DAY ONE - SEPTEMBER 19:
Fly in to Zurich on September 19 and enjoy the beauty of Switzerland as you are transported to Andermatt, and our Alpine Apartments. Situated in the Urseren Valley in the Swiss Alps, we will be surrounded by 8 spellbinding passes that we will tackle on two wheels over the next few days. Once settled, we will take a little spin on our rental bikes before enjoying our dinner and some friendly ribbing amongst ride mates.
DAY TWO - SEPTEMBER 20:
The entire week we'll ride up heavy hitters; it's the reason we are here! We will start with the Furka Pass, a 12 km climb averaging 7% with a max of 11% grade. After a twisty and turny descent we'll go up the Grimsel Pass, 12 km averaging 6.6%, max 11%. Riders can choose to shuttle back to the hotel or ride, with another ascent of the Furka Pass, the long side this time.
Enjoy a celebratory post ride beverage at a local tavern and enjoy some tales of the historic town of Andermatt. For thousands of years this region has been formed by migration, invasions, and trade routes; but today it is an idyllic mountain town.
DAY THREE - SEPTEMBER 21:
We will head out in the opposite direction today, crossing over the "Devil's Bridge". Next to the bridge, the impressive Suvorov Monument is hard to miss; commemorating the fighting that took place in the Schöllenen Gorge on 25 September 1799 as Russian troops fought against Napoleon's soldiers and finally defeated the French.
The beast we'll be tackling today is the Passo del Susten, 17.4 km, average 7.5%, max 9%. Riders looking for a longer day, or feeling strong, can descend and ride the longer side of the Passo del Susten too at 27.7 km, average 5.8% and max 9%.
Details: Looking for a different perspective and experience in the mountains? Why not challenge your friends to a game of golf! There are a few courses to choose from with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains.
DAY FOUR - SEPTEMBER 22:
The penultimate day means only one thing, epic! Should you wish to challenge yourself today is the day. At this point you've acclimatized to the terrain and since it's the third riding day it only seems fitting to challenge ourselves on 3 mountain passes.
Starting with Passo del San Gottardo, a good warm-up climb at 14.4 km and an average grade of 6.4%, it doesn't get any steeper than that. Second will the Nufenenpass, 24.1 km, 5.5% average, 10% max. The legs will feel this one and pacing will be key to success.
Still have something left in the legs? We'll tackle the Furka Pass again from the long side this time, 16.5 km, average 6.4%. Enjoy the descent an breathtaking views as you coast back in to Andermatt.
DAY FIVE - SEPTEMBER 23:
Description: Today is a choose your own adventure. The planned route has us going up the Oberalppass, at only 10.6 km and an average grade of 5.7% it will feel "easy" after some of the other passes we've done this week.
Still have some fuel left in the tank? You'll have a choice to continue up the Lukmanierpass; it might be on the longer side at 19.8 km, but with an average gradient of 3.9% and only a few pitches over 9%, anyone looking to fully deplete themselves will have the choice to do so today.
Details: This is our final evening together. We will toast accomplishments, celebrate successes, and relish in good company.
DAY SIX - SEPTEMBER 24:
It's departure day as we say goodbye to the surrounding mountains and a "see you soon" to our friends as we make our way back to Zurich.
You'll be left with memories that will last a lifetime and pictures to remind you of the fun, the laughs, the challenges, the success, the joy, and the discovery made during this week of riding some of Switzerland's most iconic climbs.
- Full van support including drivers and snacks
- Pick-up and drop off in Zurich
- Travel Medical Insurance (mandatory)
- Meals (outside of breakfast and van snacks)
- Bike Rental: Ranges for 215-678 Euro for the week
- Alcohol and incidentals
- Taxes (13% for Ontario Residents)