Grossglockner Classic Cycle Climb


bespoke guided rides

pie is a cycling events company delivering amazing bespoke bike rides throughout the UK and Europe. We create, develop, manage, operate and deliver fully supported guided group cycling trips for companies, charities and groups of individuals.  All to your specific brief.

At 2,504m high, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road leads up the highest mountain in Austria, and was the first graded road in the Alps. Originally built to create jobs after the First World War, the 36 hairpins snake their way up the Grossglockner mountain, standing at 3,798m above sea level.


Our 4 day route begins and ends in Salzburg, and includes various route options, spa hotels every night and of course, an (optional!) ascent of the Grossglockner which is an “up and back”. Distance is between 341km and 503km riding (depending group ability and on route choice)


Between 3314m and 6808m ascent (depending on group ability and route choice)

3 1/2 days guided cycling

Full support crew


Day 1 – Travel and warm up loop (34km/458m ascent or 64km/820m ascent)

Morning flight into Munich or Salzburg airport, before transferring to our hotel just outside Salzburg. Once at the hotel, you will have a chance to build your bikes and meet the pie crew, before a spot of lunch and warm up loop amongst the local lakes and hills.

That night celebrate your arrival with a wonderful meal at the hotel, followed by a full pie briefing on the event and introduction to the crew.

Day 2 – 100km/1100m ascent, 160km/1600m ascent or 170km/1988m ascent

Depending on the size of your group, we offer three route choices for today as we travel out of Salzburg and towards Altenmarkt. The first half of the day is spent descending, before the climbing begins after lunch.

We will stop off at Hallstatt en route – a UNESCO heritage site famous for its salt mining and picturesque location. In fact, the town is so beautiful it has been replicated in the southern Chinese province of Guandong! Another highlight of the day is travelling through the town of Bad Ischl – famous for being the location of the summer Royal Residence and a spa town.

Day 3 – 112km/1230m ascent, 114km/2310m ascent, 138km/2850m ascent

Today is the biggest day of the trip, featuring the highest mountain in Austria – the Grossglockner. Topping out at just over 2500m, this section alone increases our daily ascent by over 1,800m.
For those who don’t quite fancy tackling this monster, we provide an alternative (flatter!) route that will get you into the hotel in plenty of time to sample the numerous pools and massage rooms the hotel has to offer – they quite simply have to be seen to be believed!

Day 4 – 95km/526m ascent, 102km/750m ascent or 131km/1150m ascent

Today is our last day in the saddle, as we make our way back in to Salzburg. You’ll find it hard to drag yourself away from the comfort of the hotel, however our guides will soon have you blasting along the roads through beautiful forests during a day spent mostly cycling downhill.

We arrive at the hotel in the afternoon, and you will have a chance for one final trip to the spa, before a fantastic celebration and opportunity to toast your achievements over the past few days.

Day 5 – Travel home

You have the morning at your leisure, before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

More Information

Interested? Please contact us for more details. Call 01932 460090 or email and download the event summary sheet.


pie delivers fully supported bespoke guided rides throughout the UK and Europe for the discerning cyclist.

Every ride is designed completely to your needs so your cyclists, no matter what standard they are, will have a fabulous time.

We’re known for our efficiency, integrity, and our passion to get it right. From your 1st contact with us, to the last cyclist’s arrival, we will make your event as effortless and awesome as possible.

Your cyclists will be led in small groups of similar standards by our team of amazing guides on bikes who are in turn supported by our experienced crew of tour leaders and medics.

The end result is stunning scenery, challenging ascents, incredible descents, perfect hotels, great food, like minded company.

In short, an amazing ride.

Download the Summary Sheet for more details