Week Three is a beast. For real. It's the biggest biking week of Thighs of Steel to date.
This is one for people who like long days in the saddle and the certainty of a huge physical challenge.
With 5 out of 6 days riding the valleys and cols of the Austrian Alps, through to the high Italian Dolomites and lower Alps of Slovenia, this is a true mountain week.
Ridiculously hard. Insanely beautiful. Deliberately uncompetitive. You must be well-trained and fit enough to handle whatever Week Three throws at you.
So you’re considering the toughest week of 2018? Helmets off to you! This is biggest cycling week of Thighs of Steel so far and is not to be taken lightly. You are going to hurt.
There are too many climbs to name, but the literal high point will be the Grossglockner High Alpine Road which tops out at 2504m above sea level. It's the 15th highest paved road in Europe and was built entirely for its beautiful views of the highest point in all of Austria.
There will be spectacular scenery, there will be cowbells, there will be cheese, there won't be any shortcuts or flat days.
Whilst this is the toughest leg of the ride to date, the atmosphere will still be totally uncompetitive and supportive. As ever, we have no idea where we’ll be camping before the fact, and it’s likely that cold mountain lakes will be your baths and showers.
Join this ride with your brain and body up for an adventure!
*Plans may change and daily distances may vary as we scout for camping spots along the way. Take the below with a pinch of salt and a slurp of energy gel.
We’re available for airport pick-ups throughout the day. Then we’ll all come together in the evening for dinner and a chat about the week to come.
Cycle really far (about 160km), and go upwards, as we head South. The afternoon is a bit flatter, taking us towards our wild proposed camping spot.
Cycle really far (about 150km). First we'll head around lake Forgensee and then into Austria for our first 1500m climb followed by wild camping.
Cycle about 160km along rivers and then up into the beautiful Austrian hills for the night.
115km up and over our highest peak of 2500m. Today will be mainly up, up, up followed by down, down, down.
Lots of big ups and not-so-big downs as we pop into Italy and camp near the Slovenian border.
150km through rural Slovenia followed by a nice downhill into Ljubljana where we'll celebrate our shaking, steely thighs.
Wake up, a mixture of tired and elated, wander around the city in a happy daze. We’re available for airport drops throughout the day.
The standard cost to take part is £385 per week.
We are also providing 5 discounted places, at £250 per week. These places are intended for refugees and long-term volunteers working in the refugee crisis. If this is you then get in touch here to apply. NB. Our fully-funded 2 free places are now taken.