We have created the ultimate bike playground with miles of routes and trails designed to exhilarate all abilities both on- and off-road. You can ride for fun with friends, join group rides with our presenters or sign up to coaching sessions to improve your riding skills. Challenge yourself with epic climbs and descents, or sign up to one of the races across the weekend. Bring your bike of choice, or try something new with hire and demo bikes available.
All routes are clearly marked and designed so you can explore and ride at your own pace. Scheduled rides with the presenters, coaches and special guests will also be available to join and will be available to register for closer to the event. Bike hire, unlimited uplift mountain bike passes and coaching sessions will also be available and can be purchased as an optional extra.
Gravity, trail and cross country riders alike will all find trail nirvana in Saalbach, with over 400km of downhill, cross-country and all-mountain routes for all abilities, including Saalbach-Hinterglemm’s bike park and the BIG-5 Bike Challenge. The stunning Austrian mountains can be easily explored on marked trails with a linked lift network, including the neighbouring region of Leogang and it's bike park and World Cup downhill run. Some of our favourite trails are detailed below but for full details visit the Saalbach website.
The Hacklberg Trail starts on Schattberg mountain in Saalbach and leads through the Westgipfel peak to Hinterglemm. It is one of the most beautiful single tracks in the valley and has earned an excellent reputation beyond the borders of Austria. With a length of six kilometres, this panorama run is a true playground for mountain bikers.
The Bergstadl Trail on Schattberg mountain is a treat for both enduro riders and freeriders! It is a more demanding alternative to the Hacklberg Trail and offers numerous technical features. This trail offers everything: fantastic scenery and breathtaking views, roots, rocks, sharp bends and longer passages that can be taken in one go. A lot of minor, technical challenges imposed by this delightful nature trail require full concentration and riding skills.
The Wurzel Trail leads through a much quieter environment on the Kohlmais than most of the trails in Saalbach Hinterglemm. It feels as if you were miles away from the freeride area near the cable cars. The path, which is completely natural, connects the Kohlmaisgipfel peak with the Wildenkarkogel mountain and runs without a noticeable incline, but is full of roots and minor ups and downs along the mountain slopes. True to the motto “back to the roots”, this route was adapted from an old path and not specifically designed for bikers. Root junkies will experience true moments of happiness here.
With a length of over 6km and descent of 1,025m the X-Line is one of the longest freeride routes in Europe and has a reputation as an intense, technical and demanding trail. We can't wait to try this one at Global Bike Festival in June!
Saalbach-Hinterglemm and the valleys surrounding the Zell-am-See region offer some real hidden gems for road riders. A superb network of purpose built bike paths provide a closed road experience to explore the forests, lakes and rivers through the valleys. For more of a challenge riders can tackle epic climbs including Dienten Saddle or the world famous Grossglockner – the highest paved road in Austria.
The famous Grossglockner is a definite bucket list climb and is one of the highlights for road riders at Global Bike Festival taking riders to the highest pass in Austria at 2571m. The climb itself averages 8.3% over 21.4km with 36 hairpin bends. At the summit there is an extra sting in the tail with an optional extra cobbled climb up to the viewing area (see adjacent picture). The route will be fully signposted and there will be guided rides across the Festival weekend - click here for route details and map.
A less well known climb in the region is the Dienten Saddle located around the small village of Dienten am Hochkönig. The highlights of this loop are the ascent to the Filzensattel, the brisk and curvy descent towards Lend and the imposing panorama on the Embach plateau. The route will be fully signposted and there will be guided rides across the Festival weekend - click here for route details and map.
The Pillersee loop is a beautiful ride that is enjoyable for beginners and more advanced riders. The unique aspect to this route is the network of dedicated bike paths that traverse the valley taking riders off the main roads effectively providing a car free riding experience for much of the route. The route will be fully signposted and there will be guided rides across the Festival weekend - click here for route details and map.
With hundreds of miles of gravel roads and trails across the resort, Saalbach-Hinterglemm is a paradise for gravel and adventure riders. Our routes will give you the chance to explore the hidden beauty of the Austrian Alps providing fun and challenging courses to suit all abilities. Gravel routes coming soon.
CHOOSE YOUR BIKE: A gravel bike is the go-to bike for the gravel rides. However there are no limitations. A ‘cross bike, mountain bike or a road bike with gravel-proof 32mm+ tires (with tread!) will also do the job. Not got a gravel bike? No problem: we’ll have a fleet of gravel bikes available that you can hire.
Gravel-Devil is bursting with tough climbs and beautiful views. The loop is actually short but a lot of fun with plenty of huts for rest stops and a refreshing drink (or two) - click here for full route details and map.
This gravel tour leads along picturesque bike paths with a final difficult uphill to the Spielberghaus, before returning to the center of Saalbach - click here for full route details and map.
Extreme Scream pays homage to the landscape. A creative combination of the legendary Steinberg loop with gravel sections to the Tyrolean "Schreiende Brunnen"! The route is packed with tough elements like uphills and high-speed gravel sections where you can push your limits - click here for full route details and map.
This 3 lakes tour leads from Saalbach across Lake Zell to Klammsee at the foot of the Kitzsteinhorn. Then you ride to the Ritzensee in Saalfelden and back to Saalbach - click here for full route details and map.
As well as epic riding, the Global Bike Festival will also offer epic racing. Whether you are a mountain goat or live for the downhills there will be a competition made for your skills. Race for glory against friends and the GCN/GMBN/EMBN team with prizes and bragging rights up for grabs. Additional races will be announced over the coming months...
The GCN KOM Challenge will be one of the highlights of Global Bike Festival. Quite simply it is a race up a mountain! All riders who want to take part in the KOM Challenge will be given a timing chip and invited to take on the gruelling KOM course - the climb is nearly a vertical 1km as riders will ascend 977m over 10km. All racers will see their times on the leaderboard at the summit where you can enjoy some drinks as you watch the other riders roll in.
We will be creating a special criterium circuit that starts and finishes in the Festival village and drops in and out of the underground car park at the Schattberg X-Press gondola. The figure of 8 course will host a series of races each day of Global Bike Festival. We'll find out the fastest MTB and Road riders before hosting a mixed discipline grand final to see who truly is the fastest...