Cycling and Biking Regions
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If you like cycling, flea markets, and a good glass of wine, read on! "In Velo Veritas" is the classic tour that draws hundreds of cyclists and their retro road bikes to the Weinviertel every June for a one-day ride of 70, 140 or 210 km.
What began in 2013 is now Austria’s largest vintage cycling tour. This is not about athletic triumphs – it is an ode to serenity and enjoyable renunciation, and thus a dream created by bike enthusiasts for like-minded people and open to everyone.
When you head out of Vienna towards the north-east, you are initially leaving a lot behind. The hustle and bustle of the Ringstraße, the coffeehouses, the art, culture, and music. Up here in the Weinviertel, there is nothing but wind and space at first glance.
Only once a year, in mid-June, when the not yet ripened greenish-yellow corn sways in the fields and the grapes in the vineyards are but the size of a pin, the chirping of the cicadas is intensified by the creaking chains of bikes from bygone days.
In Velo Veritas leads three routes of different lengths through this landscape in north-eastern Austria, a region that has been spared from mass tourism. Highlights include the Marchfeld palaces – aristocratic residences, mostly from the baroque period, with their large estates – and the wine cellar lanes as part of the Weinviertel’s cultural landscape. The routes change every year and are laid out by the organisers in the winter months.
There is generally no timekeeping here, so stress remains behind the starting line. "The social side of things comes before the competitive one, which is what sets In Velo Veritas apart from other events," explains Watzl. "There is a colourful mix of ages and abilities, and our proportion of female participants is said to be the highest in the world," the head and soul of the event continues, adding: "Most cycling marathons have a female percentage of 7 or 8, while we most recently had 30."