The season of shred is around the corner! Winter is making way for summer, sunshine, good vibes and some serious bike action! It’s time to dust off your bike for a season of endless trails and adventures! No matter whether you’re a seasoned bike rider or heading into your first summer on the bike – your license to ride – the GraVity Card – is the only ticket you’ll need to make this summer unforgettable.
With 20 bike parks on its roster and more than 160 trails waiting to be ridden, the GraVity Card stands for action, adrenaline and unlimited riding pleasure. The GraVity Card is your perfect road trip companion and will never leave your pocket as you and your bike travel across Europe, going from bike park to bike park. With bike parks in 6 different countries and a serious variety of trails, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an enduro-machine, a freerider, an aspiring downhill racer, a family rider or a rookie, you’ll find the trail and the perfect park for you. For 2019, there are two new additions to the GraVity roster – MTB Zone Bikepark Willingen and MTB Zone Bikepark Petzen, the latter of which will be a joy to all riders wanting to test their skills on an official Enduro World Series trail.
If you spend more time on a bike than on your feet, the GraVity Card is a steal which pays for itself in just a few days. Adults pay €470 for the full season, while teenagers pay €355 and children pay €222.
This summer will be wild, exciting and filled with adventure! The bike parks don’t only offer endless trails, but also cater to some world-class events which you should definitely not miss! Below is a selection of 2019 season event highlights which are taking place at GraVity Card bike parks:
03.05.-05.05. iXS European Downhill Cup, Bikepark Kranjska Gora
25.05.-26.05. Austrian Downhill National Championships & Upper Austrian Championships, Bikepark Wurbauerkogel
30.05.-02.06. iXS Dirt Masters Festival Winterberg, Bikepark Winterberg
07.06.-09.06. Out of Bounds Festival incl. Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup, Bikepark Leogang
Meet the bike parks
The Epic Bikepark Leogang: Bikepark Leogang isn’t just trying to tease you with a new name, but also with plenty of new options that can be experienced from mid-May to November. Four new trails, a brand new 5,000m2 /53,800 sqft. pump track, which features both a jump- and a dirt-line, offers fun for all levels of riders – from rookie to pro. The Riders Playground, the biggest beginner-area in Europe, allows you to polish up your skills before heading up the mountain with the gondola.
Saalbach Hinterglemm: Jumps, steep berms, freeride trails, North Shore elements and seriously rooty single trails await you in Saalbach Hinterglemm and is open from the end of Mai until October. A total of four gondolas give you access to all the goodies that the region has to offer. If you want to work on your speed and technique, the pump track and the technical skills area is exactly what you need.
Bikepark Wagrain im Snow Space Salzburg: This bike park doesn’t only score high because of its proximity to Salzburg and the A10 highway, but especially for their Flow- and single trails, which provide an action-filled ride for amateurs and pros alike. The bike park is open from Saturday to Sunday from 8thof June to 23rd and for the entire week from the 24th of June until the 10th of September.
Reiteralm Trails & Bikepark Schladming: Bikepark Schladming is taking a break this season in order to build a new 10 person gondola as well as a number of trails, which can be tested at the grand ReOpening in 2020. But the Schladming-Dachstein has something new for 2019 as well – the opening of the Reiteralm trails, which consist of a number of Flow- and single trails, offering a lot of fun outside of the main bike park.
Lenzerheide Bikepark: The Swiss bike park has been reshaped and offers the perfect mix for riders of all levels thanks for its five diverse trails. If you’re feeling bold, you can try your skills on the World Cup Downhill track and work on your jumps in the Slopestyle and Jump Area. Lenzerheide Bikepark is open from May until November.
Bikepark Brandnertal: Situated right in the middle of Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, this bike park offers bike riders eight different trails, accessible from May to October. The infamous „Tschack Norris“ downhill track offers a serious adrenaline kick and is the same trail used during the iXS European Downhill Cup. Additionally, construction is currently underway on two trails that will be opened in August.
Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis: Nine perfectly shaped trails await bike-fans of all different levels from June to October. Thanks to the perfect mix of trails – from easy trails through the woods to a freeride trail that offers more than 40 jumps and some very wild single trails, this bike park caters to every rider.
3 Länder Enduro Trails Reschenpass: This Enduro paradise offers over 28mi / 46km of endless adventure and is open from May to October. The natural trails in this bike park range from flowy and fast to technical and steep – there’s something for everyone here. Surrounded by Alpine mountain ranges, the 24 trails will let you visit multiple countries during a single ride.
Bike Republic Sölden: Bike Republic Sölden has an extensive playground for riders. From June until September, riders can choose from nine different Flow lines, 15 natural trails and two pump tracks. Another highlight is the opening of the GAHE LINE, an 5mi / 8km long trail which features big berms, rollers and tables and caters to every single rider, no matter the level. Thanks to the GAHE LINE, riders can look forward to a top-to-bottom descent that’s just over 7mi / 11km in length and starts at the Giggijochbahn.
Bikepark Innsbruck: This versatile bike park is open from May until November and offers family-friendly adventure, while also catering to those riders looking for something more technical. For 2019, Crankworx will feature a new Downhill track, directly in Mutters, which will be opened to the public right after the event. If you want to feel like a real-life Crankworx athlete, you can try out the Crankworx Innsbruck Dual Slalom course or the pump track at the bottom of the lift.
Bikepark Tirol: For all of those looking for a serious adrenaline kick, Bikepark Tirol is the perfect destination. From June to September, impeccably shaped freeride and downhill trails are waiting to be shredded. If you’re looking to up your trick-game, the slopestyle course is what you’re looking for. Nestled in Tyrol’s breathtaking mountain scenery, this bike park has an infrastructure like no other and a fast lift gets you up the mountain in no time.
Bikepark Winterberg: Riders can expect 11 professionally shaped trails with a total length of 7.5mi/ 12km, which cater to downhill racers, freeriders, slopestyle riders, whether rookie or pro-rider. Bikepark Winterberg is open from April until November and will see a jump line added to its roster, which will offer some serious airtime. The modern chairlifts take everyone up the mountain quickly, so that the waiting at the bottom is minimal.
MTB Zone Bikepark Geisskopf: Fun, action and adrenaline are guaranteed from April until October! Riders that don’t want to lose their „Spirit of Flow“ will definitely want to ride Germany’s first Flow Country Trail, a fast and flowy trail that will put a smile on your face. If you’re looking for something a little more risky, the rooty and rocky freeride- and downhill trails will tickle your fancy while E-Bikers can also challenge themselves on the Bosch eBike Uphill Flow Trail.
Bikepark Spicak: The biggest and also oldest bike park in Czechia is open from May until October. Spicak is known for the wide offering of trails for riders of all skill levels. All the trails feature a natural style, plenty of flow and a fun character. The “Struggle“ downhill track, which plays host to an iXS European Downhill Cup stop, is filled to the brim with rocks, roots, drops and jumps and is one of Europe’s most technical downhill tracks. In 2019, the „Black Friday“ track will be reshaped and new Northshore elements will be added to the „Air & Stone” line. Additionally, a Skill Centre will be built specifically for rookie riders.
Bikepark Wurbauerkogel: From easy rookie trails like the „Blue Lollipop“ to hardcore downhill trails like the “Black Widow“, Bikepark Wurbauerkogel offers plenty of action for every single rider, including a brand new 3mi/4,5 km long single trail on the Wurzeralm in Spital am Pyhm, while a pump track at the bottom of the trails caters towards youngsters. Bikepark Wurbauerkogel is open from May until October.
Bikepark Semmering: No matter whether you’re cruising on the Family Line, enjoying the freeride trail with its many jumps, giving it your all on the downhill line, flowing down the “Sweet & Sexy” trail or getting some airtime on the slopestyle line, Bikepark Semmering has you covered from May until the end of October.
Bikepark Kranjska Gora: The Slovenian bike park opens its doors as early as April and welcomes riders with countless combinations of trails, totaling well over 12.5mi/20km in length. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for action on the downhill trails, you’re looking to fly high on the jump lines or if you’re just looking to cruise on the Family and Enduro-lines, Kranjska Gora offers riders everything they need.
Bikepark Krvavec: The bike park has 6 marked mountain bike trails with the biggest elevation drop among bike parks in Slovenia. It offers rides for all tastes and skill levels: Rock‘n‘flow, Muci, Bambino, Panorama and the Jezerca trail that connects the top of the bike park to the Muci trail. Together they form an almost 6mi / 10 km long and 3,300ft / 1,000 vertical meter high trail all the way down to the bottom cable car station of the bike park.
MTB Zone Bikepark Willingen: With its wide selection of trails, the newest addition to the GraVity Card roster appeals to a wide audience. From April until October, all GraVity fans can explore the two Flow Country trails, as well as try their skills on the freeride and downhill sections. Two bike rental shops, a Bike School, a gondola and an eight-person chairlift complete the picture.
MTB Zone Bikepark Petzen: Petzen is also a new addition to the GraVity roster and is open from May until October and offers an almost endless (7mi / 11 km in length) Flow Country trail and a 7-kilometer-long Enduro trail called Thriller. For those of you looking for a challenge, the EWS Trail will test all of your skills and give you a taste of the Enduro World Series. New for 2019 is the Enduro Park.
About GraVity Card
With the GraVity Card, the key to 20 bike parks with the perfect mix of trails is in your pocket. Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovenia and Italy are all potential destinations for GraVity Card holders in the upcoming season. This season GraVity Card includes even more kilometers of shreddable dirt trails: Bikepark Leogang, Saalbach Hinterglemm, Bikepark Semmering, Bikepark Wagrain, Bikepark Schladming-Dachstein, Bikepark Winterberg, MTB Zone Bikepark Geisskopf, Bikepark Špičák, Bikepark Tirol, Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Lenzerheide Bikepark, Bikepark Brandnertal, Bikepark Kranjska Gora, Bikepark Wurbauerkogel, Bike Republic Sölden, Bikepark Krvavec, 3 Länder Enduro Trails, Bikepark Innsbruck, MTB Zone Bikepark Willingen and MTB Zone Bikepark Petzen, boast over 150 kilometers of exciting trails. (Prices 2019: Adults 470 Euro, Teenagers 355 Euro, Children 222 Euro).
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