Swiss Alps

The Swiss Alps are a popular destination for cyclists of all experience levels.

Experienced cyclists love the climbs and the varied landscapes, along with the challenges they bring. Whereas beginner and more casual cyclists can get a lot out of the pretty Swiss landscapes and the small communities and villages you discover along the way as you cycle. All in all, the Swiss Alps have something for everyone. If you’re looking for a cycling destination that’s not France or Italy, Switzerland is definitely worth considering.

Popular Cycling Routes

There are many routes that are popular with visitors to the Swiss Alps. Some of these are more challenging than others, so it’s important to take your ability levels and stamina into account before deciding which routes you might want to take. Here are a few of the main options to consider though.

Furka Pass

Furka Pass is one of the highest passes in the country at 2426m. It’s known for its captivating views and you’ll even pass a street called James Bond Street named after when this setting was used in Goldfinger in 1964. Once you get to the other side of the Furka pass, you hit the descent, which is a real pleasure to ride.

Col de la Croix

At 1778m, Col de la Croix isn’t the highest route in the Swiss Alps, but it’s worth your time for a variety of other reasons. The climb is more challenging than you’d expect because you have to climb 1300m from a low starting position over the course of 22km. Towards the end of the climb, the road is quiet and ideal for cycling.

Gotthard Pass

For many people, Gotthard Pass is one of the best cycling climbs anywhere in the world. It connects the German-speaking part of Switzerland to the Italian-speaking region to the south. The route is varied and beautiful, and it hits its best when you reach the Tremola road, which is a 7km cobbled road.

The Importance of Cycling in Switzerland

There is a strong history and tradition of cycling in the Swiss Alps. It’s an ideal way to get around and see the stunning landscapes around Switzerland’s mountainous regions. Both road cycling and mountain biking have been popular in this part of the world for a pretty long time now. In terms of professional cycling races, the Tour de Suisse is an increasingly popular raise throughout the country. Then there’s the Tour de Romandie, the Swiss Bike Cup and Bodensee Radmarathon. It shows you just how important cycling is in Switzerland.

When to Cycle in The Swiss Alps

It’s vital to choose the time of year to visit the Swiss Alps that fits what you want to do while you’re there. For some people, it’ll be best to visit between April and June because this is when the snow is gone but the real heat of summer hasn’t yet peaked. If you don’t mind the high temperatures when you’re cycling, July and August can be fine, and the season stretches to October. Snow is all but guaranteed during the winter months, so it’s not recommended that you go cycling in the Swiss Alps between December and March.

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