Distances97 - 146 km
CityVelden am Worthersee
Wörthersee Gravel is a new UCI Gravel race in southern Austria starting from Velden am Wörthersee and organized by Johnny Hoogerland, reigning Gravel and Gran Fondo World Champion in the M40-44 category on a course that has been designed on his training roads.
The course is designed on the south side of Velden am Worthersee and the lake on a 48.8km course which has to be done twice by all men over 60 and women over 50 or three times for all younger categories. Start and finish are located in the city center of Velden am Worthersee at the Seecorso with a nice view on the lake. The first 6km are on paved roads slightly going up for the first 3km leaving town. A major part of the course is designed at the borders of the Drau river and the connecting channel. There is one major climb starting after 10km on each lap.
Each lap has 580m of elevation which results in a total of 1160m of climbing for the older categories doing two laps while the younger categories have 1740m of elevation.
Start and finish at the lake are at the lowest point of the course at 450m above sea level. The highest point on course is reached after 18km on every lap at an altitude of 635m above sea.
The major climb of the day is located after 10km after the start and passages over the finish line with a 2km gravel climb at almost 10%, followed by a 1km climb a bit further towards the highest point on course. In the final, at 3km before the finish, there is another 1km gravel climb at 5% average.
The Wörthersee lake in southern Austria is located in between the cities of Klagenfurt and Villach at only 15km from the Slovenian border. The lake area in Austrian Carinthia is a famous holiday destination in both summer and winter time with focus on outdoor sport (hiking, biking, swimming, golf, …) but also on wellness and lifestyle. The Pyramidenkogel is the world’s highest wooden lookout tower and has the highest slide in Europe.
The area with Velden, Pörtschach and Krumpendorf on the north shore and the lake valley Keutschach on the south side as biggest destinations has a calendar of activities all year round.
For more information : https://www.woerthersee.com/en/