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Ride Overview

Salzburg Double Loop - Seven Lakes

  • Arrival
  • 8/19/2020
  • Departure
  • 9/4/2020
  • Ride Director
  • Warner Griswold
  • Ride Co-Director
  • Sue Bunten
  • Driver
  • Wayne Lumsden
  • Starting Location
  • Salzburg Austria
  • Finishing Location
  • Salzburg Austria
  • Estimated Cost †
  • $3050
  • Deposit
  • $1550
  • Number of Riders
  • 24 (min. 22 /max. 24)
  • Space Available
  • 0
  • No. of Pending Riders
  • 0

Ride Rating

2B  Warning - Read the Description Carefully

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† Explanation of BAC Ride Fee – This fee is not included in the Estimated Cost and is non-refundable once submitted. The Ride Fee for US and Canada is $50 and $100 for all other countries, both are per participant.

and you can request to participate in this ride.

Ride Director Comments

Before you signup, please be sure you read the entire ride description. For more information please read and review the 2018 ride.

Ride Description

Think of yourself singing the Sound of Music with Julie Andrews as you ride around Salzburg's beautiful lakes and mountains.  The sights are breath taking!  This tour is designed to ride along 7 different lakes in the Salzburg Lake District of Austria while allowing time on the non-move days to hike to the highest waterfall in Austria - Kremml Falls, or tour Austria's highest mountain and ride the GrossGlockner.  We will also have the opportunity to tour an underground working salt mine!  Our accommodations include everything from four-star resorts, staying in resort houses on the edge of Lake Hallstatter See to family owned hotels to three and four star hotels along the route.  Check the photos and tripper report for this 2018 ride.

Arrival Day is Wednesday August 19, (Day #1) in Salzburg.  One can fly to Munich International Airport (MUC) and catch an easy train ride to Salzburg or fly into Salzburg (SZG).  Our departure will be the morning of Friday September 4,  (day #17).  We will spend Day #1 and #2 in the Salzburg area to adjust to the new time zone and to obtain any necessary items needed for our bikes along with sight seeing and beer/wine tasting.  Day #3 our first day of riding will take us to the beautiful town of Sankt Johann in Ponga.  Day #4 takes us to Zell am See for three nights where there are many hikes and things to explore and see.  Day #7 Sankt Martin Bei Lofer.  Day #8 back to Salzburg for one night.  Day #9 St Gilgen for two nights overlooking Lake Wolfgangsee.  Day #11 Obertraun - two nights on the shore of Lake Hallstattsee.  Day #13 Ebensee along Lake Traunsee.  Day #14 Seehof on Lake Mondsee. Day #15 Seeham over looking Lake Obertrumer See.  Day #16 takes us back to Salzburg for our final group dinner.  Day #17 departure or a train ride back to Munich. The reason for the extra day in Salzburg is to ensure all bikes and bike rentals are ready for the day we depart.  The Ride Director led this ride in 2018. 

RIDE RATING: The trip is rated a 2B!  I have placed the "!" because the roads surfaces are quite varied (see Bicycles below).  However, the rides range from 1A to one 3B ride.  One day has 44 miles and 2,528’ elevation.  The average daily riding is 33 miles and 1,775' of elevation gain.  The total mileage is 332 miles and 17,746' of elevation gain.  

ROUTING EXPECTATIONS:  Due to the complexity of riding in foreign countries, all participants should have GPS units, or be able to download GPX files to their smart phones to follow the routes.  Maps and cue sheets are available to individually print.  Riders are expected to be comfortable riding on a multitude of surfaces (including cobblestone, compact dirt, loose dirt, and on bike paths) along with riding in city traffic in and out of Salzburg. 

Two Bike Line maps will be provided, which cover all of the area we will be riding.  One of these maps is in English and one is in German.  The free Google translate icon helps with reading the German map.  The maps also provide a turn-by-turn feature for GPS units.  However, Bike Line turn-by-turn directions do not provide directions to and from the hotels.  Many of the 2018 riders preferred downloading the routes and cue sheets files via to their smart phones, then saving the files off line.  The smart phone screen provides an improved view of where you are on the route and it also provides audio turn-by-turn cues!  Participants should have better than average map reading and directional skills.  

WEATHER: Riders should plan on cooler morning and evening temperatures along with rain days. Temperatures can range from lows of 47F to highs of 80F. Bring your full rain gear!  On this ride, everything is green for a reason. 

LUGGAGE SUPPORT:  We will have a luggage van, which will transport luggage.   Participants are expected to ride the entire route and will be tranported only in the case of injury or illness.  Riders should be able to handle their own bike repairs, at a minimum how to change a tire.  If you have a major equipment failure, you will need to call a cab/catch a train to the nearest town with a bike shop.  

LUGGAGE:  Luggage size is restricted to two carry on pieces each under 25 lbs!

BICYCLES:  Your bicycle should have tires that are 28mm or larger in size!!  Smaller size tires are not recommended!  2018 riders found riding with their travel road bikes with 23mm or 25mm size tires was very hazardous on wet surfaces and difficult at times on the dirt surfaces.  They all agreed cross bikes would work well for this ride.  You will be riding on all types of surfaces – everything from nice smooth paved bike paths, to cobblestone, compact dirt paths, to single track paths, to farm roads to busy city streets.  Bike boxes can be left at the starting hotel in Salzburg.  Please contact the ride leader to discuss the various bicycle options such as tandems and Ebikes.

LODGING & MEALS: Lodging will be in everything from a five-bedroom home to family owned hotels to 3 and 4 star hotels. All breakfasts and 10 group dinners are included in the cost of the tour.  Happy hours will be at the hotel's bar, which will include a glass of house wine or a local beer before each night’s dinner.

LOGISTICS: Fly into Salzburg airport (SGZ).  Arrival day is Wednesday August 19, 2020.  We will have our first formal meeting at 5:00pm followed by a group dinner. The end of the ride is Friday morning, Sept 4, 2020. 

COST & ADMINISTRATION: The cost estimate is $3,050, which includes 16 days lodging, all breakfasts, 10 group dinners, happy hour drinks, commercially created maps, GPX files for down loading to your GPS devices. Estimated cost is based on an exchange rate of 1 Euro = $1.25.  The initial deposit of $1,550 does not include the BAC registration fee of $100 and both will be due upon acceptance to the ride.  The final payment of $1,500 is due on February 19, 2020.  However the final payment may be adjusted up or down based on the exchange rate at the time.


Singles (riders who have or who want a roommate) will be accepted, but, due to limited room availability in certain loctions, leader cannot accept solos (riders who want their own room).  While we encourage singles to try to find their own roommate, we will assist singles who are looking for a room mate. If a roommate cannot be found by February 19, 2020, participants can cancel without penalty (except the BAC registration fee and payment processing fees).  

CANCELLATION POLICY:  The BAC ride registration fee and payment processing fee are not refundable unless the entire tour is cancelled.  Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped.  The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour’s remaining participants will not incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations.  If the cancelling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time.  If the cancelling participant can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense report are completed.  If a single participant cancels and another roommate cannot be found, in addition to other costs that cannot be recouped the cancelling roommate may also be liable for the solo supplement fee of the roommate remaining on the tour.  BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

RIDE PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY:  Please remember that BAC Ride Leaders are volunteers, and that successful tours depend on participants providing much of their own support.  Participants are expected to come to the ride well trained, in good health and ready to accomplish the required daily riding using well-maintained bicycles.   All participants should accept responsibility for a safe and enjoyable tour.  We encourage you to read the ride description carefully and respond to requests from Ride Leader.  While on the ride, support your Ride Leader with offers to help with various tasks.  Please do not interfere with the ride by inviting non-participants onto any portion of the ride or tour.  Please keep the Ride Leader informed of any special request you might have and respect the Ride Leader’s decisions.

SIGN-UP: To register for this ride, use the sign-up links just above the Ride Description. After preliminary acceptance, you will be moved to the pending list and receive an email requesting you to go back to the BAC site to digitally accept the Release of Liability (ROL), and pay the non-refundable BAC fee ($100) and tour deposit ($1,550) by credit card. As soon as your deposit has been processed, your name(s) will be added to the Participant List. BAC members with questions may contact the Ride Leader by "clicking" the name at the top of this Ride Description, or call Warner at 775-843-3960.

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