In September 2018, Innsbruck-Tirol will host the UCI Road World Championships for the first time. The races start in different regions of Tirol – Ötztal, Hall-Wattens, Alpbachtal Seenland, and Kufstein – and lead along varying routes before all finishing in the heart of the regional capital, Innsbruck. This special concept underlines once again Tirol’s position as the leading destination in the Alps for sports fans and nature lovers.
Host City Innsbruck
The Host City Innsbruck has a long and proud history of hosting top sporting events. It has welcomed the Winter Olympics on two occasions, in 1964 and 1976, and attracted numerous other world-class events in the decades since then. Surrounded by the Alps, the city offers a unique combination of urban lifestyle and alpine landscape which has always proven hugely popular with both competitors and spectators alike. The regional capital of Tirol also has a rich pedigree when it comes to roadbike events. More than 30 major roadbike as well as mountainbike races have started in, finished in or passed through Innsbruck – be it the Tour of the Alps or Crankworx, a gravity mountainbike festival in the Bikepark Innsbruck.
Capital of the Alps
From city walks in front of a majestic alpine backdrop to mountain hikes high above the rooftops of the regional capital, Innsbruck is a picture postcard destination for major sporting events. One of the most attractive elements is the harmony of contrasts Innsbruck offers its visitors: urban flair and cultural highlights fuse with alpine nature and imposing mountains. From the heart of the city it takes just 20 minutes to travel up to 2,000 metres above sea level using the funicular railway and cable car. Little wonder that Innsbruck is home to what is regarded as the toughest downhill mountainbike run in Europe, the infamous Nordkette Single Trail. Roadbike riders are also spoilt for choice in Innsbruck, with many challenging routes featuring spectacular panoramic views starting from or leading through the Capital of the Alps.
Host Region Tirol
World-class sport has a long tradition in Tirol. The region is known for its expertise in organising and hosting major international sporting events and attracts millions of visitors every year. In spring and summer Tirol welcomes numerous cycling events, including the Tour of the Alps, the Ötztal Bike Marathon, the Tour de Suisse, the Arlberg Giro, the Dolomites Cycling Tour, the Dreiländergiro, the Tannheimer Tal Bike Marathon, the Imst and Kufstein Bike Marathon, the Tour Transalp, the Race Across the Alps and the Kaunertaler Gletscherkaiser – a list which leaves you out of breath just reading it!
Roadbike riding in the Heart of the Alps
Tirol is a paradise for roadbike enthusiasts who enjoy a challenge. In the Ötztal Valley, for example, riders will find Austria’s highest pass road leading up over the mighty Timmelsjoch. Just a matter of kilometres away, in Sölden, lies the highest point in Europe which can be accessed on a roadbike: the road up to the Rettenbachferner glacier. And, last but not least, the ascent up onto the Kitzbüheler Horn mountain is the steepest climb in Austria. Mountain bikers are also spoilt for choice thanks to more than 5,300km of signposted trails, over 60 sections of singletracks and three bikeparks. Those who prefer to take things easy will find plenty of gentle cycle paths leading along the region’s rivers and valleys, including some of the most beautiful long-distance cycle paths in the Alps.
Top destination in the Alps
With 11.7 million visitors from more than 50 countries and around 47.7 million overnight stays in the tourism year 2016/17, Tirol is one of the top holiday destinations in the Alps. In both summer and winter guests appreciate the natural landscape, top-quality service, state-of-the-art infrastructure and famously warm Tirolean welcome.
For more information about Tirol visit www.tyrol.com
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