I tried gravel biking on snow. Skiing is better

February 19, 2024 This post is part of our Winter Riding in the Alps guide. Check it out here. The Col de la Croix is our local climb. In summer, it’s packed with cyclists riding in our beautiful region of the Alpes Vaudoises. In winter… not so much. The road is closed and the snow is groomed for locals and …

How to dress for winter riding

February 21, 2023 In a previous post, I shared my advice to keep riding in winter where we live in the Swiss Alps. In summary: you should ride on south facing roads to avoid ice, stay at low altitude in case of bad weather and moderate your efforts to avoid freezing in your sweat when riding down. Of course, “going …

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Winter riding in the Alps: tips and tricks

January 5, 2023 This post is part of our Winter Riding in the Alps guide. Check it out here. 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 …

Col de la Croix winter edition

→  22km↑  630m♦  MEDIUMStart/Finish:  GRYONCountry:  SWITZERLANDRoute:  OUT AND BACK  CLIMB:  col de la croix (1778M)                    Wondering how it’s like to ride a gravel bike on snow?Our answer: it can be fun, but you need to pick your day. This ride is part of our “Winter riding in the Alps” guide. Check it …

The Rhone valley loop

→  75km↑  390m♦  EASYStart/Finish:  BEXCountry:  SWITZERLANDRoute:  LooP  CLIMB:  CHAMOSON (620M)                    The sunny side of SwitzerlandThis ride is part of our “Winter riding in the Alps” guide. Check it out here.   The canton of Valais enjoys a mild climate compared to the rest of Switzerland. In fact, locals claim that there are …

Chablais gravel loop

→  66km↑  600m♦  EASYStart/Finish:  BEXCountry:  SWITZERLANDRoute:  LooP  CLIMBS:  NO MAJOR CLIMB                    Gravel fun in the Rhone valleyThis ride is part of our “Winter riding in the Alps” guide. Check it out here.   Over last winter, I spent many hours scouting gravel roads in the Rhone valley.   It was… fun. I …

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 …