Racing biking in the Ötztal
The high Alpine beauty of the Ötztal in Tyrol is hard to beat. The steep flanks of the mountains and the challenging mountain pass roads up to the Rettenbachferner and the Timmelsjoch send a clear message: don’t try and look for relaxing, leisure tours here. But this is exactly the appeal of the Ötztal.
Racing biking in the Ötztal in Tyrol
Difficult tours with steep ascents are what you can generally expect. Certainly all serious racing bikers should try the climb to the Rettenbachferner. This is though a tour really only for the most hard-core amongst racing bikers. The Ötztal Glacier Road stretches for more than 30 km from Sölden to the areas of the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers.
The Glacier Road: a mixture of pleasure and hard graft
Relentless, never ending gradients of a constant 12 to 14° between the bends, the thin mountain air, and effort that takes your breath away almost result in racing bikers forgetting the spectacular views of the surrounding Ötztal Alps. But only almost! Reaching the base of the glacier, a never seen glacier panorama and – even better – a racy downhill route to Sölden await as a reward.
The Ötztal bike marathon
The highlight here is surely the annual Ötztal bike marathon. The route takes you from Sölden, over the Kühtai, Brenner, Jaufen and Timmelsjoch passes back to Sölden. Covering 238 km and 5500 vertical metres, it is the toughest racing biking challenge in the Ötztal area.