Grosser Oscheniksee (Innerfragant) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Grosser Oscheniksee (Innerfragant)

Austria

About as private as it gets!

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Currently

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39
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Light Rain


wind:
1.9 mph W with gusts up to 3 mph

rain:
70% chance of light rainfall

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Tue

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47° 40°

Wed

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57° 39°

Thu

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61° 37°

Fri

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64° 41°

Sat

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62° 45°

Sun

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60° 42°

Mon

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63° 46°

Climb Summary


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[Caveat - private road]

Don’t blink or you’ll miss this one!  At km 2.9/mile 1.8 there is a right turn onto a one lane access road to Oscheniksee Reservoir that is 9.33 km/ (at 12.6% average grade!) up the hill and through multiple sets of wonderful hairpins (see hairpin slideshow at the bottom of the page.  Ok, we did get a little out of control on the volume of photos for that one, 83 photos, sheesh...).

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This is a private road, so proceed at your own risk.

     We were not aware that the mighty Grosser Oscheniksee was predominantly on a private road.  In fact, we completely missed the turnoff on our first run up the road.  Once we reached the power station about a half mile up the road we realized we had missed something and backtracked to gate shown in the photos above.  At that point we had to make a decision - do we hop the gate and continue up a private road in a very remote area of a foreign country or call it a day and head back to the car - as with Scanuppia the year before (#2 World Climb) we just could not accept turning back after traveling thousands of miles to Europe, in part to tackle this little known hidden (well, and off-limits) jewel.  So, over the fence we go . . . (and we are glad we did!)  We encountered no vehicles during our time on the private road, but did run into a cyclist from Holland who had traveled to this remote area to climb to the reservoir.

     About the climb:  Magnificent - no doubt about it.  Starting at hairpin 9 (“Kehre” in German; note - we did not see markings for the first 8) each is marked in some fashion all the way up to the last one (#42).

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First Kehre that we saw was #9 and the last #42

 It was a bit overcast during our climb, so we were not treated to what is likely exceptional views of the distant mountains during the climb.  There was enough of a window between sprinkles to get a taste of what the views are probably like on a clear day, however:

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The steepest ½ mile and 1 km of this climb is right at 16.8% average grade and there is a 2.5 mile/5 km stretch at nearly 14% - it is simply a beast of a climb.  The road is paved to the top and we believe it exists as a service road to the dam and reservoir that it ends at and for fire watch.

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              Several fire watch towers along the climb                                  Oscheniksee Reservoir

The road is paved nearly all the way up the climb and is only a problem on our hands and wrists on the very steep and windy descent.  As noted above - do not expect much to any traffic and you must assume this is a fully unsupported climb - you are on your own on this one.

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The road is in decent shape throughout.