Total tour distance: 330 miles
Daily tour distance: 66 miles
Difficulty: 100 / 100
In the remote western region of Austria’s Tirol province, lie dramatic valley views and staggering climbs. This is a region that seems like it was made to climb on a bicycle. In Situ’s Austrian Alps Bike Tour bases itself in the town of Landeck. This is one of our classic bike tours, where we stay in one location for the duration of the week. It’s a great chance to unpack, unwind and explore the roads of the Tirol and Austrian Alps.
BIKE TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Cycling remote alpine climbs that summit to postcard-perfect peaks
- Exploring the curvy mountain roads and deep narrow valleys of the Austrian Alps
- Climbing the 29 switchbacks to the top of the Kaunertaler Gletscher
- Riding our 160 km (99 mile) high alpine loop.
- Enjoying a very well deserved break in the hotel’s sauna.
- Challenging cycling routes for avid cyclists
- 100% GPS routes (bike GPS provided for your use during trip).
- Four Star Accommodations
- Most Meals Included (breakfast every day, some lunches, and most dinners)
- Fully supported / guided tour with van and trip leader(s)
- No shuttling required to/from the ride. You can always ride door to door if you wish. Van support always an option too.
- Small groups (max 10) for a more personalized experience
- Maximum flexibility of when you travel. You pick the dates you'd like to go and we arrange it for you.
BIKE TOUR OVERVIEW AND DAILY ITINERARY
The Austrian Alps, a part of the world perhaps best associated with skiing or winter holidays. However, this region holds some amazing and truly spectacular cycling as well. Our bike tour stays the week in the town of Landeck, nestled in the Oberinntal (or Upper Inn Valley). While our accommodations are not set on top of a mountain, our rides certainly make up for that. This is a region for those who love cycling in the mountains. Sure, climbers will be at home here, but you don’t have to be a mountain goat to join in the fun. As with all of our bike tours, they are not races. Take your time and enjoy the landscape as it unfolds beneath your wheels.
You’ll meet your trip leaders in Innsbruck, before a private shuttle to our hotel in Landeck. After assembling your bikes, we’ll take a ride in the valley to get ready for the week ahead. There will be an evening cocktail reception at which you’ll meet your fellow travelers and discuss the trip itinerary. We’ll then sit down to dinner as a group. Ride: 30 km
We kick off our first full day with a introduction into the Ötztaler Mountains. Heading northeast out of Landeck, first we climb the Pillerhöhe and then desced to the town of Wenns before we begin our climb up to Mittelberg, the high point of today’s ride. Rather that ride a simple out and back, we loop around to the north, back into Landeck. Tonight dinner will be as a group. Ride: 109 km (67 miles) with 2340 m (7,677 feet) of climbing.
A fantastic loop, high into the Austrian Alps, our ride today takes us first up valley towards Bludenz. Before we arrive there though, we ascend the Arlbergpass. Turning southwards, we gradually start our climb up to the Bielerhöhe and finally, we turn north and descend back to Landeck. While today’s ride stats are noteworthy, the two climbs are spaced sufficiently apart to let you adequately recover in between. With the second climb just really getting going at about 100 km (62 miles) into the total ride, be sure to save something in the tank for the ride home. Dinner will be on your own tonight in town. Ride: 160 km (99 miles) with 2500 m (8202 feet) of climbing.
We’ll take it a little easier today with only one mountain to climb. Even so, it’s a challenging route. He ride from Landeck to Prutz and then climb up to the Kaunertaler Gletscher. At 2707 meters (8,880 feet) in altitude, it is your highest point for the week. But before you arrive at the top, you’ll have to contend with 29 switchbacks and gradients that top out at 13%. We’ll dine together tonight as a group. Ride: 103 km (64 miles) with 2100 m (6890 feet) of climbing.
Your last full day in the saddle is sure to entice you. A scenic loop of three passes that climbs north through the ski village of Lech and runs parallel to the German border. After the climb up to the final summit at Hahntennjoch, we descend through Imst and then ride the valley back to Landeck. We’ll have one final dinner together tonight at the hotel. Ride: 136 km (84 miles) with 2340 m (7677 feet) of climbing.
After breakfast, we’ll say “auf wiedersehen” and shuttle back to Innsbruck.
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