Leogang shuts for winter. Trades in brown pow for white.


Another remarkable year has come to an end in Saalfelden Leogang. A particular flat tire during the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup race in the Bikepark Leogang will go down in the history books and the action from White Style, the Out of Bounds Festival and the Biketember Festival will remain a season highlight for many visitors. Then of course, thousands of bikers decided to hit the trails in Leogang's bikepark - these adrenaline pumping moments will see them safely through the upcoming winter months.

Saalfelden Leogang wastes no time getting the mountain bike season started. Already in February the snow covered resort hosted the first FMB World Tour event of the year - White Style. Eager to start rolling, the pros turned up to ride the slopestyle course made from snow. More than 3,000 spectators turned up to see the action. Frenchman Antoine Bizet became the first athlete to win a FMB event in 2014.

One of the most spectacular events happened a few months later at the Out of Bounds festival and thanks to Aaron Gwin's incredible performance it will not be forgotten. Rolling in to his UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup race run, his tire blew after a few meters. Despite the massive technical disadvantage he kept racing and rode his bike all the way to the bottom of the course. Watching from the sidelines 11,000 spectators were gripped by his amazing run and rewarded his efforts with roars and cheers in the finish area. That day the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Champion, Josh Bryceland took his first victory of the season. The women's race was no less exciting. All season long, Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter have been going head-to-head but the duels began right here in Saalfelden Leogang. In the end, it was Manon Carpenter who triumphed down the Speedster racetrack to take her second world cup victory. You can see Gwin's race here:

Hosting a UCI Mountain Bike World Cup is somewhat of a logistical masterpiece. Did you know, that on the downhill track:

- There is about 10km/6mi course tape connecting 555 marker poles

- about 20,500 rocks on course

- 5,000 screws

- hundreds of cable straps

- and millions of brain cells where used

- 14 jumps where built

- 32 marshals with 70 radios ensured that everything ran smoothly

- 167 journalists reported about the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Between the downhill Speedster track and 26TRIX dirt jump course, four cross racers went elbow-to-elbow round loose hairpins and over massive doubles. Katy Curd went on to beat Anneke Beerten in the women's final and once again the unstoppable Tomas Slavik place first ahead of his fellow Czech rival, Michael Mechura. See the highlight clip here:

FMB World Tour athletes showed no mercy at the ninth edition of the dirt jump contest 26TRIX. Reaching deep into their bag of tricks, the official Gold level event will be remembered as one of the most progressive events of the FMB season. Antoine Bizet threw down a new world premier's trick – his double backflip tuck nohand. But the biggest surprise might have been the young American Nicholi Rogatkin. Sticking an amazing run featuring signature tricks such as the cashroll, lawn dart frontie and triple tailwhip – he climbed to the top of the podium and stamped his name in amongst the pro's. See the highlights here:

After a day cheering next to the tape, spectators also made the most of the onsite side events. An evening premier of "Brandon Semenuk's Rad Company" was a fantastic way to keep the stoke going through the night. The Red Bull Media House and NWD Films production earned a strong applause from the audience.

After all of this, Saalfelden Leogang is only half way through its season. To keep the momentum going and ensure visitors could make the most of their trip to Bikepark Leogang, a brand new festival called Biketember was introduced in September. Downhill and Enduro racers as well as nipper shredders in the SCOTT Junior Trophy, took to the mountain. Spectators could watch trackside as 220 Enduro riders fought their way over a 55km/34mi power-draining track, over a 2,000m/6,562ft ridge leading to Saalbach Hinterglemm. Tobias Reiser and Anneke Beerten reigned victorious that day.

2014 was a big year for Bikepark Leogang for more reasons than the events. It celebrated the opening of the Riders Playground. An area dedicated specifically to amateur bikers, inspired and motivated to reach the next level. The biggest beginner's bike park worldwide is packed with various terrains, obstacles and features, all designed to prepare riders for the fun that awaits them further up the mountain. Saalfelden Leogang also extended its extensive network of e-bike stations to allow cyclists to discover even more of this beautiful region.

While 2014 is now behind us, Saalfelden Leogang is already looking forward to 2015. Confirmed dates for the upcoming year include:

30.01. White Style
23. – 25.05. Bikepark & Freeride Camp<
23. – 25.05. Ladies Bikepark & Freeride Camp
30. – 31.05. Trail Safari
11. – 14.06. Out of Bounds Festival including UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup and 26TRIX
13. – 14.06. Man on Trail Enduro Camp
27. – 28.06. Trail Safari
18.07. Biberg Auffiradler
19. – 20.07. Stage of BIKE Transalp
19. – 23.07. Bikepark & Freeride Camp for Youngsters
25. – 26.07. Trail Safari
09. – 13.08. Bikepark & Freeride Camp for Youngsters
23. – 27.08. Bikepark & Freeride Camp for Youngsters
29. – 30.08. Trail Safari
05. – 06.09. Enduro & Single Trail Camp
06.09. Asitzgipfelberglauf
18. – 20.09. Biketember Festival incl. iXS European Downhill Cup, Scott Junior Trophy
26. – 27.09. Trail Safari
03. – 04.10. Bikepark & Freeride Camp II
Saalfelden Leogang would like to say thank you to its partners Volvo, SCOTT, GoPro, SalzburgerLand, Stiegl, Brauunion, Maxxis, Gloryfy and Raiffeisen and wishes all mountain bikers and friends of the region a great winter season.