Tours, Trails and Tracks: Saalfelden Leogang is a Bike-Mecca

Aug 26, 2016
by rasoulution  
Whether you are looking for days full of action or relaxation or whether you want to spend your time on two wheels shredding trails or hiking through the Austrian Alps, Saalfelden Leogang has everything you can wish for. Culture enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies will surely be able to find, what they are looking for. Especially mountain bikers can feel at home, when charging down the tracks set in the giant chalky mountains and lush green hills.

by Klemens K nig

Bikepark Leogang is set amongst the impressive alpine backdrop of the Salzburger Land and is an absolute biking hot spot. Since the opening in 2001, the best mountain bike athletes in the world have come here year after year to enjoy the great variety the park has to offer. Ten different tracks in great condition are just waiting to be discovered and are enjoyable for all, whether you are a hobby rider or a pro athlete. As one of the leading bike parks in Europe, Bikepark Leogang is naturally also a member of the “GraVity Card” union.

by Klemens K nig

While downhill and freeride enthusiasts head up to the start of numerous trails with the Asitz lift, kids and beginners can have fun on the Riders Playground at the bottom and prepare themselves for greater challenges to come. Bikepark Leogang progressed their playground for rookies and more experienced riders in July, when they upgraded the Riederfeldlift with t-bars. This helped to close the gap between the easier tracks at the bottom station as well as the more demanding routes through the park. Kornel Grundner, Managing Director of Leoganger Bergbahnen points out: “We are pioneers in remodeling the Riederlift as it is the first T-bar lift in Austria for practice purposes in a bikepark“. Thanks to this, less experienced bike park visitors can improve their skills step by step and then make an easier transition to more demanding tracks when they are ready.

by Klemens K nig

The newest addition to Bikepark Leogang – the new 3.5 kilometer / 2.17 mile long Flow Trail “HOT SHOTS – fired by GoPro” – has seen excited visitors since the end of May. “The new trail is a delight for every gravity enthusiast. We have been receiving so much positive feedback over the past weeks”, acknowledges Kornel Grunder, CEO of the Leoganger Bergbahnen. HOT SHOTS – fired by GoPro is ideal for pros and beginners and guarantees loads of flowy fun and action, which riders love to capture on their GoPro. The track meanders down the mountain with a width of 2 meters and includes tables, rollers and berms through the woody landscape down to the middle station.

by Klemens K nig

The BIG-5-BIKE Challenge it a real highlight for every die-hard freerider. The freeride tour will get the adrenaline surging, when overcoming a total altitude difference of 5,000 meters / 16,404 feet and using five different gondolas to traverse across five mountains surrounding Leogang and Saalbach Hinterglemm. However, the participants will not only be enjoying the view, when going uphill. An altitude difference of 500 meters / 1,640 feet must also be conquered by bike. All athletes will be able to relive all the action on the tour virtually (www.big-5.at) and cement their spot in the “Hall of Fame”.

by Klemens K nig

The region Saalfelden Leogang also has plenty of excitement and action to offer outside of the bike park. Altogether, there are 720 kilometers / 447 miles of mountain bike trails and 480 kilometers / 298 miles of cycle tracks in the valley to be discovered by beginners and pros alike. For those, who like to take it easy to enjoy the scenery and views can opt for an e-mountain bike. The advantages are obvious: the bikes are available for all age groups, are joint-friendly and make the ride less strenuous. The battery power will last for a trip of about 70 kilometers / 43 miles, but there are numerous spots, where one can charge an empty battery, and plenty huts and hotels will not only be able to recharge the bike’s battery, but the rider’s also.

To make your biking holiday absolutely perfect, special bike hotels such as Salzburger Hof, Rupertus, Bacher, Riederalm, Ritzenhof, Puradies, Pension Haus Tirol and competent bike shops such as Sport Mitterer or Sport 2000 Simon are at your service:
www.saalfelden-leogang.com/de/aktivitaeten/sommer/biken/bike-unterkuenfte/

News and information about Saalfelden Leogang can be found on:
www.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/ or on: www.facebook.com/SaalfeldenLeogang

Further news and events at Bikepark Leogang can be found on: bike.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/bikepark/
or: www.facebook.com/Leogang.Bikepark / @SaalfeldenLeogang / @rasoulution

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6 Comments

  • 3 0
 Saalbach has to do something with their trails; not only they are badly maintained, most of them are quite boring after two or three runs. It is left-right with berms and brakingbumps and deep holes in between.
Hackl is the only one that has a natural flow - but why is the Schattberg-Sprinter always closed (except at Glemmride), and you have to push the bike 300meters uphill?
Big5 is a marketing joke. There are no allmountain rides possible.
But with the Jokercard, one can enjoy a cheap uplift holiday for 2-3 days...
  • 4 1
 I'm currently in Saalbach, and even though the trails are nice, they're not being maintained at all. They're totally blown out and basically just braking bumps and holes.
  • 3 0
 exactly. spend 3 days there in the end of july and it was the same story. a lot of it is poorly shaped too, the berms are too tight, random tables without any lip in flat pedal sections... the x line would be awesome if there weren't these massive holes in the first part! the holes were already there 3 years ago!
  • 1 0
 Visiting Leogang 3rd time this year, despite I saw some traiworks, in some places berms and holes are in place for all year, but this is downhill, it cant be plush and soft...
  • 6 4
 A German complaining #shock
  • 3 1
 An Austrian bitching about a German #evenmoreshocked

I for one avoid Saalbach cause of said reasons.

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