HomeCyclingGrimselpass (each side) and Furkapass – My Biking Problem

Grimselpass (each side) and Furkapass – My Biking Problem

I used to be alleged to cycle Grimselpass within the Alpenbrevet final month however an avalanche closed the route. However it’s now re-opened, and I used to be decided to squeeze some extra excessive Alps biking in earlier than the climate turns. And these Central Switzerland climbs are nearly as good because it will get.

Grimsel is a giant, lengthy climb – with uneven grading, typically very steep, typically false flat, however relentless.

The highest stretches are stunning, first approaching an enormous decrease dam because the street climbs to a big lake (3 dams in 2 pics above). After passing the lake, it climbs previous two extra dams, above one other lake and as much as the go itself – beside yet one more lake.


There are fairly just a few tunnels up Grimsel. However the two largest may be averted by following the previous paved cliff street – positive for a street bike. Three others can be averted by the previous cliff street …. however they don’t seem to be paved – however positive if not on a street bike.

The opposite aspect of Grimselpass is among the most wonderful locations to cycle:

View of Furkapass from Grimselpass

The route first descends straight down by way of a number of enormous hairpins. At Gletsch, I joined the route for the final 10 kms as much as Furka go (the profile consists of your entire climb). Within the picture above, Furkapass is within the far distance on the high proper.

Nearing the highest of Furkapass is the Rhone Glacier – the beginning of the Rhone river that runs by Switzerland and France to the Mediterranean:

Rhone glacier

Furkapass featured within the automobile chase scene in The James Bond movie “Goldfinger.”

After reaching Furka and benefit from the views of Grimselpass hairpins, I doubled again to Meiringen. It’s doable to make this a really difficult loop by descending to Andermatt after which climbing Susten go – see right here for particulars.

All the route was 98 kilometres, so I rode arounde Meiringen briefly to hit a metric century. 😉

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