Bike here for the indescribable sensation of conquering the mountain peak and be rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views at the top. Experience that shot of adrenaline as you embark on the biggest kicker of the day in the bike park. Be rewarded with that priceless feeling of inner pride as you and cross the finishing line in a challenging, prestigious race and beat your personal best.
Mountain biking in SalzburgerLand belongs to the very best. It’s true to say that this region was a true pioneer and visionary in this field. A few decades ago when nobody had even heard of bike parks and trails, the very first opened their doors here. As a result thousands of bikers flock to the mountains here every year to push themselves to their limits every year, regardless of their age and ability. Biking and SalzburgerLand simply belong together.
The following bike parks belong to the very best in the world and are certainly unrivalled in Europe.
Since opening in 2001, Bikepark Leogang has become one of the most prestigious bike parks in Europe. Owing to its extensive offerings, it is a ‘Koona Groove approved Bike park’. Only 11 other parks worldwide – such as Whistler in Canada and Levi in Finland – have earned this honour.
720km of mountain bike paths and 480km valley biking trails allow you to get up close with nature in various levels of difficulty.
Bike-Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm
Nestled in the Pinzgau mountains, Bike-Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm has established itself as one of the leading mountain bike regions in Austria and is particularly popular with freeriders, downhillers and dirt freaks! It’s unrivalled throughout the country for its quantity and variety of freeride and down-hill courses.
Mountain Bike Park Wagrain
Designed by the man who oversaw construction of the Whistler Mountain Park, Dave Kelly, the bike park in Wagrain offers total-and-utter variety on trails dropping as much as 300 metres. The “Flying Mozart” cable car carries bikers to the top of the mountain in no time, then it’s a pure adrenaline rush back down to the valley, on courses interspersed with wooden obstacles. There’s something for everybody, no matter the skill level.
Bikepark Maiskogel is situated on 2,000m² grounds near the Schaufelberg valley station in Kaprun. Teams and individuals alike can have fun here. The 4m-high hill starts with a trail with 2 drops and a banked curve, as well as a pro-line and blue line, each with 3 kickers. Right next to it lies the pump track, with 40m-high hills and banked curves. The adjoining open space with pallets, bridges, steps and other ad-hoc obstacles, is used by guides from the Outdoor-Center-Kaprun, under the direction of Helmut Schneider, for training sessions for kids and bikers.
SalzburgerLand bike events
If you prefer to pedal open stretches and not be restricted to a park, one of the biggest highlights is the Watzmann-Hochkönig Circuit. This 3-, 5- or 10-day bike tour takes you off on a marvellous adventure in the world of majestic peaks. The route comprises of a northern and southern loop, each of which is divided into 5 different stages. The Southern stretch, with an altitude distance of almost 8,000m is a real challenge, but also the ‘gentler’ northern loop, with an elevation change of around 3,800m, still packs its punch. Particularly ambitious cyclists can complete both loops in 10 days.