The Col Collective’s final video of 2015, and what could be a better way to finish up the season than a ride to the foot of Austria’s most iconic mountain, the beautiful snowcapped Großglockner.

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At 3,798 metres high, Austria’s white giant is every bit as imposing as it is intriguing, enveloped by an aura of natural beauty that’s beyond imagination. Originally built to showcase the true delights of the Hohe Tauern National Park, and to bolster the country’s flailing economy after the First World War, the Großglockner High Alpine Road excelled all expectations, bringing over 50 million tourists to the area since it opened in 1935.

Join TORQ Fuelled Mike Cotty, as he traces the route from Heiligenblut, through lush Glockner meadows, up double figure gradient pitches, past the powerful Fensterbach waterfalls, towards the eternal ice plain of the Pasterze Glacier and the foot of the legendary Großglockner itself.

Start: Heiligenblut
Length: 16.4km
Summit: 2,369m
Elevation gain: 1,069m
Average gradient: 8.1%
Max gradient: 12%

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