the moderate ascent to the Angerlalm, from where a connection is available to the Kalksteinalmen route.
TransKITZalp - 4 days - 5,400 metres altitude
Day One: Wörgl - Kelchsau - 1450 metres altitude
Day Two: Kelchsau - Westendorf - 950 metres altitude
Day Three: Westendorf - Kitzbühel - 1000 metres altitude
Day Four: Kitzbühel - St. Johann - 200 metres altitude
Rules of conduct
Rules of conduct
- Always ride at a controlled speed and be aware, especially on bends, since obstacles may occur at any time (e.g. damage to tracks, stones, branches, wood which has been stored for an interim period, grazing cattle, cattle grids, barriers, tractors/forestry machinery, vehicles driven by authorised personnel)!
- Look out for hikers and pedestrians and only overtake at walking pace!
- Be mindful of the difficulty level of the route and gauge your own experience and skills as a rider accordingly! Protect your head by wearing a helmet and check your equipment before every bike tour (brakes, bell, light)!
- Stop at barriers and accept that this route is primarily used for agricultural and forestry purposes! Close pasture gates!
- Be mindful of the natural surroundings and wildlife; do not leave the designated route; avoid riding away from the opened trails and finish your bike tour before sunset.
- Do not leave any rubbish behind.
Single trails - have their own rules!
- On extremely difficult and dangerous singletrails the following supplementary rules apply:
- Please note! You ride at your own risk and only ride at an appropriate speed – the trails are not monitored!
- Be on the look-out for hikers, grazing cattle and wild animals – do not ride away from the designated path!
- Be mindful of alpine dangers!
Signposting and difficulty levels
Blue route - easy, family-friendly cycle trail which can be tackled by average riders and which has a good surface (fine gravel, asphalt and comparable surfaces). Ascents and descents of between 0% and 5%, on short routes a maximum of 10%. Alternating climbs and descents; no continuous climbs. Routes are car-free and not too busy. No particularly hazardous areas; where there are hazardous areas these have a special demarcation (e.g. signpost).
Red route - moderately difficult. Requires a respectable level of riding experience and particularly assertive riding. Mountain bike equipment recommended. Ascents and descents of between 5% and 12%; on short routes a maximum of 17%. Sections of the routes may not have great visibility and there may be lots of bends on sections of the route. Traffic may take up the entire width of the road. Route facilities, including condition of the tracks, drainage facilities (e.g. flushing systems), cut-offs (e.g. barriers),safety facilities (e.g. missing rails and fences) and information about hazardous points which are exclusively organised for work traffic, including tractors and lorries - which may be hazardous areas for riders.
Black route - difficult. Difficult, challenging mountain bike route with a lot of sections where you exceed the maximum gradients found on the red routes and whose route characteristics are even more difficult. Mountain bike equipment mandatory. Ride according to the conditions and expect the unexpected.
Single Trail - extremely difficult Extreme and demanding routes, which are no longer passable by vehicles. Have the characteristics of a steep alpine path, with all the alpine hazards. Risk of falls, no safety facilities such as rails are available; very steep. Factor in obstacles such as high ledges, roots and boulders. Not always passable; in part - depending on your riding ability - there are sections where you will have to push or carry your bike. Routes are often difficult to pass due to weather conditions.