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 …

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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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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 …

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 …

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” guide. Check it out here.   It is tricky to do long and intense climbs on the bike in …

Alpe di Neggia

One male cyclist descending Alpe di Neggia in Ticino, Switzerland

→  82km↑  1252m♦  mediumStart/Finish:  LocarnoCountry:  SwitzerlandRoute:  Loop CLIMB:  Alpe di Neggia (1395m)A big climb on quiet roads between the Swiss canton of Ticino and ItalyIt takes a climb of almost 1200m to reach Alpe di Neggia, a hidden gem in Canton Ticino, Switzerland’s Italian-speaking canton. The view from the summit is worth the effort. The loop starts in Locarno, known …

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Mont Ventoux from Bédoin

→  21km↑  1577m♦  difficultStart:  BédoinCountry:  FranceCLIMBS:  Mont Ventoux (1912m)Route:  ClimbAn iconic climb in the Provence region of FranceWith 21 km and 1577m of climbing, the “Giant of Provence” is a great challenge for any cyclist. Since 1951, the greatest champions of the Tour de France have made history on the characteristic lunar landscapes of the last 6 kilometres. This legendary …

Valais: Col du Lein and Col des Planches

→  57km↑  1920m♦  mediumStart/Finish:  MartignyCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMBS:  Col du Lein (1623m)                      Col des Planches (1411m)Route:  Loop (clockwise)A 57km loop with two passes starting in MartignyThis loop includes two lesser known passes in the Martigny and Verbier region of Valais, Switzerland: Col des Planches and Col du Lein. It is a great …

Susten Pass

→  46km↑  1670m♦  mediumStart:  InnertkirchenFinish:  WassenCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMB:  Susten Pass (2224m)Route:  Point to PointThe Susten Pass: one of the classic Swiss passesThe Susten Pass was built between 1938–1945 and connects Innertkirchen in the canton of Bern with Wassen in the canton of Uri. While both sides start in forested valleys and climb into an alpine landscape, the west side provides the …

Gurnigel Pass

→  99km↑  1860m♦  mediumStart/Finish:  ThunCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMB:  Gurnigel (1609m)Route:  Loop (counter clockwise)Gurnigel: a pass in the Gantrisch nature parkThis loop of medium difficulty takes you through the Cantons of Bern and Fribourg over the Gurnigel Pass. Don’t miss it if you are staying in the Interlaken area to ride the Grosse Scheidegg, the Grimselpass or the Sustenpass. It is also perfect for …