122 km and 4,000 m ascent. Are you ready for Austria’s highest mountain finish!
mposing backdrop and the highest finish in Austria
The “Gletscherkaiser” demands physical peak performance from start to finish – from the 2,150 meters of altitude in Feichten to the mountain finish at 2,750 meters above sea level on the Kaunertal Glacier, which gives the competition the unbroken record as the highest mountain finish in Austria. The special attraction of the route lies not only in the change of conditions but also in the scenery, which above all reflects the diversity of the alpine region. From Feichten the participants start in a leveled ride to Kauns, before the nature park Kaunergrat opens up on the way to the Pitztal. From Wenns in the Pitztal, the ride does not go straight to Imst as one might think – another climb to Jerzens via Leins and Wald again challenges the athletes to top performance. Out of the valley the route then leads from Arzl to Imst to the turning point of the tour. Via Landeck and Fließ it goes back in the direction of Kaunertal. The nature park house at Gachen Blick is one of the most impressive sections, providing unique impressions in addition to the sporting challenge.
The ride through the Kaunertal finally culminates in the last and probably most challenging part of the extreme cycling event. Uphill, past the impressive glacier reservoir, the glacier road leads. With the three-thousand-meter peaks of the region in front of your eyes, the final stage becomes a majestic highlight for cyclists. Here, the exertions of the ascent of a total of 4,000 meters in altitude prove who has the endurance and strength to reach the finish line.