Grosser Speikkogel is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.120m (6,955ft) above the sea level, located in Carinthia, Austria.
Located in the Lavanttal Alps, the road to reach the top starts from Wolfsberg, the capital of the Wolfsberg district in the Austrian state of Carinthia at an elevation of 460m above the sea level. After 15.4km, the road arrives to its very top, where a radio, TV and radar devices stand and must be maintained.
Starting from Maildorf, the ascent is 15.4 km long and the elevation gain is 1,660 meters. The average percentage is a brutal 10.8 %. The Grosser Speikkogel has maximum grades of 17-18%, but only for a few hundred meters. The difficulty of the climb lies in its irregularity and in the difficult final kilometers. The surface of the road is asphalted, and chains or snow tyres can be required anytime.
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