THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION FOR THIS SUMMIT MEETING

The Top of the Mountain Biker Summit in Paznaun continues until Sunday. One of the highlights each year is riding down the Silvretta High Alpine road. And it’s not only bikers who love it.

“I’m like a bus driver on this route, I can ride it blind,” says Luggi Salner. For the hotelier and motorbike guide from Galtür, the Silvretta High Alpine road – one of the most beautiful roads in the Alps – is more or less like the journey to work for other people: totally familiar, every square inch internalised. He rides the 23 kilometres down the high alpine route through the Silvretta up to five times a week. He usually comes from Montafon, rides the 32 bends up to Bielerhöhe and then comes back to Galtür. He only occasionally rides the road in the other direction, to make sure it’s fixed in his route plan.

“i’M LIKE A BUS DRIVER
on this route,
I CAN RIDE IT BLIND”

 

The fascination this road holds for his motorbike guests is something he can still feel, too. “When the sky is blue, when the sun is shining free of clouds, then there’s nothing to compare to the play of colours on the glacier,” says Salner. And: “We’re not racing drivers here, we stop to have a look at it all.” After all, almost every bend reveals a new view, and the peaks of Silvretta offer up quite a spectacle.

“when the sky is blue,
when the sun is shining
free of clouds,
then there’s nothing to compare
to the play of colours
on the glacier”

The best time, according to the experienced motorbike guide, is late afternoon. Then the buses have gone, and the cyclists are mostly back home. Incidentally, Salner likes riding at the back on group trips like this: “I’m more flexible then, because I don’t just have the rear view mirror to keep the others in sight,” he says. The popularity of the Silvretta High Alpine road amongst bikers is not only due to the natural drama it offers, however: “The radius of the bends is perfect, there’s an excellent lean angle,” says Salner.

“the radius of
the bends is perfect,
there’s an
excellent lean angle”

Luggi Salner will also lead trips at the Top of the Mountain Biker Summit, which will be entertaining bikers Paznaun until Sunday. They will ride shorter routes, but some long trips of up to 240 kilometres are also on the programme. “I’m also looking forward to the pit stops, because there’s always catering at the Summit, too, with cheese and bacon,” says Salner.