Bike Four Peaks
4th to 7th June 2014
BIKE Four Peaks starts in Saalfelden Leogang
The route for 2014 is fixed.
Little days before the online registration to the second edition of the BIKE Four Peaks starts, has the organizer not only the stage destinations fixed, he also reported the exact route design for 2014. The motto “old meets new” draws a line throw the whole event. The main route throw Pinzgau and Tyrol stays the same, but from 4th to 7th June, there will be new routes, because of the different stage destinations.
It starts from Leogang and continues over Lofer, Kirchberg, Neukrichen and ends in Kaprun. In course of overall 27.494 km and 9.238 meters altitude awaits the professionals and beginners equally pure fun. On every of the four stages expect you not only a “Gipfel Pate”, there are also a “world championship-proven” cream trails.
The BIKE Four Peaks are an absolute must, after the successful debut 2013, in every mountain bike calendar. In process of this four-day long race from 4th to 7th July 2014 crosses nearly 1000 participants on four stage destinations in beautiful bike panorama.
Overall, on the route from Leogang over Lofer, Kirchberg and Neukirchen, to Kaprun, are 9.250 meters altitude in 275 kilometers on the program.
Additionally is the possibility for every individual starter, to join, with a minimum of 3 participants, in a team together.
The four day-long tour of legs will take place again in 2014 in Pinzgau and Tyrol. This time the starting location is Leogang, the former venue of the UCI Mountain Bike & Trail Champion ship.
The new challenge is representing the integration of particular sections of the hangman trail at the bike park in Leogang, which offers worldcup routes on a high niveau.
Compared to the previous year, the third leg leads from Kirchberg directly to Neukirchen and at least to Kaprun. The change of the route promises plenty of mountainbiking.
Leogang – Lofer
76,61 km, 2281 meters altitude difference
Trail: Hangman trail
Character: In the upper, shorter part (exit Hangman I) it is a demanding tub with several rough roots at the end. The lower part (Hangman II) is a perfectly shaped freeride line in the woods with laylines and small bumps. Easy to ride; the pace is set by the level.
Completely new and extremely versatile the first stage rocks the second edition of BIKE Four Peaks. The race starts at the epicenter of the Salzburg biking scene, the bikepark Leogang. At first, the field in the Schwarzleotal swirls up just to absorb the great panoramas of the Leoganger Steinberge on the ridgeway. The tension is discharged on the Hangman trail, one of the signature specials of the bikeparks, that is created as a super flowing fun trail in the lower area. After a brief detour at Leoganger's sunny side the ride continues in a relaxing way through the Saalachtal and then up to the Loferer Alps. Two sporty ascents to Hischbichl and Hundalm demand quite a lot of fitness in the end. The reward for over 2000 meters altitude difference is a superb view at the massif of the Loferer Steinberge. Following a quick descent the cruising on the forest path through Bairau begins on the way to the final stretch in Lofer.
Lofer – Kirchberg in Tirol
75,51 km, 2511 meters altitude difference
The most challenging stage section: an exciting transition from flowing Alp meadow trails and rough root passages. Some very demanding root carpets in the middle part.
From Lofer the trail leads over the Pass Strub up to Tirol ascending slowly to the Waidringer ridgeway. The steep ride downwards on loose rubble to St. Adolari requires full concentration before the simple biking routes passing the Pillersee bring the racers to St. Johann.
From Oberndorf to Kitzbühel there is a hill on the versatile ways that lets you savor the view at the Wild Kaiser and get warm for the powerful final ascent. From the finishing jump line of the legendary ski-run, the Streif, the stage goes steeply downwards to the Ehrenbachhöhe, where the final Fleckalm trail begins. A true trail kingsize that requires a good riding technique, and again this is technique-wise the highlight of BIKE Four Peaks.
Kirchberg in Tirol – Neukirchen am Großvenediger
46,26 km, 2465 meters altitude difference
Character: Top shaped cross-country trail neither rooty nor rocky, but firmly steep and angled, a real appetizer for trail-fans.
Character: In the upper part a wonderful Alp meadow path that turns a bit rough and steep but it is not extremely challenging. A real tidbit.
Character: First-class panorama trail frenzy. Through the forest in the Pano section rather earthy and stony; in the forest rather rooty. Apart of a few challenging parts this trail offers you pure riding fun.
The whole package of instant mountainbiking. Some hot water and you have in less than 50 kilometers everything that you need. Three great trails wrapped in a breathtaking landscape that celebrates its peak at the Wildkogel, when the white giants of the Hohen Tauern appear before you. If there is someone out there, who will not like this stage, then he should sell his bike and do something else instead.
Neukirchen am Großvenediger – Kaprun
76,56 km, 1981 meters altitude difference
Character: A zigzag path for easyriders in a steep meadow slope with not too narrow switchbacks and a great view at the Zeller See.
From Neukirchen the trail leads on the Tauern biking way to Bramberg and through the Mühlbachtal up to the Plattwald, and then through it towards the Pass-Thurn. A brief steep forest path pushes your level before the trail goes downwards on Alp and goods roads to Mittersill. On the Tauern biking road the route leads without any ascents or descents to Kaprun, that is, to the meadow of Kazur, that has become legendary already after the first race last year. After the steep part over the racing track you will ride up to the finish before the eyes of the spectators to the rewarding extra round over the Maiskogel to the final cherry on the top, the simply beautiful Bachlertrail. Past the turquoise green Klammsee the trail leads to Kaprun to the last, flat final stretch.