Esther

Esther

Being a passionate road cyclist, Esther Wilhelm believes cycling is the best way to see and experience how much Tirol has to offer. Moreover, she knows the best places to take a rest and to have the best food and drinks.


by Esther in Sports

Ride Report: My Ötztaler – The Ötztal Cycling Marathon

I love cycling and road cycling is my favourite discipline. This sport has fascinated me from when I was small. The speed, the stunning places to ride a bike, feeling my body as an extension of the bike… The joy and that incredible emotion of being one with the bike and the road under me. Not…

11 min. Reading time
by Esther in Sports

The Myth of the Ötztal Cycling Marathon

“Every man should have a son, plant a tree and participate in the Ötztal Cycling Marathon,” says Austrian road cycling legend Wolfgang Steinmayr, 4-time winner of the Tour of Austria and competitor at the Ötztal Cycling Marathon in 2011. Getting up early for the 6:45am kick-off pays off. (Copyright: Sportograf)…

6 min. Reading time
by Esther in Recommendations

Wheelchair Travel to Tirol’s Mountains

“I always dreamt of experiencing a moment like that with Eelke. I never thought I could feel as happy as I felt in that moment. I never thought that was possible,” says Dineke, Eelke’s mother who joined her daughter on her trip to Tirol’s Kaunertal Valley. Eelke, a journalist writing for the Dutch Support Magazine,…

6 min. Reading time
by Esther in Feel Good

My Best-Loved Saunas & Spas in Tirol

Baby, it’s cold outside! Goose-down puffers aside, few things warm the body like a hot, steamy sanctuary of a sauna bath. And although I am not a dedicated sauna buff, I really enjoy warming myself from the inside out every now and then in the winter. Here, I’ve rounded up my best-loved hothouses that will…

6 min. Reading time
by Esther in Sports

Mountain Bike & Gondola: The Tirol Mountain Bike Safari

I’m a hard core mountain biker. I’m about having fun while riding up, up, up.  I love to ride the mountain, I love to ‘log miles’, I love to gain elevation and I love to pedal hard. So why should I consider lift-served mountain biking? Hop a gondola or lift to the top, taking the…

4 min. Reading time
by Esther in Sports

Cross-country skiing in Obertilliach in Osttirol

One of my favorite cross-country areas is Obertilliach in East Tirol. At altitudes of 1,200 to 1,450 meters, the valley of Lesach is home to Kartisch, Obertillach and Untertilliach where snow this winter is a safe bet. In total, both classical and skate skiers in Obertilliach have over 60 kilometers of trails available. Beautifully…

2 min. Reading time
by Esther in Sports

Cross-country skiing in Tannheimertal

You can often find me cross-country skiing in the Tirol, especially in Seefeld and Leutasch, on Lake Achensee and on the trails around Lüsens. However, shortly before Christmas I took a little trip from Innsbruck to the cross-country area in Tannheimertal region – home to 140-kilometres of skate and classic cross-country routes, it’s a superb…

2 min. Reading time
by Esther in Sports

Hochfuegen’s freeride paradise

Today, more people than ever before venture off-piste. Whether you’re into ski-touring or freeriding, powder skiing is ‘in’. However, freeriding involves risks that can only truly be appreciated and understood with significant experience. When exploring beyond the marked pistes, without the support of the pisteurs or lift attendants, you have to take full responsibility for…

2 min. Reading time
by Esther in Bits & Pieces

Cross-country skiing in the highlands around Innsbruck

The last few laps before sunset – 17:30 ( 21.02.2012 ) Any cross-country skier in the Tirol will tell you that Seefeld and Lake Achen are classic ski areas, and I have often reported on the great Nordic skiing opportunities in the Lüsener Valley. But new to me is the area…

2 min. Reading time
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