Type of tour:Guided
Level:3
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:15 Miles/day average
Dates: September 7-14, 2014
Tour price:US$1485
Start city:Leogang, Austria
End city:Leogang, Austria
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Ride the trails of Leogang with IMBA
IMBA Week in Austria

Tour Description: Guided

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.

The setting
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.

BikePark Leogang
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.

The program
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.

 


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