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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, …

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Graubünden gravel & road tour

Gravel and road biking in Graubünden, Switzerland

→  173km ↑  5660m ♦  difficult Start:  Splügen Finish:  Ilanz Country:  Switzerland CLIMBS:  Lai da Vons (1991m), Maigelshütte (2314m), Alp Nova (2079m) A 3 day tour on quiet roads and gravel tracks in eastern Switzerland Located in eastern Switzerland, the canton of Graubünden is home to some of the most beautiful road cycling passes in the Alps such as the …

Zeinisjoch and Silvretta Hochalpenstrassse

→  36km ↑  1130m ♦  medium Start/Finish:  Galtür Country:  Austria Route:  Loop CLIMBS:  Zeinisjoch (1842m)                       Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse (2032m) A big Alpine pass and a hidden gem An Alpine country par excellence, Austria remains little known among cyclists. However, it is full of big passes and roads away from traffic in …

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

→  106km ↑  3020m ♦  difficult Start/Finish:  Andermatt Country:  Switzerland Route:  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 …

Martigny: Emosson and the Petite Forclaz

Cyclist on the Emosson dam above Martigny, Switzerland

→  73km ↑  2919m ♦  difficult Start/Finish:  Martigny Country:  Switzerland CLIMBS:  Col de la Forclaz (1527m)                       Emosson dam (1960m)                       Vieux Emosson dam (2125m) Route:  Out and back A scenic ride on the roads of the Tour de France …

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 …

Entlebuch: Glaubenberg & Glaubenbielen Passes

Starting from Wolhusen, you follow the Kleine Emme upstream to Entlebuch, gateway to the eponymous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ascent of the Glaubenberg pass (alt. 1540m) is on a minor road for 15km with 920m of up. After four kilometers, you encounter a level stretch at Finsterwald before the next eight kilometers with a few changes of gradient.  The summit …

Classic Passes of the Alpes Vaudoises

→  115km ↑  2300m ♦  Difficult Start/Finish:  Aigle Country:  Switzerland Route:  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 Mosses Starting in Aigle, home of the …

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 …