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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 …

Strada dell’Assietta and Colle delle Finestre

The Strada dell’Assietta is a gravel road in Piemonte, Italy that will blow your mind. Going up and down between 2’000 and 2’500m for more than 30km, this old military road connects the ski resort of Sestrières and the Colle delle Finestre. You can ride it in less than a day (see this version on ALPSinsight) or you can do …

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 …

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Mont Ventoux from Bédoin

→  21km ↑  1577m ♦  difficult Start:  Bédoin Country:  France CLIMBS:  Mont Ventoux (1912m) Route:  Climb An iconic climb in the Provence region of France With 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 …

The Strade Bianche

For a story in Vélo Magazine, we designed a loop on the famous strade bianche of Tuscany, south of Siena. The route covers sections of the Eroica and the Strade Bianche pro race as well as lesser known roads we discovered during past visits in the beautiful Val d’Orcia and Crete Senesi region. The result: 110km of which about 50 …

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 …