The inhumane climb to Kitzbüheler Horn with 22% ramps
Kitzbüheler Horn is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.967m (6,453ft) above the sea level, located in the western Austrian province of Tyrol. It’s one of the toughest climbs in international cycling.
Set high in the Kitzbühel Alps, the road to the summit is totally paved but brutally steep, hitting a 22.4% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps, and pretty narrow. The summit hosts a restaurant, a chapel and a 102 metre high TV tower, the Kitzbüheler Horn Transmission Tower (Sendeturm Kitzbüheler Horn). The final 2,2 km of the road are on a privately owned and car-restricted road, owned by the ÖRF (the National Austrian Broadcasting Company).
This road is usually impassable from late October through May (depending on snow). Starting at Kitzbühel, a small Alpine town, the road is 10.7 km (6.64 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.218 meters. It’s said to be the steepest mountain cycle race in Austria. The average gradient is 11.38%. The last kilometre, just above the Goinger Alm, is the most difficult "ramp" with exactly 22.3% slope. This last section (through a little gate) is probably the most difficult part as it's narrow, steep and a pretty poor surface.
Pic: Benjamin Chan