Surrender to the flow on the Propain Trail - a real must-know highlight for every mountain biker in Vinschgau. In the mild climate of the South Tyrolean Alps, this route offers joyful moments for beginners and advanced riders alike, from spring until late autumn.
The starting point of the tour is the village of Vetzan. After a short, steep climb through the vibrant apple orchards and vineyards, there is a moderate ascent of 800 meters in altitude up to Hof Patsch. The climb takes about two hours and is mostly on asphalt roads, except for the last few altitude meters, which are covered on gravel roads.
Once you reach the top, the panorama rewards the effort of the climb. But soon the trail calls, as the real highlight is still to come. The Propain Trail, realized in just three months from permission to completion, winds flowingly through the terrain, throwing the biker into a labyrinth of curves.
The descent is a constant alternation of left and right turns, some of which have wide radii and in other cases require targeted braking and cornering techniques, especially in the tight bends on the steep slope. Here, skills such as shifting the rear wheel are needed to get through without dismounting.
Between the curve sections, the trail offers a wonderful flow and it is a pleasure to cruise through the picturesque landscape.
In the lower part of the trail, the characteristic of the route changes. Here, the trail follows a hiking path through a nature reserve, and it becomes increasingly rocky. But don't worry, with average riding skills, this part can be managed well too.
After you have completed the trail, we recommend a break in the pedestrian zone of Schlanders.
In summary, the Propain Trail is an exciting and varied tour that demands riding technique as well as offers a lot of fun and flow. Therefore, the route is an absolute must for every mountain biker traveling in Vinschgau.
Please note that the original 14er Trail is now reserved for hikers. The Propain Trail therefore serves as a biker alternative, which is gladly accepted.
There are several shuttles that offer transportation to the trailhead.