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The westward climb of Elmen challenges you with 14.8km in length and almost 950 vertical meters. If the hard entry with up to 15% slope on the first kilometer, it goes on moderate moderate to moving slope to ground on. Here the road begins to wind up the mountain in serpentines and demands a lot from you with gradients of well over 10%.
There is no opportunity for refreshment at the pass. The fast descent to Imst also has steep sections and should therefore be approached with caution.
October 21, 2016
Great pass road, particularly spectacular from the Imst side, here the route leads through a very steep slope high above the valley floor and over debris cones with the best view of the surrounding mountain peaks. The slope on the Imst side is moderate, without large peaks and it is easy to find a good step. On the Elmen side, things are much more uneven, in the middle there is also a longer, almost flat piece, and there is also a short incline. On the descent to Elmen, the last stretch into the Lech Valley is really fast.
Very popular with the Mopped group, if possible you should tackle a drive in the early hours of the morning, then you can still enjoy the mountains in appropriate silence.
June 24, 2018
This track is pretty challenging. I would only recommend it to well-trained drivers. But if you want to take this pass, I would always drive only from Elmens. In my opinion the track is far too drab and too cold on the part of Imst. So it's getting really cold. Would alone wrap up only for the departure of arm bands or a wind-tight jacket. I'm almost frozen on the downhill arms which is not necessarily of advantage when it comes downhill and you have to slow down quickly. If you want to attack the rise of Elmens side and do not pay attention to every gram of weight, it is best to build even lighter on his bike. There is a par relatively long tunnel which are pretty poorly lit. If there are still tons of cars and motorcyclists on the road, it can be quite uncomfortable. In addition, there are in Elmen a par drinking water well which one should visit before the rise still.
April 29, 2019
Daniel, you are right.
The mountains with all the brutal Karen and Muren is really impressive.
Incidentally, there is just before the pass (coming from Ist) the Melkalpe Maldon. Idyllic location. But most of the time you will want to finish the rest of the climb before you stop and then hit the last 2.3km with 10-14% (max 23%) climb to the pass.
August 23, 2018
The pass road is very scenic, but you have to expect motorized fun drivers (convertibles, sports cars, vintage cars, motorcycles ...) on weekends and during the holiday periods, even during the week. The noise then spoils the cycling pleasure a little.
Especially on the west side there are a few not too long tunnels so it is advisable to bring at least one taillight.
August 27, 2020
The ascent is really demanding and it is not that easy to find your rhythm. You can recover from the first steep ramps around 10 percent on the longer, flat plain, but you need a few more grains in the end, especially for the steep serpentines. On the descent I also got into a summer thunderstorm - a very special experience.;) After all, there was a bit of cooling from the 35 degrees on the way up.
June 22, 2021
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