Klausenpass

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I was supposed to head south to Provence for the weekend to cycle my favourite bi-annual event, the Ventoux Night Session. But serious thunder storms led us to cancel.

So instead I fled east, in hopes of drier weather, to the other side of Switzerland. And cycled up Klausenpass. The start in Altdorf is the home-town of Wilhelm (William) Tell, one of the founding fathers of Switzerland – 1300’s.

Wilhelm Tell

Wilhelm Tell

This is a big climb, but so beautiful.

Beautiful

Beautiful

The weather started out great, but I knew I had a finite window. Afternoon thunderstorms plague the Alps recently. The strong wind always seemed to be in my face, even when I took 180 degree hairpins, switching direction. 🙂 But I made my usual slow and steady progress.

Nearing the summit are several great cliff kilometres:

Great cliff stretch

Great cliff stretch

Wooohooo

Wooohooo

The money view, three kms from summit:

Near top - west side

Near top – west side

The plan had been to descend the 22 kms down the east side and climb back, but I got nervous with the seriously strong wind (40/50 kms? up high) and the black clouds gathering, so I only descended perhaps 4 kms over the top, but the top half of the east side looks great.

East side

East side

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I regretted not descending further down the east side as the rain held off, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. This is a superb pass. Both sides are fun. And missing the lower part of the east side gives me a good excuse to return.

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