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The ultimate sporting city of Innsbruck is preparing to shine in the spotlight as the world’s elite cyclists line up for this year’s most prestigious international challenge – the UCI World Championships.

The superstars of professional racing are under starter’s orders from September 22-30 in the Capital of the Alps and with an expected global TV audience of 200 million viewers, the Championships put Innsbruck in the limelight as a city destination for cyclists and sightseers alike.

And Innsbruck is ready to show just why it was chosen as the host city, with credentials to welcome cyclists from novices in the saddle right through to professionals seeking new challenges.

Innsbruck and its surrounding villages and valleys offer a wide range of cycling routes and mountain bike tours suitable for families, sports enthusiasts and leisurely cyclists, with many local outlets offering rental bikes. The Bike City Card is a visitor’s key to biking heaven allowing access to all the trails, lifts and cable cars in and around Innsbruck with just one card.

Ambitious mountain biking fans can tackle challenging tracks in Alpine terrain, or test their slopestyle and downhill skills at BikePark Innsbruck which is home to the international Crankworx tour. Meanwhile, cyclists have options of following in the footsteps of the UCI courses, taking flatter valley routes or even booking on a culinary cycling tour.

For mixed ability groups there is also the E-bike rental option enabling all holidaymakers to venture out into the picturesque mountains which surround the city.

The historic cultural sights of the Renaissance Castle Ambras, Imperial Palace and famous Golden Roof are also bike friendly, with visitors encouraged to register for the City Bike rental scheme to take in the sights.

Finally, if a touring pedal-powered holiday amid Alpine splendour captures your imagination, Innsbruck is the perfect starting point for a trip to other destinations in Tyrol and beyond. There are six bike parks and enduro areas within easy reach of the city centre, or long distance routes to take you from Munich to Venice in five stages.

To follow in the footsteps of the UCI professionals or simply take a leisurely cycle around the Capital of the Alps, there are direct flights to Innsbruck from major UK airports.

For more information on the unique Alpine, urban and imperial attractions that make Innsbruck a must-see city for cyclists, visit http://www.innsbruck.info/en or https://www.bikecity-innsbruck.com/en/