Summer holidays are approaching. At long last, you can dedicate some more attention to your bike. But the question you should ask yourself is this: Go all out on a trip to a single destination or plan a journey hitting the top bike parks in Europe? The best and only answer, is a combination of both in the form of the GraVity Card. The European-wide association of leading bike parks offers you the perfect vacation with an unbeatable proposal for all bikers looking for adventure, thrills and outstanding trail variety.
The route along the eleven GraVity Card bike parks has already been crowned the “mountain biker’s Road to Santiago”. It connects eleven of Europe’s best bike parks into a beautiful road trip, taking you through Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Slovenia. It’s a unique chance to enjoy the combination of traveling and biking. Although guaranteed diversity, one thing remains consistent: Shredding the bike park as much as your heart desires! In a nutshell, it’s the perfect summer holiday for every passionate mountain biker.
Worried the trip might involve too much time on the road? Don’t be! Just plan a series of single trips to each of the eleven bike destinations, because GraVity Card means pure biking freedom throughout the entire season! So the only thing to avoid is the snow!
All members of the GraVity-alliance are renowned bike park spots. They do not shy away from investing in innovative trail designs: rest assured, all GraVity bike parks are well prepared for the season after some trail reshaping and renovation or the building of new track elements in order to guarantee the biggest riding high of your life!
The 2012 season started with a bang for the GraVity Card members, the project remains an absolute success story: So far, over 800 GraVity Cards have been sold, an increase of over 10 percent compared to last year’s sales. “We are still standing totally behind our project. The GraVity Card gets more popular year after year, which illustrates the growing demand for season passes. Biking adventurers from all over Europe are favoring the GraVity Card. This makes us proud and proves we are on the right track” - a statement from the GraVity Card organisers.
The GraVity season pass is valid from April 28th to October 28th. Just make sure you consider the actual operating hours for the different bike parks before setting off. The price for the GraVity Card is 360 Euro for adults. Anyone born between 1993-1995 only pays 290 Euro, while for children (from age group 1996) the rate is 180 Euro. The card is available at all participating bike parks; all you need is a small passport photograph.
You don’t even have to be a heavy trail user in order to justify the one-time fee for a season GraVity Card. Most importantly, you can spend more time on your bike as you’ll never have to stand in line at the entrance, just roll straight in and hit the trails!
The season has just begun and for all active mountain bikers the GraVity Card is definitely the thing to have this season! So… see you in some of Europe’s best bike parks!
An overview over all „GraVity“ bikeparks:
The Bikepark Leogang
offers a unique choice for all riders; young or old, rookie or pro, enduro rider who enjoys countless tours, dirt jump fan or downhill enthusiast. The Bikepark Leogang carries the “Kona Groove Approved” seal. Only eleven bike parks world wide – from Whistler in Canada to Levi in Finland – satisfy these strict prerequisites.
Opening Times: May 16 – October 7
Events: May 17 – 20: Opening Weekend; May 24 – 27: Out of Bounds Festival, including 26TRIX, IXS European Downhill Cup and Euro 4X Series; August 29 – September 09: UCI Mountainbike World Championships DH/4X/XCO; October 05 – 07: Closing Weekend
At the [L=http://www.bikeparksemmering.at/en/bikepark/]Bikepark Zau[:ber:]g Semmering[/L] you can find a broad spectrum of trails for all ages and skill levels. Be it the family trail for cruising, the freeride trail with its many jumps, the downhill track for the pros, the slopestyle park with a new jump line, the super flowy sweet&sexy trail or the north shore park – the bikepark’s motto is “a bikepark for everyone”.
Events: August 11 - 12: 6th 24 hour downhill “race the night” Saalbach Hinterglemm
– Freeriding in its purest form: More than 400 km of trails as well as a variety of freeride trails and singletrails make every mountain biker’s heart beat faster. Special highlights are the X-Line at the Schattenberg – one of the longest freeride trails in Europe, the adidas Freeride PRO Line & BLUE Line at the Reiterkogel, the beginner-friendly Milka Line at the Kohlmais as well as the legendary Hacklberg Trail and the new Bergstadl Trail on the Westgipfel. The BIG-5-BIKE Challenge guarantees maximum freeride feeling on one day.
Events: July 08 - 10: .3 Dakine Freeride Festival; August 26 - 28: Lake of Charity; September 08 - 11: 14th World Games of Mountainbiking
Apart from a large variety of mountain bike trails, the Mountainbike Park Wagrain
has special thrills in store: not just pros but also beginners find super flowy downhill and freeride trails by the cable car “Flying Mozart”. The cool mix of trails, jumps, tables and the slopestyle park make sure that even adrenaline junkies get their fix!
Opening times: From June 30th to September 9th; 9am – 5pm
Events: August 4 - 5: Symphony Jam Session Weekend (August 4: Wildmoos Slopestyle – FMB Bronze Event; August 5: Symphony Air Race)
Bikepark Planai – Mountain bikers are going mad about Austria‘s longest downhill course here. The start is at 1830 m, and can be reached by taking the Planai cable car. Then, it‘s downhill for 4.5 km of fabulous trails. Different levels of difficulty cater for variety; the „Rookie Trail“, the „Flowline“ and the „Jack Lumber Trail“. Time and top speed measurement are included, so that you cann see how you rate against your friends. The Alpreif bike centre provides bikers with the equipment they need and is also available as a guiding point with excellent advice.
Opening times: May 25 - October 07 (non stop); October 13 – 14
Events: July 14 – 15: MTB Downhill Austrian Championship; August 25: Darkstyle – Best Trick World Contest
Ten trails planned and built by experts make the Bikepark Winterberg
the most varied and popular bikepark in Germany. The trails are improved and expanded constantly – another area in which the Bikepark Winterberg assumes a leading position.
Opening times: March 31 – November 4
Events: May 17 – 20: iXS Dirtmasters Festival; May 19: Red Bull Berg Line
717 meters of altitude difference, 4 trails that cater to every taste, and almost 15 km pure downhill and freeride fun. The Specialized Bikepark Pohorje
near Maribor/Slowenia has been well established in the mountain bike scene ever since the World Cup in 1999.
Fun starts here: from June 16 – Mon/Wed 1:00pm – 7:00pm NON STOP; Thu/Sun + holidays 10:00am – 7:00pm NON STOP; NEW: Afternoon-ticket (from 2:00pm) only € 22,00/19,00/15,00
Events: King of Bikepark 2012; Summer Learn to Freeride Camps with The Gap; September 07 -09: d:key freeride camp with Richard Gasperotti;
The MTB Zone BikePark
at the Geisskopf is the oldest bikepark in Europe and a true Eldorado for mountain bike enthusiasts. The Geisskopf offers the perfect trail for everyone and “surfing” down the new Flow Country trail puts a grin on everybody’s face. Enduro bikers also encounter ideal conditions in the area surrounding the Geisskopf.
Opening times: May 05 – October 28 Conti Bikepark Bad Wildbad
– more than one way down! With a total of 8 interesting and varied tracks, the Conti Bikepark Bad Wildbad offers everything to stir a bikers heart. Especially the two demanding downhill courses and the last year redesigned 4Cross shape the face of the bikepark in the northern Black Forest.
Events: April 07: Opening Dual Fun Race; June 24: German Championship 4X & Sixpack Racing 4 Cross Cup; July 20 - 22: iXS German Downhill CupBikepark Spicak
- The Spicak bike park is now, after five years since its establishment regarded as one of the TOP European bike parks, where the iXS European Downhill Cup is annually held as well. The Sumava Mountains, where the Spicak bike park is situated, lie on the border with Bavaria. The trails intersect and connect with other trails and therefore you can choose numerous variations of runs that suits you best. Therefore you can try Downhill, Freeride, North Shore or Jumps all in one run! So when you decide to go to Spicak take your bike!
Right at the Chairlift, you will also find shop with rentals, bike service and bike school.
Events: June 16: Bikepark opening; June 30 – July 1: King of Spicak, XC/DH; August 11 -12: iXS European Downhill Cup; September 15: Retro biking
New GraVity Card members:
The mountain bike region Wipptal knows, how to make mountain bike hearts pump faster: In June 2012, the Bikepark Tirol
starts in its second season. The perfectly shaped trails, optimal traffic connections and a very well maintained infrastructure make this new bike hot spot interesting for all mountain bikers throughout Europe. From the free ride trails, to the slope style area and the downhill track – the new bike park guarantees pure fun for beginners as well as for pro riders. Already two weeks after the opening, the Bergeralm becomes the centre of the downhill scene, when for the first time the iXS German Downhill Cup takes place during the Brenner Downhill event.
Opening times: June 2 – September 30
Events: July 20 – 22: Rookie Training Days; August 3 – 5: Girls Freeride Days; August 23 – 26: Youth Freeride Days
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