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Le Tour des Alpes vaudoises

Le Tour des Alpes vaudoises

→  211km ↑  4330m ♦  medium START/FINISH:  Les Diablerets Country:  Switzerland CLIMBS:  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 Geneva Easily accessible by car and train, the Alpes vaudoises, with their characteristic chalets, …

Strada dell’Assietta and Colle delle Finestre

The 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 of Sestrières and the Colle delle Finestre. You can ride it in less than a day (see this version on ALPSinsight) or you can do …

Alpe di Neggia

One male cyclist descending Alpe di Neggia in Ticino, Switzerland

→  82km ↑  1252m ♦  medium Start/Finish:  Locarno Country:  Switzerland Route:  Loop CLIMB:  Alpe di Neggia (1395m) A big climb on quiet roads between the Swiss canton of Ticino and Italy It 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 …

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Mont Ventoux from Bédoin

→  21km ↑  1577m ♦  difficult Start:  Bédoin Country:  France CLIMBS:  Mont Ventoux (1912m) Route:  Climb An iconic climb in the Provence region of France With 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 …

Valais: Col du Lein and Col des Planches

This 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 early season ride, when the high alpine passes are not yet open. Highlight: a short and sweet section of gravel. The initial 10km along the valley floor prepare you for the first few …

Susten Pass

The 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 best ascent and riding experience thanks to lots of turns and varying terrain. The first kilometers of the climb from Innertkirchen …

Gurnigel Pass

This 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 spring or autumn climbing, when the high alpine passes are closed or too cold to climb. The …

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Klausen Pass

This was the first pass I ever rode in the Alps. I had been exploring the local roads around Janine’s parents house in Luzern, but this wasn’t enough. The time had come to go big. After spotting the Klausen on the map, and knowing it from the Tour de Suisse, I had a close look. It would be a big day with lots of gain, but …

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Gotthard Pass / Via Tremola

While the Tour de Suisse is part of the UCI WorldTour, it does not have the same profile as the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France. As a result, the Swiss Alps are not on every rider’s radar. But they should be, as this world class climb proves. The south side of the Gotthard Pass, or Via Tremola in …

The Grosse Scheidegg

The Jungfrau Region in the Bernese Alps is not known as a road cycling destination. But the Grosse Scheidegg is quickly becoming a cult climb in Switzerland. For good reasons: it’s steep, it’s long, it offers spectacular views on surrounding peaks and the road is closed to motorized traffic on its top section. Isn’t it featured on the cover of …