GraVity Card: 14 Europese Bike Parks, één seizoenskaart

Het begon in 2008 met een idee: Eén seizoenspas voor meerdere bike parks. Geen gehannes en hoge kosten voor aparte passen bij elk bike park. Zo ontstond de GraVity Card. Een overkoepelende seizoenspas die je een seizoen lang toegang gaf tot vijf Oostenrijkse bike parks: Semmering, Schladming, Wagrain, Saalbach en Leogang. De lijst van aangesloten bike parks is inmiddels grensoverschrijdend en telt met het aansluiten van Bike Park Brandnertal (Oostenrijk) en Bike Park Kranjska Gora (Slovenië) maar liefst 14 parken in 6 verschillende landen.

De GraVity Card is, net als dat bestelbusje dat je op marktplaats hebt gezien, onmisbaar voor een flinke Europese roadtrip langs de vetste bike parks. De kaart is online te bestellen en kost €415,- voor een volwassene, €332,- voor jeugdigen (geboren tussen ’97 en ’99) en €208,- voor kinderen (geboren tussen ’00 en ’09). Met deze persoonsgebonden kaart heb je dus onbeperkt toegang tot alle aangesloten bike parks. Een stevige prijs, maar met een gemiddelde dagprijs van €40,- per park speel je met 11 parkbezoeken quitte. Dat mag dan met recht een fatsoenlijke roadtrip genoemd worden…

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There are at least 14 good reasons to travel through Europe on your bike. The season commences in the middle of April, when the action kicks off in the bike park MTB-ZONE Geisskopf. There is plenty of variety at the facility near Bischhofmais: freeride and downhill trails, a slopestyle line and a course for children are only some of the many attractions in eastern Bavaria. On April 22nd bikers will be able to go shredding without any limitations in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The Trail “DH Veetranz” will play a pivotal role during the iXS European Downhill Cup and will challenge every one of the ambitious riders.
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Very soon GraVity Card holders will be able to ride four different trails and a family area. Shortly after the bike park in Winterberg, North Rhine Westphalia will open its doors and welcome GraVity Card owners. From April 28th freeriders, downhill riders and slopestyle enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice once again. All in all they can choose from ten different routes including a training course and a single trail.

After the first parks have started the season, doors open all around Europe in short succession. Brandnertal, Lenzerheide and Semmering commence their season from the beginning of May. The Gravity scene will be exhilarated by eight different courses and course variations as well as a Bagjump and children’s trail in Brandnertal in Voralberg. In Graubünden the Bikepark Lenzerheide invites riders to shred their slopestyle, flow trails and the World Cup track “Straight-Line” – definitely a highlight for everyone, who wants to put their bike through a stress test. 12 km / 7.4 mi of pure freeride fun for all skill-sets can be found in Semmering in Lower Austria. The variety here also makes decisions very difficult: North Shores or single trails? There will be certainly no reason for boredom. Six more courses will be added by May 7th: the Rocky Mountain Bike World Jasná will start the lifts for the biking world. The park prides itself in having a trail for families and a downhill jewel.

By the middle of May two huge bike parks in Austria will open their gates for the season: Leogang and Saalbach Hinterglemm. Leogang offers nine different trails for a great variety of biking adventures. This season riders will experience the flow more than ever: the new trail “HOT SHOTS – fired by GoPro” is 3.5 km / 2.2 mi long and a biking roller coaster. But of course also downhill enthusiasts will be more than satisfied, thanks to the world cup track “Speedster”. Bikepark Leogang is directly connected with Saalbach Hinterglemm. There, four cable cars, four mountains and a 400 km / 250 mi trails network are waiting for you. The highlights include for example the Z-Line powered by Trek on the Zwölferkogel, the X-Line powered by Conti on the Schattberg, one of the longest and most unique freeride trails in Europe, the Pro Line & Blue Line on the Reiterkogel and the legendary Hacklberg Trail as well as the challenging Bergstadl Trail.

As the temperatures climb the choice of European bike parks to visit will get even bigger. By the end of May Wagrain, Tirol and Planai will open. Nine trails are waiting to be explored in Wagrain, Austria. Amongst these the challenging trail “Hard Rock”, which lies at an impressive altitude of 1,850 m / 6,069 ft., is ready to be conquered by the brave. Two tracks and a slopestyle area with tables, jump boxes, wall rides and big drops will excite freeriders in the Bikepark Tirol. Downhill riders will be looking forward to Planai most. The park is renowned for its world cup course, but also offers flowy freeride fun. Eleven trails including a kiddie’s park and a pump track will convince bikers of all ages.

On June 4th the nature protection period in the Špičák resort reaches its end and the bikers’ season begins. Thanks to the intertwining of tracks, reaching up to 8 km / 4.97 mi long, riders can try out many different styles in one run including DH, freeride, north shore and jumps. What’s more, the jump track for experts will be extended and extra jumps will be added over the cottage. Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis will also start welcoming bikers to their eight trails, kids park, pump track, training area and dirt park from June 11th. The Supernatural Trail was only tested for a few days last October, so this brand new trail is waiting to be explored by you.


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