Mountain Bike & Gondola: The Tirol Mountain Bike Safari

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Esther

Being a passionate road cyclist, Esther Wilhelm believes cycling is... View author

I’m a hard core mountain biker. I’m about having fun while riding up, up, up.  I love to ride the mountain, I love to ‘log miles’, I love to gain elevation and I love to pedal hard. So why should I consider lift-served mountain biking? Hop a gondola or lift to the top, taking the bike up the mountain??? Does this sound appealing to anyone? After all, I got into the sport because I’m after lung-burning uphill climbs, sweating up the hills! Or am I wrong?

Indeed, I was more than sceptic when a colleague told us about the lift assisted Tirol Mountain Bike Safari. However, I’m willing to learn a lesson as well and that’s why I decided to organize a large-scale media visit on that topic. For 15 days, me and 32 journalists explored the options for getting up the mountain with bike all across Tirol, from Nauders on Reschen Pass in the Southwest to Walchsee in the Northeast.

Want to know how I think about it now? Well, honestly speaking, to me mountain biking  is still worth the uphill pedal.

HOWEVER: I found riding the lift assisted Tirol Mountain Bike Safari totally stunning for a variety of reasons:

Mountain bikers taking a rest in Pinnistal, a side valley of Stubaital.

Mountain bikers taking a rest in Pinnistal, a side valley of Stubaital.

Fast Facts on the Tirol Mountain Bike Safari:

The 15  Stages of the Tirol Mountain Bike Safari:

Specific information about each stage, including GPS data for download, comprehensive tour descriptions with trailside eateries and accommodations, tour operators and baggage transfer services can be found at http://www.tyrol.com/bikesafari

If you are pushing a mountain bike, you are still mountain biking. I’d rather sweat up the hill and push my bike down ;o) (Copyright: Michal Szyplinski)

If you are pushing a mountain bike, you are still mountain biking. I’d rather sweat up the hill and push my bike down ;o) (Copyright: Michal Szyplinski)

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