Jeff Stuart has a real eye for stunning locations around the globe. This is his second collection from Switzerland and brings together some cracking rides.

Expect to see some hills, mountains, lakes, and stunning greenery as you wind your way through quaint Swiss villages.

If you’re looking for something to rip your legs off, and really test you, try Grimselpass from Innertkirchen at 1500m+ of climbing and just under 2 hours long.

Jeff’s also included two, short interesting climbs that could be good for a short sharp warm-up, or efforts. Check out Hirzel Höhi from Sihlbrugg and Gottschalkenberg.

Be sure to check out his other Swiss collection here, or for something a bit more unique, his Greek rides are stunning. 

Furka Pass from Gletsch

Climb almost 700 meters from Gletsch in the canton of Valias to Furka Pass, joining Valais and Uri. Make your way up numerous switchbacks, passing the famous Hotel Belvédère about two-thirds of the way up, before hitting the final (mostly) flat section where the climb finishes.

10.75KM
DISTANCE
55:04
DURATION
655M
ELEVATION

Hirzel Rundi ????

A ~20 km loop through the pastures of Zurich’s premium dairy. This loop is short but has some bite, with a 150 m climb at 8%, a 70 m climb at 11% but with gradients over 20%. You’re rewarded with sweeping views of Switzerland’s pristine landscape, as you wind your way to a non-technical descent back to the valley floor. The ride finishes with a section often used by the locals for time trials, fast, straight, and even a little downhill.

19.40KM
DISTANCE
45:56
DURATION
356M
ELEVATION GAIN

Grimselpass from Innertkirchen

Climb almost 1,500 meters through rolling terrain from Canton Bern to the Canton Valais. This climb takes you from the base of the pass at Innertkirchen, up through numerous tunnels, past waterfalls, high mountain peaks, a glacial dam, and ends at almost 2,200 meters above sea level.

26.48KM
DISTANCE
1:59:58
DURATION
1526M
ELEVATION GAIN

Sattelegg from Galgenen

Known colloquially as Alpe de Lake Zurich due to a spontaneous KOM competition between local pros, this climb comes in two parts. The first takes you up from Lake Zurich by farmhouses through wide-open pastures to a forested plateau, with a kicker just before the respite. The real test starts as the plateau ends, with another 5.4 km at an average of 9%, taking in stunning views as you meander through a number of switchbacks, before finally arriving at the pass.

13.63KM
DISTANCE
57:55
DURATION
808M
ELEVATION GAIN

Switzerland Rapperswil Climbing Loop

The climbing and descending section of Switzerland’s famous Ironman 70.3 route. Tackle such challenges as Witches Hill and the Beast of Neuhaus as you wind your way through the canton of Sankt Gallen’s countryside, before the gradual descent back into Schmerikon. This is not a full lap of the course, notably missing is the relatively flat section to and from the climb.

23.48KM
DISTANCE
53:59
DURATION
428M
ELEVATION GAIN

Sarbachtal

A mostly downhill ride through a scenic hidden valley just outside the cities of Zurich and Zug in Switzerland.

7.17KM
DISTANCE
10:09
DURATION
2M
ELEVATION GAIN

Gottschalkenberg

A forested climb at a steady, challenging gradient, ending at the appropriately named Bellevue.

8.43KM
DISTANCE
33:53
DURATION
460M
ELEVATION GAIN

Buchenegg BZF

Buchenegg Bergzeitfahren, or Buchenegg BZF for short, Zürich’s local hill-climbing time trial. Taking place every year in late Summer, this climb ascends two-hundred and thirty meters over three kilometers for an average gradient of 8%, but with several pitches over 10%, ending with a false flat leading to the pass’s restaurant. The ride starts with a gentle 1.5 kilometer warm up before leading into the hill-climb segment.

4.72KM
DISTANCE
22:39
DURATION
307M
ELEVATION GAIN

Hirzel Höhi from Sihlbrugg

Don’t let the 8.5% average gradient fool you. This climb is broken into three segments, and right from the get go it dishes out punishment. Start with a 400 meter stretch at an average of 16% with a significant portion near 20%. After a plateau that is entirely too short, the next segment comes in with no gradient less than 10%. And just when you see civilisation and think you’re done, the final segment hands you 12-13% on gravel all the way to the top. In the end though, if/when you manage to catch your breath, the view is worth it.

2.62KM
DISTANCE
13:22
DURATION
223M
ELEVATION GAIN

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