St. Anton: Summer Endurance Hub
Will Ross, April 30, 2015
Known primarily for its winter sports paradise, St. Anton is also a sublime place to visit in the summer, for cycling, running and other high-altitude training. From the Lech Alps, the Austrian resort presents a wide variety of mountain biking and running routes for the discerning endurance athlete.
High-Octane St. Anton
As y0u would expect, St. Anton has made the most of its 1,300m of elevation and tapped into the demand for endurance sports destinations. Road cycling is on the agenda, with a number of notable routes for skinny-tyres. For runners, cooler temperatures at the end of August coincide with the GORE-TEX TRANSALPINE RUN– well worth honing in on to test the systems at the end of the season.
300km of hiking trails provide a chewable feast for training, while nearly 4,000km of mountain biking routes provide ample routings for ambitious riders. If you’re looking to put in a bigger day on the mountain, think to connect with one of the numerous mountain huts. For shorter intervals, St. Anton is well-endowed with Strava segments for runners and cyclists, so check out these and leave your mark…
Accommodation in St. Anton
For a base, check out the delightful Hotel Tannenhof. Aside from its substantial menu and restaurant, the five-star hotel also puts on a range of events to add an extra dimension to your mountain holiday. Resident deputy MD Judith Volker is also on site to offer insider tips for hikes in the mountains – we’re talking hikes with fresh cow’s milk, gorges, herb gardens and neverending Tryolean dishes. Their 4-night packages are worth looking into.
St. Anton is connected to a number or major European transport links, by air and by rail, all listed on their travel page.