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From rocky, rooty old-school gnarl to expansive Alpine singletrack, here are the five best mountain bike trails in the Tirol.

Arzler Alm Trail, Blindsee Trail, Fleckalm Trail, Leiterberg Trail and Plamort Trail have what it takes to make the "Great Trail" list of Austria's Tirol.

This top-5 list has been put together by a pro jury, who know the area and biking best:
  • Benedikt Purner, Innsbruck-based downhill local, certified mountain and ski guide, geologist, trail builder and first rider of many summits
  • Lisi Osl, cross country mountain biker and 2009 overall World Cup winner from Kirchberg in the Kitzbühel Alps
  • Lisi Hager, cycle sports journalist, former cross country/marathon mountain biker and 24-Hour World Champion
  • Lars Lotze, mountain bike guide and responsible for the Tirol Mountain Bike Model Project of the Tyrol Provincial Government
  • Sebastian Rech, owner of Innsbruck-based "Velo Love" bike store and passionate downhiller
The trail's fun-factor is most important when picking out the cream of bike trails. And the other factors?

- terrain, flow, length, technical difficulty, natural beauty, setting

©Tirol Werbung / Neusser PeterAzler Alm Trail ©Tirol Werbung / Neusser Peter

Among the 80+ singletrack trails throughout the region here are the top five to make your way to this summer:

Arzler Alm Trail

A roller coaster high above Innsbruck.

"A singletrack trail for all mountainbikers in the city of Innsbruck."

That was the goal when creating the new Arzler Alm Trail at the foot of the Nordkette mountains.

The result is a 3km natural trail that's 'flowy' and great fun to ride with the banked corners, jumps and root sections.

It's been designed for riders of all abilities.

"This trail has a variety of resuming climbs where you need to carry some speed off of flow for that real roller coaster feeling-and for fun factor," says Benedikt Purner.

  • Getting There: Innsbruck - Hungerburgbahn Gondola
  • Trailhead: Arzler Alm Forest Road
  • Length: 3 km
  • Riding Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: S2

Blindsee Trail

The natural beauty at the Tirol's Zugspitz Arena is really something.

"This wonderful, natural strip of singletrack showcases only the best aspects of the sport: all natural features, tight singletrack, gut-wrenching descents and stunning scenery," reports Sebastian Rech.
  • Getting There: Lermoos - Grubigsteinbahnen Gondola
  • Trailhead: Grubigalm
  • Length: 7 km
  • Riding Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: S2-S3
Blindsee, ©Tirol Werbung / Neusser PeterBlindsee, ©Tirol Werbung / Neusser Peter

Fleckalm Trail

It's an endurance test in the Kitzbühel Alps.

"This gravity fed, adrenaline fuelled descending trail offers epic length tours. It takes a lot of focus and stamina to ride it fast and flawless to the end," Lisi Osl says of Fleckalm.
  • Getting There: Kirchberg - Fleckalmbahn Gondola
  • Trailhead: Fleckalm Gondola Top Terminal
  • Length: 8 km
  • Riding Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: S2-S3

Leiterberg Trail

Known for its panoramic views of the Ötztal Valley.

"Over a diverse mix of singletrack, which is both demanding and relaxing, you'll ride through wildflower meadows, forest and past rock faces," Lisi Hager says.
  • Getting There: Sölden - Giggijochbahn Gondola
  • Trailhead: Hochsölden
  • Length: 4 km
  • Riding Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: S2

Plamort Trail

The cross-border commuter in Nauders at the Reschen Pass.

"Amazing singletrack, awesome flowy sections and killer views of Reschensee Lake and the surrounding mountains from a historic air-raid shelter - what more could you ask for?" says Lars Lotze.
  • Getting There: Nauders - Bergkastelbahn Gondola
  • Trailhead: Bergkastelalm
  • Length: 6 km
  • Elevation Gain: 100 m

©Tirol Werbung / Neusser PeterPlamort Trail ©Tirol Werbung / Neusser Peter

These tight singletrack trails are accessible for beginners and thrilling for experts.

These five mountain bike trails will give you an adrenaline rush...

Each has its own distinct characteristics and the scenery over all is something to see.

"They demand agility, stamina and grit, they offer rugged technical sections, flowy downhills, big views and access to rustic mountain lodges."

And then there are the pubs for that well earned beer after the the hard ride.

They're easy to find, all you've got to do is stay on your bike...

Be sure to check out local mountain bike skills clinics and pick up some pro tuning tips.

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