High alpine terrain with ascending mountain slopes and scenically impressive passes are the trademarks of the Ötztal Valley road bike region. Demanding road bike tours with a bundled dose of altitude metres and an impressive alpine panorama are waiting for you here.
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