Riding Bike Republic Sölden

Mountain biking in the Austrian Alps
Deep in the Austrian Tyrol region, lies the vibrant town of Sölden.

On one side of the Ötztal valley, the natural trails and tracks draw cross-country skiers in winter, and mountain bikers in summer. On the opposing side, a gondola ferries outdoor enthusiasts of all manner to the mountain peak.

We have been drawn to this area by the promise of an eclectic mix of natural and man-made trails.  We are here for Bike Park Sölden: the new mecca of mountain biking.

This is no ordinary bike park. It is has been crafted by the masters. It would be best described as a bike kingdom: shaped and refined by the greatest names in mountain biking.

Hans Rey: he sculpted that berm. Didi Schneider: he designed this pump track. Chris Bernhard: he formed this signature line.

Bike Republic Sölden is unique. It is currently Europe’s biggest trail construction site, and hopes to be the headline destination for mountain biking in Europe, by 2020.

Built to Enduro

Building the world’s best trail centre demands a modern and sustainable approach.

The dedicated team at Bike Republic Sölden want this mountain bike paradise to be here for many future generations of riders. Sustainability is in the Enduro spirit.

Every metre of the 80 kilometres of trails and lines has been constructed by small teams of passionate riders. Using only small excavators and hand tools, they are sculpted by hand. The aim is to protect the natural beauty of the Ötztal region. Project manager Dominik Linser highlights bridge sections that protect natural swamp regions, and trail routing that protects historic woodland.

“We want to create unforgettable experiences of nature, and especially to act sustainably. Nature is our master”
Dominic Linser – Ötztal Tourismus

Built with Passion

The small teams of trail builders here are so passionate about their craft that the entire network of lines is named in the local Ötztal dialect. Each trail described in a secret-like code.

The passion and knowledge is evident as soon as you clip in and ride a Bike Republic Sölden trail…

“I have to say I really enjoyed the EEBME line, flowing into the OHN Line. The flow was amazing and there was just enough gradient to get some serious speed up without have to slow right down for technical. I like the board sections, very well positioned and a great height to ride in all weathers.” Dave Kilshaw (GripGrab Local Hero)

These are trails that flow. Built by individuals that know how a bike feels and handles.

Berms that can be blasted at maximum speed; cornered as if you were on rails. Tabletops that are just large enough to be cleared, leaving your heart pumping, and hands trembling. Boardwalk sectors that can be ridden at speed, safe in the knowledge that the builder has ridden the corner 100 times, and it has been shaped with the optimal camber.

These are bike riders’ trails. Built by locals and experts, but built for all.

Built for Everyone

Bike Republic Sölden may have been crafted and influenced by the “Kings of Enduro”, but this is unquestionably a mountain bike mecca for everyone.

Blue trails offer accessible riding for all, with B-lines around obstacles, and clear signposting of challenging sectors. Red trails provide steeper slopes, and swooping berms. Black trails are for the most advanced riders, with drops, jumps, and difficult boardwalk sections.

There is a line at Bike Republic Sölden that will bring a satisfied smile to any rider’s face.

Access is for everyone, too. Gondolas can take you to the head of each trail line, and E-MTB hire is available from a plentiful number of local bike shops.

The challenge here is not how to ride it, it is to see how much you can ride.

Built to Explore

Sölden is a destination that invites you to explore.

On completion, Bike Republic Sölden will have over 100 kilometres of trails and lines, but the adventure does not stop there…

Take to the ‘Natural Trails’ on the quiet side of the mountain, for alternative picturesque riding. Alternatively, head to one of the two pump tracks in Sölden, to refine your skills.

Visit one of the 30 alpine huts and restaurants, for a hearty traditional Austrian meal.

Head to “007 Elements”, at 3,050 metres above sea level, for an incredible insight into the making of the most expensive James Bond film to date.

Finally, if you still have energy… climb to the Schwarze Schneid peak, for jaw-dropping views of the Austrian mountain landscape.

 “To me, the beauty of Solden when you’re not on the bike is the breath-taking landscapes. There are countless marked walks and trails to be doing on foot, which take you to places that are just amazing. The food and shopping are also excellent. There is something for everyone.” Dave Kilshaw

Stay and Relax

After an action-packed day, you can reward yourself with the best alpine recovery on offer.

The Ötztal region has it all: a particular highlight is the mountain top spa pool – the Aqua Dome. Enjoy panoramic views, while you soak tired muscles.

For places to stay, select from one of Bike Republic Sölden’s ‘Quality Approved Accommodation’ options and you will get 24-hour kit washing facilities, bike washing areas, tool hire, and secure bike parking. You can relax, knowing everything is taken care of.

The ride of your life…

Clip in, and hold on for the ride of your life. Bike Republic Sölden is a destination that has it all.

Trails that provide a rollercoaster ride, and encourage you to ride further and faster than ever before.

Lines that have been crafted and perfected with care, by the greatest names in mountain biking; to give you the biggest adrenaline surge possible.

Once you have finished carving the berms, and jumping the tabletops, you can relax in Sölden’s unique alpine setting. Accommodation, restaurants and shops; to provide riders with the best possible service at the end of their daily adventures.

Welcome to Bike Republic Sölden: you will never want to leave.

Telling the story to the world

Media Placement

Where can you read it?
Fahrrad.de Magazine

The print publication for the largest online bike shop in Germany, with a circulation of 375,000 (Sept. 2017).

CycleLive Magazine

One of the largest cycling magazine in Belgium, with a circulation of 100,000+ copies in Dutch language (Issue 54).

Luksusland

One of the leading Danish outdoor sports magazines, with a print circulation of 15,000 copies.

GRIPSTER Magazine

GRIPSTER Mag is the in-house publication of clothing brand GripGrab; with a circulation of 10,000 copies.

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