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Around Linz - Austria
Well, this is my home spot, and OK,it's not technically the Alps....
Linz has a population of about 200,000 so the traffic is heavy at rush-hours. Avoid the areas around the Danube, and keep north of Linz. This is where you can hardly go wrong. Almost every road is brilliant, and with little traffic execpt farmers, and generally well-kept surfaces you can't go wrong.From the hills just north if Linz you can get some fantastic views of the Alps on a clear day.
B38 Haslach - St. Peter am Wimberg - St. Martin
B38 Haslach - Helfenberg
B38/L581 Helfenberg - Waxenberg
L581 Waxenberg - Gramastetten - Walding
B126 Linz to Bad Leonfelden
One of the main roads out of Linz, so avoid during rush hours like the plague. At other times it's great! A good surface coupled with mostly medium radius turns.
DO keep an eye out for police in the villages and the straight bits. Otherwise it's a blast.
B124/L579 Pregarten - Königswiesen - Unterweissenbach - Weitersfelden -St. Leonhard - Pregarten
My 'regular' route this one and one of the few complete circuits on this site. It's got everything: fast sweepers, scratching corners and a couple of tight hairpins. A few bumpy sections but mostly good surface and very predictable.
The stretch after Unterweissenbach heading towards Weitersfelden has a long stretch of the most poorly-repaired surface I've ever ridden. Just grit your teeth for that bit as the rest of the road definitely is worth it.
B119/119a Grein - K?nigswiesen
There's a restaurant about half way along where they regularly station an ambulance just to get to the crashed bikers quickly.
Personally we prefer the almost parallel road from Grein running up to M?nchdorf.
L573 M?nchdorf - Pabneukirchen - Bad Kreuzen - Grein
Starting at M?nchdorf there are a couple of wide fast sweepers in open countryside to warm you up, then gradually the road gets tighter and turns into a 20km set of twisties and fast sweepers through fields and dark woodland.
The surface has been repaired and looks like a patchwork, but it's been done well and isn't as bumpy as it looks. It certainly doesn't slow you down.
Narrower and twistier for longer stretches than the Grein - K?nigswiesen road, it also wins as it has only two towns worth mentioning to slow you down.
Grein - B?rnkopf - Gutenbrunn - W?rnsdorf - Melk - Marbach - Altenmarkt
This is not on the map yet.
The whole area bounded by Grein on the Danube, K?nigswiesen to the north and Gutenbrunn and Melk to the east seems to have the copyright on sweepers. Every road is a series of medium to fast sweepers and a few straights, so we've made up a circuit starting and finishing in Grein. It'll take a good half-day, and includes everything from some twisties to straights and everything in between.:
Grein down the river to Sarmingstein and up the tight/medium sweepers of the L575 and LH171 past Waldhausen to B?rnkopf. Then eastward on the LH82 (long fast sweepers through dark pine forests) to Gutenbrunn. From here the landscape is much less forested, and there's a medium-twisty section to Martinsberg and down to W?rnsdorf on the B36. From there head south-east on the B216 to Weiten and all the way down to the Danube. It gets a bit busy the nearer the river, but it doesn't last.
Head back along the river to Marbach and head north on the LH83 to where it meets the B216. Turn west and follow the road through Altenmarkt and from here you can either stay on the faster main road or you can take the turn-off signposted "Ysperhof" and follow the narrower and slower road down to the Danube .
B126/160 Vyssi Brod - Cesky Krumlov
Along the Moldau (Vltava) river in the Czech republic. The river is wide and shallow and extremely popular with canoeists. Fast sweepers.
Even years ago it had a surprisingly good surface, it hasn't suffered since and apart from the rare short roadworks the surface is excellent - once you get past Rozmberk, that is.
The town of Cesky Krumlov itself is a beautiful mediavel town - decrepid during the cold war, but beatuifuly resored since, despite the tourists, it hasn't lost its character. Worth a visit.
Keep going on the fairly dull main road past Krumlov for a good beer brewed in Budweis.