|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||15 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||September 7-14, 2014|
|Start city:||Leogang, Austria|
|End city:||Leogang, Austria|
This program has been moved to summer 2015. Keep an eye out on IMBA communications soon for the new date! If you're interested in doing a similar program on your own, please contact us for options.
Enjoy a week of mountain biking in the heart of the Austrian Alps with fellow IMBA members from around the globe! A portion of the proceeds of the IMBA Week in Austria will support IMBA’s mission and IMBA Europe’s development fund.
During the IMBA Week in Austria you’ll experience a mountain bike paradise. You’ll be based in Leogang in the heart of the Austrian Alps surrounded by a 500-mile system of backcountry trails ranging from challenging single track to more sedate trails, with routes from 2 to 50 miles.
The scenery is stunning with views to snow-topped mountains, farms, villages, waterfalls and valleys. You’ll also experience the best of Austrian hospitality, history and culture. And, with all the cycling, you’ll be able to have your guilt-free fill of legendary Austrian cuisine.
And just steps from your hotel door: BikePark Leogang. Since it opened in 2001, BikePark Leogang has established itself as one of Europe’s most renowned bike parks. It’s noted as a "Kona Groove Approved Bike Park,” which also includes Whistler in Canada and Bukovel in Ukraine. It’s the frequent venue for competitions like the UCI Four-Cross World Championships and the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup. It hosted the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in 2012.
This bike park appeals to cyclists of all levels and interests with extensive downhill, freeride, and cross-country offerings and more than enough ladders, bridges and jumps to keep the most avid cyclist busy. The eight-person cable car takes bikers to the summit of 5,990-foot (1,826-meter) Asitz Mountain, where downhill and cross-country routes lead into the valley.
During your first evening, you’ll meet your guides and other IMBA group members at a special welcome dinner. The next morning, the local guides will provide an orientation and review the trail choices, region and week’s program. And then head for the mountains!
For the next six days, enjoy your choice of trails. Each day, professional guides will be available to lead you through a network of breathtaking trails, many not shown on any official map. Half- and full-day guided rides will offer dramatic vistas and quiet trails and single track. Programs will be offered for various skill levels from leisurely, panoramic tours to challenging high-mountain circuits with thrilling downhill trails. Of course, you can ride daily on your own from your door into the valley and mountains on a variety of well-marked routes.
You’ll also have optional activities such as hikes, road rides on rural bike routes and excursions to scenic and cultural attractions. There’s also a “partner program” for spouses or partners who would like to pursue other activities such as hiking, cultural sites and relaxation.
At BikePark Leogang, Europe’s largest bicycle park, the cable car carries both novices and experts to the high-alpine summit landscape of 5,990-foot (1,826-meter) Asitz Mountain. From the summit, a network of more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) of trails leads through woods and meadows back to the valley or deeper into the Alps.
Terrain ranges from challenging single track to more sedate trails. The scenery is stunning with views to snow-topped mountains, farms, villages, waterfalls and valleys.
Hot food, cold drinks and typical Austrian hospitality are rarely far away, both in villages and at mountain inns and huts.
For those so inclined, mountain bikers can also tackle the park’s various trails and courses including:
1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) of pure adrenalin! Experience a fantastic flow on Leogang BikePark’s freeride trail. Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or a beginner, these gravel trails, packed with numerous step-ups and step-downs, sharp curves, moguls, tables and tunnels, promise the ultimate freerider feeling. Beginners will have the option to bypass various difficult passages.
Trail Width: 1.5-4.5 feet (.5–3 meters)
Trail Length: 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers)
Altitude Difference: 1,475 feet (458 meters)
Average Gradient: 17.9 %
BikePark’s Downhill course, built for the 2001 Austrian Downhill Mountain Bike Championships and for World Cup competitions, races through open meadows and deep woods, around tight curves and artificial obstacles, and over jumps and rock drop-offs. While the course challenges even the pros, novices can bypass the difficult sections and choose easier trails.
Trail Length: 1.3 miles (2 kilometers)
Trail Width: 3-8 feet (9-2.5 meters)
Elevation Change: 1,400 feet (427 meters)
Average Percentage of Drop: 20.7 %
At 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers), the BikePark’s FreeRide trail is considered the world’s longest. It is the ideal combination of a FreeRide trail with BikerCross elements. The course offers options for both experts and novices.
Trail Length: 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers)
Trail Width: 6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)
Elevation Change: 1,400 feet (427 meters)
Average Percentage of Drop: 17.9 %
The BikerCross course challenges all your skills, going at full speed through sharp turns, jumps, moguls and other obstacles. Up to four bikers at a time can compete against each other—the ideal location for hot duels among friends.
Trail Length: 1,250 feet (381 meters)
Trail Width: 12 feet (3.7 meters)
Elevation Change: 140 feet (43 meters)
Average Percentage of Drop: 12.4%
Dual slalom course follows two parallel trails through a jungle of slalom poles. Head down alone, or go biker against biker.
Trail Length: 950 feet (290 meters)
Trail Width: 6-9 feet (1.8-2.7 meters)
Elevation Change: 140 feet (43 meters)
Average Percentage of Drop: 12.4%
Pure fun on a technical trail filled with gnarly roots, steep terrain and jumps. Technical and very challenging downhill trail!
Trail Width: 3.2-8.2 feet (1 – 2.5 meters)
Trail Length: 7,550 feet (2,300 meters)
Altitude Difference: 1,574 feet (480 meters)
Average Gradient: 20.7% Difficulty: Hard
A “North Shore” course split into different lines. The Bikepark Leogang Crew reconstructed its north shore park—the “Lumberjack Trail”—built for the season 2012. A huge wall ride as well as a whole bunch of north shore ladders and logs including a variety of different sized drops are waiting for mountain bikers from all over Europe.
Difficulty: Medium - Hard
Bongo Bongo Freeride Trail
Primarily forest trail challenging experienced riders with wall rides, jumps and drops and offering an extra dose of flow. 2.5 km of pure adrenalin! Whether you are a seasoned biker or beginner, our gravel trails, packed with numerous step-ups and step-downs, sharp curves, moguls, tables and tunnels, promise the ultimate freerider feeling. Beginners will have the option to bypass various difficult sections.
Trail Width: 1.5-10 feet (.5-3 meters)
Trail Length: 8,364 feet (2,550 meters)
Altitude Difference: 1,502 feet (458 meters)
Average Gradient: 17.9 % Difficulty: Medium
From the mountain station to the middlestation of the Asitz cableway. The newest single trail – technical challenge, tricky parts, a mad experience!
Height difference: 1,505 feet (458 meters)
Length: 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers)
Trail width: 3-16 feet (1–3 meters)
Hang Man II
This single trail leads directly from “Mittel Station” (central cable car station) across a meadow and into the adjoining forest. From there the Trail takes on a snake-like pattern with tight curves and pumps until you arrive on the actual forest trail. You will continue along this trail until you reach Embachhalde, where you will turn left into a luscious meadow path, which leads to a Trail along the Leoganger river before finally returning to the cable car station.
This trail is specially designed for beginners and offers seasoned bikers an alternative terrain to test their skills.
This is a nice, easy going, trail where you can test your skills before you try the freeride or downhill. The best trail for the free riders and downhillers of the future.
Height difference: 1,410 feet (430 meters)
Length: 2 miles (3.250 kilometers)
Trail width: 3-16 feet (1-3 meters)
Average descent: 13.2 %
Giant dirt jump park. The Flow Master is one of the most popular trails in the BikePark Leogang. Designed from the jump specialist Markus Hampl, who shaped the dirt jumps of the Red Bull District Ride. The largest kicker was specially built for John Cowan and personally shaped by him. The Leogang dirt jump trail has been christened by stars such as John Cowan, Dave Watson and Timo Pritzel.
For beginners, seasoned bikers and professionals. Guarantees the ultimate adrenalin buzz.
Size: approx. 2,400 square feet (220 square meters)
Jump Height: approx. 6.5 feet (2 meters)
Downhill course with different jumps, doubles and banked curves. The Biker X at the end of the freeride trail requires all the skills you can muster as you will be heading full speed over tables, doubles and into a large steep curve with dual Trails. Up to four bikers can challenge each other over this course. And naturally, there’s a permanent starting gate!
Trail Width: ca. 3 feet (4 meters)
Trail Length: 1,150 feet (350 meters)
Altitude Difference: 165 feet (50 meters)
Average Gradient: 12.4 %
Sunday, September 7
Arrival in Salzburg or Munich, transfer to Leogang Hotel check-in. Welcome dinner and meet your guides.
Monday, September 8
Orientation with review of trail choices, region and program Sign-up for excursions and guided rides. Fitting for rental bikes and equipment. Guided mountain bike rides (routes each day depend on number of participants and ability levels)
Tuesday, September 9
Guided mountain bike rides. Optional excursion: Salzburg shopping and “Sound of Music” tour
Wednesday, September 10
Guided mountain bike rides. Optional all-day excursion to Krimml Waterfalls, the highest waterfalls in Europe, for hiking, trail running or mountain biking.
Thursday, September 11
Guided mountain bike rides. Optional full-day excursion to Eisriesenwelt (“World of the Ice Giants”): the largest ice cave in the world. “Folkloric dinner” at historic Priesteregg mountain farm.
Friday, September 12
Guided mountain bike rides. Hybrid bike ride on bike paths and back roads around base of the Steinberg Mountain (about 35 miles, non-guided)
Saturday, September 13
Guided mountain bike ride. Optional guided local hike. Farewell dinner
Sunday, September 14
Transfers to Salzburg and Munich Airports (not included).
Sample program. Actual program may vary depending on registrations, weather and trail conditions.
Professional guides will lead you through a network of secret breathtaking trails, many not shown on any official map. Half- and full-day guided tours offer stunning vistas, often breaks at cool mountain-hut restaurants and quiet single-track. There’s a maximum group size of 10. Varying levels of difficulty will be offered depending on the number of registrations.
Of course, you can ride daily on your own from your door into the valley and mountains.
Here are some typical routes and guided rides. Actual guided rides will depend on the number of registrations and on ability levels.
This is the highest summit you can reach on a mountain bike in this area and features a very long and hard climb of more than 16,400 feet (5,000 meters) in one go. The panorama on top is absolutely fantastic and whoever has been on the Hundstein is a real “Mountainbike-King!” At 6,646 feet (2,046 meters), the Hundstein is the highest peak you can bike on in this region. On a clear day you can see the summits of the Dachstein (8,861 feet/2,701 meters), Hochkönig (9,648 feet/2,941 meters), Grossvenediger (12,053 feet/3,674 meters) and Grossglockner (12,460 feet/3,798 meters).
We can choose from a variety of ways to the Hundstein. One of them is single track with an altitude difference of more than 3,000 feet (915 meters). We start from Maria Alm at the base station of the Aberg cable car. We bike uphill towards Christernreit and continue to the Wastlalm. We pass the Kröllalm and recover a little bit at the flattest part of the ascent. After a bit of descending we pass the Lohningalm and then fight our way up again. From the Neukaseralm we ride until the peak of the Hundstein. On our way down, after about 1,500 feet (450 meters), we turn left onto single-track. At an altitude of about 6,000 feet (1,829 meters), we follow the trail towards the right. It will take us to Gasthof Waldheim, a small forest inn at the end of the single-track. We follow the road to the village of Thumersbach.
This medium-difficulty tour has the best single track in this area. We start on bike paths down to Saalfelden and further to Maria Alm. After a long uphill, we start the single track (Ramseider Steig), or we can stay on dirt roads. On the way back to Leogang we have different possibilities.
Big Five Bike Challenge
For those who’ve just dreamed of a full day riding downhill, the Big Five Bike Challenge is probably as close as you’ll get. It runs across five 6,000-foot mountain peaks, through pastures and valleys, and along forest paths and high-mountain single track giving you an XXL freeride experience. Lifts take us to the summits, where we’ll rest for a moment before taking off downhill, primarily on single track. In total, we’ll achieve an elevation gain of more than 50,000 feet (15,000 meters)—but only 500 feet (150 meters) of it under our own power. The thrill of speed is included in the deal, along with phenomenal Alpine panoramas. We’ll cover a total of about 35 miles (56 kilometers)–with some uphill stretches to keep you from getting spoiled. Shorter variations are also available depending on group size and ability.
You’ll be able to publish your accomplishment on the Big Five Challenge website, listing your time and elevation covered and posting photos in the Challengers Hall of Fame.
A 1,600-feet (488 meter) climb takes us into the Schwarzleo Valley. Another climb of 500 feet (152 meters) brings us to the Lindlalm forest restaurant, where we can have the bestKaiserschmarren (a traditional and decadent Austrian dessert) in the world. We return on easy downhills along dirt roads.
The “Around Leogang” Tour
This tour consists of a few short and medium-long climbs around Leogang. After every climb, we come back down to the valley, so you can leave the tour whenever you want, or continue on another climb.
Salzburg Sound of Music and Shopping Tour
The city of Mozart and the Sound of Music, of castles and palaces, of narrow alleys and expansive courtyards, of churches with medieval and baroque treasures at every turn: $74
Eisriesenwelt (World of the Ice Giants)
The world’s largest ice caves and an underground wonderland. We enter the caves at more than a mile above sea level. Lunch in the medieval town of Werfen, with tour of Hohenwerfen Fortress: $63
Salzach Valley and Krimml Waterfalls
The highest waterfalls in Europe and the fifth-highest waterfalls on earth, dropping a total of 1,247 feet. The hike up the falls can be strenuous, but the effort is rewarded with stunning views at every turn. Mountain biking and trail running options are available: $69
The excursion will also include stops in picturesque villages and medieval towns between Leogang and Krimml.
Grossglockner High Alpine Road
The highest mountain in Austria (more than 11,500 feet/3,505 meters) and the country’s highest glacier. You’ll enjoy an amazing trip into the world of high-altitude terrain and travel along an engineering feat of achievement, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, with views of mountains, glaciers and wildlife: $94
All excursions subject to minimum of 5 participants and to availability. Prices do not include admission fees.
September 7-14, 2014
|Category A: 4-star hotels|
|Category B: 3-star hotels|
|Category C: Vacation Apartments|
Bike rentals (6 days)
Bike rentals (1 day) Multi-day discounts available
Accommodations listed are typical and may not be actual lodging offered depending on availability and the number of travelers selecting specific categories.
The hotel sits amid enchanting landscapes at the foot of the Leoganger Steinberge, a true paradise for guests looking to enjoy an active vacation. Located right next to the mountain lift and BikePark. Wellness, beauty, sports, family getaways, outstanding food - spend glorious days at the Forsthofgut! You will be staying in one of our 63 luxuriously appointed rooms/suites and relaxing in the Forsthofgut SPA which includes a variety of saunas, massage and a beauty treatments.
Absolute dream location right by the BikePark Leogang (step straight out onto the trails. The family-run Hotel Riederalm could hardly be in a more beautiful location between the Kitzbühel Alps and Leoganger Steinbergen peaks in the Salzburg region. Warmth, light, wood, water, scents and Alpine nature...we have combined our vitality, pool and massage areas to form a complete composition for your all-round well-being. Fresh air, a dreamy landscape, comfortable rooms and plenty of new ideas for spoiling you: that’s the Riederalm – mountain views included with every room!
Hotel Bacher Asitzstuben
Our updated family-run inn is situated next to the Leoganger cable car valley station. The three-star Hotel Bacher Asitzstuben lies just across from the Bikepark rental center and adjacent to the lift. Most rooms have mountain views, and many have balconies. The wellness center features saunas and even massages. The hotel has an excellent restaurant.
Welcome to the Millinghof Romantikgut estate. Our small piece of paradise is picturesquely located on the sunny side of the town, at the foot of the Leoganger Steinberge mountains. Relax in our cozy rustic lounge or vault cellar or on our sun terrace. We serve our guests local and international specialties. EXTRAS: Adventure farm for the old and young; man and animals live together in harmony with nature! Ideal for horse lovers! 8 horses, 2 ponies; riding with qualified riding instructor - our own riding ground, children´s riding, ride treks in the magnificent surroundings; riding!
Our Romantikgut „Millinghof" was built in the 16th century. In 1998 it was restored, renovated and modernised. Old style has been combined with modern ambience. Each of our 13 rooms is equipped very comfortably and offers you much space for living and well-being.
Travelers seeking a lower-cost option can stay in holiday apartments. Apartments typically house 4-8 people with double bedrooms and shared kitchen, dining and living areas. Many bedrooms have their own bathrooms or share with an adjacent bedroom. Towels, linens, dishes, utensils, pots/pans and cleaning supplies are provided.
We recommend flying into Salzburg or Munich. Transfers will be available from both airports and the Salzburg train station. Leogang is also accessible by train, traveling to the nearby town of Saalfelden and taking a short (10-minute) taxi ride.
For flight information, we recommend Nonstop Travel at 800-949-6362.
The average temperatures in Leogang in September range from lows in the lower 50's to upper 40's to highs in the mid 70's. Keep in mind that as you go up in elevation, the temperature will drop. The occassional rain shower is also possible. It is best to dress in layers and bring a jacket with you on rides.
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IMBA Week in Austria is based in the village of Leogang about an hour south of Salzburg in the heart of the Austrian Alps. The region is known for its spectacular landscape and as a top European destination for skiers, mountain bikers and hikers.
Surrounded by sunny and serene alpine meadows at an altitude of 2,500 feet (760 meters), Leogang sits against a backdrop of snow-topped mountains. The town has medieval roots, which you can experience whether in restaurants in operation for hundreds of years or wandering past centuries-old farms.
Leogang is in the heart of an extensive regional system of more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) of backcountry hiking and mountain bike trails marked for different skill levels and with views to snow-topped mountains, farms, villages, waterfalls and valleys. Hot food, cold drinks and typical Austrian hospitality are rarely far away, both in villages and at mountain inns and huts.
From the village, take the cable car to the top of Asitz Mountain, where the view is glorious. The Steinberge (Stone Mountains) and Steinernes Meer (Stone Sea) dominate nearly 180 degrees of northern panorama, and the snowy peaks of the “Dreitausender”—glacial mountains higher than 3,000 meters (9,800 feet)—fill the view to the south. From the summit, more than a mile above sea level, trails lead through woods and meadows back to the valley or deeper into the Alps.
Spend the day challenging yourself at the lift-served BikePark or exploring the countryside.
After an active day, relax at a spa, explore Leogang’s medieval town center, or enjoy the best of Austrian cuisine at traditional inns—some dating back as much as 700 years.