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Winter riding in the Alps

January 5, 2023 From time to time, I fancy getting into indoor riding. You know, buy one of those high tech smart trainers and sweat in the basement. Leave my smartphone to look at another screen. Hang out in the metaverse. That would be cool, right? And then I wake up and I remember that I live in the Swiss …

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Le Tour des Alpes vaudoises

Le Tour des Alpes vaudoises

→  211km↑  4330m♦  mediumSTART/FINISH:  Les DiableretsCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMBS:  Les Voëttes (1401m), La Forclaz (1260m), Villars (1253m), Les Plans-sur-Bex (11178m), Col du Pillon (1546m), Col des Mosses (1445m), Col de la Croix (1778m)A 4-day tour on quiet roads in the Alps near Lake GenevaEasily accessible by car and train, the Alpes vaudoises, with their characteristic chalets, green pastures and snow-covered peaks, are a …

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Graubünden gravel & road tour

Gravel and road biking in Graubünden, Switzerland

→  190km↑  5670m♦  difficultStart:  SplügenFinish:  IlanzCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMBS:  Lai da Vons (1991m), Maigelshütte (2314m), Alp Nova (2079m)A 3 day tour on quiet roads and gravel tracks in eastern SwitzerlandLocated in eastern Switzerland, the canton of Graubünden is home to some of the most beautiful road cycling passes in the Alps such as the Albula or the Umbrail. It is also a …

Strada dell’Assietta and Colle delle Finestre

→  139km↑  4390m♦  difficultStart/Finish:  Rifugio delle RaneCountry:  ItalyCLIMBS:  Colle delle Finestre (2178m)Route:  Loop (clockwise)A 2 day gravel biking tour on the high military roads of PiemonteThe Strada dell’Assietta is a gravel road in Piemonte, Italy that will blow your mind. Going up and down between 2’000 and 2’500m for more than 30km, this old military road connects the ski resort …

Down and Up

→  26km↑  810m♦  MEDIUMStart/Finish:  GRYONCountry:  SWITZERLANDRoute:  LooP  CLIMB:  BArboleuse (1190M)                    How to do a big climb in winter without freezing on the downhillThis ride is part of our “Winter riding in the Alps” collection. To learn more about it, read this story on the blog.   It is tricky to do long …

The Chablais hills

→  54km↑  530m♦  EASYStart/Finish:  WORLD CYCLING CENTERCountry:  SWITZERLANDRoute:  LooP  CLIMBS:  NO MAJOR CLIMBS                    Our go-to loop on miserable winter daysThis ride is part of our “Winter riding in the Alps” collection. To learn more about it, read this story on the blog.   We live in Gryon, a village half way up …