Cycling tour on the Mitterberg with the wintry Grimming in the background | © Steiermark Tourismus | Cycling tour on the Mitterberg with the wintry Grimming in the background | © Steiermark Tourismus |
Speed and spectacular views

Road cycling in Styria

Sporty challenges on the mountain roads of the north or Mediterranean adventures in the south: In the green heart of Austria, road cycling dreams come true.

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Speedy, challenging routes get your adrenaline flowing during road cycling. But don’t forget to take a break from time to time to savour the impressive views of the Enns valley! The mountain pass roads of the Schladming-Dachstein region are simply perfect for exploring the fascinating mountain world of the green heart of Austria with your road bike. Expect splendid views and steep ascents on three of the region’s most beautiful mountain roads. For instance, the 10.2-kilometre-long Stoderzinken panoramic road rewards you with marvellous vistas of the High Tauern and Lower Tauern mountains as well as of the Gesäuse region and Grossglockner mountain.

While cycling along the Dachstein road, you can marvel at the mountain of the same name. Covering an altitude difference of 1,150 metres, you can cycle up to the top of Styria’s highest mountain. Road cycling enthusiasts will also love the scenic road up to Sölk Pass at 1,788 metres above sea level, which is dotted with charming mountain huts for relaxed breaks. Good to know: If you’re looking for a more leisurely tour, why not cycle along the Enns river? The Enns cycle path offers you amazing views of the Dachstein, Stoderzinken and Grimming and leads you past burbling streams, charming villages and historic towns.

An excellent topography and low-traffic roads

Eastern Styria – a well-kept road cycling secret

Thanks to its location, topography and road network, Eastern Styria is a great region for road cycling. There’s a vast choice of trails and low-traffic roads, some of them level like the ones leading to Hungary, some of them hilly like those running towards Southern Styria and Graz. The region boasts numerous tours for all skill levels that were developed together with local road cyclists. So whether you’re a beginner or an advanced rider – there’s bound to be the perfect route waiting for you in Eastern Styria.

Our tip: The two Bett+Bike” partners Locker & Legere and Garten-Hotel Ochensberger in St. Ruprecht an der Raab are only two of the many accommodation options with special offers for road cyclists.

Down in the south

Mediterranean atmosphere in the Styrian Spa Country

If you enjoy cycling in near-Mediterranean temperatures, the Styrian Spa Country is just the place for you. Boasting particularly mild temperatures and Austria’s highest average annual hours of sunshine, the road cycling season kicks off as early as April in Bad Radkersburg. With its small, historic Old Town and the nearby UNESCO Biosphere Park, the town of Bad Radkersburg is the ideal starting point for road cycling tours. Soak up the lush green of Styria’s nature, or pop over for a short visit to the neighbouring countries of Slovenia and Hungary.

Road cycling newbies benefit from the many guided tours. Another highlight is the annual Road Cycling Camp in spring. It’s the perfect opportunity to join guided scenic tours and get some expert tips.

Did you know? The region boasts the highest density of “Bett+Bike” accommodation partners in all of Austria!

Cycling events in styria

Events and camps are deeply rooted in the history of racing bikes in Styria: as early as 1884, the Graz Bicycle Club initiated the construction of a sand track for races and corso rides in the park of the Graz industrial hall. With a length of 690.3 meters, the track was the longest on the European mainland. It experienced its baptism of fire during the 1st Bicycle Meeting in June 1884 with bi- and tricycle championships.

Numerous racing bike events still take place today. These include the International Cycling Youth Tour of Eastern Styria and the Ultra Rad Challenge.

Heartily recommended by Styria