Gravel biking in the Alpes Vaudoises: our top picks

Gravel biking in the Alpes Vaudoises

September 1, 2023 Gravel biking is booming. So much so, in fact, that it’s not just a hype anymore: gravel has developed solid roots and will continue to grow. Why? There are many reasons, and we all have our own. For me, it’s : the chance to ride away from the ever-growing motorized traffic. I say this without animosity, because …

Gravel bikepacking in Valais

Gravel bikepacking in the Swiss region of Valais

August 27, 2023 Over the last few years, I’ve been exploring Valais (Wallis in German) on my gravel bike. This region of Switzerland is already known for its great road passes and mountain bike trails. As it turns out, it also lends itself very well to gravel biking: the Valais is criss-crossed by a dense network of 4×4 roads at …

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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 …

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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 …

Colle Fauniera

→  99km↑  2070m♦  DifficultStart/Finish:  CUNEOCountry:  ITALYRoute:  Loop CLIMB:  COLLE FAUNIERA (2481M)A climb from another eraWhat was Carmine Castellano, then director of the Giro d’Italia, thinking when he took the peloton up – and down – the Colle Fauniera twice in 1999 and 2003? This is the question I’ve been asking myself ever since I climbed this little-known giant in Piedmont with …

Col de la Croix winter edition

→  22km↑  630m♦  MEDIUMStart/Finish:  GRYONCountry:  SWITZERLANDRoute:  OUT AND BACK  CLIMB:  col de la croix (1778M)                    Wondering how it’s like to ride a gravel bike on snow?Our answer: it can be fun, but you need to pick your day. This ride is part of our “Winter riding in the Alps” guide. Check it …

Passo delle Erbe

→  96km↑  2400m♦  DifficultStart/Finish:  SAN MARTINO IN BADIACountry:  ITALYRoute:  Loop CLIMB:  PASSO DELLE ERBE (1987M)A hidden gem in the DolomitesThe Dolomites are one of the most popular destinations for road cyclists. And for good reasons: its landscapes studded with towering peaks are breathtaking, and some of the most prestigious pages in the history of the Giro d’Italia have been written on …

The Rhone valley loop

→  75km↑  390m♦  EASYStart/Finish:  BEXCountry:  SWITZERLANDRoute:  LooP  CLIMB:  CHAMOSON (620M)                    The sunny side of SwitzerlandThis ride is part of our “Winter riding in the Alps” guide. Check it out here.   The canton of Valais enjoys a mild climate compared to the rest of Switzerland. In fact, locals claim that there are …

Croix de Coeur and Col du Lein

→  71km↑  2580m♦  DifficultStart/Finish:  le châbleCountry:  SwitzerlandRoute:  Loop CLIMBS:  CROIX DE COEUR (2174m)                       COL DU LEIN (1685m)A loop that punches above its weightIn 2023, the Giro d’Italia riders discovered a new pass on their way to Crans-Montana: the Col de la Croix de Coeur. Located above the well known resort of …