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Winter riding in the Alps

January 5, 2023 From time to time, I fancy getting into indoor riding. You know, buy one of those high tech smart trainers and sweat in the basement. Leave my smartphone to look at another screen. Hang out in the metaverse. That would be cool, right? And then I wake up and I remember that I live in the Swiss …

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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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Graubünden gravel & road tour

Gravel and road biking in Graubünden, Switzerland

→  190km↑  5670m♦  difficultStart:  SplügenFinish:  IlanzCountry:  SwitzerlandCLIMBS:  Lai da Vons (1991m), Maigelshütte (2314m), Alp Nova (2079m)A 3 day tour on quiet roads and gravel tracks in eastern SwitzerlandLocated in eastern Switzerland, the canton of Graubünden is home to some of the most beautiful road cycling passes in the Alps such as the Albula or the Umbrail. It is also a …

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” collection. To learn more about it, read this story on the blog.   It is tricky to do long …

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” collection. To learn more about it, read this story on the blog.   We live in Gryon, a village half way up …

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 …

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 …