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The Grand Jogl Tour - Gravel Challenge

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Very demanding gravel tour - leads through all the municipalities of the region Joglland - Waldheimat and shows its diversity and most beautiful places.
The Grand Jogl guarantees you a good portion of gravel, sweat and altitude. It's not about progress tracking and data analysis, but about you, the adventure, the challenge and the thrill of "real", original cycling. And exactly where the fox and the hare say good night to each other: in the breathtaking lost places of the Styrian Joglland.

The certified Bed & Bike establishments along the route are particularly suitable for overnight stays on this multi-day tour. Due to the individual division of the stages (2-4 days), this tour is ideally suited for all cyclists, extreme cyclists may complete the tour with its approximately 200 km and 5600 metres of altitude difference in one day.

A special service along the tour "Der große Jogl" is the luggage transport - simply cycle carefree, without annoying extra luggage. While you are on the road, your luggage will be taken to your next stage destination (by 5:00 pm at the latest).

Characteristics

Skill
Fitness

Best season

January
February
March
November
December

The tour in numbers

challenging
Level of difficulty
200,7 km
Route
21:00 h
Time
5600 hm
Uphill
5600 hm
Downhill
1742 m
Highest point

Map & downloads

More information

Further information on how to get there on Google Maps: Friesi's Bikery, Birkfeld
The starting point of the tour is the bicycle shop "Friesis Bikery" in Birkfeld.

Stage 1: Birkfeld - Wenigzell

From Birkfeld we cycle about four kilometres on the R8 Feistritztalradweg and then turn right to Strallegg. Passing the fire station, we reach the centre of the village and continue towards the ski lift. After the Posch snack station, however, we keep to the right and continue through a forest to Wenigzell.

We reach the village of Wenigzell after a short ride, almost past the Bratlalm, on forest paths and local roads. Once in the village, not only a bed & bike establishment (Mein Hotel Fast) awaits us cyclists, but also other inns, such as the Buchtelbar.

Stage 2: Wenigzell - Vorau

We start the second stage in Wenigzell. We cycle past the church and the Joglland Oasis until we reach the crossing point Toter Mann. We continue leisurely into the centre of Miesenbach. From the village, the tour continues to Trail Land Miesenbach directly at Gasthof Wiesenhofer (bed & bike establishment). Here you also have the opportunity to take a short break and watch the mountain bikers ride the jumpline.

From here we continue to the Zeiseleck and via the Wolfsgrube to the Schloffereck.

From Schloffereck, we drive a short distance on the main road to the former Kreuzwirt inn, an important orientation point for hikers and cyclists in the region. We continue on to the Wildwiese with the striking lookout post. Via Wetterkreuzstraße we go back down to Gasthof Kreuzwirt, there we turn into a forest and after a few kilometres we start our ascent to Masenberg with the Olmstoll and the Glückskapelle at the summit.

A short breather - we head downhill via Puchegg, a district of Vorau, past the Erzherzog Johann Höhe, the open-air museum and Vorau Abbey.

Stage 3: Vorau - St. Jakob im Walde

Heading towards the market centre, we first cross the main road and then Griesplatz and follow the so-called Drei-Mühlenweg and Dörflweg. After about two kilometres we turn into a wood and follow the forest and meadow path until we come to a quiet asphalt road that leads us to the Waldbacher Landesstraße and our next stage town Waldbach-Mönichwald. We are now also at the lowest point of the tour "Der große Jogl" at approx. 550 metres above sea level.

We arrive in the district of Mönichwald with its numerous inns and refreshment stops, including a bed & bike establishment, the Hold Inn, located here in the village centre. On the municipal road we head towards the Hochwechsell lifts and on to the Mönichwalder Schwaig, the toll station for the Hochwechsell road, which we follow to the summit.  Via the Rabl-Kreuz hut and Breitenbrunn we continue to the Arzberg hut.

From the Arzberghütte, our bike tour takes us on to St. Jakob im Walde, where there are also two bed & bike establishments (Familienhotel Berger, Gasthof Orthofer).

Stage 4: St. Jakob im Walde - Birkfeld

The last stage starts in St. Jakob im Walde and leads us first to Rettenegg. We follow the main road for a short distance before turning into the centre of Rettenegg. We continue along a quiet asphalt road into the municipality of Ratten and make a detour to the next peak, the Pretul. There, the Roseggerhaus awaits all hungry cyclists. . Two feeder roads lead into the centre of Ratten. However, we stay on the main route and follow it in the direction of St. Kathrein am Hauenstein. At the mining settlement, we keep to the right and continue up to the Alpl.

Continue to the right in the direction of Alpl, drive a short section on the B72 before turning left and returning along the Verbingungsweg to St. Kahrein am Hauenstein. Along the way we pass the Schlagobersbauern inn. From St. Kathrein am Hauenstein we follow the main road B72 for a short distance before continuing briefly along the cycle path R8. We turn right to follow the Landauerweg to Falkenstein. From Falkenstein to Fischbach it is only a short distance. When you arrive in Fischbach, there are various places to stop for refreshments and a bed & bike establishment (Dorfhotel Fasching). From now on it's almost all downhill. When you arrive in Birkfeld, there are again numerous places to stop for refreshments and another bed & bike establishment (Athecada).

On the overall tour "The Grand Jogl" - Gravel Challenge, we have now completed around 202 kilometres and 5600 metres in altitude.

Many places, such as the Hochwechsel, the Masenberg or the Wildwiese, impress with their fantastic views. Time and again, huts and rustic inns invite you to take a break.

Timetables and travel information can be found at Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) or at Verkehrsauskunft Verbundlinie. For local transportation we recommend the SAM-Sammeltaxi Oststeiermark.
Directly at Friesi's Bierky, Birkfeld bus station or at the former train station.
The Grand Jogl - Gravel Challenge: https://www.dgj.at/

Tourism Association East Styria

Office Joglland - Waldheimat

Kirchenviertel 24, 8255 St. Jakob im Walde

Tel.: +43 3336 20255

Joglland-Waldheimat

Eastern Styria

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Mobility Eastern Styria with shared taxi SAM

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What the weather will be like

Waldbach-Mönichwald (574m)

Morning
very sunny
17°C
10%
5 km/h
Noon
sunny
23°C
5%
10 km/h
Night
sunny
21°C
10%
0 km/h
The day starts sunny, but will be partly cloudy in the afternoon.
Morning
cloudy
18°C
35%
5 km/h
Noon
cloudy
22°C
55%
10 km/h
Night
rainy
19°C
75%
0 km/h
Frequent showers throughout the day. Also a chance of thunderstorms towards evening.
27.06.2024
cloudy
15°C 25°C
28.06.2024
sunny
15°C 28°C
29.06.2024
slightly cloudy
15°C 30°C
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