Biking, whether in the mountains around St. Anton, seeking thrills at one of Europe’s top bike parks in Saalbach- Hinterglemm, taking it easy by e-bike in the Kitzbüheler Alpen, or following the Giro-Italia route in the hills above Limone on Lake Garda, is the perfect way to explore the Alps this summer.
Passionate bikers want variety, and relaxation also forms part of the day. This could be a dip in a bathing lake along the way or an afternoon stroll, for example, to take a break from pushing the pedals. Those new to the sport and less enthusiastic bikers also need other activities to complete their break. So a biking holiday doesn’t just have to mean strenuous physical effort, but also downtime and fun. Several hotels in Austria and Italy offer so much more to do than pure biking.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm, for example, offers a huge trail network and Mountain Bike Legend Richie Schley has even put his name to it – and if it’s good enough for him then it’s good enough for anyone. The ‘Bike-Circus’ comprises both resorts and there are lifts that go up from both town centres. There are trails for every level of rider ability and for every category of rider interest. The four-star Hotel Sonnleiten in Saalbach offers free use of their range of mountain bikes and helmets and with the free ‘joker Card’, your lift tickets are free too. Prices from £485 per person including flights from Gatwick, transfers, a week’s half board accommodation with Crystal Summer (www.crystalsummer.co.uk and 0871 230 8180).