Ovronnaz is a little ski station in the Valais region of Switzerland that has featured recently in the Tour de Suisse. It’s a beautiful and steep 10 kilometre climb. Vineyards down low, south facing for plenty of sun on a cool November day, and dozens of amazing hairpins:
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Whenever Verbier appears in a Tour de Suisse or Tour de France stage I predictably complain that the best part of the climb is above the village/finish.
Sanetsch is one of the biggest, most beautiful climbs that you may not have heard of.
Beautiful vineyards, a challenging climb, a long tunnel, military checkpoints, an alpine dam/lake, and a beautiful castle – this loop has it all. And most of it is virtually deserted!
The west side of Sustenpass is rarely too steep. But it is a giant climb – 27.5 kilometres long. And it’s beautiful.
Here is a lessor known, absolute gem of a hors categorie climb in central Switzerland.
After mocking this year’s Tour de Suisse route, I thought I’d better have a look first hand at the the two Hors Categorie climbs that will be raced this Sunday as part of the final 2012 Tour de Suisse stage.
Two absolutely stunning climbs – more examples that there are so many rides better than the more famous Verbier in this region.
Contador and other wimps stop at Verbier. But slow, old guys (me) know that the climb only gets interesting higher up above Verbier.