On the trail of good food
The trails around the shimmering, turquoise waters of the Weissensee are extremely diverse – uphill, the climbs are moderate, downhill the constantly varying singletracks alternate between flowing sections and tricky technical sections. We start each day at around 930 metres above sea level, meaning that we’re at real altitude fairly quickly. The plateaux and numerous meadows high above the lake invite us to relax and hang out for a while, the descents then put broad grins on our faces. During the day, we provide a generous portion of trail riding; in the evenings Michael from Bio-Hotel Gralhof presents us with the necessary calorie reload. He’ll show you how you can make your own muesli bars, and what it means to run a biohotel. Another highlight is a visit to www.weissenseefisch.at, where owner Martin Müller will introduce us to the secrets of fishing and let us taste some of his culinary specialities.
Some days begin with a boat trip across the Weissensee on the Alpen Perle, an electric+diesel hybrid boat. Upon reaching the eastern shore, our often quite isolated rides will begin. The Weissensee trail network around the mountain railway was expanded in 2018: three singletrack routes specially created for mountainbikers start from the station and lead back down into the valley, two of them via the Naggler Alm.
On one of the days we will ride up into the mountains with a gas stove, pan and ingredients to cook “frigga”, a renowned local culinary speciality. It’s a pretty substantial dish; the increased surface pressure between tyres and trail will ensure that we have plenty of grip for the descent …
On arrival day we meet up in Weißbriach; from there we get things started with a relaxed ride (approx. 700 m of climb), with a break for lunch at an Alpine inn. After riding back down we are taken to the Gralhof where we meet our hosts, Corinna and Michael. Then, before dinner, Maria will get us onto the mats.
Over the next two days we explore the meadows and summits around the lake. On the last day we visit the Weissensee Trail-Park and use the ski lift to enjoy a few speedy downhill rides on some routes with built elements. Lunch is at an inn on the Naggler meadow; we finish off the day with a last jump into the lake at the Gralhof.
In addition to the day rides, the workshops and the visit of the smokehouse, there will be enough time each for recovering and generally taking it easy. The large sauna, with views over the lake, invites you to come and relax, and the clear water of the Weissensee is refreshingly cool after a long ride.
- 4 guided day trips with our fully qualified expert Bikefex guides
- 3 nights accommodation including half-board in the famous Bio-Hotel Gralhof
- Lift passes for Weissensee-Trails
- Boat transfers
- Muesli bar workshop and outdoor kitchen
- Visit at www.weissenseefisch.at
- Max. 7 people per guide
- Personal travel to/from the meeting point
- Drinks during the evening meal
The technical difficulty of the rides is S1/S2; we’ll occasionally meet trickier sections – e.g. when crossing deepset forestry roads. If you enjoy flowing trails with occasional sections featuring fairly substantial rocks or tree roots, you’ll get what you need here.
You’ll need enough stamina for daily climbs of up to 900 metres at a moderate tempo. These are mostly on forestry roads, but as we reach the top we’ll be pushing our bikes for a maximum of 20 minutes. Oh, and you should be keen on very good food …
Lake Weissensee is easy accessible by public transport or with your own car. The most ecological way to get there is by taking the train. We can pick you up at the trainstation Hermagor at an arranged time.
If you're traveling with your own car, please come directly to the starting point of our first day ride at JUFA Gitschtal. After finishing the ride it will take us only 15 minutes to get to Biohotel Gralhof - you don't need you car then for the rest of the days.
- Wellmaintained mountainbike: all-mountain full suspension with at least 130 mm suspension travel
- MTBspecific protective clothing (helmet, eyewear, gloves, other body protectors if available)
- Waterproof gear and multiple changes of clothing
- Rucksack for day rides (drinks bottle, spare inner tube, pump, energy bars, lights for riding on the road, …)
- Appropriate spare parts
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Unless otherwise stated, all our trips need to be booked at least two weeks before the day of departure. At that point it will be ascertained whether the minimum number of participants has been reached and the trip is able to take place.