Road Cycling in Ötztal

Get ready for the passes!

The Ötztaler Cycle Marathon - one of the most popular, notorious and coveted road bike races in the world - has been taking place yearly since 1980. But our passion for road cycling sports goes back much further. Those who don't dare to conquer the 238 km and 5500 altitude meters of the cycle marathon route across the Alps, or who did not get one of the coveted starting places, can surely tackle the Alpine passes on any other day. Probably you will meet some of the cyclists of the BORA - hansgrohe racing team as they set up their training camp in Ötztal regularly.

Saddle up for the Kühtai Rodeo

Road cycling in Ötztal

The Kühtai saddleback is the very first and steepest climb of the Ötztaler Cycle Marathon. With a gradient of up to 18% it strains your lungs, thighs and calves. A very special challenge for racing cyclists (as you know they like to suffer) is the Kühtai Rodeo, where everyone can take part independently. You have to climb the saddle three times on one day, from different starting points: Kematen, Oetz and Haiming. After 120 kilometers and 4300 altitude meters, the cowboy title is well deserved!

Route

Passes and pleasant loops

Road cycling in Ötztal

Timmelsjoch

Timmelsjoch ranks among the most scenic high Alpine pass roads, winding its way up to 2590 m amidst a spectacular backdrop of 3000 meter high peaks. Crossing the border to Italy, the road leads down to South Tyrol's Passeiertal - simply sensational!

Sölden Glacier Road

Glacier Road Sölden

If you want to collect more superlatives, you shouldn't miss out on the Glacier Road to Rettenbachferner as it leads up to 2830 m - the highest point in the Alps that can be reached by road bicycle.

Road Cycling Kühtai

Haimingerberg Loop Route

But don't worry, there are also splendid and more leisurely routes in Ötztal, such as the Haimingerberg Loop Route via Sattele - at least if you start in Oetz because the variant from Haiming is truly challenging.

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