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!
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.