Cycling Hochtor Pockhorn

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Hochtor - Pockhorn

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 8 %

Length: 17.4 km

Altitude start: 1103 m

Altitude top: 2503 m

Ascent: 1400 m

Hochtor rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 302 (all)
Ranking Austria: 30 (all)
Ranking Alps: 94(all)
Difficulty score: 161.07 what?

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The Hochtor is situated in Carinthia. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Pockhorn, the Hochtor ascent is 17.4 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1400 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 8 %.

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Stories, information and comments from Hochtor climbers
Story by Roger Bolden from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 07/09/2014
I did this on my final leg of a round the world tour in 1998.

I started early, carrying front and rear panniers, which weighed 14 kg on a steel bike. There were a few cars parked along the roadside, their occupants waving and cheering me on. I thought that was nice but soon, I found out why. I was inadvertently riding a mountain time trial and young riders on light weight bikes passed me easily as I trundled up on my granny gears.

Hochtor Pass divided in two; one goes over the pass into Germany which was where I wanted to go, but the race finishes at a dead end which I presumed would be food and refreshments. I continued up, pass the turn-off and above the snow line, chatting to a middle aged rider who was having a tough time.

By this time, every cyclist had finished and I rolled in to cheers and applause from spectators and my fellow cyclists. They were amazed at my effort and asked questions about my tour. I was invited to tuck in to wursts which was my main reason to have come this way. As all cyclists know, you shouldn''t ignore free food! I came second to last, an ambulance bringing the middle aged cyclist across the line. Fortunately he was ok.

I rode down and crossed over the pass, into Germany.
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Story by Jiri Koblizek from Pardubice, Czech Republic, submitted on 24/06/2008
Hi there,we were under the Glockner for the weekend and on the second day i planned clinb to Hochtor.There are two main parts of the climb i believe.First to Heiligenblut where you can breath and heal easily.Second part from Heiligenblut is more interesting, ofr torture at least;) Climb is endless, hairpins are countless and you feel every pedal spins above 2000m above see level.Snow could calm you dawn even during the summer so let´s go there!:)
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