The final Col Collective film of the year features Mike Cotty tackling the pass of the Großglockner. The mountain which at 3,798 metres above the Adriatic is the highest mountain of Austria and the highest mountain in the Alps east of the Brenner Pass. The pass at 2,576 m is the highest in the country.
Below is Mike’s description of the climb.
At 3,798 metres high Austria’s white giant is every bit as imposing as it is intriguing, enveloped by an aura of natural beauty that’s beyond imagination.
Originally built to showcase the true delights of the Hohe Tauern National Park, and to bolster the country’s flailing economy after the First World War, the Großglockner High Alpine Road excelled all expectations bringing over 50 million tourists to the area since it opened in 1935.
Starting in Heiligenblut you initially trace your way through lush Glockner meadows as the gradient pitches up and holds its form at over double figures for the first 6km.
A moment of respite gifts you an extra heartbeat to savour your surrounds before the final push, past the powerful Fensterbach waterfalls, towards the eternal ice plain of the Pasterze Glacier and the foot of the legendary Großglockner itself. Without question absolutely one of the most spectacular roads you’ll ever ride. And breathe…..
Elevation gain: 1,069m
Average gradient: 8.1%
Max gradient: 12%
Ridden in June