Grossglockner 2009

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On our way to the OEMC 2009 in Baden, I planned on climbing the Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße a.k.a. Grossglockner High Alpine Road.

This is one of the more famous alpine high roads (in Austria) and ranked a little higher than the Stelvio on ClimbByBike.com.

The profiles on CBB are a bit confusing, as there are two extra or separate ‘forks’ you can take: the Edelweissspitze and the Kaiser Franz-Josef-höhe, but the latter is only shown from Pockhorn (Heiligenblut).

I was planning on the climb from Fusch, get up to the Fuscher Törl first, then take the extra loop to the Edelweissspitze and after that get up to the Franz Josephs-höhe…

Click here for the profile of the climb from Fusch to the Edelweissspitze – the start of the climb to that highest point is actually just under (and a left-turn 250 meters before) the Fuscher Törl.

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Stelvio Pass 2008 (Prato)

During the Austrian Open of 2007 in Feldkirchen, we had a trip to a nearby “Blumenalm”, the Gerlitzen. From a distance, it doesn’t look like much of a mountain, but much to my dismay, it turned out to be an impressive climb.

Since I did not have my bike with me, I was forced to get up by car (or by foot, but I was lazy) and since the car had difficulties getting there, I figured it must be steep.

I looked up the profile on ClimbByBike.com and indeed, it was – about 12 kilometers at an average of over 10%. I made a vow I would be back with my bike the next year.

During the course of the year, I extended the trip with a prelude in the Bavarian Alps (Bad Wiessee, Tegernsee) and even the Gerlitzen was eventually demoted to an appetizer, as we would ride on to Prad, Italy, to storm the Stelvio Pass too…

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