La Corniche

→  81km↑  600m♦  EASYStart/Finish:  AIGLECountry:  SWITZERLANDRoute:  LooP  CLIMB:  LA CORNICHE (570M)                    Winter miles along Lake GenevaThis ride is part of our “Winter riding in the Alps” guide. Check it out here.   When we want to do a longer ride on a cold and sunny day, we head towards Lake Geneva. In …

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 …

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” guide. Check it out here.   We live in Gryon, a village half way up the Col de la Croix (featured in …

Zeinisjoch and Silvretta Hochalpenstrassse

→  36km↑  1130m♦  mediumStart/Finish:  GaltürCountry:  AustriaRoute:  Loop CLIMBS:  Zeinisjoch (1842m)                      Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse (2032m)A big Alpine pass and a hidden gemAn Alpine country par excellence, Austria remains little known among cyclists. However, it is full of big passes and roads away from traffic in sumptuous landscapes. Take, for example, this short but …

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

→  106km↑  3020m♦  difficultStart/Finish:  AndermattCountry:  SwitzerlandRoute:  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 SwitzerlandWith three legendary passes that regularly feature on …

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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 …

The Strade Bianche

→  122km↑  1950m♦  mediumStart/Finish:  PienzaCountry:  ItalyCLIMBS:  Monte Sante Marie (304m)                      Murlo (293m)                      Pieve a Salti (309m)Route:  LoopA loop in the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia on the strade bianche, the typical white gravel roads of Tuscany featured in L’EroicaFor …

Martigny: Emosson and the Petite Forclaz

Cyclist on the Emosson dam above Martigny, Switzerland

→  73km↑  2919m♦  difficultStart/Finish:  MartignyCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMBS:  Col de la Forclaz (1527m)                      Emosson dam (1960m)                      Vieux Emosson dam (2125m)Route:  Out and backA scenic ride on the roads of the Tour de FranceThe Martigny region in Valais, Switzerland has become a go-to …

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 …