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Cycling Tour 2010: Großglockner Hochalpenstraße


View from Fuscher Törl
Left: switchback section just below Fuscher Törl. Right: view from Fuscher Törl.


For many years it is our intention to cycle, with a racing bike, all passes in (western) Europe that exceed the (arbitrary) elevation of 2500 meters. The Großglockner Hochalpenstraße is one of them and was still on our to do list. Both the north and south slope offer pretty demanding ascents, but it seems that the approach from Fusch an der Großglocknerstraße is the most challenging. You have to climb 1850 hm in 27 km, including a descent of 160 hm between Fuscher Törl and Hochtor, the highest point (except for the Edelweiß-Spitze, a dead end road specially constructed to please motor bikers). Roughly half of the ascent has an average grade of over 9%, with several 12-15% sections. It is a tough climb because of its length and grade, but perfectly doable.

For an alpine pass road, the Großglocknerstraße is exceptional wide, which means that even large touring cars do not obstruct the switchbacks. It is a toll road, but free to cyclists, they have to pass a zigzag shaped road block that is too narrow for bikes. 


Below: map and gradient profile of the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße.

Grossglockner map

Grossglockner gradient

gradient coding

Tracks, distances, profiles and gradients are based on Garmin Edge 705 data


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Sella Gardena
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