Are you planning to cycle in the Alps this summer? You’ll probably think first of the French Alps when answering this question, but the host location of this year’s UCI World Championships is definitely worth further investigation. Innsbruck in Austria is doing a lot to promote itself as a cycling city—the most successful women’s professional cyclist right now, Anna van der Breggen from the Netherlands, trained there for two weeks and was impressed.
World Champs recon
Anna is a serious contender to win the Women’s UCI World Championships jersey later this year. She is riding incredibly well at the moment and has this season already won the Tour of Flanders, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Strade Bianchi and La Flèche Wallonne!
Van der Breggen has just returned from a two-week reconnaissance around Innsbruck, aimed at increasing her chances during the World’s, which are being held between September 22nd and 30th this year. The Women’s course is 156,7 kilometres long and includes three laps of a local circuit in an area near the city.
“My first impression of Innsbruck? Steep!”
Innsbruck is a great base camp for cyclists who enjoy a challenge. The climbs are steep and ideal for cyclotourists who want to ride the actual World Champs circuit, or are simply seeking a tough cycling break in a beautiful setting.
But Innsbruck isn’t only interesting because you can spend hours cycling in the area. The city’s historic centre is certainly worth checking out, and within 20 minutes in a cable car you can be hanging out at 2,000 metres. With or without your bike.
Walking, mountain biking, cycling
Innsbruck, the capital of the Tirol, has a history that goes back 800 years. It is surrounded by hills and is the perfect place for an active outdoor break. During the winter, it’s obviously a great area for skiing, but more and more people are visiting during the summer.
There are a lot of trails for off-road biking, and it’s not unusual to take a downhill mountain bike in a ski lift and use it just to ride down the mountain. We at The Prologue don’t really approve of this way of riding but, hey, each to his or her own. You can also use the lifts to simply access the more mountainous terrain and cycle around.
Looking for a challenging summer Alpine location? Maybe it’s worth checking out Innsbruck as a base for your next trainings camp.