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Graubünden gravel & road tour

Gravel and road biking in Graubünden, Switzerland

→  173km ↑  5660m ♦  difficult Start:  Splügen Finish:  Ilanz Country:  Switzerland CLIMBS:  Lai da Vons (1991m), Maigelshütte (2314m), Alp Nova (2079m) A 3 day tour on quiet roads and gravel tracks in eastern Switzerland Located in eastern Switzerland, the canton of Graubünden is home to some of the most beautiful road cycling passes in the Alps such as the …

Zeinisjoch and Silvretta Hochalpenstrassse

→  36km ↑  1130m ♦  medium Start/Finish:  Galtür Country:  Austria Route:  Loop CLIMBS:  Zeinisjoch (1842m)                       Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse (2032m) A big Alpine pass and a hidden gem An Alpine country par excellence, Austria remains little known among cyclists. However, it is full of big passes and roads away from traffic in …

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Furka-Nufenen-Gotthard (Tremola): The classic passes of central Switzerland

→  106km ↑  3020m ♦  difficult Start/Finish:  Andermatt Country:  Switzerland Route:  Loop CLIMBS:  Furkapass (2429m)                       Nufenenpass (2478m)                       Gotthardpass (2106m) An unforgettable loop filled with switchbacks, glacier views and a cobbled pass between the Italian and German speaking parts of …

The Strade Bianche

For a story in Vélo Magazine, we designed a loop on the famous strade bianche of Tuscany, south of Siena. The route covers sections of the Eroica and the Strade Bianche pro race as well as lesser known roads we discovered during past visits in the beautiful Val d’Orcia and Crete Senesi region. The result: 110km of which about 50 …

Martigny: Emosson and the Petite Forclaz

Cyclist on the Emosson dam above Martigny, Switzerland

→  73km ↑  2919m ♦  difficult Start/Finish:  Martigny Country:  Switzerland CLIMBS:  Col de la Forclaz (1527m)                       Emosson dam (1960m)                       Vieux Emosson dam (2125m) Route:  Out and back A scenic ride on the roads of the Tour de France …

Entlebuch: Glaubenberg & Glaubenbielen Passes

Starting from Wolhusen, you follow the Kleine Emme upstream to Entlebuch, gateway to the eponymous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ascent of the Glaubenberg pass (alt. 1540m) is on a minor road for 15km with 920m of up. After four kilometers, you encounter a level stretch at Finsterwald before the next eight kilometers with a few changes of gradient.  The summit …

Classic Passes of the Alpes Vaudoises

→  115km ↑  2300m ♦  Difficult Start/Finish:  Aigle Country:  Switzerland Route:  Loop (anti clockwise) CLIMB: Col de la Croix (1778m)                   Col du Pillon (1546m)                   Col des Mosses (1445m) Col de la Croix, Col du Pillon and Col des Mosses Starting in Aigle, home of the …

Sanetsch Pass

Near the top of the Col du Sanetsch

→  128km ↑  2460m ♦  Difficult Start/Finish:  Sion Country:  Switzerland Route:  Loop (counter clockwise) CLIMBS:  Sanetsch (2252m)                       Pillon Pass (1546m) The Sanetsch Pass: like the famous Stelvio, but with less traffic Chances are, you’ve never heard of the Sanetsch Pass in the Swiss canton of Valais. Don’t be ashamed: …

The Switzerland Explorer

Is this the perfect tour of Switzerland? Maybe. Every region of Switzerland is worth visiting on a bike. The north, from Fribourg to Lake Konstanz, offers easy riding terrain between lakes, rivers and rolling hills. The Jura mountains, from Geneva to Basel, provide a feeling of remoteness which is surprising in such a small country. Romandie, the French speaking western part, …