Organized by the same team that puts on the UCI professional Tour of Austria stage race every year, the new 2020 amateur Kitzbüheler Radmarathon looks to be epic – Austrian epic.
On July 5th the 216km route with over 4600m vertical starts in the world famous ski resort of Kitzbühel, before climbing over Thurn Pass and the world famous Krimml Waterfalls – Austria’s highest.
The route then climbs steeply on the new alpine road to Gerlos. Once there, the route flattens until Kerschbaumer Saddle. A loop over to Breitenbach follows, before riding back into Kitzbühel and the tackling the steepest paved road in Austria, Kitzbüheler Horn.
At 9.7km in length with an average grade of 12.7% and a maximum grade of 22.3%, the Kitzbüheler Horn is more difficult than the world’s toughest Pro Tour climbs – Italy’s Passo del Mortirolo, Monte Zoncolan and Spain’s Alto del Angliru.
Just like these fabled climbs, the Kitzbüheler Horn gets harder with each kilometer, but the final two kilometers are pure hell with an average grade of 17.5%.