Question

How do you get really good at riding big climbs?

Answer

If the amazing performances of Hans-Peter Obwaller are anything to go by, the answer is “Ride lots and lots and lots of them”.
If you’re a fan of Hans-Peter’s existing library of rides and you love a good European climb in the sunshine, we’ve got a massive treat for you. The former pro, talented climber and all around nice guy was very busy filming new rides for FulGaz last year. If you can’t beat his times, console yourself in the fact that he’s been Austrian Hillclimb champion four times as well as a multiple road race and time trial national champion.

Today, we’re proud to release fifteen new rides from “HPO” with an almost cramp-inducing total of 25,490 metres of climbing.

As far as we’re concerned, there’s no better way to get stuck into a big block of climbing than to follow in the wheel tracks of one of the true gentlemen of the sport. 

Enjoy! 

Paß Thurn Loop

This loop starts in Mittersill at a turnaround with some big and strange sculptures and goes then along a nice cycle path in west direction. Everything is easy and flat. Autumn vibes, colours and stunning scenery everywhere. The beginning of the final climb starts on tarmac. When you reach the end of the climb the gravel section starts, with an even better view! 

31.06KM
DISTANCE
1:05:55
DURATION
553M
ELEVATION GAIN

Gerlospaß Everesting

The climb goes from Krimml (renowned globally for its spectacular waterfalls) up to the top of the Gerlospaß Alpine Road. This climb was used in the Giro d Italia 2009 where the unforgettable Michele Scarponi won the stage and it was also used in the “Deutschland Tour” 2008. The climb is relatively smooth, not too steep, and not too flat. The downhill can be done at a good speed which is useful for everything because you won’t lose time. To reach the summit, set it to 17 laps.

14.34KM
DISTANCE
43:14
DURATION
547M
ELEVATION GAIN

Glocknerkönig from Fusch

The start is in Fusch and the first kilometre is almost flat but then it ramps up to feature stunning views and scenery throughout the whole climb. Due to closed roads from the end of October until May you have the privilege to ride this famous road without traffic. It’s the original real racing course for the famous “Glocknerkönig” Race.

27.35KM
DISTANCE
1:44:28
DURATION
1664M
ELEVATION GAIN

Zell to Örgenbauernalm

Start is in Zell am See and first some nice flat kilometres alongside the lake of Zell am See and through Zell am See. Enjoy the nice views to the “Steineres Meer” mountains and look at all the different colours during autumn. After approximately 15k the climb to the “Örgenbauernalm” starts. The “Örgenbauernalm-MTB-Race” is one of the oldest MTB races in the area!
20.45KM
DISTANCE
59:44
DURATION
630M
ELEVATION GAIN

Bramberg Recovery Ride

This route is a flat recovery ride from Niedernsill to Bramberg (Salzburg, Austria). Though – if you want to take it more seriously, we have included some segments to keep you on your toes. 

A typical Autumn ride with Autumn scenery and feelings. Almost no traffic at all because the main part is on cycling path.

49.62KM
DISTANCE
1:05:26
DURATION
228M
ELEVATION GAIN

Mitterberg

A first autumn ride from this area – very nice scenery as always. During the climb to the finish many views down to the valley and the “Zeller See” (a quite big lake around Zell am See). One of the most popular rides here because of the super panoramic restaurant right at the finish line.

1:03:30
DISTANCE
25.57
DURATION
575M
ELEVATION GAIN

Glockner Hochtor

 Großglockner after a sudden winter period. Its the uphill from south from Heiligenblut to the Hochtor (2504m). The scenery is completely different to the summer ride at 30 degrees. Enjoy an amazing and awesome video where everything above a certain height is covered with snow! A tough ride in reality due to low temperatures but luckily without traffic.

17.41KM
DISTANCE
1:11:05
DURATION
1321M
ELEVATION GAIN

Alpenverein

A really steep and difficult ride, but your reward is the beautiful scenery. The finish is at a little rescue station – that’s for alpinists who get caught by surprise thunder storms or something else!

2.18KM
DISTANCE
11:44
DURATION
160M
ELEVATION GAIN

Walchen Sonnbergalm

This ride starts in the small village Walchen with the first kilometres on tarmac, then continues on a very good gravel road. Enjoy the perfect panorama and the views of the “Hohe Tauern” mountains with several 3000m /9000 feet summits. The finish is at the Hochsonnbergalm is at ~1840m altitude, with superb Austrian food whilst you enjoy the views from the terrace.

10.97KM
DISTANCE
52:30
DURATION
1060M
ELEVATION GAIN

Wildkogel

Join us for the really beautiful climb to the Wildkogel. About 1300m of climbing with an extraordinary finish at 2100m above sea level with a special loop around the small lake and a view at the prominent summit of the “Großer Rettenstein” mountain. In winter time one can do this ride in reverse – the longest nighttime floodlit toboggan run of the world!

15.6KM
DISTANCE
1:08:24
DURATION
1242M
ELEVATION GAIN

Valley of Mühlbach

A ride to the end of the Mühlbachtal, with lots of wild animals.  Who is able to find the pigs? Lots of blue sky and a valley with nice views. Start with a warm-up for 15 minutes riding on smooth tarmac and enjoy the wide views before taking on the steep gravel road up to the Schaunbergalm.

13.12KM
DISTANCE
52:01
DURATION
882M
ELEVATION GAIN

Glocknerblick

Start is in Kaprun, which was a pioneer in MTB World cup downhill races, and host of the MTB world championships in 2002. The climb up to the “Glocknerblick”, first 3.5k on tarmac and the rest on gravel, is about 850m of climbing at finishes at 1675hm. Enjoy the sunny weather and the good views and panorama!

10.34KM
DISTANCE
49:42
DURATION
852M
ELEVATION GAIN

Monte Croce Carnico

The Passo Monte Croce Carnico starts near Paluzza (Italy) and ends right at the borderline to Austria.

The climb is fairly flat and is very nice to ride with its new tarmac! It is used in Giro d’Italia sometimes but never with a finish at the top. A lot of corners and short galleries. Good panorama and views into the Carnic Alps.

19.73KM
DISTANCE
54:47
DURATION
795M
ELEVATION GAIN

Zoncolan from Ovaro

It is so steep… Almost permanently steep… But it is a classic and one have to do it once in cycling life. Some Superstars have won on the top like Gilberto Simoni, Ivan Basso or Chris Froome. Plus the Australian Time Trial Specialist Michael Rogers.

10.70KM
DISTANCE
59.03
DURATION
1176M
ELEVATION GAIN

Hochsonnbergalm Piesendorf

A very nice gravel bike/MTB ride from Piesendorf up to the “Hochsonnbergalm”. There are frequent stunning views of the “Hohe Tauern” mountains, including the well known Kitzsteinhorn glacier.

11.09KM
DISTANCE
57:56
DURATION
1060M
ELEVATION GAIN