14 May 2017 | By Noxy
One ticket, sixteen bike parks, five countries – is there anything else a biker could ask for?
Downhill? Check! Enduro? Check! Flowtrails? Check! Cross Country? Check! Bike-Fans who love to hit different trails, who want to shred as much dirt as possible and who want to save money should consider the "GraVity Card", a unique season ticket for the only bike park union in Europe. Why? Six months of flatrate mountain biking in 16 different bike parks, no queuing and a huge choice should speak for itself! Further information and interesting news can be found on www.gravity-card.comthe new facebook page www.facebook.com/GravityCard
The advantage of getting a bike park subscription is pretty obvious: get the ticket (adults 439 Euros, teenagers 332 Euros, children 208 Euros), do not queue anymore, shred through half of Europe from spring to autumn and be part of the coolest bike events in the summer. This is worth the while for all who expect to be taking their bikes for a spin more than 12 times this season. This season, gravity fans can look forward to three new members to the family of Europe's leading bike parks: Bike Republic Sölden (AUT), Bikepark Wurbauerkogel (AUT) and Bikepark Krvavec (SLO) have joined the union of Europe’s leading bike parks and will enrich the GraVity Card portfolio with even more trails. The season pass for endless bike action is also an intriguing option for enduro riders thanks to the addition of Bike Republic Sölden and the likes of Saalbach Hinterglemm, which are both perfect regions for enduro biking.
So what is new this year? GraVity Card holders can look forward to new trails, action ridden events and even more fun and adrenaline.
The first park to kick off the bike season in 2017 is Bikepark Winterberg in North Rhine-Westphalia on April 12. You love that flowy feeling? Then check out the new "Flow Country Trail" by trail designer Diddie Schneider. It is perfect for beginners as well as all friends of flowy trails. The building work of the new Flow Country Trail will be finished by summer 2017. How about a trip to the Bavarian Forest at the end of April to check out some cool lines? This summer, the "Diddie Schneider Bikeschool" at MTB Zone Bikepark Geisskopf offers many courses for bike rookies. It's a time for festivities from June 16 - 18: the bike and music festival "Rock the Hill" will hold a lot of fun in store. You have always wanted to try something new? How about going up the mountain on a flow trail for a change? Grab an e-bike and try out the new "E-Bike Uphill Flowtrail" during "Rock the Hill".
Lenzerheide Bikepark, the only Swiss GraVity Card member, will be opening its gates on May 6. The world cup track "Straight-Line" will sport a new entry section for the start of the new season. But Lenzerheide is also perfect for bike rookies: little shredders will benefit from a new kids trail and obstacles in the Skill Center.
Thanks to the Gravity Card MTB fans can explore all the best Austrian bike parks. The dropzone at the bottom station of Bikepark Brandnertal (Opening: May 5) has received a complete re-design; six different take-offs allow the bikers to improve step-by-step. For trick enthusiasts or those of you who love plenty of airtime, the GoPro bagjump offers a perfect training playground to improve skills. You like a good party to let of some steam aside the track as well? Then join the first Brandnertal Bike Festival with pro riders, contests ("Chainless Race" "Whip it! Contest", "Berm Banger Race") from August 25-27 and have a rad time!
From May 12, the one and only GoPro Lounge of the global leader of action and outdoor cameras, will be waiting for everybody who wants to catch their breath after an exciting day at the Rider's Playground, on the flow trail "HOT SHOTS – fired by GoPro" or on the downhill world cup track "Speedster" at the valley station of Bikepark Leogang. One of the biggest highlights in this year's bike calendar is the Out of Bounds Festival from June 8-11. The world's downhill elite will be fighting for seconds during the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup, while the slopestyle stars will be fighting for valuable FMB World Tour points showcasing incredible tricks with plenty of airtime during 26TRIX.
Bikepark Wurbauerkogl, one of the three new members of the GraVity Card union, will open its gates for action-hungry bikers on May 13. Bikepark Wurbauerkogl is clearly focused on downhill, but in this season, there will also be a pumptrack to let off steam. Another highlight is the Alpreif Bikecenter at the bottom of the bike park which will open this summer: this service point will support MTB lovers on seven days per week. There will also be a MTB rental (also e-bikes), a washing station for bikes, a training course with a pumptrack, changing rooms with showers and a sunny terrace.
Freeride fans can look forward to the opening of Bikepark Zauberberg Semmering ;on May 13, because the freeride lines "Sweet&Sexy" und "Fast&Tricky" will get a full reshape. The entrance area to "Sweet&Sexy" will be re-designed for example in order to fulfill the needs of flow loving adrenaline seekers. The finishing area has returned to its former strength and a surprise will be waiting for everyone who reaches the finish area.
A week later, Saalbach Hinterglemm's ;bike park will open on May 20. All trails have received a re-shape for the new season. The "Blue Line" at the Reiterkogel, for example, will sport a new upper section. Numerous trails, shaped freeride routes, tricky single trails, but also cool events like the FMB World Tour Gold Event GlemmRide from July 6-9 make the hearts of mountain bikers beat faster.
Bikepark Planai and Bikepark Tirol will welcome action hungry gravity enthusiasts on May 25. Planai is a special treat for downhillers – especially the technically demanding world cup course is a highlight for all adrenaline junkies. Two novelties in 2017 are a pumptrack course and a dirt park.
On June 2, Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis should be on everybody's bucket list. The family friendly holiday resort in Tyrol, Austria, is looking forward to welcoming gravity lovers and adventurous guests, who feel the urge for flow. Everybody has to start somewhere and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis acknowledges that by taking great care of all rookies, no matter if big or small: beginners may look forward to a new conveyor belt in the training area. A highlight for female mountain bikers is the monthly "Woman Workshop" with UCI Masters Downhill World Champion Alice Kühne. From July 27-30, the "Freeride Magazin Camp" will take place.
When Bikepark Wagrain opens its gates on June 3, speed lovers can look forward to a novelty: a pumptrack, which is located at the valley station of the cable car "Flying Mozart", will be available in the new season.
Just before the beginning of summer, the big bike opening of new GraVity Card member ;Bike Republic Sölden is on the agenda. From June 16, the two new blue trails "Ohn Line" and "Harbe Line" will open for mountain bikers and another blue line, the "Lettn Line" will be accessible later in the summer. Thanks to a huge choice of trails and downhill tracks for all ages and preferences, Sölden has become a giant playground for bikers of all skill levels; be it all mountain riders, enduro bikers or passionate freeriders.
The most southern members of the bike park union are located in Slovenia. Gravity fans can check out the new Slovenian GraVity Card member Bike Park Krvavec from April 29 to May 7 before its official opening on May 20. The opening of two new trails will excite every mountain bike rider: especially, the 3 kilometer long flow trail "Panorama" will put a grin on all riders faces. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Bike Park Krvavec is open until 8pm and therefore is a highlight for those who fancy going for an after work ride.
The second Slovenian member is Bikepark Kranjska Gora which had its big opening party on April 22. All trails will have received a complete makeover and will have been optimized to fulfill everyone's needs; whether you love downhill, enduro or plenty of airtime – there will be no dull moments at Kranjska Gora thanks to trails with the likes of "DH Veetranz", the setting of the iXS European Downhill Cup on May 5-7, the enduro trail "Funky Jazz" or the jump trail "Luft-Waffe(l)". The "Specialized Trail Days" is the biggest highlight in May and will take place from May 25-28. The extraordinary MTB festival is happening for the first time in Bikepark Kranjska Gora and will sport great trails, an exquisite music line up, skill trainings, pump track action and a lot more.
And last, but not least, it's opening time for Czech Bikepark Špi?ák on July 3. The downhill trail "Struggle", where the iXS European Downhill Cup will take place from July 21-23, has been completely re-built and will be more than appealing to downhill fans. The new trail "Lucky Bastard" has loads of fun and a lot of airtime to offer.
The GraVity Card can be purchased online or at the participating bike parks. The GraVity Card will be valid from April 29 – November 5. Please consider the actual opening hours of the particular member parks. Further information can be found under www.gravity-card.com/or www.facebook.com/GravityCard
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