PRESS RELEASE: GraVity Card
Following a sensational 2018 European bike season, bike park preparations are already underway for 2019, so mountain bikers can already be stoked for next season. GraVity Card, our unique bike park season ticket is heading into 2019 offering even more trails, fun, mountain bike action, two cool new entries and many exciting changes throughout the 20 GraVity Card Bikeparks. The GraVity Card 2019 is now available on gravity-card.com
for all last-minute Christmas shoppers, original gift seekers, adrenaline junkies and of course all mountain bike fans.
For those of you that can’t wait for next season or are still looking for a suitable Christmas gift, our GraVity Card Bike Flatrate is the perfect choice. With a total of 20 bike parks on its roster, GraVity Card holders have access to more than 150 trails in 6 European countries. The GraVity Card is now available at gravity-card.com
, with adults paying 470€, teenagers 355€ and kids 222€. Offering limitless shredding across Europe, the GraVity Card already pays for itself after a few days of mountain bike action.
For freeriders, downhill acess, enduro fans, families and rookies alike, 2018 was a fantastic season. Thanks to perfect weather conditions, countless high level events and an insane amount of mountain biking action, many bike parks of the GraVity Card family can look back on a record-breaking year.
2019 promises to be just as action-packed. With the additions of the MTB Zone Bikepark Willingen (GER) and Bikepark Petzen in Kärnten/Austria, two more bike parks are being added to the GraVity Card. In addition to the newcomers in 2019, some new trail delicacies are waiting to be shredded.
Below are the highlights of 2018 and an outlook of the 20 GraVity Card bike park activities 2019:
The first of the new GraVity Card family members, MTB Zone Bikepark Willingen
(April-October), is a great addition to the roster. Thanks to seven trails with a total length of 10 km, bikers of all levels will have fun in Bikepark Willingen. Those who dare can tackle the Downhill World Cup track while those who prefer a more relaxed ride will be thrilled by the Flow Country Trail. Bikepark Willingen also features a pumptrack, a practice trail for beginners, a 4X track and much more.All trails have been created by legendary shaper Diddie Schneider and there are already plans for 2019, like the extension of the Flow Country Trail as well as the opening of a second Flow Trail. Furthermore, a new Enduro Trail is on the agenda, as well as a reshape of existing tracks. Events that definitely shouldn’t be missed are the BIKE Festival Willingen from 17.05.-19.05. and the Open Dutch Downhill Championship on 27.07.2019. Bikepark Winterberg
(April-November) offers excellent trail conditions and trails with varying levels of difficulty. All downhillers, slopestylers, freeriders, and those aspiring to be the next generation of pros will love the trails like the Continental, Woodpecker, RockShox or iXS RockShox trails. There is plenty in store for beginners and kids as well, as shapers Diddie Schneider and Joscha Forstreuter built a new course for children and rookies and extended some existing North Shore elements. Next year’s big event highlight in Winterberg will once again be the iXS Dirt Masters Festival from 30.05 - 02.06.19, which had a record number of over 35.000 visitors in 2018. In addition to several contests like the iXS Downhill Cup, a Slopestyle competition, the Warsteiner Whip-Off and much more, over 180 exhibitors will be presenting their latest tech and gear.
The third German bikepark in the GraVity Card alliance is Bikepark Geisskopf
(April-October), which offers a varied playground for mountain bikers of all kinds with 14 trails and a total length of 17 km. The innovative Flow Country Trail will excite pros and rookies alike, while hard-boiled mountain bikers will find their limits on the Downhill and Freeride trails. Thanks to the BOSCH eBike Uphill Flow Trail, flow and fun aren’t just found on the downhill trails at Bikepark Geisskopf. Additionally, the bike park features a slopestyle course, a dual-slalom track, a jump line and an easy line, as well as trails for kids and rookies. A 20 percent increase in the number of visitors highlights the popularity of the bike park in 2018. The event highlight of the year was once again the "Rock the Hill - Bike&Music Festival", which is set to provide a lot of mountain bike action, music and festival flair when it returns for 2019 (14.06.-16.06.2019).
The second addition to the GraVity Card roster is MTB ZONE Bikepark Petzen
(May-October), a true El Dorado for Enduro riders. The park offers a 7 km long natural enduro track, a new Dual Park as well as the challenging EWS Trail, which was built especially for the Enduro World Series. The Flow Country Trail, which won the International Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) prize for the Best Flow Trail Worldwide in 2014, caters to those looking for smooth but speedy rides while being surrounded by spectacular scenery. The bikepark also offers a kids trail and a dual trail.Bikepark Innsbruck
(May-October) is perfect for downhill enthusiasts with rooty, playful and technically demanding trails like "The Wild One" and "The Rough One". Those who want to improve their technical skills will find various options on the Crankworx Innsbruck Dual Speed & Style course or on the pumptrack. The Chainless One", which will be extended to the top of the Muttereralmbahn in summer 2019, offers a great amount of flow and guarantees fun for beginners and pros alike. Furthermore, thanks to the Kidspark next to the top of the Mutteralmbahn, the youngest of riders can also start their mountain bike career. The date of the Austrian Pumptrack Series on 01.06.2019 and the iXS Downhill Cup, which takes place on the 30.08.-01.09.2019, should definitely be marked in all event calendars.
Fantastic weather, world class events and tons of mountain bike action were the highlights of this season in Bikepark Leogang
(May-November). The park is well known as one of the first and biggest bike parks in Europe and as a regular host of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup as well as the 2012 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships. Skilled riders will find plenty of speed and airtime on freeride tracks like Hot Shots fired by GoPro and Flying Gangster, while pros can take a shot at the "Speedster" World Cup track. Bikepark Leogang also features Europe's largest beginners' bike park, the Riders Playground, where rookies, kids and families can learn and improve their technical skills, rail their first berms and try their first jumps. With the Out of Bounds Festival, including the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (09.06.), and the BIKE Festival Saalfelden Leogang (13.-15.09.), the region has two high-class events coming up in 2019. But that's not all, the Bikepark Leogang will be expanded in 2019 and mountain bikers can already look forward to an additional lift, new trails and further exciting changes and additional offers.Bikepark Saalbach Hinterglemm’s
(May-October) lucky number is definitely the number 4. Riders can look forward to 4 mountains, 4 cable cars and a 400 km long network of paths and trails surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery - a true mountainbike El Dorado. Those looking for a thrill will find it on the freeride trails including many northshore elements and drops, while those who want to apply their technical skills should try the many singletrails covered in roots and those who want to improve their skills can hit the pumptrack & riding technique area. New for 2019 is the extension of the Panorama Trail with a length of approx. 3 km as well as many updates across a variety of trails. THE event of 2019 is definitely the GlemmRide Bike Festival from 03.07.-07.07., where all slopestyle riders can show to the world their spectacular tricks while adrenaline junkies fire down the trails during the downhill race. Not to be missed are the World Games of Mountainbiking from 05.09.-08.09. where all mountain bikers fight for the title “World Games Champion”.
Those who look for a cool mix should head to Bikepark Wagrain
(May-October). The variety of trails in Wagrain includes the flowy ON AIR Trail with a roll-in and several table tops, the R'N'B NORTHSHORE track, the MEMORIES trail with its mix of speedy and technical sections and the SYMPHONY Trail with its many jumps, while the ANGRY ANTS Trail challenges riders with lots of root sections. 2019 is coming!
is looking back on a legendary 2018 season. Due to the construction of a new lift and work on all trails, the bike park will however be closed in 2019, but riders can already look forward to the big re-opening in 2020 with a new 10-person gondola and new trails. Nevertheless, Schladming-Dachstein will still offer a lot to mountain bikers in 2019. Thanks to the opening of the new Reiteralm Trail in June, mountain bikers can already look forward to around 15 km of very flowy trails as well as easy and advanced single trails, which are especially suited for beginners and families.
Nestled in the corner between Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein and Austria, Bikepark Brandnertal
(May-October) is easily reached and boasts a variety of trails. The "Tschack Norris" downhill track is perfect for thrill-seekers while the "Tschim Beam" jump line with its freeride elements, like the GoPro Roadgap, tailors to those looking for airtime. Several event highlights, such as the Brandnertal Bike Festival from 29.06.-30.06. or the iXS European Downhill Cup presented by Volksbank Vorarlberg (31.08.- 02.09.) are set to return in 2019. Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis
(June-October) is Tyrol's largest playground for mountain bikers. Whether it’s beginner-, freeride- or downhill trails, everyone will find the right mix. Many largely natural trails, over 40 shaped jumps and several relaxed sections through alpine forests are waiting to be conquered. Another highlight is the big air bag, where riders can practice their tricks and land big jumps safely. Kids can look forward to the MTB Festival Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis from 01.-04.09 as well as the Kona Rookie Camp from 24.07.-04.08. in 2019. Bike Republic Sölden
(June-September) is one of the most fun and cool destinations on this globe Everyone who loves mountain biking and enjoys nature will love it. Thanks to near endless fun on a huge variety of trails, Bike Republic Sölden offers a home to all mountain bikers; whether enduro rockets, trail lovers, freeriders, rookies or family riders. The 1st National Day of the Republic was celebrated big this year and offered a varied program including enduro tours, sunrise rides and various competitions. In 2019, there will be even more: In addition to a new 11-km-long line that runs from the Giggijochbahn mountain station and descends 930 meters into the valley, a new 8 km long section with large steep berms, rollers and tables will inspire everyone. Something that definitely shouldn’t be missed is the Singletrail Scavenger Hunt (Singletrail Schnitzeljagd) on June 8 and the national holiday from September 13-15.
All mountainbike enthusiasts can look forward to action, adrenaline and variety in Bikepark Semmering
(May-November). Those who love jumps will appreciate the freeride area with its many obstacles and variations, while plenty of root sections and rock gardens can be mastered on the downhill course. Those looking to spend even more time in the air should definitely head over to the slopestyle park or the Airline. Bikepark Semmering offers plenty more though, as green and blue trails are waiting for beginners and families. Highlights of the coming season are the Austrian National Downhill Championships in September and the Roostfest 2.0 - Season Closing Party in October.
Thanks to a wide range of trails with varying degrees of difficulty, Bikepark Wurbauerkogel
(May-October) has much in store for all mountainbikers. The "Blue Lollipop" provides a great start for beginners, while the "Black Widow" will enchant downhill lovers. New for 2019 is the 4,5 km long single trail on the Wurzeralm. Brave riders can furthermore conquer the biggest wallride in Austria, while rookies can work on their skills on the pumptrack. With the Austrian Downhill National Championships & Upper Austrian Regional Championships from the 25th to 26th of May and the Austrian Pumptrack Series "Pump the Trailogie", several event highlights are happening in 2019. Bikepark Tirol
(June-October) is located amongst some of Tyrol's most beautiful mountains. Adrenaline junkies will have a lot of fun here, as the park offers a mix of freeride trials, a slopestyle course and warm-up zone. Get ready for the "Crazy Heart" and the "Rad Devil".
Bikepark fans can go as wild as they want to in the large playground of Lenzerheide Bikepark
(June - October). Five trails with different levels of difficulty and characteristics are waiting to be ridden. Beginners and families can cruise through the FLOWline, advanced mountainbikers can shred on the PRIMEline and SHOREline, while pros can venture onto the STYLEline and the STRAIGHTline World Cup track. THE event highlight in 2018 was the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships with a record number of 65.000 visitors. Don't miss the big spectacle in 2019 when the world’s best mountainbike athletes will once again descend upon Lenzerheide for the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup from 09.08. – 11.08. and shred over challenging rock gardens, root sections and spectacular jumps towards the finish line at the idyllic Heidsee.
Austria, Switzerland, Italy: The 3 Country Enduro Trailsat Reschenpass
(May-October) offer a big playground with 4 lifts and 22 single trails with a total length of 44 km. As the name suggests, this is a trail paradise for enduro fans! Largely natural trails offer everything, whether it’s flowy trails to technically demanding sections across varied 2,500 meters of high-class vertical descent. The unique thing about this bike park is that riders always cross at least one, or even two national borders. Furthermore, many exciting events like the Green Days - MTB Freeride Testival, the 3 Länder Enduro Race, the YT Rolling Circus and many more took place this year with plenty more to come in 2019.
The European tour continues to Slovenia. Krvavec Bikepark
(May-November) features a whole variety of trails for all adventurers. The Muci/Pussycat Trail is perfect for beginners while the 6 km long Rock`n`Flow Trail is more challenging and therefore ideal for advanced mountainbikers. New in the line-up is the Jezerca Trail, which connects the upper part of the bike park with the Muci Trail and provides tons of trail fun along its 10 km length. Kids and rookies can be especially excited for the Bambino Trail and the beautiful Panorama Trail. The Bike Festival 2019 on August 24.-25. and the Goblin's Ride at the end of September should be marked in every rider’s calendar.
The second Slovenian Bikepark is Bikepark Kranjska Gora
(April-November), which offers lot’s of fun and adrenaline on more than 20 km of trails. The Family Business Trail is perfect for a family trip, while enduro enthusiasts can go wild on the Funky Jazz Trail and advanced riders can find plenty of wooden obstacles on the classic Northshore Line - the Morning Wood Trail. Those who are more into airtime than dirt will find many spectacular jumps on “Luft-Waffe(l)”, while fans of cultivated downhill shredding join the DH Veetranz Trail. This year's iXS European DH Cup and Specialized Trail Days were a great success and are set to return in 2019.
Czech Republic:Bikepark Špičák
(May-October) is the largest and oldest bike park in the Czech Republic. As a true all-rounder, this bike park has a number of special features: natural and flowy trails, the adventurous downhill track “Struggle” full of rocks, roots, drops and big jumps and the Black Friday and Forest Virgin tracks, which are especially popular amongst beginners and advanced bikers. There will be a lot going on at Bikepark Špičák in 2019; a new skill center for beginners will be built, the Black Friday track will be reshaped and the exciting Air&Stone Trail will get brand new Northshore obstacles. A visit to the top events next year could also be worthwhile: the iXS European Downhill Cup from 16.-18.8. and the Enduro Race Spicak on 15.09.
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