Join GCN to explore the stunning Austrian Alps around Saalbach-Hinterglemm.
All road rides will be organised as guided groups with groups for different abilities each day - ride routes and programme coming soon...
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 Pillersee Loop 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.
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.
Difficulty: ModerateDistance: 124.3kmElevation: 781m
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.