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Switch to your Race Bicycle in your Holidays

Salzkammergut. Cyclists’ hearts are sure to beat faster here.

The SalzburgerLand scenery is marked by lakes and mountains and it offers perfect conditions for your sport. Jakob Schmidlechner, host of the 4-star Hotels Mohrenwirt in Fuschl am See is a sort of “role model” for the new race cycling region of SalzburgerLand- Salzkammergut. The head bare and polished, calves well-shaven, no extra fat on the ribs, wiry and athletic – he embodies the ambitious amateur athlete par excellence. He knows his race bicycle and trains almost like a pro. Additionally he manages a big hotel business.

A travel tale by Leo Musil, published in the “Freie Fahrt” Arbö Clubmagazin, edition April 2012

The following photo gallery can be navigated with the arrow keys (left, right).

Mohrenwirt is one of twenty businesses that have joined forces to form the Road Bike Region. The region comprises six top destinations:  Fuschlsee, Mondseeland, Attersee, Wolfgangsee, Salzburger Seenland, Eugendorf and some villages surrounding the town of Salzburg. The group aims at promoting road cycling and offering all road cyclists, a growingly important group for tourism, need and expect: from lockable bicycle garages with washing place, assembly stand and tool sets to laundry service, food tailored to the needs of athletes to extensive tour information. If you are more a leisure cyclist you can e.g. tackle the Lake Wolfgang – Lake Mondsee Loop starting from e.g. Fuschl (50km). If you are more ambitious you can tackle the Postalm – Pass Gschütt – Bad Goisern – Bad Ischl - St. Gilgen Loop (132km). An updated information folder has just been republished and can be ordered at info@rennrad-austria.at or downloaded at www.rennrad-austria.at.

With Electricity

Since the previous year the Salzkammergut has also been one of the biggest electric bike destinations of the Alpine area.109 electric bikes are available for rental. There are 40 rental and 37 battery changing stations that guarantee that electric cyclists do not run out of electricity. Mountain bikers too get their money’s worth. There are more than 1,300km of developed mountain bike trails.

Author: Leo Musil

Freie Fahrt 4/2012


More Information

Web tips: www.rennrad-austria.at www.salzkammergut.at

Event Tips:

Ladies Days at Mohrenwirt. Road cycling for girls only! Fuschl, 25 to 28 May 2012. www.mohrenwirt.at

Mondsee 5 Lakes Cycling Marathon. Routes of 80, 140 or 200km, Mondsee, 1 July 2012. www.mondsee-radmarathon.com

Salzkammergut Mountain Bike Trophy. One of the top marathons of Europe, extreme version of 211.3km and 7,049m of altitude gain; Bad Goisern, 14 July 2012. www.salzkammergut-trophy.at

Eddy Merckx Classic 2012. More than 1,700 participants take part in the special race cycling highlight with the race cycling legend at the end of the cycling season every year. Eugendorf, 23 September 2012. www.eddy-merckx-classic.com