Length: 2,5 km
Altitude metres: 400 altitude metres
Ascent: 500 altitude metres
Recommended bike: Hardtail, enduro
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Best time for travel: May - October
Guiding: Bikeacademy Kitzbüheler Alpen, Kirchberg in Tyrol
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.