Biking & Cycling

Ötztal's Adventure World for Cycling Aficionados

The Ötztal offers wonderful terrain when it comes to great nature exploration and top-notch sport events for both passionate mountain bikers and road cyclists. A variety of highlights and new features for cyclists and bikers is scheduled. The Ötztal already enjoys a world-wide reputation as the home of classic cycle events held year after year. Among the new attractions ranks E-Hiking, a perfect blend of electric bicycle tour and hike.
The world of cycling sports is as colorful as cycling shirts dating back to the Eighties. All-mountain riders, downhill fans, classic mountain bikers, road cyclists and e-bikers are ready to conquer the valley's high Alpine regions. And there is only one perfect destination that has it all: welcome to the Ötztal Valley! No matter which type of biker you are, we have the right offer. It's not a coincidence that this valley hosts the renowned Ötztaler Cycle Marathon or the unique Paper Chase, always focusing on new accents in the field of sport events.

Bike Republic Sölden

The Hot Spot for bike aficionados

The Bike Republic Sölden comprises a manifold biking concept divided into several stages of expansion. Already for many years, Sölden has been ranking among the secret top destinations for single trail riders. The huge offer, including perfect trails and comfortable mountain lifts operated by Bergbahnen Sölden, was extended by adding the "Rolling" Pump Track and "Teäre Line" Flow Trail – open to the public from late June onwards.

The unrivaled Bike Republic Sölden focuses on a clear vision and a highly distinctive brand, centering not only on the wide open freeride terrain with its diverse trails and Tirol's largest pump track but also on numerous other Bike Park features unique in the Alpine region. What's more, the newly founded Bike Republic Sölden has its own original language, using the outstanding Ötztal dialect which gave the name to several splendid lines and routes. Thanks to a huge choice of trails and downhill paths for all ages and preferences, Sölden has become a giant playground for bikers of all skill levels - be it all mountain riders, enduro bikers or passionate freeriders.

Bike Republic Sölden

Bike Republic Sölden

Singletrails

Single trails will give you the thrill

The network of fantastic single trails has been extended in the Ötztal – especially in the surroundings of Sölden. One thing is for sure: the Ötztal ranks among the undisputed Hot Spots in the Alps for all-mountain bikers and enduro bikers. The area's challenging single trails attract top riders to the high Alpine regions beyond 3000 meters, embedded in the stunning scenery of the Ötztal Alps.

Additionally, the valley's summer mountain lifts came up with made to measure packages for all-mountain bikers. Bicycle transport is available in the following holiday resorts: Hochoetz, Gaislachkogl in Sölden, Hohe Mut and Wurmkogel in Obergurgl/Hochgurgl.

The panorama trail in Hochsölden is an absolute must for single trail aficionados. All-mountain riders can indulge in no less than 5 kilometers of the Alps' finest single trails on a total distance of some 25 kilometers.

Uninterrupted views of the upper Ötztal and nice rest stops included.
All those who want to improve their mountain bike skills before heading towards the single trails, get together at the Sölden practicing area that features a pump track – 100 meters longer than last year. Another practicing course can be found in Oetz, a perfect spot to get used to the highly demanding Alpine terrain.

Single trails in Ötztal

Singletrails

Bike & Hike

A new trend

The Ötztal has always been a trendsetter for e-biking holidays to suit all ages and preferences. Superb nature exploration on electric bicycles is available throughout the valley thanks to standardized bicycle models and the same technical basics. Therefore e-bikers find a number of specialized e-bike and battery change stations between Oetz and Obergurgl.

E-hiking makes a fine combination of cycling pleasures on electric bicycles and Alpine hiking. E-hiking is very simple: after renting an e-bike at one of the valley's sport shops you pedal uphill on broad forest roads with electric support until you reach Ötztal's quaint mountain huts. Here you leave your bike and get ready for exploring the higher regions of the Ötztal Alps on foot. What's best, peak conquests are possible without long and exhausting ascents and - at the end of the tour - you quickly return down to the valley on your e-bike.

This new e-hike concept requires a high level of organization throughout the Ötztal Valley. Primarily the e-bike rental stations – especially in Umhausen and Längenfeld – have been optimized. Every single e-bike was equipped with a bicycle lock. On the mountain huts separate bicycle storage rooms or areas have been installed, where hikers can leave their bicycle during the ascent to the peak.

Bike & Hike Tours

Bike & Hike

Mountain Biking is in their Veins

900 kilometers of mountain bike routes

Ötztal's locals have a special passion for mountain biking. It is not without reason that the entire valley boasts incredible 900 kilometers of signposted mountain bike trails for all ages and skill levels, among them single trails, forestry tracks, country roads and forest paths. Tirol's longest side valley offers 40 officially approved mountain bike routes - a truly unique biking spot in the Alpsn.

Mountain bike routes Ötztal

Mountainbiking in Ötztal

Paper Chase on Two Wheels

The ultimate team competitions for enduro bikers

140 mm of suspension travel, uphill ride with the mountain gondola, downhill adventure on challenging trails: the Ötztal Paper Chase ranks among the  ultimate team competitions for enduro bikers. No prize money but a giant "Golden Schnitzel" for the overall winner!“

This very special paper chase race has already become a cult event in the Ötztal. Teams of two fight for their chance at glory by conquering several stages and action-packed trails in the Ötztal: not a race or competition in the real sense of the word but a fun-filled and entertaining sports event and action-filled day. The enduro bikers hunt for the giant "Golden Schnitzel". It's a long and exhausting paper chase as the route travels uphill and down dale on demanding single trails. The amazing idea came from hiking pro Karen Eller and Holger Meyer, famous for their Mountain Bike Camps held in the Ötztal.

There is a maximum number of 250 participants. So be quick and register now-  first come, first served. Detailed information and entries at:

bikerepublic.soelden.com

Paper Chase on Two Wheels

Road Cycling Highlights

Ötztaler Cycle Marathon

Talking about the Ötztal, passionate road cyclists only have one thing in mind: Ötztaler Cycle Marathon – the Alps' most challenging race has already become a myth. 450 cyclists, 238 kilometers, 5500 meters of altitude gain! A cyclist's dream and nightmare at the same time.

But besides that, what are the main reasons for participating in the "Ötztaler"? Some say it's an experience of a lifetime, others talk about a mythic race. Chairman Ernst Lorenzi explains: "The race course and the extremely beautiful landscape add to a very special experience. The yearly surveys show that the cyclists also appreciate the great enthusiasm and atmosphere from start to finish. Everyone participating in the "Ötztaler" feels like a winner, even the very last one who reaches the finish line!"

www.oetztaler-radmarathon.com

Ötztaler Cycle Marathon

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