Probably the most beautiful Nation in the Alps is already in the right mood for the 2019 mountain biking season. The ultimate BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN inaugurates its longest line, pampers all citizens and celebrates a unique comeback. The legendary TRAILMASTER CHALLENGE – one of the most exciting multi stage races of the biking scene – will find its new home in Sölden.
The world’s international States may do what they want – Sölden probably has founded the funniest and most welcoming Republic in the World. Anyone who enjoys biking and respects nature and all fellow citizens is warmly welcome to join the unrivaled BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN – friends of the ultimate flow, passionate freeriders, trail novices, downhillers, children and all those still young at heart. The BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN is a place where everyone will feel at ease, a home with endless trail opportunities right on your doorstep.
Smooth flow lines, challenging downhill rides, tours made to measure for endurists – The BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN serves a varied bike menu comprising 9 perfectly shaped lines, 15 natural trails and 2 pump tracks with skill center. The wide open Alpine area offers not only a network of perfectly maintained routes, but also an all-around pampering program. You can choose from more than 30 Alpine huts, mountain inns and restaurants. Down in the valley you’ll find top equipped bicycle and repair shops plus 4 professional bike wash stations.
Long line. Non stop.
As the citizens of the BIKE REPUBLIC are so hungry, in 2019 they can enjoy the second route over 7 kilometers – the new GAHE LINE, meandering on 7.6 kilometers from the high Alpine Giggijoch area towards Sonnblick restaurant and the hamlet of Grünwald. The flowing “surf” route also connects the HARBE with the LETTN LINE and thus offers some 12 km and 1000 altitude meters of finest biking pleasure. GAHE is an Ötztal dialect word and means “fast, nimble” and you can actually gain loads of speed on this new line.
Therefore the GAHE is even longer than the legendary TEÄRE LINE and the OLLWEITE, the REPUBLIC’s high Alpine highlight ride which starts close to the glacier fields below the Langegg lift top station at 2600 m above sea level – twirling down to the valley on extremely varied 7 kilometers incl. thrilling banked turns, slightly blocked and stony terrain, and wooden constructions.
The Republic’s National Holidays
Bike Opening: 07–10.06.2019
At the BIKE REPUBLIC Opening manufacturers are presenting (and also renting) the season’s brand new material in the EXPO area, featuring a gigantic Big Air facility perched above them, on which pros and amateurs perform their skillful tricks high up in the air. Down on the ground you can admire the Danny MacAskill Drop & Roll Show. Additionally, the Austrian Pump Track Series is scheduled. And of course, the first absolute highlight of the season for all endurists is on the program as well: the legendary Paperchase Event – one of the most fun-packed racing highlights the mountain bike scene has to offer.
BIKE REPUBLIC National Holiday: 06.–08.09.2019
There is also a varied side and entertainment program on occasion of the BIKE REPUBLIC’s national holiday: including EXPO area, bike rides and courses, a huge activity program for children plus culinary treats which are an absolute must: craft beer, barista and barbecue. The BIKE REPUBLIC will see the season’s probably most fabulous comeback. From September 2019, all trail-hungry friends of relaxed dueling competitions have every reason to celebrate: The legendary “Trailmaster Challenge” multi-stage race comes back after a six-year break and has found a new home in the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN. On this year’s national holiday from 06 to 08 September 2019, a new era begins.
10 years ago, this fabulous event was launched by Freeride Pro Rob Heran and became a seasonal highlight par excellence for both ambitious hobby riders and professional athletes. On occasion of the Bike Republic Sölden National Holiday, taking place from 06 to 08 September 2019, the new “Trailmaster Challenge” champions will fight for their chance at glory in Sölden. The battle for the title requires excellent skills in three different disciplines.
The competition starts on Friday, 06 September, at nightfall. The first challenge under floodlights comprises a quite short but technically demanding Downhill Sprint. The finish line is in the Expo Area next to Gaislachkogl base station where also the first winner of the day will be announced. Of course, music and fine food are provided.
Saturday begins in a very leisurely way. Both in the Expo Area and on the mountain, the exhibitors’ new 2020 bikes can be thoroughly tried and tested. But in the afternoon, the motto is again full speed ahead: “Race Mode” is the ultimate slogan – as soon as the participants in the Dual Slalom fight for more and more points. Man against man, woman against woman, and also junior against junior at the Trailmaster Kids Race. A truly exciting competition is scheduled on a newly installed track with obstacles for all skill levels. A knockout system is used to fight for the lead and every centimeter as this challenge is not only about the day’s victory but also about the points that count for the overall standing. Another highlight not to be missed is the evening Whip Off Jump Contest, where the pros ring in the unrivaled Saturday Party. Dear party animals, take care: the superb highlight follows the next morning!
On Sunday, the winner of the Trailmaster Challenge will be crowned in the final competition. After the mass start, the ambitious participants must conquer 1500 challenging downhill meters on the best lines and trails of the Bike Republic Sölden. The magical blend of stamina, tactics, technical skill and – above all – willpower is absolutely needed here to master this downhill stage at a stretch. Who crosses the finish line first is probably closer than ever to the “Trailmaster 2019” title. But only the best athlete who could master the different challenges on all three days will be the new Trailmaster Champion at the top of the podium.
Despite all these ambitious race stages, the Trailmaster Challenge is nevertheless a very relaxing event, celebrating a sense of common spirit and the variety of mountain biking sports within the Bike Republic Sölden. The number of participants is limited to 200 starters. From early April onwards, you can officially register for a starting place online at bikerepublic.soelden.com/trailmasterchallenge.
All those who would like to visit the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN this summer, can contact us at any time.
More information: bikerepublic.soelden.com