Words: Kathi Kuypers and Peter Kaiser // Photography: Simon Nieborak
What comes to your mind when you close your eyes and think of hot summer in a city? You're probably imagining a concrete jungle which does not sound like an appealing place to be when the sizzling hot summer sun beams down. Despite its being a city, this definitely is not the case for Innsbruck. The capital city of Tirol is a perfect place, not only when the ground is covered with snow, but also on those long summertime days.
By now everyone knows that Innsbruck is the second stop on the Crankworx
World Tour, but what you may not know is that it’s fast becoming one of Europe’s major centers for MTB tourism and most recently the new home of Mons Royale’s European headquarters. Pinkbike enlisted Mons Royale riders Peter Kaiser and Kathi Kuypers to get the lowdown on just how incredible the riding is in the region and what sets Innsbruck apart.
One has magnificent views of the entire Central Inn Valley, the Stubai and Zillertal Alps, and even the Italian border from Seegrube station. And this is also where the famous Nordkette trail begins.
Once the Nordkette is behind you, take a rest in Arzler Alm restaurant. It's a beautiful Austrian-style place, which is a great stop to eat and drink before more fun on the trails.
The best reward after a long day of riding MTB is a perfectly stuffed burrito.
Landhausplatz is yet another landmark of for an avid mountain biker. Even if street riding is not your cup-of-tea, it's an excellent spot to socialize and meet with good people interested in sports.
Village Mutters is home to Crankworx. This is where all the events are held, but there are also plenty of cool trails in the bike park to ride after the event is over.
Bike City Innsbruck mountain biking trails
A flowy trail quickly changes into a technical riding full of roots sticking out of the ground.
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