A fantastic ride surrounded by snow covered Alps for the entire route.
Starting near the beautiful perched village of Gruyère, this great loop climbs into the German speaking part of Switzerland on a nice, medium difficulty climb. Still plenty of snow at the top of Jaunpass, but it was HOT today – I wore shorts and never needed the “emergency” leggings in the back-pack.
Jaunpass was scheduled in the 2009 Tour de Romandie (late April) but the stage was shortened due to snow on the pass. I was half way there with a balaclava and mountain bike and luckily heard the cancellation on the radio in a gas station – or I would have been alone, freezing at the top.
After descending Jaunpass, the route returns to the French part of Switzerland via the easy-ish Saanenmoserpass. After this it’s generally downhill.
The furious headwind slowed me down – and it occurred to me that the reason I felt so good on Jaunpass ….. was a strong tailwind.
This route is beautiful throughout – mountains everywhere. And taking the occasional long-cut to avoid main roads – by following the signed Swiss national cycling routes – helps minimize traffic.
My 5th metric century of the year – my GPS said 99.3 kms at the end – so I rode around in circles for a few minutes .
Eric and I did a similar loop in the opposite direction last year. Details here.