This week Jeff Stuart takes us to his adopted city of Zurich in Switzerland bringing us a set of three passes that will test the legs!

Ibergeregg

A tough 850m/2788.71ft climb over a narrow pass road in Schwyz. The climb starts in the village of Rickenbach and as you leave the village, you can see a gondola taking hikers up to the top. 
 
The climb is equal parts forest and pasture, with often stunning views of Brunnen and Lake Lucerne, as well as the shark-tooth shaped “Grosse Mythen”. At an average of around 9% for almost 10 kilometers, you’re sure to feel this by the end.

Albispass and Buchenegg Clockwise

Switzerland’s most ridden local climb. The route begins by tackling Albispass. Once you pass the Löwen Restaurant, the climb quickly kicks up to double digits and enters the forest. 

The gradient gets easier from here as you meander through a few long stretches and a number of switchbacks before you reach the top at almost 800m/2624.67ft. After a quick descent, you’re onto small country roads and whisking through a quaint Swiss village, as well as some impromptu gravel, before tackling the mostly forested climb on the backside of another popular climb, Buchenegg. The route finishes at the starting point, allowing you to ride this route as a loop.

Albispass from Adliswil

Starting in the town of Adliswil, ascend almost 300m/984ft to the top of Zurich’s most frequently tested climb. 

The slope starts gently enough as you wind your way through the city at the base of the hill. The gradient kicks up at the ‘true’ start of the climb, then slowly stabilises at a more manageable 7-8%. 

The view opens up towards the top and if you keep your eyes open, you’ll see some local bovine residents.

About this week’s contributor

Originally hailing from the USA, Jeff now calls Zurich, Switzerland home.

He’s filmed a great set of rides for us this week, but here’s a little bit more about the 37-year-old.