When you think of cycling destinations, the city of Innsbruck might not necessarily be at the top of your list, with it renowned for its winter sports rather than the two wheeled variety.
But come summer, once the roads are clear of snow, the city is the perfect place to be based if you want to try your hand at some challenging Alpine climbs without the crowds you’d find in nearby France and Italy.
Don’t just take our word for it though. Innsbruck has real race pedigree. The Tour of Austria often passes through the area during the week-long race, while the city is hosting the UCI Road World Championships this September.
The region features a number of challenging ascents that will really test the legs. Here, we’ve taken a look at five of the best to pit yourself against:
Climb to Igls
This year’s UCI Road World Championship course features three climbs, and the key one will be the ascent from the south of Innsbruck up to Igles. The 448m climb will feature seven times in the Elite Men’s race, and therefore contributes significantly to the route’s 4,670m of climbing.