Length: 2,5 km
Altitude metres: 400 altitude metres
Ascent: 500 altitude metres
Recommended bike: Hardtail, enduro
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Kitzbühel Alps - daredevil ski racers whoosh downhill the Streif in winter. A tranquil valley with beautiful panorama and wonderful trails for bikers can be found in summer where the world’s most spectacular and dangerous ski races are staged and schlager songs are blasted from one or the other après ski bar across the pistes in winter.
Kirchberg in Tyrol is just under one and a half hours away from Munich. As we leave the motorway and approach our destination, I feel like everything around me gets quieter - the houses are getting fewer, the views are more beautiful and the air is cleaner. Klausen, a small village and part of Kirchberg, consists mainly of hotels or apartment buildings. The lady at the reception of our hotel welcomes us and we get to our rooms after a short check-in.
The dinner is excellent, the night is quite and restful. The breakfast the next morning leaves nothing to be desired: a beautiful buﬀet, lovingly arranged. The Bikehotel Klausen is not even a minute away from the lift terminus to the Fleckalm Trail - pure luxury.
But luxury is not on the agenda today because we want to try the new one: The Sun Trail on the southern side of the Brixen Valley. We are already very excited about what lies ahead. Two and a half kilometres of trail and 400 altitude metres downhill don‘t sound too bad for a start. But its quality, not quantity that counts.
The first 500 altitude metres uphill can be accomplished by gondola lift from Brixen. This saves time and energy. The uphill ride to the upper terminus in 1.300 metres above sea level is relaxed, with good views and it’s relatively quick. The Filzalmsee Adventure Park where especially children well get what they desire is near the upper terminus. If you are out and about with children, then take a rewarding detour to the adventure park.
We pedal the altitude metres to the trail entrance. But first we bike in direction Brixen and to the Berggasthof Nieding inn, then left uphill to the Gsengweg trail. We carry on in direction Botenalm to the trail entrance to the right. The excitement increases - a quick tightening of the rucksacks and we are off into the flow. We quickly find the perfect rhythm between waves and curves on the flowy and bouncy trail.
The curves turn into good ridable bends every now and then and the gradient varies; but there are no larger obstacles, interlocked points or larger root terraces. The difficulty is classified as level S0 to S1.
We continue like that through the forest until we cross a short bit of alpine pasture after which we carry on again on waves, tables and banked curves along the stream. The fun ends at the power plant east of Brixen, leaving us with a big grin on our faces.
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Length: 9 km
Altitude metres: 980 altitude metres
Ascent: mountain cableway
Recommended bike: All mountain, Enduro, Trail
Biking technique: ●●●●○
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Best time for travel: May - October
It wasn't that long ago that the entire bike industry gathered here at the Fleckalm Trail. The occasion was the Eurobike Demo Days where journalists could test the latest models of the bike industry. Fortunately, it is quieter today - and yet, we still party hard here in the Brixen Valley.
The new Fleckalmbahn in Klausen takes you in comfort uphill to the upper terminus in 1,797 metres above sea level. Once at the top, follow the signs to the marked trail start, where the first downhill metres are managed on a forest road.
Initially, the route runs parallel to the ski slope through a root-covered forest area. You cross the ski slope after a short transfer section along the forest road. The brown ribbon of the trail now meanders through lush green alpine meadows. Before the trail leads into a dense forest, there are still some fun banked curves and small tables waiting to be enjoyed. Curve by curve, the route winds its way down the steep, root-covered forest slope. Short counter-climbs get you in a sweat time and again. After passing the Fleckalm mountain inn, you can look forward to more flow again. Fast banked curves and smaller jumps provide variety on this section. Afterwards you bike along the edge of the forest, across beautiful alpine meadows and finally through a wonderful forest back to the lower terminus of the Fleckalmbahn.
With a length of 9 kilometres, the Fleckalm Trail is one of the longest single trails in Tyrol. Surrounded by the impressive mountain world of the Kitzbühel Alps, the diverse route meanders downhill to an altitude of around 1,100 metres. The Fleckalm Trail completes the region’s trail ensemble. We are especially impressed by the view here - in the lower open part, the trail meanders in numerous curves along the edge of an alpine meadow and draws our eyes to the mountains in the distance. A good time for a stop. We sit in the sun, let our eyes wander and think about why we feel so comfortable here, so welcome. And that's probably it - we as bikers are simply welcome and they have created an infrastructure that makes everyone happy, from beginners to experienced trail bikers. The homebrewed beer afterwards in the Wilde Gams, the jump into the refreshing Lake Schwarzsee or simply a ride on the Fleckalm Trail. It feels good to be here, it feels good to be welcome.