From the moment I step off the plane in Innsbruck, mountains dominate the view. Mighty and majestic, they instil a twinge of excitement (mixed with dread) when I imagine being up among them on two wheels.

It will certainly make for a magnificent backdrop next week, when more than 1,000 professional cyclists descend on Tyrol, western Austria, for the Road World Championships. After events in the US, Qatar and Norway in recent years, the annual UCI (Union Cycliste International) race is coming to the Herz der Alpen (heart of the Alps) – a slogan used on the posters all over the region.

Source: Peaks and troughs: cycling and eating in Austria’s Tyrol – The Guardian