Looking for a unique challenge? Then head to Flachau and the Stoneman Taurista! Here, in the heart of the Salzburg mountains, is the ultimate mountain bike adventure: a distance of 123 kilometres and a massive total ascent of 4500 metres through idyllic alpine valleys, past shimmering mountain lakes and magnificent views. Soak in the stunning 360° panorama of the Alps.
123 km of mountain bike passion
The exclusive Austrian edition of the Stoneman is designed in three stages, running from Flachau to Wagrain-Kleinarl via Hochgründeck and the Aigenberg. Via Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, the route goes up to the 1768 m high Rossbrand near Radstadt. At the top is a magnificent 360° panoramic view of 150 striking Alpine peaks such as Dachstein, Bischofsmütze and the Hohe Tauern range with the Großglockner. Winding south at 1860 m, the Stoneman Taurista passes through picturesque alpine landscape around Oberhüttensee lake, nestled between the rugged mountains of the Schladminger and Radstädter Tauern ranges. The Stoneman Taurista mountain bike challenge also passes through the winter sports paradise of Obertauern up the 2110 m Königsanstieg ("King's Ascent") and back to Flachau.
Detour on the Stoneman Taurista
Change for the 2020/21 seasons: same total ascent, but a slightly different experience. Due to roadworks between Flachau and Wagrain, the route will not include the Grießenkar or Edelweiß-Alm checkpoints or Wagrain mountain biking park for these two seasons. Instead, there will be a new checkpoint: the detour runs over Ginausattel north of Wagrain up to the picturesque Hochgründeck at an altitude of 1800 metres. It then goes through Eben im Pongau and rejoins the original route.
You can complete the Stoneman Taurista challenge in one, two or three days. Here is a suggestion for dividing the route into stages:
If you opt for silver or bronze, the Ennsradweg cycle route is a good connecting route. It runs from Flachau to Mandling (c. 20 km) and is fully signposted. The Ennsradweg cycle route is marked on the official route map that is included in every starter pack.
Enjoying the journey
Every route has its own history and everyone who travels it makes their own unique memories.
For me, the Stoneman Taurista was a real test of endurance – but the memories of the striking countryside and the pride I still feel today remain, because I know that I really managed to complete the silver Stoneman Taurista.
The Stoneman Taurista accommodation partners are perfect for mountain bikers:
They operate in close proximity to the Stoneman Taurista trail.
The particular location of the Stoneman Taurista and the Ennsradweg cycle route in the valley mean access is easy and does not involve a significant ascent. This allows cyclists to set out from one single guesthouse as their base – without baggage transfer.
The Stoneman partner establishments have a mountain biker-friendly infrastructure such as a bike wash, a bike garage and a mini workshop.
Stoneman accommodation partners can provide the starter packs themselves. Once you have booked your accommodation, please also book the starter pack directly from the accommodation partner. To do so, follow the link provided in the booking confirmation you will receive when you make an online accommodation booking here with one of the following partners on this page.
Where can you get your Stoneman Taurista starter package
You can get all information about the Stoneman Taurista at the Sport- und Aktivzentrum in Flachau. You can also pick up the starter package here during the Stoneman season, unless you have already booked it in a Stoneman partner hotel. Outside of the opening times, please call in advance.