Whether you're a road bike racer, a thrill-chasing mountain biking pro, or simply looking for a relaxing ride on which to enjoy glorious countryside scenes, SalzburgerLand in Austria is a treasure chest of cycling trips
From gentle trails through flowering alpine meadows and alongside clear glacier melt lakes, to extreme downhill single trails through thick forest, each area offers something special for summer holidays . . .
1) E-biking in Hochkönig E-biking is on the rise. Research from Mintel released last month shows that 45% of current cyclists in the UK are interested in test-riding an e-bike, with 14% already planning on purchasing one within the next year. Try out the new trend while visiting Hochkönig: the first region to set up a complete network of charging points both in the valley and up in the mountains. The dedicated 'ii Tour' for e-bikes is a 113km panoramic trail leading through Maria Alm, Dienten and Mühlbach, visiting mountain huts and stunning viewpoints along the way. There's no better way to fall in love with the new electric option for cyclists.
2) Fun for families in St. Johann in Salzburg With children to entertain and teenagers to enthuse, how do you keep everyone happy on holiday? St. Johann in Salzburg prides itself on being the ultimate destination for active breaks with kids on board. Suitable for the whole family, the Tauern Cycle Trail is one of the most captivatingly diverse routes in Austria. Marvel at the Hohe Tauern's panoramic views before heading on an adventure towards the world's largest ice caves, with a break to refresh by dipping a toe or diving into the cool waters of Lake Zell. It's a route on which life-long memories of happy family holidays are meant to be made.
3) Race through Zell am See-Kaprun With nothing but the wind in your face and the gentle whirring of wheels in your ears, road cyclists can fly along the low-traffic valley roads while taking in Zell am See's sublime scenery. Dedicated routes offer detours to, for example, the Kitzsteinhorn, making this area ideal for riders looking to pair cycling with sightseeing. And for visitors seeking out a challenge between more leisurely excursions, road bike riders can put their skills and stamina to the test by exploring the original 90km IRONMAN 70.3 world championship trail. No running shoes or swimsuit needed!
4) Experience the iconic Grossglockner High Alpine Road Awe-inspiring. Imposing. Majestic. Just a few of the adjectives often applied to the Grossglockner. It is Austria's highest mountain, reaching 4,000m above sea level – and thanks to architect Franz Wallack, its peaks have been accessible by road since 1935. The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is 48km long, featuring 36 perfect hairpin turns and deliciously crisp ascents. The prototype for European scenic routes, cycling the Grossglockner High Alpine Road while on holiday in Austria should be on every road bike enthusiast's bucket list.
5) Flow through Saalbach Hinterglemm Check your helmet and stay in your saddle: cycling holidays in Austria aren't restricted to the road. Saalbach Hinterglemm is one of the country's leading regions for mountain bikes and with 400km of trails and tracks – single, downhill, freeride and pump – it leaves little to be desired. Children and beginners can learn the ropes from expert guides before stepping up to the plate on increasingly exciting family-friendly circuits, many of which are dotted with charming mountain huts offering respite and cold drinks. At the other extreme: the BIG-5 Bike Challenge. Five gondolas, five mountains, one day and one gigantic tour.
6) Shred in Saalfelden Leogang Moutain bike lovers and thrill seekers will find a home in Saalfelden Leogang. The Speedster World Championship line (steep, demanding and high-speed with off-camber passages) and The Flying Gangster (wallrides, berms, tables, takeoffs and drops of up to 5m) are just two of the lines within the Epic Bikepark's sprawling network, which introduces two new trails – the Antonius and the Steinberg – this summer. Also new for 2019 is the immense 5,000 meter square asphalt Pumptrack area, including a Jumpline and Dirtline, as well as two new trails – the Schwarzleo and Forsthof – outside the Bikepark. Still looking for more? Visit during September for Saalfelden Leogang's BIKE Festival for competitions, test parcours and parties.