Today we really hit the heights again. We ride the roof of the tour, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.
Whenever a stage goes over the Glockner it's usually a King Stage. Undeniably, that's the case today, too. From Lienz we begin with the Iselsberg Pass, on which we shouldn't over-stretch ourselves, but which ought not to be a serious obstacle either. This takes us to Winklern in the Möll Valley where, to some degree, the long climb begins to the Hochtor, the highest point on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. As far as Pockhorn, to be fair, we have a slight period of grace, but things really kick off in Heiligenblut – the gradient stays above the ten percent mark for long sections. The fact that we have the occasional downhill thrown in doesn't really help much. But with strong legs and an iron will we also conquer the climb to the Hochtor – and, while on the descent, the climb to the Fuscher Törl too. Anyone who wishes can also add on the short section up to the Edelweissspitze. Then, though, it's a speedy descent down to Lake Zell, where we pitch camp on the east bank.Options:
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road also offers two optional dead-end roads. On the Franz-Josefs-Höhe (an extra 16 kms / 500 m EG) you're as close as you'll get to the Grossglockner. And from the Edelweissspitze (an extra 3 kms / 170 m EG), the highest point on the High Alpine Road, you'll enjoy fantastic views if the weather is fine.