04.06.2018 Innsbruck Biken, Freizeit, Sport Innsbruck Tourismus
Crankworx is the largest gravity mountain bike festival in the world, and Bikepark Innsbruck just outside the city was designed to cater for Innsbruck’s first involvement in the event in 2017. "The First One", "The Wild One", "The Rough One" - these are just a few of the singletrails that will delight young riders and families as well as the "wild dogs" who feel at home on the natural downhill trail with root passages and bends. There’s now also the newly built "Chainless One" with countless curves, jumps, wooden bridges as well as the easy and family-friendly Kids & Beginner Park and the original pump track of the Crankworx Festival at the Muttereralmbahn valley station.
More and more bikers want to be able to ‘flow’ even in winter. And they can do so at the Fat and Snow bike route at Bikepark Innsbruck. The park provides a comprehensive service including bike rental and equipment, a bike wash facility, and bike school with courses and guides for guided tours.
With the Bike City Card you can ride all the singletrails around Innsbruck such as Bikepark Innsbruck, the Innsbrucker Nordkette, the Elferlifte Neustift trails in the Stubaital valley and the Bikepark Tirol Steinach am Brenner. The use of the respective cable cars is also included in the card, which is also available as a multi-day ticket. Speaking of singletrails, one of the most technically demanding in Europe is the Nordkette singletrail above Innsbruck which is steep, long and difficult with a descent of 1,000 metres from the Seegrube to the Hungerburg. This downhill challenge doesn’t always give riders much of a chance to enjoy the fantastic views of Innsbruck, but they can perhaps compensate by enjoying the après-bike scene which is part of the sport as well. When it comes to meeting up and swapping good tips in a relaxed atmosphere, bikers are spoilt for choice, with bars, pubs, Irish pubs, quality hamburger bars or night clubs.
Mountain biking - where, if not in the bike region of Innsbruck where the surrounding mountains are so inviting. “Inviting?”, you might ask! But the rugged cliffs are deceptive, and Innsbruck has a perfectly developed, maintained and signposted mountain bike network at altitudes between 600 and 2,200 metres above sea level. From beginners of all ages to serious bikers who love a challenge, everyone will find their dream route. The many mountain inns in the Innsbruck region provide ample opportunities for relaxed biking. Depending on your fitness and the time you have available, you can take on the challenge of several routes on a tour and factor in at least one stop to enjoy refreshments, a sociable break and the extensive panoramic views. Not only hikers, but also experienced mountain bikers enjoy the thrill of reaching the summit when they climb the Patscherkofel, Innsbruck’s home mountain, 2.248 metres in height.
The top events reflect Innsbruck’s diversity. The city not only hosts first class mountain bike contests such as Crankworx, but also international racing bike classics: Road World Championship 2018, stage of the 2018 Tour of the ALPS and the start and finish of Peak Break , The racing bike tours for experienced bikers range from short and snappy "After Work" circuits, where locals enjoy working out after work, to the 5 Fingers Tour with 2,600 metres of altitude gain and covering 160 kilometres between Innsbruck and the Brenner Pass and venturing into the side valleys
of the Wipptal valley. To bike from Innsbruck to the Hinterhornalm hut you need powerful thighs, whilst the ride through the villages to Telfs and back is one of the more gentle options for road bikers.
"Eyes peeled" is what it’s all about with family-friendly explorations on Inn Cycle Path when you need to be on the lookout for beautiful cultural, natural and scenic experiences. The Genuss.Radweg west of Innsbruck follows the Inn past 27 refreshment stops serving delightful regional food. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy on the Bergdoktor Cycle Path on the sunny Mieminger Plateau, as well as on the Patscherkofel Cycle Path at the foot of the mountain which takes you through the villages south of Innsbruck. Incidentally, the Inn Cycle Path is one of the European long-distance cycling routes, just like the one from Munich to Venice. The bike destination in the heart of the Alps forms the second stage of the tour over the Alps and is the perfect place for a stopover to enjoy some culture and excellent food.
Innsbruck is also a trendsetter in the world of skating. The Skatehalle Innsbruck with an area of 1,900 m2 is a veritable paradise for skaters and BMX riders with its obstacles, ramps, a Beginners Area and Advanced Area. The hall is open daily and is the indoor playground of the skaters who also have claimed one of Innsbruck’s public places for themselves. The Landhausplatz, with its spaciousness, smooth surface and transitions with slight curves, is also an attractive pace to show off your abilities in the middle of the city.
Biking, yes, but it doesn’t have to be a serious sport. And this is true for the city bike, which has stations all over in the city. You can rent a bike to tour the city and then return it to whichever station is nearest.
Mountainbiking with an amazing view over Innsbruck.
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