Austrian Extreme Bike Race

2700 km & 53000 vm



Start: 17.8.2024 9:00






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A bicycle adventure race is calling...

Großglockner Hochalpenstraße

Are you ready ?

  • 2700 km, 53000 vm. Designed by Austrian adventure racer Tanja Hacker

  • unsupported or supported

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

  • 17.8.2024 9:00

  2700 km, 53000 verticals, mixed terrain!

Walder Alm

Austrian Extreme Bike Race  unsupported/supported

17.8.2024    9:00 Graz/Austria




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

Route part 4 highlights: Wildschönau, the Hochkönig climbs, Obertauern , 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.

Route part 7 highlights: Kühtai, Fernpass Gravel, Garmisch (Germany), Seefeld, Ganalm, Walder Alm & Hinterhornalm Gravel, Achensee, Steinberg  an  der Rofan Gravel

About the Race

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. A 2800 km mixed terrain race on paved roads with some gravel sections adding up to 57000 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!  

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

       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. TABR23 DNF (Sherman's Neck)


Wo die Berge hoch und die Täler schmal,

ist der Geist oft leicht und frei.

The Race


The Austrian Extreme Bike Race route has 2800 km and approximately 57000 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 included, highlightening Ganalm in Tyrol, as close to the Karwendel peaks as we can possibly get. Be ready for climbs like 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 30.8.24 23:59 to make into the general classification

  9. No Pacecar

                             Was wissen Träume schon von Grenzen ! 


Some treats coming here...


 Schedule & Registration



Halfway Point Wörgel

sponsored by tubolito


Schedule and cut off times: 


1158.2024 Registration and bike check in Graz
16.8.2024 Registration, bike check, race briefing and pre race dinner in Graz
17.8.2024 9:00 Start of the first rider of the second Austrian Extreme Bike Race. individual starts due to Covid 19 restrictions (5 minutes between the riders)
24..8.2024 23:59 Cut off time halfway point Wörgel
30.8.2024 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 mid September 2022 to early August 2024 (If trafel restrictions keep you from coming to Austria, you are in for one of the following years):


270 Euro until 06.8.2024 23:59

250 Euro for those coming back (same cap number)






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 
  • Tracking included
  • All race numbers and stickers for your bike, jersey and helmet (reflective for safer racing)
  • 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.
  • Live like a Queen/King before and after the race. Food and a place to rest and sleep after the race included. 
  • 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,
  • We are asking our riders to bring a little something from their home for the party after the race :)

Hall of Fame



Tanja Hacker 2020.      8 days 7 hours 53 minutes.   2537 km
Adam Bialek 2021.       6 days 19 hours 3 minutes    2458 km
Walter Reiterer 2021.   8 days 23 hours 58 minutes  2458 km
Antoine Gary 2021.      9 days 5 hours 34 minutes   2458 km
Ed Tapp 2021.              9 days 12 hours 42 miutes   2458 km

Results 2021:



1. Adam Bialek (Germany) 6 days 19 hours 3 minutes. Adam self regulated for riding the loop up Koralpe in the wrong direction. Minor mistake, same verticals and meters. 10 minutes penalty time.
.2. Walter Reiterer (Austria) 8 days 23 hours 58 minutes. Walter made a major and dangerous mistake at Schöckl, riding the gravel section in the wrong direction. 2 hours 10 minutes penalty time. Further Walter took a shortcut leaving out 120 vertical meters at Eidexberg (self regulated), 50 minutes penalty time.
3. Antoine Gary (France) 9 days 5 hours 34 minutes.
4. Ed Tapp (England) 9 days 12 hours 42 minutes.
5. Michael (Mike) Deuts (Austria) 1173 km.
6. Jürgen Mikusch (Austria) 370,4 km.
7. Hermann Dopfer (Germany) 241,61 km.
8. Norbert Taucher (Austria) 153,49km.


Adventure and Kindness Award 2021:
Norbert Taucher (Austria). Norbert joined the organizer´s team as a race official after ending his race early, keeping the racers safe on their final kilometers.

Contact/ Inquiry 2024:

Inquiry 2024 starts September 26th 2023! Adventurers interested in racing here may drop us a line with their best cycling stories (experience) and what your expectations are. We´d love hearing from you! 

Abenteuer und Bergsportklub Graz

Tanja Hacker


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Liebenauer Haupstraße 77

8041 Graz; Österreich

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Blog. All the things. 

We are trying to make life a bit easier for this years racers. here are some essentials you should know about the Austrian language, especially Styrian and Carinthian. read and enjoy:


  • grias di, grias eich. Simply meaning hello. grias di for greeting one person, grias eich for more.
  • i bin extrem hungarig und hätt gern schnöll wos gscheits zum essen. i`m really starving and need some food right now please (instisting its urgent)
  • wos kolts/worms zum trinkn bitte. a cold/warm drink please
  • konn i mei handy kuaz onsteckn. could i please charge my phone here please
  • wo bitte isn des klo/häusl? und derf i kurz? May i use your toliette or the restroom please?
  • voiguat is. sayng you like your drink or food
  • i bin hundsaledigt. when someone asks you how you are doing and you are tired and exhausted
  • danke. thanks
  • bitte. please
  • des radl kummt mit eini,do kunnst gift drauf nehman. telling someone there is no way you are leaving the bike outside ypur rooom :D
  • vui guat. delicious
  • vui geil. awesome
  • abenteirer weit radlfoahrn is geil. adventure racing is awesome
  • Vaschwind! leave me alone :D
  • wüvül kriagst? How much is it?
  • So wias mi heit hot, so hots hats mi imma. thats the way i am and thats good.
  • Ha? What do you mean?
  • Ha! okay, tha explains it all...
  • Hoast du a e bike? oda trits du selba? (locals may ask if you are mechnically supported) 
  • Wo kummstn her? where are you from? (USA are considerd cool here, so Austrilains (equals Aliens). Germans may be asked if they are lost :D

Practise the word Oachkoatzlschoaf. locals may make you say that one. make them say something with a th as a returning favor hehe. have fun and stay save out there.