Road cycling tour: Oetz - Kühtai - Sattele Loop
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KühtaiPhoto: Dominic Kuen, Ötztal
What's more, a short detour to Finstertal water reservoir is an absolute must before you reach the highest point of the tour. Some 370 altitude meters await you on a 3.5 kilometer long stretch.
Rest stopsKühtaier Dorfstadl
Safety informationNational road traffic regulations apply. Generally valid and common rules of conduct.
Please note that there is an increased risk of accidents and injuries in road cycling sports. Despite accurate tour planning, there is always a basic risk. Appropriate tour preparation including endurance sports, suitable training programs and further education as well as personal circumspection considerably reduce accidents and risks.
Tips and hintsMore details about biking & cycling in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/biken
The long and steep road, partly leading through a gallery, takes you towards Kühtai. In the steepest section, you have to overcome a gradient of up to 18 percent. Rhythmic and steady pedaling is absolutely required here on your climb through beautiful high Alpine landscapes. Passing the Längental water reservoir and Dortmunder Hütte, you finally reach the highest point of the tour (2020 m) at the edge of Kühtai. Known as a fairly quiet village in summer, Kühtai offers some places to stop for refreshments before you race down the same route towards Ochsengarten and the valley floor. If you make a right turn, you follow the short ascent (2.9 km and 150 altitude meters) to Haiminger Sattele (1690 m). Here you can also turn-off towards Gasthof Marlstein in the hamlet of the same name, a perfect rest stop place. On the downhill section to Haiming towards Inntal valley you should not underestimate the sometimes steep straights and hairpin bends. Once at the valley bottom, you turn left (westwards) and shortly after Ötztal-Bahnhof you leave the B171 federal road to the left and follow the B186 into the awe-inspiring Ötztal valley. On the wide, heavily travelled Ötztal Federal Road the route climbs slightly up to the starting point in Oetz.
Public transportEnjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at
Getting thereOetz is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps
ParkingThe following parking facilities are available in Oetz / Piburg:
- Parking Acherkogelbahn - free for guests of the gondola lift, camping prohibited
- Parking lot Raftingeinsteinstelle (at the end of Oetz on the right side) - free, but limited parking (alternatively Acherkogelbahn 150 m), camping prohibited
- Oetz parking area (subject to a charge)
- Parking at night during several days' tours: Central parking place Oetz, The ticket is available at the information office Oetz.
- Parking Piburg at the Hotel Seerose, subject to charges.
EquipmentThe personal cycling equipment must be safe, ready for use and correspond to the respective technical standard. Additionally, road cyclists are strongly recommended to find out more about the planned tours in specialist literature or on site. Complete road cycling equipment is recommended even for very experienced cyclists!
Special tip: Bicycle lighting is advisable for the partially sparsely illuminated tunnels.
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