Entlebuch: Glaubenberg & Glaubenbielen Passes

→  119km↑  2990m♦  DifficultStart/Finish:  WolhusenCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMBS:  Glaubenberg Pass (1540m)                      Glaubenbielen Pass (1616m)Route:  Loop ( counter clockwise)This loop in the Prealps of Central Switzerland takes you over two of Entlebuch’s underrated passesStarting from Wolhusen, you follow the Kleine Emme upstream to Entlebuch, gateway to the eponymous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ascent of …

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Classic Passes of the Alpes Vaudoises

→  115km↑  2300m♦  DifficultStart/Finish:  AigleCountry:  SwitzerlandRoute:  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 MossesStarting in Aigle, home of the International Cycling Union (UCI), this loop takes you over 3 …

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 …

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Klausen Pass

→  64km↑  1630m♦  mediumStart:  AltdorfFinish:  Up to youCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMB:  Klausen Pass (1948m)Route:  Point to PointA popular Swiss cycling pass that sees little car trafficThis 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, …

Sanetsch Pass

Near the top of the Col du Sanetsch

→  128km↑  2460m♦  DifficultStart/Finish:  SionCountry:  SwitzerlandRoute:  Loop (counter clockwise)CLIMBS:  Sanetsch (2252m)                      Pillon Pass (1546m)The Sanetsch Pass: like the famous Stelvio, but with less trafficChances are, you’ve never heard of the Sanetsch Pass in the Swiss canton of Valais. Don’t be ashamed: no pro race has ever been there, and it’s …

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Gotthard Pass / Via Tremola

→  26km↑  970m♦  mediumStart:  AiroloFinish:  AndermattCountry:  SwitzerlandRoute:  Point to PointCLIMB:  Gotthard (2106m)One of Central Switzerland’s most classic passes also happens to be on cobblestonesWhile 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 …

The Switzerland Explorer

→  420km↑  7600m♦  DifficultStart:  MeiringenFinish:  WalenseeCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMBs:  Grosse Scheidegg (1962m),  Grimsel (2165m),  Nufenen (2478m),  Gotthard (2106m),  Oberalp (2044m),  Albula (2315m),  Flüela (2383m)A custom crafted road cycling tour taking in the very best of the Swiss AlpsIs 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 …

The Grosse Scheidegg

→  81km↑  1680m♦  mediumStart/Finish:  interlakenCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMB:  Grosse Scheidegg (1962m)Route:  Loop (clockwise)A hidden gem in the Bernese AlpsThe 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 …