Leogang For Mountain Biking
The 60th most popular mountain bike trail in Austria.
Saturday 2 July 2016 06:12 GMT
Southwest of Salzburg and north of Zell Am See, the Leogang area is home to one of the original and best bike parks in Europe . This place is fully geared towards mountain biking during the summer months, especially if freeriding is your bent. There are some absolutely amazing freeride and downhill runs here. They are all graded according to the level of difficulty with runs for all skill levels; even novice riders. There are also some great four-cross and dirt jump areas as well as north shore options. If full on adrenaline is not your thing then there are some decent cross country loops, but do not miss out on a freeride session! There are numerous events held here throughout the summer, too.
During the summer months, the cable car accepts mountain bikes.
Make sure to check out the towns of Saalbach (www.saalbach.com) and Hinterglemm which are just across the mountains southwest from Leogang.
The Speedster (Downhill): Pure fun on a 2,300 meters long and technically very challenging trail. Gnarly roots, steep terrain (average Gradient: 20.7% ) and jumps make the speedster a perfect thrill for advanced riders.
The Flying Gangster (Freeride): 2.5 km of pure adrenalin! Experience a fantastic flow on Bikepark Leogang's freeride trail. It doesn’t matter, if you are a seasoned biker or an absolute beginner: the gravel trails, packed with numerous step ups and step downs, sharp curves, northshore ladders and tunnels, promise the ultimate freeride feeling. Beginners have the option to by-pass the various difficult passages.
The Bongo Bongo, Leogang’s second freeride trail was established in 2009 and diverts from the Flying Gangster about half way down. The Bongo Bongo is spiced up with a lot of easy to ride northshore sections, as well as berms and small wallrides. A trail made for experienced riders looking for flow.
The Hangman (Single Trail): can be divided in two main sections:
A) From the mountain station to the middle station – technically very challenging, including tricky parts on small single trails and northshore elements. A mad experience!
B) From the eastside of the middle station to the valley station: This is a nice and easy going trail where you can test your skills before you try the freeride or downhill tracks. The best trail for beginners or to get the feeling for a rented bike.
The Terminator (Dual Slalom): Two riders can fight head to head, or simply enjoy this fast, smooth trail. Ideal for beginners, who wish to practice their jumps and curve techniques. You can also take advantage of the course’s official timer, which is permanently installed and allows riders to measure their progress.
The Flow Master (Dirt Jump): Nine big sized jumps and two huge turns with berms for experienced riders and professionals. Official course of the 26TRIX – world biggest international mountain bike dirt jump contest. Guarantees the ultimate adrenalin buzz. The track is about 220 meters long and also features three additional, smaller sized doubles parallel to the last section of the track.
The Lumberjack Trail (Northshore): This northshore training park is located between the Terminator and the Flow Master. It features all kind of northshore elements: Drops ( a half to over five meters height!), ladders and logs (width: 80 to 15 centimeters), bridges and Wallrides. Great to train your sense of balance, or to get the ultimate kick dropping.
The 4Cross track at the end of the freeride trail requires all the skills you can muster. Up to four bikers can challenge each other over this course, heading full speed over tables, doubles and steep turns. It also features a permanent starting gate.
Overall, Leogang is the 60th most popular mountain bike trail of all 68 mountain biking rides in Austria.