Austrian Extreme Bike Race



2500 km & 52000 vm

Start: 7.8.2021 9:00






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Wo die Berge hoch und die Täler schmal,

ist der Geist oft leicht und frei.


The Austrian Extreme Bike Race is a single stage unsupported bike adventure race through the Austrian mountains and the lakes of Salzkammergut starting and finishing in Graz. 2500km paved roads with some gravelpaths adding up to 52000 meters elevation gain. The route was designed by Austrian adventurer Tani (Tanja) Hacker and shows all the beauty and diversity the Austrian landscape has to offer, including some very special secret places with intresting background stories. This is a race for those who love being out there alone seeking for adventure as well as for those who love competition and racing fellow riders. This race is for the international cycling community. The Abenteuer and Bergsportklub Graz is proudly looking forward to hosting this event, offering a unique adventure for all those intrested in getting to know the Austrian mountains and it´s lifestyle. We are looking forward to seeing you here next summer in Graz, the home of cycling in Austria!  

About the Race

About Tani (Tanja) Hacker

  •  Defeniately adventure addicted. not limited to bikes only. Favorite parallel universe are the alps in Austria and Italy.
  • Founder of a mountaineering sports club in Graz and the Austrian Extreme Bike Race.
  • Was the first one ever racing unsupported around Germany. Known for the TABR 18 extra adventure in Wisdom and double crossing Europe in Summer 2019 (NCT19 & TCRno7 back to back).TGBR 2020 for COVID 19 relief.

Without a big adventure race there was definiately something missing here in Austria. All the beautiful mountains and lakes are a perfect playground for adventure racing. So i decided to organize the inaugural Austrian Extrme Bike Race. Here we go. Enjoy!


                       Tani (Tanja) Hacker

The Race

The Austrian Extreme Bike Race route has 2500 km and approximately 52000 vertical meters, desigend across the stunning Austrian mountains and picturesque lakes, starting and finsihing in the city of Graz. A fixed route will take riders to all significant climbs and hidden secret places. Some mixed terrain parts with gravel and dirt roads to avoid dangerous high traffic roads. Highlightening climbs such as Nockalm Hochalpenstraße, Großglockner, Klippitztörl, Sölkpass, Obertauern... But not only mountains are waiting, the race route will take riders to Salzkammergut, national parks and river valleys as well. 

The Race is open in two categories, supported and unsupported for solo or pair riders. The Unsupported category, respecting the rules of unsupported racing and the supported category, where riders are allowed to accept supplies and spares. No pacecars allowed.

The Rules

  1. Ride the whole route in a truely unsupported or supported way in the spirit of equal opportunity

  2. No third party supply (not valid for the supported category)

  3. No drafting (only pair riders are allowed with their partner)

  4. Riders must make themselves familiar with Austrian traffic law

  5. No littering

  6. Carry a charged mobile phone 

  7. No e- bikes

  8. Riders must be at the the finish before 20.8.21 23:59 to make into the general classification

  9. No Pacecar



Austrian Extreme Bike Race  unsupported/supported

7.8.2021    9:00 Graz/Austria






Großglockner Hochalpenstraße

A bicycle adventure race is calling...

Are you ready ?

  • 2500 km, 52000 vm. Designed by Austrian adventure racer Tanja Hacker

  • unsupported or supported

  • start and finish in Graz, the home of Cycling in Austria

  • 7.8.2021 9:00


If you never did you should...

.....these things are fun

and fun is good.

(Dr. Seuss) 


The route is designed to show riders the beauty of Austria with all the mountains, lakes, canyons and some hidden special places with intresting background. For those who love adventure and racing. Coming in 6 parts for your device. Just upload and ready to go. Here are the elevation profiles and one of the six route parts:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34489020)

A Special gift for next years racers is the official old school turn by turn navigation roadbook with road numbers, road names, distances  and county boarder crossings. The perfect back up.

The Route

Part 1 Styria & Koralpe
Part 2 Crossing Carinthia
Gerlospass & Zillertal
Part 6 Grazer Bergland

Part 5. Salzkammergut 

Part 1: Styria & Korlpe

Part 2 Crossing Carinthia/ Großglockner

Part 3: Gerlospass & Zillertal

Part 4: Obertauern, Hochkönig, Wildschönau

Part 6: Grazer Bergland

Route details:

Route part 1 highlights: Südsteirische Weinstrasse, Soboth- St. Lorenzen, Koralpe, Weinebene, Hebalm, Gaberl Altes Almhaus, Salzstigel/Hirschegger Sattel ,Pack, Soboth- St. Lorenzen, Koralpe, Weinebene, Hebalm, Gaberl Altes Almhaus, Salzstigel/Hirschegger Sattel ,Pack.

Route part 2 highlights: Klippitztörl, the famous Nockbergen Hochalpenstrasse, Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse with Kaiser Franz-Josefs-Höhe with its beautiful glacier, Hochtor, Fuscherl Törl, finishing at Edelweiss Spitze.

Route part 3 highlights: Großglockner Hochalpenstraße downhill, Hochkrimmel waterfalls, Gerlos Pass, Hintertuxer Gletscher.

Route part 4 highlights: Enzingerboden Climb, Kaprun close to Kitzsteinhorn. Wildschönau, the Hochkönig climbs, Obertauern (Halfway Point), Turracher Höhe and again Nockberge (a different direction.) Finishing at the picturesque Prebersee.

Route part 5 highlights: Salzkammergut with all the stunning lakes. Postalm, Sölkpass, Pyrnpass, Präbichl, Seeberg,the church in Mariazell.

Route part 6 highlights: Josefberg/Annaberg, the National Park Gesäuse,, Preiner Gescheid, Pfaffensattel, Wenigzell with the Toter Mann myth, Sommeralm, Rechberg, Teichalm, Schöckl. The last hill is Eidexberg.

 Schedule & Registration

Schedule and cut off times: 

5.8.2021 Registration and bike check in Graz

6.8.2021 Registration, bike check, race briefing and pre race dinner in Graz

7.8.2021 9:00 Start of the first rider of the inaugural Austrian Extreme Bike Race. individual starts due to Covid 19 restrictions (5 minutes between the riders)

13.8.2021 23:59 Cut off time halfway point Obertauern

20.8.2021 23:59 Cut off time finish in Graz

Registration and what you get for your money:

Registration is open for all cyclists,solo or pair, older than 18 from the end of october 2020 to mid July 2021 (If trafel restrictions keep you from coming to Austria, you are in for one of the following years):

350 euro until 31.7.2021 23:59

COVID 19 update coming early this summer. Currently FFP2 masks are mandatory in Austria. 

We do share our Race Manual and GPX files for those who consider racing. Get in touch!

What`s included:

  • Official gpx files of the race for your navigational devices
  • Official old school roadbook in pdf with turn by turn navigation, roadnumbers, roadnames, distances and county boarders (official requirement for race permisson in Austria)
  • Tracking included
  • All race numbers and stickers for your bike, jersey and helmet (reflective for safer racing)
  • Pre race dinner with non alcoholic drinks and Red Bull.
  • Bike box drop, bag drop at the registration. we keep one bag, box or case for you. You get your stuff back after crossing the finish line.
  • Zielschnapserl with the race organizers. it´s a local special and tradition here. we do offer a non alcoholic alternative if prefered.
  • VIP service at a local bikeshop before the race with a great discount (code:Tanja)
  • Your name in the hall of fame for those who make it to the finish in time,


Halfway Point Obertauern

sponsored by tubolito

Some treats coming here...


Racing Roster 2021






















Touring 2021



























Hall of Fame


Tanja Hacker 25.7.2020 12:23 - 2.8.2020 20:16 8 days 7 hours 53 min


Walter Reiterer      Austria    solo unsupported
Norbert Taucher    Austria    solo unsupported
Michael Deuts        Austria     solo unsupported
Hermann Dopfer    Germany    solo unsupported
John  Sprock           USA            solo unsupported
Chris White      Switzerland    solo unsupported
Jürgen Mikusch      Austria      solo unsupported
Gerhard Graßmugg           Austria      


Antoine Gary         France        solo unsupported
ADAm Bialek        Germany       solo unsupported
Eduard Tapp         England       solo unsupported

Contact/ Inquiry:

Abenteuer und Bergsportklub Graz

Tanja Hacker



Abenteuer und Bergsportklub Graz

Liebenauer Haupstraße 77

8041 Graz; Österreich

ZVR: 1411473961





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FAQ May 2021: COVID19? Are we still on? Can i still get in if my race i wanted to do is postponed to 2022? Good Nwes. We are on and those comitted to our challange early are already in a good shape. We do not cross any borders to other countries and all shops, even those small lovely ones reopened. FFP2 masksare mandatory still in public (not for racers on the bike).  At the moment we are on 3G (vaccinated, recovered or tested negative), for instance when you want to sit and eat in a restaurant. Travel restrictions within the European Union, especially our neighbour conutries are going to lift with 3G. Testing for those not vaccinated is availabke in all bigger cities (500 meters fromthe start).  What about joining this years race? Autrian law is strict here. we (organizers and Goverment) need to be sure you are prepared and ready for this. this reduces risks of being injured, accidents and makes sure you are having a big time out there in our magnificient landscape. currently are about 25 people training for our event, we are expecting about the half of them ready for this year. deadline for those already having the GPX files, rules and race manual is end of July, if you think you are ready, contact us. caps for those who are in before july. have a great summer, enjoy your adventures and see you hopefully soon somewhere in our moutains. Tani :)




                                                                         Teichalm. captured from Schöckl May 28th



Sölkpass reopening after winter :) watch here:  http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2OfjKkrhRs




Austria is known for superior water quality. There are lot of springs along the route. Here are 2, the Jassnitz Quelle, right after the Teichalm downhill into Allerheiligen and the one in Faldnitz right before the Teichalm climb ( route part 6). 







Bike Paths along the route. Rules say it is up to our racers if they use the road or the bikepath. Law in Austria says it is okay to use the road for road cyclists even if there is a bikepath (there is often glass, gravel or dirt...), but however if the average not so deep thinking Austrian is racing to his work please choose the bikepath. this is one near Mürzhofen/Styria, Part 6 after the Breitenau/ Hochlantsch Climb. Just a bit slower but it is all yours.






Route inspection update. Winter was long and rough in Austria, it is still snowing but the tarmac and gravel roads are looking good so far. tTee logging at Schöckl is finished and gravel roads are open again. Some road repairs are to be expected the next weeks, some completely renewed sideroads are finsiehed in remote West Sytria around Herzogberg. Here are some pic from Schöckel km 402, part 6 and the top of the St. Hemma Climb of Part 1 right after Hirschegger Sattel.  And finally after an eternity of waiting small restaurants are reopening at May 19., so there will be resupply opportunites in our fanstaic small grocery stores and restaurants in small villages along the route :)






Wildlife. Several wolves have been seen the last week on the first part of the ausrtian extreme bike race route. so watch out for company when you are riding the Hebalm and Weinebene climb. exciting!




Great news. Our Racers will be given wings to fly up the mountains by Red Bull. All of a sudden the supported category becomes much more interesting :) we will hand wings to supported rider if we catch them! 










Orange is the new favorite color. Tubolito will support the Austrian Extreme Bike Race 2021. Category winners and the winner of the adventurer and kindness award will win some organge tubes. flats are so 2020 :D




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