To say we are jealous of the riding around Hans Peter Obwaller’s house is an understatement. Out of his back door he has a stunning gravel climb rich with wildlife, head down the hill and past his two donkeys Alfredo and Pauline and you’re riding through quaint Austrian towns and into a green grassy valley. 

This week Hans Peter has pulled together seven spics rides from his region. We can’t pronounce some of the names of them, like Grossglocknerhochalpenstraße, but they are lovely to look at and lovely to ride.

Hintersee

Starting is right at Hans Peter’s house and you can see his two donkeys Alfredo & Pauline. 

The first 15km are flat and alongside the Salzach River. A nice uphill with only 2 steep (but short) parts follows. The finish is at the so-called “Hintersee” – a tourist attraction. 

The lake is small but very beautiful but because it is filled with water coming from the glaciers the temperature is very cold – so that no one can take a swim… There are many animals in this video – see if you can count them all!

Uttendorf to Hochsonnberg

A very nice climb from Uttendorf up to the Uttendorfer Hochsonnbergalm. There are several “Alms” with almost the same name – only in other villages. This one is Hans Peter’s favourite Hochsonnbergalm because there is amazing high-quality gravel around. 

 

You can do this climb even with a road bike. As always it features an awesome panorama and very good weather. It’s always sunny in FulGaz.

Grossglocknerhochalpenstraße to Edelweisspitze

The climb from Ferleiten to the highest point of the famous Grossglockner High Alpine Road – the so-called Edelweisspitze is 2571m above sea level and features a 360 panorama. 

The climb up from Ferleiten is one of the most popular climbs in Austria and every year forms part of the Tour of Australia- a professional Stage Race. One of the Overall Winners of this Stage Race is the Australian Tour de France winner and World Champion Cadel Evans who won the race in 2001 and 2004.

Scheibenhöhe

This is the climb right behind Hans Peter Obwaller’s house. He takes his gravel bike uphill up to 2020m above sea level with typically Austrian high alpine flair and no traffic. 

At 2000m above sea level, you’ll see a few animals to keep you entertained with a perfect panorama finish.

For those of us that are gravel lovers, the gravel section is best enjoyed with the volume on full, riders will hear the crunch as you roll over the crushed roll and you’re instantly transported there. 

Bürglhütte

This is very nice gravel or mountain bike climb in Austria, there’s no traffic, and it’s not too steep of a climb with a very nice panoramic view at the finish, which is approximately 1700m above sea level. 

Nevertheless, be aware that the average gradient for the 9 km / 6 miles is ~ 9%!

You will have the chance to get typical Austrian food at the Bürglhütte. Enjoy a rest!

Tauernmoossee

One of the most spectacular rides in the Alps and in Austria. A high alpine road without any traffic from 1450m above sea level until the finish at about 2100m.  

At the finish you’ll get an awesome view all over the “Tauernmoossee” and many >3000m mountains. One can do this ride with a road bike, but preferably with a gravel bike.

Kitzbüheler Horn

Probably the hardest climb in professional cycling together with the Alto de Angliru and the Monte Zoncolan. Over the years there’s been some very prominent winners in the Queen stage of the Tour of Austria – like Cadel Evans, Danilo di Luca, Miguel Angel Lopez and the record-holder Victor de la Parte (Movistar). Hans-Peter won this stage 18 years ago in 2002! 

The climb is very steep – even through the corners. However, the effort is worth the reward; a sensational panoramic view to the famous “Wilder Kaiser” mountains and to Kitzbühel and the Hahnenkamm mountain (where the most difficult ski alpine downhill race is held every year). Kitzbuhel itself is something like the capital city of Jetset – especially in winter.

About this week’s contributor

Hans-Peter is a proud Austrian who lives in the beautiful mountains of Salzburg. He has two donkeys, Alfredo and Pauline and when he was younger, he studied Law, Order and Justice at the University of Salzburg until the age of 23 before turning professional as a cyclist.