The Tyrolean Ötztal Valley is hard to beat when it comes to scenic, high alpine beauty. The majestic glaciers, steeply rising mountain faces and the challenging, curvy pass roads make it rather clear: relaxed leisure tours are hard to find here. But this is exactly the attraction of road biking in the Ötztal Valley.
Our tips for your road cycling tours in the Ötztal Valley
An absolute highlight is the ascent to the Rettenbachferner; with its 2,670 altitude metres, it is the highest point in the Alps accessible by road bike. Some previously clocked up altitude metres are an absolute must here. Relentless, seemingly endless inclines of 12 to 14 percent between the curves, thin air and literally breath-taking exertion almost let you forget the spectacular views to the surrounding Ötztal Valley Alps. But only almost. Once you have reached the base of the glacier, you will be rewarded with a never seen glacier panorama and – even better – a racy downhill ride back to Sölden.
Sölden is also the starting point of the famous Ötztal Valley Bike Marathon, the highlight of the road bike season in the Ötztal Valley. The route leads from Sölden via the Kühtai, Brenner, Jaufen Pass and the Timmelsjoch back to Sölden. Participants must conquer 238 km and 5,500 altitude metres.
Road bike highlights of the region
- Ötztal cycle sports camp
- Ötztaler Bike Marathon
On a road bike holiday in the Ötztal Valley in Tyrol, you can expect majestic glaciers and steeply rising mountain faces. No need to say that the road bike tours in this region are challenging. The road bike accommodations of this destination provide the best services for road bikers for that reason. The hosts provide tips for tours and serve nutritious food for cyclists. With the road bike safely locked away in the bike storage room, relaxation in the wellness area is on the agenda after a tour.