East Tyrol where AdventureAustria is based offers many road cycling routes for cyclists. It’s no coincidence that many professional cycling competitions cycle through East Tyrol. Two of the most famous races include the Glockner Runde and the Dolomitenradrundfahrt. Numerous asphalted roads and routes winding through some of the most challenging and spectacular scenery in Austria make cycling in the region a major sporting attraction.
The Grossglocknerrunde is a dream of nearly every cycle racer, taking you along the famous panorama street which leads to the highest mountain in Austria – the Grossglockner. From Lienz the route begins towards Matrei and through the Felbertauern tunnel (by shuttle bus) to Mittersill. From there it’s uphill and steep climbing up to the highest point of the tour (2,576m). From the highest point it is downhill to Heiligenblut and into the Mölltal Valley before another ascent over the Iselberg pass and finally downhill again all the way back to Lienz completing the route.
The legendary Dolomiten-Radrundfahrt gets the hearts beating for every cycling racer! Since 1950 cycling racers and enthusiasts meet every June to take part and cycle around the fantastic Lienzer Dolomite Mountains. The tour begins in Lienz where it follows the river Drau to Oberdrauberg. From there it’s a steep ascent over the Gailbergsattel to Kötschach Mauthen. The route continues through Lesachtal and the well-known towns of Birnbaum Liesing, St. Lorenzen and Maria Luggau. In Abfaltersbach the route splits. The Pustertaler high road is only for the best cyclists whilst the other route, over Thal-Assling and Leisach, is for the less ambitious hobby cyclists. After 112km the race ends at the starting point in Lienz.
Cycling holidays in Lienz
Did you know that Lienz is the city with the most sunshine hours in the whole of Austria? Whether you’re into cycling tours, family cycling, race cycling or mountain biking, every peddler is well catered for! Pack your rucksack, jump onto your saddle and don’t forget your bike pump – there is plenty of cycling to do!
Easy routes for the whole family. Enjoy purpose built cycle paths with families and children in mind and make a stop at many of the sights along the way. The Roman town of “Aguntum” and the impressive canyon “Galitzenklamm” are particular highlights.
Race bike tours
Racing road cyclists should definitely try their luck on the route of the Dolomitenrundfahrt and the Glockner Runde. Both these famous routes are for the absolute cycling athlete.
A paradise for mountain bikers
Fans of mountain biking will enjoy their time in East Tyrol. Over 300km of sign posted mountain bike routes for all levels. Recommended also is the Pustertaler high road, a stage in the legendary Dolomiten-Radrundfahrt which in itself is a challenge even for the professionals.
If you are interested in cycling and discovering East Tyrol on two wheels then the region offers countless opportunities for you cycle holiday. AdventureAustria we would be happy to answer any questions regarding the region and look forward to receiving your enquiry.