Situated at the intersection between the Upper Inn Valley, the Paznauntal Valley and the Stanzer Tal Valley stretching all the way to the neighbouring provinve of Vorarlberg, the town of Landeck is an ideal starting point for many roadbike rides. One of the best is this route via Roppen to Wenns and then up over the Piller Sattel and back to Landeck. This 62km ride leads past lots of historical sights into the heart of the Kaunergrat Nature Park. All in all riders must climb almost 1,500 vertical metres. The steepest section of the Piller Sattel is 14%. The reward for all that hard work is a fabulous view of the Inn Valley before plunging down through the village of Fließ to the starting point in Landeck.
- Circular route
- Route with e-bike charging station
Elevation uphill 1,169m
Vertical metres downhill 1,175m
From the starting point in Landeck the first 30 kilometres lead along the Inn Cycle Path to Roppen – the perfect warm-up for the climbing to come. The cycle path is, with the exception of a 200m section near Imst, covered with smooth tarmac and leads flat through the Inn Valley and the spectacular Imst gorge.
Shortly before reaching Roppen, things get a little more vertical. From the hamlet of Waldele the route turns off sharp right onto a very narrow road with almost no traffic leaidng to Wald im Pitztal. This 3km section climbs around 200 vertical metres.
Via the L62 road riders reach the intersection with the L243 and then take this road towards Jerzens and then Leins. This small village is where Austrian skiing star Benni Raich was born and raised.
Continuing uphill along the road, riders eventually reach Jerzens. This is followed by a descent into the beautiful Pitztal Valley.
After reaching the main road the route leads right towards Wenns – Imst. This gently uphill section takes riders to Wenns. Turn off sharp left in the centre of the village towards the Piller Sattel. It is here that the climb along the L17 begins.
Passing through hamlets such as Langegerte, Amishaufen, Neu-Amerika and Flickerloch, riders continue as far as Piller and then on to the Piller Sattel at 1,550 metres above sea level. The climb totals 9km in length and 600 vertical metres.
There is time for a few photos up on the pass before descending along the L17 to Fließ. For the final 7km along the valley floor we recommend the Inn Cycle Path back to Landeck.
Tip! The nature park house in the Kaunergrat Nature Park is well worth a visit. It marks the entrance to the park and has a permanent exhibition entitled "3000m Vertical" showcasing the incredible habitat of the Alps.